Obviously that's not the best option, but generally as long as the room is keet protected eventually they will return back to their cage for food and water. The cage is their safe place. But they will do this in their own time........
How long have you been working at training? Everything is in keet time....it can be weeks or months
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"Many have forgotten this truth...You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."
I would think they would always return to the cage if they can fly there. Food, water and security is there. Some birds who have been in a cage do not fly well at first. They seem not to be able to get any height at first.
I think maybe keet proofing the room and maybe set the cage on the floor and open it up. I would sit on the floor too but not try to catch or disturb the bird and see if curiosity takes over. Your bird may just come out and sit on top of the cage at first.
The problem is when you need Billie to return what are you going to do? If you need the bird to go back in that would be nearly impossible .... anybody got a answer for that.. I don't.
My CeeCee is half finger trained. She'll get on a finger, but flies away when I take her out of the cage. She always comes back to her cage. She likes to sit on the curtain rod, or play with my other keet who's cage is across the room, but he's not fledged so I keep him in unless I watch him. Mostly I just leave her cage open during the day but close it when I go to bed. Sometimes I can pick her up and put her in but admit it's tough if she is stubborn. If I keep after her she gets the idea and goes in. I have been working with her for 2 years this is the best I can seem to get her.
Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions, friends. I have some weeks this summer that would be best for this experiment, so I'm going to try it.
I have one of the big Hagen cages, so Billie is able to exercise her wings in bursts. I'm going to fix the bottom two doors like a drawbridge (I think that was illusive's technique) to make a better "landing pad."
My cage has a guillotine style door but I clip it open with a hair clip. Getting in and out doesn't seem to be a problem. Lots of times she walks around sideways the outside of the cage or lands on top and then walks around to the door.
I agree to fix the double doors up so they are flat and easy like a front porch. I've let Chippy out for free time almost from the beginning. His clipped wings were the only thing slowing him down. If I need him to get into his cage quickly and without trauma, I simply jangle his favorite toy or bell inside the cage. He streamlines in to save it's life. I guess.
If I need him to get into his cage quickly and without trauma, I simply jangle his favorite toy or bell inside the cage. He streamlines in to save it's life. I guess.
Thanks for that idea!
We're on our third day with the "drawbridge" down. Billie will perch at the doorway and look all around. But so far, I think the "great outdoors" is still a bit intimidating. But that's fine; I'm in no hurry.
It took Chippy his whole first year to really get big and brave and comfortable. He was a happy little guy, but I oftened wondered, as the months went by, if he'd ever be my brave little curious pet. Well, at just one year old, he turned the corner and after that big moult, he came out of his shell and got right in my face. He's been there ever since. He takes his life as his right and he's a bold little character now. I've always had freedom and toys and baths and good diet there for his convenience. Now he really takes advantage of everything. So let her take on the "great outdoors" at her speed. She'll surprise you one day.