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2012 January

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2012 January

Little Ruby Roo!

January 30th, 2012
Little Ruby Roo!

Well, another month has past since Ruby joined our family and flock, she’s settled in amazingly!!
She enjoys her toys, and plays with every single one!! I have introduced her to Birdie Bangles which she munches with minutes, she also likes to hold them with her right foot and bang them on the perch or cage…. Very cute to watch :)

Ruby loves music, and will bop and whistle away, she’s a little party animal, and seems to like all the 90s music the most, especially Steps and the Spice Girls!!!!! Must get a video of her getting her groove on!! ;)

She has put on more weight and now weighs 415g, she seems to like cooked veg more than fresh so far, and I am yet to try her on parrot mash but hopefully she will like it.

I think that Ruby has been plucking too long for her feathers to fully recover, she has the odd new feather growth but tends to pull them before they grow out of their sheath. Despite this, she has not plucked much at all, just the odd new feather and a few downy feathers.
Ruby had chewed some of her flights off before she came to me, and because she chewed at them, the remaining sheaths/quills tends to annoy her and she tends to preen/chew at the tatty ends, but hopefully these will fall out in time and she will allow her new flights to grow through. Despite the chewing of her flights her flying is improving and she even managed to take off from the floor the other week which was lovely to see. She doesn’t fly well, and tends to crash a lot, but as she gets stronger in flight her landings will get better.

Overall she’s doing brilliantly, and I’m very pleased with her, she’s a cracking little addition to our family, and I love her to bits :)

Coco`s Update Jan 2012

January 29th, 2012
Coco`s Update Jan 2012

Well its been 11 wks today with Coco, though it seems like she has always been hereand yes you guessed it we decided we would become her new forever family she is such a happy bird and a delight to have as part of our flock we have converted her onto a pellet diet and she will eat any veg, fruit, pulse sprout or nut you give her.

She loves to shred and she can get through a pine toy within a few hours she is still in love with Karl but is getting less and less aggressive with the rest of us as we approach her cage and i mostly get a head tickle each morning when i uncover her.

Her vocabulary is pretty good and we have soon realized it does`nt take her too long to pick up new words so you do have to be careful as to what you say around her

Havin Coco has taught me something huge when it comes to my greys, and no matter how much in the past iv been told it has took this little bold bellied birdie to teach me that pluckers can be happy and i thank AGPC for allowing Coco into our lives

ill leave it there with a few pics, final one being of the whole Beaker flock.

Penny (Formerly Ben) Update

January 29th, 2012

Well six months down the line and Penny, who used to be Ben but surprised us by being a girl, is doing really well. We went through a bit of a time with her after she met Charlie (our other AG) they seemed to be ok together at first, but then I think Charlie realised that Penny can’t fly and so he bullied her a little bit and it obviously upset Penny because she pulled out some of her chest feathers. Not down to the skin, but certainly down to the fluffy bits. So, they now get let out at separate times and all is well. However I really didn’t want her to start plucking properly and I read about Animalzone Parrot Foods, the one that caught my eye was the Plumage Enhancer. I phoned Animalzone and spoke to a nice guy called Phil who explained about the Plumage Enhancer and the good reports that they have had about parrots feathers growing back, less plucking noticed and the general well being of the parrot would be better. Yeah, yeah, heard it all before. Penny isn’t one for playing with toys, she is quite happy sitting on her perch and whistling the A Team theme tune, calling like a seagull and beeping like a smoke alarm, so what could the Plumage Enhancer do for her? Phil said to give it six weeks, give it a fair trial and see what happens. This is an excerpt from her diary:-

Tuesday 25th October Day 1

Today is day one of the new Animalzone diet for Penny, Charlie is on it as well but it’s Penny who is the subject of this diet change to see if it can help her with her feathers. So, today no other food given and she treated all the new food with her usual suspicious attitude, picking through it to try and see if I’d hidden any of her usual pellets in there, no such luck though, it’s all Animalzone food. I put in a handful of Plumage Enhancer, a handful of Muesli and half a handful of Fruit Sticks…I don’t think she ate much more than a few tiny pieces from the Museli.

Wednesday 26th October Day 2

Not much eaten on Tuesday at all, certainly none of the Plumage Enhancer and a fair bit was on the floor of the cage. I emptied what was left out of the bowl and put it in a container (it will do for birdy bread) refilled her bowl with the same quantities as yesterday. Again, she picked a bit at the museli and not a lot else when I first put it in. By midday she was a little bit more inquisitive about the food and picked at a fruit stick or two. At supper time…..she ate and ate and ate the Plumage Enhancer, Museli bits and Fruit Sticks, so we are on our way!

