Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:52 am Post subject: taming tips?
Well ive had my bird for a bit over a month (the female one) and well i dont know if its a good time to start to tame her?
I think she is rather used to me cause she tends to do that laugh sound in the morning until i wake up like saying HEY WAKE UP!!! i wanna talk...or something
But today i decided to take measures i nmy own hands and i put on a glove and after a bit of resistance managed to grab hold of her ( she started biting the glove of course) and i slowly caressed her head while talking to her. I did it for about 10-20 secondscause i noticed she had her tounge out so she had to be exhausted from all the running away
Now currently having my roomdoor closed and the cagedoor open to see if she wants to explore a bit more of the outside world
But anyhow i would like some taing tips since i know sh is a loving bird and very cute.
About right now she is sleeping on the bar next to the cage door. Poor thing is exhausted *feels guilty in away*
Steptoe has written a great post about taming...I think its in the pets corner bit or maybe the general care bit..its a sticky and you will find it if you put "taming" into the search box.
As you probably know if you have read my threads I dont yet have a Kak but I have done LOADS of reading up and from what I have read (inc Steptoes bit) you shouldnt grab them, you should always let them come to you.
And just a note as a qualified vet nurse I can tell you that birds don't generally pant when worn out like a dog, they only breathe with their tongue sticking out when they are very stressed! Somebody how knows kaks may well tell us otherwise but all other birds that I am aware of don't do it. So probably best not to grab her again. I will leave the finer points and tips of training to the experts!!
if you have had your bird for a month now she should have accepted you and show no signs of fear, if this is the case the next step is to get her used to your hand entering the cage, take this step very slowly making no sudden movements and talk to her using a soft tone of voice, as you do so offer her a favorate treat/food but be patient and let the bird come to you to take the treat, bear in mind if shes hungry she is more likely to take the treat and she may let you stroke her as she investigates to see what your hand is, it may take a couple of attempts b4 she has gained enough confidence to approch you, remain patient and eventually you should have success
DO NOT GRAB
it is common to wrap a nervous bird up in a towel to calm it down however, it is always better to win trust without forceful methods if you pick a bird up by its body it will lead to you being bitten as the bird will feel thretend, in the wild a bird would think he was about to be eaten if grabbed in this way
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