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Do’s and Don’ts To Petting Your Bird

Follow these tips the next time you pet a bird

By Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Petting Birds 
Courtesy Terri & Gale Pauken, Michigan
First introduce your bird to strangers before you allow them to pet it.

DO assess your bird’s body language before trying to pet it.

DON’T try to pet your bird if it pulls back, runs away or tries to bite you.

DO speak to your bird first before just reaching out to pet it.

DON’T let strangers pet your bird without first introducing them to the bird and making sure the bird is comfortable with them.

DO set aside some quiet time for petting sessions.

DON’T pet your bird down its back or tail.

DO stick to petting your birds head.

DON’T take it personally if your bird doesn’t want to be petted.

DO try and earn your bird’s trust through patience and understanding.


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I agree and try to do these things.
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 2/6/2014 5:23:43 PM
Good info, thanks
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 12/12/2011 2:16:56 AM
My green cheek conure loves to be petted all over especially his head. But my half moon conure will sit on my hand and give me kisses but will not let me pet his head. My little peach-faced love bird will sit on my shoulder or arm but will not let me handle her otherwise.
Rebecca, Mebane, NC
Posted: 12/10/2011 2:49:20 PM
One of my tiels will let me pet is back. But I'm the only one that can.
Dee, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 10/5/2010 9:42:58 PM
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