How To Pet Your Parrot
You may click into a youtube video and see a beautiful image of a person petting their bird and become jealous that your bird does not allow you to do that with them. In today's blog post I am going to talk about how you can teach your bird to like being pet.
First of all, what you want to do is approach them slowly, if the show signs of anger or aggression do not pursue it and come back later when they are more relaxed. If your bird does not seem to mind or is just slightly alert, then continue moving your hand forward. Begin petting them on their beak and move up to the forehead or onto the cheeks, depending on what your bird prefers. Our cockatiel likes to be petted from the cheeks and before he allowed us to fully stroke him, he would only allow soft scratches on the cheeks. This may take awhile for your bird to get comfortable with you touching their face.
Warning: DO NOT pet your bird anywhere except for the back of the head. This behavior is reserved for the mate, while scritching behind the neck is allowed for all bids.You may sexually tease your bird if you pet it anywhere but the back of the neck potentially leading to hormonal issues.
Once your bird becomes more comfortable you can begin moving your fingers around to different places. You can also try different petting patterns and see which one that your bird likes best. Depending on the bird, your bird may move its head around to get you to pet different spots, but it may rely on you to decide.
This process could take a day or a week or a month, but it is worth it. One important factor is that you do not push this really hard onto your bird. Unfortunately, not all birds like to be pet and they never will. Make sure that you are not forcing your bird to do something that they are not comfortable with.
Happy petting ... or not!