Hey everybody! 2 days ago i got a new bird! Excitment! 7 years after my first GCC i decided another would be a lovely addition to keep our bird company!
The first day literally as i put it in it's cage, my sisters foster dog started giving birth- so that took till 1am to take care of.
He was hand raised from about a month in, and they nick named him "roadie" as he is like road runner and always gets away. (this shoulda been a sign!)
His feathers have barring and he's quite skinny and very small.
I was able to hold him and he struck me with his calmness. Took him home, another story! Here is what we're at with taming...
If i enter my hand in the cage he will get farther away and try to escape it. if i'm smooth but swift he will end up reluctantly stepping up (its good that it seems he has a reflex reaction to a hand at his belly that he feels he must step up)
Once he is up though, he will literally NOT STOP moving in the direction to the cage, which is cool if i dont mind playing step up in an awkward direction. He also prefers sholders, which i'm trying to avoid. It's a very tiring 1 hour session literally playing step up the whole time. If i let him on my sholder he will manage to stay for a time, but again i don't want to encourage that. i try to place him on my lap but he crawls up to my sholder. He also tries to fly off when he feels he is high enough and attemps to go back to his cage. (which is why the sholder isn't a good place)
At the moment i feel he is at a very small stage of fear, and mostly just distrust. At least he isn't biting. They said they trained him to stop biting my quickly holding the upper beak and lifting it up abruptly. I thought that was cruel, i'd rather play the ignore game like i have my whole life. Perhaps he has some emotional scaring from that.
He also will just barely tolerate a scratch on the head. He doesn't seem to enjoy it and will only sit still enough if i make kissing sounds which almost has him freezing in concentration or in freeze mode at the "threat".
Today i made a slight amount of progress and i went in for a head scratch and he closed his eyes for a second- and it felt like enjoyment instead of *shut my eyes coz she'll poke it* as his feathers fluffed up. But only for a moment, and again he was walking up to my sholder.
I'm looking for pointers, how do i stop this non-stop step up game. It seems a horrible way to tame him down. I feel bad! But again, sholders to me is like ignoring him and could develop a bad habit. Also, he does not seem to be food orientated at all, and so skinny too (not emmaciated but he def needs more meat on him!). He only mildly nibbled at an apple, despite offering him banana, strawberries, and multiple cereals, bread, and dried fruits and nuts.
oh, he is also 4 months old.
Thanks in advance, you will see a pic of him below! Isn't he gorgeous?!
tiny_teeshaMember Since 26 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 06 2013 05:28 AM
- Group Members
- Active Posts 271
- Profile Views 365
- Member Title My Bird(s) Own Me!
- Age 25 years old
- Birthday February 22, 1988
I love animals great and small.
City / State / Country Location
WAS Pets Paradise for over a year
What other type of pets do you own?
tiny_teesha hasn't added any friends yet.
No latest visitors to show