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At risk of "parroting" all the other replies :mrgreen:

 

Lovely name, lovely pics!

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There I was, late Friday night/Sat morning, having a quick look at Trade It before bed, and someone was advertising a HR, DNA sexed etc baby CAG. I rang first thing on Saturday and went to see her straight away, and she was the one. It was the breeders very first HR baby and the only egg to hatch. I met her parents, who she was with for 6 weeks before the HR bit. I put down a deposit and arranged to collect her Sunday as I was supposed to actually be on a course on Sat., not looking at baby parrots ha ha! I could not help noticing that the male of the human partnership had got very fond of her and it must be a wrench parting with 'your first'.

 

The breeders had obviously put alot of time into her rearing and she is very tame and friendly, and so far very quiet, apart from some half hearted grumbling when removed from the tops of heads. Her parrot dad was about 20 years old and a right old mean scruffy looking parrot he was to, the owner had rescued him in the nick of time and he wasn't expected to survive.

 

So far so good, apart from one incident which occurred within 20 minutes of getting home. She went bananas when my daughter brought me a cup of tea and lunged at it to drink it. It was far too hot and I was terrified she had scalded herself, but all seems well. It does appear to have cured the early tea addiction as she has not done it since. And made me realise how quick things can happen!

 

And as for my partner - 'It will be your bird' he said. Well he is currently walking around the living room with a parrot on his arm and a gleem in his eye!

 

We were just agonising over the name, and were thinking 'Zoe' or 'Bebe' - I like 'Willow' but its also the name of a friend's first grandchild - then I have a good mate called Zoe! Oh dear!

 

And when I turned to Parrot Link late Sat night to check on some articles..............YOU HAD GONE! Very glad you are back.

 

She hatched on 8/8/07 so is not actually 12 weeks till Weds so would be glad of dietry advice, and anything in particular I should give her while so young - better put that up on Contact/info/advice.

 

I feel quite stunned and a little anxious - just like I did when I first brought home my human babies - a few moons ago now!

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Just re-read Showgirl's thread on routine - and out to partner (who is showing much more interest than even I anticipated) and immediately see how easy it is to create problems for yourself.

 

Having been well socialised with people she happily sees us as safe and has been a bit clingy if anything - but she is so quick to take advantage of a distracted moment and sneak up onto shoulders or tops of heads (seems to love hair) - and as it is so awkward doing things with one hand I can see the temptation of leaving her there. Well she has been out all morning so its back to cage for a little sleep and give me a chance to do further research etc and pop out to get some things - for her of course!

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Thanks! So far so good! She is definately settling in, but will try not to spoil her so much tomorrow. At least it will be just me, can't believe how besotted the hubby is! Got us both wound round her little claw already!

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Thanks MMM and all. She has just parroted down some scrambled egg which is a relief as I didn't feel she had eaten enough. And Boy! Does she beg ha ha!

 

About to order a cage - probably the Castel - she sure isn't keen on what she has now! Infact only happy when on one of us at the moment - must get a playstand/perch so she can come around the house with me - and I can do things with two hands. She is so tame and friendly and accepts us both equally - so far (and talking of the other half - hasn't gone to work today yet either tsk tsk! And he was the one to go for the expensive cage!)

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you've nicked my name lol. willow has always been a favourite name of mine for a parrot but i've never had the opportunity to give the name to anyone.

Sorry Steph! I wasn't sure about it at first as a friend's first granddaughter has been called Willow, thought of Fifi, but Willow has stuck now.

 

She has settled in really well so far, eating well now (put post in advice section re insisting on being fed), and is really getting the hang of flying (one bump on window despite net curtains yesterday - moments panic from me but ok).

 

She is being quite good about staying on my arm - until my other hand becomes occupied, when she takes advantage of the situation and gets onto the top of my head, in a split second! Ha ha! Know I will take her off again and has a little grumble about it - and waits until my hand is occupied again..........! :evil: Crafty eh? I swear she is :lol: as she does it.

 

My partner has made a parrot stand for her which she likes - he admits he didn't expect to be so smitten - ah! O:)

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a good tip for windows is to take her up to them and gently tap her beak on the glass. this works if you've got mirrors as well. she will remember where they are.

 

no need to apologise about the name lol. thing is 3 out of my 4 birds were rescues/re-homes so they all came with names. lol.

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