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Ive not been on ages because I have a new addition to our family, a Black Headed Caique Parrot called Billy :D we are this wee souls 3rd home!,and he is 5 years old.Things are going wonderfully,I mist him every 2nd morning and also every few days he has a shower in the sink,he enjoys morning kiddie programes like In the night garden!lol,I use a bandana round my mouth and nose when i clean him out.

He let me smell him today,touch my nose on his back,he smells lovely :D I kissed his back today as well as he played and surfed round my neck, he is so sweet and has fit into our family so well i do have a pic of us but no idea how to send it here?.

He came from a loving home,but i admit not as knowledgeable as i hoped, they didnt have time for him and he was fed mainly sunflower seeds and peanuts,so now im weaning him on some parrot pellets and healthy fruits and veg.

Of course because he is a rehome he does have some behaviour problems but not that bad, he will scream like a fire alarm for attention,so i either ignore him when he does that, or cover him and uncover when he goes quiet, slowly but surely he is getting the message :D

He also bit my boyfriend as he is not as keen on men,i have worked with him saying no bite,today he behaved wonderfully with my boyfriend,he is a very happy, but clearly also overwhelmed parrot from all the attention he gets now :D

He seems not used to playing as much as other Caiques i see,and ive still to see him hop!.

I am concerned about his beak the bottom of his beak is overgrown I wonder is this from poor diet, or not the right perches?,he has a fruit tree branch which came with his toys and cage,can anyone recomend the best perch for keeping beaks trimmed?

Hope all is well with everyone ;)

xoxo

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Good on you for taking this little bloke on and giving him a good home. The beak overgrowth is probably from his rotten diet, there are manicure perches that are good to trim toenails and beaks, but in my opinion the best thing to do is give him lots of wood toys to chomp on and nuts in the shell, like almonds.Make him use that beak for what nature intended. If you were worried about his ability to eat because of the beak you could get it seen by an avian vet who might just trim it a wee bit...but only if it stops him eating.

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If his lower beak is overgrown it might have more to do with his beak not being correctly aligned. The lower beak is worn down by its contact on the upper beak mainly. He might need a trip to the vet to have his beak trimmed. If it continues to grow out of line he will have difficulty in feeding properly.

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Hey everyone :D

Thank you for the congrats with Billy,and all the helpful info* :wink:

I tried sending a longer message today but he kept walking all over my laptop, then surfing on it LOL, so as you can imagine it was not possible to type here!.

The little rascal is sound asleep now,bless :)

Well something I wanted to ask is where can I get nuts in the shell that will help his beak?, mixed if possible!.

Also what does it mean if a parrot does not have a leg ring?

Billy is bonding wonderfully with both me and my boyfriend,he is such an affectionate parrot :D I say he but no one had sexed him so we are yet to know,also we kept the name Billy as thats what he was always called.

I have been giving him cardboard to chew, he loves that and today i made him a foraging toy out of cardboard,poor wee soul acted like he had never foraged in his life :shock:,the cardboard is helping his beak, but the lower side thats raised i am hoping nut shells will help that!.

 

At first Billy seemed scared of them, but then he today was munching on a little pine block i took apart,so im glad he tried something a bit harder on his beak.

We also got him a Chube,hoping he may sleep in it,instead he is kinda scared of it,so i have been hiding bits of walnut and brazil nut at the back and this temps him to go inside the Chube :D

Also got him a hagen perch for beak and nails and a cosmic cruncher perch calcium ring,he is not sure of that now,it only arrived today!.

He is unclipped,and he seems to be eating with no problems, its just that you can see with one side of his lower beak from the other a big difference,and im sure it cant be comfortable for him! :(

Unlike other Caiques I see,he has never hopped,and he is not that comfortable to lay on his back :( Im hoping in time he will have fun learning all of how to be a Caique and enjoy playing more, he mainly surfs,preens and chews.

I admit its been amazing the transformation in him, he is always skimming his beak and tounge on both me and my boyfriend kissing us happily, and surfing on us.

I will need to learn how to areo preen is it :? , as he has some pin feathers round his face he scratches at, i got a few off his back and face today but didnt want to push my luck!.

Well hopefully in time he will get more and more confident and his beak will wear down from some nut crunching :wink:

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When I first got Chi he was in a tiny cage with a perch, a broken ladder and 1 toy. It took him about a month and then he seemed to change overnight. His confidence came on in spades, he was soon boss of my dogs and Sage who was 4 times as big as him! We got him a gigantic new cage and heaps of toys. He loved the pine blocks from Yvonne but his fave toy was a childs plastic bear. It was a bit like a giant weeble, he would beat hell out of it and get frustrated when it bounced right back <g> They are fantastic little birds and I'm sure Billy will soon be hopping around (it's the funniest thing to watch) Good luck with him :-) xx

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Thanks again Hotfoot*Im trying my hardest,I know I have took on a huge challenge as he does have many issues and behaviour problems

Thank you Kerenza*

Sigh Chi's situation sounds a lot like Billys his cage is only 22" x 18", and I read the min cage for a Caique is 24" x 24"

