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Re: My conure will not come on my finger

Posted by Connie on 2/23/07
(4) Comments

    On 2/22/07, Tara wrote:
    > When it is time for Ozzie to play the only way I can get
    > him to get away from his cage is to bend down and allow
    > to step up onto my shoulder. I would say 1 out of 50
    > he will come "up" on my finger. When I first got him he
    > had no problem doing this. It is very frustrating. He
    > just runs across the top of his cage till I give him my
    > shoulder. Thanks to whoever can help.

    Hi Tara,
    When you got him, he knew how to "step up" and now he
    won't. I have heard that some birds will use your shoulder
    as an "equal" in dominance. I've never had this problem. all
    of my birds step up when approached. I really believe that
    your problem is that you let him control you by jumping up
    on your shoulder and he's become accustomed to that. If I
    were you, I'd offer him my finger to "step up" and say the
    words; that's very important. If he didn't, I'd leave him in
    the cage to show him that you won't accept this. Then take
    him out later and keep him off your shoulder, you can just
    hold him to your chest to show him that you still love him
    and then, put him back in the cage. Next time you go get
    him out of the cage, offer him your finger and say "step up"
    and if he doesn't, put him back or leave him there in the
    cage and do the same thing all over again. He is just
    spoiled to your shoulder and with time, you can fix this. Be
    loving but stern and it'll take him alittle time to see that
    he has to step up on your finger. You're letting him get the
    best of you. Lots of luck and God bless... Connie