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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-26-2016, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bellas progress

I have had Bella my IRN for 5 months and as he was starting to finally seem settled and comfortable having me around me I decided to try and start hand taming him. I have put a glove in his cage for a few days so he would get used to it. The last coulple of days I have been trying to feed him millet from my hand using the glove whilst outside the cage. He does take treats from me inside the cage already (snatches them) but wouldnt come near me when outside the cage.
Tonight I have tried moving my hand just far enough away that he would need to jump on my hand to get the millet. He did look and seemed to be thinking about jumping when the clever little bird decided instead he would reach for the glove and pull it nearer to him. Made me smile. Even though he has not yet been brave enough to jump on my hand, he is comfortable enough to pull it nearer to him. For me this is a huuge step and I really feel like we are becoming friends. He has been chirping all night wanting me to go give him more millet.
5 months of what seemed to be no progress and now he seems to enjoy my company and actually want me around. He has started bobbing his head when i walk up to him. I am one happy IRN mum.
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Sounds like things are working out for you and Bella, isn't it funny how smart they are and he knew to pull the glove closer instead of your hand. Smart Bird!!!!
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I would start off smaller than asking him to jump to you. See if you can comfortably get him eating from your hand/glove first. Getting a bird to jump to the hand is the beginning stages of recall so I wouldn't be pushing for that for some time. You want him to nail step up first However, you do have a very smart bird that sounds very willing to learn! Keep up the good work and I'm sure he'll be hanging out with you in no time

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