As I mentioned in my earlier post to Introductions, Peppy is 21 and not hand tame. As far as I know, he never has been. He is friendly and loves company, but does not want my hand or any extensions thereof anywhere in his vicinity. At his age and with his history, I want to be realistic. My goal is primarily to give him a good quality of life, and not necessarily to try to turn him into a cuddler.
One of the first things I want to do is to transfer him out of his rat trap of a cage and into a sturdier, not to mention cleaner one. Three people have attempted to clean the grate and it is still caked. The whole thing is also rusty and chipped, and some of the bars are broken. This is not something I feel I can wait to do after he is thoroughly comfortable in his new environment.
I've had him completely out of his cage twice. To get him back, one time I toweled him and the other I just took the bites. Don't really want to repeat that. While his beak doesn't pack the PSI of my CAG, he has quite a bite. He is not perch trained. Treats are not a distraction when they come from my hand.
Any suggestions on how I might make the transfer to a new cage without traumatizing Peppy? And, ideally, without getting bit?