cage size for White Front Amazon
Posted 28 August 2011 - 02:21 PM
Anyways, Crackers is doing even better this morning. I gave him some fresh fruit for breakfast and he went nuts; I don't think he got any fresh fruit at the shelter and he of course loves it. I found him with his stubby butt sticking out of the food bowl when I woke up; but of course after some observation I realized he's sifting through all the good stuff to find the safflower seeds. He hasn't touched any offered pellets.
This is probably why he didn't gain any weight at the shelter like they hoped he would; he's a seed-eater! I'm going to have to wean him off like I did with Charlie...it took months. Oh and he was drinking his water lightly flavored with the aloe vera juice to get him used to the flavor before I start increasing the amount, so I'm glad he's ok with the flavor of that.
He seems very content this morning, and was even playing with a new toy for a few minutes. So far he just likes chewing on the rope perch, rather than stepping on it, but hopefully soon he uses it!
Posted 28 August 2011 - 07:57 PM
Glad to hear Crackers is settling in some! Hope he learns to eat better!
Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:28 AM
Thanks Monica; it's actually "Crackers" not "Cricket", although I think I like the name Cricket better, lol.
I posted another thread under the cages section looking for recommendations on the best online store offering a wide variety of perches. Definitely getting a flat one that's wood, not the cement/gritty ones.
I might get one of those "comfort" file perches though to put by the water bowl or something, so it can help his nails. Do you know a good online bird store that I can potentially get all my perches from together?
Also; Crackers finally stopped screaming. He's sleepy now but watching me at the dining room table, I moved my laptop out there to sit with him.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:26 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:27 PM
I am worried about putting weight on him though. He ate the mash the first day, now he won't touch it, and other than that he has eaten a couple apple pieces and that's it. He is going to be as difficult as Charlie to convert to pellets I fear.
I bought all my goodies at the grocery store last night, and will start baking birdie bread and such tonight with pellets mashed in. I figured I will use apple juice instead of water since he seems to like apples, and probably put some seed in there as well to get him to even try it! I'm afraid of trying the cold turkey method, and this morning I tried giving him all the healthy stuff first for an hour and a half before I left for work, and he wouldn't touch it before I left so I had to put some seed back in so he doesn't starve
He is pretty underweight though..I can't actually get a weight on him since he's not really hand tame (as of yet), but even eye-balling his keel under his fluffed up feathers, you can tell there's no meat to either side of it.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 07:41 PM
You might want to try adding in vitamin A to his diet. Red palm oil is a great way to do this. Amazons are typically known for having vitamin A deficiency anyway, and it can potentially help to put on weight!
You could also try weight gain supplements....
AviGain Weight Additive Supplement (or Formula One?)
Day One, etc
Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:52 PM
for an emergency aid/supplement for sick birds; do you think this is OK for now, or should I hold off on it and get one of the supplements you suggested? I do have a jar of red palm oil, I will bake it in to some birdie bread or make a mash with it tonight!
Birdie bread I baked last night was a big hit; I put in lots of chopped up apples and bananas along with a large amount of harrison's high potency pellets ground to almost a flour substance, Crackers loved it!
He is still doing much better - his wings are no loner drooping, he's holding himself up on the perch instead of squatting on it, he's preening, and he's pooping lots and they look good! He is getting his usual seed mix all day after a healthy breakfast, and again at night after a healthy dinner; he seems to be leaving the seed alone more now to eat the mash and birdie bread. Is this OK if he's choosing to eat the other stuff, or is that still too "cold turkey" for his system do you think?
Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:21 PM
I can't say if it's too quick or not, but that he *is* willing to eat fresh/baked goods is a great start! And I'm quite glad to hear he's enjoying all these goodies!
Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:52 AM
Then a home was needed for Cody-male U2:i.batan: & Newton-male OWA:i.ao:
After a long break I retiered and started reading CL-so many broken birds needing homes; Merlin-male M2:i.kuruma: Buddy/Don Juan-male YNA:i.kieri:, Kona-male GW:i.beni: & now Newly adopted-Ping-female OWA:i.ao:
R.I.P Stellia, BFA :i.ao:(a Petco casualty.) Rocky-male U2:i.batan:(mutilator), Pong-male OWA:i.ao:(~30) over the rainbow bridge
Posted 01 September 2011 - 01:40 PM
I was doing some reading online about White Fronts, and I read that they can live up to 50 years (unlike what the shelter told me) and that you can tell males apart from females because of the red on their carpus/shoulder of their wings..so Crackers is definitely a boy.
I also read that the younger White Fronts have brown eyes, and once they are older they turn yellow. Cracker's eyes are still a pretty dark brown color..so he can't be as old as the vet said she thought he was. I think the owner that surrendered him was probably right in saying he's probably 10-15 years old.
Charlie has light colored eyes (Blue Crown Conure) but Chico, our other BCC has dark brown eyes still. I wonder if the eyes get lighter for a lot of different bird species as they age? Charlie's are a gray-blue color.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:05 PM
Edited by Monica, 17 October 2011 - 09:48 PM.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:28 PM
Also, I bought a new, larger cage for him; it's an HQ play top, 36" wide..it's huge! He's probably going to be lost in it once I set it up lol but it will give me more room for different perch configurations and to start encouraging him to move around more (he has very weak muscle tone).
Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:59 PM
From bird lover to bird lover. Thankyou. May have nothing to do with me. But any rescued amazon.
I'm always thankful for. Great job!
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