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Re: My conure will not come on my finger

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

    On 2/23/07, audrey wrote:
    > On 2/23/07, Connie wrote:
    >> 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
    >> him
    >>> to step up onto my shoulder. I would say 1 out of 50
    >> times
    >>> 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
    > I've been told that when you tell a bird to "step up" you
    > should follow thru by making the bird step up. Saying it, then
    > walking away is a form of letting the bird be in control too.

    Trying to get him to step up is the main thing here. If he won't
    step up, he doesn't need to have his way on the shoulder.
    Walking away, IF he doesn't step up is a disciplinary action and
    in time he will learn this because he's not getting on your
    shoulder and getting his way. Connie