My new rainbow lori Turk
Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:44 AM
He's quite scared of being away from people, if he's not at the least one foot on my hand he appears to panic, pooes and then races over towards me to what he thinks is safety I guess. He's slowly getting more confident and exploring places away from me if I can entice him there with food or toys. I guess with that I'll just have to keep working on it. Mainly food, he's not too keen on toys yet, I think I might try some different ones. He's not even the littlest bit territorial, he seems to be more the opposite, demanding that I enter his space so he can jump onto me.
He has never bitten me hard enough to bleed or cause too much pain, be he is constantly testing the boundaries with tasting, with biting strength ranging from just touching to being slightly painful. When he does bit hard I try to punish him with a growl or by putting him on the ground and having him need to climb back up to get to my shoulder again because he doesn't seem to like it very much, similar to how you'd punish a dog or cat I guess. Should I be doing this or is there a better way to discourage his testing bites?
The weirdest thing he does is that I've got a few pimples on my neck and when he's sitting on my shoulder, he'll start off playing with my hair and then kind of sneak around and nibble the tops of the pimples off! He's very very delicate but it's just so strange! It's like he's cleaning me or something. After he's up there for a bit if I ignore him long enough tends to get bored and then starts looking for other things to investigate. How could I discourage this?
I feed him twice a day with the wet mix, but haven't introduced him to the dry mix yet as the pet shop lady said he probably wouldn't eat it until he's a couple months older. Have fed him pears and grapes and he absolutely loves those. He's a bit uncoordinated though and can't use his feet and eat at the same time. It's funny to watch but he's slowly learning with my help!
Other than those oddities he's a very well mannered friendly bird, latched onto me very quickly. Hasn't started talking yet - only makes syllable like sounds when it's sleep time and he wants attention, but whistles at the TV whenever it makes a whistling noise, would be cute if it wasn't so loud haha!
Posted 12 May 2010 - 03:09 PM
I find this is good for new lorikeet owners to read through! http://www.mooloolab.../lorikeets.html
How old is he? Most baby lorikeets over 10 weeks will start to eat the dry mix. Feeding wet mix twice a day is great! Grapes and pears are good but this doesn't sound like enough variety. Imagine if you only ate 3 things your entire life! Lorikeets eat all kinds of fruits and veg- apple, banana, kiwi, papaya, orange, watermelon, tomato, canteloupe, fig, all kinds of berries, corn, carots, peas, broccoli, spinach, potato, sprouts, pumpkin- anything that's good for you except onion and avocado! These can be very toxic to all birds. Don't feed anything with additives, preservatives, added colour, sugar or salt. Don't feed chocolate or caffeine. You can also offer pasta, rice and egg occasionally.
Remember to keep his cage very clean- since his diet is high in sugar it can promote bacteria growth. Cages should be wiped down when needed (poop or food stuck to bars/ grate) with a non toxic cleaner (I use white vinegar and warm water) and papers cleaned out every few days or so.
He sounds like a real cutie and I bet you'll enjoy each other as he grows up. If he's starting syllables already then he'll probably be a talker. With his intelligence you should also consider teaching him some tricks to engage his mind.
Edited by Ashling, 12 May 2010 - 03:17 PM.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 05:56 AM
He's about 10 weeks old so I guess I could try to give him a bit of the dry mix to see how he likes it. I went to the super market today and got some more types of fruit for him. He does that screech thing whenever he is around water. He seems to do it both when he's angry/scared and when hes happy/excited so he can be a little hard to read at times. When I first got him he rolled around in his water screeching and now does it when the tap is running. I try to expose him to a little bit of shallow water but he gets all scared and wants to get back on me.
Is it common for them to not like being touched? If I try stroke or scratch him he usually bites me. it's like he thinks I'm messing up his feathers haha
Edited by meeekael, 13 May 2010 - 06:10 AM.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:22 AM
Definitely do all you can to try and build his confidence levels and his independence. If he is unsure how to play with toys, you can play with the toy with him so he learns. You could also try playing with the toys that are in his cage while he is in there, so he gets the hang of it and hopefully starts to play with them without you. I find lorikeets like foot toys and toys that hang to about 2 inches off the cage floor, so they can lie on their backs and kick them around. They love toys with bells, and avoid toys that are mostly made of coloured wooden blocks as these are designed for different birds with stronger beaks who like to crunch up the blocks. They also enjoy shredding newspaper and other paper such as tissue paper and butchers paper.
Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:08 AM
Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:37 AM
Are you planning to take him for a check-up at the vets? It is a good idea to take any new parrot to an avian vet who can do a basic check-up and make sure he is happy and healthy, a good weight, and they will go over diet, routine, behaviour etc. That way you know you have a healthy parrot, or if anything is wrong, you can do your best to rectify it asap (for example, it is not uncommon for young birds, especially lorikeets, to have bacterial infections if they weren't hand-fed hygeinically).
Posted 15 May 2010 - 06:09 AM
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 10:45 PM
It is definitely easier to get them back in their cages if they have a favourite toy they are possessive about- just play with the toy and they will come running over!
Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:10 AM
Any ideas to introduce him to something else?
Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:18 AM
:sun2: -My Tweety baby!
:animal-smiley-030: -Suki the cat
:i.okinab: -Echo the Blue Parakeet <3 (New member to the flock)
And 4 brothers, one sister, and my parents! Whew!
Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:40 AM
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 04:54 AM
Am I not feeding him enough or is there something else happening that's making him super hungry in the mornings and evenings.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:10 AM
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