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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need more help getting my little Sunny back in his cage

Sunny, my new little lovebird, has a favorite game he likes to play with me; it's called, "I'm not going and you can't make me" When I try to put him from my finger back into his cage, he flys off. I've tried backing up to the cage and holding my hand over/behind him, but he is way to smart and fast for me. It goes on forever. I've even tried just letting him go back to the cage on his own, but it usually takes 2 to 3 hours to get him to go and get the millet I've left for him.

I very much need him to be willing to back to the cage without a hundred tries. Yesterday my kids had to eat a very late lunch because I couldn't put him back in the cage to cook (he's in the dining room, which is attached to the kitchen). I also don't want him to be left out. unsupervised with the kids (for his and their safety )

I've considered clipping his wings a little, but he has always been fully-flighted, and I worry he will never trust me again.



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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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Sunny, my new little lovebird, has a favorite game he likes to play with me; it's called, "I'm not going and you can't make me" When I try to put him from my finger back into his cage, he flys off. I've tried backing up to the cage and holding my hand over/behind him, but he is way to smart and fast for me. It goes on forever. I've even tried just letting him go back to the cage on his own, but it usually takes 2 to 3 hours to get him to go and get the millet I've left for him.

I very much need him to be willing to back to the cage without a hundred tries. Yesterday my kids had to eat a very late lunch because I couldn't put him back in the cage to cook (he's in the dining room, which is attached to the kitchen). I also don't want him to be left out. unsupervised with the kids (for his and their safety )

I've considered clipping his wings a little, but he has always been fully-flighted, and I worry he will never trust me again.
I clip all my birds wings for safty reasons I take my birds out side with me and I dont want them takiing off and getting lost....dont do it your self if you have neverr done it before go to a pet store they can do it for like 10 dollars safty first

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Wow, that sounds frustrating. I sure would consider a wing clip. It doesn't even have to be permanent. Just to break the ice with getting him to be cooperative and safe.
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Well he's a little mad at me right now, but now I can take him out of his cage knowing I can put him back in

I honestly don't have a problem clipping a bird's wings if they need it. Right now 2 of my cockatiels are flighted and 2 are clipped. I was just very worried about how it would effect him after being fully flighted for his whole life. I was afraid he would hate me, but it was between clipping him or only letting him out of his cage when I had hours to work on getting him back in, which in my busy house wouldn't be often enough.



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