How to tame a mature Eclectus?
I have a 12 year old Female (what I believe to be) Solomon Island Eclectus. I have had her about a year. She is not what I would call tame. She is not aggressive either. She will sometimes step up but she will bluff and act as if she is going to bite you. Sometimes she does strike but she never latches on. However, she recently made an attempt to get back to her cage, like she usually does, and she fell. When I caught her she grabbed my finger to steady herself and accidentally broke it. I know that this was an accident but I don't know how to stop her from being so fearful. She is so sweet, she talks and will take food from my hand.
For the first 11 years of her life she was housed in a cage where she could not even stretch her wings. She was not handled a whole lot either. I got her a HUGE 6 foot cage and she loves it and hardly wants to come out. My room is "bird proof" so I leave her door open when I go to work. She is always sure to scurry in to her cage when I walk in the room like she is running from me. I try to hold her all the time but she just looks for a place to fly.
If I am in the same room she will fly back to her cage (even though her wings are clipped), if I go into another room she will try to fly onto or into another birds cage (where I am afraid she will get hurt). Sometimes I will take her into the bathroom so she can't fly anywhere but she is just try to get away, I feel bad forcing her to be with me but I have worked and worked with her and there is still no progress. She will except treat in or on her cage from me but not when I am holding her. AND SHE WILL NOT TAKE A BATH!!!! She refuses and I want her to get a regular bath like our other birds so I will set her in the bath tub with the shower on low, or mist her. She hates it but I feel she needs to bathe. If anybody can give me any advice about how I can handle this situation that would be so helpful!!!!!! Or even a website where I could aquire the info myself.