Guys look at this!!! In her own big cage!! She let me scratch her a few times when she was staying in the little cage for Christmas and would come out on her door sometimes, but never before in the big cage.
She’s been letting me do this the last couple days, sometimes for longer than others. She’s obviously super uncomfortable about it but she lets me do it and doesn’t immediately run away. (And as anyone who knows birds knows, if she was really scared or too uncomfortable, she WOULD just leave immediately, or freak out.) I think it’s a combo of putting up with it for treats (because I’ve been making an effort to get her to come down and interact a bit more) and that she does actually like and trust me, even if coming out still scares her, and that she actually DOES want affection and attention but doesn’t know how. She DOES fluff her head and neck feathers up for me when I do it, which means she enjoys the way it feels, she just also grunts nervously the whole time.