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LNCAG last won the day on December 10 2019

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  • Birthday 11/15/1965


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    Vegetarian animal lover. Have had my CAG "Snickers" since 1997, also keep tarantulas, ball python, bearded dragon and a spoiled cat.
    Oh, I should add that I'm Ellen -- just like using LN instead online.


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    Between the middle of nowhere and the end of the road


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    Reading, watching Doctor Who, oil painting, also playing piano and guitar.


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    Social Worker/Case Manager

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  1. Snickers prefers the fruity pellets (Zupreem). I know there are healthier pelleted diets available, but since it's not his main meal - I just view them as treats (or something to snack on between healthier meals). I think it would be difficult to interest him in 'all-one-colour-healthier' pellets. I may be wrong. If his main diet was pelleted, I would probably mix pellet types. Hope your guy starts becoming more adventurous in trying new foods. Perhaps you could eat such stuff around him (like really in his personal space) and deliberately NOT share -- esp since they always want they can't have? Like a big production of eating around him, letting him have a sniff and then pulling dish back away from him? Force him to steal a bite? I dunno -- these greys are so smart, he might not fall for it anyway. lol
  2. Snickers is always a talker, but I have noticed he talks (or whistles) a LOT more when I leave the room. He needs me to answer back to him -- guess he just needs reassurance from his flock (me). It comforts him to hear me reply back and know that all is well even when I'm out of view. He also seems to know when I am out of the house, because I don't hear him calling as I return home. So he appears to know when I am within range, I suppose.
  3. I can't imagine a parrot starving to death as long as they recognize what's offered IS edible. I suppose mine has a varied diet because I would offer things that I was also eating. I made his first fresh foods seem more like me sharing with him than just dumping it in his dish and letting him figure it out. His main diet is fresh fruit/veg/starches. He came to me on a seed/pellet diet. He already liked seed mixes & peanuts but would pick through his pellets, eating only his favourite colours first. But if I am patient, he will eventually even eat the pellets in the non-desirable colours. I consider seed/pellets as treats -- not his main diet. With fruit/veg/rice/pasta... I guess he figured it out that this was what was being offered and relented and tried the foods I feed. Seeing me eat the same foods helped a LOT. He's so healthy, with good feathering and bright eyes. Patience works.
  4. I was lucky - I bought mine from his breeder who had had Snickers returned to her twice -- so he already knew a lot of words and phrases. Plus he's learned a lot more with me. And he can say things appropriate to situations. He was considered unadoptable by the breeder due to behavioural/biting issues (due to poor previous homes) but I convinced her to let me have a trial period with him and found success. I really wanted a known talker... had no idea he would bond so well with me and lose all of his undesirable behaviours she claimed he had. Snickers also does sound affects -- worst is the sound of my smoke alarm; plus he can do the sound of a truck backing up. He repeats most household sounds (but not the phone - go figure). He's also an excellent whistler. Doesn't sing though.
  5. Glad the tests were normal and hope your grey continues to rally.
  6. We can name all newborn parrots "Flappers" then.
  7. Hope it turns out to be nothing serious.
  8. Happy New Year to all!!! Wishing greys lots of fresh fruit and veg plus new toys and a few seed/peanut treats!
  9. I haven't done wrapped pet gifts in ages -- but I do remember Snickers could certainly unwrap his own gift! But only to receive a scary new toy. Life. Worst year ever I wrapped up container of catnip for the cats... um, long story short (and destroyed house later) the cats, um, sniffed it out early. But yannoe, the cats, not being sure exactly which gift actually held the tantalizing scent, messed up a LOT of other gifts and decor before they hit pay dirt. Cats, whatcha gonna do?
  10. I've always popped some popcorn for my parrots for the holidays. No salt, no butter -- just air popped. A big hit always for my grey! (It's not a treat he usually receives, since I'm not a big popcorn fan -- I only rarely have any). But the breeder I got my parrots from always did this on Christmas day for all her parrots, and I just sort of kept up the tradition. 22 years and my grey has never missed out on some Christmas Day popcorn! 🥰 (Actually, longer than 22 years since breeder also did this before I got him). What are your parrot traditions??? Hope everyone here has a lovely holiday -- whatever holiday that may be!!! Happy New year and hope you and all your pets & feathered companions will be happy and healthy! 🥳
