New to Pi's - Thrilled for this Board!
Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:29 PM
My name is Jodi and for the past 12 years I've had a hand fed / hand tamed Senegal. She recently passed and after researching appropriate birds we (I) decided on a HF/HT baby Pi. We got our baby girl, Cali, on 10/23/10. She was hatched 6/25, parent reared for 3 weeks, then HF/HT and weaned 9/25. At the breeder, she was fine, happy, quiet, didn't bite - her sister (who had been selected to be ours) didn't like me and bit (hard enough to draw blood) so we went with Cali because she seemed sweeter and my husband and I both handled her and she seemed to be the better fit for us. Somehow, on the road trip home, that sweet baby turned on us. Getting her out of the travel cage was traumatic for everyone, she struck, squawked, bit (not hard enough to draw blood) and flapped trying to get away. I finally got her in her new cage and she just squawked at me. Oh dear.
Well, a baby Pi is a totally different type of baby than what I've known previously (senegals, greys, amazons). She's crabby (fearful?), squawks (loudly - nearly cockatoo loud), won't step up in or out of the cage, tries to get away flapping, doesn't seem to eat from her bowl in the cage or food on the floor though we've seen her drinking water from her bowl. Once we're past the drama of coming out of the cage (with much squawking, biting (usually not too hard) and flapping), and I get her settled, Cali will sit on my lap and eat from my hand, nutriberries, avicakes, dried fruits and veggies, pellets. She'll drink from my finger dipped in a bowl. Last night she grabbed nutriberries out of the bowl on my lap. She'll even let me (for a little while) cuddle her up under my chin and she'll coo rather than squawk. On Monday, her 2nd full day with us after a 6.5 hour car ride from the breeder on Saturday, she even took a little nap with my thumb in her beak - so cute. Then when she had enough she's crabby and sqawking and can't wait to get away.
This is not the baby bird I was anticipating. I was my senegal's person and she didn't tolerate anyone else. This baby was a chance for my husband and I to share a happy little baby who would like everyone or at least tolerate people without ferocity. So I've been worried since we got her home. Worried about her eating, that she hates me, that she'll never adjust. Thankfully, I found you! My worries seem to be a common concern on this board. And it sounds like from what I've read here, that baby Pi's take some time, sometimes a long time to adjust to a new family / surroundings. Reading other posts has given me hope and perhaps a dose of reality in just how long it will take for Cali to enjoy being with us. She will come around, eventually, don't you think?
Sorry for the lengthy ramble. I've been in touch w/ her breeder daily but I needed to get some neutral information / suggestions / support.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:45 PM
I'd start worrying in a couple of months time but try to realize the trauma of being taken away on a terror ride and then finding yourself in a totally unfamiliar place with people you don't know..
Posted 28 October 2010 - 12:23 AM
Please be patient with your new baby. It is very scary for a baby bird to be moved to a strange environment. Well meaning new owners sometimes make it worse by attempting to handle the baby before it is ready. My recommendation is to allow her to be in her cage for a few weeks without removing her. Let her get used to the new environment. Let her get to know you by getting used to your presence first. When you are there to supervise, leave the cage door open and see if she will come out on her own. Watch to see what her favorite food is and slowly begin offering it to her with your hand, enticing her to approach you, and so on. Baby steps.....
With time and patience, your baby will come around and be a great pet. Just make sure that every step forward you take does not turn into 2 steps back by forcing her to do something she is not ready for.
Good luck and keep us posted on her progress.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:57 AM
Don't expect certain behavior. Learn from her what she wants, and will accept. She's lost and frightened right now, and needs your understanding.
I do not agree though in allowing her to remain in her cage for several weeks. This is the time for you to bond with her, and win her trust. You need to make yourself her security and comfort....not her cage. Move slowly and perhaps handle her for now, for short periods, but I would keep taking her out, and especially doing lap time.
When she's had enough (and you'll soon learn her signs) gently take her back to her cage, before she gets upset.
Given time this baby will be her own bird, and one you'll love just for herself. She can never 'replace' your senegal, allow her a new place in your heart, all her own.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:17 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions! I'll definitely remember p a t i e n c e as #1. We had a nice evening last night. Seems Cali did eat yesterday while I was at work. She made tons of noises while we were cooking dinner - the most "happy" noise she's made so far. On the suggestion of the breeder, I took her out of the cage on a wood perch rather than my hand and she seemed much happier about that. Moved her onto her java wood playstand and she ate some more and held food with her foot, seems Cali is right-footed. After about an hour on the playstand she stepped up onto my forearm and we sat on the couch and had snacks of cranberries, carrots, apple, nutriberries and some pellets. Then she spent some time moving around on my hand and finally crawled up under my chin for a cuddle. Progress.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 09:21 PM
Posted 30 October 2010 - 02:34 AM
My other two, they'd stay up all night, and don't care if I wake them either.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
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