5 November 2012
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Phineas has always been a bit wary & suspicious of me. If I was very careful & very slow, he would eat millet from my hand… sometimes. Since joining the toyboys in the same room he has relaxed a lot more. When I put my finger between the bars of the cage he stopped running away & gradually plucked up courage to peck. He found he really liked biting & chewing this soft, wriggly thing!
I decided to work on his liking for chewing fingers as the millet did not seem enough to tempt him. I started putting my hand in the cage & twiddling my fingers enticingly. He soon discovered that a hand can be fun – fingers to chew & bite, fingernails to talk to & a nice bouncy surface. We would have bonding, biting sessions!
I would not recommend this method to others but it works quite well for me as my leathery fingers have already been toughened up by Pudding bites. 😀
Here is Phinny in action: