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Old 01-18-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
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A wee bit of progress for Corby and me

I continue to feed Corby his walnut every morning. I say good morning before I remove his cover so I don’t startled him. Then I give him some time to wake up. In a few minutes he starts hoping around his cage and chirping letting me know he’s ready for walnut time!

I have been bringing him closer and closer to my face. Even when I am just talking to him during the day I will bring my face as close to the cage as I can and he looks right into my eyes. And he doesn’t move away. He isn’t afraid. I am sooo close to him my vision is doubled. I wonder if he sees two me me!! But he just alternates from a bite of walnut to looking right into my eyes. It’s funny I have also begun to whisper to him. And it reminded me how I used to do that with each of my babies.

I dreamt about him again last night. (Does this mean I have a bird brain if my brain is creating bird dreams?? ). In my dream he flew to my shoulder and stayed with me.

So this morning, as he sat on my finger eating his walnut, I was thinking about my dream. I tried to remember all the advice I’ve learned here, from Dave’s many emails and from all the tips and encouragement from each of you.

I slowly, slowly moved my hand until he was outside the cage about two inches! I continued to talk softly to him. He seemed comfortable.

I don’t know if he realized he was outside of his cage. Bobby, my husband, was in the next room getting ice from the fridge. Even the noise of that didn’t startle Corby. Bobby and I even talked a little back and forth and Corby was ok. Yet when Bobby walked into the room Corby went back in his cage.

Bobby felt badly and I tired to see if Corby would step up for more walnut but he was done.

I will continue to see if I can get him to do a bit more each day. And get more comfy with Bobby. Because after 46 years of marriage he’s not going anywhere
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:18 AM   #2
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That's a fantastic step Corby has learned he can go back into his cage when he feels threatened. Now he might be a little more hesitant tomorrow but just keep at it you will get there.
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Bryan, Thanks for the heads up that he might be hesitant tomorrow! Now I won’t let it discourage me!
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Dynamite news! Keep it up, Corby! Give your mother a kiss kiss.


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Have you tried putting some perches, toys, coop dishes on the outside of the cage? When I got my rescues they were cage bound, after I dressed the cage up I left the door open and let them find their own way out in their own time. Then they let me pick them up.
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You are a really patient Momma and that is paying off. Congratulations!
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