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Taming Wild Birds??

In my area we have wild Quaker Parrots and they will usually end up in a pet store per city wanting more in homes less in wild. I'm sure there is a thread about taming them but i'm unable to find it. Can some one point me in the right direction or tell me how to go about it???
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I don't know if there's a thread on taming wild birds on here but I can point out a couple of training techniques I like most.

The first one is THE 'Power Pause' Technique Parrot Training Video THE 'Power Pause' Technique - YouTube

And the second one is the 'positive reinforcement clicker training' Building Trust With Your Bird - YouTube

If you put enough time and effort into these 2 training techniques you should be able to tame down any wild birds .


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Those are awesome videos Si!! Thanks for sharing!
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Few questions. 1. Are former wild birds just as good of companions as hand raised? 2. Would you suggest offering millet through the cage bars first? 3. Should the wings be clipped?
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1. Any bird can make a great companion
2. If the bird is very nervous then it would be a good start. I would offer many foods though and see what he/she likes best
3. I have gotten more and more against the idea of clipping. I used to clip to make it easier to train birds to get used to me but boy was I wrong. They only come to you out of fear, and a fear based relationship isn't a good one. Let them come to you. Not to mention flying has like tons of benefits anyways

Sadly many places are having culls on flocks of escaped and established parrots

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They are amazing to watch! I've gotten to watch a few forage for food and it was amazing!

What about out of cage time? How do I get he or she out and back n for interaction after the initial adjustment period?
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Your best bet would be to let them go back by themselves

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Okay. Thank you Daisy ! Your advice is always helpful
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I do not know about taking adult birds from the wild and taming? That could be a tall ask!
But taking a baby from the nest is doable with a lot of birds.
Now do not throw things at me!
When I was a young boy in the UK I had a pet Magpie and my mate had a pet Jackdaw. We were from poor families and would never of been able to afford parrots.
We used to watch the nests and climb up and check on the young til they were ready to take. Just before they could fly. We did not clip them. Jacko's bird used to fly down to him in the school play ground some days, too every body's delight.
Both were taken as babies from the nest and bacame very tame.
Here we have or did have a guy taking SC2 young from nests and selling them on.
As to where they can become a snuggle bum or not I would not like to make that call.
But I know you can tame aviary birds and they can become super company.

I agree with Daisy about trying to work with flighted birds. It is just magic when they come to you because they want to be with you.
And I will always claim a flighted will get a full cardivascular work out and a bird with restricted flight will not.
As for getting them back in the cage. I feel a good option is to only feed them in the cage to start with and to make sure the cage is seen as their safe zone. Then at some point they will want to go back there. Once they are fully trained this is not so important.


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When I was a kid we rescued a jackdaw and it became tame. Talked and landed on my bro.
Lived in the wild just came back.
And a starling that fell down the chimney.
That also remained tame.

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My family kept magpies back in the day

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