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Old 11-10-2016, 06:35 PM
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Oh isn't it great!?!?

Parker did the same thing the night we brought him home from his previous family. It was just out with everything, the myriad sounds and words was stunning.

What you might consider doing, and I'm trying to get up the gumption to do it myself, is to start a database of words and sounds you've heard him say. Some phrases come out once in a blue moon and you can actually forget he knows them. This way if there's one you really like you can start coaxing it out of him.
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Old 11-10-2016, 06:59 PM
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Re: My Second Parrot ! Male Red Sided Eclectus :-)

That's a great idea chris-md! I'm definitely going to try to keep track of what he knows. I got him to say peek-a-boo by just hiding round the corner and then popping back in sight saying it and he just copied. He also seems to of copied my "Hello" already. I was told he did two different ones (child & adult). When he got here, I heard him do both. But obviously I was saying hello to him in my own way, and he did my own voice right back at me! Me and the other half just looked at eachother with wide eyes and open mouths... Dexter is one smart cookie!
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:04 AM
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I think it sounds like you have fallen in love. Surely if he is coming out with his full vocab then he is happy and settled? Well done you!
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:21 AM
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Not at all jealous. Maybe a little. Ok, a lot.
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Old 11-11-2016, 05:26 PM
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The Meeting
When I went to meet Dexter at his old house he wouldn't take a treat from my hands and wouldn't step up for me. His previous human did get him to step up for her, I'd say a good 65 or 70% of the time (from what I witnessed - keeping in mind I don't know if he was being extra naughty because of my presence). He kept going to places he wasn't allowed such as lamp shades and the top of my head! He then proceeded to remove my glasses for me (cheeky monkey!) His human could lay him on his back in her hand etc, and he showed no aggressive behaviour or irritation which gave me hope for our future relationship!

First Day Home
Yesterday, I mostly just let him settle into his new surroundings. I didn't take him out of the cage as I wanted him to feel safe. For this very same reason, I didn't clean his cage or move any perches or toys. Once I'd got him home, I again tried offering various treats through the bars. He just wouldn't take them from me I even tried to hand him something he was just eating! He wouldn't take it, then I dropped it in his bowl and he ate it straight away! I was a bit worried that he might not take treats from me which would make any kind of training incredibly awkward! I took away his bowl of seed (which he apparently had constant access to.) I gave him a meal of various vegetables (which he ate nearly all of) and just a teaspoon of seeds at bedtime. He chattered away before he went to sleep.

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Today I gave him a vegetable mix in the morning and when I got home from work all of it was GONE except a few shreds of carrot! The seeds were also gone. I then fed him his next meal with vegetables and fruit. I thought if he would eat anything after that lot, it would have to be something he really likes. I tried various seeds from his mix which he started to take, but deliberately dropped. Then I tried a bit of dried Banana. And he ate it! Not the best treat to be giving him, but it's a starting point! I decided to try to start my version of target training where I tap a location and say "Come Here" and then give a treat. Once I'd established his taking of the treat I began tapping locations with my finger and saying "Dexter Come Here". As he'd just been receiving treats from my fingers it didn't take much convincing to get him to comply. I managed to make 2 Banana chips last for two 5 minute periods. He was a super good boy and got told "Good Boy" every time he came when asked.

Next
Im planning to do another day of 'in-cage target training' and then have him come out of his cage on Sunday once I'm confident that I can get him to come to me on request. Then it's "Step Up" that needs working on! Hopefully he won't be too naughty for me. Im really excited about doing training sessions with him, as I get the vibe that he's really keen and just needs some patience and consistency.

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Old 11-13-2016, 11:35 AM
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Out Of His Cage!
After doing a little 'in-cage target training' I got him to perch inside his door, I proceeded to open it. He had a little look around and I offered him my arm and asked him to step up. It took a few times for him to do it, but when he did, it was an awesome feeling. Im still using the dried banana chips from his seed mix (as this seems to be what he's most motivated by) but I intend to convert him onto a healthier treat option in time. I got him to step up onto a perch across the room, and then onto my arm and his cage top etc. After doing this for a while (in no particular sequence) I started calling him from his cage / perch to my arm using the established tapping signal and verbal 'Come Here' that I had been using during his 'in-cage target training'. He's such a good boy! I only had to repeat myself a couple of times!
I did notice that before launching himself, he would climb to the nearest point of contact to minimise his flight distance. Is this normal or lazy?
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Old 11-13-2016, 12:54 PM
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Re: My Second Parrot ! Male Red Sided Eclectus :-)

He's absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on your new talented speaker, I'm sure he'll be a hoot! As for the minimizing flight distance, I think it's pretty natural for birds who don't have 100% confidence in flying. The "natural" flyers, if you will, generally just launch themselves because they know they can make it. Birds who may be apprehensive tend to lessen the distance. Shiko is my talented flyer, and he can even fly through small gaps in my tree stand. He'll launch himself from anywhere and fly confidently. Avery never properly fledged before I got her, so whenever I call her to me she tries to get as close as possible to reduce the amount of flying she has to do.

That being said, bigger birds may find where they're flying too small and feel better just hopping or walking. There's every possibility he's just lazy and realizes he can minimize his work, but from what I've experienced birds who are confident launch from where they are because flying is just so natural to them.
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Old 11-13-2016, 02:44 PM
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He could be a little rusty flying and when his fitness and confidence returns, try stopping him?
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:52 PM
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Re: My Second Parrot ! Male Red Sided Eclectus :-)

He is beautiful! And quite the talented speaker! Congratulations on such a wonderful new addition to your family!

Violet_Diva, I'd told you in your introductory thread that I thought you have a natural affinity for working with birds. And you have proven me right twice over, now. Your handling of both ekkies' introductions to your household has been extremely well handled.

I look forward to seeing more pics of this little charmer and Bella both... and videos as well!
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Such a cutie - so glad he's with you now!
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