  11. I remember some years ago I got sick with what doctor finally treated as a sinus infection (I had thought it was just a really weird bad cold until I realized I was running fever with it and went to doctor like 5 days in). But I was out of work for 9 days. I felt so extremely sick and horrible. Plus, until sinus infection was diagnosed, I was sort of concerned I could give my parrots something. I remember washing my hands thoroughly before handling their dishes and sort of turning my head away a bit to side when around them. So, my poor parrots only got seed, peanuts and pellets -- and their water was changed every 2 or 3 days instead of daily, which I am ashamed to admit (unless they made parrot soup which demanded dish washing and fresh water -- I just felt too bad to handle the daily water changes they were used to). My poor neglected babies were offered nothing fresh (no veggie or fruit), no treats, no out-of-cage time, nothing. Just the absolute bare minimum of care was about as much as I could handle. I think I only removed the top papers in their cages every few days, not full cleanups. I wasn't even up to a proper shower or eating or anything. Just pushed my own fluid intake. My sink was so full of dirty tea mugs and water cups after 9 days, it was embarrassing. Floor was filthy from not sweeping and vacuuming. Ugh. And I remember being so impressed that my babies all seemed to understand mummy was feeling so horrible -- they exhibited no screaming or negative behaviours. They just played with their cage toys, I guess. I spent most of the 9 days propped upright on the sofa (so I could breathe -- wearing those Breathe Right strips on my nose) trying to sleep for all those days. Parrots are so smart, they seem to know when something is wrong with us. I even worried that they might be worried about me -- they can be so sensitive. Yet they were mostly quiet and so well-behaved during my whole illness. And when I got better, they accepted proper care again as if the 9 days prior were fully forgiven.
  12. I've seriously wondered if my grey truly is incapable of shelling a peanut. Now, if I break one in half, he will sometimes play with it a little while and may actually nibble at the revealed peanut... sometimes. More often than not, it just gets dropped to the floor though. So much easier to buy salt-free dry roasted ones in a jar for him.
  13. Interesting, learn something new everyday. I guess I call some rope toys, some chew toys (esp with wood blocks or leather), some challenge toys (holds a nut/treat inside a 'cage' toy), etc.. Never been to a bird fair sadly, just seen the selection at pet store (and I've rehung new wooden blocks on older hanging 'chain' toys for him before). I guess I pictured a foot toy more like when I hand mine a popsicle stick or cardboard strip (foot sized hold-able) or even twisted paper he can hold and chew. Although, mine usually wants to play 'pick up' with such loose toys (Um, he drops, I retrieve). lol Mine loves to grab the bell on hanging chew toys so he can immediately remove the clacker inside. I usually ending up replacing the bells on new toys with older bells I've kept (if possible -- some toys are more easily modified than others). Anyway, my older/stronger bells can still ring -- and gives him some challenge to try and remove their clackers.
  14. Stupid forum member alert: Um, what are foot toys? Are they just simple smaller toys comfortably held in a grey foot? Are they loose items handed to a grey or toys hung on play gym? Anyway, always impressed with anyone crafty for making things!
  15. I had a macaw that would also romance me with regurgitated food. She'd gag/bring it up (I could see the food in her mouth) and then she'd re-swallow it like "nevermind, you're not worth this delicious crop full'. Um, thanks -- really, but I didn't want it anyway. But my male CAG Snickers is quite the lover and is very generous with regurgitated food sharing. (Is there a gag emoticon in these boards?) I think the problem/joy of greys is how intensely they feel things. I admit, he does often think I am his girlfriend. As long as he isn't actually suffering/pining/sad with his delusion that I am his his mate -- it's fine. I provide lots of platonic love, good eats, adequate out-of-cage-time and toys. I just have to be careful where I touch him so I don't send a mixed message (which would be unfair to my Snickers -- I want him happy, not pining). I do think it's best to stay close to head/neck/throat to be safe and keep my parrot happy and within normal cross-species relationship boundaries.
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