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Message #1972. This is a followup to #1968.

Date:Sunday August 22, 2004 7:00:41 am MDT
Subject:Re: New babies
Message:I am afraid to leave the door open to let them come out.  Their wings are not clipped and they don't trust me enough to come to me, so I would have a hard time catching them.  They won't eat any fruit or veggie that is put in their cage. I bought them a bird box but they won't go into it, they would rather sleep cramped in a corner.  There was a bird box when we found them that they stayed in most of the time that they were outside, but it was covered in ants and not salvagable.  I was thinking about bringing in some sticks and moss to let them make their own nest but I am afraid of getting mites and other tiny things that would cause problems, any suggestions would be great.    Kat

Indica wrote:
> Hi Kat, that is just horrible they were abandon like that!! So glad
> you took them in, nandays are wonderful fun birds, and though they
> can be very loud at times, they give so much love it's amazing. I
> would start by offering them treats, and leaving good food and treats
> in the cage. Sit next to the cage and talk softley to them, and do
> this a few times a day, leaving them alone to settle in and become
> acostumed to their surroundings. Talk very softley to them, tell them
> stories or turn soft music on and sing to it to them. They enjoy being
> sung to! Then leave the cage door open and walk away, keeping eye on
> them. They may or may not come out, but if they do, just let them get
> out and explore. Do they have a cage with any sort of ladder or branch
> oh top to stand on? That's the best for them, and a food dish on top
> too. When you want to handle them, reach in careful and say "Step
> Up". Keep repeating this, though it may take some time for them to
> step up. Try offering treats by hand, if they don't take them, just
> set them down. They will get used to hands cleaning their cages and
> changing food/water, and eventually trust you. If they do step up,
> hold them and talk soft and offer them treats. It does take a lot of
> time, patience, understanding and love for these guys, but they can
> give you so much in return! This group is great to chat with and
> learn from probably, and there's a great group at yahoo called
> Nandays2 also. Combimed you should be able to learn lots about
> nandays and have lots of people help you out with these rescues. :-)
> Good luck and keep us updated on their progress!
>     Indica & Flock
> Kat1 wrote:
> > I have never been a bird person. It seems that I have changed my
> > mind. My husband has a friend at work who had neighbors that had 2
> > Nanday's. Well I live in Florida and the neighbors moved(just up and
> > left out of the blue), right before hurricane Charley hit, leaving the
> > birds outside in the weather. So my husband played pet rescue and
> > brought them home. I Love these little birds they are so beautiful
> > and I have decided to keep them. So I am in the process of learning
> > everything I can about them. They are very shy though, not mean they
> > listen to me when I talk to them but when I put my hand in the cage
> > and get to close they back off. I know it takes time, patience and
> > lots of love. They have also been very quiet these past few days. I
> > think my biggest problem is that they came from a Spanish speaking
> > home so now they need to learn English. If you have any tips or
> > tricks to getting these lovely creatures of mine to warm up to me
> > please let me know. Oh and I just had to name them Bonnie and
> > Charley, they survived both. Thanks, Kat

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