Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rocky playtime

Rocky got some hands-on play time with his favorite person last week:

Thomas always hopes that Rocky will stay still on his back, but that rarely happens!Rocky and I have been making more progress. Here are some things that have happened recently:
  • I had Rocky on a stick and was bringing him to Thomas. Thomas had recently gotten a haircut, and Rocky did not want to go by him. He walked down the stick, onto my arm, and nestled against my chest in an attempt to evade Thomas. Rocky did not even attempt to bite (I was closely watching his body language!)
  • When Thomas isn't there, Rocky's been coming over by me and not even threatening to attack. A peaceful coexistence.
  • Thomas has been placing Rocky in my lap when we're on the couch. Rocky will just climb off of me in an attempt to get to Thomas -- without any threats to me.
  • When Rocky is caged, he sticks his feet through his cage in an attempt to grab me. Before, he'd quickly try to pull my finger in while he bit his leg (if I allowed him to pull my finger into his cage, my finger would have been bloody!) Recently, he's been letting me pet his foot without trying to pull my finger in for a sneak attack.
  • There have been no attempted flying attacks in over a month, and he still has all of his flight feathers.
I know we still have a long way to go, and I still don't completely understand him, but I am very pleased with the direction things have been going lately.


Meg said...

It id wonderful to hear how much success you are having working with Rocky. People so often assume if a parrot doesn't like someone or something, that is it, and you can.t do anything about. You may not ever be Rocky's favorite person, but to be able to handle him and have him enjoy your company at least some is great, I know.

Pamela said...

That's fantastic news!

Beloved Parrot said...

I love your videos and stories -- they almost always make me laugh.

I'm not surprised Rocky is coming around; you and Thomas know your stuff.

Mary said...

Meg -- MOST handling is still done with a stick, but I definitely feel like he wants me to be part of his flock. However, as you know, it's been a long, slow ride. He's been with us for over 3 years now.

Pamela -- thanks! I'll keep updating as the situation changes.

BP -- thanks for the nice comment! Rocky can be so funny, so it's just a matter of whether I can get him on video or not.

When we started out with Max, we had no idea about parrots. We are very lucky to have had a good parrot rescue near us where we could get loads of hands-on experience!