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2011 November

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2011 November

Poppy – Almost A Month

November 27th, 2011
Poppy - Almost A Month

Wow I cannot believe Poppy has been with us nearly a month!! How the time flies!!

Poppy is such a little darling, and is so gentle……. Well until she tries to pull my fingers nails off the tips of my fingers!! It’s a good job I don’t have Acrylic nails!! I’ve had much worse though :P
She was very unsure of her perches for the first few days and wouldn’t step on them at all, but she soon overcame that. I think she had wooden dowel perches previously so wasn’t used to the different textured perches I had placed round her cage.

When Poppy first arrived I made the decision to put her straight onto pellets, and started off by mixing two different types of pellets together to try and establish her preference. I started off by mixing ZuPreem Natural with Harrison’s High Potency Fine. I didn’t manage to weigh her for the first few days, as I didn’t want to upset her after moving home, but knew I needed to weigh her quickly because of changing her diet. She preferred the Harrison’s, so just for some variety I also added some fruity Animalzone pellets, which she enjoys munching on.
Poppy arrived on a Saturday tea time, and I managed to weigh her the following Wednesday, she wasn’t too impressed as she doesn’t like being handled and had to be towelled, but once on the scales she was fine.
I was very surprised that Poppy weighed in at a whopping 396g because to look at her, I’d have never of guessed she was that heavy, I expected her to weigh between 300g and 350g!! She has been weighed every week and yesterday she weighed in at 392g, considering there’s a 10 percent weight drop allowance which I set her starting weight at 400g, I’m over the moon that she’s dropped very little weight.

There have been a few changes this weekend, I had to move one of Poppy perches from the lower half of the cage up to Poppy’s feeding bowls, considering this is a perch that she has been on and slept on, she has not taken this change well, and wont step on it to eat or drink at the moment, but I’m sure she’ll come round.
I also made the decision to put some Christmas decorations up, because for the past two years we have had none because of the birds, which has not been fair on my children.
I thought through what I was going to have and where, I erected the tree where it would be positioned so Poppy could see it step by step, although she was a little shaky and weary, she was happily whistling away whilst watching what I was doing. There are no lights on the tree, as it is white, with teal coloured tinsel, so shouldn’t freak her out too much, in total there are two set of lights, one on each of my big walls and two lighted ornaments, so compared to previous years, it’s quite minimal. She hasn’t eaten much yesterday and today, but I’m hoping this is just a case of her getting used to the new position of the perches and and getting used to the decorations.

Next week will also be a trauma for Poppy because she’s booked into the vets for a Psittacosis, PBFD, and a once over, which will upset her even more.
Prior to this weekend, and the upcoming vet appointment, Poppy has settled in brilliantly, and is an absolute joy to have in our family.

Hopefully Poppy’s tests results will come back clear, and then she can be introduced to the other birds, she is very similar to my Amazon, so I’m hoping they will get on.

Lady – Update

November 27th, 2011
Lady - Update

Lady is doing very well, she seems to have settled into the parrot room very well, we had some issues with fireworks echoing in the room, which caused Lady to panic, but this was quickly resolved, by taping up the extractor fan, and providing a TV to drown out the noise. She has plucked a bit, but this was to be expected but she has kept her chest feathers, so overall I am very pleased.

Lady has started playing with her new toys in her new cage too, she loves the cardboard toys I placed around her cage and will sit shredding them for hours. She will also fly over to the Java Tree to nose through the window at what I’m doing in the kitchen.

Lady has coped very well with having my Grey as her cage neighbour, it hasn’t seemed to bother her at all, she appears to be relaxed providing my Grey doesn’t get too close through the divider.

Hopefully next year I can put the finishing touches to the parrot room, for example toys and ropes for the ceiling, as I would like to encourage Lady to climb and swing about. For now Lady is settled, and once Christmas is done and out the way, then I can work on adding ropes and swings, and getting her to have a good old play :)

New Rehome Meet – Britney Bird!

November 21st, 2011
New Rehome Meet - Britney Bird!

This is Britney.

I collected her from her owner who is leaving the country for a while and so is unable to look after her and didn’t just want family to pop in and feed her. He wanted her to go to a living family who could give her the attention and time she deserves.

Britney has some plucking issues which I am hopeful will improve with lots of attention and new shredding and foraging toys and a change to her diet.

She settled with me straight away and took to all family members, male and female. Within days she was eating pellets and shredding to her hearts content. She is a good talker and has some strange noises that I can’t quite make out
The search is now on for a perfect match for ‘Britney Bird’ as she calls herself, and whoever ends up with her will be very very lucky.

It’s a pleasure to be her foster mummy.

Georgie Update

November 13th, 2011
Georgie Update

Hi all,

An update on Georgie the grey we rehomed around 18 months ago, as you may know Bobbie the other grey that was with Georgie sadly died suddenly but a positive came from that in Georgie totally coming out of her shell.

She is such a happy bird and although she hardly says anything other than “your warm” and “nice” she happily whistles away and does her tap dripping noise, her favorite past time is to come out of her cage and wander around the house on the floor, she doesnt seem to want to fly although she can, she will sit near to Lulu on the java tree but not too close or she will will go for Lulu.

Georgie looks like a really healthy happy bird and surely is a massive part of our family,

Another Rehome – Meet Poppy!

November 6th, 2011
Another Rehome - Meet Poppy!

Poppy is approximately 17 years of age, and had been with her previous owners for over 14 years!! After her owners had made the heartbreaking decision to re-home her through AGPC, Poppy’s details and information were passed onto me, so that I could collect her.
After being in contact with her owners for 2 weeks, and preparing for her arrival we collected Poppy on the 5th of November.

Poppy is quite a small Grey, she is a plucker, and has in previous years laid eggs. She doesn’t really talk, but loves to whistle and beep, she barks like a dog, and meows, and she does the fastest head banging dance moves I’ve ever seen!! :)
After getting her home we transferred her straight to her new cage as her previous cage was quite small, her new cage is full if different types of toys which Poppy isn’t used to, as her last toys were rattles and a hanging toy.
As it was Bonfire night I decided to put the telly on for her, and to leave her be so she could adjust to her new surroundings. With this being a massive change, Poppy felt safest clung to the bars at the top of the cage, we managed to entice her down to her food bowls but she didn’t want to eat or drink, and when it was bedtime she clambered back up to the top of the cage. I don’t think she has ever seen the types of toys or perches that I have place in her cage, and didn’t go on the perches at all.

After being with her previous owners for over 14 years, all that Poppy has ever known has now gone, and she is going to need lots of TLC to help her adjust to life with us. She is such a little sweetie, and I’m sure once she has settled down and gets used to her new life, she will become quite a character within our family.

Here is a Photo of the new cage, and of course one of little Poppy.

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