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Post by Amsue0222 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:33 pm

I have been having a problem with Chewy for a few months now- normally it wasn't a problem but he has been playing "keep away" when I have to leave for work. I seriously spent roughly a 1/2 hour catching him today- and several days last week. I was quite ticked today when I was almost late for work by trying to get him in his cage. I clipped his wings- not fully but enough to where he couldn't fly as well. I was home from work at 3 this afternoon and he spent the next 3 hours or so hanging on my shoulder. Since, I have got him he only will hang out with me for a minute or two. He also allowed me to pet him and hold him - he has not ever let me do that.

Should I feel bad? To be honest, I kind of felt that we bonded a bit this evening for the first time in over a year! I never have tried to force myself on him but I can't lose my job because I can't catch my parrot- and I can't just leave him out during the day for his own safety. I can't help but feeling like I broke his spirit- should I take this time and just try to bond with him and hope that it helps for when his wings grow out?

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Post by AmberMuffinz on Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:38 pm

I would really work on recall training him. I posted another thing about it on here. It would give you a better chance of catching him when his flights grow back. I'm not really for clipping unless all other options were exhausted, because while some people may claim it helps to bond with a bird I think it's more of forcing them to be dependent on you. But you have to do what you think is right, and certainly don't want to lose your job over it.

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Post by Amsue0222 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:29 pm

Yes this was a last resort- I have tried for months to get Chewy to step up and it was making me kind of frustrated at him. I do feel bad and am taking your advice with the recall training - I am working on that now. I was overwhelmed with guilt but I have played this game with him for weeks now and I just couldn't handle it anymore- I was close to being late to taking my daughter to school and me. No one wants to play monkey in the middle for weeks straight - I just figured I would end the stress and clip him. I am all for him growing back out and hope it will be different. Thanks for the advice Amber!

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Post by AmberMuffinz on Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:24 am

Good luck, I really hope this gives you both a chance to work out the problems. It is definitely not fun to chase them around! Best of luck :]

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Post by Cinnyluver on Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:10 pm

Juni was having horrible behavior problems when he was flighted (over a year ago). I finally had to clip him. We did a lot of training while he was clipped and he has since grown his wings back out and so far he's doing a lot better. While he's clipped, do a lot of step up and obedience training so when his wings do grow back out, he'll be better trained and more willing to listen to you.

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