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White Winged Parakeet

sunnysmom

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His wings are clipped. It seems like they're clipped super short too, but maybe that's just how I'm seeing it. He can flap flap flap and almost get from one perch to another (when he thinks i'm trying to eat him for lunch generally ;)) I'm very interested to see how he looks with all his feathers at the appropriate lengths. lol His poor tail feathers are all beat up too. He's not bothering them or anything, I'm guessing it's from not being able to really fly and bumping them into things.

I'll try the cage door open with a treat this weekend. Am I over thinking having to put him back in the cage? I really don't want to grab him for any reason and play into the fear he already has of me.
I am probably not the best to ask this question to. LOL. Having had multiple fosters, I am very much of the let them out and see what happens mentality. The worst time I have had was actually with my first bird. He flew up high and wouldn't come down. I sat on the floor with some millet for probably an hour and he eventually came down to get the millet and I coaxed him back in the cage. I also used to have him step up on a pillow before he would step up on my hand. Big and less scary. You just have to be really careful if he can't fly that he doesn't fall and hurt himself. That would be my biggest worry. Is your cage on a stand? Can you set it on the floor if you do decide to open the door? You should definitely move at the pace that you're comfortable with too and if you don't think you're comfortable with him coming out yet and you don't think he's comfortable then don't. Also, just because you open the door, he may not want to come out. It took my first bird a good 2 week before he wanted to come out.
 

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I am probably not the best to ask this question to. LOL. Having had multiple fosters, I am very much of the let them out and see what happens mentality. The worst time I have had was actually with my first bird. He flew up high and wouldn't come down. I sat on the floor with some millet for probably an hour and he eventually came down to get the millet and I coaxed him back in the cage. I also used to have him step up on a pillow before he would step up on my hand. Big and less scary. You just have to be really careful if he can't fly that he doesn't fall and hurt himself. That would be my biggest worry. Is your cage on a stand? Can you set it on the floor if you do decide to open the door? You should definitely move at the pace that you're comfortable with too and if you don't think you're comfortable with him coming out yet and you don't think he's comfortable then don't. Also, just because you open the door, he may not want to come out. It took my first bird a good 2 week before he wanted to come out.
That's true. He might not even want to come out, but maybe he will get accustomed to having the door open. Good thought! His cage is on a stand-ish. I have a big table mounted to the wall for his stand to sit on. So when he's on the top perch he's just about eye level with me. I didn't want him to feel like I'm towering over him all the time so I thought if he could look down at me a bit he might be less scared. lol
Maybe I'll put the cage on the floor this weekend and just sit on the floor with him, or sit at the desk and pretend I can't see him :)
 

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Once they come around White-Wings are the sweetest little monsters.
Mine is a total Perch Potato.... and wants to sit and cuddle all the time.

Its quite adorable.
The ones I've known love shreddable toys, bells and attention xD
That was my experience too. Mine really wasn't interested in flying around but just wanted to cuddle and preen my hair. A sweet older woman adopted him where he can get lots of attention all day.
 

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Once they come around White-Wings are the sweetest little monsters.
Mine is a total Perch Potato.... and wants to sit and cuddle all the time.

Its quite adorable.
The ones I've known love shreddable toys, bells and attention xD
That was my experience too. Mine really wasn't interested in flying around but just wanted to cuddle and preen my hair. A sweet older woman adopted him where he can get lots of attention all day.

Thats all I want, bird cuddles! lol I'm hoping this weekend he will warm up to me a bit. I'm getting done with work soon and plan on putting his cage on the floor and sitting with him with the door open, with millet as a bribe :D
 

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We had one for about a week, but his voice was so shrill we couldn't take it. We can handle the calls of screeching cockatoos & even our macaw's "death scream", but that little guy's voice was just too piercing. :confused: It was a shame for us because he was so sweet and very much a people bird. :heart: Our neighbors took him and spoiled him rotten! Their whole family loved him and he ended up with his best family. :)

I'll bet your guy will be a darling little velcro bird once he gets used to his new home. :heart2:
 

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What a beautiful little guy! I was looking around on this website to try and find someone else with the same bird: I just got a white-winged parakeet a few weeks ago! I named her Fiona :) Archimedes is beautiful, congratulations on your new baby! I have the same little mirror perch for Fiona, and she LOVES sitting on it too! For some reason though she never looks at herself and only uses it to sit on it, and peek at me around the corner :roflmao:
 

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What a beautiful little guy! I was looking around on this website to try and find someone else with the same bird: I just got a white-winged parakeet a few weeks ago! I named her Fiona :) Archimedes is beautiful, congratulations on your new baby! I have the same little mirror perch for Fiona, and she LOVES sitting on it too! For some reason though she never looks at herself and only uses it to sit on it, and peek at me around the corner :roflmao:
I saw when you first posted Fiona and was wondering if she is the same type! She seems a bit greener, Archimedes looks kind of duller or darker to me? I think the better food will brighten him up though.

And yes! He never looks at himself, just uses it to peek at me and then hide. lol We must have gotten them around the same time :). He is still a scared guy. I have been dropping a treat in his bowl whenever I pass by him, and he chats with me all day. He will make the cutest little beep after every thing I say. He just doesn't like when I get too close. I really hope he warms up and isn't scared forever! He is not interested in the little triangle swing I put in his cage and it's been in there over a week, lol.

How is Fiona? Is she nervous? Outgoing?
 

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So I think I have progress today! I have a perch mounted to the bookshelves between Archimedes’ and Impa’s (GCC) cage. I use it to do little training sessions with Impa. She’s the outgoing one and loves to come out of her cage and sit on my shoulder. The perch is shaped like a Y and I’ve been working with her to come to my finger and step up where I’ll put her on the left side and then move my hand to the right side so she has to maneuver her way over to me and step up. For a treat of course ;)
I mounted it between their cages thinking Archimedes will get to see what’s happening and maybe realize I’m not that scary after all. Of course I put treats on his perch that’s closest to me when I’m working with Impa so he feels involved too. Lol.
Well! Today that little green potato actually took a treat from my hand! Through the cage of course, but never the less I’m thrilled!! He took a few treats actually! To be fair he did grab the treat and run like I might eat him, but I’m still counting it as a win.
And here’s a photo because what’s the point without one. You can see his little tail sticking out on the left. :)
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