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Discussion in 'Welcome Lane' started by frostilicus, 4/20/17.

  1. frostilicus

    frostilicus Checking out the neighborhood

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    I'm new here, in case you couldn't tell.

    I'm Brian, live in Texas, and am currently working on convincing an abused (cinnamon?) green-cheeked conure I'm one of the good guys. Not much else to say.... Uh.... Software engineer, had a yellow-collared macaw when I was young and thought I'd be fine adopting a bird (not that we're having issues or anything, it's just a long road for the little dude and I). Enough about me, though.... I guess maybe I should talk about him, right?

    His name's Sheldon. Thought about changing his name but I decided it'd be easiest on everyone if we didn't. Scared of everything (quite literally). I bought a new cage for him the day he moved in, as well as a bunch of toys (some small, some large, ropes, ladders, popsicle sticks, wood blocks, bells, and so on), two "tree branch" perches, etc. Until recently, I've had to lure him on/around anything new with food (his favourites are raspberries and safflower seeds) multiple times before he would be comfortable enough to explore on his own.
    He doesn't like to fly (hasn't had his wings clipped for a very long time - I know this because his toenails were also unclipped to the extent of almost curling back to his toes) and will only do so when scared or when he reeeeeeally wants to hang out with someone (extremely rare, and only started just recently). Also, this toenail bit means he's uncomfortable with clothes. He's gone so long having issues standing/walking on clothes (let alone carpet!) that he just won't try and seems scared - almost as if he saw his the difficulty in removing his feet from things as those objects attacking him.
    He's pretty hand shy, and will happily draw blood if it means the hand isn't around anymore, but he's gotten to be fine with hands when there's food in question. If he is in a mood, though, he'll reach around the food and bite your fingers. As far as bites go, he's only drawn blood in (this) house three times - once when he was moving in and didn't like the way his foster-parent was handling him (toenail issues + towel = deathtrap!), and twice when someone tried to get him to step up without a treat. He has bitten other times, and his punishment has been basically consisting of him in his cage, door closed, and any human in the room either ignoring him or leaving for a brief amount of time.

    Over the past four months, he's gone from overtly afraid of everyone and everything to afraid of a lot of things. It's been a lot of work, but now he climbs out of his cage, onto his training perch, around toward the desk (he still mostly sticks to "Sheldon's" things unless he flies - again, very rare). In fact, the main thing he actively flees from at this point is any perch held in someone's hand (which was the first thing we worked with). He also seems to have decided empty water bottles are his new favourite toy.

    I'm kind of getting away from the whole point of this....

    Me Brian. Adopted Sheldon. Hi. Nice to meet ya.
     
  2. Birdie Onions

    Birdie Onions Strolling the yard

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    Hi Brian nice to meet you and Sheldon.
     
  3. Just-passn-thru

    Just-passn-thru Rollerblading along the road

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    Hello, seems your making good progress with Sheldon , hope you can get his nails trimmed, . certainly would help with his ability to walk. possibly would give him some confidence and comfort.
    :greet9:
     
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    Animallover03 Biking along the boulevard Celebirdy of the Month Loves to Like

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  5. sunnysmom

    sunnysmom Cruising the avenue Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue

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    Welcome!
     
  6. Cynthia & Percy

    Cynthia & Percy cockatoo mania Super Moderator Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Veteran

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    welcome
     
  7. frostilicus

    frostilicus Checking out the neighborhood

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    That's the next part of my master plan. I didn't want to rush it and cause issues early on, but I think he's pretty much at the point where it'll be nothing but detrimental to his further integration to leave them as-is.
     
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  8. Newbie GCC

    Newbie GCC Rollerblading along the road Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue

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    Howdy, Brian and Sheldon! We are also Texans. Sounds like you are doing a good job with training each other. Just remember, slow and steady wins the race.
     
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  9. nu2birds

    nu2birds Walking the driveway

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    Welcome.......to you and Sheldon. When you have time, some pics would be nice. Would like to see the little rascal.
     
  10. greys4u

    greys4u Rollerblading along the road

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    :hello1: and Thank You for rescuing that baby
     
  11. Tiel Feathers

    Tiel Feathers Biking along the boulevard Avenue Spotlight Award I Can't Stop Posting!

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    :welcomesign: To you and Sheldon!
     
  12. metalstitcher

    metalstitcher Rollerblading along the road

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  13. expressmailtome

    expressmailtome Ripping up the road Administrator Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    Welcome, and enjoy the site!
     
  14. iamwhoiam

    iamwhoiam Cruising the avenue Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Veteran I Can't Stop Posting!

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    Welcome to AA. Thank you for taking Sheldon into your home.
     
  15. Tyrion

    Tyrion Rollerblading along the road Celebirdy of the Month

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  16. zvezdast

    zvezdast Sprinting down the street Avenue Veteran

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    Welcome to AA, from another Texan (and SW engineer!)
    Looking forward to hearing more stores about Sheldon.
    Oh, and we love pictures on this forum!
     

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