Update (from last night)
Ziggy had a full crop and wasnt interested in training.
Max did loop! Once. But he did it!
Maru didnt really wanna target.
Pip is still working on part 1 of loop
Star is making progress on loop as well.
Some random commentary on the process that is our aparently monthy pedicure sessions.
I've learned to have cornstarch on hand for just in case I hit the quick as well as some water, treats and a 'break box' I also grab a sheet and drape it over the work area.
Star isnt bad once she gets past the cursing me in her budgie lanugage. Her nails tend to just be sharp and she doesnt struggle nearly as much as some of the others. Also hers are clear making it worlds easier to trim them.
Pip has dark nails and likes to get his feet on a finger and push back against my hand and flap his wings. One thing I've learned is take whatever pportunity I can to clip nails. When pip is holding onto a finger i just manuver and clip from a diffrent angle.
Maru bites a lot (but not as bad as Max...we will get to that) so i actually towel him now so he cant do dirrect damage to my hand. I still feel it but I can deal. Maru has big feet. Could be because I did two smaller birds before him but rapror feet has black nails that got long. He tucks them by his vent and i have to put a finger under the leg joint and push up a little to be able to get his toes done.
That leaves the two best for last....
Max HATES nail trims but he needs his done just like the others. Max will wiggle and spin in a hold, bites hard and then pulls. And the cherry on top? He makes ouchy squeeks when I havent even clipped the nail yet! That means when i do clip (eventually after fighting to get to the nail in the first place) i need to check to see if its a false alarm squeek or if we need the corn starch. Max is why we have the break box. At some point he will get to worked up and start overheating. Unless by some stroke of luck we arw done at that point I put max in the carrier to rest and move onto ziggy. A note on Max. He does have clear toes which helps a ton in the false alarm squeek game.
Ziggy is why I do trims under a sheet. He isnt that bad about the trim itself but if he gets free its a challange to catch him again. His nails are darker and tend to be the longest. With all my dark nail birds I check against a light to see where the quicks are. I also have for goal to bring the nail about level with the last pad on the toe before the nail starts and no further then that. Ziggy is also why I keep corn starch on hand because accadents happen, I misjudge where to trim or they wiggle at just the wrong moment and I clip to far. It happens, and the big thing is to stop the bleeding asap.
Thats how we roll with nail trims. Im always learning from each months pedicure. I'd love to hear others ideas, especially with Max. I dont understand the squeeking unless he is picking up on me pausing to check to be sure the nails ok...
Niko squeaks whenever the vet does his nails even though he hasn't hit the quick... I think its an "OW oh wait... that didn't actually hurt". Also he curses the entire time at the vet or at me whenever he's being held. He never stops
Max went to do loop but lost his footing and fell he is fine and got a treat once i got him off down from the blinds. So we arr still working on that one.
Ziggy is starting to wave but not consistently. >.< then he decided he wanted to play the fly to blinds, wait for human to ask me to step up then fly to training stand and chirp because we are having fun!
Got a silly video of the two. Max was following a nub if millet i had and being cute.
Star is on vacation. Between the uptick in agression and uh...advertising... yeah lets call it that... to the boys I opted to put her on short day time. Max and Pip were loosing their little minds and with Max thats a problem cuz he will be a jerk to zigs even if she is across the room.
Maru isnt thrilled with much of anything. He is molting right now and is rather grumpy.
Pip is working away at loop.
Progress is slow but thats ok. Each session they take little steps toward learning the new trick
Maru is just letting you know that he does not take bribes even in the form of millet , love those feather pants, he is a giant next to Star, I wonder what Star thinks of him. Pip is so sweet doing his wave.