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#10155 - 10/09/03 10:20 PM Advice needed  
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I am about to send off for the clicker training.
In the meantime, can anybody suggest a thing or two. I am an au Pair for a lovely adult female
M Two. She is cage bound. I have been instructed
to not "go in and get her and bring her out of her cage". Merely to sit with her and love her.
A favorite pasttime for me, ok? No problem.
Have brought in a chair, but don't feel at ease
with chair in front of her cage. Feel better
with it to the side of her cage. Correct? And,
then where do I place her treats? On top of her
cage, on the table? Should I do nothing but sit
there with her expecting her to do nothing? Please advice someone.

#10156 - 10/09/03 11:07 PM Re: Advice needed  
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Hello :-)
Where you place the chair doesnt really matter, in front, to the side etc. I would suggest that you do exactly as youre doing, sit and just talk to the bird. If you feel comfortable opening the cage, just leave the door open and move the chair back a bit, away from the cage, so the too is not intimidated by your presence. I would place treats on top of the cage, which encourages him to come out. Once he's out, eventually he'll realize you arent going to grab him and become more comfortable coming out of the cage. When you say youre an au pair, do you mean you're hired to come in and just baby sit the bird all day? If the bird is cage bound, the owners should be trying to do all these things themselves also. How long have they had this bird? How old is it? Sorry for all the questions but more info helps us offer you better advice :-)

#10157 - 10/10/03 05:45 AM Re: Advice needed  
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The owners' are trying. I am a friend of Corky
and the family. I am free during the day. She has
been abused by a woman owner in the past - - physically abused. She was found at a rescue; the
owners have her best interest at heart. She is in
her teens.

#10158 - 10/10/03 05:46 AM Re: Advice needed  
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The owners' are trying. I am a friend of Corky
and the family. I am free during the day. She has
been abused by a woman owner in the past - - physically abused. She was found at a rescue; the
owners have her best interest at heart. She is in
her teens.

#10159 - 10/10/03 05:52 AM Re: Advice needed  
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The family has had Corky for 2 or 3 years. In
that time both the owners' have worked painstakingly with her. She used to attack all
women.

#10160 - 10/10/03 08:56 AM Re: Advice needed  
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I am disabled from a brain bleed - - which left
one arm paralyzed. So, clicking training is out.
What about some Rescue Remedy, Bach's Essences,
with my sitting in the same room?

#10161 - 10/10/03 10:50 AM Re: Advice needed  
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Hi Kimm,

wow!! this is a hard one and I am not even going to try to give you advice because there is so much you are not telling us....but good luck and hopefully one of the knowledgable people on this site can help you...have you access to an avian (bird) vet or a good general vet who can advise?
Cheers, Linda

#10162 - 10/26/03 09:46 PM Re: Advice needed  
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To get my mollucan male to open up to me and to trust me enough to come out of the cage, I would read to him. I figured what the heck, I do it anyway right? I sat in front of his cage and read the newspaper to him, and I would read my novels to him, and I sang songs to him. Eventually over a period of weeks he would come out further and further on the cage, but if I looked at him too long, he'd run back inside. It took a month to get him down completely, but we're still not on easy street. Let your bird see you as you are. Be natural, that way when he does finally trust you, things aren't changing again.


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