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Old 12-27-2016, 12:01 AM
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Hey everyone. So I have a question regarding taming and bonding. I've had my church for about 2-3 months. Maybe little longer. He will perch on my finger or sit on my shoulder for a very brief amount of time. Any chance he gets he will fly off to the top of his cage or top of my blinds. He doesn't let me pet or scratch him. He will only eat millet from my hand if I bring it right to his face. I don't know what else to do. How do I get him to actually want to hang out with me and be with me?
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:37 AM
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Time and patience. It's usually best to work with them away from their cage, in another room so that they won't keep trying to fly back to it. Continue offering the millet as much as possible. It doesn't sound like he's quite comfortable with your hands yet, so keep working on that. The ladder exercise worked well for me, I'd continually make my birds step up. It made them realize my fingers were trustworthy and it kept them preoccupied for a bit too.
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