It is with a happy heart that I can now say this: Vi CONSISTENTLY steps up! I waited two weeks to make sure, but it’s official: she is cage-bound no more! We made our goal of July! A little late, but better than never!
When she’s in her cage, it’s her terms; she’s made it clear that her cage is her safe zone, and I need to respect that until she’s more comfortable.
But. She scampers out almost the moment I visit her. Once she climbs out, be it on top of her cage or the floor, she is more than happy to join me. 🙂
Bonus: She STILL hasn’t bitten me.
Extra bonus: she did EXCELLENT at the vet (Dr. LB complimented her gentle temperament)
AND we ventured outside for a few moments today.
The two of us are SO lucky we found each other!
About the Writer:
Hi there! I’m Sarah, otherwise known as “the crazy bird lady”. I’m a former teacher-turned-Happiness-Engineer, which is how this blog was first conceived!
My husband and I started down this path of parrot-ownership (‘parronting’) with a single budgie, and our flock has since grown to five bouncing, screaming, wonderful parrots. I’ve volunteered at our local bird store since early 2013 and hope to share any and all wisdom/parrot nonsense I’ve accumulated during that time.
More information Below: TL;DW – A nerdy birdy video introduction to our five fids. 😀
…Birds eat a ton, actually; the old idea that people who “eat like a bird” eat next to nothing is odd. And they fling it everywhere, but I will be omitting that portion.
Today, I resolve to eat more like my birds–when I give them healthy snacks (carrots, raspberries, strawberries), I need to eat some, too. Seriously… time to start making healthy snacks for BOTH fids and myself, rather than just my flock.
Project “Take Care of Myself” is a-go!
Louie met one of his kin today at the bird shop, a Red-Sided little dude who, at four months old (and still growing!), is the same size as Solomon Island Louie. Actually, junior might be a little bigger.
That’s the closest I’ve ever seen a bird come to an existential crisis. Louie’s eyes got HUGE, he muttered a bewildered, “Hi Louie!” as if he were looking at himself in a mirror, then scuttled away. He wanted NOTHING to do with his double.
Perhaps it’s just one of the side-effects of having a multi-bird household: no one looks like Lou. He thought he was special… and he is. To us. xD
Q-Tip: A Man After Someone Else’s Heart
Tippy spends most of his days trying to woo Winston, our English budgie. She is a strong, independent woman who needs no man, though, so his efforts fall flat (we were THRILLED when they were sitting side-by-side the other day). Hubby and I have been going back and forth over whether to get him a friend who wants the least bit to do with him, but the reality is, we have five birds. And though we love them, it still feels like a lot.
So, I’m endeavoring to win his affections; since she constantly rejects him, maybe he’ll open up to me with a little extra TLC?
The biggest issue with Tipton is that it can’t be forced; he has to want the attention, or it backfires.
I’ve started walking around with him on my shoulder in the morning when he’s so excited to not be alone after the evening he starts his little clicking affection noises. Murmuring sweet nothings; giving him kisses. I’ll do this until he starts getting into a snit and his happy clicks begin to turn into angry chitterings; initially, I’d have about thirty seconds before he realized he was betraying Winston, but a week of this later, he’ll coo at me for about five minutes before he realizes I’m not a bird.
We’ll see… can I win his heart?
The first time you catch your re-homed parrot dipping her head into her water and sending it flying all over the place is the time you should DEFINITELY give her a spray bath.
As usual, progress feels slow (or non-existent) with Ms. Vi, but as a parront to a rehome who barely was allowed to leave her cage, we have to keep our eyes on the prize!
- Vi is getting stronger every day; she’s able to climb faster and more confidently as she works out her muscles day by day.
- She is confident enough to frequently crawl down to our carpet; she’s an absolute pain while there (she thinks carpets are for chewing), but she trusts us enough to crawl down consistently!
- She will now consistently let others stroke her head and responds pretty well to the attention of others. She still seems to prefer women, but it’s exciting!
- She actually ENJOYED her shower (obviously) for the first time! No more forced baths! …Mostly.
- Still haven’t been bitten–this is kind of a big deal!
- She steps up when she feels like it; we’re still working not to push her.
We will see what July yields (especially since she may regress when we have to board her), but day by day, we grow a little big closer! 🙂
…Because I have been busier than any person has a right to be, but we made more progress with Vi!
- She stepped up for Fletcher last night for a tasty piece of bread. She also let him pet her–exciting, because we were expecting her to be a one-person bird and merely tolerate him. Not so!
- She stepped up today from her cage to go upstairs. Granted, still bribing her with bread, but she really, really enjoys being upstairs. =)
Still reminding myself not to rush. Slow and steady, man. Slow and steady.
Day by day, we put her broken pieces back together. What a sweetheart!