Corby is doing fine! He will get better at flying and when this happens, his confidence will grow and grow! Remember, when he is out and about, always give him a lot of nice sweet talk in a pleasant voice.
I have used words to let all the birds I have ever owned that things are alright and just fine. The words were key words. They are:
" It's okay. It's okay (name of bird) ". An example of this: Let's say Corby slid on that box lid and went down into the box. You would then approach him and quietly say, " It's okay. It's okay, Corby or baby or sweetie". It is a reassurance phrase and you can use it whenever Corby gets stressed or in a situation where he needs human help.
I use it on Ricochet...especially when he was learning to fly. He would land on the floor and I would gently walk over to him and have him step up while I say, " It's okay, Ricochet! It's okay, baby. " Over the year that I have had him, I have said those words a hundred times. He has learned to calm right down when I say those words. If he makes a boo boo and I see it happen, I use these words.
Another word I use is " Try?" If I hold up a piece of a new treat or food that he has never had before, I offer it to him and say, " Try? Try?" And I will add, " It's okay. It's yum yum or (yummy yummy) .
I do the same words every time I offer him something new. He will try the new item every time!
" Hot Hot! " is another danger word that I use for a lot of things that I do not want Ricochet to get near or touch. He knows what the words mean. If I put down a hot cup of coffee and he sees it, he will come over to it and fly and land on top where it is hot. So, when I put the hot cup down, I tap it a few times to get Ricochet's attention and I say loudly, " Hot! Hot! No No! " He never lands on it. He was walking to the cup one day on the counter and I said the Hot Hot words and he turned around and went away from it.
This is some of the things I do to help Ricochet in a dangerous world. Sorry this was so long.