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Coming Out of the Cage
teekee my sun was the first bird we ever had. and we were totally new to any birds.
she became cage bound, and i don't think she was ever taught to step up. she was supposed to be a breeder when old enough. so wasn't used to people.
we went to a small show of suns at our bird store. and waited till after to talk to the people giving the show, all suns. told them our problem and here is the answer he gave me. and IT WORKED. she stopped being cage bound. i think it took maybe 2 weeks at most. probably a week. but this is 7 yrs ago.
most birds want out of the cage, but don't know how. take a piece of paper, newspaper, shirt, pot holder. anything out of the ordinary. DO NOT USE TOWELS.
open the cage door and put your hand in it, near to the bird but not against her. slowly move the paper up the outside of the cage, and towards the back. as the paper gets closer to the back, put your hand up against the bird, just slightly higher than the feet. the bird is caught between your hand, and whats invading her space. and tell her STEP UP and gently nudge her. the fear of whats out there is more than your fingers. and as she steps up and you start to move your hand away from the perch, slowly drop whatever you use. and take her all the way out of the cage. do it in a smooth motion. if we did it too slow she would grab a perch on the way out. or too fast would have the same results.
walk away from the cage and into a nuetral room. and practice the step up. like a ladder. about 3 times. then walk her back to her cage, praising her all the time while doing the ladder and going to her cage. like STEP UP, oh good girl, STEP UP, yyeesss good girl. put her back in/on her cage. you can talk to her but don't try to pick her up.
do this several times a day. don't always use the same thing. maybe next time a sheet of copy paper, next rolled newspaper.
and the ladder work when you get her out.
even now when she balks about stepping up, all i need to do is pick something up and move towards her cage side, and out she comes on the finger.
let me know if this works for you. i have passed this on to a lot of people and so far its all positive feed back.