A place to keep track of my training goals and get advice.
I got Jester 11/16 and she was practically feral. Unknown age. Possibly returned to pet store. Escape artist.
Willing to have me in her space: Success
Step Up: Unexpected level of success. She now comes to me across the room.
Willing to let me touch her feet: In progress
Willing to let me set her on a perch: In progress
Willing to try new treats or food: Limited success currently backsliding
Not freaking out when I cover the cage: In progress
Poop before you come to me: Total failure. Was working now pooping as soon as she lands on me.
I got Bard a few weeks ago. Had been abandoned at rescue. Clearly well loved and cared for at some point but scared. When scared goes to nearest mirror to groom it.
Goals: Willing to have me in his space: In progress. Will approach for millet. Does not like when I reach toward him even with millet.
Step Up: Clearly knows this but is scared. Will touch hand and sometimes step up onto palm if Jester is also eating. Sometimes realizes he's touching me and flees.
Discourage from tearing items off of cage walls: Securing things better. Trying to provide an assortment of enrichment.
So that's where we are. Trying to reassure Bard that it is safe. Trying to keep Jester from being possessive about her toys.
Bard has had to spend one night and parts of some days in the other cage to avoid hostility from Jester. I wanted to move her to break up the territorial dispute but she gets upset and tries to escape the other cage tearing at things while he is content to just have his favorite toys and a treat stick all his own. For the most part he just gives way when she gets bossy and goes off to do his own thing.
Jester: Picky bird now eats anything placed in front of her before Bard can get it. I have now placed multiple feeding units to make sure everyone can eat in peace. For being a bossy cow she really seems upset when Bard has enough of her nonsense and avoids her or won't cuddle and share whatever toy she seems to be trying to show him.
I have rearranged the cage a few times swapping out her perches and toys for new ones.
Bard likes millet, Access to the bath without Jester present to annoy him, mirrors and hanging toys he can pull on.
Jester likes millet sometimes, out of cage time, napping on my shoulder while I type, bells and toys she can lift up.
Bard is a happy brilliant little bird who absolutely hates being touched. He will come close on command. He will step up onto and let me move him with a perch. He is working on transferring from that perch to another location like his gym. He unintentionally has figured out that my laptop shutdown noise means I am going to lock them in the cage and if they are out now returns to it. Since I stopped encouraging him to be in contact with my hand he has stopped tearing things off of the cage walls and seems generally more comfortable. I am concerned that with his increased comfort outside of the cage and tendency to bolt when frightened with my ability to retrieve him calmly and safely if he goes somewhere in the room where I don't want him without traumatizing him. Making sure he reliably comes to perch or cage on command is going to be the training priority.
Jester remains Jester. We are working on the new biting issue. I have read the sticky.
Willing to let me touch her feet: Success
Willing to let me set her on a perch: Success-ish. She will move onto a perch if urged. She will not remain on perch for longer then a few seconds.
Willing to try new treats or food: As long as Bard wants it she'll take it but mostly to drop on the ground.
Not freaking out when I cover the cage: Total success. I've started a shut down routine a bit before lights out and she now returns to cage for a final snack and is settled onto her favorite perch by the time its cover time.
Poop before you come to me: Progress? They both now go before they leave the cage although sometimes while hanging on the sides. Coming to me from a perch still results in added luck.
Biting: Mostly good. Since the introduction of the "lord of the flies" bird gym that has plastic bird heads on springs she bullies those instead of Bard. Since I don't react to her bites she mostly doesn't although she still attempts a nip if she's done interacting and I continue to try to hold her attention.
Current training goal: I'd like to do some form of target training. She understands the clicker but isn't highly treat motivated. She seems to really like attention and praise for new things but seems to get very bored with repetition.
Willing to have me in his space: Success-ish. I don't think Bard will ever be comfortable being touched. He seems to enjoy cuddling near me on a perch or with bars between us. He will lean against my hand if I have treats and don't look at him.
Step Up: Will do so reliably onto a perch held in hand. Accepts being moved via perch. Will come to front of cage, perch on command if bribed with millet. Does not understand clicker. Does seem to understand follow the millet sprig.
My main concern since he won't come to me and moves away from hands was making sure he would reliably step up or recall when out of the cage. This hasn't been something we've been able to really work on since for reasons known only to Bard he no longer leaves the cage except for brief room laps with Jester. He happily plays with in cage toys and chatters to us while Jester spends time with me or on the gym.
Goals: I'd like to work on a cage recall and maybe a travel pen recall for both of them ultimately but with his indifference to leaving the cage and her lack of treat motivation I haven't fully worked out how to manage it. For now they are happy, healthy birds.