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i need some help
so 6 of my 8 fids come out. recently 4 of the 6, who are all perch tame to some degree, were becoming afraid of me and the perch. what is more of a problem is bobby and bowie coming out. they are great on the tree, but are developing bad habits. both are not huge fans of me, which is really making taking them out and putting them back a huge problem. I'm not sure how to explain the problem, so i will just describe each bird.
Pickles and Baby: have been coming out a little longer than bowie and bobby and used to be excited to come on the perch. now, in the past few days, pickles has become almost afraid of the perch and gripping on so she doesn't have to step up, running away when she is on the tree, and sometimes attacking the perch when she is on the tree. baby used to be thrilled about stepping up wherever and whenever. currently i am putting her away last and making her get on my finger. she doesn't like it and no she doesn't like to step up.
bobby bowie, the least tame of the 6 that come out.
bobby used to be fine coming out and he was nervous when he was new to the tree. i clipped his wings like i do with all the newbies that come out so they can't fly into a wall and they [hopefully] learn to respect the tree and me before they can respect flight. now. bobby likes being on the tree but all of a sudden is scared of me and it is a real pain getting him to step up because he quickly hops to the back of the tree where i can hardly reach. and though he has his outer 5 flights clipped, he is a really strong flier and can fly across the room. which his ability to fly with cut wings has caused another problem. if i open the door, he thinks that he can fly out onto the tree without me taking him there. this is not acceptable with my birds. i just tried to work with him on a cage top gym that is about 5 feet away from the tree. he gets nervous and flies past me and my raised had to the tree. i will admit i did have an angry tone in my voice because i was getting frustrated. i made him step up and he eventually did. i took him back to the gym and attempted some step up training. he was still nervous and again flew back to the tree. seeming that he didn't want to do things on the gym, i did "rapid" step ups on the tree… step up on the perch, step up on the tree etc. i don't think this helped and i know he wasnt happy. so i took him back to the gym and make him step up and i held my open hand inform of him on the way to the tree, when he did this and didn't fly off, i let him stay on the tree. i try to use millet to give to him during the training, but he just looks for ways to fly off.
bowie is the newest on the tree and i have to admit that training him was- fast. he wasn't big on taking millet as a reward, so i just started having him step up.so eventually he got to come out and since he is missing a toe and is a little challenged, i only clipped the inner 3rd and 4th flights. when he first came out he didint more around much and just sat with bobby. he was still new to training and someday he had trouble stepping up to go back, and would fly back to the tree once he was on the perch. now, in the last few days, he has become much more comfortable about "exploring" the tree. he will move about the 2 trees and i have seen him eating out of one of the seed cups. it is getting harder for me to have him step up when he's on the tree, and he is starting to fly off the perch when i am putting him on the tree, when i want to him step up rather than fly.
it is stressing me out a little because all of a sudden, things have been going wrong. i am going to continue to keep their wings clipped until they can peacefully go on the tree and come off of it. leon and butch only have flights 3 and 4 clipped and they can fly fine. though they are not bonded to me, they are fine with coming out and going back. they also fly onto the tree only because they are good at going back and will step up when i want them to.
what should i do to fix these problems? right now i am taking bobby out and leaving bowie in and then visa versa. butch, leon, baby, and pickles are also out.
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