Hi everybody, I have a Quaker called Arty, I was told when I purchased him a month ago that he was 3 months old. I got him from a parrot shop in the West Midlands. I think he must be older than 4 months. I have looked at advice etc before getting him ( I say him but I don’t know). He has been scared and growled every time I went near his cage. I read how it’s best to let them out of him out of his cage as often as possible. So I purchased a peach stand and let him out. He would happy eat and look out from his stand. He would fly off and scream if I went near him. Between 7pm and 8pm every night he’d go back to his cage ready for bed. How can I gain his trust and create a good bond. I feel he must have had a bad experience with someone in the past. Desperate for advise!! Many thanks
Welcome. A good approach would be to sit calmly as near to Ollie's cage as he's comfortable with (or near his stand when he's perched there) and talk softly to him. You might read to him too, so he'll get used to the sound of your voice and your body language. You may have to start some distance away and gradually move closer and closer as he becomes more comfortable with having you nearby. Above all, be patient. Bonding with a parrot seldom happens instantly and can take weeks or even months. Take things at Arty's pace and in time he should be more comfortable being close to you.
Welcome to the forum to you and Arty. Good advice from cnyguy. It will take time to gain his trust. If you can get him to a small room where he can’t see his cage or fly to it he might be more interested in listening to you. It’s my opinion, though not everyone would agree that it might help to have his flight feathers clipped and he would want to be held to be rescued and brought back to his stand or cage. The next moult they would grow back and hopefully by then you would be buddies