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  2. Hi, Just a cautionary tale, don't bother trying to register your birds with CITES it's a con, i bred Ella from two birds i bought at Stafford show (Staffordshire show ground) at the Parrot Society official show, i was supplied with two Cites certificates and paid a considerable amount of money for them, it turns out that when i tried to register Ella their chick, that the male had his certificate altered to show he wasn't rung but microchipped instead and a sticker with his microchip number had been stuck on his certificate. I paid £31.00 to Cites with the application which they refused and i sent them the proof of purchase and all documents they asked for, they replied with pay another £31.00 and a new application for the male and it would be sorted out. It turns out that Julie Berry from the Cites office has deemed that they cannot issue Cites certificates for Ella (the chick) or her father. To cut a long story short Cites have stitched me for £62.00 and i have lost the price of the chick plus i have an unsaleable pair. They do not deserve honest people to register their birds, it's a scam 😡 P.S. Not that Ella will ever be for sale.
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  4. I dunn know much about clicker training, and the videos don't work for me. But! I can say with a thousand percent certainty, that the quickest way to a bird's heart is through their stomach. Whenever you eat, let Alfie hang out on the table and eat off your plate. Talk to him! Sing to him! Tell him jokes. I share all my meals with my Timmy. He loves it. I've never done any formal training with Timmy at all, but he's fairly well-behaved, while still being mischievous, which I like.
  5. Same here, that is a problem I haven't dealt with. I'm trying to remember, there was a long time member here who used something and said it worked. Was it Dee? Maybe if Talon sees this she will remember. At any rate, if it isn't harmful (and I'm sure you've done your research) and it works, that's great news!
  6. I don't have any pluckers (yet) in my flock, so unfortunately I don't have any first hand experiences to offer. There are some avian organic teas on the market that are believed to help birds experiencing various behavioral issues. I actually use some of those teas to steep grain blends for some of my freeze dried products.
  7. I'm not going to advertise for anyone, but after the issues I've had with Sukei lately, I decided to try something, and even though I don't believe 99% of the crap I read about parrot additives on the internet, I decided what the hell, and ordered some feather "Enhancing powder" off Amazon. I swear after 48 hours he stopped picking his feathers, doesn't try and bite me as much and over all seems to be in a more calm state of mind (no more biting his toenails either) He doesn't seem as pissed off as usual. So without turning this into an advertisement thread, and please don't mention specific products, have you guys ever bought anything "Claiming to calm Parrots" and get them to stop picking at themselves? I figured I just wasted some money but had nothing to loose. He was really making me think, there is something else I can do. I took Spring time into the thought process as a lot grays seem to loose their minds in spring with the horny deal, but he started to act up in mid winter. I just cant explain the change in him, and it's not just my perception of the situation, but the folks that interact with him, that have no Idea I changed anything I was doing. Also keeping in mind he is an African grey, as in, he came from Africa and not domestically bred, and I dont know if that has anything to do with it, but tried to consider all the variables. Anyways just curious as to anyone that tried something like this with supplements and your experiences. Keep in mind this is not a Parrot on a sunflower seed diet, he gets the high dollar nutritional feed, fresh fruits and vegetables and everything the experts recommend, and then some, apples, grapes, oranges, lettuce, corn, he eats more healthy stuff then I do. LOL
  8. I did get the ok from the vet. I am trying to be careful to give equal attention in they way each likes it. It will be a little harder when Vannah finally decides to allow me to hold or pet her. Right now she just talks with me and wants me around. Dusty (my green cheek) is very feet on. She always wants to be held, get head scratches, and to run around on me. They are accepting of each others role... at least today. Piper, my cockatiel, just wants my husband, so we are good there.
  9. I'm not a fan of those sunroofs due to having read about closing accidents. Just not worth the risk is just my humble opinion.
  10. They are escape artists. We had to zip tie Timber's doors and had a little lock for the main door. That was a really poor design but I don't know what the brand was. It came with him when I rehomed him.
  11. If it weren't for bribery, I would have made no progress at all with Timber, ha. With him at least, positive reinforcement is always necessary when I'm trying to encourage a behavior. Hope the vet give you the OK to get them in the same room tomorrow. Even if they aren't out at the same time, I can see where jealousy on all sides would happen. They'd rather know what's going on and what the competition looks like I imagine.
