The pet store she was at was almost horrible to her. The owner and one other employee were the only ones that would feed/water her so if the girl or owner weren't there she may not get fresh food/water for 3 days+. I felt so sorry for her that I made the decision to adopt her more on getting her out of her current condition rather than my ability to take care of her.
I can feed/water her and I can spend plenty of time with her. I however lack the knowledge to train her out of her bad habits that she has acquired as a result of being at the pet store for almost a year and not getting proper care and those behavior issues that come with her being, essentially a toddler.
She had began feather chewing/ and had plucked a feather out at the pet store. I have noticed that the feather chewing/plucking has stopped since she has been at home. However she would sit and scream at the pet store because no one would pay attention to her and even if I take her out and play with her for an hour+, and then I have to to go up town or to work, if I put her back into her cage, she will scream and scream.
If I am in the house, say I am cooking or I am coming in and out of the house and can't have her on my shoulder, she will sit in her cage and scream because I can't take her out. Along with the screaming, if I am not paying 100% attention to her, she bites. If she is on my shoulder, she goes after earrings, necklaces, bobby pins, hair ties, anything she can get her little beak on, she bites. Even my fingers, neck, nose, and eyelids.
Essentially, she hates being locked up. I really don't blame her, but the biting and screaming has to go. She is fully flighted, and has just beginning to figure it out so she flies from me the couch and what not and she is having some fun with that. She loves dancing and listening to music. She is beginning to play with the new toys I have added to her cage and she is generally adjusting well to her new home/life.
She is beginning to try new foods and is looking a lot healthier than when I got her a month ago. I have been thinking about adding some vitamin enrichment drops in her water just to make sure that until she is comfortable eating more fresh foods/fruits/vegetables (oatmeal & cream of wheat is all she likes right now), that she isn't becoming deficient in her vitamins/minerals.
I have little patients for the biting and screaming. I want to know what resources I can use...books/videos/podcast/etc anything that I can learn from to train her that these habits are unacceptable. I can understand being excited that I am home and wanting to spend time with me but she can't just sit and scream when I have to go work. She can't sit and bite me because someone texted me and I picked up my phone to answer the message.
I am really trying to make this work for us because she had such a bleak life at the pet store and I want her to be happy and healthy. I want to learn how to train her and make her a pleasant member of the family. I want to keep my bird. I don't want to want to get rid of her because she is a little tyrant. I want to want to take her out of the cage without having to sit there trying to keep her from biting me.
Another thing, her cage has a playtop and I want to get her one for the counter, so when I am in the kitchen she can be with me and whatnot but she refuses to perch on anything that isn't me, the couch, or the inside of her cage. How do I get her used to perching on new surfaces?
I am leaving her flighted. She loves it. I need to get her nails trimmed. & I am not really sure when she going to molt either.
Does anyone have a AVA certified vet in the Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington area that would recommend.