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Message #5975. This is a followup to #5968.

Name:Lisa M.
Date:Tuesday April 3, 2007 5:46:57 am MDT
Subject:Re: Feeding Dish in Cage
Message:Hi! That sounds like a great set up for Petie. Feeding does not seem to be the issue for Jack...he has no problem with his food dishes being touched or even with my hand in his cage if there is food in it. However, the same hand that he rubs and nibbles so sweetly between the bars or out of his cage will be attacked if I try to use it to touch him in his cage! I wish I could get him a bigger cage, but I can't afford it right now and I don't want to change everything on him at once anyway (just got him a week or so ago from my mom after she rescued him when his owner died). I am learning so much from all of you and him too. Definately falling in love with this bird! Lisa

Petie wrote:
> Hi, I just wanted to mention that Petie is also very territorial of
> his cage. When he and I moved here to Germany, we bought him the most
> luxury large cage that we could find (we call it his Italian
> condo...made in Italy). But the problem with all the cages, small or
> large here is that the feeding dishes are all supposed to be attached
> at the bottom half of the cage.
>
> Since Petie prefers to be higher up in his cage, having the feeding
> dishes where they were supposed to be would potentially create messy
> food and water. So what my husband did is make a tray out of wood
> into which we could place Petie's 2 stainless steel bowls, and then
> placed this whole thing inside the upper cage wall on hinges. So
> instead of having to put our hands anywhere into the cage to change
> his water or add to his food, we just turn the tray out, pull out the
> dishes, and then return them again with fresh supply. My husband had
> to remove 3 bars of the cage to do it. But everytime we turn the
> dishes towards us the cage opening is always blocked so he cannot
> come out.
>
> It is important for us to do this because if we are gone for a night
> or two we always have a friend come and talk to Petie and change his
> water, etc. I cannot risk her getting bitten by the little guy. And
> by the way, Petie uses the wooden edges of the tray as a scratch
> board. He rubs his head against the side slowly, puffs up his
> feathers, and closes his eyes in ecstasy.
>
> The male conure I had before this one, a blue crowned conure, always
> let me go in the cage to change his water and food. And I am sure
> that Petie would as well if we had not needed to make this other
> system for holding his food in the cage. But for us this method is
> still much better than the old one I used in Canada.

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