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Should cupping p'let in hand cause stimulation?

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Old 06-16-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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The line between a touch and stimulation?

Does any touch below the shoulders have a risk being stimulating (such as curling your fingers over a parrotlet's back,) or only petting motions in your opinion?
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:46 AM   #2
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it is best to touch only the neck/head and not the body.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:42 PM   #3
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Lindav is correct! Neck and Head only, especially with a female. A finger across the back is a no no! Period!. Limit your touching during molting, too.
My Bogie loves to sit on my shoulder/neck area and lean against my neck. I allow this because he behaves himself and does not become aggressive, like most parrotlets do. But I never touch the inside of his wings, chest, legs or feet. I do give him scritches on the head and neck and under his chin. I love that bird!
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I agree with the others. Head and neck is best, especially with females as anything more may encourage mating/nesting behavior.
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I think what you are referring to us what we call at our house the "hand cave".
A hand cave can create a "nest-like" environment so I would exercise caution (definitely do not Pet below the neck)
Melody enjoys the hand cave before bedtime, it calms her down and she likes to rustle around in daddys large cave, he just cups both hands over her and it's a comfort for her. I will also "cup" my hand lightly over her wings sometimes when she's fluffy on my finger and she likes to nap that way.
Over aggression, tail lifting, wiggle necking, nesting behavior should always be discouraged so if your hand cave become the initiation of a mating behaviour then don't do it, but in my case I have not had that problem simply cupping my hand over Melody occationaly. Hope that makes sense.
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As long as there is no petting, rubbing you should be good for limited time frames. the hand cave is part of our training process. Jules was very fearful of hands when we got her. We eventually got her past that and we added the hand cave so in situations that we must manhandle her she will not be fearful and panic. Now in a situation that I have to grab her she likes to put the web of my thumb in her beak but does not bite down. It is sort of like her telling me. "Ok, I am not happy about this but I trust you. But if things start going bad for me I am taking a piece of you with me."
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As long as there is no petting, rubbing you should be good for limited time frames. the hand cave is part of our training process. Jules was very fearful of hands when we got her. We eventually got her past that and we added the hand cave so in situations that we must manhandle her she will not be fearful and panic. Now in a situation that I have to grab her she likes to put the web of my thumb in her beak but does not bite down. It is sort of like her telling me. "Ok, I am not happy about this but I trust you. But if things start going bad for me I am taking a piece of you with me."
Haha! Completely understandable Jules.....
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