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  1. The best advice I was given, however extreme it may sound,(worth it despite what people may think imho) was to contact the manufacturer. I did. My central heating is fine, so I was glad I checked to be honest with you or I WOULD have worried. I have heard some halogen's can contain PTFE - the truth lies with the manufacturer!
  2. Ahhh brilliant! Cheers! Yeah I have had some plain newspaper before now lol. Never thought of the chippy though
  3. As I say, I don't know too much, but here is a vague list of "safe" and "unsafe" woods. Generally speaking, it's all about chewing and making play toys, but as I say, I have heard of people erring on the side of caution because of course, our birdies have such delicate respitory systems. I guess maybe they're just playing it safe. http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml Such a stressful time trying to safely heat your home what with all the darn PTFE they put in storage/halogen heaters etc.
  4. haha! That one is FANTASTIC! Chip paper like from the chip shop....?
  5. I hope you manage to remedy this, I'm so sorry your husband can't be more understanding it could take a long time to sort this type of problem. I am no expert but having a Sun Conure (have you HEARD one of those go?? hehe) I had to be armed with knowledge before I got her. Here's a few methods for you to maybe have a think about: Whispering: Going close to the cage and whispering can really work. Birds are so nosy lol, they will stop dead to listen. Here's where you start to introduce your trigger word. Cal's is "no shout" then wait a beat....talk reasurringly. Distraction is great with this so instead of a treat, maybe a squeeze of a squeaky toy and some calm praise. If you get excited, the bird will join in hehe so keep it calm. Backing out the room instead of walking out: Allows your bird to see where you are going so you can repeat trigger word and then a reinforcement "be one minute". Go out the room and close the door. Even if the bird is screaming, go back in and repeat reinforcement to show what it means. Then trigger word. Etc etc. You SHOULD see an improvement but it will take a lot longer than 2 weeks I'm afraid. Most causes of screaming are seperation anxiety and that's why it's important your bird knows you'll be back. Additionally, if the screaming gets too much, instead of covering the cage or ignoring etc, put your bird if possible into the bathroom and close the door lol. This sounds odd? But you'll both be in a small space together which birds love and she won't scream after a while because the "echo" will scream back Is there anything your bird could be near she doesn't like? Have you moved her cage? Is there another animal in the room? Is she near a draft? It can sometimes be the simplest of things, so look at everything Talk INCESSENTLY when you're in the same room as the bird and "answer" when she talks. Your voice is your most powerful tool in this - get the bird to view it as a good thing! Last but not least, if this is not seperation anxiety, incessant without cause then a trip to the avian vet may be in order to check there's no underlying causes. Vitamin deficiency, feather problems and illness can manifest themselves in disruptive behaviour. With regards to birds using height as dominance, this is generally known as a myth. Birds use height to avoid danger and to have a wide view of what's going on, so please, don't worry about that for now. They of course can manipulate the situation in a "ha ha, I'm on the curtain rail and maaam caaaan't reeeaaaccch meeee" but there's rarely malice in height. I hope that helped somehow and I wish you ALL the luck in the world in giving this bird her forever home!
  6. hello I'm no expert on this but have read a fire guard is essential as is a good chimney maintainence. Additionally, some people like to err on the side of caution and burn only "bird safe" logs to be absolutely sure. I'm sure someone with experience on this will be able to help you better! Good luck.
  7. I am no expert and don't claim to be but I have read a bit about this subject before and just thought I'd throw my 2p on in there! The bird may simply be "punishing" your granddaughter for not paying attention to him. It's unusual, given her age, but it's possible. When a baby bird (prone in hand reared birds apparently) takes a liking to someone and then they change (probably your granddaughter can't interact with him because he's got a lot bigger?) they don't understand and will do anything to try and rekindle the previous relationship. As I say, I can't say this is gospel, just something to think about for you and anyone else with a similar problem - perhaps involving adults. It makes sense to me as for example, Cal's bond is strongest with me (though she adores my husband too) and if I've been having to be busy elsewhere for the day, she will cuddle my husband during out of cage time and then eventually come to me. Her grooming then becomes rather on the rough side and before I let her know this wasn't acceptable, she could really hurt me!!! She wasn't even hand reared so it sort of reinforces my belief in this. We all know how sociable "cuddle bug" birds are. As your bird grows, you will be able to instill some "manners" into him about acceptable behaviours and obviously your granddaughter will be more robust herself. Until then, I agree with the above members in that no matter what the problem is, with the ages of both bird and child, the problem can't be resolved just yet so I would keep the bird in his cage and as your granddaughter grows, you can remedy this.
  8. No problem! It's one of those weird things that you sort of assume the people who MAKE the stuff for the parrots would take care of really. Don't know why though!! How many zinc poisoning cases have their been from "parrot safe toys and bowls"? Ho hum! Holland and Barratt don't do it for the parrots though sadly haha! It's because apparently some humans are allergic to it and it can make people quite ill (according to the assistant). If that's the case, why on earth would they manufacture such things in ANIMAL feed? Rabbits and other rodents have it to. All for cost cutting.
  9. Thankyou I love her very much. She's extraordinary.
  10. I'm so sorry to hear this I hope your baby will be home soon x
  11. Here are some pictures for you of my sun conure Calypso. It has been 10 weeks today since we had her and she's our little cuddle bug. She came from an aviary and had only been touched twice since birth. Once by the vet, once to come home with us. In 4 short weeks she decided I was the bee's knee's lol. She's 5months and 2 weeks old and at the beginning of this week, she began to moult so her lovely yellow feathers are coming through on her back. I will take a picture if/when she stays still long enough!!! Madam has 2 cages. One smaller one for the shop and a huuuge one upstairs. She uses it as a sort of play pen and it's choca with toys. She started to try and talk shortly after she arrived as she is with us in our shop all day and out in the evening until bed time. She attempts to say: Hello, thankyou(that's sitting near the till for you!!!), woof woof (if you ask her what the doggies do), I love you, Hello Cal and something I can't quite make out yet but it sounds like "alright". They are just tones but even other people can understand her, so she's doing exceptionally well! http://s597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/yvonne_083/Our%20family/ Thanks for reading and I can't wait to get to know some of you better! I belong to a wonderful international forum also, but it will be nice to meet some fellow UK'ers.
  12. This is just an idea and I don't know how it'd fair with the big lad but this is what I've done for foraging toys. The small animal section in pet shops is pretty good. Probably for your gorgeous fella you'd need a tunnel for rats or guinea's - you know, the ones with the holes in the sides like imitation logs?. They have them in wood or plastic usually but both are safe with supervision. I just plug it with tissue at one end, put some treats in, plug it again so on and so forth. So then they have to rip the tissue out of the holes to get to the treats. You can drill a hole to attach a stainless steel chain for hanging also. Another thing I fiddled about with and made was a parrot pinata. It's not going to last terribly long with your boy but they are very easy to make and birds LOVE them. It's made from safe everyday and cheap materials. Here's the youtube link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKmy8s3HnLc Hope that helped somehow!
  13. I've found that fruit is a winner. Grape, melon, apple, orange, pineapple, papaya.... Nuts....walnut & brazil are a winner with Cal. Sunflower seeds are great for a treat because I've never met a birdy who doesn't love them. Seeds are like junk food to birds. Be careful with dried fruit as even in the parrot mixes, it is treated with sulpher dioxide which is harmful to parrots. In the UK, Holland & Barratt do a sulpher dioxide free section *thumbs up to them!*
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