Hi my name is Faith, I recently just adopted my parrotlet, Azulo, his age wasn't provided but we are guessing he is around a year old. The shelter made it sound like Azulo wasn't getting much socialization time at all, I don't think the previous owners made much effort to hand tame him either. I've been doing a lot of bonding this past month; he has perched on my arm, he will eat millet from hands but if there is no treat he gets quite anxious and will try to bite them. He has been quite moody but I think that is mainly because he is molting. I haven't made any attempts to touch him and am making sure not to overdue the training but I haven't seen much progress, do you have any advice?
Welcome Faith and Azulo. It sounds like you are doing well so far. Thanks for rescuing Azulo, I have had rescues myself and they can make wonderful birds. Hope we can help you figure out this new parrotlet world you are in.
Welcome! Sounds like you're doing a great job, just continue with everything you are doing because you're definitely on the right track. The key really is time. The more time goes by the more of a relationship and bond you will develop just like with a person. You will find that parrotlets in general are Moody and a bit nippy LOL it's part of what makes them so much fun though. You will learn how to navigate the body language and personality of your bird in such a way that it becomes less of a big deal and more of just part of your interaction.
One thing you might try is slowly introducing him to new experiences and environments, like new toys or perches in his cage, and rewarding him with treats and positive reinforcement when he behaves well. As you mentioned, it's important not to overdo the training and to be patient with him as he adjusts to his new home.
Additionally, molting can be a stressful time for birds, so it's not uncommon for them to be a little moody or irritable during this period. Just keep up the good work and be consistent with your training, and hopefully you'll see progress over time.
Also, have you checked out the website firstchurchlove.com? It's a great resource for pet owners and animal lovers alike, and I think you might find some helpful tips and advice there.