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Message #2563. This is a followup to #2546.

Date:Saturday January 8, 2005 2:02:28 pm MST
Subject:Re: Temperature?
Message:Ok, as long as he'll be alright down there. Right now we're looking for a cage that's a fairly moderate size and can be put up on a stand.   As for the chewing, I try to take my glasses off when I get Alex out (they aren't crucial to my sight) and I can usually distract him with one of my keychains. He doesn't seem to interested in the toys, I bought, though. I got him one of the calcium chew, something with some blocks and a bell on it, and a rope.

Margaret wrote:
> 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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