I figured this was the best place to put all of it without spamming the taming and bonding forum. Don't know how to go about doing this but I'll figure something out.
I used to use millet seeds as treats but most of my progress has been without treats and just positively speaking to them and that seems to be working just as well.
Now that it's the new year, I'm going back to daily time out and communicating with the tiels. I kinda stopped because of the holidays but we're back to spending 3 on 1 and 2 on 1 time together.
Starting from when I got Lemon, he's made amazing progress since day one. He's learned to step up, turn around (have to tap his tail a bit but I'm working on it), and then we had this little moment a few weeks ago:
ignore my weird enthusiastic voice. I think he got tired at the end of the video. But he's a tiny eagle in reality
But for a new bird whose sleeping on my shoulder, he's making great progress. I taught him to flap his wings when I say "eagle" too
He's really sweet and comes out of the cage without much of a hassle. He just runs around a bit then gets on the perch, steps up, and lets me take him out.
Bud's been getting a little aggressive towards all of us lately. He nips at me and then attacks Sam for no apparent reason. I'm planning to get him a separate cage and see if that helps. He still flies up to my hand, steps up after we have a little argument about the nipping, and runs up my arm. He seems different since he started that.
Sam's still shy and steps up. She hasn't changed all too much.
I was giving them carrots probably last week or something and Priscilla finally stayed on the same perch where my hand was. Elvis's crest was down (I think that's a good thing) the last time I was in there and it was down when I left. Priscilla's is still standing straight up. I've never seen hers go down at all.
Out of cage time resulted in one heck of a bite from Elvis. He was doing wonderful and sitting on my arm until Cilla decided to be a bat and come out of the cage upside down and fly all over the place. Elvis saw her and went crazy, flew under a table, and I was stupid and stuck my hand under it :T Aside from that, I walked around the living room with him on my arm. Took shrieking and pain but he calmed down and I got him on my arm.
So in short they're still their normal selves. What else is new. But at least he did get on my arm and stayed quiet. The bite was my fault.
I don't know if that counts as a good thing or still bad since he freaked out. She's not getting very far, but she's getting somewhere.
But on the other hand and species, Lemon has made great progress since I got him. On christmas eve, they all three met my aunt and were amazing with her. Never bit her or anything. They went right onto her hand when I was letting her hold her and they were all calm about it. Lemon was curious about my uncle's hat He jumped off her shoulder onto the back of the couch and stared at his hat. I think they're very good with other people. My brother gets credit for that because he always handles them when I have them out.
So that's really all the progress or what I think is progress that we've had. Not sure if that last part counts as progress but whatever.
Going to look at somebody's hat is definitely progress. It means he's comfortable and curious.
For the 'tiels, this may have come up before, but I taught two 'tiels to step up onto a perch. It took a while, but it ended up being very helpful. I used clicker training and treats to reinforce it initially.
You can just make a click sound with your mouth. The clicker itself was shown to be more effective with, I think, dolphins, but I don't think it makes a lot of difference. If you want an actual clicker you can get one at pretty much any pet store. But the mouth click is easier. For me at least.
Bud has grown his flight feathers back and is now flying around the house. He flew from the dining room all the way to the bedroom today. Still being a pain and biting Lemon's feet, but the bickering between the three of them has died down a lot. Sam's first experience with kale went pretty well, considering that she immediately took a bath in it. Lemon is about the same. Their heads are clearing up from the stripes. They're all becoming very vocal and sing for the most part of the day. Lemon's still being lazy and sleeping all day.
Got bitten by my hamster two days ago for trying to pick him up. Bud's still biting as well, but is actually coming out of their cage now. Still trying to keep him off the cockatiels' cage. But strangely if I get up to get him off of it, he flies over to where I am. He keeps stealing my napkins too and running around the bed with them. I've wasted the majority of my phone's storage on these three because of them doing random things.
I'm thinking about giving the tiels (or one of them) to my aunt since she has one and I think she could use some company (from another tiel). Even with four people in the house and a few dogs, she looked lonely so I figured maybe it wouldn't hurt? Still not 100% sure but am considering it.
I need to remember to get play gyms made of steel because their current one has been chewed half to death. Need to buy a new one anyway because this turned out to be really small. The box said "parakeets" but a finch would be better off with it.
But overall I think we're doing pretty well. If I can just sleep past 7 without being awoken by two screaming tiels I'd be fine.