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Old 05-01-2017, 04:04 AM
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Malvolio (back) and Mercutio (foreground) have been with us just over two weeks now, and we've been taking it cautiously with our training, making sure they're settled.

At the moment, they are both eating millet out of our hands. They're both happy to stretch across fingertips to get the (wonderful, heavenly) millet, and Mal, who is about five months old now, is quite happy to stand on my hand so he can bury his face in the seed.

Mercutio, at about 4 months old, does not really like the notion of hands. He will eat from them, fair enough, but perhaps because he can't fly due to a heavy wing clip from his breeder (not at my request) he will NOT stand on my hand to eat, choosing instead to stretch as far as he can to get the seed, or sit in a fluffy huff if my hand is out of his reach while Mal gorges himself silly.

I'm hoping that Merc will grow more confident with my hand with time, perhaps following Mal's lead.

At the moment, I wouldn't say they're 100% confident about my presence yet. They tend to stop singing when anyone first enters the room and they still shuffle away when I put my hand in the cage.

Merc is definitely less confident than Mal, and tends to go and cling to the upper corner of the cage until he can be sure it's safe. Because of that, we're halting the training progress at this point for a bit. Doing a lot of reading in a calm voice, putting hands in and around the cage. Sitting next to the cage etc.

Wish us luck! Once we're all happy, we'll move on to stepping up!


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I think you're making good progress and they look adorable in the picture!

Do you always start talking to them as soon as you begin to enter the room they are in?
That will help alert them to the fact it's you and not a predator entering the area.
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Ah, that's a good idea, actually! I normally start talking when I'm a little way from their cage, but maybe if I make noise as I go from earlier on they'll be less concerned.
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Mal and Merc are doing really well! Mal, in particular, has come out of his shell as a confident, chirpy chap (age might have something to do with that.) He is eager to jump on my hand when there's food to be had, and he has learnt to touch the stick in target training with great consistency.

He's not keen on stepping up just yet, tending to sidle away from my hand instead of getting onto it, but we're working on it. He's also very resistant to the "push gently against the tummy" encouragement, where he just looks at my finger and then at me like I'm completely mad.

Mercutio is still very unsure. He'll eat from my hand, but stays on the perch to do so. I plan to keep giving him opportunities in training, but my expectations for him are much lower at the moment as he builds his confidence. I think we're reaching the point where Mal, at least, can come out. He's fully flighted, so I'll give it another week or two and then make sure we have everything we need.

Merc's aggressive wing clip still hasn't grown out, so I think he'll feel much more vulnerable out of the cage. We are likely to keep him in for longer, rather than risk scaring him all the more and further hampering his confidence.

Once we can get Mal out safely and happily, they'll both be easier to train separately and we can devote a bit more time to Merc one on one.

Wish us luck!
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Both Mal and Merc look quite fetching in their picture!

It sounds as though things are progressing well and I wish you the best of luck as you continue the journey.
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