I've seen a few other threads like this, and figured that it's probably a good way of charting how he's doing, as well as getting a bit of feedback on his particular circumstances.
SO anyway - he's getting progressively more settled generally, although he's still afraid of my hand getting too close at the moment. I still feel awful for not letting him fly free, but it's simply not safe enough if I can't handle him directly. Generally he's doing well at the moment; still happily vocal, and will come over to talk to people - at least, he doesn't run away, and will usually respond.
I think he's discovered the art of the wind-up, too: I had a panic yesterday, when he started making movements that I thought were vomiting motions. It transpired that he was adjusting his crop (so no reason for distress), but he saw that it got my attention and my concern initially, and seemed to love all the fuss being made.
I'm a little worried about the length of his beak - it is a touch on the long side, so I'm going to try and modify his diet a bit. He's still not convinced with regards to pellets, and is an absolute pig for millet, so that's coming out of his cage for now, and I'm going to try the seed/pellet mix in the mornings and evenings, with pellets only left for him during the day. I've got to try a selection of veg on him at some point, but he's nowhere near tame enough to take it from my hand yet, so it looks like we're stuck with him staring angrily at the transgressors that are occupying his food bowl.
Beyond all that, I'm happy with how he's doing. We've already discussed the possibility of getting him a friend in the future, due to Dave's absence, and we're likely to go for a budgie from a breeder that actually handles them, so he'll hopefully become tame by proxy.
Last edited by NowhereElysium; 05-28-2016 at 05:10 PM.
Reason: modified to account for Erica
Big progress today: he ate from a bit of spray millet that I was holding
My wife found out this morning, but didn't tell me until I picked her up from work - he's eaten from my hand the once so far, and I'm hoping it's the big first step needed to get him more acclimated to our hands.
Wonderful progress! That definitely is a good first step
Also, I wanted to say that clipping his wings isn't necessarily a better way to tame him or facilitate taming and bonding. My little girl has never had her wings clipped and I still had great success with taming her.
Of course, there are benefits and downsides of wing clipping, and sometimes there is no "right" answer
I'm most likely not going to, since I know I'd be truly furious if someone forcibly removed my ability to run, so why would I want to put the same limits on Jimi? I understand the practical reasons for doing so, and have no intention of antagonising people who choose to do it, but it's not for me, I think.
He's eating the millet that I hold between thumb and forefinger for him (I'll usually have an inch or so of spray exposed for him), but he's still quite cagey around my hands in general. I slowly touched his chest with my index finger this evening, and got the warning sign of an open beak and visible bodily tension, so I withdrew.
There was a weird moment earlier when he was eating some millet from my hand, and accidentally brushed the tip of my finger with the tip of his beak, then he withdrew and went very still and very quiet for about a minute or so, then slowly came back to the millet. I spoke to him quietly throughout the hiatus, but I'm not entirely sure what that particular body language episode was indicating.