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Message #1987. This is a followup to #1972.

Date:Saturday August 28, 2004 1:43:55 pm MDT
Subject:Re: New babies
Message:Hi, once they adjust you will be able to get them with a towel and clip or wings. Have they had a checkup? Have a vet do a regular checkup and he can also clip the wings and show you how to do it. You'll need to get them into a carrier somehow. It's very easy to trim, the only hard part is holding the bird in the towel (so you don't get your fingers bitten off). Funny thing I had to clip two of my nandays wings last night, I was bleeding afterwards! LOL. I decided to do it without the towel this time...ha ha. I think it is important to let tghem settle in well, but get the wings clipped to let them out as soon as you can so they can get more accostumed to their surropundings and get used to you more. They may be wild, but the earlier the out-of-cage time they can get, the better. Or, at night, take them in a bedroom or a safe room (a dining room, some place they won't knock things over, etc) and let them out, that way you can turn out the light and catch them.

Anyways.. it is very natural for them to sleep in the corner for now. Mine did it too when I brought them home, I couldn't imagine it could be comfortable or get them a good night sleep, but they insisted. Some conures sleep that way a lot, some even lay on their backs on the floor and sleep. Once they settled, they'd climb down after I covered them and sleep on a branch. I'd hear them climb down after dark and move around and peeked in and seen them. A box is good, but they might like happy huts more. Anything you offer will take time to get used to and they won't like it right away, but just leave it there and eventually they will go into it, box or hut or whatever else, as soon as they know it's safe. If you do not want to breed them I suggest you do not offer a box. And if you do want to breed them, I would give it a much longer time before you try breeding them and giving them a box, at least wait until next spring. Have a vet make sure they are in good health, and they are eating properly and have cuttlebone, etc. before nesting. They most likely won't go into a box to sleep, they will want to use the box for breeding. :-)

Kat1 wrote:
> 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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