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Old 10-27-2016, 08:58 AM
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

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Is the perch just a smooth wooden dowel type? A natural wood perch, with bark still attached, or a gnarly twisty turny type perch would give Gus more grip. If he continues to have problems, you could lower the height of the perch, if that is practical. Putting padding under his perch is not, unless you have an endless supply of diaper material or padded shipping liner material.
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

If it were me I'd also let his wings grow out.


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Old 10-27-2016, 12:07 PM
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

We will probably let his wings grow. I don't think will ever be able to fly, but full wings might help his balance or slow him down a little if he falls.

He doesn't want to be on a lower perch, so I'm going to make him a play gym to hang out on with multiple levels and places to land. And experiment with different perch styles and materials to see what gives him the most stability. The perch he fell from is peeled but irregular, and I wonder if it's hard to balance on a round stick. Maybe an oblong one, rounded edges for the nails but flatter in the middle, so he has a bit more balance. I will put some pictures of his feet etc. up when I get home, maybe people can say if they are normal or not.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:19 PM
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

He is lucky to have such a thoughtful parront.
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

Ok, Special K! (Yeah, will probably be going mostly with K. I hold my sons chin for about 3 hours every morning so he can get good sleep so I literally type all this, on my phone, with one finger...about 10 words a minute...)

Last week I went to work at the bird ladies house to find her and another woman bandaging a parrots wing. She heard loud screams in the middle of the night. She had fallen off her perch. Instead of repairing her deck I wound up driving the bird 2hours to the only vet that could see her right away. X-ray revealed a fractured wing. My point is, by reactions and body language there was clearly something wrong with peaches. If Gus is acting fine...my guess is he's fine. I saw Diamond fall once and it was the clumbsiest thing you ever saw. He was fine.
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

One of Diamonds favorite places to perch in his old home was 2 2x4's running parallel with about an inch in between.
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

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Ok, Special K! (Yeah, will probably be going mostly with K. I hold my sons chin for about 3 hours every morning so he can get good sleep so I literally type all this, on my phone, with one finger...about 10 words a minute...)

Last week I went to work at the bird ladies house to find her and another woman bandaging a parrots wing. She heard loud screams in the middle of the night. She had fallen off her perch. Instead of repairing her deck I wound up driving the bird 2hours to the only vet that could see her right away. X-ray revealed a fractured wing. My point is, by reactions and body language there was clearly something wrong with peaches. If Gus is acting fine...my guess is he's fine. I saw Diamond fall once and it was the clumbsiest thing you ever saw. He was fine.
The bird lady's bird is lucky you came by. Poor Peaches must have been in a lot of pain, broken wing since the middle of the night. Gus does seem to be fine, but this is a wake-up call. The next time he falls he might hurt himself, poor guy. I wish he could talk to Diamond and explain how good it is to have a parront who cares. Then again, D might be a bad influence. I imagine him with the macaw version of a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve looking tough. By the way - shouldn't Diamond have more names, like Diamond Jim Brady or Diamond Lil?
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

Just by the way... lovin' the "Radio Free Blue and Gold" title... I wish I'd thought of something similar...
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I wish he could talk to Diamond and explain how good it is to have a parront who cares. Then again, D might be a bad influence. I imagine him with the macaw version of a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve looking tough. By the way - shouldn't Diamond have more names, like Diamond Jim Brady or Diamond Lil?
Yeah, careful what you wish for. While he has added lots of "I love you"s to his morning ritual it's only been 2 days since he slipped in a couple "mother @#$%ers" lol! Man I hope that stops.
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Re: Radio Free Blue & Gold: All Gus, all the time.

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Just by the way... lovin' the "Radio Free Blue and Gold" title... I wish I'd thought of something similar...
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