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  1. Well the other reason was that I was allowed him because he wouldn't learn to talk. Why is this important? Because my ex was schitzophrenic. And a massive star wars fan, thus why his full name is Chew-Bacca Cake (Or Chew-B*rd Cake) But.. I like my first story better =P Also, if you get a male rainbow boa they really don't get too big. And if you get them young you don't notice that they're big until they already are. By which time you don't mind at all =D
  2. Welcome to the forums Dave, Missy and Humpty. Have fun! x
  3. Welcome to the forum =D Stay around so I feel like less of a total n00b, and post pics of Molly too
  4. Dracyia

    Meet Theo

    Awh, she is an absolutely stunning bird =D I'm sure she'll make you proud in good time
  5. Aye, he's fianlly learning to sit on my shoulder after months of effort. For a long time I just had a magical hat hat pooped on my head. Good times! Thanks everyone- I do love my bird =D
  6. Thanks everyone =D I had a full time job at home with all that lot- the only time we ever left the house was to work, get food (in the middle of the night only) and to go to the pet shop/vet/pet related outing. It was intense! The skink is still in the pet shop (they looked after Chewy for me while I stayed at my friends who had the cats. In return, they got the skink) and I'm well tempted to buy her back LOL Why'd I get a parrot? The guy who ran my local reptile pet shop started selling parrots.. and I saw lots of different parrots. I liked my friends galah but there were none of them. And then I saw Chewy, who was the ugliest bird I had ever seen. I used to sit and tell him how ugly he was. Honestly. He was a scabby wee fella. The jardie was gorgeous, but too shy to let me get to know her except behid bars, and her bite hurt when she did bite. The hahns macaws were too attatched to the pet shop owner, and again the bite hurt. I couldn't afford an african grey, or blue and gold LOL. And then Chewy just chewed me allllll day long when I played with the parrots. I fell in love with his total uselessness =P And because he was so confident. But he was on hold =( And had been for months, but the deposit wasn't being paid any further.. so I said I'd do ANYTHING to get this bird home. And, well... now I have him =P As for why did I want a parrot when I had so many reptiles? The reptiles are gorgeous. They are sweet and funny and interesting and fulfilling. They learn who you are and everything.. but you're not friends with a reptile. I wasn't allowed a cat, and I love how when you cry a cat will come and lick your tears away. They cuddle up to you through choice, not just heat. And a bird felt like I would have an animal to interact with. I don't want children and Chewy gives me the same thing, but that I can get a break from! An an excellent companion. Even with all those reptiles to occupy your time it's very lonely. He does a great job- I am never lonely now =D I never get peace!!! I loved my spiders One died of old age and the other just died durig a moult when it was young =( Wow I talk alot.
  7. There's far too many to post... but I'll pick a few good pics of the others that I no longer have in my house. (My ex runs a reptile shop nowadays, which makes sense.) George, the veiled chameleon Toady, the albino horned (pacman) frog Nala, the red eyed crocodile skink Mak, the plated lizard (who's tail fell off with infection XD) Jimmy Osterberg, the green iguana Morgan, the bearded dragon http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/10052010007.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/047.jpg Wiggles, the albino burmese http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/14102009561.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/Picture0152.jpg Squidge, the garter snake http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/19112009575.jpg Brock, the imperial scorpion http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/Brock.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/Nokia394.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/19112009575.jpg Watson, the chilean rose http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/DSCF1896.jpg Loki, the water dragon http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/11022009036.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/11022009037.jpg Diesel, the brazillian rainbow boa http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/Diesel-001.jpg Tokay Geckos http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/14032009117-1.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/28022009106.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/SNC00010.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/SNC00046.jpg Hugh, the Dumerils Boa (CITES) http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/23062009340.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/Dracyia/DSCF1899.jpg I've also kept a pine snake, various carpet pythons, the famous Mr Sausage, burmese pythons, lots more kingsnakes and leopard geckos, halmahera ground boas, cornsnakes, a ratsnake, common boas, a childrens python, a bosc monitor, mexican red knee tarantula, a mantis, a green anole, a jewelled curly tailed lizard, an african pygmy hedgehog, cats, mice, rats, hamsters gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, quails.. oh I hope that's it.
  8. I've introduced myself, and my bird, but I feel as if I've forgotten to introduce the rest of my family properly. Most of them now stay with my friend, due to difficult circumstances, but I'll post pics of them all. Firstly, the ones that live with me! Inca, a golden tegu Dracyia, the striped coastal phase cali kingsnake Aurelia, the albino common boa Lars, the striped desert phase cali kingsnake, chomping on me Aurora, a blizzard leopard gecko (with a friend) Ziggy the mixed/mosaic cali kingsnake
  9. I figured I should post a few pics of my pride and joy, Chewy Cake. (I know it's caique but I love cake, I love him and he chews everything.) It used to be alot easier to get photos of him- he never used to fly. But in the last 3 months he's gone from refusing to move from somewhere if he has to fly, to flying around in circles until his short-winged stout body crashes into something. They really aren't the most graceful flyers out there! I've also noticed his belly has gone white now, from being yellow and orange. It's good to see him growing up and becoming more confident! His usual position, ontop of my head so that anything I see, he can see too: Just some pics my sis took: My boyfriend had dreadlocks- it's a definate boding point for them both: When we moved house Chewy hated it, so he much he learned to open the cage and would sit and watch me sleep: All white belly! Finally seeing me as an equal, and sitting on my shoulder. I <3 my bird Ps. Does anyone elses bird have a facebook? Or is it just me?
