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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.