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Old 12-07-2017, 12:22 AM
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Default Adventures of Lemon Drop and Goldenwing

I have been wanting to start a training journal for Lemon Drop and me. I feel like both of us are learning during training time. I have been working on bonding with her and starting a bit of training.

A few weeks ago she started taking food (millet) from my hand, then sitting on my hand while eating. I was trying to get her to understand "step up" but mostly have just gotten her to not fear my hands or me. Today I offered her my fingers of my left hand while holding the millet piece in my right hand. She was very eagerly looking for the millet and gobbled it when I brought it close. I tried hiding the millet and having her step off my hand to step on again for more. She ran up my arm instead. She very happily ate the millet. While she was eating, I tried to scratch her head but she tapped my fingers with her beak to let me know to stop.

When the crumbs were mostly gone, Lemon Drop continued to sit on my hand. She fluffed out a little and even tucked up a leg as her eyes mostly closed. I was so thrilled that she trusted me and wanted to be near me!

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Old 12-07-2017, 06:50 AM
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It's great you've started a journal.
Taming and bonding with your budgie can be a lot of fun -- enjoy the journey!
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:03 AM
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:05 PM
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Default Traveling with Lemon Drop

I have been very very busy with work, so I haven't been posting much. For the holidays, I took Lemon Drop with me. I didn't have a ton of time to transfer her into her travel cage and couldn't get her to go in on her own. I am hoping to do something so that this process is easier. It was traumatic for both her and me to catch her. She did very well in her travel cage though. She even sang in her cage during one of my many stops/errands. She met a lot of people on the trip too, and generally did well adjusting. I was impressed with her resilience.

Lemon Drop is showing plenty of affection for me, wanting to be near me, eyes pinning when she sees me, but has not made any recent steps in training. I continue to work on her step ups so that she will go on my hand. She still only does it when millet is offered. Sometimes she will stay for a little while after the millet is gone. I know that my busyness before vacation and the stress of travel has probably not helped us make progress.

Lemon Drop has settled well into her new spot where I am staying for the holidays. She has a fantastic view of a backyard full of birds, so she is more entertained in her cage than at home, where she can't see as much until she is let out.

I have been watching carefully for signs on illness because of the stress of travel and the very cold weather we are having but haven't seen any. I know birds mask illness, so I am continuing to keep an eye on her.

Feel free to comment if you have any tips for training to make travel easier. I hope to get her to go into her regular cage and travel cage on command some day, but that is a goal for another season.

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Old 02-20-2018, 12:39 AM
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Default Quick Update

I have been very very busy lately and also not home quite as much, so I haven't had as much time for my sweet Lemon Drop and no time to write. Lemon Drop and I kind of stalled out on the training. After I changed one of the out-of-cage perches, it wasn't as easy to practice stepping up with her. Also, she seemed to be going through adolescence, being both more moody and nipping at my fingers more. She was really not interested in stepping up, only in the millet.

I have read a bunch about the biting part, as she has bit my fingers hard enough to actually hurt. This is a fairly new development. It happens most when she is excited by looking at my phone, which she likes not only for its picture taking abilities and moving colors but also because the case makes a great chew toy (fortunately her beak makes zero impression on the case).

Today Lemon Drop was getting in the way of me writing an email because she was so interested in being near me and seeing what I was doing. She landed on my computer, which she has done before. What was new was that she then landed on my hand, even though I had no food in it and hadn't been feeding her. Unfortunately she gave my finger a chomp hard enough to hurt and leave little dents for a while but no broken skin. I told her "no" and moved my hand so she flew away. I probably need to deal with the biting better. But then she even landed on my head for a moment. She has done that before very early on, but it seems like she is much more interested in being close to me right now and very much not afraid of my hands. I can tell she trusts me.

On the positive side, I feel like Lemon Drop and I are communicating better about a few things. When I am checking to see if she is ready for bed because she seems to be napping, she indicates what she wants. When she sees her cage cover, she makes it clear by moving to a certain part of the cage if she is ready or biting at the cover (but not actually biting it) to let me know she needs a little more time.

When I get a chance, I will add some pictures.

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Thanks StarlingWings and Hunterkat!

Today when I spent a little time playing with Lemon Drop, she was much better about nibbling on my fingers but not biting. I praised her a lot for being gentle. She even let me move her from one place to another while sitting on my phone. She spent a long time thinking about sitting on my shoulder but decided not to try it yet.

When I got home this evening from a rather difficult and upsetting work meeting, it made me so happy to interact with my bird. I fed her some millet and sang to her. Then she sat on top of her cage and looked at me and ground her beak happily with her eyes partially closed. I love my little friend!

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