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  1. Just a few missing feathers, right in the centre of his right wing. Downy feathers are poking through the grey so he looks rather scruffy. It is nothing compared with the plucking greys in photos here, but I don't want feather plucking to escalate. Ollie came out for a walk the other day (he has a Flying South backpack) and a do-gooder know all peered in and pronnounced "That parrot is bored, isn't it?" I don't think so! Not with the life Ollie Beak leads (never alone, free flying at home, living as part of the family, out for a walk daily, a toy box to die for, his own CD collection, not to mention his cooking and baking equipment...!!!!!) Cider vinegar procured from Tescos, and administered for the first time yesterday (diluted as suggested, in Ollie's own china beaker). He looked a bit quizzical, but that might have been me singing "Drink up thee Zoider" to him to encourage. Ollie prefers Sousa marches and G&S so "The Wurzels" might be a bit of a culture shock.
  2. Thanks for this topic - just what I need. Ollie Beak has made a "hole" in his right wing, and he's now leaving big grey feathers around the place. I'm not sure if he's moulting or if this is due to stress (we are moving home, and Ollie has been busy helping sort things out, unpacking boxes as I'm packing them...you can imagine!) Ollie is 5 now, and has always been such a beautiful birdie with magnificent feathers. He dotes on my son, so we think Ollie is really a she-bird. I shall try the cyder vinegar trick and an earlier bed-time.
  3. Ollie Beak (CAG) will be 4 years old in September, and "he" has always lived as part of the family, free-flying indoors, only in his cage on rare occassions when necessary. When we go out, Ollie comes too in his "flying south" backpack. All has been well until recently...Ollie seems to have taken a shine to my eldest son, who is 23. Ollie has a special squeak for him, follows him everywhere (waits outside the bathroom for J, shouting "Have you brushed your beak? Have you washed your wings?"), and as soon as J sits down, Ollie is on his knee, asking for a scratch, or on the back of the chair preening J's hair. This is all very well and good, but sadly, J does not fancy Ollie as much as Ollie fancies J, and it's getting a bit stressful for poor J. The question is, will Ollie get over it? Is this behaviour related to the breeding season, or is Ollie likely to be stuck on J for ever? At the same time, we have noticed that Ollie is more likely to be stubborn and bite the rest of us when he's asked to step up sometimes. What's the solution? I don't want to put Ollie in his cage, as he's not accustomed to that and neither are we, but... Would introducing another parrot help? If so, male/female, CAG or a different bird? Ollie hasn't been sexed, but "he's" a big CAG, and I've got a feeling "he" might be a "she" after all. On the bright side - Ollie is fantastic and much loved. Some members (Potty's Mum?) might recall Ollie took himself on a camping holiday in Cornwall in 2008 when he was just a baby. He's turned out to be a particularly musical bird, and now sings a selection of songs from light opera and musical theatre, the latest being "I am a Parrot King! Hurrah for a Parrot King" from the Parrots of Penzance, and this week he's started tap dancing (yes, the sound AND the dance) to The Sun has got his Hat On. Ollie asks for a drink and specifies what he would like - "Cuppa Tea...Juice...hot choc...soup" and, following my son's recent bout of hayfever, Ollie started sneezing, followed by "Bless You" and "Poor parrot!" Ollie LOVES going in his backpack, but we find we need to tell him we are going for a walk, then he gets in the cage with no problem at all. He especially loves antique fairs (lots of attention, lots of sounds to copy) and parts of the town where his voice echoes. It can be a bit odd for un-parroty people to see him going along on our backs, shouting Poor Parrot to get the attention, chuckling to himself and mimicing people's voices as they pass. Any thoughts on Ollie in love would be welcome. Mary
  4. Hello I haven't posted for a while, but some here may remember Ollie Beak, a CAG in Gloucestershire, famous for his "wild camping holiday" in Cornwall last year, when he spent 3 days in a wind-swept tree in Par singing, "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside". Well, Ollie is now a big 2 year old with an extensive vocabulary, a range of songs both whistled and sung, and a manic laugh. Given a choice between two shapes, e.g. a triangle and a square, he invariably picks the one he's asked for. He knows colours, shapes, bigger and smaller, and to my delight, he now seems to be able to recognise words, picking out cards with the names of the family when asked. He seldom gets them wrong. Anyone else got a parrot with pre-reading skills? We scour charity shops for suitable toddler toys - cheaper than real parrot toys. Ollie prefers yellow things. His latest fav "toy" is bubbles. He loves swooping on them as they invade his air-space, and games with bubbles really get him laughing. Mary
