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Old 12-23-2013, 03:50 PM
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New cage woes :(

Percy moved into his new cage on Sunday afternoon and whilst a little timid at first, started exploring and trying out everything soon enough. He's already decided that the guava perch is his favourite (even though the comfy perc is higer in the cage) and sleeps on this one.

He's also seems comfortable with me adding extra things or moving things around when I notice they're in his way or not working for him. This is nice but he was very cage possessive in his old cage. I could not work in or on his old cage except to feed him without him lunging at me. In the new cage he sits quietly and waits for my back to be turned so that he can quickly scurry out.

While he will go into the cage when coaxed, he does his best to stay out of it, begging any and all who walk by to open the door after which he will clamber out and hotfoot it over to his playgym, where he will stay as long as he's allowed. Also, when he's in the cage, it is like he takes forever to settle down and eat or just chill. He climbs up the one side and hangs from the domed roof while making his way to the other side and then does the whole trip over again.

Lastly, while he protested being closed for bed time in his old cage, he very quickly settled down and went to sleep. Not so with the new cage. He clambers about, moaning and complaining, pulling at the cover (same one I used on the old cage) until I come open it a bit. I've taken to not covering him completely and he seems much better with this arrangement.

The new cage is about 60% larger than his old one and there are several new toys in it, along with some older ones that I know he likes (especially his 'hidey toy' that he hides behind). He has inspected and played a little with all the toys.

Is all of this just because he's still feeling new and unsure in the new cage? I would hate for him to be unhappy in it Will it blow over eventually? Is there anything I can do to make the change easier on him? Whilst the new cage is nicer and bigger, the main reason I moved him was because the old cage was ancient, rusted and in awful shape - he can't go back to it.
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Re: New cage woes :(

Yes, he's still unsure of his new adobe - nothing more. It's only been a little over a day. I'm sure he'll feel comfortable in it soon enough.

If he's spent his entire 5 years in the previous cage, he may be a bit reluctant and hesitant of his new palace and extra room you provided him.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:34 PM
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Re: New cage woes :(

I agree with Wendy.
he's use to his old cage.

he loved it, it was comfortable, and the same.....sort of like a comfy old pair of slippers

in time(and it could take weeks) he will become accustomed to it, and will like his new gated community.

I use to have a gold cap conure(ninja) I bought him this HUGE cage, filled it with some new toys, but mostly his old ones, same perch, etc....
gosh you thought I was trying to pull him backwards thru a knothole!

he wanted nothing to do with it, at all, like it was going to swallow him whole at any moment.

Once he settled in, then I couldn't get him out! flatly refused to come out at all.

talk about an about face....he finally settled in nicely, in & out
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:52 PM
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Re: New cage woes :(

Thanks ladies. I'm a bit more at ease now but I do hope that it won't take him weeks! You'd think hed be glad to be moving up to better accommodations, the ungreatful green brat!
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Re: New cage woes :(

Try not to feel anxious about it, he could also be picking up on that anxiety. Just tell him he loves his new cage, and that's that.
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Re: New cage woes :(

By leaving his covers open a bit he would calm down a lot more then leaving it on since he is in his new cage and he's not settle in yet. Whenever I introduce birds to their new cage I always leave on a night light, but I leave one on for all my birds regardless. They all calm down over time being in their new cage.
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