I've had Kikker for nearly 3 months now. She is very comfortable in her cage. She plays with her toys and chatters happily. She is also fairly tame.
The problem is, she is a cage potato. She hates spending time outside her cage. I never take her out by force. I just leave the cage door open any time I'm in the room and hope that she will come out. She never does. Sometimes I lure her out with millet seeds. As soon as she's done eating, she tries to head back in. I say she tries, because (sadly) her wings are clipped to the extent that she cannot lift off more than knee height. So whenever she's on the floor (and at the verge of panic because she can't reach her cage), I hold my finger within her reach and she jumps up. She learned quickly that this is a reliable way for her to get a lift back to her cage. Once she gets back inside, she lets out a tiny birdy sigh (sounds like a sneeze) as if she wants to say "Thank goodness I'm back in the safety of my home!"
I feel that her reluctance to get out of her cage is a huge limitation for us to bond. I tried taking her to a different room for bonding sessions so she could forget about the cage, but she gets so stressed that she freezes and poops every 45 seconds. I also bought her a play gym but she jumps back on my face the moment I take her to it. Then of course, straight to her cage. Last but not least, I bought some sisal rope and made a ladder that leads to her cage from the floor. No use.
I think her clipped primary feathers are the main culprit. She doesn't feel safe outside her cage because her range of motion is so limited. She has been molting the last two weeks. She still has pin feathers on her head but stopped shedding any more feathers. The nasty clipped feathers are still there. I think we have to wait till her next molt but I really don't want her to be cage-bound and insecure for 6-12 more months! Do you have any recommendations for a situation like this? What else can i try to make her feel safer?
I would appreciate any input.
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