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Old 05-10-2019, 05:25 PM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

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That's awesome! He sounds so smart honestly. It amazes me how smart these little birds are. Those all sound like very important "tricks" from just years of spending time together. I definitely aspire to be like you one day!

While I love dogs and cats, I gotta admit I'm in the same boat. It's crazy how much these guys can comprehend.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:27 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

Sorry I'm late here, I just happened on to this thread. Luna is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations. It sounds like you're off to a great start with her.

I would keep trying with bathing. Sometimes they are just extremely picky. Everything can make a difference... Water pressure, temperature, direction of the spray, surroundings in the shower, perch or no perch, etc... If you find something that works, REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID for next time.

I did have one that never had interest in the shower, but he would dive into his water bowl every single time I started to vacuum. That is actually a fairly common response. Our local refuge can only sweep and mop the bird room, because vacuuming in there winds up soaking the entire room floor to ceiling lol! So, keep trying until you find what works for her. My limited experience with cockatiels is that they generally love to bathe, and have great fun doing so. Good luck, and keep us updated.

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Old 05-11-2019, 11:00 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

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Thanks for the advice Sax!

I've gotten her to enjoy bathing before but only when she's on my shoulder. The problem is it can get very cold up in my bathroom during the winter so I'm trying to find another way I can bath her in my room where it's heated to the right temperature. The other problem is my shoulder can get slippery.

I'll definitely try out different things with the spray and baths. I've tried with the vacuum but maybe she just wants a different dish or have the vacuum further?

Either way there are things to try.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:43 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

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Thanks for the advice Sax!

I've gotten her to enjoy bathing before but only when she's on my shoulder. The problem is it can get very cold up in my bathroom during the winter so I'm trying to find another way I can bath her in my room where it's heated to the right temperature. The other problem is my shoulder can get slippery.

I'll definitely try out different things with the spray and baths. I've tried with the vacuum but maybe she just wants a different dish or have the vacuum further?

Either way there are things to try.
Hahahaha! The slippery shoulder... I JUST got out of the shower with Tucker. He was determined to get to the water and jumped off the perch to my shoulder... He missed, slid off and flapped for all he was worth to the floor. Trying to get a hand under him, I turned around and whacked my head on the perch. All I could do was laugh though. Poor little guy, he really wanted to get wet! :-) I usually see it coming and keep fingers in front of him to hold on to. Unfortunately this time, I was covered in soap and facing away from him.

Oh! Another thing to try... Both of mine seem to get "in the shower mood" when sitting on the perch and the spray/mist bouncing off me gets to them. It's more of a mist, but shower temperature, and fairly constant. If the head goes down and wings out, it's time. If not, they're content with the misting. Frequency also plays into it. Tucker prefers the full soaking about every third day, and misty over spray on the others. Baxter is more like every other day, and showers aggressively in the mist, like hang upside down, flap the wings in the water aggressive. Super cute!

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Old 05-12-2019, 10:57 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

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That sounds like a great idea Sax! Thank you so much.
She does get into shower mood when she hears the shower running so I'm thinking of bringing the spray bottle up when she wants to shower. I'll try different intervals and different methods. These are all great tips. Hopefully I'll be able to update you guys when it works!
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:19 PM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

Oh, another thing I teach my little guys: when I move the cage they are in I say "wheeeeeee" and start to do so a second or two before movibg the cage, so they have a bit of notice.
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:32 PM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

Oh no, the time has come.

So good news and somewhat bad news,

Good news is that Luna finally took a bath! She seems to go into a bathing response when she hears running water and she prefers her shallow water dish. I just place it at my desk where she's comfortable, then she'll go to town.
The water does go everywhere but hey, as long as it gets her to bath.

The bad news is that Luna has recently been going into her first steps of puberty. Either that or she's just irritable from her molt being in full swing. Both maybe.

She'll be so utterly cuddly one second and then biting me the next. Not hard, just bites telling me to back off or to go away. Which can be hard because she loves to perch on my chest.

I'm making sure she gets lots of sleep, no warm or mushy foods, she's not allowed any nesty areas, and limiting the cuddles. I've always only stroked on her head.
She has claimed me as hers, grabbing onto my shirt and flapping wildly and hissing occasionally at the things around me. It's kind of cute and endearing but I do worry about her being well socialized.
My husband and roommates are often not home so it's just Luna and I. She gets a lot of time with my husband on the weekends and when he comes home. She likes to perch on his shoulder and sleep.

I take too many pictures of her to share here but here's a video of her requesting scritches.

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Old 05-19-2019, 10:43 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

We had a movie night and Luna got her very own bowl of popcorn. Coconut oil and unsalted. She played with it more than she actually ate it but as long as she got some enjoyment out of it.

https://i.imgur.com/lCdUuEd.mp4
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She's been getting quite aggressive on my shoulder, biting and refusing to step up. So for now she's banned. She attempted to get up there several times but I put my hand then, when she stepped on it, I took her down. I repeated it a few times and she got quite upset. However, now when I put my hand on my shoulder, she doesn't try to get up there.

She'll try to sneak up there when I'm not looking though.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:48 AM
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

Aaaahahhahahahaha Tiels all think they are *so* sneaky and clever. It's always so obvious what trouble Alex is up to, but I usually play along that I don't know. This morning he snuck off and found the hidden millet for the 2nd day in a row! He had to crawl under a chip bag and everything!
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Re: Luna, Jan 24th 2019

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I agree, it's so adorable cause they think they're totally getting away with it! She'll do this thing where if I catch her in the act, she'll pretend like she wasn't going to do that. As soon as I remove my hand though, she go for the beeline.

Alex sounds like such a mischievous little guy lol. I mean I guess it's good exercise.
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