African Pied Crows are loving, intelligent pets that will quickly become part of the family. In the beginning stages, however, it is normal to have some growing pains. You need to develop a close working relationship with your crow pets through frequent interactions. During these interactions, you must remain wary and proactive about preventing bites and escapes. The activities you choose to offer will help build the lifelong relationship in record time. Here’s what you need to know.
Wear Protective Gear
Even when obtaining a hand fed crow from a breeder, you can expect to be on the receiving end of a few nips in the early days of bird ownership. Sudden movements or incorrect holds can inspire your bird to defensively nip at your fingers. To avoid actual damage, cover your digits and arms with protective leather gloves whenever you interact with your pets. Each day, you should notice fewer and fewer bite attempts until you are eventually able to cast the glove aside for good.
Use a Bird Leash
Even if you clip their wing feathers short to prevent flying, corvids can quickly move across the land by running and hopping. Keep your African Pied Crow close by using a bird leash each time you leave the house or other enclosed environment. Attach the bird leash to one of your crow’s legs and hold the other end in your palm at all times. You can let your crows roam free inside the house, however, as long as you are willing to actively supervise the playtime.
Keep Treats on Hand
In order to reinforce good habits and discourage bad ones, you must provide treats and praise at the proper times. To establish this habit, you should always keep treats in your pocket for impromptu reward sessions. The best treats include pink mice, crickets and berries. When you provide the treat, give the same words of praise each time to create a positive association of those two rewards.
Teach Engaging Tricks
Create a strong bond by working on engaging tricks together. Start with simple tricks, like hopping from one stand to another or putting plastic rings in specific areas. Assign separate commands for each trick to help your crows understand your expectations. For each successful performance, give plenty of praise and treats, and then cut the session short on a high note. Finish the interactions with relaxed playtime to help your crows look forward to future sessions.
Meet Exercise Needs
You should allow your corvids to spend at least four hours a day playing outside of the cage. Provide a mix of inside and outside playtime to keep your crows engaged with their environment. Everyone in the family should participate in the bonding process at least once a week to develop lasting relationships all around. Helping your birds develop a bond with each member of the family can reduce jealousy, which would otherwise lead to destructive behavior or other forms of acting out.