Hi! We have a 4 month old female Quaker (first time bird owners) named Lola. Overall, she’s been wonderful - I’ve done a lot of training with her and she’s been very responsive. However, we’re struggling a bit with Lola’s strong will when it comes to her staying where she’s supposed to be. Anytime we’re home she’s out of her cage with us. We have two different play-stands in our living room with a variety of toys (which I’ve rotated) and perches in various rooms around our house so she can hang out with us.
Over the last couple weeks, she’s been refusing to stay put. She’s constantly jumping off the perches and play stands and nothing I’ve done has worked. I’ve tried firmly saying “no” when she jumps off and putting her back on (multiple times in a row), I’ve tried not saying a word but putting her back on -I did this 42 times in a row this evening (no joke, I counted). She finally stayed for about 5 mins then started up again. I’ve also tried putting her in her cage after she jumps off 4-5 times for a short “time out”, and I’ve tried putting a treat on the perch or stand to give her something to work on (wedging it into a toy or hiding pieces in various parts of the play stand). I have no had any luck with any of these strategies.
I’m hoping someone here may have some ideas or suggestions? Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!
I would say you are doing the right things. To keep Casey safe we used to just take her back to her cage without giving her any attention when she flew off. Lola will eventually learn, she is young and curious right now
You seem to have used all the tried and true methods. I can't think of one that would work any better. My QP Ralph learned early on what "stay here" means and most of the time, he's good at following that instruction. I put him where I wanted him, told him to stay there; if he didn't, I returned him there and told him again to stay there. Fortunately, he caught on quickly.