My name is Jodi and for the past 12 years I've had a hand fed / hand tamed Senegal. She recently passed and after researching appropriate birds we (I) decided on a HF/HT baby Pi. We got our baby girl, Cali, on 10/23/10. She was hatched 6/25, parent reared for 3 weeks, then HF/HT and weaned 9/25. At the breeder, she was fine, happy, quiet, didn't bite - her sister (who had been selected to be ours) didn't like me and bit (hard enough to draw blood) so we went with Cali because she seemed sweeter and my husband and I both handled her and she seemed to be the better fit for us. Somehow, on the road trip home, that sweet baby turned on us. Getting her out of the travel cage was traumatic for everyone, she struck, squawked, bit (not hard enough to draw blood) and flapped trying to get away. I finally got her in her new cage and she just squawked at me. Oh dear.
Well, a baby Pi is a totally different type of baby than what I've known previously (senegals, greys, amazons). She's crabby (fearful?), squawks (loudly - nearly cockatoo loud), won't step up in or out of the cage, tries to get away flapping, doesn't seem to eat from her bowl in the cage or food on the floor though we've seen her drinking water from her bowl. Once we're past the drama of coming out of the cage (with much squawking, biting (usually not too hard) and flapping), and I get her settled, Cali will sit on my lap and eat from my hand, nutriberries, avicakes, dried fruits and veggies, pellets. She'll drink from my finger dipped in a bowl. Last night she grabbed nutriberries out of the bowl on my lap. She'll even let me (for a little while) cuddle her up under my chin and she'll coo rather than squawk. On Monday, her 2nd full day with us after a 6.5 hour car ride from the breeder on Saturday, she even took a little nap with my thumb in her beak - so cute. Then when she had enough she's crabby and sqawking and can't wait to get away.
This is not the baby bird I was anticipating. I was my senegal's person and she didn't tolerate anyone else. This baby was a chance for my husband and I to share a happy little baby who would like everyone or at least tolerate people without ferocity. So I've been worried since we got her home. Worried about her eating, that she hates me, that she'll never adjust. Thankfully, I found you! My worries seem to be a common concern on this board. And it sounds like from what I've read here, that baby Pi's take some time, sometimes a long time to adjust to a new family / surroundings. Reading other posts has given me hope and perhaps a dose of reality in just how long it will take for Cali to enjoy being with us. She will come around, eventually, don't you think?
Sorry for the lengthy ramble. I've been in touch w/ her breeder daily but I needed to get some neutral information / suggestions / support.
Drag0nflyMember Since 27 Oct 2010
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Cali - (female?) BH Pionus hatched 6/25/10. Parent reared for 3 weeks then handfed / handtamed, weaned 9/27. We got her 10/23/10.
Ex-pat from Maine, HR professional now living in Virginia with husband, 2 rescue dogs and new baby BH Pi.
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