School is Back in Session

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Maya (Female Solomon Island eclectus parrot), Jolly (Male Solomon Island eclectus parrot), Bixby (Male, red-sided eclectus. RIP), Suzie (Male cockatiel. RIP)
With all that had happened with Bixby, from the end stages of his sickness through to his passing, training had taken something of a backseat in my household. It was a rough few months.

But now, with Jolly settled in to his new digs, school is officially back in session!

It's been nice to have an aviation student in Jolly, again. (Maya wants no parts of flight thus far.) There have been some maneuverings that I've had to work with him on, but for the most part it's like working with a gifted child. He picks up on flight related skills so swiftly! It just goes to show the difference it makes when a bird is given the chance to fully fledge.

While waiting for Bixby to wean, I hadn't allowed them to clip his wings. But that didn't give him much opportunity for flight, either. So he didn't get to begin flight training until I got him home. Through consistent training, he got to the point of becoming a proficient flier, but it was never quite 2nd nature the way it is with Jolly. (Laura allowed him to fly about throughout the entire fledging process.)

The latest learned flight skill? Flying up the stairs. I sat on the top step and called him up from down in the living room. He was nervous at first, doing that little back and forth rocking thing birds do when trying to build up the nerve to do something a little scary. (That was a first for Mr. Natural Aviator!) So I talked a little smack, telling him that Bixby used to do it. I think that's what did it! Lol! He flew up strong and landed lightly on my proffered forearm.

The whole experience has been both amazing and bitter-sweet. The way he can now fly to me from any room, or fly from my shoulder and through the dining room and kitchen to his cage in the family room just for a sip of water, is exactly what I'd envisioned for my Bixby. If not for an irresponsible breeder, he would be doing this, too.

But Jolly's obvious love for flying brings such a smile to my face. We've all definitely fallen hard for him.
 
This brought tears of JOY to my eyes! Thank you for making so much room in your heart for Jolly, he is a very special boy!
 
Awww Doc, thank you for this joyous update. This is such a heart melting story in so many ways.

I'm thrilled that Jolly is so happy and enjoying flight sessions. A natural born aviator! I hope Maya is taking notes and will decide to try her wings too.

Laura, I am so grateful to you for all you've done to make this wonderful outcome possible.
 
Stephen, I know how much you enjoyed the training sessions with Sweet Bixby, and am so glad you now have Jolly to have those experiences with.
More pictures, please?
 
Wow, Stephen, reading this just gave me goosebumps!

Jolly can surely tell how much loved he is! :smile015:

Way to go, teacher! :D
 
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This brought tears of JOY to my eyes! Thank you for making so much room in your heart for Jolly, he is a very special boy!

Jolly is indeed a special boy, Laura. He makes it rather easy to love him! Thank you for socializing him so well.

I must say, he's got two other amazing qualities as well. For one, he's 100% potty-trained! I've never had a bird who was completely potty-trained, before! Bixby was around 75%. We were safe for the most part, but every once in a while... BAM! You're wearing green and white! Lol! Maya is very much a work in progress at around 55%. But Jolly? One minute he'll be "preening" my close shaven head, the next he's flying over to his tree stand for a quick poop. 100%. Every time.

And the second thing? He's neat. Doesn't sound like much of a big deal until you consider that he's AN EKKIE!!! What kind of an ekkie is neat?!? And I'm talking Felix Unger neat, here! No food smeared on the food perch or even tossed beyond the confines of his food bowl! Hahaha!
 
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Awww Doc, thank you for this joyous update. This is such a heart melting story in so many ways.

I'm thrilled that Jolly is so happy and enjoying flight sessions. A natural born aviator! I hope Maya is taking notes and will decide to try her wings too.

Laura, I am so grateful to you for all you've done to make this wonderful outcome possible.

Thank you, Allee! You know that I had to share with you all!

Haha! I'm hoping that Maya will take a page from Jolly's book and try flying, too! She's a stubborn one, though.

Stephen, I know how much you enjoyed the training sessions with Sweet Bixby, and am so glad you now have Jolly to have those experiences with.
More pictures, please?

Thanks, Terr! Yes, I really had missed those flying lessons. There's just something beautiful and majestic about a bird in flight, you know?

And yes, I'll see about posting some more pics soon.

Wow, Stephen, reading this just gave me goosebumps!

Jolly can surely tell how much loved he is! :smile015:

Way to go, teacher! :D

Thank you, Wendy!

I do hope Jolly can tell! We do all that we can to make sure they both know how much we love them.
 
That's awesome Stephen :D. Jolly was the perfect new family member! Hopefully Maya will see it that way too...

It does help when they're so well adjusted and socialized already too.
 
Funny, Stephen I hadn't really thought about it..I never officially potty trained Jolly but once he was weaned and flying he never pooped on me either and he always was a very respectful neat boy. He did make soup in his water at times but he never beak rubbed his food as much as Jillie does.
 
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That's awesome Stephen :D. Jolly was the perfect new family member! Hopefully Maya will see it that way too...

It does help when they're so well adjusted and socialized already too.

Thanks, Julie! Yeah, I'm hoping that Maya does fully accept Jolly as a member of our little flock.

Funny, Stephen I hadn't really thought about it..I never officially potty trained Jolly but once he was weaned and flying he never pooped on me either and he always was a very respectful neat boy. He did make soup in his water at times but he never beak rubbed his food as much as Jillie does.

Hahaha! I forgot to mention that. He doesn't even make soup! What kind of ekkie doesn't make soup?!? Hahahaha! I love it!
 
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Ahem. Uhmmm.... spoke a little too quickly. Potty training percentage update: 99%.

Sigh.
 
OK you and Laura are making me tear up AGAIN!!!! This is awesome!!!
 
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Be warned Stephen, if Jolly gets too comfortable flying around, one Saturday morning right after you wake up you might end up like this:

 
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Be warned Stephen, if Jolly gets too comfortable flying around, one Saturday morning right after you wake up you might end up like this:


Hahahaha! You look so zen, K1! I love it!

Alas, your warning comes tragically too late. My head is already his favorite chill spot. (I'm just glad the 1% potty fail didn't happen there!)
 
I was barely awake and hadn't even had my first cup of coffee.

Now I expect a similar pic of you and beautiful Jolly! [emoji5]
 
LOL!!!! I have a moving dog barrier that surrounds my feet no matter where my feet move. I can't imagine having birds on my head. I can guarantee Buddy would drop a load because he loves to, he's a poo jerk, lol! Coffee is required each morning for me to function, lol!
 
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Snapped a pic of Jolly in his second favorite roosting spot! (My wife's head!) Hahaha!
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