So I figured I'd update you all on Rocky and his progress and hopefully remember to keep this thread going lol. his is going to be a long first post to get you all upto speed lol.
I have been working extra shifts recently so he hasn't seen me as much which I expected would put us back a bit however, when I got him out and did some training he was fine if not even better at doing what I asked.
My mom came up and asked him to step up and he just ignored her (normally he warns her off). As soon as I offered my arm however barely got to say step and he was right onto it! Ended up having to sit down and rest my arm on the back of the chair as he is fairly heavy and he refused to budge off my arm. Did some more training with him and started him on number, only 1 and 2 at the moment though. Then got him off my arm an hour later, and did some more training and refilling his nut forager up, asked him to step up again to put him back in his cage and again he was right away onto my arm.
I am currently training him to touch and hold my finger as some of you know, only trying this through the cage bars at the moment, he is getting much better at it, he doesn't get a reward if he does it with his beak open and I only have to tell him to be nice and he'll normally do it properly. Also I have noticed when he is his in cage and I am talking to him he sticks his foot out and tries to grab onto me, doesn't do this to anyone else, if I hold my finger out right away he holds onto it.
In my attempt to get him more socialised I managed to persuade a male friend to come round and spend some time with him, Rocky was already out his cage at the time, he took seeds off my friend no problem and only acked at him once (in fairness my friend was a bit wary and sort of waved the seed in his face), Rocky normally acks at my mom most times when she gives him a seed though he is getting better. Didn't push him though and my friend spent the rest of the time in the room, far away from him as possible as he's actually not very good with birds as he's never been round them lol. Rocky did play up at one point but with some stern words and me not backing down he behaved himself.
I would very much like to move him and bring him into my room for a fair few reasons to be honest, Im not keen on strangers coming round and seeing him, nor am I keen on him being introduced to people when I am not there as currently I am the only one who can read him, likewise he just isn't bonding to my family and bar my mom they aren't really trying - it's like the novelty has worn off as he's not bonding and talking like they'd hoped. We have recently had a few incidents where people have come round and I don't know why people think this ok but I wasn't there and they decided to poke their fingers in his cage, luckily for one he was at the back at my mom told my nan to take her fingers out the cage or he'll bite her (my nan really should know better but because Munchkin is so tame she just assumed Rocky is the same). The second person was a family friend, they turned round to talk to Rocky and suddenly went to touch him, luckily for them Rocky screamed at them rather than just biting which scared them enough into backing off. My main concern is if someone isn't there and he does bite - I would never blame Rocky for this as quite frankly people should have more common sense than to go putting their fingers into an animals cage that they do not know!
My other concern is family gatherings, if small children do this, also if some idiot opens his cage ( I am tempted to get a couple of padlocks and lock him in but this presents more problems to me and really I shouldn't have to lock my own Parrot in his cage in my own home because of idiots). Also he is in a high use area of the house so for gatherings etc there are going to be a lot of people constantly around his cage and going past him which I think will stress him out, he doesn't like it at the moment if theres more than two people near him.
I was thinking of putting a sign up by his cage just saying something like "My name is Rocky and I am a rescue Parrot, I don't mind you talking to me and may even copy noises to you but I do bite so please don't poke fingers into my cage, I am on a strict diet so please don't feed me anything or put things into my cage. Please don't open my cage doors as I only behave for my human and if I get out I will not listen to you and if my human is not with me when I am out I get stressed.
I don't like to be crowded and I'm not too keen on men, I have not yet been around children so I am not sure how I will react, my human says if I do any of the following then I am telling you to back off in the only way I know - if I have my beak open, if I raise my foot at you, if you hear me 'Ack' and if I flare my tail. If you would like to know more about me then please feel free to ask my human."
He is a lot happier with me around, and in my room he would be out a lot more than he currently can be, I can no longer have him out while I am eating because my brother complained he stole food from him (when I wasn't there) Rocky does not steal food when I am in the room, I only have to tell him to go back to his dish if he starts to wander, but because my brother complained I can't have him out at all when I am eating, he can't come out now when people are round even though he doesn't bother them providing they do what I say if they want to meet him - obviously he comes out when I have people round but because he won't listen to anyone he stays in his cage when I am not there now. In my room he'll have Munchkin to talk at all day whilst I am out currently he has the radio but he's not bothered by it at all. Plus in my room I have greater control over the situation. My mom is telling me I can't have him in my room as it's unhealthy which I do understand, they don't really want Munch in my room, however I am going to buy an air purifier and I do have my window open all night anyway as I've always done this. My room is a lot bigger than my old one when it was just me and the Munch.