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Bonding and Training Want to train your parrotlet? Just want to bond with your parrotlet? Ask all your questions and suggestions here.

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Old 06-18-2020, 04:20 PM   #1
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I have been gone for awhile - joined your wonderful site and then had multiple surgeries back to back so poor little Pixie was not allowed out of her cage and my DH was just feeding her and cleaning her cage. Iím better but she has turned into quite the birdzilla - cant remove/put in food dishes without her going total melt down - I donít dare put me hands in her cage without a glove - i did have to towel her to trim her nails back - I was down for almost 2 years, blah, blah, blah.

She does call for me if I am not in the room - how do I respond to her? I guess I am going to be back at square one with training - any hints would be great -

thanks, Pixieís mama
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:54 PM   #2
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Back to basics.
I would start with putting my hands in the cage a lot and not approaching her. Get her used to hands as part of the new world order but no grabbing.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:17 PM   #3
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Welcome back! Parrotlets do not need their toenails trimmed unless they have a medical issue. You may want to get some long stalks of millet to use for millet training and rewards. You can offer her the long stalk and gradually over time move your hand closer and closer until she is standing on your hand or finger to eat it.
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Welcome back! We wondered where you went! Pixie was in need of companionship and didn't get enough, so now you have to step up, so to speak. She will warm up to you, unless your DH was cruel to her and I doubt that!
You are on a rebound relationship and it will blossom. Give her a lot of positive attention and treats and when she gives you that flock call when you leave the room, at least she notices that you left. .



Some ( English) budgies that I had were moody and some were downright mean to the human hand. I found that if I sat next to their cage and laid my hand against the cage for a few minutes, they eventually calmed down. I would talk to them in a sweet voice, too. You have to re-bond with Pixie and make her the most important friend in the house.


Stay safe and get well!


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Old 06-18-2020, 11:20 PM   #5
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Cleopatra was tame when I got her. But, I remember what my breeder told me. He said that I needed to take her out the cage every day and handle her or else she would go back to being wild.

Spend as much time with her as you can, so she can get to know you again. Sit by her cage and sing, talk and read to her. Maybe a week later, open the cage door, and do the same thing - You're going to have to build up her trust again. Lots of patience, love and millet should do the trick!


Can you put the food and water bowls closer to the door so you don’t have to stick your hands so far in the cage?
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Old 06-19-2020, 11:03 AM   #6
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Her cage has the food and water bowls that swing out to access them - but she gets into such a state - the only time I have been putting my hand in her cage is to change the paper at the bottom (I hate cleaning the grate) and I have stopped wearing the glove, she latches onto my hand and wont let go - do I answer her back when I am in another room by answering her with her name in a happy voice?
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do I answer her back when I am in another room by answering her with her name in a happy voice?

Yes, I would absolutely answer her back. This is their flock call, which they do to know where you are.
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Her cage is by my chair in the front room - if I am going 10 spend quality time in th kitchen can I move her cage with me - I also have a sewing room - her cage is on wheels.

And thanks everyone for all the help��
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You can move the cage around. I think this would be nice for your birdie. She will get to visit you!


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