One cockatiel. Three budgies. Four finches. And a quarter-life crisis.
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Well, thank you! Bazooka appreciates it too!
And for some reason the word “shell” made me think “sea shell” and this is what I pictured in my head:
I need sleep I think.
This is a great idea! And it’s one I’ve considered trying myself as I’d really like more natural wood perches. Lately whenever I go to Petsmart or Petco they’ve been almost totally out of them and the ones that are there aren’t the ones I’m looking for. I’m trying to find the ones that branch out a bit and aren’t just one straight stick, but I’m having little luck.
It could be a personality thing. Some birds just aren’t as interested in toys. Pepper usually isn’t. It may also be because of his sex if he’s a budgie. I’ve found that my female budgies are far more interested in toys compared to my male budgies.
Anyone else have a bird that doesn’t play with toys?
Thank you! I ship it too!
Ok. So. I have one method of taming that I’ve been a bit afraid to reveal, mostly because I’m afraid of other people trying it. So, if you do use this method, be careful. Especially if you have a bird that is extremely scared.
Basically I take the bird into the shower. The reason being that every parrot I’ve ever owned goes into a bit of trance in the shower. Something about the warmth, the mist, and the steam makes them forget to be scared and they just sorta bliss out.
Turn the shower on. The water should be warm enough for the bathroom to steam up, but obviously not too warm. Once there’s some good steam going, I take the bird in. Usually within minutes they are calm.
DON’T PUT THE BIRD DIRECTLY INTO THE STREAM OF WATER. This will break their trance and you’ll have a scared wet bird leaping about in a potentially dangerous situation.
But do place them close enough that droplets bouncing around land on them and mist gets to them. They should start closing their eyes and going into the shower trance. Some will even do a bit of a fluffy shower dance on your hand.
When the bird is calm on your hand you can practice stepping up. This method gives you a chance to show that you are not a threat and that they can trust you.
BE CAREFUL and if the bird is too wild, you probably shouldn’t do this method. Make sure the water is draining properly in the shower, so that if they do leave your hand they don’t land in water. You do NOT want water built up below them. The water NEEDS to be draining. Please. I don’t want anyone sending me messages about drowning their bird in the shower.
Now this isn’t a magic cure-all. You still need to work with the bird everyday outside of the shower as well. This is just helpful for sorta breaking the ice with the bird. It’s what I did with Popcorn, and now Bazooka.
I also can’t guarantee hat every bird will go into the shower trance, this has just been my experience so far.