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Best treats for clicker training?

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Old 05-21-2017, 11:51 PM   #11
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I just got my bird, Kiwi. He's 11 and the people I got him from had him for 10 years. They told me his birthday and that he uses to talk and do the wolf whistle. I've had him for a few months and I'm finally able to give him seeds from my hand. He loves the sunflower seeds in his food, so I've started taking them out and using them to train. The problem is, he's out of control. Since I got him, he seems angry all the time and if we just walk in the room, he screams his head off. Since I started hand feeding him seeds, he will now get chatter and go to the door that I open and he waits for the seeds. If I put my hand in there without a seed, he attacks me and flies to the perch in the back of his cage. How do I clicker train if I can't put my hand in there without a treat?
Hello and welcome to the site. Getting an older bird presents a few challenges. Kiwi has lost his old family/flock and sounds like he has not yet come to terms with you and your family as his new flock. The biting and aggression is part of this. It is very much what parrotlets do when they are scared, or dislike something. I had to spend a great deal of time to my rescues to trust me before I could move on with training. I spent hours / days / months with my birds close just to get them used to me. Spent a lot of time getting them to first eat from my hand then afterward a lot of feeding them from my hand to until they came to terms that I was part of the new world and was not going to hurt or scare them.

Tell us a little about your story and what you have tried and we will see if we might have some suggestions that can help.
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