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Old 03-17-2019, 09:26 AM
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Re: Perch cleaning question


Using a wire-brush or an actual "perch scraper" tool once a week when you clean the entire cage to remove any dry poop, then give it a scrubbing/disinfecting would be more than enough...

Can I make a quick suggestion about your training? All parrots are extremely territorial about their cages, some more than others, and some of them no matter how tame they are (even hand-raised/fed and cuddly/handleable) will NEVER like it when their owners, who they are closely-bonded to, put their hands inside of their cages...So one of the reasons you probably aren't advancing much in your hand-taming is because you're trying to do it while he's inside of his cage and by putting your hands in his cage...That's been his only "Safe-Space" since you brought him home, and in reality it could be 2 years from now and he could be extremely hand-tame by then, and he STILL will probably react the same way to your hands in or on his cage...So when you're trying to work with him, all he's concerned about is that your hands are inside of his territory, and he wants them out, and he's not going to get much out of the taming/training at all if you keep doing it that way.

Instead, it's best if you take him to a room with a door that latches, no windows or cover the windows so he doesn't fly into them, let him out of his cage in the room (best to have some type of portable-perch or stand for him to perch on, or something else that looks like an obvious perch for him), also best if it's a carpeted floor but not totally necessary, and then REMOVE HIS CAGE FROM THE ROOM so he can't see it anymore. Then do you taming/training sessions with him this way...And then when you get him to the point where he is willingly stepping-up onto your finger, what you want to do from that point on is to simply open up his cage door and try to get him to come out on his own, and THEN put your finger out and tell him to "step-up" while he's on the cage-door...Some hand-tamed birds will step-up onto a finger of their owner while inside of their cages too, but some just have to always be allowed to come out on their own...Either way, the hand-taming/training process is going to be a lot more productive and also quicker if he's not only focuses and concentrating on you being in his territory, or getting back to his territory if it's within his sight while you're trying to work with him.
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