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Here we go again...

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So, over the last few months, Rumple has really become quite the momma's boy. He get's intensely jealous if I am showing Belle attention or playing with her and not him and he will flutter to the floor and walk up to me and chirp to be picked up. It's very adorable. He has taken to enjoying sitting on my shoulder and playing with my...

Just a thought...

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I got into a conversation the other day about my birds that put me at a loss for words. I was out with my step-daughter and my nephew and she wanted me to say “I vant my burred” like the villain from the Iron Man movie, because she thinks it’s funny when I mimic his accent.

http://youtu.be/ZzRNhsQNwZg

Afterwards… I mentioned how...

Kisses...

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Belle and I started working on her second trick today (or third, if you count "step up"). We started workin on giving kisses!!

It really happened completely on the spur of the moment. I was holding her on the couch trying to persuade her to step from my hand to my shoulder (which she was totally NOT interested in climbing...

Almost 4 months together....

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So... it's been almost 4 months now since Belle and Rumple joined our family. A lot sure has changed. For a little while there, I thought I might never even be able to get them to eat out of my hands, let alone to hold them.

Now here we are. Belle is 100% stick trained and 100% target trained. She has only stepped up directly on to my...

From Taming to Training....

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Belle has become nearly perfectly stick trained and this week we finally started with clicker training and targeting. Today was our third day doing this... and she will take multiple steps to the left or the right to beak the target stick. She will reach her head up high and down low to beak it... and she even climbed the side of the cage to a...

Taming - Week #10

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Ok... so giving Rumple his medicine has proved to be easier than I expected. Actually getting him to take the medicine is a SNAP. He is so ****-bent on trying to bite the **** out of me, that squirting it into his mouth is nothing. GETTING HIM OUT OF HIS CAGE, is a different story entirely. He runs around like a chicken flapping his wings...

Taming - Week #9

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Soooo.... not a whole lot has changed. I HAVE gotten them both to eat millet directly from my hands if I hold it out to them. They still are not comfortable with eating from the palm of my hand. And they still have NO desire for any physical contact and will immediately move to the other side of the cage if I put my hand near them when not...

Taming - Anecdote

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So, my idea to feed the birds out of the food dish while it is in my hands has been working out magnificently! Every morning I offer it to them from my hands first, and once they have had their fill I put the food dish in the slot for it in their cage. They are both becoming more and more comfortable with eating this way and it has made them...

Taming - Week #4

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So, the amazing progress we made during the first week set me up for disappointment during the next 2 weeks because we completely came to a standstill with taming. I was still permitted to touch and be near their cage and watched with great interest whenever I would talk and sing, but putting my hand IN their cage, no matter what treat I may have...

Taming - Week #1

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After only 3 days, I was permitted to have my hand resting on the bars of their cage right next to them while I talked or sang. I was even occassially touched while they were climbing around.

After 6 days I started putting my hand into their cage. They are still wary of it, and move to a section of the cage away from me - but they go about...

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