Lately I've been feeling discouraged when it comes to my boys.. After months of trying my very best to tame Cedric he still refuses to step up and avoids me. He and Henry seem really happy but I feel bad because I know they should have at least an hour out each day, but in a week they only come out for about 30 minutes. And the reason why is because even if I have their cage open for hours they only come out for a few minutes..Henry will come out and fly around and cedric will too for a sec but then they both head back into the cage and stay there! They play and sing in their cage but aren't interested in coming out. It's because Cedric wants to be in the cage and Henry just wants to be with Ced. It's so frustrating...It makes me feel like a terrible owner. I always make sure they have toys, salad, clean food and water...I always wanted to make them a play gym but I know there's no point because they wouldn't use it. Sometimes I just find myself wishing I had Alinga back.
I can certainly see why you miss your Alinga, she was a beauty! Don't feel badly about your little guys. When I got my second parrotlet, his owner could no longer keep him as they had a hole in their roof, I found him to be very standoffish (new word that I am sure will soon be added to Webster's). I could not even get him to come out of his cage until I discovered one day that simply putting my hand in his cage would cause him to fly out. Each time I did it I would say out. Soon enough he understood out but would fly right back in. I wanted him to have time out of his cage and exercise so I started to get him out and close the door so he could not go back in.
I have had him almost 3 years now. He still does not want to be touched or handled but readily comes out of his cage and stays out for various time periods depending on his mood. He is just now starting to interact with my other parrotlet, Ollie, who spends a lot of time on me and with me. Ollie has even taught Skylar how to say a few words as they are in the same room but not cage.
I am not sure if this will help but maybe if you offer the play area and close the door once they have flown out it will encourage them to stay out longer and Henry will get to spend more time out too.
Hi try not to feel it is your fault, the cage is their sanctuary and safe place so you have done an amazing job of making them feel safe and relaxed in their cage.
I would not shut the door when they were out as this would stress and scare them so they will not venture out at all because they won't be able to get back in.
Get a perch and attach it just outside the door , do get a play gym and place it up on top of the cage or some place they can see it , not on the floor. Encourage them by placing millet or favourite food near the door and perch. These things do take time and patience don't give up
I used to have the same problem with my 4. I originally did not have a playgym on top of their cage so I would lure them out with spray millet and they would cautiously come out but then go straight back in as soon as anything made a sound or moved since they were so scared. After I got the playgym, I really started trying and gradually they got used to it. Now they come out sometimes to eat then they hang out for a while then go back in. I wouldn't say they love being out of their cage but they seem to be neutral-enjoying it slightly.
Thanks everyone! I appreciate all your comments! I put a large spare cage I have on our back porch today because the weather was so perfect. In the cage I put some branches I cut (cleaned). They loved it! And they were worn out when I brought them in for bed. Obviously I can't do this everyday b/c of weather but it makes me feel better. And I will definitely try and get a playgym asap