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Message #2546. This is a followup to #2540.

Name:Margaret
Date:Wednesday January 5, 2005 7:01:33 pm MST
Subject:Re: Temperature?
Message:The basement cage is fine for when the people of the house are spending time in the basement, like next to the gameboy if you guys play games downstairs for hours each night on the TV, for example. When everyone is upstairs though, so should be your nanday. He needs to be with his "flock" of humans. I would suggest that you get a second cage that can be set up where ever you and the family spend most of your time during the day. The basement cage might be a good option for bedtime if it is more quiet down there and nobody hangs out down there after the bird is put to bed.

The bird has feathers, including down, to help insulate him from cold weather so the basement temperatures shouldn't be a problem at all. I like my house on the cool side during the winter (lower 60s, and sometimes even the lower 50s). This doesn't stop by conures from giving themselves a bath and that could be anywhere from in the warm kitchen sink water or in their cold drinking dish inside their cage. If they hang onto the sides of their cage and flip or if they are getting their head wet in a small drinking cup (they have large ones they can bath in if they wanted to), I will grab the water mister and mist them myself and sometimes I even take them into the shower with me. I get warm easily (must be all the housework I do) and I'd rather be on the cool side than on the warm side (I hate to sweat), plus I can sleep like a rock in a cold bedroom! But anyhow, I wouldn't worry about the temperature. If it got into the low 40s in your basement, then I might worry about keeping him warm, afterall he is an inside bird and acclimated to indoor temperatures.

I've also got some expensive eyeglasses and with my flock of 24 here, I have had my glasses grabbed before many times. The part that goes behind your ear has little chew marks on them, almost looks as if I chew on them myself, but I don't. A couple of the birds still do pay attention to my eyeglasses, but for the most part they have paid less and less attention as time goes on. First of all, I don't get all excited or upset when they grab my glasses. They don't "get a rise" out of me by grabbing them. I nonchalantly pry their little beak from them and tell them "don't chew on momma's glasses" or "No" with a brief stern look and then go back to doing my business if all they were donig was sitting on my shoulder while I typed, or whatever. If I was playing directly with them, talking to them and having some one-on-one time and they grabbed my glasses, I told them "no", gave them the serious look, and put them down on their cage for some time without me. Your reaction immediately following the undesired behavior will have a conditioning effect on your bird. If your bird thinks it is hilarious the way your mouth gapes open and your eyes bug out as you giggle and laugh because you can't believe he has just flung your eyeglasses to the floor, he might take that message as you are having as much fun as he is with this new "game" or he may just think your reaction is too hilarious and he may decide that he likes being able to make you "bug out" or whatever. You can also keep something handy that the bird IS allowed to chew on and give that to him directly following the eyeglass incident. However, his desires may not easily be swayed from your glasses to another toy, but that is also worth a shot. Hand him a bendy straw and let him mouth up the little ridged part of the bend. The idea is to reinforce acceptable behaviors and to not reinforce the undesired behaviors.

I hope this helps.
H.L. wrote:
> I just bought my first Nanday yesterday. We had a rather large cage at
> home already, so we put Alexander in it. The only problem is, it's too
> big to go anywhere but the basement. When I say basement, I don't mean
> doom and gloom. It's well lit, and even though it started out as a
> workshop it has been renovated nicely into a room for my brother and
> an entertainment room. But since it does have cement walls-it gets a
> bit chilly in the winter and is hard to heat. It never gets
> cold-never uncomfortably so-but I was wondering how much of an
> emergency it was to find a smaller cage so we could move him
> upstairs.

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