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Old 08-18-2007, 05:17 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

Will a cuttle fish do the same thing as a mineral block?
The cuttle fish I bought him is about 5 times bigger than Gilligan himself, so it should last ages.
I am worried that the bird does not move from wherever you put him.
I haven't seen him eat, but Debbie said she saw him drinking last night. What ever stick you put him on, he just sits there, totally silent and unmoving. He has shown no signs of any emotion. He doesn't nip or struggle to get away from you. I even sat him on the dogs head, and I got no response. I haven't heard a single peep from him yet. I replaced one of the dowels with a natural stick covered in bark. I removed the mirror. (for now, or for good)? I will go and buy more toys today, but I cant see him ever using them. I will of course take 3 million pix today for your appraisal. I intend letting him fly free and fully flighted,but for now his wing is clipped, till he gets used to us all. I shall report in soon. One last thing,.. please explain what you mean by "a platform"? Do you mean a piece of board that he can stand on that is flat and he can walk around on? Just something that Isn't a perch?

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Old 08-18-2007, 07:01 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

here is the first non blurry picture I could take on my own.
I will take hundreds more when Debbie drags her lazy butt out of bed.

Pando is unsure about Gilligan, but I am conditioning him. The cat is just getting its ass kicked outside before I open the little ones cage. I don't think there is any way of conditioning a cat not to try and eat little birds. Ok hit me with the info please. What sort of Budgie do we have living with us? If you you need better pix, tell me what angles you need and what parts of the bird you want to see close up (beak, eyes,what)?

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Old 08-18-2007, 08:45 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

A sharper picture of the face would be helpful, as close as you can get (so the eyes and the cere can be seen...). If the bird is very young however, the cere may not give information as to the sex of the bird yet...
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:49 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

traditionally a blue colored cere is a male budgie and a pinkish color cere is a female ... but like Minzer said, it may be too soon to tell though!

Great shot of Pando though ...
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:57 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

I am about to display my ignorance here,...What is a cere?
Sorry for sounding lame.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:59 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

Where the nostrils are
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:07 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

The two holes just behind Gilligan's beak ... it's ok, I always thought that they were called Nares ... my bad, at least I was corrected by someone in vet school!
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:12 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

"The nares are usually located directly above the beak. In some birds, they are located in a fleshy, often waxy structure at the base of the beak called the cere." (wikipedia)

I wasn't aware I was being monitored on my terminology

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Old 08-18-2007, 09:18 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

No need to bow now ... c'mon we were talking about two different things and I was just confused ... it's ok ..
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Re: Unexpectadly out of my depth,..

Are these any more help?

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