  5. I felt sad that the 'Too had been named Trouble in the first place...like, we'd call that labeling if it were a child, I think. I also find it disturbing when I see small children in T shirts bearing slogans like Here comes Trouble or similar derogatory demeaning words/phrases. I wonder how much parrots, like people, become what they are expected to be? (There's probably a PhD in this waiting for someone out there ;-) )
  6. anyone see channel 4 programme last night? Featuring a CAG in mourning, a stressed 'Too and a sexually frustrated parrot (amazon?) Parrot psychologist was brought in, and commented along the lines of "most parrots kept in isolation from other parrots i.e. single parrot families, will suffer from mental disorders" Did I hear that correctly? And, any comment from this Forum?
  7. The people on this Forum are truly The Best; getting out there if they can, searching, talking to people, keeping eyes and ears open and supporting disraught parrot-people. Hurray for Parrot-Link! Meanwhile, another snippet from Joe (dear son) - Bird-Man of Plymouth Uni...who used to work for Jemima Parry-Jones, and has spent years looking for birds-gone-flyabout... "just thought - don't know how much about wild bird behaviour parrot owners tend to know, but look out for groups of small birds acting odd - these will often mob unfamiliar birds in their territory as Ollie found out (and so did Mima's white kestrel!), so any sign of groups of birds acting in an unusual manner, especially round trees may well draw the bird to your attention! also talk to local people working outside all day" Hope this helps, but until Piff is spotted and reported, it is so very hard. Praying for you and your little friend. (Know exactly what you mean - stiff neck from squinting at pigeons, does it have a Red Tail???!) M
  8. Tried posting before but I think it got lost in cyberspace somewhere... Wildbird-watchers may be good at spotting lost parrots? So I asked my son, who is into this kind of stuff, and was THE leading light in finding Ollie Beak (CAG) when Ollie went off on a camping holiday of his own earlier this year. This is what J suggests... "best thing to go by would be our own experience - keep out there! I know it says in some of the parrot books to buy a pair of binoculars, but how many people do I wonder? Like with us, if I hadn't had my pair to hand we probably wouldn't know which direction he'd gone at first - even if we did find him in the first tree, we may not have found him in the second etc... at least we knew which way he's gone, and were able to concentrate our searching on that area! that's the best advice I can offer to lost parrot owners now and in the future - invest in a GOOD pair of bins, not cheapo ones from a car boot! If you want to post some links on the parrot forum, mine are Vortex Diamondback binoculars, and cost about £120, but they were on offer - not the cheapest binoculars, but by no means the most expensive. Decent pairs start at around £100, this means that they will be fairly good in low light conditions, waterproof, will last longer and if you get nitrogen filled ones they won't fog up. a site that might be worth keeping an eye on, and posting a request on is the birdwatchers forums - I'm sure there's lots, but the one I look at occassionally is the UK BirdForum. http://www.birdforum.net/forum.php http://www.marchwooduk.co.uk/products_69_16_Vortex-Diamondback-Sidewinder-8x42-Binocular.html - mine http://www.eebc.co.uk/productdisplay.aspx?productid=736 - another site with lots of different pairs Hope this helps! Joe" and Mary
  9. So sad to hear of your lost baby CAG. Urge you to contact local radio stations, TV, press and media. And if possible, make as many postcard ads as you can and take time to pin them on every other telegraph pole in the area bird was last seen...people are very kind, and they WILL contact you. Put free ads in Trade it, Freeads and anywhere else you can on the web. Contact local vets, animal rescues, police...and write to local schools, scout and guide groups - kids are very very good at finding animals and birds. Also, local churches - lots of people feed birds and keep their eyes and ears open. Try pet shops, local cage bird societies, garden centres, supermarkets (put up signs for lost and found) We lost Ollie in the summer - similar circumstances, on holiday... He is hand reared, prefers men, and came down from his tree to ask a builder for some breakfast! CAGs don't go far - I reckon they fly about a mile at a stretch, probably less, but they do get mobbed by other birds so they don't fly unless they really want to get somewhere - like back to civilisation. And they do get blown off course by the wind. They are tough little characters, and can survive well especially if they have water around (we saw Ollie drinking from water on leaves, and eating the tree!) Keep shouting, keep looking. Many CAGs are retrieved, and very pleased to be home. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Here's hoping... M
