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Message #11. This is a followup to #10.

Date:Friday February 28, 2003 11:05:39 am MST
Subject:Re: Nanday needs a new home
Message:Hi Indica,
Thanks for the information....She is coming out of the cage to me, but...only if I make "kissing" sounds and just hold my finger out by the open door.  I say, "up" and make the sounds and she then decides (after a bit of swaying back and forth with her wings up) to settle down and come out on my finger.  Once out of the cage, she is pretty good...she speaks...says, "hello, and nice Nanday sounds" to me and will eat treats...then after a while, she will bite me and then I put her back into the cage.  
I do clean the cage and feed her, but my husband has to take out the perch out for scrapping, because if I just reach into her cage...blood is drawn.  It does make sence what you say, as my hubby is retired and is home most every evening and I still work...
I will keep trying with her, and thanks for all the tips you can give me....

Indica wrote:
> Hi Rainbird,
>   Well I am no expert, so i'll just give you my personal advice.
> Rusty I got as a 6 month old handfed baby, and she (we think she) was
> and still is super sweet and cuddley. But there are times she can
> really act out. There aren't any men in our family now, expept
> boyfriends which LOL she doesn't like. But she will go to strangers
> pretty well now, especially if I am there. I just started by telling
> her "its OK, come on step up" and having the person tell her to step
> up.
>   Also, if your nanday is laying eggs, she's in breeding season. She
> probably knows your husband is a male, I know animals know our
> genders ;) She probably has chosen your husband for a mate lol. And
> she is possessive and territorial right now if she has laid eggs. It
> does sound like you are advancing with her though, if she is
> excepting you now and letting you hold her. Will she step up on your
> hand? How much time do you honestly spend with her a day? And do you
> do the feeding, cage cleaning, etc.? Also, what is your work
> schedule, who is at home more, you or your husband? Even if your
> husband doesn't hold her much during the day, if she see's him more,
> she might think he's the head of the flock or something like that.
> But I'm not a behaviorist, and many people might dissagree ;)
> Anyways, The talking sweetley to her and that is great. If you don't
> already, start doing all the cage cleaning, feeding, watering, you be
> the one to give her bathes, be the one to offer her goodies, when you
> are eating dinner or breakfast or a snack, offer her some and try to
> get her to be with you while you eat. Eating is a great time for
> bonding I think. Bathes are to. Another thing to, in the evening if
> you are home, try snuggling her if you can. Hold her, if she bites
> you shake your hand and tell her to give you kisses. When she gets on
> your shoulder make sounds to her she makes, if she makes the little
> nanday sounds. Try to see if she likes getting in your shirt or a
> blanket. I gotta run because I'm at the library, but tell me some
> more about your bird and I might be able to help you more. I will try
> to think of some more things, and I will write you about how I have
> gotten Bandit and paco to trust me (I should have written that i
> guess LOL). Anyway I'll give you more info tomorrow morning. Have a
> good evening.
>      Indica & Flock

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