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Old 01-26-2019, 11:50 AM
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Thank you everyone for your support! Jojo was safely brought home this morning. He was scared obviously. He did step up onto my husbands hand but once the carrier was brought out he was over it. A staff member luckily put him in from there so he wouldn’t associate this move with us...or so we hope. It’s a small blizzard here so he had to travel home in the cold! We covered him with heavy blankets and made the trek home. His cage was a frozen ball so while it unthawed he watched us set up his area from his carrier. Adorably enough he did ask “what doing”. He is now in his cage listening to music and talking. He is saying hello, yea, and what doing. Our other birds are also vocaliing louder then we have ever heard! So it’s a feather party here at the moment. I’m glad he has other birds to vocalize with-hoping this helps create a level of comfort sooner then later.We are now just giving him space in his cage. He’s watching us do our thing around the house and is starting to relax.

I am happy to report even during the transition to the carrier when he bit it wasn’t a nasty bite. It was more of an irritation bite. This gives me hope that he is pretty well rounded and he clearly tolerated a lot before he turns. I think as long as we respect him and move at his pace we will develop a relationship that’s great
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:10 PM
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Exciting!

Did the inside of his cage stay warm? Birds are pretty weird about sudden shifts in temperature.
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:33 PM
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Hoping this photo works. He is currently doing the most beautiful whistles, and saying more words than I ever heard him do before. He has a very sweet child like voice currently.

He has moments of curiosity where he will puff up and peak around to watch me as I am on my computer. When he catches me watching him watch me he gets defensive and pins down feathers out. It is short lived but I'm giving him his space to study me.

Our parakeet is screeching today unlike ever before. When she does he gives her the sweetest whistle in response. Its great to hear them go back and forth. Our Tiel is being a much sweet with his sounds and just singing.

I did catch JoJo dancing and laughing to a song. I'll consider this his jam for the moment (Courtesy of John Melencamp- Jack and Diane).

He is starting to express more words... He did say "help" to me, how are you, laughing, coughing, come on, and the many various sounds they make. His whistle is fascinating though! It sounds so human...if I didn't know any better I'd swear the house was haunted. He is also telling the dogs to "Come on-Come here buddy" every time the one walks in the room.

What beautiful little creatures.

We also agree with you Ellen. Early on we decided that he would not be a fixture when guests are around. We don't want people to see him as an object or source of entertainment. Too often people fail to respect animals and their space. Its only natural for people to be fascinated by exotic birds/animals as they aren't an every day thing. We don't want to put anyone in a bad situation from lack of knowledge or experience though. With that said we all agreed on rules when it comes to him. Although he is said to be kid friendly our daughter won't be allowed to handle him. (at least not till she learns limitations and I don't think a 7 year old can grasp that). We also won't let friends try and handle him. His cage is in our living room so he will always be apart of the socializing. He won't however, be put in a bad situation. Which I am assuming is what happened with the friend that said he was so vicious.

Loving this new member already though.
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:37 PM
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cute!!!! His feathers look very nice
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:17 PM
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Beautiful Blue Front How old is JoJo?


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Old 01-27-2019, 09:10 AM
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JoJo is said to be 35. (Originally a worker thought 38 but intake paperwork says 35). Unfortunately with animal shelters you never know their birthday or if their age is even their real age. When JoJo was brought in he didn't come with any paperwork. I'm not even certain he's actually male.

I am eager to report yesterday went beautifully well. He had many moments of fear and trying to look like a big bird. Can't blame him after being thrown into a new house. Even when he was scared it was for a few seconds until he resorted back to being calmer. I was worried we would over do it on our first day. We had plumbing work being done yesterday and a worker in and out. JoJo was completely into it though. When some one new would walk in he would perk up and chat away. He would say HELLO and How are you!

He also vocalized a more natural call. I now realize what everyone means by LOUD. It was a short and quick call but WOW did it make the house echo and my ears ring. I was in the room when he did it so I got the full force of what he is capable of. *Messaged received and ignored*.

Today when we got up he was much more docile and curious with me. He was calm when I entered his cage to retrieve breakfast dishes and just nicely watched. Yesterday I was given a much more angry look. He is now sitting preening, stretching his wings and tail feathers, and gurgling away. I will take this as a nice step towards success.

I do have a dream which I hope JoJo and I can accomplish in time. Ever since I was a child I have wanted 2 things. A garden in my back yard, a place where I can grow vegetables and spend my time and a large bird as a companion and friend. A few months back we finally bought a big old house with a place for a garden and yesterday JoJo arrived.

I am HOPEFUL we can 1-get him nicely adjusted. 2- Earn his trust 3- Harness train 4- Enjoy warm days out in the garden and deck together.

It may not happen this summer but I hoping by next summer we have made that dream a part of our routine. Our animals are family here so when we can we take them along for the adventure. I'd like to make that possible for him as well. I've never had an animal before that can live for so long. All pets now and in the past have been adopted through Humane Societies. When you take them home they're always older and you only get a few years with them. A few years is worth it all but I am excited to be able to spend YEARS with one now(given his health stays in check of course)
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:20 PM
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Well we let JoJo out of his cage to stretch. We didn't expect him to leave since everything is new but the moment the door was open he was out! He quickly stepped onto my husbands hand and behaved. When he asked him to get off and go to his play top he did nicely. When my husband went to leave the room JoJo wasn't having it and took off and flew right to his back as if to say take me with you!

Being beginners we decided not to let him become a shoulder bird...don't want anyone to be Put in a bad situation... getting him off was interesting. I attempted to ask him to get up onto my hand...his eyes pinned and he wouldn't. Eventually he climbed off the back and back onto his play top. We rewarded him with a cashew and a jalepano which is more of a toy for him to destroy than a treat. He is now up high just watching us from outside his cage.

We also have his new toys out for him to explore before they enter his home.
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Re: Looking for advice

Sounds like it is going well. It is smart not to let him have his way when he flies after people. Next time, husband could try to do it. He might get bitten, but the thing is, the bird obviously likes him, so it's not like it will last. Try backing against a wall next time or something unfamiliar to increase step-down. You should also practice this when you don't plan on putting him up so that he gets used to it and doesn't associate it with being caged.
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:58 PM
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Excellent advice noodles on the backing into an unfamiliar object. He did play nicely on his stand for a while before he took off flying again when he heard my husbands voice. My husband was able to put his hand up to perch him in time. As he went to get up to bring him back JoJo took off AGAIN and flew to our kitchen island.

We went to him and asked him to get up which he did. My husband then passed him onto me and he instantly climbed my shoulder before I could stop him. My husband got him off and put him back on his stand.

So my question is for everyone. Is the flying ok? Whats appropriate flying? Should we deter this? Would it be recommended to clip his flight wings? or is that cruel or not advised?
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:06 PM
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What do you make of this body language?




I'm thinking its fear based? He does it a lot even when no one is near him.
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