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Old 08-09-2018, 01:47 PM
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My 4 month old GCC has been here with my now for 4 days. I have not been able to handle him/her yet. Whenever I come up to the cage to open it to give the bird treats or to put food and water dishes in, he comes right up to me as if he is comfortable and wants to see what's up. If I open the door and have a treat in my hand, he comes right up and takes it from me. Sometimes, when I go to take the food dish out he comes up, maybe expecting a treat and goes up and bites my finger holding the food dish. He seems comfortable so I started to offer him treats with the door open so that he has to stand on the ledge to take them from me. After that I have started to try to put my finger by his feet and offer the treat on the opposite side trying to get him to step up. He will try to figure out a way to reach the treat without stepping on my finger or give up and not come out. At the place where I got him, the lady had him out on a perch and he would step up for me with no biting and also let me pet his head.
I know all of you guys keep saying it will take time to get comfortable but he seems comfortable and if I am by his cage and leaves, he calls out, he also takes food easily from my hand and it seems like to time to get his trust.
I just now decided I would just open the cage door and wait and see if he wanted to come out. I sat on the floor and just waited and he crawled onto the ledge with the cage open and then jumped out, tried to fly. His wings are clipped so he landed on the floor and I grabbed some treats and started giving them to him. He took them, and I tried to get him to step up because he was wanting to fly and bump into things in my room. Every time I tried to get him to step up, he would bite at my finger. Eventually he landed on a belt and I picked that up and got him back in the cage.
Is the answer really just wait more and more weeks and try again? It seems like if I leave him in his cage won't that make him more aggressive and less likely to ever warm up to me?
I know yall are gonna say it takes time but is that really it? I wait more without trying to handle him and then one day he will decide he wants to be handled?
Confused...
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

Also, his cage is getting dirty quick and I would like to clean it but I can't peacefully get him out of the cage and on to a perch!
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

Connie,
have you owned birds before?
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

You have to learn to proceed at your parrots pace, not your expectations pace. If he eats a treat from your hand, that's a good start for 4 days. WHy not let him do that for awhile and make up his mind a bit about his new home and you etc. After only 4 days, you hardly can be expected to be able to read his subtle body language. He will be with you for many many years, nice n steady is the ticket.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:05 PM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

Wrench is correct. I didn't want to condescend, but imagine (not in a rude way, but for example) a mother birthing a child and saying, it has been 4 days, and he isn't eating with a spoon. Now, having been in your shoes, I get the feeling, but the issue is that parrots are soooooooo muuuuuchhhh slllllllooweeeeer thannnnn ppppppeeeopppleeee.....
As in, one human week=1 parrot day...IF THAT!
Pretend like you are back in middle/highschool and you have a crush on someone but you want to keep it a secret. What do you do? Ignore annoying things, spend a lot of time nearby and present frequent gifts, as well as opportunities for shared (but quiet) activities. Unlike your childhood crush, your bird will likely reciprocate (in time)-----forgive me if your childhood crush was mutual. Mine was not LOL!
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:10 PM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

No, I haven't had a bird before which is why I am asking ignorant questions I guess. It just seems like the more time goes by isn't that going to make him used to just living in the cage and not wanting anything else?
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:26 PM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

My analogy won't work if you aren't familiar with Annie(the play/movie). Either way, the character I compared you to is a good guy,but your bird just doesn't know that yet because not enough time has passed. With birds, nothing is as cut-and-dry as it would be with a cat or dog...all I can do is speak generally because without knowing your bird, anything else would be a shot in the dark.
When the light goes on, you will know, but DON'T depend on yourself as the timer.
If you do not give up (and learn about ABA) things WILL get better!!!!!!!!!!

Last edited by noodles123; 08-09-2018 at 06:23 PM. Reason: analogy didn't apply---poster hadn't seen Annie
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:31 PM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

I dont know what ABA is or your metaphors.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:33 PM
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Applied behavior analysis....It's what my degree is in. I can answer your questions post-Google. I swear, I am not trying to be a brat and I do appreciate your reaching out to the forum!!!!
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:34 PM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

You haven't seen Annie?!!? (kind of a crappy classic...I never really cared for it anyway..)
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