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Old 07-12-2017, 01:07 PM
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What "little things" do you do for your bird?

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I don't know what prompted me to write this, I think it was the long car ride yesterday and I had nothing to do but listen to music and muse the happenings.

It occurred to me how much we really expect from our birds, often with little incentive. And many of them just sit in a cage for hours on end. I look out the window and watch the wild birds quite frequently and they are always on the move, always interacting with each other and their frequently changing environments, free to move about as they wish. Our fids are basically still wild and yearn to live a full life. It is our responsibility to provide as much as we can to keep them healthy and happy.

I know we keep our where they always have a window, the TV is always on for the birds, and we let them out frequently throughout the day to hang out on one of their play stations. When my suns (and GCC actually are really full of it, I'll give them a bath or do something else to break up the monotony of the day). What things/ideas do you do or have to help enrich your bird's life? I am always keeping my ear out or reading to gain ideas. I know I had read about the bath idea to calm the little beasts and it works great!
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:11 PM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Sometimes you change things up, for the birds that enjoy it, I spread a bunch of foot toys, treats, whatever I find laying around that looks interesting and is safe, all over the living room floor and let the birds take turns having floor time.

So often they are in or on their cages, on us, on play stands, that they don't get to explore the floor much. It's a big open "new" space for them to play and explore for a while and helps burn energy for my non-flyers.

I also am a big fan of outside time. Many of the birds I have are not harnessed trained due to either disabilities like Tiki, or to them just being fosters, but I have travel cages that are open so they can still see all around them. Most of them seem to enjoy listening to the wild birds, watching people walk by and kids playing, or even just sitting in the sun for a while.

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Old 07-13-2017, 02:58 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

I pay the rent so that I can stay here in Skittles apartment with him. I also pay the phone (so he can order food) and I pay the power bill (so he can listen to music and enjoy movies). I also have to keep the place tidy, so he can mess it up again.

Aside from those responsibilities, there are a few other requirements I must meet. I have to give him his morning juice and power treat before I can eat or drink anything. I also have to let him out as soon as I get home from the store. I'm not allowed to put anything away until he's had a chance to inspect it. When I am about to wash dishes (or in the process of) I must stop and prepare a bathing dish and give him a bath before I can continue washing dishes.
I also have to provide preening and wingput rubs on demand.

Unfortunately, though, I can't have friends visit- Skitty says I'm not allowed to. I'm not allowed to use the toilet or shower without supervision.

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Old 07-13-2017, 04:24 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Rio only demanded a few things from me to keep him happy. A load of toys in his cage, every single bottle cap I would use, for me to never go to the bathroom without him, and to join me in the shower. He was content if he had that.

"Special" things I would do is engage in staring out the window with him, playing with his toys on the floor and a late night scritch session on the weekends
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:35 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

I must say, this is something I think about a lot! I really do feel quite bad knowing what JoJo would be doing in the wild as opposed to just sitting around or doing his jet plane thing around the house!
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:57 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Because of my very odd work schedule I feel terrible when I leave Amy and BB for 15 hours! BUT I do get a good amount of home time,so when I am home,they are out.
BB hangs with me on my shoulder as I do computer stuff. He is free to walk down my arm,sit on my fingers,run across the keyboard///chew on whatever isn't put out of his reach,knock over medicine bottles,chew the phone etc etc.
Amy is free to climb down her mansion to wak across the living room floor,into this room,and climb "her" chair and watch you tube vids with us.

If "uncle DJ" or "uncle Joe" are visiting,both fids are at the kitchen table with us,getting skritches or treats. If I have arrands to do and its a nice day ( even if it isn't nice but warm) Amy goes with me! anywhere and everywhere. She loves car rides and meeting people. Walmart..the auto parts store..MY doctors office ...dunkin donut...walks in the grass to eat grubs and chew twigs...her fav pet store to see her buddies the green armed bee bee's
I try HARD to make up for the time she is in her house all alone..I leave the stereo on when I go out

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Old 07-14-2017, 07:41 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

To Skittys Daddy. Thats hilarious! You must really love your bird to put up with such demands..LOL..
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:52 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Peanut likes car rides and outings so I take her with me as much as possible. I took her to the Honduran restaurant the other day because they have outdoor seating. Other than trying to jump into the bowl of mussels she was very well behaved. I also discovered that she loves fried plantains and fried potatoes. I didn't let her have much, but she would have been happy to eat it all.
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:16 PM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

I save all cardboard boxes for sissy..and right after i vaccum i throw a box on the floor for her to tear apart and yell at.i make sure she takes a shower with me everyday and i work 50 hours a week so she can have a new toy,or a honeycrisp apple, and that really good bird food from evrything about birds store.we leave the tv on and the air blowing for her as well.i share my juice,salad,trailmix,yogart,and veghies with her.there is no "me" time...and im super ok with that!!!
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:31 PM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

My life's mission I see surely is to please Nigel! Ha! I can't help it!

He loves outside time so every day I make sure he gets time in his (safe and protected) outdoor cage. He's so happy being there. He then says, "Nigel wants popcorn" when I put him outside meaning "I need breakfast and make it good."

Then, when I sit with him outside he runs around outside on the verandah (covered and protected) and refuses inside time until he is ready.

Finally, he asks for a shower several times a week, "Nigel wants a shower brrrrrrr!"

It doesn't matter what else is going on, I do cater to his every whim, it gives me a lot of laughs and happiness. Even when he's cross and literally unloads on me when I've misstepped my responsibilities.

It's Nigel's world after all, right?
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