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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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I was wondering if you guys can give me advice on how to create a bond with my jenday. It is really hard with a bird that use to be breeder. I keep trying to give her treats from my hand like veggies, apples, bananas and carrots. She runs away from all even if I just leave the treat on the cage. She is used to my voice and she likes it but not my hands. What can I do I tried clicker training, hand perch technique and still nothing?

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Bryan,
With a bird who won't take treats from your hands, your training will be a bit different than with one who will.
I can give you some suggestions step-by-step, but I will have to ask you questions and suggest things to try, and as you try them you can evaluate what works and what doesn't.
First, does DJ like to eat any kind of treat at all? What is the first thing she eats out of her regular food cup? Is she eventually going up and eating any of the treats you put in or on her cage?


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The first thing she picks out is sun flower seed. I tried to do the fist trick but the seed was short and too close to my hand so she didn't get it. Yes, she gets stuff that I put in the cage. I put apple slices in between the bars and she takes them. But I have to say stuff like " It's okay"

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It is wonderful that she will eat things that you put in her cage. Your assessment sounds correct when you say that she probably doesn't want to take the seeds from your hands now because they are so little.

Do you have a clicker? Do you want to use a clicker in your training. Also, does she like spray millet?


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I have done clicker training too. Also I think millet is too small. For she is a conure.

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I asked if you had a clicker or wanted to use one because I was going to give you some suggestions regarding training, and knowing which kind of training you like would help me with suggestions for you.

Also, I asked if she likes millet because I have found that if a bird recognizes spray millet it is sometimes doable to get a bird to come and eat a bite off of a spray of millet that you are holding in your hand. The spray of millet can be long, so they don't worry as much about your hand.

If you want to use a clicker, the first step I would suggest, and this may take a long or a short time, would be to just try to teach the association of the treat with the clicker, period.

This means leaving DJ in the cage. You just approach the cage and when you are close enough to put your treat through the bars, you click. Then you immediately put the treat through the bars. IF DJ won't come and eat the treat while you hold it, that is ok. Just put the treat in the bars and step away and let her eat it. Clicker training works best eventually if you can let the bird have only a very small bite of treat with each click, but if you are working on teaching the bird to take a treat from your hand, use whatever your bird is most likely to eat without fear.

So - that is all you will do until she starts to expect you to put the treat in whenever she hears the click. You will know she makes this association because she will come for the treat when she hears the click.

Honestly, if she will eat millet off of a spray of millet, I would recommend using that. You may have to leave a spray of millet hung between the bars of her cage at first, but you have a good chance that DJ will quickly learn that she can nibble a bite off of the end of the millet while you hold the spray in your hand. If she does, you can let her take only one small bite each time you present the millet. You can start with a fairly long spray and eventually break off smaller and smaller pieces until she is eating right out of your fingers.

You also mention apple, and a long piece of apple, if she likes that better, could work the same way as a spray of millet.


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Thank you so much I will try.

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My suggestions are not infallible. If it doesn't work at all for you, and especially if you think she is even more nervous, let me know and we'll brainstorm some other suggestions.

This is how my vet started with a bird she rehabilitated.


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