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Old 05-20-2020, 03:56 PM
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

I'm not in a position to offer advice but can I just say, after reading your story with Percival (love that name!) how brave and honest you have been in a very turbulent time, I do believe you have come to the correct decision and i'm sure all will agree with your adult approach to the situation.

So well done you, Percival im sure will be fine, and once life is better other opportunities will come. Are you still spending time at the sanctuary? To me that may be just what you need right now. Good luck
QQ, i know you said the sanctuary doesn't re-home birds, but does that rule also apply to you?
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

The sanctuary is at capacity for right now for intake, also several hours away so I can’t easily get there. Also it’s run by an older couple and their family, so they have limited volunteers for the meantime to maintain health precautions. They had plans for expansions of outside aviaries this summer but it’s all a bust with the world right now.

I know it’s the right thing to do, but being an adult sucks sometimes
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:57 PM
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

Wow.

If you are
1. Brave enough to reach out so honestly, and
2. Loving enough to want to do right by the bird, no matter what, then...

This will work out, one way or another, somehow.
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

Sorry to hear you are in such a difficult situation! You never know when you are quite ready to welcome another being into your life. When my previous dog and cat passed, it was months/years before I could get another. My neighbor thought my new dog was my old dog despite the fact they look nothing alike.... they're both happy go lucky, like coming up to the fence to greet people, "about" the same size. My last pup was an akita mix, off-white/cream colored short coat with tan/orange spots/blotches. My current pup is a silver grey/wolf grey husky with medium length fur.

I have occasionally caught myself calling my new pup by my old pup's name.... probably doesn't help that my last pup was Kodi and the husky is Kai. I had Kodi since he was a pup and he passed at nearly 13 years old. Kai I've had since he was just shy of 4 years old. He's 5 now. Kai had several names prior to me, due to having at least 4 different homes and each home called him something different.... didn't like any of his previous names (per-say), so I had to come up with something new.




I know that someday I'd *love* to have a bird like Percival! Unfortunately, I do not have room to set up a cage for a galah... I have a 32x23 cage currently sitting empty... it is my conure's cage. He's currently in my 5' x 5' aviary with my other birds. (not recommended, not ideal, short on space atm...)


Do you think you could keep Percy for a little longer and work on you? Work on your mental health? Speak with a therapist if you are capable of doing so? And try to get a plan together for your future? Then decide if Percy could fit into your life?

Ideally, it may help to have someone foster him for you, which is a lot to ask of anyone... but may help to get your mind straight if there's one less thing you need to worry about. If you don't have anyone who can watch him, even if temporarily, then it's a bit tougher.
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

Yes, since I’m now at my parents house we are working together on this. My parents and I have decided it’s best for me to find a therapist and try for a month or so to see how things are going and work it out that way. My avian vet is also in the loop, and we are going to work towards the best solution.

I am just afraid that in this house we will have to trim a few flight feathers :/. I’m normally against it, but he is already getting himself into trouble and the base line of trust isn’t strong enough for consistent recall training. This is what is safest for him at this time, and also takes him off the cats radar (they are only interested when he is doing his circles). It also means I have to rearrange his area to promote walking/climbing exercise because galahs are prone to getting fat easily.

All of your support has also helped me greatly, thank you all so much ��.

I do have one question I can’t find an answer for—he falls over (on purpose I think) but I don’t know if it’s for fun or something to be worried about. He like leans forward and flips over, sometimes just rolling, and gets back up, he doesn’t have any balance issues that I can tell, but since my last bird died of a seizure it really freaks me out seeing him do it. It’s obviously not a seizure, and I do have a video of it I can post. I just can’t find anything else like it, and if I google it just comes up with ataxia.
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

He falls while standing on the cage or on your fingers?
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

At that young of an age, I honestly can't recommend clipping.... can you keep the cats separate while he's out? Can you work on training through the cage bars before letting him out?

In all honesty.... if you remove his flights, he's going to be in more danger from the cats as he'll have a harder time getting away from them as compared to if he remains flighted.


As for the falling thing... maybe he's just playing?
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

Hi! I lost my Tango to a dog attack! Had he been unclipped, I think he would have had a better chance!
From what I picture, his flipping sounds like normal goofball antics!
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It’s on a flat surface, like the couch back, on a bed or down my chest. He probably is just being a super goofball, but just seeing him go on his back and stretch out his wings and flip around triggered major stress and anxiety.

The cats are a small problem, they can open doors—but they also have no interest in him unless he is in the air. It doesn’t help that I think he is instigating it (he is obviously swooping down towards them, not dive bombing, and back up). I really don’t get them sometimes. It’s been raining for about 2 weeks straight here so we had about four mice just running around in the kitchen past them. They did nothing!!! The mice were rescued and released farther away, but I just don’t get my cats sometimes.

Percy has also found places in the house that he can get to that we can’t reach, and we can’t really bird proof those areas at the time. And when a bird finds something he knows he shouldn’t do you just know he is going to do it ��. He does eventually return to me, but it’s on his own terms right now.

It’s also something my parents have stated as needing to happen if I’m going to be staying here with them.
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Re: I think I regret my bird and idk what to do

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It’s on a flat surface, like the couch back, on a bed or down my chest. He probably is just being a super goofball, but just seeing him go on his back and stretch out his wings and flip around triggered major stress and anxiety.

The cats are a small problem, they can open doors–but they also have no interest in him unless he is in the air. It doesn’t help that I think he is instigating it (he is obviously swooping down towards them, not dive bombing, and back up). I really don’t get them sometimes. It’s been raining for about 2 weeks straight here so we had about four mice just running around in the kitchen past them. They did nothing!!! The mice were rescued and released farther away, but I just don’t get my cats sometimes.

Percy has also found places in the house that he can get to that we can’t reach, and we can’t really bird proof those areas at the time. And when a bird finds something he knows he shouldn’t do you just know he is going to do it ��. He does eventually return to me, but it’s on his own terms right now.

It’s also something my parents have stated as needing to happen if I’m going to be staying here with them.
I would get those things the slide over door knobs to prevent kids from turning them-- you have to squeeze and twist, otherwise, they just spin and the door won't open (assuming your doors latch properly and can't just be pushed open with brute force). Another thing to consider would be one of those mesh type nets that they use to keep mosquitoes out of people's homes when the door is open to possibly discourage your bird from flying out into the space where the cats might be...it might discourage them as well, but obviously either could get through it when the door was open.

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