Thank you so much for helping us along with our new family addition. I thought I would take a minute and give an update.
On the weekend we purchased some wood dowels (3/8" and 5/8") to replace the plastic perches in her cage. We also purchased different toys, a natural wood perch and a wood play structure for her when she is out of her cage.
Late in the week last week we started to work with an extra perch to use to train on step-ups. Moonbeam took to that immediately and unlike finger training was more then happy to step up onto a perch. We worked on this steadily until we were all confident.
Then Saturday morning we slowly would take her out and put her back in her cage. Well the little sweatheart took the opportunity and bolted
We let her mill around the room at first and then gently got down and put her perch in front of her. She hoped on and we moved her to her play perch. We moved to an area of the room where she could not see her cage and let her sit and we talked gently to her. We did this for probably a couple of hours and she just sat nicely and we talked to her from a short distance as not to scare her. We also used the perch and had no issue getting her back into her cage.
On Sunday we did largely the same, but moved a little closer. She was very calm. We did take note that she was pretty stiff and so we didn't push to hard. Later in the day she had loosened up and was even chirping back to us. I gently moved my finger to her and said "step-up" and she did. I slowly moved up to my other hand and did many steps from finger to finger. She was ok with that.
Sunday night I got a little overconfident and moved her to my shoulder. She hoped off and it was super cute. Then the silly darling would move away when I tried to get my finger in front to move her off. I ended up alone in my living room with moonbeam perfectly centered on the back of my neck out of reach. We sat like that until my wife came along (I was reluctant to call out loud for anyone as not to startle moonbeam). She then used her perch and moved her off. It was both funny and cute.
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We also found that she chrips loudly until my daughter comes to her cage. Then after my daughter leaves she chirps again until she comes back. Super sweet.
She is very playful this morning and is playing with her toys, chirping at the birds outside and seems very happy.
Some other positive things:
She is happily eating from our hands and will step onto a hand to get at the food without any issue.
She is totally happy and calm with hands in her cage.
She is really coming out of her shell and acting like a birdie.
We are still taking finger training slow. If you are confident, calm and slow she will step onto a finger. But she doesn't really "like" it and still moves away at first when your finger is close. So we are working on reassuring her that our hands are not something to fear with feeding treats etc.
My daughter was a little discouraged that she can't handle birdie yet but I explained that it must be terrifying for her. Our hands are the same size as her and we can grab things with them. She happily understood and maintained a positive attitude for birdie.
We love our little Moonbeam already and have welcomed her into the family. Can't wait until she allows us into her flock.