Pionus parrots are a very rewarding companion to have in your home. They are very affectionate birds and tend to be very friendly. They also make great family pets!
One of the things that you’re probably wondering about when you get your new Pionus parrot home with you is how quickly you can get it to bond with you.
The good news is there are plenty of tricks you can use to get your Pionus parrot to bond with you! Today, we’re going to take a look at how to get your Pionus parrot to bond with you.
It’s important to note that Pionus parrots don’t tend to form a single person bond. They tend to form flock bonds, so it’s important to make your Pionus feel like they’re one of your flock.
So let’s take a look at the best ways to get your Pionus parrot to bond with you and your family!
Hand rear a baby Pionus
One of the best ways to get your Pionus parrot to bond with you is to hand rear them from a baby parrot. If your Pionus parrot has known you for their whole life, they will be more likely to bond with you.
Baby Pionus parrots aren’t as colorful or flashy as their adult counterparts, but you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of getting your bird to bond with you as it grows.
Finding a baby Pionus
You can ask around to find Pionus breeders who are selling hatchlings, or you can search online to find a breeder selling baby Pionus parrots. It’s important to remember to only buy birds from reputable breeders.
These are people who will let you visit them and won’t sell any birds until they have been properly weaned and feathered. They will also take the bird back from you if you can’t look after it. If you don’t buy from a reputable breeder, you could run the risk of getting a bird with serious health issues.
To have a better chance to bond with your baby Pionus, you should ask the breeder for a hand-reared bird. When the parrots hatch, several breeders will remove the birds from their parents so that they can be raised by hand.
This will allow the Pionus parrots to bond more closely with humans, which makes them the best pets. When you find a reputable breeder, you should ask if they hand rear their birds.
Once you’ve found a reputable breeder, you should then select a bird that is healthy and outgoing. Parrots which are friendly and healthy as babies will make even better pets once they mature into adulthood.
Baby parrots which are active, appear interested in people, don’t show as much fear, and demand food are the best Pionus birds to opt for. You will want a baby Pionus that has bright eyes, doesn’t have any visible deformities, and is fully feathered.
Bonding with your baby Pionus
Now that you’ve selected your new baby Pionus, you can start to bond with them! If you have any other birds in your home, it’s important to separate your Pionus from them. This will be important until your Pionus starts to grow and molts, as it will allow your bird to bond with you instead of other birds.
If you’re not that bothered by your Pionus bonding with other pets, you should still implement a quarantine process for at least 30 days. This is because you will want to prevent any diseases from spreading among your birds.
You should also be aware of the fact that some birds can be very aggressive. If you’ve never introduced birds to each other, you should consult with your vet on how best to do so.
The best way to get your baby Pionus to bond with you is to handle them at least 6 or 7 times a day. You will need to spend a lot of quality time with your baby Pionus, and make physical contact with them.
You can do this by removing them from their cage and holding it gently for several times a day. You can hold it for a while until the bird gets used to you, you can gently play with it, or you can pet it.
Another great way to get your baby Pionus to bond with you is to mimic bird sounds. Don’t be afraid to coo or whistle at your baby Pionus, as they find it comforting to listen to bird sounds. If your baby appears frightened, then stop and speak in your normal voice.
You should try and feed your baby Pionus by hand, too. Especially during the first few months of your bird’s life! You should hold the food in your hand, and let the bird take it from you.
It’s okay to leave a few snacks in its cage, but ideally you should feed its main meals from your hand. If your bird does bite you, you shouldn’t hit it or yell at it. This will only serve to make the bird scared of you.
Bonding with an adult Pionus
Sometimes it’s not always possible to find a baby Pionus for you to hand rear. You can still bond with your adult Pionus, though! The best way to get started is to feed your Pionus treats by hand.
You won’t have to hand feed main meals to an adult bird, but giving them special treats will help them bond to you more quickly. Blueberries, red peppers, and sweet potato chunks are a great place to start. You also shouldn’t feed them too many treats so that they can stay at a healthy weight.
You will need to spend some quality time with your parrot. Let them have supervised out-of-cage time around your home, ensuring that you’ve closed any escape routes such as windows and doors.
You can train your parrot to perch on your hand before you do so if you’re worried about getting the bird back in its cage. Handling your bird regularly is another great way to get it to bond with you.
Talking to your parrot and keeping it in a high-traffic area of your home will also help it to feel like one of the flock. Make sure that your Pionus has plenty of toys to keep them entertained, too!
How do you tame a Pionus?
The best way to tame your parrot is to let it get used to you gradually. Feed your Pionus parrot treats, and don’t shout at it if it does bite you. This will only make it scared of you. You should talk to your parrot so that it can get used to your voice and so it can learn that you won’t hurt it.
If your Pionus parrot is aggressive, try to examine if there are any stressors which could be causing it distress. It may also be worth taking the Pionus to your vet in case there are any health issues which might be stressing it out.
It’s important to always be gentle with your Pionus parrot, and to take the taming experience at their own pace. Never force your parrot to do things it isn’t comfortable with just yet.
Allow it to build up its trust in you, and you can easily tame your parrot in time. It should take around a month or two before your parrot becomes tame. Remember, it’s always best to use kindness when trying to tame your parrot!
Bonding with your Pionus parrot will be easier than you think! The most important thing is to be patient, and take it at your parrot’s pace.
As long as they get used to you, and are allowed to go through the bonding pace as slowly or as quickly as they want to, you should have no problem bonding with your Pionus parrot.