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Goldenburm

Hiya! Need help urgently!!!

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As you know I was getting a parrot - well I had one dumped on me last night. I was putting kids to bed, door bell goes, I get downstairs to find a box on my step! Inside is a youngish AG (pics to follow!). he/she has been plucking and its growing back I think, it also appears to have been clipped in the past, as it tries to fly but can't very well. Climbs onto your hand ok, sits on shoulder very well too, just hates to go into a cage. It spent all last night on the floor of the cage. I have tried feeding fruit and parrot mix but was not interested which is fair!!

 

Could it have been a perch bird rather than a cage bird and not used to a cage??

 

Any help would be greatfully received!!

 

 

 

Peter

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I would probably get him to the vets for a check up. He could be ill and that is why his caring owner has dumped him on you, because they couldnt afford to go to a vet. Good luck.

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Hi!

Well, what a shock!

Don't worry too much about his unusual behaviour at the moment. He's had a terrible scary time over the last few hours/days/weeks???

 

He sounds quite well socialised. :)

 

Whether he's never really been in a cage or is just frightened of the strangeness of your one - I'd say the same:

 

Spread a cover (sheet, old towel..) over the back and half the roof and sides of the cage - so he can hide at the back if he feels very vunerable.

 

In case he doesn't recognise your food bowls put food and water on the floor of the cage and in the cage bowls.

 

I'll go and find you a useful thread.....

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I really hope Im wrong and he is just unwanted, but it would be awful if you were to attach yourself only for him to die suddenly. Lets hope this is a fresh start for the rest of his life with you. You need to start thinking of a name for the new arrival!

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Thankyou CGM for finding that useful thread :)

 

Goldenburm - well done you for taking this bird on.

 

At the moment he/she is confused, frightened, and worried. Remember he/she already has unhappy memories to get over (as is the way with a plucked bird) and it may be that the bird associates any cage with trauma.

But, you are a new start and the bird will soon come to realise that the past is gone and the future is more hopeful.

 

A Vet check, plenty of rest (at least 12 hours covered up for good sleep), a slow moving human who whispers calmly and avoids direct eye contact and a better diet will start things nicely.

 

As to the plucking - have a read of this? ....

PLUCKING AND/OR SNIPPING FEATHERS©:

https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/6673-plucking-andor-snipping-feathers/

and there may be a tip or two you find useful in ....

GENTLING .... GETTING A BIRD USED TO YOU©:

https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/10512-gentling-getting-a-bird-used-to-you%c2%a9/

= from the INFORMATION TOPICS© section: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/forum/22-parrot-link-information-topics/

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wow thanks guys wil read all asap!

 

he/she is not hand shy but I will put a water and food bowl on the bottom as well!

 

What sort of toys or distraction things shall i put on the bottom for him/her to play, destroy etc!?!

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Guest Jane Doe

You lucky so and so, :P why can't that happen to me! :shock: That's the only way my other half would let me have another grey if it was dumped on my doorstep!

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ok we have worked out that this bird has prob been on a human food diet. We sat down to eat and the AG started scratching the cage as if it wanted food. I tried to offer it fruiot, veg and seed mix to no avail, I showed it a chip and it went head bobbing etc and as soon as I put it near the cage it ran across took it and ate it!!

 

Obviously this is not the best diet (really????) what are the best methods to wean it onto a better diet?

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Slowly is the answer.

(A chip is just cooked potato which has been cooked in a fat or oil. If it was say sunflower oil it's really not that unhealthy is it? For now.)

 

You'll have to keep putting the food you want him to eat on your plate, and making a very convincing play of eating it with tremendous enjoyment. lol

 

And keep watching out for him to show you what he really wants. :wink:

 

Try cutting apple etc into chip shaped pieces.

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Well, quick update on my new house mate, now called "Molly" (my 3 yr olds choice!!) loves grapes, carrots, beans, mange tout, apple and kiwi. Still not a fan of the seed mix, but does like sweetcorn!

 

Oh well its a start, he/she is becoming more vocal though for a parrot she is very quiet, we get melodic whistles, and what I assume is the sound of a fire alarm with a low battery every 10 minutes or so!!

 

Well here is a couple of pics hope molly looks fairly well to you, I have a vets appointment booked for tomorrow if I can get the time off work , otherwise its Thursday afternoon.

 

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Thanks for looking

 

 

Peter

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Have you contacted John Hayward just incase this is a foundling who someone had decided to keep for a while and then thought otherwise?

I know it's a long shot but you never know. I see she is rung so it would be fairly straightforward for him to check.

 

She is gorgeous.

:)

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Awh, she is a little beauty. Who could ever dump a darling like that..

 

Keep up the good work, lots of veggies and fruit will be better for Molly than a mainly seed mix anyway. Say goodbye to your dinner!!!

 

Rachel

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