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  1. Good idea Hotfoot - thanks! Yes apparently wild caiques have been observed breaking the veins of leaves and bathing in the sap - ingenious. Thanks to all for your help. Much appreciated.
  2. Thanks for the response LaurelFeatherCat. No bad experience that we are aware of. As I say, he seems otherwise the same old chappie, so perhaps you are correct, and it is just a game. My prtner feels it is a 'teenage' like phase of just not fancying a good wash Thanks again.
  3. Hello all We have a YTC, who is just over a year old. We have had him since March 2010, and he has generally loved a good showering and we had been bathing him about once twice a week. But as of about three weeks ago, he suddenly is behaving more feline like when he sees water - he runs a mile! Call me a hypochondriac, I know sometimes when birds feel under the weather, they try to hide it, thus we must look for subtle symptoms - I am wondering if this is a negligible quirk, or if there is something more sinister underlines it - does anyone here have any ideas? Can anyone relate to the circumstances? Fopr the record, he seems otherwise fine. Thanks in advance.
  4. These sorts of things are always sad, but Mother Nature is indiscriminate - in the wild the smallest chick / kitten / cub etc. is always at risk of loosing the 'battle' with its siblings for food / warmth etc. Survival of teh Fittest at work - still sad though. Good luck with the remaining two.
  5. And just to pass this on, a good way to check that your parrot is not obese is to feel around his / breast bone and check that it feels like a curvy gently convex 'V'. If it feels more like a mild 'W', then it may be a sign that a parrot is obese. The weekly weighing thing is a great idea - get a giant tupperware to facilitate this if necessary, and track as you wish.
  6. This is incredible! If I have got it right, your pet caiques are breeding? How wonderful! About new homes for the youngsters, strangely enough I was thinking abotu that aspect myself late last night, because we are consdering pairing up our hand reared male YTC with a female, should one become available. It would be for company, but we accept that breeding is a possibility. Given the caique character, I tend to feel they're not for everyone. For example, my parents have a cockatiel, and he is such a perfect match for them. But out YTC would drive them round the pokey wokey I think They're so much more gregarious (velcro parrots!) So I was thinking I would very carefully vet potential new owners. You could put an ad here on the forum under the for sale section I suppose, that might be a good start. What a wonderful pet I imagine that youngster would be - raised by parents but (presubably) human friendly. Worth their weight in gold, I would say. Best of luck!
  7. Did Jewel ask you to use superglue? If it were me, I would go to the local glass / glazier, window merchant, ask them to cut me some ruler size-ish glass pieces to size, and then use them to create a glass 'sandwich', with aquarium purpose / grade silicone as the 'filling'. I don't know for sure, but I imagine that would be the most pro repair possible. Silicone is strong in a different way to other materials, since it is of course flexible. Plus it mostly smells of vinegar, so not too obnoxious, but I'd still be inclined to take all necessary birdy precautions, and ventilate the area well. Good luck!
  8. We too have a caique, and feel the species suits us very well. As Net suggests though, they are naughty! But also very charming, and ours makes us laugh a lot. They also 'purr' a bit like a cat whislt eating their favourite food. Downsides? They can be messy eaters (and pooers!), can be nippy, are a bit like a British Bulldog - i.e. level 0 - 10 in the blink of an eye, so much so that you could be fooled into believing your caique is a deranged psychopath One must be firm, but fair in their handling, they seem to test your limits. They can also be very loud! Thankfully, ours is very quiet. This leads me nicely on to suggesting the following - the species is a very good indicator, but the thing than convolutes things further is personality - they of course all differ. Unfortunately I have no experience with the other species in your shortlist, but good luck with whatever you decide.
  9. A sorry tale. Huzaifa - I would always recommend you pick up a kitten from a breeder, not a pet shop. The link above to preloved is great, and you will find many breeders there. Something to remember, in the feline world, the mum teaches the kittens A LOT! She will typically litter train them, for example. They also ought to be properly vaccinated, therefore you should never obtain a kitten less than 12 weeks of age, 15 - 16 weeks is very normal for pedigrees, but perhaps a moggie is what you're after. Still, please try to refrain buying a kitten at 8 weeks. Yes they look so cute, but they will have lost out on a vital few weeks under their mother's care that will pay dividends over the kitten's life, and make your pet cat all the more balanced and healthy in your household throughout it's lifetime. Sorry for the off topic post! Good luck.
