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Old 11-24-2019, 09:54 AM
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Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

A little over three weeks ago I adopted two , and it has been an…interesting….three weeks.

The back story:

I happened to be in a home I was photographing for an upcoming listing. While in the bonus room above the garage, I thought I heard birds talking. Not having seen any in the home, I didn’t give it much thought until I was wrapping up with photos and asked the agent and homeowner if there was anything else that should be featured. The agent said “There is the garage. But there is stuff in there and the.”. “Birds? As in the one’s I heard up in the bonus?”, I replied. The homeowner, a very nice elderly lady well into her 80’s, replies “Yes. Two CAGs.” Wait, what? Two? Now my interest was piqued. I mentioned that I was looking for a bird and heading to see a breeder (of smaller birds) after my next photo shoot. The agent asks if I want to see them, leads me into the garage, and says “We have been trying to find a home for them. (The homeowner) can’t take them with her. We tried selling them, but she is very particular who they go to (note - this apparently goes back to her dog breeding days). Would you like them?” To say I was shocked, doesn’t even come close.

Over the next 15-20 minutes we discussed the birds. From what I learned, the female is 30, while the male is 5. There had been another male around the same age as the female, but he escaped. I think their ages were given incorrectly because since we have had them, the female has laid 5 eggs. My previous experience with birds is that she shouldn’t be laying at her age, plus she is banded. There is a possibility the previous owner had them backwards. It has been somewhat difficult trying to gather records, that would answer these questions I plan on having an aviary vet check them in the next several weeks — I want them to become more comfortable with their new lifestyle.

Speaking of becoming more comfortable, these two put the fun into funny. My original plan was to have them in my 3rd-floor studio, but I decided they needed more socialization on the first floor. Well, my wife’s office is down there, and they mess with her during her conference calls. One will start with dial tone sounds, phone ringing, reading of a voice mail (from the old machine type we all had sitting by our phones), completing it with the phone disconnecting. These two also chat back and forth in an elderly woman’s voice, and laugh much like our grandmother’s would do, while my wife is on her calls. The male growls at our two dogs, in Rottweiler, which he obviously picked up from the previous owner, who was a breeder. Oh, and they also bark like a dog that is close by, right when my wife is on her call, and when our two dogs are sleeping. This of course sends the dogs into a tizzy at the wrong time for my wife. She is threatening to take my studio (which she gave to me in order to get me to move to this house last year), or our oldest son’s room (he is in college) for her office.

Feel free to ask me anything photography related. I have 33+ years shooting professionally. I can answer general gear questions as well, however I am not too familiar with Nikon or Sony, as I exclusively use Canon (I am a member of Canon Professional Services). Eventually, I plan to post images of our two CAG’s, once they become more comfortable. Much like my wildlife photography, it will take patience to photograph these two birds.

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Old 11-24-2019, 10:40 AM
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Re: Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

Welcome to you and your new flock! They sound like pretty cool birds - looking forward to hearing more about how they settle in
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Re: Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

Out of curiosity, why do you think the hen shouldn't be laying at 30 years old? Birds don't really go through menopause like mammals do. Greys in the wild live around 80 years, they are not done breeding at 30. A 5 year old female would be less likely to be laying in my opinion. That is more around the age of puberty.
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Re: Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

Welcome to you and your two serendipitous CAGs, wonderful introduction!

They are impressively intelligent parrots, please consider this mini-encyclopedia of testament: Cag 101
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:50 PM
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Re: Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

Quote: Originally Posted by bug_n_flock View Post
Out of curiosity, why do you think the hen shouldn't be laying at 30 years old? Birds don't really go through menopause like mammals do. Greys in the wild live around 80 years, they are not done breeding at 30. A 5 year old female would be less likely to be laying in my opinion. That is more around the age of puberty.

Just a hunch. That and the interwebs😁

In all seriousness, I should be able to confirm when I have the vet look at them.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:25 PM
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Re: Greetings from the Peak of Good Living!

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for the rehoming! What a way to jump right in! Looking forward to the pictures!!
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