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Cant handle him
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:10:41 AM »

Do any of you have a parrot that you you can't handle?
We've had Jack 9 months now and he is still really nippy when being handled. When he comes out each day i make sure he does so from my hand so he is getting some contact. The first thing he does is then climbs to my shoulder.  Sometimes he will sit there for a minute or 2 but will always then start nipping and then really biting. He's 22 and as far as I know he hasn't been handled for at least 10 years. Is it still early days? Is there something i can do to help him? Or is it just to late? I really hope not
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2014, 12:10:41 PM »

I dont have any experience with older parrots, but if he hasn't been handled in 10 years I would say it might be early days? I would have thought that it's good that he happily sits on your shoulder though.  Its all about trust and time in my opinion.
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 12:24:46 PM »

I think that the fact that he's letting you pick him up and hold him might suggest that he just needs to get used to it, as he's not been handled for so long.

fingers crossed, just keep going with him, the bites are a fact of life really, Mandi has a couple that she can't handle though.
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 04:43:57 PM »

I find that if I just let him out of his cage he gets nasty with his bites actualy attacking us so I insist that if he wants to come out he comes out on my hand. If he refuses to step up I close the door to his cage and leave him to 'think' about it for half hour  :nono:  :rofl:
Sometimes he only needs to think once sometimes this can go on for a couple of hours but he always gets there in the end.
It is a shame he was left so long without handling x
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 05:11:25 PM »

I can't handle 3 of mine
One of them has never been handled in at least 10 yrs and to be honest he has never shown any kind of want or affection toward anyone
So as for offering my hand :panic: it's a no go
He comes out of his own accord and goes back for a treat
He will step into his travel cage no probs and I carry him back to his cage on a cusion :)
We still love him
And he still gives us lots of enjoyment xx
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2014, 12:17:40 PM »

Hopefully he will come round, you sound like you have a lot of patience, just what he needs  :cheekywink:
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2014, 04:13:57 PM »

Yeh I do. He was my Grandads and I love hearing him speak in my Grandads voice. Would hate to let Jack or Grandad down x
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2014, 12:57:05 PM »

Hi we have an African Grey and a Blue Front Amazon
We have had our Grey since a baby.
She bonds with my husband but over the years she has learned to love me! When I hold her tho and go to put her down, she has a firm grip on my finger and won't let me put her in the cage and will bite me!
Does anyone know the reason for this?
My blue front is a rescue bird and for 27 years he was in a cage with a small perch and never held! Never out of the cage!
I've owned him for 3 years now and he now is out of the cage all the time, loves me and lets me scratch his head and kiss him but has only gone on my finger once! I love him dearly!
I use to sit by his cage and just talk to him
You should try doing this 


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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2014, 06:22:29 PM »

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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2014, 11:34:25 PM »

Just goes to show it can take years for a bird to get used to you x

Will jack bite if he comes out on his own Rachel, Is that what you mean? Could be a bit territorial with his cage and stuff. I know Bella (debs bird) when she is out she is fine for a while then starts to nip Debbie everywhere climbing around her nipping and getting tangled in her hair and all sorts, and she used to bite me alot  :nono:
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2014, 04:37:11 PM »

Hi Jules,
If I get Jack to step up then he gets exactly like Bella. He is fine then starts nipping which gets harder and harder until I react.
If I just let him out without standing on my hand first he gets really aggressive within a couple of days and starts to actually launch himself at me and my partner and really biting no warning nips.
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2014, 11:17:26 PM »

I think maybe he needs a few stern words from you and your partner, I'm sure your do tell him firmly no but he is young after all and still learning, he'll get it eventually bless him. Bella does this for attention, which is what jack could be doing, you're doing right by leaving him be for a while but I wouldn't keep putting him back in his cage. Maybe leave him on his stand for a while and walk away, but return when he seems calmer, it could be a game to him :)
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Re: Cant handle him
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2014, 08:56:22 PM »

I'm not sure if your thinking of the right bird Jules. He's just turned 22! Maybe he's having a midlife crisis  :rofl:
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