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Message #248. This is a followup to #36.

Date:Thursday July 17, 2003 9:18:59 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Progress!!!
Message:Paige & Sam wrote:
> Wow! Today I made lots of progress with Sam!!! Tonight, I used a cloth
> to take Sam out of his cage. He was quite scared at first, but I took
> him up to my room to do homework (and get him away from his cage) and
> he calmed down a lot after a while. He kept trying to fly away but he
> would step up onto my hand really well! He then settled onto my
> shoulder but decided to play in my hair. Well, he got tangled in my
> hair and while I was getting it off his leg, he grabbed my arm in a
> big pinch (he was scared though, poor guy). I got my hair off his leg
> and he just laid there on his back for a few seconds - poor guy! It
> was so pitiful! But he calmed down and decided that he liked to sit
> on my shoulder and snuggle against my face. After 30 or so more
> minutes, he started blinking and snuggled closer - he was getting
> sleepy. =) Sam was really good for the 2nd time out of his cage!!!
> About food - he's still partial to sunflower seeds and peanuts but he
> seems to really like his apple. He got some carrot yesterday but
> didn't touch it and I believe he ate a bit of his banana today. =)
> He's been such a good boy! I know Sam's going to be a real
> sweetheart.
> ~Paige & Sam
> Kristin wrote:
> > wow...he is making great progress already by letting you get him
> out
> > of his cage...thats very trusting of a bird because their cage is
> > THEIR domain and if they don't want you in...They will let you
> > know...
> >
> > on the food thing...if you have time that is...maybe if you can
> try
> > to get him eating fruits and veggies every morning my baby gets
> fresh
> > grapes, carrots, zucchini(sp) and all sorts of other
> > stuff...something else you might want him to try to get on to is a
> > kind of bread I use with my nanday...the breeder that I met uses
> this
> > to actually hand feed her babies...but its called Monkey Bread you
> > can sometimes find it at petstores...or its alot easier online...
> >
> > I can't wait to hear more about sam and Im very happy at the
> progress
> > already...
> >
> > Good Luck
> >
> > ~Kris

Paige and Sam,
I'm new to this message board, I'm glad I found it.  It sounds like you've come along way with Sam in such a short time.  I know a breeder that has just about any bird that you can imagine.  She's a great lady, and gave me a lot of help when I first started out.  Here are some of her ways, remember though everyone has their own opinions and what works for some doesn't for others.  

She gives sunflower seeds ONLY as treats.  There's something about the oil in them that is Really bad for them.  I bought (rescued) a Mustache Parrot that only had sunflower seeds.  I slowly tapered her off of them as you are doing.  But I did it quick because I knew how bad they were for them.  I buy the parrot treat of course, with the seed and pellet diet.  If I mess up and buy seed mixture with sunflower seeds in them then that's all she eats.  I'm going to have to stay strict with buying only seed without sunflower seeds, and give them to her only as a treat.  One person said something about a bird having a heart attack, that is true.  I've heard of that.  
You did good to clip Sam's wings, that makes them trust you moreso.  She also gave me a recipe that she feeds to all of her birds.  I tried it on the M.P. and she loves it.  
It has three ingredients, all equal parts, you can bag small portions and freeze it as well.  You may have heard of it, but if not here it is.  It's simple to make too.  You can make up a bunch of it, freeze it in small portions and use as needed.

Angel hair pasta, rice, and frozen corn.  You can mix and match the veggies, whatever your's seems to like.  Or try different ones until you find a veggie they like.  I have one bird that likes green beans too.  
I just use the instant rice, cooked, but frozen corn.  I portion it up in the little snack baggies, and freeze it.  Before I give it to them I warm it up in the microwave, not hot though.  I can't remember what all she said about the recipe, but it's supposed to be good for them.  

Right off the top of my head I can't think of anything else that she said. But if I remember anything else I'll pass it on.  You can check with vet for their opinions.  

Keep up the good work, and I know Sam knows just how lucky he is to have you as his new owner.  A lot healthier too !!!   :)   Keep us updated on his progress.

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