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  1. Thanks for the replies all, I'll avoid using varnish on the stand.
  2. The playstand was, unfortunately, made with differing shades of wood (it was made quite a long time ago) so it's not the most attractive item. As it's going in my lounge it would be good to even it out with some form of varnish but obviously not at the expense of using dangerous chemicals. That varnish in the OP has been the closest I could find to an all-natural varnish safe for animals as well as for young children. The guy insists it is completely safe but just wanted to see if anyone here knew if any of those ingredients could be detrimental. Oh, and I did ask about the slipper
  3. Hi, I have a home made playstand I'm looking to use this varnish on: https://www.lakelandpaints.co.uk/testers-special-charts/woodstainshed-and-fence-matchpots/ I've emailed them to ask if it's safe for parrots and they insist it is, saying: Is this definitely safe for use on a playstand? Thanks in advance!
  4. Thanks for all the information. Before getting Babs I was just too busy to sit down and make any of this stuff working from 7:45-6:30 some days and the previous place was too small. There's a lot of windows in here though so hopefully should be OK. Thanks for the info about the essential oils as well I have a bag full of them but haven't dared to use them since getting her. They're kept upstairs where generally unless one of us is with her she isn't allowed to go.
  5. Hey thanks for the reply! It's actually been a few years since I've made any soap or candles but moving in the other week I realised how much stuff I still had and it made me want to get back into it again (especially since I lost my job a couple of months ago I have all the time in the world). The house is still small but much bigger than our old apartment. Unfortunately there's no door for the kitchen it's just a walk in thing but it's well ventilated. There's only one bedroom upstairs. As for candles whilst I miss burning them I still find myself wanting to make them just as a hobby since I
  6. Hi everyone, It's been a while things have been busy here-we've moved house into a bigger place and I've had surgery but all is well now. Babs is starting to talk more and is happy and healthy. It will be her first birthday in August! I have a question to ask about soap and candle making around birds. Generally I know that the use of essential oils aren't safe but I've looked and can't find anything about soap and candle making around them? Just to clarify I use beeswax to make my candles. I've never made them around her before (no knowledge of whether it's safe or not and the previ
  7. Thanks Dave007 for your informative reply. We do generally tend to avoid chemicals as a general rule of thumb as better to be safe than sorry! The house can smell in general (we have a pet gerbil who sometimes can stink the place out) not from Babs-the place suffers from a lot of mould and damp and we figure that the smell is from that (it's one of the reasons why we're moving). We open windows as much as possible to try and get rid of it and have a dehumidifier to get rid of any condensation. I do find myself hoovering up as much as possible because she's throwing her food out onto the c
  8. Ok so I'm not sure if this is the correct area for this to be in or not (moderators please feel free to move if it isn't ). We live in private rented accomodation with a 6 month old grey. She comes out every day and she's out the majority of the time. Generally she is good with knowing that poos are only done in the cage or on the top of the cage where her play stand is (cage came with it) which she loves to be on. However there have been a few times where a few accidents have happened and there are stains on the carpet. We're due to move out into a bigger place in a few months and so I w
  9. Played this opera one to my own Grey. She watched it with a lot of interest, it was funny to see her reaction. Thanks for sharing!
  10. Thank you to everyone who replied to this thread. It's definitley information to consider. She seems to have become better in flying and balance in general. She's out a lot these days (first week we were told by the breeder not to let her out) and can now fly around the room and back again which she wasn't able to do just last week alone. We get her out and spend as much time with her as we can during this baby stage. We got the Christmas tree up over the weekend and she was fascinated by it. She sat on her cage door trying to nibble at it, I have pics of her which I hope to upload, if not thi
  11. Thank you for all the advice! Both myself and my partner share this account. I have a question (his girlfriend here) about building trust? Babs (parrott) is fine with me, she barely growls or appears to feel threatend by me. I'm normally up first thing in the morning and take her cover off from her cage (she always greets me with being noisy and seems happy) and is often waiting by her food bowl. I feed her first before having my breakfast and then we eat at the same time. Partner is often in bed during this time. I'm normally out of the house on my way to work by the time he is getting up. Ba
  12. She now eats the seed mix (the breeder said not to go for pellets) and vegetables and is not on formula anymore. Does this mean she's weaned or is there more to it than that? Also, what does the oatmeal do in particular? Thank you for putting my mind at rest! I thought it was because of how young she is. I didn't know whether it was best to get straight into these things from the start or whether to ease off and go at her pace. I guessed the latter but thought I would make a thread to ask just in case. So what things should I look out for in regards to knowing when to try and handle he
  13. We just got our 3 month old Grey on Friday (13th). She is fully weaned but, as I say, still only 12 weeks old. She's been quite hyperactive in the cage, jumping about, climbing all over the place etc. I assume this is the first proper cage she's been in so she's getting used to it. She regularly sleeps throughout the day. Anyhow, I did try to bring her out on Saturday to go on the playstand on top of the cage. However, she seems very nervous and she ended up flying off me (not wing-clipped) to the other end of the room. I had to then carefully grab her bodily and put her back in the cage.
