Hi! New Caique Owner
Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:53 PM
We just got our first caique this past Saturday. She is about 16 weeks old now. She is very friendly and sweet. My husband, my 2 daughters and I all give her lots of love and attention. My youngest is 4 and just likes to pet her but is a bit nervous. My 7 year old likes to have her step up and play with her. We have tried to bring her on the floor to play but she seems to want to be on top of her cage.
What can I do to help her play with us on the floor? We put down a neat sheet, some toys and a play gym for her but she goes back to her cage and climbs on top. Do we need to remove her from the room with her cage or is she just still unsure of her new family?
I have the Caique book from amazon.com. I have read on several different websites about them also. What other book/s would be helpful with training her?
What are some of your caiques favorite toys? Do you have a favorite online store to buy them? Do you make your own toys? Where do you find supplies?
Hope i'm not asking too many questions. Thanks for your help!
Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:05 PM
What's her name?? And please share pictures!!!
She probably see's the cage as her safety. Eventually she'll be more comfortable to play on the floor with you. Also, as birds in general, they feel safest up high! So just give her time!
Douglas loves ANY toy. He loves wood that he can chew, and he loves anything he can hang off of that makes noises!
I also find it cheapest to make toys, since he goes through them so fast! Then I gather all the pieces he drops from his old toys to make new ones!
Here are some great websites for toys and toy parts...
Parrot Toys and Toy Parts
Mother Pluckin' Bird Toys - Home of the ATOM
parrot toys by Choppers Toys. designed for the way your parrots play. safe parrot toys, foraging parrot toys, bird toy parts, natural parrot foods, bird gyms, perches
I'd get every kind of toy you can! Some foraging toys, chewing toys, preening toys, swings, and noisey toys! They love them all!
Douglas also lives his climbing net, his atom, and a boing!
Have fun with your new bundle of feathers! =)
Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:10 PM
And here's his book...
Amazon.com: Caiques: Their Care, Breeding and some Natural History
As for training I'd look into clicker training!
Amazon.com: Clicker Training for Birds (Getting Started) (9781890948153): Melinda Johnson: Books
Amazon.com: The Click That Does The Trick: Trick Training Your Bird The Clicker Way (9780793805617): Robin Deutsch: Books
Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:36 PM
I think you are right...she just needs more time to be comfortable with us all before she'll be playing on the floor.
Has anyone potty trained their caique?
Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:39 PM
Do It Your Self
Good luck with her and enjoy her.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 06:06 PM
Douglas isn't potty trained. He is very good at not pooing on me though.
I heard there are a few problems with potty training... some people train their birds to only poop in a certain spot, so sometimes if the bird isn't able to get to that spot, they will hold it in, and it can cause health problems!
That being said, it doesn't sound too hard!
Douglas usually gives me a warning if he poop, or he will fly off of me and poop on the floor, or he'll try to back his bum as far off as me as possible, and try to miss me. It's cute, haha!
Posted 11 August 2010 - 07:00 PM
Oh...MiMi has gotten me several times with her poop. When we first me...she climed on my head and pooped down the side of my hair and onto my ear!
We are doing zupreem cockatiel size natural pellets which is always available in her cage. Then i'm bringing her to our meals so I give her about 1 tbsp of veggies twice a day and 1 tbsp of fruit once a day. Is this alright or is this too much?
I'm trying to balance having her out of the cage to play and be with us and also enough time in the cage to where she won't create a fuss when she is in.
This truly makes me feel like a new Mom all over....trying to figure out what is best for her and what she likes.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:17 PM
Taking a posting break! On Hiatus! If you need me directly for help or questions, email! Have fun guys!
Posted 14 August 2010 - 09:12 PM
My caique goes potty on command, but he is by not means vigilant about it. He does not go on me, however, and will hold it for hours at a time. I never trained him but he learned by watching my conure. Everytime I saw my conure go potty, I said "potty." I could not believe how quickly he picked it up! Neither will go potty in their night cage, so every morning I hold them over the toilet and say "potty." They are both quite good at going on command, even if all they can squeeze out is a dot.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:45 PM
I always let my boys out first thing in the morning and tell them "poop". They'll let out their massive "morning load" on command. I got them to do this by initially saying the word "poop" whenever they would actually do it and then praise them. They got the point eventually and now when I say it they'll try to squeeze out whatever they can! They have a few 'accidents' every now and then but it's nothing a little poop-off wipe can't resolve haha.
As for food, I think variety is key! I mix Roudybush pellets with a bunch of nuts and dried veggies/fruits and I'll give them various veggies and fruits. I also prepare a 7-Layer Salad, cause it's easy to prepare, lasts for a long time so you don't have to cut up fruits and veggies everyday, allows for creativity, and provides variety and nutrition! Here is the recipe I follow:
DJ Feathers Aviary - Recipes
Good luck with your new girl She is so adorable!
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