Hello parronts! So I made roll call and introduced my Indian Ring Neck but briefly. Lucky is four months old, I got (I will use 'her' despite not knowing the sex for sure just yet, I have a hunch and it's easier) her from a breeder an hour from my place. When I arrived at the breeders there were two almost identical little IRN's on the floor running about, as I came through the door with treats and chopped fruit in hand they seemed completely non-fussed about me. It was clear that the one with more grey (who I chose and brought home and named lucky XD) was already beginning the bluffing phase and had more of an attitude so I instantly fell in love with her apparent sass. Home now for 5 days, Day 1. Arrive home after an hour drive, I expected Lucky to be freaked out and stressed from the trip but apart from favouring the top of the cat carrier door the whole way didn't seem too fussed. I opened the door and she was out of the carrier within 10 minutes while I finished setting up the cage and figured out where I wanted to place food and water. I opted to lift the carrier up to the cage and let Lucky step up to the door of the cage herself as opposed to picking her up, I left her to chill for about half an hour while I sorted my other two birds out. By the end of day 1 I have fairly well chewed fingers but nothing vicious, Lucky was clearly just testing me out, I figured with how cool she was about my proximity I would give step-up training a crack straight away with a few short 10 minute sessions by the door of the cage and by the end it was hit and miss but she seemed to know what I wanted. Day 2. I had the whole day off so I set to making some cage top perches and refurbished some toys with Lucky's cage door open, Lucky was pretty quick to make her way to the door and found her way up to the top of the cage where she began making some sort of peek-a-boo noise which melted my heart. More biting and stepping up later, she seems to be getting what I mean when I say 'step up' 'gentle' and 'no bite' Day 3. I may or may not have slept in . Lucky was keen to see me, I changed food and water, noticed she hasn't been eating much, her first dropping of the day was almost water. She was taking food from me but not from the food bowl so I moved it to a location closer to where I see her hang out most frequently (on her water bowl, apparently this is fairly typical of IRN's) and decide to leave it full of different foods around the clock to make sure she can find it and associates the bowl with food so she can find it when I put it back by her pumice perch on the other side of the cage. I leaned right in to where Lucky was chilling and made some kissy noises and she bobbed her head, pinned her eyes and made the cutest and quietest little squeak I have ever heard. (I actually would like some advice on this noise, because Lucky does it whenever I come near the cage now, is it something to worry about or is it a sign of bonding? I never had this with my 'tiels) More step-up and no-bite training seems to be slowly making progress. Day 4. Lucky decides she wants to visit my other birds today, all cages are open and only Albert has come out from the 'tiels' cage, Lucky is bigger than Albert and decides to 'try' Albert out. I'm watching closely and Albert freaks out and flies off so I take Lucky back to her cage and place her on top and rescue Albert from where he has gotten himself stuck. Now Lucky seems obsessed with the other cage and the 'tiels inside it. Lucky just wants to explore today and isn't interested in training so much, so she gets to wander around on the floor and chew on the rug and eat my toes, later she gets to sit on my lap while we watch TV. Lucky even lets me gently pat the top and back of her head and scritch under her feathers, if reluctantly at first. Day 5. Today, I actually had a bit of trouble today and it's why I wanted to make sure to include as much detail as possible. Lucky did manage to get a little step up training in but wasn't that into it. I socialised her a little with my housemate and aside from chewing on his finger (he won't offer that again despite it being inquisitive and not aggressive in nature) was fine with that. Lucky ate pretty good and droppings seem to be nominal again but any time I get close to the cage she pins her eyes and squeaks/peeps to me, seems to go into a trance when she does it too and makes the sound louder now, I'm kind of worried but maybe it's a phase. Lucky was vet checked by an avian vet before I got her so I want to wait until she's stepping up properly before I go taking her anywhere to avoid having to wrangle Lucky against her will. Things like this seem to be stopping Lucky from wanting to train properly. I would love any advice or tips or insight to some of the behaviours here, I'm not too fussed about the biting, it's painful but she's not aggressive when she does it, it's a slow deliberate action similar to how she approaches her toys when she wants to gnaw on them so I am sure she's just being curious and it's a phase that I can work through with her.