The Newbie Day Two…

Written By: B.D. Butler - Mar• 04•11

After moving Shasta into the dining room (so he may admire Dexter from afar) I played some music while I was doing my daily vaccuming (yes I use my dirt devil every day, I have messy parrots lol).  He loves music, as my last post indicates, and loves to dance.  This was a sign that he is starting to relax in his new environment.  A little sigh of relief is breathed when I start to see the signs this soon.  I however had to look into his cage and see what tools I would need to begin training.  First, there was a circular rope swing, that he sleeps on, and he goes to for cover.  When attempting to get him to step up, he runs there for cover.  He knows he can’t be “got”.  So that swing came out, and a couple of different size perches went in, along with some new colorful toys, and the classic “swing perch” that african greys love!  This is something I recommend anytime you train a bird.  Rearrange their cage, so they are not too comfortable, and they are not in their standard rut.  Give them new things to experience, and they will no longer view you as a threat, they look at you as the “thing” that is bringing puzzles.

After getting everything all put together, we are letting him do his thing.  He is perched on his cage, going in and out, seeing what is new, and checking out the room, and lighting.  So much personality in such a little body… I can see where he will be the clown of the family.

I always try and look at every opportunity as a training session.  Well the opportunity pounced, Shasta was playing hide and seek around the cage and wouldn’t go in… then took flight into my bedroom.  I decided to take the opportunity to make it a training session.  I had Eric grab the parrot stand and bring it into the bedroom.  I grabbed a dowel, and picked Shasta up, and got him on the stand.  Then it was on to “step up” training.  Eric brought me some tiny yogurt treats, and i put my forearm towards his breast bone… he struck me.  I will say it went into a firm pinch, which is what I expected.  You can’t have a good training session, without at least one strike.
After a short fifteen minute training, and a dozen step ups, we went on a little walk around the house.  I gave him the grand tour, and placed him back into his cage.  He seemed proud in a way, like he knew he did good.

Progress!

 

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