How to Teach a Child to Behave around a New Parrot
Part of the Parrots For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Incorporating a parrot into your family takes some adjustment from everyone, especially children. The tips in the following list can help your child — and anyone who isn’t familiar with birds — adjust to the newest, most feathered member of the family:
Use inside voices, but don’t whisper.
Talk to your new parrot. Get it used to the sound of your voice.
Don’t play with the bird too much in the first few days. Allow the bird to become acclimated.
Move slowly. Children tend to display sharp, quick movements which can scare parrots.
Be gentle. Never squeeze, hit, or throw the bird. Use slow, gentle movements.
Be compassionate and understanding. Teach your child that the bird is not a toy.
Teach your child not to be afraid of the bird. Fear will lead to an ignored and unhappy companion.
Don’t stick your fingers in the cage or tease the bird.
If the bird is afraid, it’s not personal. He’s just being a bird.
Offer the bird yummy treats to make friends with it.