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    My new bird doesn't like leaving his cage top!

    I just adopted a 12 year old male cockatiel. He is friendly and will step up on to your fingers if you put them near him. When I try to move him away from his cage though he flies back to the cage top. I would like him to be able to hang out with me on the sofa and his play gym I have for him near my computer. What should I do to encourage him to leave his cage top?

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    Re: My new bird doesn't like leaving his cage top!

    You could try keeping him occupied by millet or a treat in your hands while you take him away from his cage. Puts lots of treats and toys on the play gym too. And then as he gets used to being away from his cage reduce the amount of treats and millet. This is just how I would try I'm pretty sure others have more suggestions.
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    Re: My new bird doesn't like leaving his cage top!

    The best way to train a bird to be comfortable with you is to have him step up onto your finger and gently cup your hand over his wings so that he cannot fly away while you transport him to another room where he cannot see his cage. Work with him sitting with you there, eating treats and spending time with you just hanging out. Once away from his cage (his familiar environment that is his "safe place") YOU will become that familiar safe thing that he will want to associate with. Bring the portable gym with you into the other room and sit him on it, and give him treats. Let him become comfortable with you, and these other items out of view of his cage. Then, when you feel that he's become more comfortable, try taking him out in the same room and see if he won't stay with you. If he doesn't, you may have to cover his cage for a while and work with him in the room to make YOU seem more inviting than his cage. Get him used to the idea that you and his play gym are just as fun. Make sure to give him lots of treats.
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