Oklahoma, United States
Posted Jul 11, 2014
I acquired Richard through my brother, who didn't spend much time handling him. He fed and watered him, and that was about the extent of Richards social contact. Before my brother owned him, he was owned by an elderly man who passed away.
A few years before Richard, I had adopted a couple Budgies from a pet store. They didn't mind being handled too much. They liked to perch on my shoulder and whistle with me. Richard turned out to be quite a challenge, though. He would bite and have terrible anxiety whenever I tried handling him. Clipping his wings was one of the hardest things. He did let me hand feed him a few times. I tried to get him to roam around the home a bit, but every time I forced him out he'd flail around until he found a place to perch and breathe heavily. When I tried just leaving his cage open he never once ventured out.
He was very high strung, though I suppose I would be too if I were a bird who had never been handled properly. I eventually gave him to a family friend who had more experience with birds than I did. Hopefully she's had better luck.