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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Doing it his way

Well my GCC, Gilderoy, is a typical crazy conure. He knows how to step up and does it quite nicely from finger to finger outside of his cage. Once or twice he even did it to come out of his cage. I thought he had the hang of it but then for some reason he refused to step up to come out of the cage. I'd put my finger in front of him and he'd either push it away with his beak or hold it with his beak or scurry away but the little stinker would not step up. I was getting frustrated and was really working on the step ups. Out of the cage he did it every time almost. So the last few days I've been trying to figure out what's going on in that little bird brain of his. Well, when he wouldn't step up at the store the owner would gently grab him and take him out which is what I also did to get him out. The last few days I realized that when I put my hand in the cage he comes over looking for scritches and will position himself between the cage bars and my hand and lean into my hand. If I just pet him he grabs at my finger. If I put my fingers around him he pushes into my hand and he lets go of the bars. He has come out by stepping up but it's like he's decided it's more fun this way. I'd still like him to step up like a good little conure but as long as he's wanting to come out and play I guess we can do it his way.
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The same thing happened to me, just try to be firm.... and keep at it .. eventually she/he will learn..\


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I have never heard of a bird that WANTED you to touch it/grab it to pick it up! That's a new one on me!

But hey, it doesn't hurt him or you, so why not?
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That is how 3 of my Parrotlets like to come out of their cages. I open the door, and they will go to the cage bottom (each has their own distinct place on the bottom they will ALWAYS go to) and then they wait for me to pick them up in my closed hand.

I have no idea why, but they obviously have no problem with my closed hand around them, so that is great!

The 4th Parrotlet jumps on my hand when I go to take him out of his cage, and the Red Belly, who is the most affectionate and tame bird ever, will insist on my draping a towel over my hand so she can step up on the towel to come out...After that, she is totally fine...will lift her wings for me to pet underneath, the who nine yards, but only likes to actually come out on a towel. Weird bird, LOL (this only happens in her cage...she will step up immediately on my fingers from anywhere else)
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They are characters. I'll keep trying the step up from the cage but as long as he's happy I'm happy. When he's not in the mood he won't get in my hand so at least I'm learning his signals.
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