Thursday 27th October Day 3

Wow, she has eaten loads overnight, still a bit left in her bowl so that’s gone to the container for the birdy bread. I filled her bowl and she couldn’t wait, straight in and eating the Plumage Enhancer first. So, we have success, now it’s a matter of keeping it up and taking photos to see if there is any improvement like Animalzone claim. I’m very sceptical to be honest, Penny is the kind of bird that lets her feathers (flight & tail feathers) grow to about an inch long and then nips them right back. She doesn’t pluck out the entire feather and doesn’t have bald patches, but she nips at her feathers so much. I’m not sure if the wing feather follicles have been damaged, so maybe those flight feathers will never grow. Only time will tell.

Tuesday 1st November Day 8

Penny continues to eat almost everything I put in her dish for her from Animalzone, so I know she is getting all the nutrients, vitamins etc that she needs. I don’t know if I’m looking too hard but I can see a difference in her in general, not with her feathers yet because that is very early days although the ones that she has look better. She seems to be more alert, more active and more like a parrot. It’s very hard to describe unless you knew her before the pellets.

Monday 14th November Day 21

I know it has been a while since I did this diary, but really there has been nothing of significance to report, Penny continues to eat the food given to her and she is looking a lot better. I noticed over the past week that she has let two wing feathers grow. One is the longest she has ever let it grow, it’s about 3 inches in length and not been nipped!!! On her other wing there is another feather growing which is about 2 inches in length and not been nipped! I am keeping everything crossed in the hope that she leaves them alone. So, three weeks into the new Animalzone diet and yes, I can see a big difference from when she first started.

Wednesday 30th November Day 37

We have had the painters decorating the outside of our house and it has freaked Penny out. I haven’t been able to move her to different rooms because her cage is way too big. I’ve done all I can to minimize the trauma for her. However, she has still found it necessary to pluck at one of her feathers and make it bleed. As you may or may not know, Penny absolutely hates me, she can’t be handled by me or my partner although she allows him to scratch her head, I can’t even walk too closely to the cage without getting lunged at. So, if she bleeds we just have to keep a really close eye on it and hope and pray that it stops. So far so good, we have only seen three drops and then it seems to stop. If I thought for one minute that there was any danger for her, no matter what, I would get in the cage and towel her and rush her to the vets, there is no two ways about it. I just don’t do it immediately because the stress of that would make her pluck even more. Sometimes it’s best to let them get on with it before rushing in and doing what we think is the right thing to do.

Saturday 3rd December Day 40

Well here we are on day 40, that is almost six weeks since starting Penny on Animalzone food. When I first put her on the food, I was told by Phil of Animalzone to give it six weeks and I should see a difference. Well…there are an awful lot of foodstuff, lotions and potions that claim to be the cure for plucking out there on the market, so why should Animalzone be any different but I was willing to give it a go and to keep this diary to prove a point either way. This morning I had a look at Penny, usually it’s a look to see how she is doing, has she plucked, has she made herself bleed, etc etc. this morning however, I had a look, a really good look and wow!!! We have pin feathers on her throat and neck, we have feathers growing nicely on her wings (I know if these are flight feathers I’m going to be in trouble when she flies hahaha) we have tail feathers growing! Her general appearance is looking good, yes we have nipped feathers that still need to moult out and yes she has nipped a few more while the painters have been around but all in all, Penny is looking so much better than she did six weeks ago! I am really hoping that she lets these feathers grow, in the past she has let them get to a certain length and then nips them off, only time will tell I guess, but all in all, Animalzone Parrot Foods seems to do what it claims to do and even if we have the odd set back and a quick pluck or nip, the food is well received by both of my African Greys, they love it and therefore I will continue to feed it to them.

Top Bird Oscar!

January 26th, 2012
Top Bird Oscar!

Well Oscar is still the boss. He’s made it quite clear that he’s top of the tree and the other two have accepted it.

He loves Shaun but even I managed to get a tickle in this week – but only one, he bit me when I tried again !!

He’s getting more adventurous with the food he’s willing to try and even had a chickpea yesterday. His language is still atrocious – but you can’t help laughing when a little bundle of feathers comes out with some of the words he does, not much of it has rubbed off on the other 2 yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

He has a lovely new cage now with much more space for his toys and perches, although he’s always letting me know he wants to come out

Here are a few photos of him.

2012 – Angus Update

January 17th, 2012
2012 - Angus Update

Well Angus continues to be happy and settled. He had a bit of a wobble when Oscar arrived and took his place as top bird, but he has accepted his new place in the flock with just the occasional revolt.

No one was allowed to sit on the playstand with him, but he’s now accepted that if he doesn’t let Oscar sit on there, it might mean a bit of a fight.

Angus has also changed allegiance, he’s always been my bird, but recently I’ve had the odd nip from him when Shaun is around, and Shaun has had the drooped wings and baby noises.

Angus has a massive appetite and when all 3 cages are open and the birds are out having some exercise, he will nip into the other cages and steal the tastiest bits of food

We love him!!

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