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Old 07-13-2019, 10:35 PM
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Re: I have a confession to make...

Quote: Originally Posted by Scott View Post
Two helpful threads:
I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!
Amazon body language

When you are ready to handle Mr. Sunshine for the first time, let him reach a bit to make contact. If he lunges, you can bet a bite is imminent. Watch for hostility in the form of fanned (open) tail and rapidly pinning eyes. (cycling between wide and pinpoint pupils) Some parrots will reach first with a semi-closed beak, using it as a third foot. If he appears mellow but bites, try to resist temptation to react as that would be negative reinforcement.

If he steps up successfully, resist the tendency to climb on your shoulder until you sufficiently trust. Shoulder privileges ought be restricted as great damage can occur to your neck/face.
I am devouring those two threads daily!

I love your advice, but Mr. Sunshine wants to step up in his cage.

He has only come out a total of four times to sit on his cage door. Each time it has been for longer. But I didn't ask him to step up then because he is just getting comfortable with his surroundings and new home.

But that is where I planned on first asking him to step up. Instead he offers his foot to me while in his cage a few times a day now.

I would feel much more comfortable doing it from outside his cage. And maybe that is the plan I need to stick to.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:01 PM
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Re: I have a confession to make...

I am contemplating a visit to an aviary or pet store where I could hold an amazon or two. It could help my confidence in how it feels to hold a bird the weight and size of Mr. Sunshine. Might be a plan.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:27 AM
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Re: I have a confession to make...

I think visiting with larger birds to help your conference level is not a bad idea. ANYTHING that helps build confidence (for either of you) is a good idea in my book.

Just a little confidence boost for you, I saw in another thread about sniffing our birds... If Mr Sunshine is notably stronger and sweeter smelling when you're around him, that's a really good thing. In my house, we call it "happy bird smell." I LOVE IT!

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Old 07-14-2019, 11:31 AM
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Re: I have a confession to make...

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If Mr Sunshine is notably stronger and sweeter smelling when you're around him, that's a really good thing. In my house, we call it "happy bird smell." I LOVE IT!
Yes! It is a heavenly sweet aroma and I do love it. I will check out that thread!

And yes, I am definitely look into handling another large bird before I hold Mr. Sunshine the first time.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:18 PM
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Re: I have a confession to make...

This made me smile. I'm still nervous of my Alexandrine, McCoy, for absolutely no good reason! He very very rarely bites and is good at telling me when he's not happy without biting - probably because I pay attention to him and he doesn't have to bite to communicate with me. He's been here 2 years! My husband thinks I'm an idiot, but McCoy still loves me 🙂.

I guess that's the other thing to think about. Your parrot doesn't know you're scared of him stepping up and he doesn't really care if he steps up or not.

I'm more comfortable with him flying to me or jumping onto me so you could work on that as well as the step up?
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:26 PM
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This made me smile. I'm still nervous of my Alexandrine, McCoy, for absolutely no good reason! He very very rarely bites and is good at telling me when he's not happy without biting - probably because I pay attention to him and he doesn't have to bite to communicate with me. He's been here 2 years! My husband thinks I'm an idiot, but McCoy still loves me 🙂.

I guess that's the other thing to think about. Your parrot doesn't know you're scared of him stepping up and he doesn't really care if he steps up or not.

I'm more comfortable with him flying to me or jumping onto me so you could work on that as well as the step up?
Thank you. This made me feel better!
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