Ho do I pet my parrot?

JamesBrook1840

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Hey, guys, Rio will step up, he won't bite at all, I was wondering how should I approach him in order to pet him? He gets scared easily, he won't fly away, he'll just back up (he always comes and chills with me in bed)
 

Eddie

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In what way do you mean “pet” Rio? Sounds like you have done an amazing job building his trust already 😍. Always keep to Rios head and neck so you remain a companion rather than a partner.. Eddie our Amazon loves to have her head scratched, and when pin feathers come through after a moult, she lets me help her pick off the keratin sheath.. I used to like picking scabs off my knee as a child so you can imagine my delight at being able to do this in the line of duty so to speak! 😂
 

JamesBrook1840

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In what way do you mean “pet” Rio? Sounds like you have done an amazing job building his trust already 😍. Always keep to Rios head and neck so you remain a companion rather than a partner.. Eddie our Amazon loves to have her head scratched, and when pin feathers come through after a moult, she lets me help her pick off the keratin sheath.. I used to like picking scabs off my knee as a child so you can imagine my delight at being able to do this in the line of duty so to speak! 😂
Yes, but when I approach his neck he backs up, and I don't wanna pressure him or do something wrong
 

Eddie

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Perhaps start with the top of his head? I don’t know how or why we started, but before Eddie came out as much we used to all say ‘ scratchy?” And if Eddie was in the mood she would put her head down and we were allowed to give her a head a scratch. She is admittedly a bit fiesty! Eddie now really loves her cheeks being stroked, so perhaps if Rio leans his head one way you could gently approach with your hand and do it then?
 

Lauraj

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Hello!
Fifi our parrotlet isn't a tickly bird, every now and again she rubs her head on the bars and let's us tickle her through her bars but this is not often and if she is out of her cage we have no chance of tickling her, she uses us as landing perches and that's the lot haha.
Our grey Bo, loves tickles and to start with we said 'tickle' and showed him our finger and if he dipped his head low we would scratch his head. Now Bo tells us when he wants a tickle which is majority of the time😂
I learnt to keep my hand low and not go over his head at the start, even now going over his head scares him and he will let us give him a good scratch now. We only keep to head and neck as Eddie said, Bo same as Eddie's bird loves his cheeks and around his ear area to be tickled, he moves his head side to side to ensure we get evey spot haha!
Great trust you have built so far, well done 😄
 

JamesBrook1840

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Hello!
Fifi our parrotlet isn't a tickly bird, every now and again she rubs her head on the bars and let's us tickle her through her bars but this is not often and if she is out of her cage we have no chance of tickling her, she uses us as landing perches and that's the lot haha.
Our grey Bo, loves tickles and to start with we said 'tickle' and showed him our finger and if he dipped his head low we would scratch his head. Now Bo tells us when he wants a tickle which is majority of the time😂
I learnt to keep my hand low and not go over his head at the start, even now going over his head scares him and he will let us give him a good scratch now. We only keep to head and neck as Eddie said, Bo same as Eddie's bird loves his cheeks and around his ear area to be tickled, he moves his head side to side to ensure we get evey spot haha!
Great trust you have built so far, well done 😄
Thank uuu
 

Oli Fry

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Ringnecks aren't always very affectionate - when compared to parrots that have a stronger bond between pairs - so don't expect too much of him too soon. Sometimes it's best to offer them small twigs of apple or willow by hand and then gently tickle the head with the twig, stopping immediately if he backs away. This worked with my little Hahn's macaw many years ago.
 

JamesBrook1840

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Ringnecks aren't always very affectionate - when compared to parrots that have a stronger bond between pairs - so don't expect too much of him too soon. Sometimes it's best to offer them small twigs of apple or willow by hand and then gently tickle the head with the twig, stopping immediately if he backs away. This worked with my little Hahn's macaw many years ago.
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Kendra

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Chorley OWA, is a very nervy boy, I do the 'tickle tickle' and wiggle my finger, he usually wants a scratch and will lower his head but what I have found is if I catch a pin, he hates it, really hates it and is not friends with me for a while, whereas the others just glare at me and then let me carry on. Georgie PA, has to had his head scratch every night before bed or he does not sleep.
 
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