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Old 12-24-2020, 11:40 AM
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Re: I was not expecting this...or is it normal?

If you let him out, I would block off the space by shutting doors etc so that that he has fewer places to hide/escape to (also, make sure everyone knows that you are doing this so that no one day anything stupid, like swinging the door open or deciding to come in with the vacuum running etc). I would be particularly careful to block off any shadowy nooks that he could hide in because then he will be difficult to supervise and may be more inclined to stay hidden there etc. Make sure your kids know not to mess with him or move suddenly during these initial times out of the cage...Make sure you do not let him out near the kitchen where he could accidentally fly into something hot etc.

You don't want to have to towel him to get him back in so you really should do this when you have time, because he may not want to go back in right away, and the last thing you should do is chase of catch him. Cover mirrors and windows as well for safety and do not remove him from the cage yourself. If you do it, open the door and let him walk out on his own. If he sits there and doesn't exit, leave the door open for a while and just let him investigate. If he does come out, keep calm and try not to get in his face or startle him. The goal is for them to eventually be comfortable coming and going from the cage without feeling like they will get locked up each time, so if he does go back in to eat or something, don't immediately lock him back up or you will be teaching him that he gets locked up whenever he goes back into his cage (and you don't want him to avoid his cage).

Generally, they will go back to their cage to eat or to roost in the evening, so you might have better luck doing this a few hours before bed. Again though, it can be a major waiting game, so much sure you have the time to wait without getting impatient an toweling him. If it gets really late and he still won't go back, you can try dimming the lights slightly and placing a light by his cage along with favorite treats.

Chasing/catching destroys trust and should only be done in the event that it is absolutely necessary for safety, as it can set back your bonding process.

Last edited by noodles123; 12-24-2020 at 11:43 AM.
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