He also like Chi has a ladder its a wood rope ladder he does not touch, he doesnt like toys or play much,he is scared of balls, and the lovely wooden foot toys we got from Yvonne I had to pull some of the toys appart and gave him it in bits he hates leather it seems,yet I read Caiques love this ,he did chew one little pine block,and a bitty bagel,he doesnt like Blackberries ,he loves apples and pears and corn and peas and pomagranite and grapes,he is not into much veg at all!.He is scared of balls even the ball we were given from the people we got him from

The Hagan perch we got him arrived but he wont touch it even though i put it near his food dish

Its wonderful to hear in a month Chi changed into a more confident little Caique,I hope in time Billy will feel the same,all i can do for now is make him cardboard foragers,I realise a new cage would terrify him

To stay on the safe side with Billys poos,I always soak his newspaper so the tray is never dry,and I wear a bandana round my nose and mouth.

He has been molting like crazy since his every few day mistings,is this a good thing or not

Thanks for wishing me luck, Im still trying to find mixed nuts in the shells! :?

Hope all is well :wink:

xoxo

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Congratulations on the new addition! Did you manage to sort everything out about the breathing and house arrangement then? I applaud you for taking him on, just hope everything works out OK. I just picked up on one thing, about you soaking his paper on the bottom of the cage? I hope you mean just whilst you are changing it, and not always damping it down? If it's always damp then that's not a good idea, as constant damp conditions can cause quite a few different problems. It's probably me getting the wrong end of the stick, but just thought I'd better be sure.

 

Sadly with Caiques it's not unusual that a lot are not given the right stimulation, and therefore dont really know how to play. My Pepsi was the same. 3 years on I've had her and I've only ever seen her hop once, and it was hilarious, I laughed till I cried that day, was lovely to see. But lately she's toiok to attacking and playing with her babble ball, hanging upside down and everything, so Im pleased with that - Perseverance is the key!

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Hi Kieek - Billy sounds like a lucky little bird!

 

Nuts in their shells - why is it Tescos sell them only at 'that' time of year? Anyway, found some at a local greengrocer last week - walnuts only but good quality (and their favourite but the lazy things don't bother unless I have cracked them a little first). The shop say they try to keep them in stock. So it may be worth checking local greengrocers for them.

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Do you have a store that specialises in the food mediterranean and other non British ethnic people get their supplies? We have one called Kakulis Sisters, where you can get legumes, seeds, herbs, spices...and nuts in or out of their shells. Maybe try to find something similar.

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Hey everyone :D

thanks so much again, I have had Billy out in the garden and not had chance to go online till now!.

Yes the house issues are sorted,we chucked the teflon and got new stainless steel frying pan and wok :wink:

I found Pecans in the shell he LOVES them, but i have to crack it a bit for him so he can get to it easier!.

Yes I have to admit i was at first soaking the bottom, but now I have scrubbed all the cage clean and dry and no more soaking, thank you for the warning, i am a new parrot mommy still learning! :?

Mandy I didnt know you had a Caique :D Pepsi cute name :wink: ,I realise Billy has a lot of emotional scars like you said he doesnt know how to play but he is loving the foragers i make him, he has his pinata now but like i thought would happen is not too sure of it yet!.

Awww bless the babble balls sound funny!, I am sure he would be scared of it, I mean I showed him some rope and he went crazy!, he hissed when I showed him the toys that the previous owner gave me to give to him! :shock: God knows what this wee soul has been through! :(

Well like i said today he loved calling in the garden to our neighbours parrot, think they have an Amazon, anyway its so cute to hear them call to each other! :lol:

Well done to all who have or have had parrots they had the patience to help through tough times, as I understand they are very sensitive creatures...like myself! :lol:

Billy sure is lucky he has 24/7 attention, and can even see me in the kitchen he has the music channel on and all sorts of entertainment,we got him pine nuts,pumpkin seeds and flax/lin seeds, and also the Pecans in shells, he is given the best things i can get him to eat :wink:

Amazingly his beak bottom overgrown part is GONE :shock: , I was delighted when i saw it, and the only thing i can think of that worked is the tough cardboard foragers i have been making him...ohh i have caught the wee monkey chewing his chube also :lol:

I hope in time he will not be so scared to explore new things and play.

When he has tantrums, like say,he is one minute surfing on sofa,then chewing the sofa and we want him to stop,he will nip, i just tell him to step up and then if he is still being moody slowly flop him on his back,and this seems to calm him :? I find this strange since normally he is not that keen on being on his back,like to play on etc, so why would he be ok with this! :? , after this correction he goes all sooky on me like saying sorry haha! :lol:

I was doing the time out method on him by popping him back in his cage when he chews sofa, but then i tried the lay him on back and since he has been good so i dont know if i did the right thing or not, but it seems to have worked :)

Because of his past its hard work not knowing what will set him off, what objects, sounds etc i mean sadly theres so much ill never know, all i can do is work on improving his future :wink:

Thank you all for youer help, im so tired now, but been meaning to get back on here!, Hope all is well with everyone and your feathered babies :wink:

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