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My daughter got her Red Rump on 8/1/09 and cannot handle him at all. If he comes out on his own, he is fine but when you talk to him in his cage or try to have him come out he just flys around in a panic in the cage and wont let you touch him. He is 4 months old and was hand fed and played with at the bird store.I was just wondering if anyone else had one and if they are all like this. My daughter's computer isn't working so I told her I would ask for her.
Here are a few pictures I took when I was at her house.




This one he was bullying the gold capped conure, we were right there in case anything happened. The conure, Beep, didnt want any part of the red rump, he would put his foot up as to say "back away".
 

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OH MY GOD!! That last picture is adorable!!!!! Looks like the Red Rump is biting his toe though.

I've never personally delt with red rumps and know very little about them.
 

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Absolutely, positively adorable! Especially that last picture! It looks like Beep is saying "Enough already!" :p

I would think it's all a part of his personality. I don't know much about Red rumps, so I can't help with their temperament in general. It could be, though, that his house is his "Safe" area, so he doesn't want anyone else messing with it. I would suggest just to allow him to come out on his own terms to avoid stressing him out and possibly damaging his trust in hands. Does he like millet or any sort of treat? Maybe you could open the cage door and offer some to him from the outside so he comes onto your hand on his own. :) That way he has something to look forward to when someone tries to take him out of the cage.
 

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Thank you for the complimets and advice. We were told at the bird store that the red rump would be like her bourke but it wasn't. She is working with him so I am sure he will get more friendly or used to hands.
He makes sounds like the birds in the rain forest is how she describes his singing and she loves listening to him.
 

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You will probably hate me. I have them wild and breeding in my back yard and all over the neighbourhood. They come down onto the footpath in front of my place eating the grass seeds. There is regularly about 8 pairs that come down and feed there and across the road. I have even had to shoo them off my driveway to get my car in they have gotten so used to me. There are not as many as there where when I moved here over 20 years ago, then it was not unusual to see 30 or 40 in my backyard. I have kept a few of them over the years but only as breeders never as pets. They also make marvelous fosters. I have even known of one pair that raised a baby Alexandrine up to 2 weeks when it was taken for hand raising. They hatched the egg out and fed the baby beautifully. I know of one Cockatiel breeder who used to put the cockatiel eggs under them to hatch them out when the Albino's first came to Australia and the parents were not that experienced. The Red Rumps always hatched the eggs out and fed them for 3 weeks and they were then taken for handraising to ensure that they got plenty of healthy albino babies.
 

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You will probably hate me. I have them wild and breeding in my back yard and all over the neighbourhood. They come down onto the footpath in front of my place eating the grass seeds. There is regularly about 8 pairs that come down and feed there and across the road. I have even had to shoo them off my driveway to get my car in they have gotten so used to me. There are not as many as there where when I moved here over 20 years ago, then it was not unusual to see 30 or 40 in my backyard. I have kept a few of them over the years but only as breeders never as pets. They also make marvelous fosters. I have even known of one pair that raised a baby Alexandrine up to 2 weeks when it was taken for hand raising. They hatched the egg out and fed the baby beautifully. I know of one Cockatiel breeder who used to put the cockatiel eggs under them to hatch them out when the Albino's first came to Australia and the parents were not that experienced. The Red Rumps always hatched the eggs out and fed them for 3 weeks and they were then taken for handraising to ensure that they got plenty of healthy albino babies.
Wow Kate that is awesome to have these birds living in your backyard! I cant even imagine seeing birds like that in my area (Missouri) The fostering is very interesting, I didn't realize birds would foster and feed other birds or species. Thanks for sharing with me. No I don't hate you, just envy you;)
 

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Red Rumps are beautiful, I have 2 Bourkes, I am not experienced with the red rumped. Maybe just more handling and he will be better. Good luck with your red rump.
 

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The red rump is beautiful.

I recently joined the forum. I don't know if you are still reading this thread or not, but I wanted to ask how things are going with it now.

We have a wonderful bourkes - well, he IS my daughter's bird, but he is very sweet with me, too. His personality is marvelous.

Yesterday we purchased a sweet splendid baby. He is the only bird in his clutch and seems as people orientated as our bourkes. It will be a while before we can bring him home.

I would just love an update about the red rump, really any information you would like to share.
 

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Umm, I can't help you too much, but the pics are beautiful.

He seems to be sitting on your hand ok in the first pics, maybe time will tell.

I have never owned red rumps, so I can't help much, sorry.
 

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I have two linnies. The oldest, female Millie, was a year old when we got her and untamed. She is the most loving and friendly bird when she's out of the cage but even after eight months still doesn't like us to take her out. She comes out on her own terms and that's fine with us. If we have to take her out she will complain, bite (linnies don't bite hard) and squirm.
Maybe you just have to let him come out on his own terms.
Does he bite when you change the water or food. Millie doesn't and never did.
 

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Sorry I am so late responding, thank you for your suggestions and comments. My daughter can not tame the red rump. Even if he is left to come out on his own he will not step up or let you touch him. My daughter thinks he will never be tame enough like he was the day of the pictures and that was the first and last time he would let her hold him. From what I read they are hard to tame and are very aggressive around other birds. It says they either should be kept alone or in single pairs.
She thought he would be similiar to her rosy bourke and keep her bourke company. He sings pretty songs so she will not stress him by trying to get him to step up and just enjoy him as he is. If anything changes I will let you know and thanks again for your comments.
 

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I think the bird is just frightened. You need to spend as much time as you can gaining his trust. Talk to him, sing, hum, whistle or just sit near him, all while he's in the cage. I believe any bird will eventually change once they feel safe. Do not force him to do anything and keeping him in the cage for now is a good idea.
Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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He certainly is a beautiful bird, even if he never enjoys close interaction with people. I hope some day he will, though. My bourkes seems to enjoy the company of my senegal, even though I would never let them play together because I feel the senegal could seriously injure the bourkes even if she has no intention of hurthing him. The bourkes also likes our new splendid, and it is so sweet to see them playing together, so I understand your daughter's desire to have a bird to keep her bourkes company. Sometimes it seems birds just don't follow our plans though, lol.
 

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He is a beautiful bird!!
Hopefully with time he will come around :)
 

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Some birds take longer to bond than others.

Don't take this the wrong way, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I was told by someone that red rumps aren't very much bonding birds :shrug:

I suppose all species are different but I believe they all have the potential to be good pets.
 

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He really is beautiful! One way I worked with my linnie who was very wild was first to get him comfortable with me just being around the cage, hanging out around him. I also had his wings clipped the first 6 months as this really helped the process that he could not fly away...then i worked to get him to step up on a perch with the up command-there are lots of web pages about how to do this if you need some tips. :) He slowly became comfortable with the perch/small dowel rod. Eventually, he became more comfortable with hands. I know a linnie like I have and the red rumped may be different in personality but perhaps the same basic training methods might help! Best of luck :biggrin5:
 
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