I don’t really like being in the dark very much, but Lexie thinks night vision cameras are cool.
A friend wanted to know about my cage, so Lexie thought we should post a picture of it. Here it is in all its glory, with a couch in the background, me, and a glue bottle for size reference.
Measurements (LxWxH): 17.5” x 13” x 26”
(The seed catcher was made by Jan at RatAttackTeam)
Rice pasta beard!
Happy (late) Halloween! I’ve been so busy with the candy again that I forgot to blog about it…
I’m about 2 1/2 cups.
This is parrotlet language for: SCRITCHES, PLEASE.
Most adoption organizations offer some basic background information on the bird you are fostering and/or adopting: e.g., how many homes the bird has previously been in; why the bird is in need of a new home (the bird was found, the previous owner died or could no longer adequately care for the bird, or the bird was given up because of behavior issues); as well as any known health issues or behavior issues. The group might even be able to note if the bird is comfortable being around other birds/pets or children.
However, once the bird is in your home, it’s up to you to do some sleuthing to determine your new bird’s likes and dislikes so you can make your bird feel at home in your home.
Read more here.
(I’M GOING TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THIS IS PROBABLY A BUDGIE.)
It is always very important to give your new bird some space for a while so that he can adjust to his new home and environment. I recommend providing him with lots of toys and easily accessible food and water, and then not getting him out of his cage for around a week. During that week, talk softly to him, be around him a lot and make it a positive experience for him - don’t stick your fingers in the cage or startle him in any way, if you can help it. Make sure he gets plenty of sleep by covering him up when he looks like he’s ready to go to bed (generally 7-9 PM for a lot of birds) and uncovering him at a decent hour in the morning.
It’s very important to begin establishing a routine with your bird as soon as possible. Birds (and other pets) love routine! It makes us feel like we’re part of a working system, and it’s comfortable. Put your parakeet to bed at the same time every night and uncover him at the same time every morning. Make sure he gets lots of healthy treats (fresh fruits and veggies) daily, and remove anything from the environment that is unnecessarily stressing him out. You’ll learn to read your bird’s body language if you pay attention, which is a very valuable skill!
Good luck with your new buddy! Let us know how it goes.
New friends and forever homes,
This is my “assertive” stance.