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Hello everyone. I'm the proud owner of the very sweet princess parrot, Lola. She is 3 months old and I've had her for just 2 days. I have searched on the Internet for advice, but nothing has worked. She seems to frightened, she moves to the back of her cage whenever I go near it. I speak to her all the time, I've even put on music and danced and sang around her cage, I've given her fresh fruit, I've given her a spray bath, I've got her out her cage 3 times, each time she seeks a safe place and stays there. She squawks mostly when she's out the cage, I leave the cage open but she doesn't come out, I get her out by getting her to go on to a stick and I gently remove her from the cage. She flies around frantically, I'm frightened she will hurt herself. We have a big house she has plenty of places to fly. How can I get her to come to me, how long does it take for the parrots to not be frightened? Or will she always be frightened? Does the princess parrot like being touched, does their bite hurt? Do they not like being picked up ( I haven't tried this yet as I don't want to hurt her if she tries to frantically get away) she's so sweet and I just want to be her friend. I know it's just been 2 days. I do have a busy household with 3 children, I wonder if she will be frightened of that? I have read that the princess parrot is tame and placid, which she seems to be, which is just lovely. Any advice is hugely appreciated.
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Ok first off I don't know much about Princess Parrots but I do know this, you are moving too fast.
When you get a new bird you need to let them settle in and leave them alone until they feel comfortable in your home. I would suggest moving her to a quiet part of the house as she is most likely terrified of all of the noise and running around and moving.
Then, spend time just sitting beside her cage, talking quietly. Birds are scared of sudden movements and noise, especially if they don't know you. You need to build her trust in you.
Go slowly, and if she seems scared do NOT force her to interact with you.
Use treats and go slowly.



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I agree. Slow down, talk gently and softly... Sit by her cage and read a book aloud... Sing soft songs to her, silly kids lullabys and such... Drop treats in her dish and walk away etc.
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Hello. Thank you for your advice
How long should I leave her in the cage to settle? Unfortunately my house is so open (lots of open stairs, open living room and kitchen) that it's alway very noisy. However the children do return to school on Monday! I also have 2 pet rats, could she be sensing them? Will she just get used to the noise in the house, or must it be quiet?
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I think she should get used to the noise eventually.
Maybe for now also keep her cage half covered with a sheet so that if she is feeling overwhelmed she can retreat in to the darker half.



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Hi Lauren, welcome to the forum.

I agree with the other posters, she needs more time to settle. I too would cover half the cage, or at least the back half of the cage with a towel or sheet. I find this helps nervous birds feel more secure because they have a safe retreat (on the plus side for you, it helps to limit some of the mess somewhat).

As for timelines, on average it takes about a month for a bird to settle (sometimes less, sometimes more)....just to give you some idea of the time, a couple of days is really too soon, especially for a nervous bird.

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I've wrote quite a bit (and have just got my wifi back so I can finally start writing again!) about nervous/skittish/unhandleable birds in my blog, if you can see it in my signature then by all means have a quick look around and hopefully you'll pick up some good tips!

I stick to clicker and target training. It's an excellent way to create a force free bond between yourself and a bird, especially one who is afraid of humans

As the others have said, slow down a bit with her so you don't spook her too much. Many of the large Australian parrots can be quite flighty birds so don't think it's your doing

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Thank you very much. I have been talking to her as much as I can, just all about our days, what the children have been doing. And I have just stood with my hand in the cage for 5-10 minutes at a time. Hopefully in time she will not be frightened, and I can teach her to step up. You have all be so helpful, and kind.
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Thank you very much. I have been talking to her as much as I can, just all about our days, what the children have been doing. And I have just stood with my hand in the cage for 5-10 minutes at a time. Hopefully in time she will not be frightened, and I can teach her to step up. You have all be so helpful, and kind.
Be patient, read around this forum, and let her get used to you on her own time, and she should come around. Parrots require their own time of adjustment, and trust/bonding time. Each one is different. But everyone here will help you two become lifelong friends!
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