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Old 02-16-2013, 08:57 PM
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

The beak is the wrong color. It is neither the black of a black headed caique, nor the horn color of a white bellied caique, but both.

Black headed caiques do not lose the black cap, they keep it for life. That said, some white bellied caiques have been known to feather out (as chicks) with black on their heads. Some with a little, some with a lot. As they mature and molt, the black disappears.

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Grinder, I have an online gallery of hybrids that I'm always looking to ad photos to. If you would like to include photos of Pretty, I'd be honored! Here's the link to it!
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From what you say, it sounds like Pretty will do just fine in your home! And now we have two "Pretty's" on the forum!!!!
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

Congratulations on your very pretty bird - Well Named. You are going to need more than two dowels though. That beak needs lots of chewing exercise to stay trimmed, and you dont want it working out on your chairs, buttons, and electrical cabling instead.

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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

The two dowels are just in her travel cage. Her regular cage is outfitted with all sorts of toys which she doesnt touch AT ALL. I found out from the original owners that she just doesnt play with toys. Thus the long beak...

The situation has been awful for Pretty. The first day was great, but now she won't let anyone come near her, violently flops around the cage and SCREAMS when cleaning it and giving fresh water or fresh food. When not in the room she chats up a storm, but as soon as someone walks into the room even 20 feet away she lets out high pitch screams. Thank goodness she still eats like a champ, but other than that she is very unhappy
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

I'm sorry to hear that! It may help to play soothing music, any time you walk by the cage, drop a favored treat into a dish or treat cup, maybe even see if she'll calm down some if she has free (supervised) range of her cage, inside and out?
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

We do leave the cage door open for her, but she won't come out. It also seems to make her even more nervous. And if the door is open and someone moves she will start the violent flopping around in the cage. She will actually go into the 'last act' of defense and lay on her back screaming with talons at the ready even if we aren't near her.
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

awwwwww what a baby. I can't believe that no one wanted to adopt this beautiful baby. the beak looks fine, but you may want to get a cuttle bone, not a soft one but a harder one which will help her beak. Also if you take her in for a vet visit, which is important, they should be able to file the beak down if needed.
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

Oh and for goodness sake, get this girl a new and bigger cage. She deserves it
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

No one reads my answers about her cage!

That was simply a travel cage when they delivered her to my work. She has a nice big cage now that is big enough for an African Grey and the like.
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

Does she do better in the cage with it covered? Partially covered? Not covered at all? What about being in the middle of the room vs in the corner? A quiet room vs a busy one? Even a different cage, if you have one...


Sounds like you may need to do some experimenting to figure out what she's most comfortable with.
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Re: Rehomed Caique - Beak question

Poor baby is freaked out by the move! It took Puck a little while to adjust. The first week or so, he didn't want to be handled much. The first day he was excited, but he was freaked out for a while after he realized he wasn't going to his old home.

You can try soothing music, and talking nicely to her from a distance. Also, give her something to hide in, maybe a cardboard box or something. It should help her to feel safer.
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