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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with my IRN

I've had my IRN for just over a month now . When I saw him at the store , he was really friendly and sweet and allowed me to scratch him behind. But from the moment hes come home , hes been really scared of pretty much everything . I've tried sitting next to the cage for a while and speaking to him . As soon as he spies anyone entering the room , he gets all worked up and literally runs for his life in the opposite direction .
He seems completely different compared to the IRNs i've owned before . One of them was a crazy biter and used to go right for the face of everyone except my dad whom she had a sweet spot for while the other one was a real sweetheart and loved head scratches . So I'm quite surprised with the behavior of my new IRN .
I know it takes time to build a relationship with a bird but hes hardly shown any progress over the month. The only positive thing I've seen until now is that he seems to get along really well with my peach-faced lovie Mango who actually feeds him through the cage bars ever since he came out of quarantine a few days ago .
I would really appreciate any tips to help gain his trust .
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Just be patient. If he's in a busy part of the house maybe move him to a quieter room and then just go visit him multiple times a day where you can sit and talk quietly to him next to his cage.
Some birds just take a lot longer than others to adjust to new settings and a new home so don't give up on him! Sounds like you're doing things right, just continue on! Good luck.

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I am no expert by far, but I play on my laptop, read the paper, eat breakfast and lunch next to my cages in the dining room. I have read that if a bird is comfortable eating in front of you then he is getting use to you. My brown headed parrot is very relaxed with me in and around the cage, but will not step-up and just throws treats I offer. Guess it has been a month since he came home. About 5 months old now. So this am, I left the cage open and offered my arm a few times. Got bit. No blood and not horrible pain. I did not flinch. Topper flew over my arm and to the carpet. He steps up from the carpet and bites, hard again. We did this a few times. I place a finger on his beak and say firmly, no bite. He transferred to a perch from the carpet and back to his cage. I also spent about 10 minutes holding him lightly in my lap and rubbing his head and beak. He makes little growling noises, but not nearly the awful sounds he made a month ago. Relaxed and closed his eyes for moments at a time.
I feel like I made some progress. I have no experience except with a few tamed parakeets years ago.

So I guess I am saying let your bird get use to you, relax around you. They all have an individual personality and progress at their own pace. Hope I have helped some.
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Read my thread taming Bob.
Bob my IRN bites hard. And holds on!
He was a fraidy bird when he first came home.
Thread in the taming and bonding forum.
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I definitely think you need to let him settle in before you handle him and stuff if he is that fearful. I would try the doing everything in the same room as him thing and opening up his cage. He may just be frightened from all the change he has been through!

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hi everyone !
just thought i'd give an update on my IRN ' Leaf' (thats what my mom decided to call him/her :P )
I've been working with Leaf almost everyday . He hasn't shown a lot of improvement .He is still really skittish and reacts when there is any non-bird movement in the room . I decided to upgrade to him to a larger cage where he has more room to move around and play . The only time he seems to be slightly calmer is when I change his food bowl ; which is some kind of progress i guess.
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It's good progress. Well done keep going.


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