Originally Posted by sonicstormwind
Thanks for the advice! I have had them for around 4 months now. One question though: how do I let them go at their pace? I don't really understand what you all mean by this. Do I just open the cage door with no lure? Putting perches on the outside of the cage might work. I'll need to try it soon.
Make sure that you have a lot of free time before you decide to leave the cage door open - With perches on the outside of the cage, beside the doors, they should eventually find their way back inside.
If there is anyone else in the house, I think it’s a good habit to place a sign on the outside handle of the room door(s), to avoid someone opening it at the wrong time.
Birdproof the room as much as possible; mirrors/windows covered, try to place items so that it would be difficult for a bird to fall behind a piece of furniture. Have some music playing softly, open the cage doors, sit away from it and read a book/watch tv etc.
Let them choose whether to come out of the cage or not.
Most birds fly around a little crazy at first, that’s normal. They likely haven’t had that amount of space to fly before and every potential landing spot seems to consist of untested materials. Sit still and wait, don’t add to the confusion by trying to help unless absolutely necessary, as you’re likely just creating another thing to get away from (you
). They’ll probably land on something high (curtain rail, picture frame, lampshade) wide-eyed and panting; sit still, let them catch their breath, calm down and think it through.
Once they’ve found their way back a couple of times, it’ll be much easier. They’ll know what they’re doing plus you’ll know where they like to visit and can think of ways to make certain areas (where you’d like them to be) more enticing and also make strategic poop protection interventions.
Best of luck