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LeslieA 10-13-2018 04:46 PM

Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Sherman, WCP, joined our flock about 6 months ago. She had been abused and neglected. She's making strides big time!

Today Sherman did two things that make me so proud. During cage cleaning today, she let me unhook a toy only a few inches away from her AND she sat on her swing with me in the room. That makes 3 toys including the swing.

Sherman's really having successes! I've been considering two things. First, know that 3 conures and 2 budgies are in a room together
All 3 conures are rehomes aged 19 months to 23 years. One budgie is a rescue and the youngest is a pet store baby. These are the 2 options on my mind:
1. Move Sherman into the "conure" area;
2. Move the conures and budgies into Sherman's room.

Both rooms are the same size. Sherman's cage would need it's playtop removed and the rooms' doors removed to move her cage. Whereas the other cages would fit. There is room to put all the conure cages and budgie cage across from hers in her room whereas Sherman would share a wall in the "conure" room. The "conure" room is a birdroom already though. The birdroom is closer to my bedroom whereas Sherman's is across the house. Sherman's room has carpet; birdroom, linoleum. Each room has it's pros and cons.

There's always the option of not moving anyone. I think it would benefit her to spend more time around the other birds and it would be easier on me, too. Any thoughts?

Jen5200 10-13-2018 05:34 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
I’d be inclined to move Sherman into the conure room, since it sounds like it’s well set up as a bird room and closer to where you are. My birds don’t all get along, but I firmly believe that they benefit from being in the same space as other birds even if they don’t directly interact. I’ve noticed it’s easier to introduce new foods and new toys as they see each other eating or playing with things. I love having everyone in the same area of the house, it’s definitely easier for me as well.

Wannabird2003 10-17-2018 03:05 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
I don't have an answer except to say that my lone BH Pi has probably experienced about 6 nightfrights in her 15 yrs of life, the last one last week. In the middle of the night, something scares her and she starts thrashing about her cage. I have to turn on the lights, uncover her and take her out to cuddle with for about 15-20 minutes till she calms down and stops trembling. Then she goes back in and sleeps. if I try to rush her, she won't get in her cage. If Sherman is on the far side of the house and has one of these, will you hear her?

LeslieA 10-17-2018 04:55 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wannabird2003 (Post 774014)
I don't have an answer except to say that my lone BH Pi has probably experienced about 6 nightfrights in her 15 yrs of life, the last one last week. In the middle of the night, something scares her and she starts thrashing about her cage. I have to turn on the lights, uncover her and take her out to cuddle with for about 15-20 minutes till she calms down and stops trembling. Then she goes back in and sleeps. if I try to rush her, she won't get in her cage. If Sherman is on the far side of the house and has one of these, will you hear her?

Sherman is a disabled bird missing nails and drags that foot... You don't want to know all the details... I have a padded cage floor and live with a two-way baby monitor for her.

Sherman is not my first or only special needs bird. I'm sorry to hear about your BHP. I seldom tell people because few have that experience. It seems Sherman should be exposed to other birds. She's my first Pi and I just didn't know if it's be best to move her or move the other birds.

Laurasea 10-17-2018 08:41 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Aww....you have a big heart!!! The rescue Queen! How does she react to the others? I'd say birdies together. Even if they don't get along it's mental stimulation, feeling if being part of a flock, I find they all take baths in their individual cages at the same time, abd nap at the same time. Otherwise she is left wondering if she is missing out on something. My parakeets are across the house from the other parrot cages but in sight of each other, I rolled the parakeets outside for some sun and everyone threw a fit they definitely feel they are one flock, so I rolled out everyone's cages and they were all so happy. Yes please make her feel part of the flock and let her see everyone. :)

Laurasea 10-17-2018 08:53 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
You know the quick n easy way to post pic is click the go advanced button under the text box then click the paper clip to add pics from your phone, they will appear small under the text box but when clicked will enlarge so we can see. Under your name and friends list you can make an album and load pics to it, then click on pic and click the second line and hit copy then go to your post and click paste. I definitely want to see pics. Thank you for taking on special needs!!! And rescue Parrots!!! If I ever add to my flock it will be rescues, no babies. Seeing my rescue Penny start to recover just melts my heart, and my rehomed parakeets getting a large cage and allowed to fly and eating veggies makes me smile. If I could add more I would. Now pics please!!! ;)

LeslieA 10-18-2018 11:29 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Laurasea (Post 774060)
You know the quick n easy way to post pic is click the go advanced button under the text box then click the paper clip to add pics from your phone, they will appear small under the text box but when clicked will enlarge so we can see. Under your name and friends list you can make an album and load pics to it, then click on pic and click the second line and hit copy then go to your post and click paste. I definitely want to see pics. Thank you for taking on special needs!!! And rescue Parrots!!! If I ever add to my flock it will be rescues, no babies. Seeing my rescue Penny start to recover just melts my heart, and my rehomed parakeets getting a large cage and allowed to fly and eating veggies makes me smile. If I could add more I would. Now pics please!!! ;)

The most loving and loyal birds (with one exception) have been rescues.

I moved her into the birdroom and she did something new. The budgies hold onto a specific perch and flap like crazy. Sherman sorta copied them by holding onto the cage bars with her good foot and flapped BOTH wings. I wish she could fly. It'd be amazing! She also squeaked at all the noise.

Okay, I'm including an imgur link to my flock incognito for Halloween. The 3 conures are rehomes; Sherman, Glenn, Chirps and JoJo are rescues; Tommy came from a tiny pet shop now out of business.
https://i.imgur.com/SYHX3kK.png

This is Sherman's good side with silliness. Haha
https://i.imgur.com/B8k9Ebr.png

This is Chirps. He still has 2 weeks of quarantine left. https://i.imgur.com/D4ks8GV.jpg

Jen5200 10-19-2018 12:20 AM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Aw they are beautiful! I’m glad you moved her to the bird room, sounds like she’s enjoying it so far.

I agree that second-hand birds are the best....mine are all rehomes and rescues and I love them to bits :)

ChristaNL 10-19-2018 12:31 AM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Birdroom - ( you had met @ "carpet"); birdsafe, easy to clean and closer to the human ... always wiins ;)


Great choice.



I am glad the settling in is going great.
Now lets see what other nice surprises she has for you.

buurd 10-23-2018 02:13 PM

Re: Should Sherman get new roommates?
 
Is Sherman named for the tank? Or the man the tank was named after?


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