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Message #2088. This is a followup to #2086.

Name:Margaret
Date:Wednesday September 22, 2004 5:30:16 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Little Cuts
Message:You should probably start to see the some of the flights grow in during the next month or so, I would imagine.  If you don't, then he may be having a hard time regrowing those feathers for whatever reasons.  Usually nothing to be overly concerned about until Christmas comes and there is still no flight feather regrowth.  Then you might want to have an avian vet look at him as there might be a physical reason why he's having this trouble.

That's true, it is usually a hungry chick that can be easily motivated with the promise of a meal.  If Kiwi likes to be where the people are, you could just step into the other room with some food he really likes (make sure he sees the food then walk into the next room with it.  Call him, ask him to "Fly to Mommy" or whatever works for you and see if he can make it to you.  Try to resist putting your arm/hand out for Kiwi to land on because if he's having trouble landing and maneuvering to begin with, placing your hand/arm up in front of him only creates an obstacle and he could get injured.  Make sure you "bird-proof" the rooms he may fly in to.  Examples would be to make sure all stove burners and all pots/pans on the stove are cool to the touch, nothingn with sharp edges pointing upward such as knives in the sink tray (where you set dishes to dry after washing them in the sink - the "old fashioned" way <grin>), move anything that might be knocked over and broken, no sinks full of water, close the door to the bathroom, cover any mirrors and close drapes because birds often think they can fly through a mirror or window, close any doors to the outside or lock them so someone doesn't accidentally open them and let the door stay open too long giving Kiwi a chance to fly out, turn off any lamps and let light bulbs cool - halogen lamps are particularly hot and very dangerous to a bird that is allowed to fly around inside the home, and anything else you might be able to think of as you look around your home.

I have a sun conure that is a few years old and he loves the formula baby food.  I have some left over from feeding babies for a breeder friend and what the heck, it is nutritionally complete and I'm not putting it in a syringe, I'm letting him eat it warm out of a shallow measuring cup.  But I'll ask Whammy if he is my baby and he'll do the baby wing-flip behaviors and make a little "ock" sound <smile>.  Each time I ask him, he'll do that.  Then I'll ask him if he wants some (with baited emphasis) baby food and he'll scream his fool head off.  LOL!  It is a little game that we go through maybe once a month.  Because Whammy enjoys it so much, he makes it look good to one of the other conures...my maroon belly, Cozzy, as well as one of my female cockatiels, Georgie Girl.  So once Whammy has had his fill, I pass the cup around to the other two and they pretty much finish it off.  If your Kiwi loves it too, I don't see any reason to miss the chance to further your bond and relationship by sharing some one-on-one time by feeding some healthy "comfort food" to your bird.

Don't worry about acquiring your baby through a pet store.  I have a couple pet store birds myself <grin>.  You can't help who you fall in love with or where they are found.  But it is true that there are so many birds needing a good loving home that have lost their home for no reason of their own.  Most of the time those birds needing homes are in that predicament because the life circumstances of the human's have changed..."it's my daughter's bird and she is away at college now", "we don't have time for the bird anymore", "we're tired of the noise and mess", "we are moving out of the country and don't want to leave the bird in the quarantine station for 6 months", "my new husband hates the bird", "we just had a baby", and the list goes on and on...  It is so sad, in my opinion.

I like the site www.petfinder.com for finding animals that need loving homes.  I'm full right now, but I wish I had the means/time to match the size of my heart. <grin>

I'm sure all will work out well with Kiwi and his flight ability will begin to improve.  Once he seems to have it down well enough, then go ahead and trim his flight feathers again.  The idea is to allow enough flight-ability so he can glide safely to a landing spot such as the floor, but not trimmed so severely that he falls like a lead baloon to the floor because then he can get injured.  If the bird is able to gain altitude, then you would need to trim another feather on each side until he glides downward.  


Diana wrote:
> I don't believe Kiwi was ever allowed to have full flight ability,
> unfortunately.  He's originally from a breeder in Utah according to
> his band, but I got him through a bird and fish pet store here in
> Colorado.  
> Kiwi definitely isn't afraid of flying; there are times I can't get
> him to stay on his perch.  If there's someone in another room, that's
> where he wants to be.  But we're still working on the whole aiming and
> landing part...  I'll definitely try your technique, though he's not
> very food motivated when he's outside his cage.  (Unless it's food
> I'm trying to eat myself, that is.)  Maybe if I draw up a syringe of
> baby formula he'd be more interested.
>
> ~Diana

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