Welcome Maui!

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Maui

On Wednesday November 6th, 2019 I was contacted by a lady I spoke with 2 years ago at the parrot supply store. I couldn’t recall who she was but she wanted to re-home her bird to me. She stated her husband had allergies and asthma that was acting up and they were under the impression that this bird was causing it. We spoke for a bit on the phone and then she sent me some pictures. I forgot to contact her back that night. On Thursday, she messaged me again. I advised her I have never paid for a rehome so I wouldn’t be able to take her in and gave her suggestions on how to help with the bird dander. She said she had tried all of those suggestions. So although I was not going to pay her asking price,something about this bird was nagging me to take her in. This little beauty was a 3 year old White Capped Pionus who was purchased from the breeder and has been in this family her whole life. She was only eating Zupreem Naturals and 2 Almonds a day. I was so hesitant. I wasn’t sure I was ready to take on a re-home again so when my friend told me she would take her in if I found it to be too much, I thought great! I agreed to take in 3 year old Maui and said I’ll come pick her up in a week but they were ready to move her so the night of Friday November 8th, 2019 @ approx. 8pm, Maui joined our flock.

Name: Maui

Type of Parrot: White Capped Pionus

Sex: Female

Birthdate: April 2016

Wing Status: Fully Flighted

Favorite food: Almonds (previous owner said)

Noise Level: Quiet so far

Training progress: She won’t come near me

Tricks: None yet

Talking Ability: Unknown

Favorite Toy: Unknown

Fears: EVERYTHING

Diet: Zupreem Naturals

Treats: Almonds

Cage: Open Dome top – 26″ wide and 62″ high and 19″ deep (this is her cage from the previous owner)
Vet Visit: Never

Next Steps: Get her used to my presence and taking treats from me.

Her cage that she was given to me with

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A Rehome

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I’ve taken in a few re-homes since starting Parenting Parrots, a set of Quakers, a pair of cockatiels and a few single birds here and there. The last ones I took in, were two beautiful cockatiels. The owner wanted me to keep them so she could come by and visit every now and then, I had no problem with that as long as they were in my care. Well my sister’s friend wanted them and after a few months of them being with me, I thought they were such good birds that they would do well with her. If a bird is too timid, shy, aggressive, I would not re-home them because they would end up being neglected or passed around. However if I can train them and get them back to a beautiful, interactive bird than I can re-home them. The cockatiels really didn’t need any work from me because their owner took really good care of them. They ended up being a girl and a boy even though I was originally told two males. They had a baby earlier this year (2019) in their new home and they get lots of out of cage time. Unfortunately, I’ve never received any pictures and when the previous owner wanted to see them, they were unavailable so I feel bad about that but I know they are still alive and well as my sister gets to see them. I will have to contact her to find out what they did with the baby but I’m happy with the progress I hear about them so far.

I stopped taking birds in because there is just too many avian diseases going around and I don’t want to risk infecting my birds so when I was contacting about another bird, I automatically thought NOPE! But my heart is too soft at times so if you follow my instagram, then you already know I took in another rehome but this will for sure be my last rehome. This little birdie got here at about 8pm on Friday November 8th, 2019. I do have an experienced bird owner lined up and ready to take her if I feel it’s too muh for me as I just had my 5th baby two months ago but her owner was adamant that she wanted her to live with me so I am definitely going to try to make this be her forever home especially after how she reacted with just this change….

So stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I actually introduce you to this beauty and give you her background story.

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Foraging is Easier than We Thought

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A very simple concept, foraging! For parrots, this is a very important process to include in our captive parrots’ lives. However for some of us it seems like a struggle to always have to think of some way to make toys into foraging options.

Well, when I first got into foraging, I thought to myself, “I have to do this every day?” And to be honest the answer is yes. Some days I just want to give them their food bowls and walk away but what am I doing to them if I do that?

Foraging is extremely important to add into your parrots’ life. Even if you think your bird doesnt need it, trust me they do. Imagine never being stimulated? Entertained? Taught? Challenged? Kept busy? What would happen to your mind? Its never too late to start even if your parrot is 50 yrs old.

The easiest way to provide foraging options is simple and fast. The picture I have above can start with just fruits and veggies hanging on it. The stimulus would be how to eat the food off of the skewer, easy right? To add complexity add the cardboard, paper etc. Just add stuff that can keep the food hidden so they have to work to see and get to the food.

The next option is to put a nutriberry or whatever they like in a water filter paper cup and just crush up the top so they have to RIP up the cup to access the nutriberry.

Another option, which I’m sure you’ve already heard me mention before is covering their food dishes with paper. Now if this is new to them I would rip a huge hole so they can see that there is food behind the paper and everyday the hole gets smaller and smaller until you can completely cover their food bowls with no holes in it and they will know what to do.

So, as you can see it’s easy to start.

Do you make your parrot(s) forage? If so, how did you start? Please let everyone know by putting how you started in the comments.



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