How to Hold a Parrot

Learn how to hold a parrot from Parrot Wizard Michael Sazhin in this Howcast video.

Here are some tips and tricks about how to hold a parrot. A good way to approach a parrot of smaller size is to use one finger for them to step on. You tuck your thumb and other fingers down. It gives them less to chew on, so when they step up on your hand like this, there’s no loose skin to grab.

You don’t necessarily want to pick up your parrot with your fingers out like this, because it gives them unnecessary things to chew on and play with. By tucking all your fingers in nice and tight, that ensures that the parrot is going to be focused right on going on your hand.

Another tip I have for you is to watch the speed that you approach the parrot with. Start with your hand further away so that it tells your parrot what you’re going to do. Bring your hand in at a constant speed so your parrot knows what’s going to happen. It’s going to step right up. Don’t stop because your timid of the parrot, but at the same time, don’t go too fast.

When it comes to grabbing your parrot, some things to remember. It’s generally better to grab a parrot by the neck than by the belly. They have a diaphragm, so they need their belly to move in and out in order to be able to breathe. Meanwhile, they have a calcified trachea, so you pretty much can squeeze their neck because it’s bony.

By grabbing them by the neck, they have a very strong beak and neck, so they can hang off your fingers, no problem. You start with your thumb and forefinger wrapped around the parrot’s neck. Then you use the rest of your fingers to lightly support the parrot. When you’re carrying them around restrained, you can hold them on their back, like this. This is also useful for when you need to groom you parrot’s talons and check its wings and things like that.

There were some tips and tricks for you about how to hold a parrot. You can use that step-up technique, or you can grab the parrot for carrying it around with you around the house and reducing fear.