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  1. So sorry to hear this - I sat and cried all day when our little cockatiel Charles died on my chest . It doesn't matter how small or large the animal, they all have a special place in our hearts which hurts when they leave us.
  2. What's the general concensus on Microchipping here? Has anyone encountered any problems or is there a better way of id'ing your bird? Also, have been looking into insuring Colonel Peanut. Is a bird only worth what you paid for it, or do they become more valuable as they get older, learn more, sucessfully breed? Thanks
  3. We bought a large pumpkin in Lidl at the weekend so will be digging it out and feeding the Colonel with it soon .
  4. Thanks for all the commenets:D He's certainly found his feet, he's friends with Lloyd although there's no way we'd leave them unsupervised. He charges around his cage like a complete mentalist and seems more clumsy that ever. He's also starting to land on things rathet than at things. We bought a pedi perch. It's really hard and abrasive, the only trouble is he is usually anywhere else but on it!!
  5. I got the phone call yesterday morning to say that the Colonel was ready to come home. After a few final jobs we left and soon got to the breeders. Peanut is now 12 weeks and has finished weaning, the breeders suggested having a little top-up every other night for a week to make sure he is getting enough and to help him bond with us. When we arrived home we gave him a little while to get used to things before putting him in his cage. He's still a little clumsy but was soon climbing around. And surprisingly for me he got on his swing and was throwing himself around on it After a few plays and hand feeding he got a bit tired so had a little doze. But when awake if you go near the cage he seems desperate to come out and be with us. He loves getting up onto our shoulders but his claws are like razor blades so we look like we've fallen into brambles. He had his top up last night, much to my amusement. I really didn't expect him to get quite as enthusastic as he did but loved it and made a bit of a mess He slept well last night and had some cuddles and attention this morning before we went out with the dog. When we came back we got him out and he had a play with allsorts of bit and pieces and is now starting to try and fly, he's not particularly great yet but he'll get there. There have been a few whistles, funny croaks and possibly a word, but it's quite difficult to tell at the moment. Seems like he's fitted in straight away. He's quite confident but very gentle with it and just seems so keen to be with us. A few more pics from this morning..
  6. We had our main cage delivered today. Lets just say that ebay is an evil, evil place The cage came from Germany and was nice and easy to put together. Everything slotted together in a way that only a German thing could. It's 190/120/80 and doesn't look quite as huge as I had feared after ordering it :oops: We spent the afternoon getting it all sorted and fitting our pear tree perches and toys in. Here's Lloyd after being put in jail Trying to dig his way out.. And here's the finished cage. We think we're just about done apart from food and papaer but is there anything else that might be a good idea?
  7. It may be naive of me, but I didn't think people/organisations really existed like that. Sounds just like a puppy farm, and if the birds are as unhealthy and inbred as the dogs turn out to be, I pity them . Can the RSPCA not do anything about them?
  8. Nice to see another horse owner on here - I frequent http://www.saddle-up.org.uk a lot which is a very useful and popular horsey board (like this one but for horses ) Just to add, although I mentioned Monkey nuts in my original post, you could infact substitute it for any sub-standard food and whether or not the bird would eat it. Nice to see you opinions though guys :wink: !!
  9. I never considered fireworks before seeing this post - Lloyd and Minstral aren't bothered (infact Lloyd watched a display with us last year in our car ) but obviously, Colonel Peanut will never have experienced fireworks before. I think fireworks should only be sold to a licensed holding person (maybe the local councils could give permits?) and between set dates. I hate them when they go off for 2 weeks before 5th Nov and then 2 weeks after - damn things.
  10. OK, bear with me :wink: . I have been reading the monkey nut threads and this got me wondering. Would a (tame, not wild bred) parrot really eat a manky monkey nut? In the wild they would, I assume, just drop it in favour of a better nut so why when tame would they consider eating it? For example: Ragwort is an extremely poisonous plant to horses - less than 1kg will cause irreversible liver damage and so kill the horse. These plants are small and green and can be easily undetectable under other foliage in a field. Yet, my horse will eat round one of these plants, with not a blade of grass to spare, leaving the ragwort plant untouched - how she does it I'll never know!! However, if I was to offer a ragwort plant to her by hand she would take it as a treat - in other words, she has learnt that things I give her by hand are yummy!! Does this trust/association extend to parrots too as they are obviously such intelligent creatures? Would a parrot only eat a manky monkey nut if I was to offer it to them (because they trusted/associated me to give them nice things) or do they have the inbuilt intelligence to know a manky monkey nut is harmful and so not eat it? Or alternatively, do tame, non-wild bred birds, not have the inbuilt instinct to detect inferior food fullstop? If you've got this far well done - I look forward to your thoughts
  11. Do they like/are allowed to have, properly cooked rice too?
  12. Excellent - I shall get picking and pruning once the Colonel arrives
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