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AprilLouisa

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Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« on: November 08, 2012, 01:14:39 AM »

Hello, this is Barney,

 

My Dad (and I, until I moved out but will be back there soon) has had him approx 6 years and we are the third owners. His previous owner worked away for long periods of time (his neighbours would care for him then) and used to taunt him :( when we first took him on Barney hated me and used to squawk if I spoke to my Dad - I think it was initial jealousy but he is fine with me now but very very nervous, he puffs his feathers up and shakes if you go near the cage, but he will kiss you (a gentle peck on the finger) and let you stroke his head. The only word he can say is hello but he has recently started trying to say my name n_n he imitates fireworks, the meow my cat made as a kitten and my cousins bulldog noises perfectly. He couldn't say hello before we had him so I am sooo proud of him. I thought he was about 14 but I need to check his birth certificate (I'll update with his age) - basically I'm just wondering if I can help him with his anxiety. If my dad leaves his cage door open he will climb to the top of his cage and perch there but he gets absolutely terrified if he's on the floor. Although he is used to me, my Dad and his girlfriend and my bf he still gets very nervous when someone stands up from their seat or goes near the cage etc. I just want to help him :( I love him to bits and I'm so proud of him. I'm determined he can learn more :)

Thanks in advance for any help
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2012, 10:45:25 AM »

I wouldn't fret too much seems you're going about it fine, it'll take time. As for floor running it's a very confident and secure parrot that does this and I have 2. One really doesn't and really isn't keen, in their natural environment the ground is a very nervous place to be. Now the other is a rug runner she's a nightmare I keep threatening to get her a bell(It's quite scary I'm worried she'll get kicked or stood on). They naturally are nervous animals in their eyes everything is out to get them. I've got 2 who earlier on just went screaming out of the front room because some builders turned up on the scaffolding over the road.

So in regards to the anxiety, you can't change it you have to manage it over time I've found "chill" can work for me but only if I catch it in time, it's quite funny to hear Willow get startled and say "chill". In their natural environment things really don't change, so fast movements will scare them or make them anxious I take mine to the pub in the summer I can spot the kids a mile off that they won't want to know. They like calm slow. I've come to the conclusion they see the environment more as a whole rather than individual components. I'd say it's a defensive mechanism if you and your flock is eating in a fruit tree it doesn't change, any quick movements or sudden changes means get out of here. Just accommodate him warn him, slow down, perhaps reassure you could also try trick training with rewards. Randomly give him treats when you do go near the cage or stand up, get him to think it might be a good thing, praise him when he's not anxiuos.

In regards to puffing up my boy does this I find it a strange one because in the morning or getting him out it seems to be over excitement, but with him he does similar but growls when he feels threatened. He never strikes and is just super keen to get on the hand.

As for talking some do some don't I can teach some things by repeating a phrase when I get them out. They used to say "let me out please", but it's been forgotten as it's not been reaffirmed for years.
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 12:30:14 PM »

Just a little update - we've since learned that Barney is a few years older than we thought - he was 17 in August.

He has learned to say my name n_n

His first owner was more abusive than I thought. Apparently he used to throw things at him and purposely scare him too.

He lets my Dad smooth his back and chest now :)

So proud of my boy. Just hope he will step up eventually n_n


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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 01:46:05 PM »

bless him, why are people so cruel, he's lucky that he's now with a loving home and i'm sure you'll win his trust with patience.
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 02:10:17 PM »

Awwww bless, I'm sure he will, it took my bird 18 months to step. I also have another that can't be touched but I've every confidence that we'll get there.
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 03:44:39 PM »

I am sure with all the love that Barney is getting, it will bring out the best.   Love never fails.  Its there always no matter if they bite you or kiss you.  :cheekkiss:
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2013, 03:58:39 PM »

Gosh he threw things in temper at the bird? What an evil man! Sounds like he's doing well with you well done for taking him in x
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Re: Hi Guys, Some Help Please? :)
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2013, 11:13:53 AM »

You are obviously doing well with him, read about toys, diet and a bit of training maybe on here, I'm sure with time and patience he will come to realise that not all humans are cruel.
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