Henry the crimson-wing parrot
Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:25 AM
Henry was hand-reared, though was originally sold to a lady who put him in an aviary. She later brought him back to the breeder saying he was depressed and lonely. She also butchered his wings >.< Nevertheless, they are growing back and she was right, he ADORES company I have only had him three days and despite trying to leave him alone, he just wanted to be a part of the activity too much! He is 6 months old.
There are a few problems of course... He hates hands, though I have already made a lot of progress over the few days I've had him (I can stroke his beak and occasionally his belly, too), so with time I don't think that will be a problem. When he bites he is very gentle (not that I encourage the biting, just something I've noticed). I can already get him to step onto a perch and bring him out of the cage (but I need food to do this). When he is out he will willingly jump on my wrist or shoulder without treats.
So, I suppose from now on I will work on him jumping on to the perch upon command (step up). But he is only young and I am very happy with his progress already!
Also, though he doesn't squawk much, when he does we just ignore him, and then reward him when he shuts up for an extended period of time. Not sure if this is the best way?
Welll there was no real point of all that but to tell you his story ^! But if anyone has suggestions or concerns by all means give me some pointers! I work with birds, but have never owned one personally.
Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:08 AM
I have a question...Someone brought me one of those hanging seed bars, and it has a fair bit of sunflower seed in it, the only experience I have with birds is at work at a wildlife park and we don't use these. I am also a bit worried with everything else he is getting it will be too much. I feed him each morning the following:
One and a bit handfuls of small parrot seed (which only has the occasional sunflower seed)
And a few handfuls of veggie mix (usually broccoli, cauliflower and carrot, sometimes with the odd pea or corn), and half an apple.
For treats (when I have him out, or to get him to step up, etc) I use whatever I can scrounge from work, sometimes rockmelon, banana, guava...anything really. He only gets a tiny amount of one of these (e.g. a small piece of rockmelon, a slice of banana)
Does this sound ok, or is it too much? I take him out each day, but he doesn't feel secure enough to fly and hangs around me so he isn't getting any vigorous exercise.
Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:16 AM
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