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Issue with bonding

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I have African Gray parrot at the age of 1.5yo, at the beginning he used to come on my hand and walk to my shoulder, he was very friendly, but now he refused to get on anyones' hand.

Is there anything i can do so the parrot can get on my hand again?

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Have you heard of clicker and target training? That would be your best option

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Yep. Target training with treats 15 minutes a day will do it.
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Thanks both, i haven't heard of it, i will do some researches online.
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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.

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I agree with Wayne 100% but I've never used treats or any other type of reward for my parrots to step up (I also don't use target or clicker training). I talk to them, ask them to step up and they just do it so it seems to me that they do it because they want to be with me and for no other reason (they also fly to perch on my shoulders, my head and even hang on from the back or sides of my top if the 'best' spots are taken by another bird).
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I agree with Wayne 100% but I've never used treats or any other type of reward for my parrots to step up (I also don't use target or clicker training). I talk to them, ask them to step up and they just do it so it seems to me that they do it because they want to be with me and for no other reason (they also fly to perch on my shoulders, my head and even hang on from the back or sides of my top if the 'best' spots are taken by another bird).
Ya i never use treats to get bird to step up but just saying to start using treats as a bridge until bird realizes that stepping up voluntarily is a reward in itself i.e. good things are going to happen. btw you are rewarding your bird when they step up....or else they wouldnt. Their reward is being with you as they enjoy the experience

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Another thing to take into consideration is the bird's age. At 1.5 years old he is becoming sexually mature and this is the time when grays 'reject' their parents. In the wild, they stay with their parents for about two years and then leave to look for a mate of their own, this internal 'clock' that tells them to do this is the reason for the 'terrible twos' people talk about.
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