It has taken me so long to work with Pickles. He automatically learnt how to step up the day I bought him home, and he never really got a reward because he would flinch like mad from my hands, so I just gave him kind words. I hadn't tried the conures with hemp seed yet, but it has been magic.
Dexter stopped coming over to me the moment I got Pickles. He wasn't as bothered with me unless I went into a seperate room with him. He even stopped taking food off me. So I got a hemp seed and popped it inbetween my fingers. He finally decided to try it. Now, he follows me everywhere for them and comes up to the cage bars to take them. He doesn't freak out with my hands any more either. Pickles, is now just as confident as Dexter. He will happily step up onto my hand and take one, sit on my hand with one fit and eat it with the other
I thought I would try and use this to my advantage. I've given Pickles scritches, but not proper fluffy ones, just sort of patting his head really. So we hadn't had a close bond. But now, I've found something that is helping him get more so confident with me... tricks! He LOVES learning tricks!
I can do the bat trick with Dexter, but that's about it, he HATES the lying in your palm thing, goodness knows why
but Pickles learns quite fast, especially with the hemp seeds involved.
This is the first trick I've taught him, and the first time he got it right on command too! He now waves almost every time he is sat on my hand if I waggle my finger
Pickles learns to wave - YouTube
I thought it would be really hard to train a wild bird to even step up. I got past that with almost every one of my birds, but I never ever thought I'd get a wild bird to be trick trained. Don't give up on your birds! They're more confident than you think if you perservere! I found that keeping training sessions very short, and giving treats worked best. If he didn't do it I would simply put him back in his cage and walk out of the room. I'd come back later and try again after he was nice and relaxed.