Okay. How UNBELIEVABLY adorable is this?!
We have continued to let her come to us at her own pace; so far, we have left the cage door open and let her come out on her own. Tonight, we had a singing party (just the TWO of us!) and she had a grand old time; more of her vocabulary is coming out!
The best development of all–I took the advice of the AvianAvenue.com parrot forums and, when she leaned over to bite the top of her cage and shook (like Louie does), I reached gently and slowly (where she could see) so I could pet her shoulders… AND SHE LET ME! Eeee! Over and over! HAPPINESS!
Pampered Flock’s Rules for New Parronts
Rule # 1 – If the new parrot backs away from your hand, let her! Show her you’ll pay attention to her body language.
Rule # 2 – If your new amazon grabs onto something with his/her beak and quivers, he/she might just want you to give scritches. Go from the side or underneath, and when he/she lets go or backs away, let them go. No pursuit. Build that trust! Help them WANT to be with/on/petted by you!
I can’t believe we’ve gone three days without being bitten; I guess we’re getting better at this parrot stuff after all!