  10. Ah yes, the "MAEEEIIIEEEIIIIEE!!!!" sound. Indeed =D He's actually being alot quieter on his own the last 2 days.. whether it's because of the rain and there's less birds flying about to shout at I don't know. It has meant though that I have had some peace and quiet to properly study the sounds in the house. The windows whistle in the wind sometimes which could explain the random squeals which I'd put down to settling in. I'm off to see what I can do about that =D Thank-you!
  11. Thank-you =D Sorry I can't respond much just now - I have to go to work. How does the teaching him a sound work? I'm sure he is squealing at the other birds outside, but I can't let him out. I wanted to take him outside if he would wear the avian flight suit with the leash, but thus far he's having none of it so he's not missing out. But it's early days yet!
  12. Hi, I've only just joined, but I seek opinions/advice/help! I bought my black-headed cake "Chewy" last year. He quickly became a part of the family and his cage was left open almost all the time. Settled in nicely. Was starting to be trained well and was quiet enough the neighbour stopped hearing him. Then we planned to move- this is where things start going pear-shaped. Sorry about the long story.. I just want to explain how this all happened. Before we moved, my partner bought a semi-adult iguana with no notice given to me, because we were going to have a "reptile room". But we didn't have one yet, and this iguana didn't have a cage. So Chewy had to settle for being let out when I was around (the door to the bedroom where he was didn't shut properly, and we had a flatmate who may leave the living room door open) Then my partner moved to go get the house ready. So I was left in charge of everything, and working full time. By everything, I mean an iguana who wasn't tame, the parrot, and say 25 reptiles. Including snakes, lizards, geckos, spiders.. you get the idea. Not a great deal of Chewy time. Then, we moved. And I was told the house just needed decorated now. Except that supports were holding up the ceiling, there was no bathroom (or door to it) and there was dust everywhere, always. So Chewy when let out would eat the dust. So, more cage time. Eventually, enough was enough and we split up. For many reasons. But my old house was gone, so I stayed in the living room for 2 weeks with our old flatmate. After that I had to go to a friends, and all my friends have cats. So he went back to the pet shop while I found us a place to live that would allow me to have a parot, as I can't afford rent etc on my own. I visited him as much as I could and he was doing well. So, I got a place to live. Wooden floors (very handy) and flatmates who like him. But he's not really the same bird. Firstly, I am so un-dominant it's shameful. Everything he learned he learned from my ex, and he appears to have unlearnt all of that during his time in the pet shop. And 90% of the time he is the best bird- I work nightshift and when I'm asleep he is quiet as a mouse. He generally has accepted everyone who walks through the door, and remains his normal, funny self. We've been here a month and he's quietened down alot sine his first few days , and flies around much more than he ever did. So why do I need help? It's mostly the windows. He loves to look outside, he always has, but now when he does it he starts screaming. (Or if one of the flatmates plays loud music, but that I understand) There's more birds here than there was at my old place. So I read up how to respond to the behaviour- put him back in his cage and cover him, wait until he's quiet for two mins and let him out, and reward him for being quiet. It hasn't worked. All that's happened is if I let him out of my room and into the living room he ignores me, and if he starts screaming and I go to get him he just runs, and when I do get near him he attacks me. It's hard not to respond to the pain by jerking your arm, which I suppose he could take as me attacking him back. Is he just lonely and missing the other caiques in the shop? Does he miss his "dad"? He makes whiney sounds that he rarely made before at night. Should I try him with a female companion? Cause when I'm asleep he must be lonely. Do I buy some thick gloves and continue what I'm doing? Do I keep him in the bedroom until he "learns" to stop screeching? I live with two guys- and one of them is the landlord. I'm worried if he doesn't stop it I'll be chucked out. I can hear the up and downstairs neighbours walking.. so I guess they can hear him >.< I tried closing the blinds but it's too dark. Large room with a single lightbulb =( I've let the guys keep him out when I go to shower and stuff, but it's not been good. They'll open a window to smoke from and I'm worried he'll fly away, or they'll leave things lying about that could be hazardous. Or, he'll try and attack their laptop keys etc and they don't really know how to respond. They do well most of the time, but it's not their responsibility, it's mine. Ps. I am very, very lucky with my bird and I do know it. I adore him, and I've had to rehome alot of my animals since leaving my partner but I really do see him as more than just a pet. When it's just me and him he is so much fun. A pain in the backside when I'm too tired to play, but lovable and irreplacable. I just want to make him happy! And get my hearing back if possible X_X Pps. Sorry about my typing. When I first got Chewy he chewed off some of my keyboard keys before I learned to anticipate his movements and I figure the computer still works so why buy another one?
  13. Hi, My name is Gwen. I am 22 years old, and my black-headed Caique "Chewy" is soon to be a year and a half. I also have other pets: a golden tegu (Inca), a kingsnake (Dracyia), a common boa (Aurelia) and a leopard gecko (Aurora). None of these tend to bother with Chewy- except when he dances infront of the tegu before she gets fed. But she's now used to watching him (through the glass, of course) and I swear I see her rolling her eyes at him sometimes. I love almost all animals (I can't say I like woodlice, and I detest starfish) and have been in conservation groups and am helping to set up a university herpetological society to teach more people about reptiles- as they are becomig increasingly popular, and therefore easy and cheap to get hold of. Yet, I have to admit, this is the first bird forum I have been on- my information has come from the shop I bought him from and from google. I know I will learn lots and any/all advice will be appreciated =D See you around!
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