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Old 07-28-2017, 01:27 PM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

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Socializing her well early on is a good move on your part. Makes for a much happier and well-adjusted/well-traveled bird later on. Remember to do the glass tapping thing repeatedly at first, especially since this is outside of your home and her sense of the familiar. Any bird is more likely to get spooked outside of the home, so you want to take extra precautions in that regard.
Thanks. Kizzy reminded me in a way that nearly stopped my heart. I prefer your way, but Kizzy's accident made a bigger impression. A window between rooms is still a window and I feel pretty stupid that it didn't even register. I need to take a fresh look at all rooms, asking myself if anything I see looks dangerous. Right now, I'm simply thankful Kizzy wasn't hurt.

I've been calling anything transparent "glass" and tapping on it, but probably not as many times as I should. I try to put her next to it, but she usually isn't too keen on touching it herself, which is fine as long as she understands the concept. She leans away from it, so she must know it's solid. Still, I think you're right about doing it repeatedly. I'll repeat the lesson more often at home.
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:55 PM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

You're welcome!

I always make sure their beaks touch the glass every time. I tap it too, but the tactile experience is important for the association. I just never take chances when it comes to glass.
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Old 07-29-2017, 01:42 AM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

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You're welcome!

I always make sure their beaks touch the glass every time. I tap it too, but the tactile experience is important for the association. I just never take chances when it comes to glass.
OK, I'll be more insistent next time I show her glass.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:09 PM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

Kizzy is doing pretty well when I put her in the cage now. She complains for a couple of minutes and then usually starts talking. Right now she's saying, "Peek-a-boo!" and "Hi!!!" XD She also started eating out of cage dishes. I had to put sunflower seeds and Avi-Cake in them, but it's a start. I also saw her playing with a toy earlier today.

Now I need to get those streamers around the ceiling fan. Unfortunately, I've done a really good job of teaching her to adapt to change. She may simply fly under the streamers, ignoring them the same way she ignores the broom I use to physically push her off the blades. I do it so gently, I don't think she really minds. \_(ツ)_/ If the streamers don't work, I'm going to have to find another solution.

My eventual plan is to move our base of operations to another room where she won't be tempted so often by the ceiling fan.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:08 PM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

Boy have I ever been busy! I thought the baby stage was time-consuming. I've never had an unclipped baby parrot before, so I'm learning on the fly (pun most definitely intended) and it's not easy material. I finally got the streamers put up around my ceiling fan and today? No Kizzification of the ceiling fan. I really hope the streamers continue to work, but this is one smart and persistent little parrot. I may have to think of something else. Arrgh!

Kizzy is currently ambidextrous, while somewhat favoring the right foot. We'll see how it all washes out in the end.

Here are some photos from today:

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"Mom! Let's play ball!" (Don't worry about the electrical cords. I keep an eye on her every second. The long-term plan is to make a more permanent "Kizzy Zone" where everything is chompable.)



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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

She's beautiful!
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:59 AM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

Kizzy being Kizzy.

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Old 08-06-2017, 03:13 AM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

Blast from the recent past: July 11, 2017. Scroll up for pics and videos I took today.

Irridescent feathers and long, black eyelashes...



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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

She has really filled in nicely! Great coloration and feathering!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:48 PM
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Re: Kizzy: the Flying Toddler Stage

Kizzy is developing so fast I'm having trouble keeping up with her. Today she learned how to give kisses on command (more tongue please XD) and started learning how to be a "big eagle" as well. She gets so wound up, she boomerangs all over the place. She needs to learn she has to stay on my hand and flap in order to get the treat. Regardless, we had a very good time.

She's also learning how to crow like a rooster. If I get my video software installed, I can post a short video of me catching her in the act. She says a few other things during the video. Her enunciation isn't very clear yet, but she's only three-and-a-half months old!

Also, I found someone who has a male blue front from the same breeder. It's possible he's Kizzy's brother...yet another thing to ask Kizzy's breeder along with whether he knows what subspecies Kizzy's parents are.

Here's the BFA in question, singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider." According to his owner, he's quite a bit bigger than Kizzy, but that could be at least partly attributable to a difference in genders. No, I still don't know 100% for sure Kizzy's a girl.

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