  10. My heart goes out to you. Dear Shamrock, fly in the warm light forever.
  11. Suggest see what we did when our CAG flew off by mistake in Cornwall...and Sticky re lost parrots in Gloucestershire. You can do similar anywhere! I expect, but don't know (more experienced on this forum will no doubt chip in) that a lot depends on how long the bird has been free, and then whether he/she *wants* and is seeking a human flock? If you've had a bird so close to you in your garden, it suggests the parrot is perhaps actively seeking human company, and might respond to familiar things like a cage, voices, food, toys? Ollie certainly associated humans with food, and there's not so much free food around now, so stand by in case you see the bird again! And if it flies off, follow it with a pair of decent binoculars in hand. hope this helps Mary
  12. My passion flower, currently going manic all over my shed, has produced several orange fruit, mostly hollow but with a bit of red flesh and seeds. Are these safe for CAGs? Also, Ollie goes bonkers over whole home-grown cucumber, fresh from the garden, but won't bother about cucumbers bought from the shops at all!
  13. My heart goes out to you :-( Suggest go to my thread + sticky "lost birds in Gloucestershire" to see what we did when Ollie went fly-about near Par a few weeks ago. Most important to shout and keep shouting in the area - it's unlikely that the bird will have gone far. Ollie flew about half a mile at a stretch before mobbing/exhaustion caused him to land. We found he prefered Ash trees - more open, perhaps? On day 2 he started tree-hopping and stayed within yards, on day 3 he got hungry and sought human company - a builder, who pitched up early in the morning and probably looked a lot like Ollie's favourite person. Good luck, and never give up. CAGs are tough little fellas, there's plenty of food and water around, and the weather's not too bad, so it's unlikey he has come to harm. Mary
  14. Oooh dearie me! Not much rock 'n roll round here - is Ollie deprived of this genre of music?? Ollie Beak's fav recorded stuff - Doris Day! The Deadwood Stage never fails to get him singing and dancing! More or less anything 'live', the louder the better. Ollie enjoyed his first ceilidh with his flock (the band) on Sat night in Arbroath! He was singing along so much, we miked him up in his Avian Adventure pack cage, and he entertained the masses with a rendition of Scotland the Brave for the *** Gordon's. Pics available soon, I hope!
  15. Hello Not sure if this is the right place to post this (mods?) but here goes anyway... Following Ollie Beak's unscheduled camping holiday in a variety of trees in south Cornwall this week, where he could be distinguished from pigeons by his unique call (whistling "I do like to be beside the seaside"), I have adapted the original song, and am now setting about teaching this version to our CAG, now home again safe and well. Ollie's song Oh I do like to be beside the seaside But not when I'm stuck up in a tree! Oh, I don't like the thunder going Bom, Bom, Bom Or the wind whistling up my little red bum, bum, bum... I'd much rather be beside a fireside With my family, and a cuppa tea! And some scrambled egg beside, with some mashed spud on the side Beside the seaside, beside the sea!
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