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Date:9/20/2014 2:03:46 PM
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Hi there. How long ago did you get Tiki? It takes some time, a couple weeks mimimum, usually, for a new bird to calm down and feel more comfortable. Is he handfed? Does he step up? At the beginning, Skittles would bite hard enough to draw blood. I just kept calm and kept working on getting him to step up on command. He's still not exactly where he loves to come out or anything, but that's more my fault. I have a lot of birds, and I just don't have the time to work as much as I should with him, especially when he clearly doesn't enjoy it. When I put my hand in the cage he will jump on it readily. He's fearful of being petted, until I tuck him close to my body so that I can give him a good preening. He does love that, I can tell, as much as he complains beforehand. He will also take food from my hand, and he does like it when I have an extended talking session with him. He knows several words and phrases and he gets excited when I through his vocabulary with him. I don't cover him at night, or any of my birds, but I live in south Florida, and it rarely gets cold. As far as the light issue, the room is lit more with sunshine than anything else, so it starts getting dark for them fairly early. Covering your guy may help him feel more comfortable. Just remember to stay relaxed when you work with him, don't let his nervousness rub off on you.
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