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Why should he step up when you ask? What is in it for him? This is the mind-set you need to have to proceed.
I agree to target bird on and off hand and reward each time. Going forward you need to give the bird a reason to step up every time. The treats should do for now but you want to fade the food reward, fade the target stick to non-existant. You want to bridge the food rewards with rewards of doing something positive for bird. Positive reinforcement. When you let him out of cage, have him step up EVERY time. He sees step up as a positive and doesnt need food as a reward. Reinforce the positive EVERY time he steps up....head scratches, start of training, favourite play stand, hanging out with you etc.
I guarantee that once parrot realizes that he gets rewarded EVERY time he steps up, he will step up 100 percent of the time.
You might even think about the past now....would you only have him step up to go back in cage, or to be away from you etc? I dont know. Im just saying he hasnt seen enough good in stepping up to continue to do it now. Birds are selfish beasts and always think WIIFM (whats in it for me?). Make it worth it for the bird and you wont have an issue going forward.
Hope this helps,