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Old 01-04-2017, 08:54 AM
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Well, when I went to give fresh water this morning, Chicken had none. Apparently she was having fun with one of her toys last night, and had put so much paper and cardboard in her water dish, that it literally soaked up all her water. I don't think I'll ever understand her fascination with putting pieces of her toys in her water dish. She does it with anything she gets off a toy, paper, wood, whatever. Weird bird.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:22 PM
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Maya shares Chicken's fascination with making soup out of her water! Food bits, wood chips, basically anything that she can pry loose! Lol!
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Tiki is definitely getting more comfortable without the glove, which is honestly something I didn't think would ever happen. With the way he was before, I honestly thought I'd have to use the glove with him forever between the way he bit and his comfort with it. Last night, I was able to take him out of his cage and sit with him on the couch while we watched TV for a while without the glove. Then, I put him back in his cage with no issues. It seemed like almost overnight he stopped being so aggressive towards the glove, and all biting stopped. I am not sure what happened to bring around that change, unless him losing weight like he has since I changed his diet from pellets to chop, and just having better food all around, has started really having an affect on how he feels.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:07 AM
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I had to grab this picture of Tiki this morning. It's dark and not the best since it's through the bars, but I didn't want to wake him up by opening his cage or adding light. I'm actually surprised he likes the swing so much, I thought it would be too unsteady for him, but he adores it.



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Trying something different with Tiki. He now has his very own room. Really, we just moved him into the spare bedroom. It is right off the living room, where he was, but I am hoping that being in a quieter area will help curb the last of his screaming. He is pretty good now, for the most part, except for when everyone is up and the TV is on, so I think at that point the noise gets to be too much for him. Especially the TV. He is basically just on the other side of the wall from where he was, so it wasn't a far move, and he's not completely out of the hustle and bustle, but it should be toned down a little for him. Plus, if the TV seems to be getting to him, we can shut the door to quiet it down. I've noticed that depending on what is on TV, it can really bother him. Especially if it is an action type show, that has a lot of yelling or loud noises like explosions, he seems to get very uncomfortable. So I am trying to find the balance where he feels involved enough so it's not like he being ignored, but still far enough so that he feels secure. We'll see how it goes for a little bit, and if nothing else, he'll get moved again.
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Re: Chicken and Tiki

It's great that Tiki has improved so much with the biting. I think it's mostly indicative of the stable turn his life has taken with you. I would imagine consistency would be even more important to a blind bird than to a sighted one. So he's probably just lowered his guard now that he feels comfortable and at home with you.

Of course, you may also have a point about the change in his diet. Some ekkies have proven to be far more aggressive when their diets are off from what they should be.

Love the swing pic! He definitely seems to be enjoying it. How long did it take him to adapt to the new presence in his cage?

And the move makes sense. I can see how an action movie might freak him out somewhat. And if he's only on the other side of the wall, I reckon the separation from Aria won't be too bad. They'll still be in range of contact calls.
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Love the swing pic! He definitely seems to be enjoying it. How long did it take him to adapt to the new presence in his cage?

And the move makes sense. I can see how an action movie might freak him out somewhat. And if he's only on the other side of the wall, I reckon the separation from Aria won't be too bad. They'll still be in range of contact calls.
It didn't take him long to adapt to the swing at all. As soon as he realized he could climb on it, so when he found it basically, he was up on it. He loves the thing. I originally was going to give it to Chicken, but she didn't show much interest in it, so I put it with Tiki just to see how he would react. I never would have guessed that he would fall in love with it.

They aren't too far from each other, although I don't think either of them really mind. Tiki can still hear her, so that's no different for him. Whether or not she is in sight makes no difference on his end. I don't think Chicken cares either way, she hates anything with feathers. Her people are her flock, and any other bird is just an intruder. She is one bird I would never consider trying to find a "friend" for. There would be no point.
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Well, we have an appointment tomorrow morning for Chicken with the vet. I'm going to go ahead and have him pull some of her flight feathers, to see if it will help her grow them in without breaking them all off. I sure hope it does, I want her to be able to fly.
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I gotta tell you, this was one heck of a thread to read. So heart warming and touching.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:58 AM
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So Chicken went to the vet this morning. She got a few feathers on each wing pulled, so hopefully they will start growing in better. I was told to give her some extra protein since she will have several large feathers all growing in together. So when we got home, I mixed her chop in a scrambled egg. She didn't really care about going to the vet, she just wanted to get home and get breakfast.

Unlike Tiki, who has lost weight over the last several months, Chicken has gained weight since the last time she went into the vet. He said that she is heavier now than she should be, and advised that I stop giving her the 2 nutriberries she gets at night and stick to purely her chop. I am going to follow his advice, at least until she has enough feathers in to start flying, then I may give her back her nutriberries if she flies enough to afford the extra calories. She is not going to be happy about this, but I would rather her be a little upset than be overweight which could cause her health issues.

At least other than her weight, she has a clean bill of health. He said her feathers are in gorgeous condition, except the flight feathers she keep breaking off, but that is a different issue all together. She has also been keeping her beak and toes in good condition so that they didn't require any grooming at all. He just took of the very tip of her beak, so it was more rounded. It wasn't overgrown or anything, just pointy. That was more my wife's request than anything. She is getting better with Chicken, but when Chicken does decide to get testy, my wife was tired of getting scratched by the tip of her beak. Figure it doesn't really bother Chicken much if the tip is blunted a little, and it keeps the wife happy.
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