  14. Thanks for your advice. It is nice to see her flying around and a nice surprise as we wasn't sure if she could fly. Perhaps we will end up leaving her unclipped after all. She's still in fledgling stage (just turned 12 weeks today) so she looks a little awkward when she does fly. She's going to the vets in about a week so we'll also ask her for advice and take it into consideration along with what everyone has said here and base our decision around that.
  15. Here she is! Sorry for the poor quality, it wasn't done in great lighting and she was desperate to be on the floor for some reason. You can definitely tell she still has some baby left in her.
  16. She's called Babs. We thought it was cute and funny at the same time. I've taken a couple of pics (and that's her on my avatar) but not sure how to upload them! Thanks for all the advice on wing clipping. We live on a main road in the city so I'm wary if for whatever reason, the door is open and the front door is-she could escape. My auntie had a bird who was able to fly and she (stupidly on her behalf) left the garage door leaving the bird on her own and she never saw it again. Not that we'd do that obviously I'm just a bit worried as she's very exciteable atm. As she was jumping this morni
  17. Thanks for the info. Yeah we've gone through the saftey checks and being in the UK we have no ceiling fan anyway. Doors are always shut as it's an apartment we're in. Windows rarely open which is good as she just flew up to the curtain rail after perching on my partner's arm for a few minutes but thankfully managed to get her back down safely. We're considering getting her wings clipped. She's not an accomplished flyer, she can loose her balance a little.
  18. She keeps on attempting to fly from one mineral block perch to another (they're not very high in the cage) and has had a few near misses but we've lined the cage with newspaper so if she does fall in the night it will be a soft landing. We think that she was perhaps kept in a box with a small perch with her breeder and may not be used to all this freedom. Is this normal? As I'm a little worried. She's had lots of attention and tickles on top of her head from us but has been very active. Will this continue in the night or stop once the cover is over her?
  19. Our baby has finally come home after a long wait! 12 weeks old and very inquisitive, she seems to be very content and happy exploring her new environment and chirping a lot. She has "stepped up" onto my partners arm after some coaxing. We soon found out that she could fly after bringing her home she flew right onto the kitchen sink lol! Just had to share our excitement over our new arrival.
  20. Thanks for the advice! One of those bendable types would be ideal.
  21. Thank you for the replies everyone! Well the trains are very cramped here. However, there are luggage racks outside of the seating area which don't usually get crammed (the one's inside the seating area are often packed). I managed to phone the train company to change my reserve seats so that they are near the exit of the train, only a few feet away from the external luggage racks (so I can see that no one decides to steal her or anything, though that's unlikely anyway). The travel cage won't fit either on our laps nor on the overhead shelf so I bought a big hold-all in which I was g
  22. Thanks for your reply! I haven't bought the light or unit yet, was going to wait to see what people said. If I wanted to have the light shining into the cage from above then I'd need to remove the top slide-tray whenever the bird is in the cage. Which is no big deal, my only concern is that space it at a premium where I live at the moment (will be moving in the Spring). The only other issue I have is that if the parrot has full spectrum lighting whilst inside the cage she won't have it when she's on the playstand on top of the cage. Won't that distort her vision, going from one to the
  23. From what I've read here and elsewhere it seems like UV lighting is highly beneficial. However, one thing I have read is that the lighting should be placed above the bird. The only thing is my cage has a playstand perch built on top of it, which has a pull-out metal tray underneath it. This means I can't put a UV light directly over the top of the bird cage. The only available place is to attach it to the side of the cage and angle it downwards towards the main middle perch of the cage (where the food/water bowls are). Would this be ok? Or does the lighting have to be directly above the bi
  24. Thank you for your advice! To clarrify things: I'll probably be getting her within the next 1 - 2 weeks. Which would mean I have around 6 weeks before the train trip. Thus far I'm inclined towards Prop B, or a modified version thereof. What if I let her settle into her cage for a week or so and then start introducing her to the carrier over time? Seeing if she'll walk in of her own accord when she's on the living room floor? Perhaps, after she's become aquianted with it, trying to carry her about in it for a while? Then maybe building up to an all-nighter? I thought it was more lik
  25. birdhouse: Thank you so much for your informative reply. I've saved this reply into a word document so we can go over it when the time comes. The water advice is great advice and as to food what should we do in regards to food? Just treats or proper food? As we'll be travelling for 4 hrs-which is a long time! Is it worthwhile to put her in the carry case over night a few times after she's had a week or to to settle in (with the perch in there so she can sleep on it) so she gets used to it before the journey and won't make too much of a fuss on the day?
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