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Old 09-21-2019, 04:11 PM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Well, Scooter didn't get to come home with me today. The rescue place said the previous owners would have the last word on who Scooter went to, and she wasn't able to get hold of them this week. But there was a minor win - Scooter finally allowed head scratches.

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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Head scratches, with requests for more!
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That's awesome!!! Levi loves his cheeks rubbed.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:08 AM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

The last couple of weekends she's been asking for head scratches, but couldn't quite get past my hand being that close - not enough trust there, yet. Yesterday was the breakthrough when she finally let me.

I don't think she's been on shoulders much, either. She wants to be there, but once she's in place, she gets nervous. I don't think it'll take long, but she'll learn, I'm sure.
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Love giving head scratches to Enzo, she goes all gooey. 2 fingers under her chin is a favourite and also scratching lightly the bottom of her neck between the top of her wings will put her to sleep, literally, in 20s.

I love the way she will scratch with her foot where she wants me to scratch, if i miss, she will just move her head to my fingers so i hit the spot.



She will either just put her beak down when she wants a scratch or just say 'tickle tickle'.
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:18 PM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Well, finally some movement. Today I got an e-mail from the rescue. They've got everything arranged with the previous owners, they're going to be in with her 'things' this weekend, and to say goodbye. Next Friday (the 25th) I get to bring Scooter home.

I've been up every weekend to visit, we've bonded more, and she's been playing with me and is teaching me her signs for "I want some water", "I want some food", "I want to go back to my cage", and "I want some attention".

I'm also re-reading Pepperberg's book about Alex, and focusing on the parts where she talks about teaching him. I think I'm going to try the model/rival training method she used. It seems low stress for the bird, and actually kind of entertaining for the humans.
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Old 10-26-2019, 05:23 AM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Scooter was a champ, settling into the travel cage, and enjoying the view out the truck windows. She wasn't thrilled with the new cage at home, or with the dogs, and Silly Bird the dove is only accepted for a probationary period. She's been Velcro Bird since we got home, and I had to put her on the cage and leave her for her to eat. But she's eating. That's progress.
When I took her upstairs to her sleeping room, she was unhappy again - another change, on top of all the other changes - but I sat with her for a few minutes and she calmed down. I'll go up and wake her up in about an hour, then she'll start her first full day at home.

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Old 10-26-2019, 10:34 AM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

The previous owners actually made it a requirement that her cage stays with her. I'd planned to sell it, because the one I have is bigger, has a playtop, and lets her get higher when she's feeling nervous. So I decided that cage can go in the backyard, when I'm out there with her. It's all stainless steel, and I don't have to worry about rusting.

This morning I'm learning a lot more about what Scooter already knows. At the end of a phone call, Scooter chimed in "OK, bye". Many, many noises, from clucking, cawing, and chirping like other birds, to electronic noises, to phone ringing, to words. When she stands on one leg and stretches, she says "Stre-e-e-etch". She recognizes the word "food", but I haven't heard her say it yet. She likes the bells. I think she's happy to be here.
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Aww fabulous. Shes settling in it seems. Good luck with your new fid.
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Scooter's personality exploded yesterday. At the rescue she was always so quiet, stand-offish and independent. Since she got here, she's got to be everywhere, digging into everything. And I'm getting an education on her background.
Do you want some agua? before she heads down to her water dish.
Sitting in her cage, making crow noises, clucking like a chicken, cheeping like a sparrow, phone ringing, doorbell chiming, morning alarm going off, and in the middle of it scolding herself - Scooter, stop it. Stop it right now!
Doing her parrot wing stretch, she mimics a man's voice saying Stre-e-e-e-etch.

I think I got way more parrot than I'd planned on.
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