First, before I explain the title, I have to explain some things.
Chico is a very, very timid bird and she's more shy than bold. I dont know yet, but i'm pretty sure it is molting season for Chico. There are no pin feathers right now but I am sure she's molting. I have had her for a month and I am teaching her to step up currently, but I have an issue. It does not involve her health in any way.
When she steps up, she only puts one foot on my finger. Scouring the forums, this behaviour doesn't seem to be too common. Her foot is not injured and she has all her 4 beautiful talons. She is mobile and quickly gets around her cage. She trusts me enough to eat out of my hand and for me to put my hand very close to her. There hasn't been any negative reinforcement in training since I always make sure to wrap up the bonding sessions with millet. It seems that I need to keep training for her to truly trust me.
I don't want to talk about this, but I feel comfortable, or somewhat comfortable, talking about it here. Two times she has flown out of the cage with me keeping an eye on her, and instinctively I try to grab her. I think that is where the issue starts for her, including her being handled first time around and my experiences with her. I have never actually grabbed her because it is bad reinforcement, but I think that she doesn't trust my hand because of her early experiences and the two times she has flown out of her cage.
The training is going good, and any advice is heavily appreciated. I may have wrote too much, my apologies for that. Have a nice day all!
-Davey and Chico