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Fred: Nearly Two Months On.

September 8th, 2011
Fred: Nearly Two Months On.

It’s nearly two months since Fred has joined our flock. He has moved into a brand new Montana Palace cage which he shares with Riddle (with the divider in, of course). At first I was quite scared because Riddle just wanted to have a go at Fred but after a couple of days that was the end and there hasn’t been an argument since.

I bought a load of toys for Fred and though he’s not really interested in most of them he took a really likening to the willow sticks and one of Riddle’s old toys, the Shred-It. He managed to go through an entire roll of paper in just a couple of days, so I’m glad he found something he really enjoys. I will have to bulk buy the paper from now though, I think!

Note: The dowel perch is one of many, and it came with the cage. I thought there’d be no point throwing it out when he now has 6 others!

Fred has started to mimic Riddle’s copy of my sneeze. It’s an awful noise, but so funny when Riddle blesses him afterwards!

In the time since he’s been here I’ve managed to get tickles from him, and also a massive bite. Hey, you win some you lose some, right?

I hope that one day he will trust me enough to accept contact out of the cage, though he has given me handshakes (out of the cage) before.


Our New Friend Fred!

August 1st, 2011
Our New Friend Fred!

We went to meet the lovely Paula and Rick just over two weeks ago to pick up our gorgeous new friend Fred. It seemed like everything was against us at the time because I don’t drive, couldn’t find a lift and had literally just moved in to my new house, had no internet and my phone was playing up. Luckily at the last minute I found someone to take myself and Chris to Reading. Unfortunately Paula and Rick were stuck in horrendous traffic on the way to meet us and the person driving us was having a panic because she thought she was going to miss her holiday flight. Luckily, before she decided to drive away (which we were not impressed with) I got a text and we spotted Rick driving in to the car park.

Can you fit a 5ft parrot cage in a Ford Fiesta? Yes you can! “Where there’s a will there’s a way”

The first time I saw Fred I was in awe. I’ve always wanted a Timneh and he was perfect, even more gorgeous than his photos. Once we had managed to get everything in to the car we set off and made it home relatively quick. Poor thing must have been on the road for so long.

We got home and left Fred in the travel cage for about an hour to settle in. After that we set up his cage and put him in. We left him alone for the rest of the night as he was yawning a lot and must have been knackered.

The next day I made Fred and Riddle some mash (including pellets) and Fred happily ate it all. I put it in a buffet ball which he seemed to love and play with a lot. When I took the buffet ball out for cleaning, I had an idea. Using a spoon, I put some pellets on to the cage mounted plate and he instantly started eating them from the spoon, then from the plate. I had already ordered a big bag of Tidymix but was incredibly happy that in such a short time Fred is now on pellets. He still gets Tidymix as a treat but seems to prefer Harrisons.

We opened Fred’s cage and he climbed out, had a fly around and went straight back in. We have left his cage open a lot but he isn’t that eager to come out yet and when he does he doesn’t stay out for long.

Fred\'s \"high four\"!

It took him a week to start talking, before that we had only heard little kissing noises but now he talks and says “hello” in all different ways as well as “go away” “you’re a manky bird” “good boy” and others in a cute old man voice! He whistles and makes other interesting sound effects. He has copied some of Riddle’s sayings now and between rooms they repeat things back and talk to each other a lot. It’s really lovely to watch/listen to, and amazing because you couldn’t get more different with these birds. They are total opposites.

As we speak, Fred is climbing all over the outside of his cage. He flew over briefly but quickly went back to base. He’s a really great flyer and doesn’t seem too shy of new things. He has all the toys and food we’ve given him. He doesn’t care if you put your hand in his cage to change toys and even takes food from your hand. I am able to touch his feet and beak but he lets you know when you’re too close by shuffling away. I don’t want to jinx anything but so far, I’ve had no bites as it’s very easy to read his body language.

I absolutely love him and am so glad he’s a part of our flock. He has really symbolised the settling in to our new home as we’ve all gone through a similar experience at the same time.

A huge thank you from myself, Chris and Riddle to AGPC for giving us the opportunity to re-home such a wonderful creature.

Meet Timneh Fred!

May 10th, 2011
Meet Timneh Fred!

Well another hectic weekend for us and another rescue collected on Sunday it was the turn of Fred the Timneh!

Fred is 20 years old and lived with his lovely owners Sue and Tom since a baby but due to illness they felt Fred wasn’t getting the attention he deserved so out of love for him they thought it best that he be rehomed somewhere that he could get lots of attention and love.

Fred talks a little and already told me to “Go away” in his cheeky voice he looks in lovely condition and is settling in at the moment he like’s to look in his mirror he came with and he also likes it when you sit and talk to him and mumbles back very sweet.

I gave him some palm oil on toast this morning and he loved it!!

Here are a few photos of him….Enjoy!

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