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Old 11-24-2018, 09:08 PM
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There are a lot of hormonal parrots right now , my quaker male included. So that might be a factor?
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

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There is a secret underground! We have lost!
That's okay, we never had a chance .. they can be disarmingly cute and they know it!
It is an honerable defeat; a victory would mean some kind of cooked/broiled/steamed/etc. bird-based-dish on the table tonight.


and now for something completely different: Oh my- that amazon IS a looker!
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Old 11-25-2018, 08:37 AM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

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Example, we do our training with Salty at 8:45 to around 9:15PM, after he has had dinner and relaxed a bit. Every night, religiously.
A set time would be awesome, especially if it's one after my son has quieted down for the evening...just out of curiosity, what time does Salty wake up / go to bed? I've been giving Baya about 12 hours of sleep per night, but I think he could go 10 or 11 if the last hour is spent being social.
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Old 11-25-2018, 08:40 AM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

That guy there is clearly one of the Brad Pitts of the rooster world. Gorgeous.

Wow, do I LOVE your attitude... so open-minded, observant, friendly. Your household is already a great addition to our flock.



Want my thoughts on light and hormones?
Ever since the Rickeybird hit sexual maturity at about 3-4 years of age, I've had to manage his hormones! If kept on too steady a long day, and too much light, he stayed "in the mood" (aggressive, even louder than usual, muy rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrromantico) year round. If I keep him on a natural light schedule... up with dawn, down with dusk, year around... THEN he's only a little monster rooster from July to September). He has his own room, so I can do that easily.
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:26 PM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

Hi Jen, Salty gets up at 10AM and is in bed , covered up, at 10PM sharp.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:56 AM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

Time for this week's update! This was a much better week, lots of progress and much less blood.

Baya still adores Josh, but is starting to understand that he's not around much, and has pre-teen boy priorities. Although Baya still doesn't much care for skritches from me out of his cage, he will tolerate them through the bars of his cage in a limited way. He even asked to be stepped up once (twice, but the second time he was on the floor, so it probably doesn't count) and politely hung out on my arm for a few minutes without attempting to murder me! He's started to climb down off his cage to explore, so I'm going to have to step up my plans to bird-proof the area so he can't get himself into danger.

He's also resumed calling when I'm not there, which had stopped cold after the first week. I'm the only one to give him his favorite treat (right now, he loves pecans, which giving to him runs contrary to the protein/hormone advice, but has been highly productive). We started with a pecan on a spoon, and now he reliably takes the pieces gently from my fingers. We have a morning / evening food routine now, where he gets his grain + fresh vegetables, and he very much seems to associate me with food delivery. Since he's so food-centric, this seems like a good thing.

He also started playing with the toys in his cage this week. Previously, he would chew on the toys on his tree, but ignored the ones in his cage. I did remove a large ladder with beads --> he likes to snap the beads in half and chew the pieces, and I have to say, the dye / paint looked sketchy to me, so I took it out before he could do any damage to himself. Probably being paranoid, but better safe than sorry, I suppose.

The vet confirmed that he is PBFD-free, which is, of course, wonderful. While I'm sure the rescue tested him, I'm, again, paranoid and wanted to be sure. The vet said that, without paperwork, anything I've been told is hearsay, especially since the woman who gave Baya up wasn't his original owner. I have a ring # that's been impossible to trace so far (just initials and a number, no useful registration stuff). Baya is (supposedly) 27, so that breeder is likely long-since retired.

He does seem very interested in the cockatiels, especially Sophie, my fearless rescue (well, she's afraid of humans, but little else). She flies to the top of his cage, which I don't encourage. He doesn't seem bothered by her presence and, when she got spooked once, he got upset, too. I don't know if he had other birds to hang out with before, but he's in the same room with them during the day, whether I'm home or not, so maybe he's growing accustomed to the company. He may also be taking some cues from them --> when Sophie and Melvin don't know where I am (not Peter, I could drop dead for all he cares), they give off 2-3 shrill calls until I answer. Maybe this is helping him feel more like part of the flock!
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:15 PM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

Weekly update time, this one a short one! After a brief "murder period" again set off by too much protein, we've returned to life as usual. Baya still greatly prefers the company of my son, but has been tolerating taking pecans from me (not overdoing it). We're still experimenting with new vegetables and starches. We also discovered he loves Pentatonix and we've been listening to one of their Christmas albums non-stop. He also seems amused by my singing to him in my most horrible operatic voice. He's lunged at me a few times, mostly when near my son, but hasn't managed to land a bite in more than a week. So, progress! 'Til next time...
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:08 AM
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Re: Baya! A DYH Amazon

Baya update time! I got to see, first hand, the death dance and, although I recognized the signs, I still managed to be an idiot and got bit! I gave Baya a whole walnut, which he was delighted about, until he couldn't get it open. By the time he got it under control, he was in a rage, which seemed largely aimed at me. Long story short, I have a hole in my finger, and we now pre-crack the walnuts!

Beyond that, we have a pretty well-established routine, and he continues to settle into the household. We should be starting official training with our bird trainer soon, and we're looking forward to it (well, I am, he's pretty indifferent). I bought the mix for bird bread that I've seen in other threads, so we'll be having a bird bread adventure this week, while I'm on vacation from work.
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