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Old 01-15-2020, 02:15 PM
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

I am trying to get FInley to play ball but he won't play with toys with me...he wants to play with my hand and play a little rough and just hang out on me...Is liking and learning the toys take time for a baby? Of course he plays with his chew toys on his own but nothing with me....as for target training, he thinks the stick is a toy! lol
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:53 PM
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

Break down the steps in playing ball into small pieces. First might be just getting Finley to take the ball from your hand, then give it back, then add rolling the ball to him for a very short distance increasing that gradually. THen asking him to bring it back to you from longer and longer distance. I do this with Salty sometimes on our bed ( play a game of catch). Make it fun so Finley gets something out of the deal.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:09 PM
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

Salty is so cute sometimes. He will go explore the top of his cage (which has the cover folded back a bit) and maybe work his way down the back,. But when Geri or I call to him "Where are you Salty?" or say peek a boo, up pops his little head to look at us, and then he goes back to playing back there. Its like "here I am guys, dont worry" .
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:27 AM
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

The small joys of keeping in contact with each other...
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Old 02-13-2020, 02:56 PM
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Poor Salty - I replaced his sleeping perch, which was a cement type, with a natural wood one almost 3x the diameter ( the new one is 3" ), because his daytime perch is almost the same diameter as the sleeping one and I feel he needs some variation. He hates the new perch. He would rather sleep on the floor of the cage. I am not giving up just yet though, I think he will acclimate to it because he loves to perch as high as he can in most environments.

'Boats, you think 3" too big for his feets?
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

I did the same thing with Baxter a while ago. Her favorite perch that looked like Sandy textured cement was actually plastic, and she started peeling the surface off of it. I bought a replacement, almost the same size, but a different color, and this one is cement. Brought her back to the cage, she climbed in as usual, and started to get on the new one. As soon as she touched it with her beak, she realized it was something new, and wouldn't go near it. I'll never forget that look she gave me! I took it out, mounted it on the outside of the cage as a bridge to get to the tree stand, and let her get used to it's existence. It took about two weeks before she gave in and decided it was acceptable to walk on to access the tree. After another week, I put it back in the cage, and she was fine with it.

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Old 02-13-2020, 04:52 PM
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Re: Right now Salty is.....

Quick change artist is never a great idea! Like coming home at 2am after a two week trip and finding that your homes interior has been reconfigured as you crash your way over chairs, etc...

Salty has been more than kind regarding changes, but to switch out a sleeping perch would be like switch out your bed to 100% the other direction from what you have loved sleeping on! After crashing thru the house, even your safe place has been changed...

I like larger diameter perches for sleeping as they place less demand on their claws, pads and muscles allowing them to flow blood in the toes with greater easy, vasty reducing load on their pads.

Changing sleeping perches is better done, slowing and with transitional steps in texture and diameter. Yup, its a pain, but you will find that it keeps you out of dog house...

As part of the I Love Amazons - ..., Thread under Getting to Foot of the Problem Segment, I cover the subject.

The other great concern in using smaller perches is that birds have a sleeping response that assumes that when they are perched on a moving branch and while sleeping they adjust tension and move with the branch, yet fully maintain their balance. With smaller perches those nerves can become pinched and at some point, they move and end-up falling (night flight or like terms) because they didn't sense that the perch didn't move, they did!
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:51 AM
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Point taken, 'Boats. I'll revert and reintroduce the new perch slowly. Salty is so mellow an Amazon, I truly didn't think it would be such a big deal. Thanks Bro.
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