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Old 11-21-2018, 07:29 PM
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The Amazonian Times

All the news that is fit to poop on


Flash - Lead Editor and owner of The Times declares non-Amazon bias, and refutes any charges of specie-ism! Wes McFaden, in an interview with reporter Bella Gray, stated that The Times will continue it's policy of reporting ALL the news on ALL species, and that anything found to the contrary is just a bunch of horsefeathers!
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:36 PM
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Re: The Amazonian Times

Funny Wrench! Love the inclusiveness that The Amazon Times now representing! Textsize!
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:35 PM
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Special Edition.

Luna & Merlin.

The short version is they aren’t getting along with each other. It’s more squabbling than fighting with each other but it is disappointing.

I think Merlin needs to mature more in order for him to be more compatible with Luna. I will continue to take things slowly. Letting them out at the same time to interact or not as they like.

Despite saying I was taking it slow I have put both birds in one cage for 20 min. closely supervised.
This is a picture of the two of them in Bingos cage.

Luna and Merlin in Bingos cage by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

Merlin is doing well on stepping up. He quickly steps up onto a wooden dowel. Stepping up onto a hand/finger he is reluctant but he is getting better.

Merlin has not started talking yet but he is imitating Luna’s noises. Luna talks to him when they are next to each other in their respective cages. She says her long drawn-out “hello” and spreads her tail and wing feathers out.

That’s about it for now. I do have a short video taken at the same time the photo was taken. I can upload it later on if you parrot junkies want to see it.

It’s just I have technical difficulties transferring stuff from my phone to my laptop.
I was tinkering with stuff on Windows 10 that I should have left alone and now when I plug in my phone the PC does not “see” the contents of the memory cards on the phone.


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Old 12-27-2018, 02:21 PM
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Going to start this post-holiday entry with Bella.

Bella has finally managed to achieve her longtime goal of getting into the cupboard. I know I should not let her do it. I know it's hormone driven nesting behavior.


But she sure does enjoy it and I have got some great pictures from it.


Bella in cupboard 1 by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

Bella in cupboard 2 by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

And as a reminder of how Bella looked 2 years and 1 month ago after I brought her how. I wish I could say I have made more progress but she is more/less stable with her plucking. I doubt she will ever stop completely but I know she is not doing it because of stress just habit at this point.

morning scratches. by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

Will have an update on Luna/Merlin later today with video.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:52 PM
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Plucking is frustrating!!! Ugh I know!! Pretty funny pics, I'm glad she achieved her naughty goal of cabinet spelunking!! She looks right proud! My Penny was terrified of the other birds when I first got her, running away or biting, and now she has a budgie boyfriend lol, so things can change with Merlin and Luna. I'm a big fan of flock feeding on a big surface for everyone to mingle, has worked well for me.
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Old 12-27-2018, 05:42 PM
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My computer desk had "cubby's" that I could store stuff in. Smokey would pick a cubby and throw whatever I had stored in it and make it her place to hang out while I'm on the computer. I guess it's true that Greys like places like that to hang out in.




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Old 12-28-2018, 12:15 PM
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Well I meant to get to this yesterday but better late than never.

Luna and Merlin's interaction has gotten worse not better. that's the short version.

Someone posted info about introducing 2 birds to each other and the recommendation I was following was this. "If the birds start lunging at each other separate them right away"

They only interact with each other when out of their cages and on the tree-stand I have set up. At first this was ok. There was only trouble when one bird wanted to be where the other bird was. Now Merlin is getting more....aggressive. He chases after Luna and forces her to fly away. If she fly's and lands on a different part of the tree-stand he chases her. Only if she lands on something else does he leave her alone. Because Merlin can't fly he can't go after her.


There cages are still next to each other separated by 4/5 inches. The had been closer together but I moved Merlin into a larger cage and I have to allow space to open the door's for the food dishes.

Luna will scream at Merlin when he plays with his toys (the same way she would scream at Bingo) and when this happens I cover the side of her cage to block off her view. It never slows down Merlin at play, he completely ignores the noise.

Here is the video I promised. 2 things to keep in mind.
The angle I recorded this from makes it look like the birds are closer together than they really are.
When I record video with my cell the audio level is very low and hard to hear when played back. SO the volume of their chatter is louder than you might think for it to be so easily heard.



Bingo

Bingo is being his normal self. No sign of hormone's hitting him over the head. I bought a humidifier (box can be seen in video above) and I think it may be helping with his sinus problem he started developing like he did last year.
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When we lived at my house,Amy and BB's houses were on opposite sides of the living room. Here,the are virtually right next to each other. Before,amy would sit on her perch closest to BB's house and do the very irritating mating dance/head bobbing and would NOT leave that side of her house.
My brother has now used tie-wraps to secure and old bath towel to that side of her house to block her view. within days,she learned how to grab a corner of the towel with her beak and be able to pull it so she'd have room to stick her head in and see Beebers Now with about four tie wraps holding the towel,she can't pull it a side. Do you know,that NOW she is trying to chew on the tie wraps to break them so she can pull the corner again! David was like "WOW! that's one smart and determined bird! "



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Something has changed.
For the better.

2 days in a row I had Merlin and Luna out together for an extended period of time (more than 1/2 hour) without conflict.
Today Merlin almost went in to Luna's cage but changed his mind.

Also I have a new toy to use with all my Fids. The Amazons are most interested in it. I have some video and will post in the toy thread soon.
It's a real hoot.
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Luna & Merlin progress report.

closer1-18-19 by wes mcfaden, on Flickr

The pair have been getting along better and better all the time. It's slow progress but progress none the less.

My standard routine is to open both cages at the same time and sit back and watch what develops.

At least twice Merlin has climbed into Luna's cage while Luna stayed inside. On one occasion this lasted 2 hours 45 minutes. Merlin spent some of the time playing with the toys in the cage.


Merlin frequently tries to fly to me but his feathers have not grown in yet from the clipping the breeder performed on him. He loves for me to pick him up and then I will sit with him clamped on to my finger (he has quit a grip). He usually makes use of this setting to exercise his wings (a lot) and poop on me (also a lot).
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