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Well, he's already attacking millet from my hand. Just now, he'd follow it when I held it out of reach, so I decided to try holding it on the other side of my other hand (the cage door is big enough for me to easily fit both hands in), and he reached over the "bridge" hand to get the millet! :D He won't step on the "bridge" hand to get the millet just yet, but I'm sure he will soon if I keep doing this!
 

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Hope he steps on your hand soon :D It does take a long time (as you probably will already know) :D Once he relises your hand is full of yummy food, he will step up :) Just keep making the bridge, Chester won't be able to resist the millet
:) GOOD LUCK!! :)
 

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Have you tried handling him outside the cage-that's always best.
Not yet. I'd have to get him out first, and I want to do that in a way that won't be stressful for him (especially since he'll be stressed enough about getting his wings clipped).
 

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Not yet. I'd have to get him out first, and I want to do that in a way that won't be stressful for him (especially since he'll be stressed enough about getting his wings clipped).

I was just saying that if you allow him to get comfortable with his cage first it'll be harder to tame, or it will take alot longer I should say. He will also get territorial easier since he'll think your hands don't belong in his cage eventually.
 

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So how should I get him out, then? I mean, it's a good idea, but I'm not sure exactly how to go about it. I could try luring him to the cage door with the millet, but then he might fly and I'd have to catch him without him knowing how to step up, and plus, my brother doesn't want poop in his room unless it's in the cage (he's in my brother's room).

Edit: Not really related to taming, but I just checked in on him, and he appears to be singing to his feet! XDDDD
 

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Are you able to take him into your room? Or any room where it's just the two of you. If he's eating from your hand and used ur arm as a "bridge" I am most certain you can get him to step up and them place him on your chest with one hand over him-like a baby.
 

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When I first let Earl Out we just opened the cage, and waited & waited, until he came out on his own accord :D It did take a long time ( about 45 mins for him to come out) but he began to trust, coming out of his cage, with us in the same room :) It's just the getting him back in the cage part that is tricky :D LOL!!
 

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Are you able to take him into your room? Or any room where it's just the two of you. If he's eating from your hand and used ur arm as a "bridge" I am most certain you can get him to step up and them place him on your chest with one hand over him-like a baby.
No, he's not stepping over my hand like a bridge yet, just reaching his head over it. If I can get him out of the cage, though, I could take him into the bathroom, since that's almost right across the hall from where he is (can't use my room because that's where the budgies are :p ).
 

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No, he's not stepping over my hand like a bridge yet, just reaching his head over it. If I can get him out of the cage, though, I could take him into the bathroom, since that's almost right across the hall from where he is (can't use my room because that's where the budgies are :p ).
Oh ! I forgot the budgies. Sorry. You can use the bathroom and do it. You mentioned he's clipped now for taming so you can easily get him and take him there and just place him on your hand. Sit down and talk to him. If he jumps off easily pick him back up and place him on your hand again. Just keep doing that until he looks comfy on your hand (starts preening..exploring..etc) then u can start putting your finger out under his belly for him to check it out -give him some millet if you want and place your finger directly under his belly saying step up. Keep doing this and he'll be stepping up in no time. It's much easier to do outside the cage although a truly tame tiel should have no problem being handled inside the cage as well. Once he's got the hang of that put him on your shoulder and walk around slowly with him so he can check out the house..etc. If he's clipped there will be no issues with doing that since he won't fly away-maybe just jump off. Ziggy had the habit of jumping off my hand-I'd just pick him up and put him back. He doesn't do it anymore. They ussually won't if you've done all those things before. Sit down with him and watch some tv, etc. If he looks anxious to get back and looking around-trying to fly off then walk him back to his cage backwards, turn around and have him step up on his perch. Then walk away. He'll learn easily this way. It's the way I taught all 10 of mine, esspecially the tiels. The more time you spend with him outside of his cage the easier it'll be for him to become tame.
 

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I would take it slowly with him, remember that he's an adult, he will probably respond better to the slow and steady approach. I don't think it will take too long anyway, sounds like he's very friendly for a breeder bird.
 

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Well, we just now made some progress! I had my hand in front of him and I was holding the millet near my wrist so he had to stretch to get it, and he put one foot so that the front toenails were on my hand! :D
 

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Today I brought his cage into the living room so he could watch Malcolm in the Middle with me. He certainly enjoyed that; he was head-bobbing and making his different sounds, and twice, came up to where I was and bowed his head right next to the bars just long enough for me to touch his crest. :D
 
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