Hi everybody. I'm sorry if I try to remain somewhat anonymous on here. I just don't want to get too mixed with the politics I incurred on another board with single minded folks:naughty:. Anyway, if anyone cares, I'm SO excited!!
My rescue bird rode my arm from the floor to the top of his cage today. A HUGE MILESTONE!!
You see he hasn't been handled in many years, he bites, he is terribly afraid. I believe he was in fact handled (more like MIShandled). It difficult to work with him because he runs from me. He is afraid of the stick. He will raise his foot to step up and even say "step up" but he steps and then flies. Once on the floor (he is clipped) he puts his head down to the carpet and tries to run and hide mumbling all sorts of things like "step up" and stuff I cannot make out. He goes for dark corners. He seems to enjoy being out but getting him there and then back in is a bit worrisome for him. Now I was wearing a lightweight bite sleeve under my shirt which helps me to have the confidence not to pull away and I corralled him on the floor and got him to step on my arm by basically corralling him between my body, my arm, and the perch. This time he stayed! I held him against my body this time and held the stick in front kind of like a block. I talked to him and slowly stood. Normally he would have been gone five inches from the floor. I moved to his cage and allowed him to slowly reach up and grab his cage top and step up there. I feel it was a huge step. Tell me if there is anymore advise out there...he is a 9yo CAG who had no toys for most of that time.