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  1. nickraph

    Is this Normal?

    Thanks Greywings! I was a hit nervous did to the chewed ends. I’m still keeping a close eye but I’ve not seen and significant feather loss since I posted this.
  2. nickraph

    Is this Normal?

    Most of the shafts of the feathers that I’ve seen are fine, there were two that looked a bit rough on the ends almost as if they’d been chewed off or chewed on but I’m just not sure. I guess only time will tell.
  3. nickraph

    Is this Normal?

    I’m up in Minnesota. Seems to be plenty of humidity right now. I’ve always been a bit worried about her in particular as she was cage bound for almost twenty years. She made very quick progress when she moved in with me but had a slight setback when JoJo was adopted but overall she is still making progress and then I see these feathers down on the bottom of the cage. It’s just freaking me out. Thank you for the help guys.
  4. nickraph

    Is this Normal?

    Hello all - I’m the paranoid parrot owner like I’m sure a lot of you are. Just looking to see if this amount of feather loss is normal in just a few days. I’ve just in the last year adopted two 17-20 year old greys and have constantly been concerned about the possibility of plucking. Sorry about the messy photo, she just got done tearing some Romain and corn apart.
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    What's in yor food bowl?

    Today’s fresh dish. Grapes, jalapeños, whole grain noodles, grapes, kales, squash flowers, high quality seed mix, carrots, broccoli, and I’m sure some other stuff I’ve forgotten since this morning. Working really hard to get my picky eater on some better foods.
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    Teaching an old bird new tricks. (flying)

    So glad I posted this, I would have never thought to use my bed. I think she’ll (JoJo) be a decent flyer and may already know how but just doesn’t. When she is startled she will hop into flight but only to flutter to the ground. She has a pretty smooth landing. Just doesn’t seem to be able to take off. My 20yo Maxi however is a different story and crashes anytime she is startled and always lands breast bone first. I’ll try this with her after JoJo gets the hang of it. It may help her come out of her she’ll more. She was not treated well by the previous owner.
  7. nickraph

    Teaching an old bird new tricks. (flying)

    Thank you. She is a skilled lander and can avoid obsticles. I’ve also noticed If I ask her to fly while she is on my arm she flaps her wings for a bit and I can feel it pulling my arm up, so hopefully it is not hard to teach. I didn’t think about the bed, I’ll Toss an old painting sheet on there so I don’t get any poop on there and try it out. Can I ask how old the Grey was at the time you took in?
  8. Hello everyone - I am hoping someone here may have some insight on training older greys (17 & 20 approx.). More specifically training them to fly. JoJo the grey I'd like to train first is very needy and I'd like to teach some independence and give her the ability to get around with confidence. Any insight from you guys would be greatly beneficial to me. As always, thank you for the help everyone. Glad I came across these forums. :)
  9. nickraph

    What's in yor food bowl?

    Cute. I wish my Greys would get along. But my older girl (Maxi) for some reason can’t stand my other female JoJo. Life would be som much easier.
  10. nickraph

    Did I go too big?!

    Thank you!! Appreciate the reply!
  11. nickraph

    What's in yor food bowl?

    Fantastic! Thank you, had no clue it was so easy. Does it thaw well?
  12. nickraph

    What's in yor food bowl?

    GreycieMae gets, what GraycieMae wants! You just provide the cash and ship[ping address. Hahaha.
  13. nickraph

    What's in yor food bowl?

    Any chance you'd be willing to share the steps taken to make the bread. I've never made it and I am betting mine would love it.
  14. nickraph

    What's in yor food bowl?

    I’ve had good luck with chop! But, I warmed it up a few times and now I am having a hard time getting them to eat it fresh or defrosted. They simply won’t eat it and choose pellets until the next morning. Today I made some chip using the following ingredients in no particular measures or amounts; I just use my vitamin to wet chop it, drain the water and mix by hand. Broccoli, cauliflower, black beans, kidney beans, collard greens, carrots, (shoot just realized I forgot the corn as I’m writing this), jalapeño, hard boiled egg, rolled oats (to soak up remaining liquid), and tossed in red palm oil. Thoughts on this mix, critiques, anything?! Hers a shot of a helper inspecting to make sure everything is just right.
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    Did I go too big?!

    That’s what I did! I bought the 40x30x75 dome top Macaw Mansion. It is surprisingly well built and way bigger than I pictured. JoJo is loving it, while Maxi is having a bit of a hard time with it. If you read in one of my other threads, Maxi was locked in her cage for around 20 years and never allowed out, in that cage she had one wobbly branch her whole life so getting her to use other perches has been quite the struggle. She will adjust though, she’s pretty strong. Here she is helping with food prep.
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