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Zulu Has Made Herself At Home.

October 24th, 2011
Zulu Has Made Herself At Home.

Hi Everyone

On Wednesday 19th October a Parrot called Zulu came to stay at my home. She is a Great little bird and has really settled in already. She came with her cage from her old home which she is very protective of and I soon became aware of the fact that I couldn’t get her out of it. If I put my arm inside to get her to step up she would bite me (Not a good start)

I had ordered her lots of Goodies that Paula had said she could do with, All her food things that she enjoys eating and a few new Perches to condition her feet and beak among other things. Now I just had the problem of trying to get all her new things inside the Cage.

My Daughter came in from school all excited to meet Zulu, who I have been told doesn’t like Small people, she greeted Dana with the same contempt that she had been showing me as she was still in her cage having no one go near it. I opened the door and let her come out on her own accord. After about half a hour of her thinking about it she came out and I set about giving her cage a good wash and putting her new things in for her. I left her out as I couldn’t get near her to put her back in. Dana came into the room with her denim jacket on and Zulu took flight around the room and landed on Dana’s arm so she placed her back in her cage for the night.

On Thursday Zulu’s stand arrived. Try as I might to get her out of the cage to test drive the new stand I couldn’t. I left the cage door open and just went about my business around the house. Dana came in from school and we tested to see if she could get her out. On failing that Dana was off out and put her jacket on to go to her friends….. Zulu was dancing and Dana tried once again to get her out and Zulu stepped up onto Dana’s arm. Its the Denim. We can now get Zulu “step up” whenever we want as long as we have denim on your arm. She will even fly to your arm if you have a piece of denim on it. I have made a Denim sleeve from a old pair of Dana’s jeans that we can all place on our arm and Zulu quickly steps up or will even fly to it. That’s that problem solved.

Zulu loves her new Stand. Every morning I “Arm Up” with my Denim sleeve and take Zulu to her stand. She then sit there all day going up and down the ladder and fly’s around the ceiling and lands back on her stand. She is not worried about any noise going on around her like the Hoover or the phone ringing, But she had panicked a few times when I moved the table while hoovering which made that dragging noise and when she dropped her beloved Pine nut which hit the tray of her stand with a bang and she went into full panic mode flying around the room not knowing where to land but I quickly put the Denim sleeve on and she landed safely on my arm. She has got use to the routine now. Zulu know’s that I let her out every morning to come and spend the day out in the Living room with me. She only really speaks when I’m out of the room. She has asked me “Whats Wrong?” and “What do you want?” and she says “What” in a deep mans voice which has taken me by surprise a few times. Mainly she likes to whistle.

She is not happy about the new perches I placed in her cage, In fact she hasn’t been any where near them. I can see me having to make a “Denim Sleeve” for them. :)

All in all I think she is happy, she doesn’t even mind my Pomeranian who takes no notice of her. I can’t touch her yet, she will take food from my hand, will sit on my leg while I’m watching T.V. and will stay on my shoulder while I walk around the house. (I hate this as I fear she will bite my ear) I let her do it as I want her to know I’m nice and won’t let anything happen to her. She is enjoying coming out every morning at 10am and gong back to her cage at 8pm. (Her stand is in the Living room and her Cage is in my bedroom) so she always has company.

Zulu – Makes Herself At Home!

October 17th, 2011
Zulu - Makes Herself At Home!

Well Zulu has been with us a few weeks now and is getting her feet under the table…

She must be one of the most talkative rescue greys we have ever had here, when she gets going she goess, at the moment what she is saying a lot is ” wanna go for a walk!”, “Now then bird”, “Shut it you silly bitch” “Wanna Shower” and “Alright Sweetheart” just to list a few.

She is very protective of her cage but seems so much more at ease when she is out as you can see from the photos below she will come to both of us she loves to be out of her cage and steps up onto my arm and my husband Ricks too which is great she will come to both of us :)

Enjoy the photos below …there are lots of them!

Testimonial From Zulu’s Old Owners!

October 16th, 2011
Testimonial From Zulu's Old Owners!

It is a little under 4 weeks ago that we had to give our beloved Zulu up.It is not through want of trying when we made the decision to emigrate three years ago Parrots were allowed to be imported but in the long process it took us to get the visa they changed the rules so we were left with the heartbreaking decision what to do with our lovely girl Zulu?

A friend had offered to have her and although I knew she would be well fed and watered she would never be out of the cage or get the attention she is used to! I did consider zoos but again did not feel it was right so I even considered as much as I hate to say it now euthanasia as we were so worried that she would end up somewhere stressed and not cared for.

So I searched on the net and found the African Grey Parrot Centre and after just the first email I received from Paula I felt more confident about things. Paula and me communicated on several times as I really didn’t want to let Zulu go till the last minute however time came when we wanted her out before all the stress of the removals so Paula came to collect her

As soon as I met Paula I felt so confident and happy that we had done the right thing by Zulu,and I even feel she may well one day end up in a home where she gets even more spoilt than she was here! Unfortunately as often happens it was me who wanted a parrot hubby had no interest at all so she then bonded with him loved him to bits he could do anything with her shower her cuddle kiss you name it and she used to bite me!! So I lost all confidence with her but the day Paula got her back she text me to tell me she had Zulu out on her arm already so a good start me thinks!!!

I’m just hoping Paula will be able to get her language to calm down a bit rather blue at times, believe it or not we never actually taught her to say all those words but I think they tend to pick up the swearing easier than anything else .but I can honestly say that it was the hardest decision I have had to make rehoming Zulu but Paula has made me feel 100 percent happier about it and I am full of admiration for her she has young children yet still can find the time to delicate herself to rescuing parrots she is a very lovely caring girl.

We sure do miss Zulu around the house but at least now we are able to go off and start our new adventure knowing Zulu will be happy and it is so lovely being able to see her blog on the website such a brilliant idea really does bring comfort x

Meet Foul Mouthed Zulu!

September 26th, 2011
Meet Foul Mouthed Zulu!

On Friday I collected a new rescue and she is 5 years old and called Zulu… Her owners are moving to Australia in 2 weeks time and wasn’t able to take her with them so they found us and are happy that they will be able to follow Zulu’s progress through her rescue diary.

When I got there I was greeted by the lovely couple and a growl from Zulu as we think she took a dislike to my hair colour, I had not long had it dyed bright red so it was rather vibrant but by the time we was leaving she seemed to have got use to me, we made friends on the way home I think I bored her to death to be honest but she was happy enough, it was lovely and sunny when we got back so I left her out in the sunshine for half an hour while I set up her cage which she seemed to enjoy.

She was fine going in to her cage a little bit shall I … maybe i will… maybe i wont… ok i will and went in ok and straight up to her swing where she seems to love to be the best.

She loves to eat warm blueberries and palm nuts and is fed on Zupreem fruit blend pellets.

She has already started to chat away and shouting “W***er” a lot and “Wanna shower” “Good girl” and doing what sounds like hiccups, she is mumbling loads of other things just can’t quite make them out at this moment.

One thing I will say with her which we have noticed already is she is not keen on children as she never really had any contact with children in her home so I guess they seem a little odd to her! So when she is placed in her forever home it will be best she goes somewhere that there are no children.

I will add a few couple of photos up in the next few days as I wanted to let her settle in a bit more before I start to pap her!!

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