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About Giannine

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  1. Giannine

    Black Balls Attached to Down Feathers

    It does appear to be dried blood...it is shiny and blackish red
  2. My Quaker Parrot keeps pulling her down feathers out and they have these little shiny black ball-type things attached to them. Is this normal?
  3. Giannine

    Stanley Steemer Safe?

    I need to get my carpet cleaned and have always been happy with Stanley Steemer in the past before I had birds... is it safe to have them in the house during carpet cleaning or should I move them outside?
  4. Giannine

    Wing Clipping Help & Very Fearful Bird

    Hi everyone, thank you so much for all of your input and advice! I apologize for being mia for so long...I have been dealing with some serious family issues. Poppy has gotten so much better since I posted this (fear-wise). She is less jumpy. I will try blocking her from getting onto my shoulder with my other arm. She cares nothing about climbing down my arm and will actually hang from my arm and maneuver her way to my shoulder if I try raising my arm so it is a steep decline. I could try out the egyptian pose though...maybe that will work. I got Poppy from a woman named Pat in Florida. She is wonderful. She and her husband owned a pet store in Ohio for 30 years. I love Oak Harbor, by the way...we are in Mill Creek/Bothell. Sorry, I am trying to reply to multiple people in one post:) The main big complaint I have now is Poppy not leaving me alone when she is out of her cage. She HAS to be on me at all times which makes it very difficult to get anything done. As of now, I have no easy way of getting Poppy outside without taking her cage out there. Kind of a hassle but as soon as it warms up, I will do so
  5. Giannine

    Wing Clipping Help & Very Fearful Bird

    Thank you for the replies. Poppy is a Timneh. She came from Florida and I am in Washington state. Our other parrot is not out of Poppy’s sight. Their cages are about 10 feet from each other and are in plain sight of one another. Poppy scrambles up to my shoulder and I have not figured out how to prevent her from doing so. She will not stay where I set her. Our household is pretty calm. I can’t stand chaos and ruckus. Nobody does anything to invade Poppy’s space...they talk to her when she is in her cage but again, they do not handle her. I do. Nobody pokes at her. My kids are respectful of animals. She wants to be with me all the time but until I get these issues under control, I cannot have her out of her cage as much as she was before her wings grew back (all day). Poppy also freaks out if any man comes near her cage. Not my adult sons, other men. My stepdad approached her cage and she started screaming and flapping all over the place. A man who delivered something did the same and she had the same reaction. This is not an abused or neglected bird but you would think she was judging by her behavior.
  6. Hi everyone, it has been awhile since I have posted or visited. I posted before about Poppy being a very fearful bird. She has been like that since I got her at 14 weeks in 2016. She came from a very good breeder and I am home mostly every day so I know what goes on around her most of the time. I don't have bratty kids and the youngest is 9 and oldest at home is 21. He and my 16-year-old (2nd oldest at home) spend 98% of their time in their rooms downstairs. Everyone is afraid of Poppy except my 21-year-old and my 10-year-old is able to get her back on her cage with a perch (she hates when we try to get her with a perch and will attack it unless she is on the floor) if needed but he doesn't handle her beyond that. Neither does my 21-year-old. I am the only one who can actually hold her. The problem is, I have become afraid to. I can hold her but it is only a matter of time before the tiniest noise spooks her and she starts getting bitey with me. The other major issue I am having is not being able to get her wings clipped because I don't know how to even get her into a carrier or towel her without her absolutely freaking out. Her not having her wings clipped has become a big issue because when she is out of her cage and I am in the main part of the house where her cage is because she is constantly flying onto me. I cannot get anything done and I am not comfortable having a fearful bird on me all the time. I have had to resort to having one of the kids let her out when I and our Quaker Parrot are upstairs because she flies onto the Quaker's cage all the time. They have always been kept separate for safety reasons. I just don't know what to do. I have begun to feel like I am a very ill-equipped person to deal with this particular bird. I feel like I got in over my head. Any suggestions for how to get her into a carrier so I can take her to a vet to get her wings clipped? All other advice and input welcome as well.
  7. Giannine

    Chickens and Parrots

    It says that the medicated food is to help the chicks build up immunity to coccidiosis which is apparently everywhere in the environment so the medicated food acts as a preventative. Really, it just help them build resistance. They do offer a vaccine for coccidiosis so if chicks receive that, feeding the medicated feed will cancel out the vaccine effect. I did read that medicated feed is not necessary, especially if you have a small number of chicks as opposed to hundreds or thousands, in which case, they would be at greater risk because of a likely less clean environment.
  8. Giannine

    Chickens and Parrots

    That is what we got—Silkies:D Were your chickens vaccinated? I am assuming mine weren't since the guy I bought them from recommended I buy medicated feed for them
  9. Giannine

    Chickens and Parrots

    We just got 7 chicks yesterday that need to be kept in the house until they are older. Does anyone know what risks there may be to Olive and Poppy?
  10. Giannine

    Olive is Missing

    Thank you so much! This should solve my problem and Poppy can avoid getting her wings clipped. Definitely seems worth the investment. I didn't even bother trying to buy a screen door because Solo (Boxer) would have tore through that the first day it went up so this will 1) Keep Poppy flighted 2) Hold up to a crazy Boxer 3) Give us fresh and cooler air to circulate through the house 4) Keep us from getting Mosquito bites. Win all the way around;) One last question: What length did you request? Our sliding door is about 80" tall...What length do you recommend?
  11. Giannine

    Olive is Missing

    Ok, I think I may need your help Sterling. I see a seller based in China and one in the UK...did you get yours from the US? Could you post the link to where you got yours?
  12. Giannine

    Olive is Missing

    Awesome! Thank you so much for that recommendation. I will now set about to tracking one down!
  13. Giannine

    Birds Like Dry Food More than Fresh

    Poppy will eat some but she loses interest quickly. I didn't think about removing the pellets:rolleyes: Poppy tosses some of hers also. She will dig and toss. Ah well...she does eat some. I just think it's funny how they just love their pellets. That is the quickest and easiest way to lure Poppy into her cage at night—her pellet dish.
  14. It's ok. Everyone has a right to their opinions and every person's situation is different. I have 7 other people in my home and we have a Boxer who is constantly being let outside through the sliding glass door which is directly across from Poppy's cage—she is in the living room and it is in the dining room. I cannot risk losing another bird to flying outside as we did with Olive. Thankfully we found her. My birds cannot get outside with their wings clipped so it is a necessity for my household. I did call yesterday and cancelled. There is no way I am going to put Poppy through that. She is 15-months-old now. We got her last August. For now, I don't know what I am going to do. I don't even know how to get her into a carrier to get it done at a vet...I suppose that would require toweling. The other issue is keeping my house cool when it's hot outside. We always keep the sliding glass door open all day but have been having to keep it shut since the birds gained their ability to fly again. Poppy is an okay flyer. She could definitely get somewhere if she needed to. Olive is a better flyer.
  15. Giannine

    Olive is Missing

    We had one last summer and it was quickly decimated by our Boxer. He jumps/pounces on the door repeatedly if we don't let him in quickly enough so a screen door would also quickly be thrashed.