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Other Birds Post your stories and pictures about your non-budgie birds in this forum
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Old 02-21-2017, 09:17 AM
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Have you tried a molted long feather? daily I touch Apollo with a very light touch of a long feather on his chest. he likes to take it in his beak and run it up and down along the rib and flip it over and wave it like a flag. The very delicate touch seems to please and relax Apollo. He is used to being handled every day
including extending his wings and gently tipping him over backwards in my other hand to back brush the vent feathers to be sure there are no droppings stuck to his feathers. We keep vent feathers trimmed in birds who are not able to keep that area super birdy clean like the feet. What a challenge before you. The victories will be precious , especially since you tend to be impatient. This is what entering a birdies world becomes so amazing. Many Blessings. J A

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Old 02-21-2017, 02:21 PM
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The feather is a wonderful idea! I haven't saved any, but I'm sure somebody will donate one soon.

I've put a couple of shredder toys outside of the cage so that Pearl can get used them. I'm happy I did that because her first reaction was not completely positive: hissed, moved to the other side of the cage...that sort of thing. I'm bringing Poppy and Simon down at least once a day and I'm sure they'll show her what it's for.
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These little updates are so good to hear.

I'm sure these two will be making improvements daily.
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What a coincidence, I just saw Pearl & Sundance on a website I was using to search for local birds who may need a home.
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:48 PM
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They sat for a new portrait which should be up soon. Lucy also got her picture taken by the professional. Dory and Ariel, who I don't think are up on the website yet, declined the honor...this time, at least.
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Sundance ate millet I was holding this evening!!!!!!

Pearl only decided to eat millet I was holding a few days ago, but quickly graduated to eating it with my hand inside the cage rather than my sticking it through the bars. I figured out that I had to hold it in the right spot and just hope that Sundance would turn her head and find it. She was clearly recognizing that Pearl was eating something and I knew (hoped) it was only a matter of time for this to work. Finally, they were sitting on the same perch today and I held it between them. Pearl started eating it and Sundance eventually found it and ate it as well. She didn't freak when she touched my hand, so that's a positive as well. Can't wait to try again tomorrow!!

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I've moved them upstairs with the rest of the birds and they seem to like it. They had met Poppy and Simon while they were downstairs so it wasn't totally shocking for them to be with all of the others. Simon and Poppy both spend a fair amount of time on their cage and it was by feeding them that I eventually convinced Pearl that it was safe to eat something I am holding.
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That's great!! Wonderful news

Their adoption picture is wonderful, they look like adorable little models

It's great to hear you're making such great progress with them
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Leah,

That is SO cool!!
What an accomplishment for little Sundance (and you of course).

Your post actually brought tears of joy to my eyes.
I do hope whoever adopts Pearl and Sundance will be as loving, caring and understanding as you are and will give these two everything they deserve and more!
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Quick update: both Sundance and Pearl are gradually becoming more comfortable. Sundance hasn't eaten millet I was holding again, but she has gotten me very well trained. She goes to the bottom of her cage and pecks around; that is the "command" to put some millet or other treat there. She didn't get upset today when she brushed against my hand (twice), so that's also a big improvement. It must be very scary to be blind when you are such a vulnerable creature. I have to carefully balance trying to expand her horizons against potentially stressing her.

Pearl will now eat from my open hand...if the food is fairly close to the edge.

I have seen repeatedly that pairs are much testier with each other when they are stressed. These two are getting sweeter together--preening each other more, etc.--so I know everything is headed in the right direction. As slow a process as this normally is, it's even slower with them.
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I am interested in following your progress in caring for the bird who is blind. From what you have written, you have a general idea as to what needs to be done.
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