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Message #2615. This is a followup to #2613.

Date:Saturday January 22, 2005 10:49:45 am MST
Subject:Re: Help for a newbie!
Message:No, a large cage is great, especially if he is spending 10 hours or so in the cage every day. The more room he has to move around, flap, forage and play the better.

I wouldn't worry too much about his not drinking. I'm sure he is drinking as much as he needs. Many birds tend to drink mainly in the morning and in the evening. Do you see evidence that he has visited his water cup? Things like little pieces of pellets that he's soaked or any "parrot soup" that he's made? They like to soften food up before they eat it. Once he is eating fresh foods, you'll probably notice him drinking less anyhow since much moisture he needs will be received through the fresh foods.

He will probably become curious enough to try eating some grapes, carrot sticks, a nice arrangement of chopped fruits and veggies or whatever you seem to be enjoying. Since eating can be a social thing, they often try something when they see you eating it. My nanday often runs for his own food bowl about a foot away from my food plate when I sit down to eat. LOL! But he is always welcome to nibble or taste on any of the healthy fresh items on my plate. I'm not forcing him, but he can see other birds enjoying those things and I know that when he's ready he'll give it a shot. Like your nanday, he's eating pellets so that is half the battle.

It sounds like you're doing great. Those two should bring you much joy and happiness for a long time. Your life is forever changed! LOL!

Teri wrote:
> Thanks again! He actually likes to come out of his cage - but only
> when he climbs out himself...he doesn't attack or bite - just doesn't
> want to be handled/picked up...he actually comes around, but only as
> long as I don't extend hand/fingers toward him...then he scoots away.
> He is on Roudybush pellets and eats well - he won't eat any of the
> seeds that the little green cheek loves (and I'm working on weaning
> him off the seeds and to the pellets) - his new cage is much larger
> than his old one...should I have kept him in a smaller one? He won't
> eat any of the fruits/veggies that I have tried giving him, but I
> think (hope) it may be a case of being overwhelmed by all the changes
> and him wanting to stick to what he knows...I know he is eating well
> (by monitoring his food dish and the amount he poops)...but I don't
> know if he is drinking there any way to tell? I have seen
> him eat (but it makes him nervous when we watch him when he is at his
> food dish) but never drink from him water dish...
> Thanks again so much!
> Margaret wrote:
> > LOL! Hi Dan! Yep, I read every word. You gave her good advice and I'm
> > glad you shared your story with her.
> >
> > My most recently adopted conure didn't want anything to do with me
> > either. Then one morning I wasn't feeling well (yes, this is similar
> > to my macaw story) and tried to get things done around the house, but
> > just had to lay down and sleep on the couch for a bit. I think my
> > newest conure became a little worried seeing me like that and from
> > that day forward she became a very sweet bird with me. It was
> > surprising to me because she favored my hubby 100% for the first
> > month she was with us. Then, after that morning, she warmed up to me
> > quickly and now she seeks me out for attention.
> >
> > I'll bet your bird spent most of his life in the cage and that is
> > probably why he prefers his cage. Is it a good sized cage for him? A
> > smaller cage probably makes him feel secure like he is in his nest
> > box, but that could be part of his problem too. If the bird is fully
> > flighted, you'll have to be careful (especially if he likes to bite
> > or attack) but you could try letting him come out on his own. Perhaps
> > you could bribe him out of his cage with a cup of goodies. I hope your
> > bird isn't on a seed only diet, but considering his background I
> > wouldn't be too surprised if that is the case. So remove his food
> > cups and let him come out of his cage to eat. Anything you can do to
> > coax him out and to enjoy things outside his cage and eventually away
> > from his cage, the better off he will be, the more interesting his
> > life can be.
> >
> > Keep us posted and we'll try to help you along the way. This whole
> > process can take weeks or even months (or more). Most importantly,
> > give him lots of love.
> >
> > (No name) wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Dan

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