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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Would like advise on working with someone else's bird!

Hello I'm a new member!

Ok so I don't have any birds right now but I'm interested in owning my own in the future and currently just in "research" mode. My friend however is about give me an opportunity to gain some quality bird experience.

She's visiting family out of state for one week. I agreed to house-sit while she's away and take care of her birds. (a budgie, a cockatiel, a rainbow lory, and an electus)

Now my friend has told me everything I need to know about giving each bird food, water, and cage maintenance. Most of the birds tolerate me enough for me to take them out of their cage and onto the play stand which is fine with me.

My one hurdle seems to be with the rainbow lory. She hasn't accepted any of my attempts to socialize with her...and she bites to the point of drawing blood.

I don't want her cope up in her cage all that week because of this! Any advise on easing the tension?
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Open the cage door and let her out on her own accord she will go back in by her self

Do you know about the Ekkie and lori diets?

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I always delivery the birds' fresh fruits portion of their diet for my friend since I live closer to the organic markets than she does. I know which fruits are good and which are bad. The pre-made seed mixtures for each bird are from a bird specialty store so there's no guesswork for me in that sense. The Lory is given a nectar mixture as well as pureed fruits. (Really likes grapes and watermelon~!)

The problem with the Lory leaving her cage on her own is that all of the bird cages are situated in one room. My friend told me the Lory likes to harass the other birds when given the chance by landing on top of their cages and basically taunting them through the bars. (Especially the poor budgie!) This bird can't be trusted to leave the others alone without her owner's discipline. I however am NOT an authority figure in this Lory's eye.

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If you don't want to get bit you could use stick training.
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Tried stick training before but it's pointless without her actually eating the food reward. She doesn't like to eat in front of people but when you leave the room, she'll lap her food like no tomorrow. This lory is a frustrating diva!!
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Try getting her to step up onto a perch wheel the cage into another room?

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^I'll try that! Thanks!
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Have you done anything with the bird when the owner's are not home?? If not, then the situation might be different. I would just open the door and let her out. If you do need to get her back in, you might want to just put a towel over your arm or hand. This is a very good chance for you to gain experience.


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Everything I tried with this particular bird so far has always been under my friend's supervision so I'm not sure what will happen exactly. My friend told me to not give up but... that bird can bite.

I'm just glad all the other birds I'm able to work with independently without any problem.

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It's good of you to parrot sit for your friend.
Some birds just don't like certain people.
Try negative reinforcement.
Go ad close to the Lory as you can when she becomes agitated, stand still.
When she becomes calm again say good bird and move away.
Then do it again, one step closer.

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I just hope I don't screw up and make it worse!

My personal goal: being able to get her to step up on my finger from one perch and take her another perch in her cage.
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