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Old 03-08-2019, 09:08 AM
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Re: How Can I Entice Murphy To Leave His Cage?

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I purchased the family friendly parrot videos from Birdtricks.com...it talks a lot about gaining your birds trust/bonding. Our bird is very curious (hes new to us as well), he loves to come out of his cage, loves to explore, and loves to just sit cage top and snooze. Our bird however does not like me so much lately(rather hostile at times to)...hes more into my husband.

With that said though the video talked about desensitizing the animal to the person or thing that maybe intimidates them.

Its all about positive reinforcement and positive punishment. For your bird a positive reinforcement would be coming outside the cage for that favorite treat! Maybe you can hang a perch on the door and get an easy to attach food dish to put on the outside on the cage wall. I would only put the favorite treat in that dish...his reward would be coming out to get the treat. If he wants to go back to his cage once he gets it that's fine... eventually he will build up confidence and explore further. His positive punishment might be... you only get the treat if you go get it from the outside bowl.

It also helps when the bird is hungry, then they are more willing to "perform" for their treat. I would try this first thing in the morning before he gets breakfast.

Jim was right though time and patience goes a long way.
Attaching a food dish to the cage door for his treats sounds like a great idea! That way, when I have the door opened, he would have to climb out to get his beloved treats. I've also been watching Bird Tricks, and have been thinking about clicker training with him. Has anyone tried this? But instead of the clicker, I may just use my own voice. I'm afraid the clicker sound may be too startling for him lol.

I spent $50 for both sets of the family friendly parrot. It covers a lot of beneficial information (especially if your a newbie like me). They say the clicker is their preferred target sound because its a very CLEAR NOISE. The bird can't confuse it with anything else. They do say if you have a more timid bird to put the click in your pocket. If you click it through your jeans its muffled but still the clear target sound. They also talk about how to properly clicker train your bird (which I wasn't doing correctly).

We are currently working on clicker training our BFA and its going well. You have to move slow though. What seems like an easy command to us can actually be A LOT of work for them. I would give it a try though! It can help build a lot of confidence in your new friend, as well as help build a bond and trust.
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Re: How Can I Entice Murphy To Leave His Cage?

Honestly you're to be commended for getting as far as you have with him in only 2 weeks@ 2 weeks is like 5 seconds in parrot-time!!! You're already leaps and bounds ahead of where most people are with a parrot that has come from basically a breeding situation with no human interaction at all in a tiny breeding cage. If I had to guess I'd say that Murphy was probably originally hand-raised as a baby and may have even had a first owner that was very interactive with him, but unfortunately he was re-homed into one or more bad situations with people who only thought of him as a money-making investment. So even though the poor guy has spent his recent years/time in that bad situation alone, he still wants to be loved, he just isn't quite ready to trust a person again just yet...but he will be soon.

Just keep doing what you're doing, you're doing great. It's all about time, patience, and mostly consistency. If you work from home on your computer, it's a wonderful idea to just sit near him as much as you can, because that's going to show him that he CAN trust you, that you're not going to force him to do anything he doesn't want to do, but that you're going to be there for him when he's ready. Once he's able to make that leap outside of his cage and you're able to really start to work with him, things will start moving forward leaps and bounds.

I think you've really adopted an awesome little Amazon there in Murphy...In time he's going to be a wonderful, loving companion.
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Re: How Can I Entice Murphy To Leave His Cage?

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Honestly you're to be commended for getting as far as you have with him in only 2 weeks@ 2 weeks is like 5 seconds in parrot-time!!! You're already leaps and bounds ahead of where most people are with a parrot that has come from basically a breeding situation with no human interaction at all in a tiny breeding cage. If I had to guess I'd say that Murphy was probably originally hand-raised as a baby and may have even had a first owner that was very interactive with him, but unfortunately he was re-homed into one or more bad situations with people who only thought of him as a money-making investment. So even though the poor guy has spent his recent years/time in that bad situation alone, he still wants to be loved, he just isn't quite ready to trust a person again just yet...but he will be soon.

Just keep doing what you're doing, you're doing great. It's all about time, patience, and mostly consistency. If you work from home on your computer, it's a wonderful idea to just sit near him as much as you can, because that's going to show him that he CAN trust you, that you're not going to force him to do anything he doesn't want to do, but that you're going to be there for him when he's ready. Once he's able to make that leap outside of his cage and you're able to really start to work with him, things will start moving forward leaps and bounds.

I think you've really adopted an awesome little Amazon there in Murphy...In time he's going to be a wonderful, loving companion.
Ellen, I have a feeling you're right about Murphy being hand-raised when he was a wee one. He will readily take anything from my hand. If it's a treat that he likes, he'll gobble it up. If not, he tosses it! And if it's reallllly yummy, he steals it away and dunks it in his water dish and then eats it. Needless to say, I'm the water-dish slave because I have to change his water about 8 times a day!
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