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Mortimer the Caique

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Thought I would start a little photo diary for Mortimer :) he will be coming home in ~ 4 weeks - these pictures are from the breeder as he's growing up. All my friends said he looked like a turkey when he had no feathers!

 

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Will hopefully post more pictures and stories in the future, I love reading them all :)

 

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Thanks guys :) unfortunately i do know what i'm letting myself in for, we used to have an African Grey (so intelligent!) I hadn't heard of caiques until a few months ago, they seem very playful - never seen a bird like playing on its back so much!

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Oh Mortimer is simply adorable!! I well remember when my Dusty looked like a oven ready squab..and I agree...they are so ugly their beautiful. He's come along so well...growing weed like. Bet you can't wait to bring him home.

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Oh Mortimer is simply adorable!! I well remember when my Dusty looked like a oven ready squab..and I agree...they are so ugly their beautiful. He's come along so well...growing weed like. Bet you can't wait to bring him home.

 

:) Is that Dusty in the webshot.com album? He's lovely! I've never seen one of them before, what is he? Can't wait at all, already got the cage set up, toys, food and cleaning stuff bought! All I'm missing is the parrot :s

 

This is going to be Mortimer's new home: (ignore the orchid, we are setting up a terrarium at the moment and needed somewhere to hang it!)

 

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Used to house an African Grey (at night only, he was out alllll the time!) and will be nice to see it being used again. Got all the toys/perches/food etc from Northern Parrots - we used to use them all the time and never had a problem. I've also got a toy rotation set up so he won't get bored, used to work with the Grey!

 

My two favourite things in there are the Snuggle Sack and the flexible sisal perch - they seem to be brilliant ideas, hopefully Mortimer agrees! If anybody has any tips/feedback it would be much appreciated, especially if people have had caique experience :)

 

 

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If he's like my two (you'll need eyes in the back of your head!)  Buy some untreated pine, saw it into blocks, sand the edges and drill a hole in it.  Thread on leather and hang up.  Mine love these.

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Aw, he's gorgeous ;D

 

Trouble in store for you!  Mind you, only one caique may be ok, isn't that right Net?

 

My two are swines  ::) But still gorgeous and loveable......trouble is they know they can get away with everything!

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Thanks guys :) unfortunately i do know what i'm letting myself in for, we used to have an African Grey

 

Oh no comparison whatsoever  ::)

 

The difference I'd say is that to amuse itself a grey would solve a very complicated mathematical puzzle.... a caique would run down the street screaming... oh and it would be naked!

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The difference I'd say is that to amuse itself a grey would solve a very complicated mathematical puzzle.... a caique would run down the street screaming... oh and it would be naked!

 

Sounds amazing  ;D Our grey did used to beat me in arguments..... then laugh about it!!!

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He's home!! And he's amazing  ;D can't thank the Mckays enough for raising such a friendly, sociable bird - he's such a happy little fella! Gone into 'new mum' picture mode, taking loads of photos!

 

He likes body surfing in the blanket (when he's not hair-surfing!)

 

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Having some breakfast this morning with me, likes the chilli peppers (and making mess)! Really likes spoons, was quite hard to eat cereal without hitting the bowl with the spoon.....

 

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Getting intrigued by the camera!

 

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Likes looking out of the window, so I'm going to homebase later to get some bits to make a perch that will attach to them for him :)

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Loving every moment :) such a playful little baby, likes everyone he meets! He loves to wrestle and play on his back, but does have a tendency to roll off stuff while doing so - getting very good at catching him! We've been doing some harness training, and he let us put it on today! Had a little fly round inside the house, next stop the great outdoors :)

 

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Couple more pictures :)

 

Having a nap on the playgym we made - as you can see from the mess, just after dinner!

 

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Giving himself a scritch from hotfoot jackson :) (also wondering why mummy is taking yet more pictures.....)

 

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upside down yet again! caiques really are wonderful little birds

 

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We went for a walk and a fly outside for the first time yesterday! He's a very brave little birdie, nothing scares him! Went for a stroll up the road to a field and had a little fly there - the aviator harness is fantastic :) His first reaction to being outside was to hold on tight rather than fly away which is good! Looking forward to being able to give him lots of exercise outside :)

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Went to the vets for the first time today to get Microchipped! Mortimer was pretty happy, all the reception staff were female and fawning over  him >D The vet that did it is really experienced, wasn't particular fun having to hold him still in the towel but he didn't seem too fussed - made a bit of a squeak when the needle went in but as soon as it was over fluffed up, had a preen and was rewarded with a blueberry :) I was probably more worried/scared than he was! Love my little trooper :)

 

 

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