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Old 10-17-2020, 02:03 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Man, that took so long! Her mom spent half an hour or so trying to get her out of her cage, and when that didn't work, we loaded her, cage and all, into the trailer. But, news flash, the cage was too tall for the trailer, so we took the leaves off. Turns out it was STILL too high, so we had to load it on its back. Then I had to sit in the trailer with her on the way back in case the cage started falling apart.

We get home, and the one side of the cage has fallen off, and the back has become disconnected, so we had to spend over half an hour zip-tying it together before we could unload it and bring it in the house. Despite all the excitement, Jasper was calm the entire time. Oh, and amazingly enough, the cage actually fit where we wanted it to go.

She checked out the chop and sprouts I put in for her (she's not sure what to make of them), and she's settling in quite well. She's definitely putting a lot of weight on her left leg (the one with the normal toes), and her right wing seems to be drooping. I'll have Dr. Morris give her a basic exam (I'll have full blood work done some other time since we'll have to take her somewhere else) to see if we can get an idea of what's going on with her. I definitely want to work with her bad foot to see if we can start eliminating some of the pain she undoubtedly has.
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:44 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Wow, what a rough ride! Most parrots would have been freaking out.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Quote: Originally Posted by Teddscau View Post
I think I'll be making her play stand(s) myself (well, Dad will be using the power tools since I'll probably cut a hand off). I'm going to use apple tree branches since we have a massive apple tree on our property. It's the same apple tree I got the huge limb from to hang in the aviary.

I think I'll make one for the dining room for when I'm playing Arkham Horror with Dad, one for the basement when I'm watching the reef tank, and a small table top stand. As for the family room, I think I'm just going to buy different perches to put on the outside of her cage. I'd love to be able to hang ropes and cargo nets for her, but my mom would probably freak if I did that >_>

The problem is, I think I'll go overboard and end up making the stands way too big. I'm also trying to decide if I should start making them now, or wait for spring.
Make a PVC play stand, with vet wrap
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

big day!!! Congratulations!!!
Sorry to disagree with pvc Playstation idea, pvc can off gas, the vet wrap deterioration, and it's a hard unforgiving surface that is bone straight. I had adventures with pvc. I much prefer natural branches, or rope.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:53 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

I was impressed by how calm she was throughout the whole ordeal. She was climbing around all over in her cage the whole ride home, but she was quiet and wasn't acting panicked. Then, while we were zip-tying the darn cage together, she seemed interested in what was going on and went over to us to watch what was happening. I was worried she was going to try biting us while we were sticking our fingers through the bars of the cage, but she didn't seem to care at all. And when I was putting some new toys and perches in the cage, she was extremely relaxed and wasn't acting territorial at all.

I think she'll be an amazing addition to our family. Before we left to go to my cousin's for supper, she was vocalizing with my parents when they were talking to her while she was settling in, then she started hanging upside down from the top of the cage to show off for Dad. She seems totally fine with our dogs as well. I turned on the classical music station before we left, and she seemed to be enjoying the music.

As for the play stand, I live in Canada, and it's a pain in the butt getting PVC. I've picked out some large branches to hack off the apple tree. Dad's hoping to cut them off tomorrow, then we'll pressure wash them and I'll finish cleaning them up. Not sure what we'll use for a base. Maybe a flowerpot filled with rocks?
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

This sounds like an amazing start!!


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Old 10-18-2020, 06:46 AM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Welcome home Jasper. For a base you can use a 5 gallon bucket filled with cement, just put the main vertical branch in while its still wet. Let it set for a day. I made a tiki lounge for my backyard like that only I used bamboo poles.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Thanks for the suggestion, wrench! We'll definitely try it out.

I fed her some chop and sprouts by hand, and she actually ate it for me. She doesn't eat the leafy greens (yet), but she seems to enjoy it. I held some coloured balsa blocks for her to chew (she was spooked by the red one for some reason), and she stepped on the new platform perch for a moment.

I'm teaching her clicker training, and I'm hoping to start targeting in a few days. After she has targeting down, I want to teach her to present different parts of her body so it'll be easier to perform medical exams. I'll also be working with her to start flying (our house has small rooms, so I'll just be teaching her to fly from stand to stand).

I want to get her an EZ Harness to start desensitizing her to, and hopefully by the spring she'll be ready to start flight training (on a leash, of course) outside. I was planning on getting her an Aviator Harness, but then I read a review about how a new harness broke without warning, and the poor African grey was lost for 48 hours.

She doesn't seem to be missing her old home at all, and I think she's already fully settled in.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

I have never heard of a Aviator breaking, but I suppose its possible for any harness to break. Granted the Aviator might be harder to acclimatize than other types, but I think they all have some degree of training involved to get your parrot comfortable with.

Remember though, never push your parrot faster than he/she is willing to go at. True for any sort of training or changes. What we might expect 2 or 3 times might very well take an individual parrot much longer. But if you set up a specific time to train Jasper every day at a spoecific time, he will know that its teaching time and come to expect new things to be shown to him. It works well with Salty - he knows that if I show him new things during our regularly scheduled daily training it is to introduce stuff and he is less likely to freak out. He knows its time to learn. You use parrots natural inclination to have structure in their daily lives to your advantage.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

A bird could potentially chew and aviator, but it is hard to imagine one just snapping (I mean, who knows. The world is a strange place...it could have happened).
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