I need help.. 4 month old defiance
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:44 AM
He's like losing his mind. How do I cage train him like this. I can't even step up train him because he just flies away from the stick. I think I may have to get his wings slightly clipped. Besides running away from us, he doesn't seem to care about flying anyway.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:37 AM
If you are considering clipping, perhaps a different training technique should be tried?
Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:03 PM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:03 PM
When you go to pet him and he acts out, he's probably not in the mood for being petted right then. He's like a little kid, you can't shove yourself onto them all the time and expect the kid to appreciate it. Not only that, but kids grow up! He's growing up, too!
As for being on the shoulder, he's probably happy there and doesn't want to be disturbed. The shoulder is a nice spot, a happy spot, so why come down? You need to teach him that coming down off the shoulder can mean good things! Maybe he gets a treat, food, head scritches, toys, etc! But teach him in a way that he'll enjoy, not in a way that he'll hate (i.e. forcing him to come down).
The screaming when no one is in the room is basically separation anxiety, to a lesser degree. Your family is his flock, and he doesn't like to be alone. This would be harder to train him not to do, unless you can try and keep him busy with things to do inside the cage.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:34 PM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:54 PM
He sure is getting a personality. He's HILARIOUS. He does all kinds of weird upside down things in his cage and it makes me giggle.
So what I glean from my answers is... Jeffie is a-ok and on par with normal birdie-ness. <3
Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:11 AM
If you can though, try to use positive reinforcement, also known as clicker training, but you don't need a clicker to teach with positive reinforcement.
You can use flooding/force, and make him do something he doesn't want to - and thus upsetting him
Teach him to enjoy doing the things you want him to, so he is eager to please you and do as you ask
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:28 AM
Next question.. He usually gets his dark time in a room with a closed door in his sleeping cage with a sheet. I'd like to get to the point where he is in his room with the door open, just in his cage with only a sheet. He should get used to that right?
And we give him about 10 hours of dark time. Is that too much? Not enough?
Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:57 PM
My birds get 9-14 hours of sleep, depending upon the time of year, so 10 hours should be fine, although many recommend 12.
If the sheet is dark enough, he should be able to learn to sleep just fine with the door open - however, it may be harder for him to sleep if he can still hear people up and about in the house. My tiels could care less!
I hope he learns to go to bed better! Spoiled brat!
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:42 PM
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