  12. I truly enjoy seeing what everyone looks like.
  13. Yep! Conures can be nippy little guys at that! My pineapple GCC is the worst.
  14. No bites to speak of from my grey...yet. I just got her home Sunday. She holds my finger or butt's it with her top mandible so far. Dusty, my CGC on the other hand...I have scars with stories of their own! But she still cuddles up with me and rolls around in my sweater (when its not summer).
  15. Here is my flock and I. Me (Jenn) and Vannah. Our little girl Piper on my shoulder, and Dusty in the foreground. Both with us for 19 years Cory and the neighbor's dog Buck.
  16. Thank you for your kind words! If the diet you mentioned has been her diet for awhile, then slowly bump up the variety of veggies while reducing the amount of fruit. Foraging toys can be a great way to introduce something new that she has to work at to get. Leaving pieces of the new food in places away from her regular dish may also create curiosity. Also vary the size of the pieces. I've found that starting with finely chopped veggies added to 'sticky' fruit helps them to 'accidentally' eat the veggies if you catch my drift. If they can't remove the new scary food from the sticky pieces of fruit, they're more likely to consume it! Making up vegetable skewers is another great serving option. Bottom line is to be creative and to switch slowly.
  17. The only item on the list I gave that was new is the sweet peppers. The rest we were told she eats. Some on a regular basis (bananas, papaya, carrots, and celery) the rest was a once in a while thing. I took a look at your website and saw the chops and other goodies! What a fantastic idea! Another question is how much should I be offering her every day? She has been fine until tonight. She started asking for more of some of her favorites toward the end of the day and was repetitive about it. I wasn't eating, and there wasn't any food in the room other than hers. It seemed kind of weird.
  18. I don't anticipate them getting along, and probably won't allow them to be out all at the same time unless my sole job at the moment is watching them. My other two are a cockatiel and a green cheek conure. The size difference scares me too much. They are also both 19 years old, so not the spring hens they once were. I think my biggest worry is that they hear each other and my littles seem to be getting jealous. Vannah of course wants to know all about the rest of the house. She tries to look out the door when we come and go.
  19. She has to come out sooner than later, but you should always have a gentle plan as to how you can return her to the cage. Most birds will step up for you away from their cage if they were already accustomed to doing so. Quarantine should last at least 30 days whether she's a single bird or not. What other birds do you have? With her having always been alone, she may not ever warm up to another bird. Of my flock of 13, only a few get along great out of their cages. One will bite to harm if given the chance.
  20. Yes, peanuts can be a source of fungus, especially if they're still in the shell. It's best to eliminate those from the diet as you already have. In looking at the diet you're starting her out on it seems a bit heavy on carbs. The goal over time is to have her on mostly fresh veggies: kale, chard, broccoli, snap peas, carrots, sweet bells, etc. etc. That is where your greatest sources of nutrition will be. If she wasn't on all the fruit before you got her, then I'd adjust the ratios soon before she becomes accustomed to sweets. Parrots can definitely be picky eaters, so take it slow as you transition her onto a healthier diet. Please keep us posted!
  21. How does the top close? My Vannah is proving to be quite the little engineer/escape artist. We need to get her a new cage and we were thinking about the 'sunroof' style (as we call it) but are worried about her safety...and that of the baseboards.
  22. Are we going about this the 'right' way? We are taking a bit of a risk every time we let her out of the cage, but she really likes to be out and doesn't stray to the floor too much. I hope bribing her back in is ok. I try to make sure I don't leave the room right away after doing that though. She's not in the same room as the others yet and don't want to associate being in her cage with being alone. Any suggestions about how to go about this would be great. Especially since we have the flock separated at the moment (quarentine...although she was in a single bird house). I am hoping the vet will tell us we can put our three girls in the same room sooner rather than later. It's harder on all three.
  23. Thank you. She is eating some of the veggies and fruit. She was getting peanuts at her previous home and loves them. I have been reading about how a fungus can be present on them though, and stopped providing them until she sees the vet tomorrow. We weren't told about any other nuts that she accepts. Didn't even think about sprouts, but I will try it. She seems to enjoy bananas, carrots, celery, sweet peppers, corn, apples, mango, and papaya. I tried a cherry with her (cut and pitted) nd she didn't touch it. We were told she was too interested in citrus, but thought I'd try it. We have broccoli, cauliflower and pea pods we want to try with her. We are only into our 3rd full day with her though and don't want ti stress her out.
  24. Hello and welcome to you and Vannah! As Greytness said, I would give her plenty of time to adjust before pushing anything. Most greys adapt very slowly to change, and trying to rush can end up creating trust issues and make the process take even longer over time.
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