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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-13-2016, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Parrot anxiety

Hi, I adopted a Quaker parrot 2 weeks ago he went from lunging at my hand when I changed his food and water to cowering away if my mom or I walk near his cage. Neither of us have tried to pet him and we talk to him in a soft tone.
He also might have came from an abusive home.... Is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable?
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Just go slow & make sure he is in a location that he feels safe.
Talk to him & sit by him maybe reading so he can watch & see you mean him no harm. Try not to mess in his cage too much except for food water & changing papers. Bring him treats & offer them to him.


It takes time for a bird to get used to a new place & people & its even harder if the bird was abused.


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Perhaps you could think about getting a partner of his species for him.
This is always better than a human partner, and it could make him feel more happy and self confident.

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I would personally just give him his space and not bother him too much while he settles. Some birds can take a considerably long time before they feel comfortable in a new environment. Change food and water, talk softly as you have been and take it slow. Move deliberately. Just sit near the cage and do whatever you'd normally do when you're relaxing. Once he gets to know who you are and you're not a threat he will soon come around. If he came from an abusive home he will take a lot of work. I had an abused Indian ringneck who was thrown at a wall and trodden on, she never became comfortable with me before she passed away but I was glad to have improved her life drastically before she passed away. She was in her twenties. She did become more relaxed ie. she shouldn't throw herself off her perch and scream but she would never in a million years of approached me. Some birds just need that respect and understanding
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What happened to that ring neck is so sad I bet she's watching over you now because you helped her feel safe
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He's also screaming, even if I go up to the cage and talk to him softly for 10 minutes he doesn't stop and I tried covering him and he continued and started flapping around. Is this because he's anxious? He's holding his wings away from his body and when I approach him he goes into the position that cocktails do before biting.
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When he screams he twitches his head every once in a while almost like he's flinching, is he ok?
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Fun quaker parakeet fact of the day! They actually get their name from the way they shake... or quake! You should see them as chicks. They're adorable but they're like something demented Quakers are notorious screamers and our neighbours complained to the point where we had to rehome the pair I was keeping at my partner at the times house. The two together were a nightmare and both were phobic over everything. Does he scream all of the time or when you approach him?

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When he can't see me and other times when I play guitar
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Even though he may not show it he probably still wants you around and doesn't want to be alone so he'll contact call for you. As for the guitar, birds like to shout over everything I had one bird who would always shout at a certain TV show!

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