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TrumanFeatherFace

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Catching with towel
« on: February 04, 2013, 09:05:10 PM »


I speak with a customer at work who has had a grey for 21 years and asked her today if her grey was moulting at the moment. She said he was and had actually bitten her for the 1st time in ages. She said she had had to throw a towel over him to get him back in his cage. She said she had done this a few times over the years and her grey was ok with it - as in not scared of the towel or didn't react any more aggressive with it over him.

I was just wondering what people's thoughts were on this. Obviously if a vet visit is required just cause our birds are good with us doesn't mean they will be good for a vet.
I read in my parrot book  that it's good to get them used to be wrapped for just the above reason. But what about for returning to cage. How many times would this be ok?
I would think if you were using this method more than just returning by hand then something needs to change [if possible].

Truman is moulting big time at the moment. I am surprised he has any feathers left.
So he is rather grumpy. Coming out of his cage he is fine. Going back in is another matter.
When I had this issue before I read a link on here and following that training tip really worked. It was to offer your hand to step onto as usual but also put your other hand infront of that one. The idea being that the parrot would step up naturally and then be more interested/watchful of the other hand. Therefore not biting the hand on which it sits and hopefully not the other.
Thankfully this works for me and Tru. Most of the time quite easily.
As I said just wondering what others thought. I know from reading posts on here that some of us return/move parrots by them sitting on a pillow or buddy perch. I have often wondered myself how I would move Truman if he decided he didn't like me for a while [hopefully never for good :crossed].
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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 10:56:23 AM »

cant really help on this one as ive never add to towel a bird before i'm sure someone will be along to help.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013, 05:41:54 PM »

When we first got Dave the only Way to catch him was with a towel
He did however soon learn the site of a towel meant he had to go away :thumbsup:
Now we have progressed to stepping up onto a cushion :thumbsup:
My vet has to use a towel for him too
He doesn't moan or squawk

I also towel my 3 girls for nail clipping , they don't mind much and are no worse for wear x x
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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013, 07:51:13 PM »

Thanks John, Mandi,
That's interesting Mandi that you towel your girls. Towelling in a calm manner then shouldn't ruin a good bond, should it?. It's safe to say you obviously have a stong unique bond with Peach.

Whenever Truman has a grumpy spell I panic and think what if he hates me now and I won't be able to handle him anymore. Stupid I know but something I do try hard to push to the back of my mind. This lady mentioning towelling just got be thinking so thought I would ask on here to see if it was considered acceptable or not. But I suppose it's the same as anything what works for one might not work for another.
Another thing that seems to work for Tru is taking his picture before I need to put him away. He's a right poser.
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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 06:45:52 PM »

I play a game with Harley where I say I`m going to get him with the towel, he laughs and runs away then waits to be caught, picked up, cuddled then let go again. At the vets he`s towelled because, well, he`s evil, so I guess it would make it less stressful. The others aren`t used to towels, however if we do need to towel birds like Oliver as long as we do it quickly and positively it`s never caused a problem.
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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 07:14:11 PM »

Thanks Scarlett,
Bless evil Harley. I can just imagine him running away [which is funny anyway, when parrots run]. Then looking over his shoulder and looking like he's thinking "chase me chase me".
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 11:01:25 PM »

We used to play a game with Pablo  and a dish towel, we would put the dish towel over his head and say peek a boo and take it off , just in case we ever need to towel him ,to get him in the carrying cage to go to the vets . Haven't done it r years so now I think he would freak out ,   Should have kept it up,just in case
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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2013, 07:05:53 PM »

Pickle isn't keen on being towelled, but she tolerates it once I've caught her, even allows a head scratch. I worried that she'd hate me afterwards, but she was fine. Tru should be ok too. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine! X

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Re: Catching with towel
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013, 08:55:36 PM »

Whilst I was safe housing Harpo our conure the only way we could put him back in his cage we just used to hold up a white tea towel and call him he would fly to the tea towel then we would walk over to his cage and he would go straight in with no trouble at all.

Doreen x
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