You've only had him about a week haven't you? I absolutely see what Dizzy says about being locked in a cage can be a negative thing for a bird who enjoys freedom. It's a difficult one, but since you have to chase him to get him in each time, that is also a negative thing. You become an aversive (something the bird doesn't like, which I believe is hindering your relationship). Best case scenario would be for Jeremy to take himself back into his cage when he sees you slot the food bowls in. He has got to like/feel safe in his home for this to happen. He also has to get to know the food routine. Sooo.... I am going to say yes, keep him in his cage for a day and see what his response is like? Before you do this though fill that cage with his favourite toys and see if you can leave things he likes to eat around the cage in view. Make being inside that cage the best thing ever! What is happening now as I said above, you chasing him is making you the bad guy. What you should be doing now is pairing yourself with as many good experiences for him as possible - not bad experiences. So yes, sit by him and read to him, if he shows relaxed body language whilst you do this. If he's not relaxed, move a little further away until he is. Gradually over time, you can get closer and closer (always watching to see if his body language is relaxed). Have you noticed what his favourite foods are? Each time you pass his cage drop that favourite food into one of his food bowls. Or if he likes a slice of apple, gently wedge one through the bars of his cage. Pair your presence with his favourite foods. Monitor his behaviour all the time. Is he ok with being in his cage? Yes? Good. The next day again monitor his behaviour. I would prefer him to be in his cage until he knows the food routine and likes his cage enough to call it home. But if he's going stir crazy I would reassess the situation. Try all sorts of different toys. Chico adores his cotton ring and pinatas. Ollie loves finger traps, balsa wood, cactus wood, leather and the mirror he had when he first arrived here. Bobbie loves pinewood and now she's getting into palm strips, cactus wood etc. Kobe loves balsa wood and cactus wood and bells. With this info about each bird, I can then make toys that suit them. Simple ones - just stringing their favourite items on a leather strip with beads etc. If Jeremy isn't used to toys, start off with small, easily destroyed ones and hang them on the side of the cage where they are less likely to move than hanging from the middle. That's what I did with Ollie. Then gradually they got bigger and bigger and tougher to destroy and I began hanging them in different places. Keep monitoring his progress and revising what you are doing if need be. We are here to help.