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Help with my Quacker

Discussion in 'Birds - all breeds / types' started by xXxtremeRacer, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. xXxtremeRacer

    xXxtremeRacer New Member

    I just bought a Quacker today and i bought her Big meaning i did not raise her now she is all mad i want to pet her and she gets mad i get close to her and she screams and flys around the cage please help me will this go away when she recognizes me HELP! :!: :!: :( :(
     
  2. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi your a stranger to her she needs to learn to trust you.
    Placing your hand slowly in the cage and holding it there for about 10minutes then slowly removing it do this every 30minutes or so everyday each time getting a little closer to her chest once she trusts you she will step onto your finger dont expect this to happen over night it can take days,weeks or even months for a bird to become hand tame.

    Mike
     
  3. xXxtremeRacer

    xXxtremeRacer New Member

    Yea thanks i ma do this too but when i put my hand in her cage she starts flyin around and squaking

    then she even trys to escape but putting up the little doors but she cant since i have them tightly holded. Can wait till i can hold her in my hand like my other quacker that died 3 years ago from oldness
     
  4. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi you will get there in the end she will eventually learn to trust you.
    Does she have a favourite peice of fruit or vegtable if so you can have a piece in your hand when placing it in the cage this helps her associate feeding with your hand and not harm.

    mike
     
  5. xXxtremeRacer

    xXxtremeRacer New Member

    Well since i just got her i dont know her favorite things but i will find eventually thanks mike my name is mike too :D
     
  6. Plincko

    Plincko New Member

    With all due respect, Mike, I disagree with your idea. From experience, I have learned that respecting the bird means respecting the human.

    Would you like it much if a stranger entered your home without asking? I don't think so. Do it on your Quaker's terms, not yours. Respect her and her territory, and perhaps this will initiate trust. The steps I take to gain my birds' trust may be tiny, but eventually it's worthwhile! Why don't you try the following:

    Start by talking to her from outside the cage. Don't whisper, but don't be loud. Use a soft, soothing voice. Talk to your bird as often as possible. It's best to even sit next to her cage and read to her or tell her about your day. But some people don't have time for this, so they just talk to their bird randomly throughout the day as they do tasks inside the same room.

    During this step, don't try to take your bird out of the cage or put your hand inside, except when feeding her, cleaning, etc.

    Every day, when you replace her seed or pellets, give her a treat. Something nice. Put it inside her food bowl. It might be intimidating if you offer it straight from your hand. To figure out her favorites, try a different fruit or veggie each day. My birds, for example, like to eat spinach, apple, strawberry, kiwi, and other soft fruits.

    This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It depends entirely upon your patience and the bird!

    Once you can get your hands into the Quaker's cage without her flapping furiously about the cage, (preferably if she has learned to stay on the same perch while you work) you can safely assume that she has grown accustomed to your presence.

    Now, you can start offering the treats with your hands, through the cage bars. If she takes it, great! If not, put it in her food bowl, as usual.

    Continue with this until she has taken the treat from you each day for seven days in a row. Then, you can try giving her a snack straight from your fingers, inside the cage. If she accepts, youre doing great! If not, hang in there! All birds will tame at some point!

    When your Quaker has become comfortable with you, it's time to start petting her belly. After giving her a treat, gently move your finger down her chest repetitively. Do this for just a couple days, so she gets used to the feeling.

    Now you can try teaching her to step up. Do this by gently pressing on her lower body, near the feet. This will cause her to lose her balance and trigger an automatic step-up onto your hand. Or, if she is uncomfortable, a hop to a different perch. Each time you try this, tell her firmly and kindly to "Step up". Say her name, too. "Step up, _____!"

    Cool! Now your bird trusts you! Once she has learned to step up on command, you can try lifting her from the perch and bringing her out of the cage. (First-timers might need their wings clipped) Don't give up; this can get very frustrating at times. It helps to entice her out of the cage with a yummy favorite food or some toys.

    Now you can take it from there, but remember not to force anything on your bird, as they are very smart and all of your work can be lost if you upset your parrot.

    Good luck with your new Quaker![/b]
     

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