Kiwi is fearless but really, really hates hands. I wonder if he is just still stressed or if something happened to him. A couple times he freaked out and accidentally fluttered out of the cage, I toweled him. If he sees the towel in my hand he takes off running too.
I started him on target training using a small kabob skewer and a clicker. He is not afraid of the skewer and I think he's figuring out what it means. However, unlike Blue, I can't figure out what his motivation is. He will eat millet but does not seem to really like it.
Blue is progressing normally, I can touch her feet longer than normal but only occasionally is she calm enough for me to touch her belly. However, she is still eager for millet treats so this is easy to remedy with more training.
Edit: Today I figured out that if I tap my fingernails on the cuttlebone and make a scraping sound, Kiwi comes running to the front of the cage. I gave him some millet with my open hand and then put it on the far side of my hand. He couldn't reach it and so rather than step on he stretched himself so far he looked like a fuzzy hammock and I laughed super hard and almost scared him.
Then I put it even further and he stepped on my hand and huffed at me. HUFFED. Cheeky little butt. He also nipped me hard and tried to drag my hand closer so he wouldn't have to step on
But I didn't give in so he got on and proceeded to eat all the millet then pooped on my hand (grrr). Afterward, he wouldn't return to his perch and kept pecking at my hand.
The radio finally changed songs and he became alert and jumped off my hand, having succeeded in scaring himself lol
sometimes if I baby talk him enough he'll run down to a mid-level platform and perch like 3 inches away from my face. Then he'll fluff, then get skinny, run away and run back to me.
But if I extend my hand in friendly manner and try to get him to play, he doesn't want it. He only wants to play with shred toys I extend through the bars.
WTF is going on here? If anyone can help out that would be great