  10. Thank you rubytoo. I still feel we just got lucky with our boy, because he never really has been majorly miscreant, as caiques are often famed for. But yes, we have been firm but fair all along, and it seems to have led to quite a well balanced young man, and for that we are grateful for
  11. Actually piku our YTC also does it back sometimes, and he isn't always accommodating of our requests. But generally he seems to be well behaved. His brother and his brother's girlfriend are back with us for a few days from this weekend, so it will be pretty manic, no doubt! We're amidst trying to track down a female for piku, but they seem rather few and far between, sadly.
  12. Interesting thread. I just wanted to share that from the parrot point of view, the shoulder is probably one of the most 'secure' points on a human to perch. Our skin of course has a way of sliding around the flesh beneath it, it can't make for a great living 'perch'. Not that I am condoning the shoulder habit, I just find personally that with people, it is easier to understand them if I look at things from their POV and maybe the same works with parrots. So maybe we could speculate that some parrots are picking a shoulder not for dominance etc. but just for literal security. My tuppence worth. As an aside, I also believe that shoulder perching is inherently dangerous, but my personal feeling, and what we practice at home with our YTC is that it is ok unless his mood is perturbed, in which case he can lash out unexpectedly, so we just read him, and adjust our behaviour accordingly.
  13. Are you sure that you actually have a caique? Haha! Actually, I had a selective memory - he does occasionally go super hyper and jump or fly somewhere he ought not to, but he does almost always listen to us. Here is a not so great example of what I mean. In this video, our kid is playing one of his favourite games, we call it gravity :wink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25WwVhVzI74 When he accidentally falls off the table, and goes for the power cable, we have made those two respective 'noises' at him ever since having him here, and he knows they mean 'no' or 'danger!' See how he moves away almost straight away? I think that's pretty unusual for a caique eh? Oh that sounds like my girls! :oops: Well, just to reassure you he is not a dove in a caique suit, take a look at this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_unp8xjZwJ8&hd=1 I wish I had that much energy in the mornings!
  14. I guess it is worth remembering that parrots are smart creatures, and particularly an African Grey, which I think has a smarter potential than the caique we have. I find discipline very difficult in the sense that I guess it's possible to inadvertantly reinforce behaviour, e.g. 'oh ok, I geddit, if I want to go back into my cage, I have to bite you hard!' For us, we are literally learning all the time, and I think we are just lucky with our boy, because he has not once ever climbed the curtains, gone on the high book shelves etc. so we have never really had our patience stretched to the max! We did for example look after his brother and his female mate not long ago, and were warned by their owner that they behaved like a pack of raptors when released form their cage, and that was great experience to see how naughty they can be. If I can offer any advice from our experience to date, I think it is that presenting yourself as a friend and a source of pleasure can go miles, and also being firm but fair. It's not easy when they're so cute, though! Oh, and also apparently birds watch our facial expressions very closely, so that coupled with a 'negative' tone of voice might perhaps start to yield results? Good luck.
  15. Interesting thread. I have no experience beyond the YTC we have. My parents did have a green crowned conure when I was younger, but he seemed a good boy, as far as I can remember. I think our YTC is a one off, because he is not very noisy and takes heed of direction :shock: For instance, he loves walking up and down the window sil, watching the world go by. We have sash windows, so LOTS of distrations for him - brass window furniture, sash cord pulleys (waxed cotton - yuck), paint etc. He used to go nuts there, and still does try it on every once in a while, but on the whole, he will always stop being naughty if we ask him to. He is naughty for sure, and stubborn as hell, but he does listen. We do supervise him closely though, and have mutual respect, so I guess that helps. Where is a bird whisperer, when one needs one! Good luck.
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