Oh my goodness he's absolutely precious and adorableView attachment 412733 Check this out you guys…he’s actually napping!!! It doesn’t get more relaxed than this. Actually both birds are napping (one on each side of me) and I’m working. A complete 180 from yesterday which was like a scene from a Hitchcock movie. We’re going to make it after all!
Thx for the video. Bookmarking.You have had such great advice from the community! Sometimes I think it can be helpful to print and organize .
On toys, often needed to be taught to interact with. With my neglected abused rescue, I target her to toys at first. If she touched it she got a treat and praise. And also I stuffed treats in all toys , millet spray wrapped around them, pumpkin seeds or nuts stuffed in different places. Or I fill balls with popcorn * popped) And foraging which also is a taught behavior, and even fun you can do together. Foraging is a big part of mines lives keeps tgrm engaged for hours.
I really like this video on foraging.
Thx for the time out advice. Seller said there were issues caging him. I certainly don’t want to create cage aversion again…or other issues.Time out? Did you put the bird into a covered cage as a kind of punishment?
If so, I strongly suggest you do not ever use the cage as a tool for punishment, it is the same with covering a bird (unless it is actually sleep time at night and they like to be covered)- putting your bird in the cage should always be a positive and enjoyable thing or you will cause many problems for you both when it comes to being returned to the cage and spending any time in the cage- you want the bird to love the cage and always feel safe in there, using sensory deprivation to "punish" or fix a problem is unfair and will also come with many more unwanted problems.
I really hope I have misinterpreted your last post.
Please remember you are still in the honeymoon phase with this bird and whatever behaviours you are seeing now will likely increase significantly once your bird knows you and the environment well.
Your birds appearance and the things you have mentioned he says tells me he was well loved and cared for - he is not swearing or saying things like shut up etc he does not look a mess or poorly fed- he says sweet things like birds who are treated well tend to hear a lot of (ie: night night) - I am so happy to hear this and that he was sent home to you with pellets- someone has made sure to give him the correct food and treatment which is more than can be said for many rehomed birds.
Regarding his original name and the information you are asking about from the last owner... If he does not know his name and you do not like the one he came with then change it to something he seems to respond to that you do like- changing it is only a hassle if he knows and responds to it. Many times people who are uninterested in the bird are the ones left to rehome it after the owner dies- if this happens many things about the bird will go un-answered, same goes for confiscated animals.
As for not getting given past vet records or the original name- he could have come from any number of situations where this stuff was not offered up to the last owners but if you feel it is sketchy then get him to a vet and see if he has a chip that can give some details on his history.
I do not believe it is that unusual to not be given records- I can not even get a full copy of my pets records handed to me- if I change vet clinics the new vet can request them from the old vet though.
yes you ARE still in the honeymoon phaseWhen he goes into full tantrum (max decibal and octave, rapid and constant) that can’t be ignored, how do I stop and discourage it?
I wrote in a [while ago] post, about how our sweet Umbrella Cockatoo would suddenly bite me.. took me awhile to put the 'facts' together of what would trigger her.Thx for the time out advice. Seller said there were issues caging him. I certainly don’t want to create cage aversion again…or other issues.
I’ve read that time out was recommended. I asked the clerk, who seemed very knowledgeable, at the bird store about it today. She said it was fine for 10-15 min. I did 5 min set to a timer. When he goes into full tantrum (max decibal and octave, rapid and constant) that can’t be ignored, how do I stop and discourage it?
You’re right about the honeymoon phase. It’s waning. In addition to the tantrum screams, he’s getting bolder…using more beak pressure. He’s not drawing blood but he’s hurting me the last cpl of days…welts, punctures and bruises. It might be because of me being gone (event yesterday, all day cage shopping today), my Mom being here and upsetting the routine and environment that I worked to establish or the honeymoon is over. Im hoping things will improve when my Mom leaves.
I agree with your thoughts that he previously had a good home but I think it was the home before last.
Vet appointment tomorrow…