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Make great strides with my friend's parrot! What next?

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In the first thread here on this forum, I talked about my friend's rainbow lory who hated me and I had to parrot-sit her along with other birds. I considered it a learning experience.

Things have changed dramatically since the parrot-sitting. I think the lory now considers me a curiosity than a threat now. No longer in a threat display at my presence. She will interact with me through the bars and I can even pet her chest once in a while. She's willing to eat while I'm in the room too!

I will have to parrot-sit again in October so I wanted to ask some advice on taking my relationship with this bird to the next level. While I can get her attention positively now, I still can't get her to perch on my hand and take her out of her cage. Plus she's still a biter.

So what should I do??
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From the sounds of it just keep doing the same thing! Something is working. Try to feed him in his cage if it seems to get better. Remember, baby steps!


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I agree, just keep on going with little baby steps, you may have to start all over again due to the break in between seeing the bird

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Well I see her (BTW the lory's name is Layla) weekly now and the behavior has been pretty consistent. However her friend keeps telling me I need to stop reacting to Layla's bites "like a little girl". That Layla will never learn unless I let her bite me and realize biting means boring.

Is there truth to that??
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Yup your friend is right, if the bird sees that you make a funny behavior when she bites you, she will keep doing it for her amusement!


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Alright then tho quick question.

When I put my hand in the cage, should let her come to my fingers or should my fingers go to her?
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I wouldn't even put your hand in her cage, that is her safe zone.. I'd try feeding her through the cage bars first.

She feels more secure in her home.. Try to find a way that she likes to interact with you, with out you possibly stressing her out with a hand in a cage.. It will build so much more trust!


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