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Old 11-29-2016, 08:57 AM
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The cue to get him to stop unwanted behaviour is to not react at all. That or replace the unwanted word with something else.

My B&G's word for "my human" was "Daddy". Since I am female, that seemed stupid to me. When he would call "Daddy" at me, I would respond with "Mommy". After a short while, he would say both and now he only says "Mommy"

On the other hand my B&G would scream his head off for hours a day, when I got him. After ignoring him for about a week he stopped the screaming
Yeah, he does love to scream. I just ignore it. Usually it's when he wants out of his cage. So I refuse to even go in the room to get him. Once he's quiet or calls out nicely I'll get him.

But being that he's been through so much (and has so much more to come at the vet) I'm expecting some pretty obnoxious behavior. Like yesterday when he was on my arm and climbed up to my shoulder and wouldn't get down. Finally I got him off. He hasn't earned the shoulder yet. It's nice that he was comfy enough to go there, but that's not a place for him until he's settled in more.

And thanks to the big beaks thread I knew what to do when he took a serious shot at me. Little bugger.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:44 PM
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Just remembered that last night I also noticed something that made me sad: He hides food he likes when you give it to him in the hopes he'll get more.

His previous owner only fed him twice a day and left him with nothing to snack on in between. So he's taken to stashing his "treats" hoping he'll get another one. I'd call it food anxiety if I had to name it.

He's unsure of new food but he'll usually taste it and will reply with "YUM" if he likes it. Mangoes were a HUGE hit.

It's amazing to me that he didn't completely pluck himself naked! No toys, food anxiety, poor diet...
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:46 PM
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I'm so glad you rescued him!

Food-hiding/hoarding. Man, that's a very clever guy. Mine could never muster the impulse control/planfulness to do anything that tricky!
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Old 12-03-2016, 01:29 PM
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Re: The Saga of Romeo

An update after the vet trip. He's a little bit overweight which comes as no surprise given his previous diet. Stool sample is clean so nothing to worry about there.

He greated everyone when we walked in with tons of hi and giggles. Big hit there.

The beak... Oh the beak. We had to sedate him to trim it. She felt that his upper beak was ok, just needed shaped. His previous owner just took dog nail clippers and snapped it straight. But his lower beak was a wreck. We took a bit over a quarter of an inch off! He still can't totally close his mouth but she felt anymore might be as harmful as beneficial. Nuts, foraging toys etc. Will do the rest.

Afterwards as he was still doped up he was so super cuddly. It was really sweet until he threw up all down my shirt. Bird puke is nasty! But we had some good bonding time last night.

He's also got sores on his feet from having only a 1inch pvc pipe as a perch. Now he's got sand perches, cement and his main one is a nice fat Manzanita wood perch.

Today his beak seems a bit sore so he's not eating. But I just made a bunch of juice in the juicer and offered him the pulp which he took to. (hey, easy chop... Sorta) So soft foods, real chop and the like for a bit.

Long and short, he's mostly healthy, good skin, no cough, good lungs and heart sounds and they labeled him as a very sweet bird.

Thanks for all the advice! He also rides in the car super well on e he escapes from his crate.
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Re: The Saga of Romeo

Romeo is a really beautiful bird with personality to match! None of my birds have language issues, but as others have posted, you may be able to "ignore" it away. Love the idea of continuous threads, looking forward to more!
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Just remembered that last night I also noticed something that made me sad: He hides food he likes when you give it to him in the hopes he'll get more.

His previous owner only fed him twice a day and left him with nothing to snack on in between. So he's taken to stashing his "treats" hoping he'll get another one. I'd call it food anxiety if I had to name it.

He's unsure of new food but he'll usually taste it and will reply with "YUM" if he likes it. Mangoes were a HUGE hit.

It's amazing to me that he didn't completely pluck himself naked! No toys, food anxiety, poor diet...
That makes me want to cry, the food stashing. This bird was HUNGRY. I'm so glad you have him in your care.
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:52 PM
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Just remembered that last night I also noticed something that made me sad: He hides food he likes when you give it to him in the hopes he'll get more.

His previous owner only fed him twice a day and left him with nothing to snack on in between. So he's taken to stashing his "treats" hoping he'll get another one. I'd call it food anxiety if I had to name it.

He's unsure of new food but he'll usually taste it and will reply with "YUM" if he likes it. Mangoes were a HUGE hit.

It's amazing to me that he didn't completely pluck himself naked! No toys, food anxiety, poor diet...
That makes me want to cry, the food stashing. This bird was HUNGRY. I'm so glad you have him in your care.
It's amazing to me how he can be almost 200 grams overweight and still be hungry enough to hide food.

Thankfully his hoarding has mostly stopped. I decided not to do anything about it... Just ignore it and make sure his stashes aren't rotting. But with food available to him he's not hiding as much. He seems confident in just eating.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:25 PM
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Just remembered that last night I also noticed something that made me sad: He hides food he likes when you give it to him in the hopes he'll get more.

His previous owner only fed him twice a day and left him with nothing to snack on in between. So he's taken to stashing his "treats" hoping he'll get another one. I'd call it food anxiety if I had to name it.

He's unsure of new food but he'll usually taste it and will reply with "YUM" if he likes it. Mangoes were a HUGE hit.

It's amazing to me that he didn't completely pluck himself naked! No toys, food anxiety, poor diet...
That makes me want to cry, the food stashing. This bird was HUNGRY. I'm so glad you have him in your care.
It's amazing to me how he can be almost 200 grams overweight and still be hungry enough to hide food.

Thankfully his hoarding has mostly stopped. I decided not to do anything about it... Just ignore it and make sure his stashes aren't rotting. But with food available to him he's not hiding as much. He seems confident in just eating.
His being overweight makes sense. If he was hungry during the day, he might overeat in the evening because obviously food is scarce. And if he didn't have food after dinner, he was probably very hungry come morning. It sounds like he's getting over it. Lucky bird!
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:20 PM
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What a beautiful creature.. congratulations.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:51 AM
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Romeo really likes paper. REALLY!

(It's a good thing I work for a university and can snag student papers for free!)

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