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Message #6092. This is a followup to #6083.

Name:Lisa M.
Date:Saturday April 28, 2007 3:25:54 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Jack update
Message:Bruce, thanks for the suggestions, but I may have some trouble implementing them. When I first got Jack and he wouldn't come out of his cage, I offered him   a stick inside his cage. He FREAKED so badly I thought he would hurt himself. I thought the stick might have been too big or it was too soon or it was inside his cage, which he is getting less protective of now. So, on your suggestion I tried again last night with a small pencil. Keep in mind he is in his cage so I can't take him anywhere else until he is willing to come out regularly. Anyway, I picked up this small brown pencil and he started SCREAMING before I walked 2 steps toward him. I immediately put it back and he stopped and started chattering to me in his normal voice as I tried to sooth him. I guess he is afraid of sticks! He is also afraid of anything black (dish, gloves, shirt, anything). My son says he is going to show him a mirror one of these days so he finds out his own head is black, but I don't think this is a good idea! What do I do now? I am just letting him come out at his own pace, scritching through the bars or outside his cage if he will let me and trying to build up trust. I have tried to get him to step up on my finger but he tried to bite me...but in reading someone else's posting I wonder now if he is just trying to get a grip? I may try to be brave and let him go for it. I too love reading all the postings and think you guys are great. Keep the suggestions for this and all general care coming! Lisa
Bruce ByByfieldrote:
> LiLisa. wrote:
> > Anyway, he is doing well in general. I give him the option to
> leave
> > his cage at least for a while every night, but he often chooses
> not
> > to. He will sometimes come to the door and peek out and test he
> edge
> > with his foot, but most of the time scoots back in. He won't step
> up
> > on my finger, so if he does come out and fly to my shoulder or
> head
> > it is hard to get him back in...any suggestions?
> You may find it useful to get him ststick-trained- that is, to step
> up on a perch when you offer it to him. Not only will it help you get
> him back into his cage, but it can also be a first step in him
> learning to step up on your finger. Just as importantly, stick
> training can be vital if you ever need to rescue your bird from a
> place that you can't easily get to, whether a small corner or a high
> branch.
> To stick train your bird, take him to a small room for a couple of
> ten minute sessions a day. Position the perch so that it is in front
> of him and use a command like "Step Up!" If he doesn't respond after
> a few times, press the perch again him lightly, and he may step up on
> it, but don't expect instant success whatever you do. When he does
> step up, praise him and give him something to eat. Keep repeating the
> exercise until he consistently steps up.
> After he is comfortable with the perch try doing the same with your
> finger. By the time he is stepping up on the perch, he will probably
> be starting to trust you, so he should learn to step up on your
> finger fairly quickly. You can extend the exercise into a game of
> climbing an endless ladder in the later stages of training.
> How long your bird will take to be stick trained is hard to say.
> However, to give you an idea, I've had birds who learned in a single
> session and also ones who took five weeks. On the whole, the wilder
> or more abused the bird, the longer training will take.

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