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Tips to Tame and Train
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The most important thing to remember when correcting a bird's behavior is to NEVER hit the bird. Hitting a bird can injure, or possibly kill him or her. Because their bones are hollow, they are more fragile. Besides, hitting only makes birds fear you, and many will bite out of self-defense. Remember, this is a bird, not a human; they don't understand that they are making you angry.
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Make sure your bird's wings are properly clipped. Allowing your bird to fly not only risks letting the bird fly off into the wild blue yonder, but it tells the bird he or she can become "flock leader."
3.
Do not use gloves. Although you may be afraid of being bitten, gloves scare birds and make them more likely to bite. Perches and towels are better training tools.
4.
Establish the "UP" command with your bird. Place your hand, or a perch, under the bird's belly. Using gentle pressure, encourage your bird to step up on your hand, or the perch, and say "Up." Do this every time you take your bird out of his or her cage and when you pick the bird up. This will help when you need to correct your bird's behavior.
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Keep your bird off your shoulder! Your bird should not be allowed to be above your chest level, because they feel dominant there. In the wild, a bird enforces his or her dominance by being above everyone else. By keeping your bird below you, you are saying, "I'm the Boss."
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When your bird is doing something you don't like (biting, screaming...) say "No!" in a firm (but not screaming) voice, put the bird in their cage (don't forget the "Up" command) and cover them for twenty minutes. Birds are social creatures. They don't like to be left out, and will catch on quickly that "bad" behavior gets them no attention.
7.
Don't forget to reward you bird! When your bird is being good, take him or her out of the cage and tell your bird how good her or she is. Scratch the bird's head (if he or she accepts this form of attention) and play with your bird. Your bird will respond to training quicker if you reward them more often.
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Don't reward bad behavior. Taking your bird out of their cage when they are screaming will tell them to scream for attention. Screaming at your bird to tell them to be quiet will amuse them, not quiet them. They actually like to see us get all worked up. However, make sure your bird is not screaming because they need fresh food or water!
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Don't take your bird out when you're uptight or angry. Birds are sensitive to our emotions, and get scared of us when we are not calm and relaxed.
10.
As with all animals, birds need time to understand what we expect of them. Your bird won't change overnight, but with time and patience, you will have a great companion.