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Should I force train him or let him take his time

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triggerbug
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Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by triggerbug » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:04 pm

Hey! I've had Jojo for a month now. I have not taken him out of the cage since I got him, I have been putting my hand in there everyday to clean it out and clean and replace food and water in his dishes, also giving him fresh fruits and veggies separately. But also just leaving my hand in there and keeping it still so he can get used to it.

Over the last week I've noticed that he doesn't freak out as much with my hand in there, so i went out and got some millet today and sat in front of his cage with it open just holding the millet out to him. After an hour he eventually came and started to nibble on it and then ate it very enthusiastically :)

So my question really is, should force him to come out of the cage and try to train him that way, or should i just continue the way I am going. I have the patience of Job so it really doesn't matter how long it takes him. But is this another way of training? Just letting the bird get comfortable with you in his territory and let him venture out when he is ready?

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by MissK » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:00 pm

Keep up the good work!
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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by Melika » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:35 am

Here, since you have made so much progress already, I would stick with what you are doing. Changing your tactic now would confuse him and most likely break the trust you have already built.

Using food is definitely one of the best ways to train a IRN. XD
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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by subodhhire » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:47 am

Hi Bug,

You are on the right track. please keep it up.

Subodh

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by triggerbug » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:11 pm

Thanks guys for your advice! I've been reading everywhere and they say to use gloves to get him out etc. but then that could be bad because he would get used to the gloves and not your hand. Just really conflicting stuff. I've tamed lovebirds before and i know their bite and I can only how much worse a bite from this guy could be, but I am determined to hand train him!

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by subodhhire » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:47 am

Hey Bug,

If you are really slow and patient, you might not experience the bite at all.

Subodh

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by ellieelectrons » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:06 am

Hi triggerbug

I don't think that gloves are right or wrong.... however, the gloves concept did not work for me because the gloves completely freaked my birds out.. I could have tried desensitising them to the gloves but I chose not to and just kept working with the hand.

Ellie.

P.S. I also echo Melika, MissK & Subodhhire's sentiments - you are doing really well. Keep going as you are and keep being patient. Use your intuition and go by your bird's body language. Congrats on your progress so far.

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by triggerbug » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:03 pm

I'm actually getting a bit nervous now because I have been reading up on the moulting phase which I actually think he is going through now. On the top of his head I can see the feathers thinning a bit and the greyish fluff underneath, and he is preening A LOT! and these little fluffy feathers drop, not a lot of them, but probably around 10 or so a day.

Is he just going to let me help him with his head when those come out? Or am I going to have to take matters into my own hands, literally. I don't want to hurt him, but would love to go through this process with him but as of now he won't let me touch him. I've had lovebirds before but they did that for each other as they always looked impeccable, LOL!

Thanks guys again for the kind words of encouragement! So good to know I'm on the right path.

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by ellieelectrons » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:46 pm

I don't think the _need_ our help with moulting, I think it may make it easier for them but I don't think it is necessary. The amount of feathers you describe is fine, even more than that can be normal.

Ellie.

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by subodhhire » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:17 pm

Hi Triggerbug,

Since you are not yet bonded with your bird and he is fairly new in your house you shouldnt help him during this molt. But I am sure during the next moult you can help him as much as you want :D .

Subodh

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by MissK » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:47 pm

I agree with Subodh.

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Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Post by triggerbug » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:31 am

Phew! I wasn't sure if I had to help him or not, I guess he'll figure out how to do his head on his own this time around :) Thanks guys and gals! And yes MissK they stick to everything!

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