Our Sennie You-You is now 5, and we love him more each day!
Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:56 AM
He's still a picky eater..... that never changed, although at least he loves carrots, peppers, and fennel. That's about it for the vegetables, I'm afraid, and fruit is limited to apples, grapes, and melon. He still loves fresh mozzarella cheese, (which he is only allowed in TINY quantities), yogurt, white meat fish, and chicken. He will only eat in company. You-You has become entirely my husband's bird, insisting on constant cuddling from him, laying upside down in his hand, constantly attached to him. He flies after me around the house, calls my name, and wants to play - but bites HARD if I try anything but the most delicate scritch, and only when he wants it.
Hello to Pepper's Pa - if you are reading this....I'm hoping both you and Pepper are thriving!
cheers - Laurie
Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:37 AM
You-You’s behavior with your husband sounds a lot like Pepper’s behavior with me. He loves being with me and doing a somersault in my hand so that he’s lying on his back and getting scritches from me. Pepper’s doing fine and is now over six and one-half years old. He’s still a great eater, eating nearly everything I offer him . . . and wanting everything I don’t offer to him. We know each other’s behaviors very well and can usually correctly predict what is going to happen next.
It’s great to hear that you’re still allowing You-You to fly. It’s so much healthier for our birds when we allow them this normal and natural activity. Pepper gets in daily flying opportunities . . . but if it’s not flying to me or to his cage top, his next favorite location is to fly to the towels hanging in my bathroom.
Do you offer You-You many opportunities to forage? By adding some “new” foods to forage for you may help him expand the foods he eats. Here is one of Pepper’s favorite foraging toys.
I visit here daily and I hope to hear about You-You sooner next time.
Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:47 AM
I know, it's been way too long. Work has taken me all over the world in the last 2 years , and it was high time I checked in....and promise to do so more frequently.
I love the foraging toy. We make rough versions of that for You-You - he is not interested in eating what is inside usually, but it fills his time and gives him lots of pleasure. The next time i am in the States (October), I will order some of these, as they are really perfect. I can't have anything sent over here, the customs situation is too complicated. I always stock up on toys and things when I am in the States. If only I could find someplace in Italy, but so far, no luck.
Yes, You-You flies every day. He is out of the cage usually for 4-6 hours a day, when I'm home, which is a lot these days. In the morning, after his long morning nap on the curtain rod, he does his flying, and gets a lot of pleasure out of it. It's much harder when we're on vacation with him, or at the beach, as he is limited to one room. But he does get a LOT of exercise the rest of the time, so I figure it's ok.
The hard bites - they are a part of life with a Sennie for sure. I've learned that there are times when I just have to have him step up onto his towel, not my bare hand. We have special small green towels for him; and he will step up onto them even when agitated or upset, when I use the command, "Sali", which is "step up" in Italian. Oddly, this is one of the few words he hears frequently that he has never said.
A question: Do you give Pepper any kind of vitamin supplement during the endless summer moult? You-You is in such discomfort, in spite of frequent baths and much scritching, and he can get really grumpy and sulky during these months.
cheers to all
Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:50 AM
I think Pepper has more fun with his foraging opportunities than actually enjoying the food or treats he finds in them, though he'll seldom pass up the chance for an almond in the shell or a Nutri-Berry. He loves to shred the boxes till there’s nothing left but a pie of scraps on the floor of his cage.
A homemade version of these would work just as well and be cheaper and maybe more environmentally friendly than using these foraging boxes.
“Yes, You-You flies every day.”
I wish Pepper would fly more often . . . even though it means I’d be following him around more too. He does fly several times each day and I know it helps give him extra, natural exercise. During his yearly well-bird examinations, his vet always comments on how “strong” Pepper is as compared to his own Sennie and others under his care. I guess the opportunity to fly helps with this.
“The hard bites - they are a part of life with a Sennie for sure.”
What signal does You-You give to you that a bite might be imminent? With Pepper, it’s all in his eyes. When his eyes are round in shape, he seldom bites hard. If his eyes change to almond in shape, I’ve learned it’s best to leave him alone if I value keeping my skin intact.
“A question: Do you give Pepper any kind of vitamin supplement during the endless summer moult? You-You is in such discomfort, in spite of frequent baths and much scritching, and he can get really grumpy and sulky during these months.”
Talking with Pepper’s vet, he recommended not offering supplemental vitamins at any time . . . unless it is determined that he has a deficiency in some area which has never shown up. He feels that based on the research he’s read, feeding pellets and a wide variety of fresh and healthy foods is the best way to long-term health and a long life.
Pepper usually has a long molt too. He starts with molting his contour (or body) feathers, moves on to down and ends with his flight and tail feathers and more contour feathers. This usually starts in early March and ends in August.
If it's dry where you live, have you considered adding a humidifier to your home?
To help Pepper when he is most actively molting I offer him daily opportunities to share a shower with me and spend a lot of time helping preen those feathers on his head and neck that would be most difficult for him to get by himself. Based on how he keeps soliciting this help, I guess I’m doing it right.
Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:48 PM
Our house isn't too dry, and I've also started a bit of spritzing him - he doesn't love it, but if I keep the spritzer hidden he doesn't get too upset. I think that helps maybe a bit as well. He's just up from his afternoon nap now....and looking, as ever, unbelievably adorable!
Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:30 PM
His vocabulary has now extended to include my name, Laurie, which he calls when I'm in the other room, or if I take too long of a nap for his personal preference he will start saying it quietly and work up to a yell. And he now says "Si" (for "yes" in his "native" Italian), which he uses whenever he's asked if he wants anything, or if he wants to be covered up at night. He says it more like "Siiiiiiii" -- he likes the "eeeee" vowel a lot. And he has a new name for himself, "You-beeee", which he seems to use whenever he needs to assert his presence. It used to be his name "You-You", but he has switched recently to "You-beee". He still calls my husband "Papi" or "Papino", and when he is sleepy he slurs and calls him "Pachi", but when he calls us together, he says "Archee" which I think is a combination of "Laurie" and "Pachi.
He amazes us every day!
Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:36 PM
He continues to tear apart his foraging boxes with gusto. They've become such an important part of his routine. When I'm away for work, he spends a lot of time by himself, and these boxes give him plenty to do when he's alone during the day. He has developed some new sounds in the last year, most noticeably a "crowing" sound, which he makes when he's very happy or wants to make a positive response. (For example, at night when it's his bedtime - he's very regular with his habits - and I show him his cover and ask if he wants to be covered up, he makes this sound). He'll also use the "crow" to greet us.
He continues to add words and phrases to his vocabulary, usually about every 6-8 weeks.
What more to say? We adore him!
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