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  1. Acappella

    Does your grey curse?

    Dorian doesn't swear. I caught my brother standing in front of his cage one time saying "shit head, say shit head" once, and he was no longer allowed unsupervised time with the bird after that. Our nursing home in town had a parrot for years. He came in with a resident and then, when the resident died he became the nursing home bird. He was known as Tony the swearing parrot. He (the parrot) had a dreadful vocabulary but everyone seemed to get a kick out of it. Some people do find swearing in a bird funny, but it could potentially make re-homing a bird harder. If you want to stop the swearing just don't respond to it, especially with laughter. They love to do things that get a response from us. Don't let her see or hear you respond to the naughty words, and then when she says something positive give her plenty of praise. This can take a while. I'm in the middle of trying to extinguish a sound here with Dorian and it's taking forever. Then again, he's slow on the uptake lol. You'll probably hear lots of things as she unpacks her suitcase. Sit back and enjoy.
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    She has laid 2 eggs! Help!

    So sorry you lost your baby. She knew she was loved and cared for, and you did all that you could for her. Please know that we here are thinking about you.
  3. I'm sorry, I can't help you with your profile problem, I haven't changed my profile picture for a decade lol. Thank you for taking in this partially naked little bird. Glad to hear her diet is already improving. I'm afraid you won't be able to start to build trust until after the medication is over. As long as you have to towel her to give meds it's going to be traumatic for her. You've got the right idea in showing her how you are with your other birds and letting her observe her new environment. Trust me, she's processing all this new information at light speed. Don't push the hands on stuff at the start. It'll come in its own time. Sit by the cage and talk to her, read to her, just spend time by her letting her get used to your presence. Make sure the other members of the family spend time around her cage as well. You don't want a bird only you can handle, especially as she's already showing signs of being partial to you. Just let her observe her new home for now. Relationship/trust building takes time. Again, thank you for rescuing this little soul.
  4. Acappella

    Time for scritches!

    What a sweet picture, I'm jealous. Dorian's gone off scritches so I have to sneak them in here and there. Enjoy your cuddle bug.
  5. Acappella

    New member on board!!

    Welcome and thanks for re-homing. Sounds like you have a bird like my Dorian who was never allowed to fledge and therefore doesn't really know what his wings are for. I think the hanging on and flapping is adorable and a good indictator that he may fly one day. As for the stepping up, it took Dorian over two years to step up onto my hand. He came out of a pet store where many children, and frankly some adults, used to poke cat toys and fingers through the bars of his cage, so he came to me very afraid of hands. He would also step up from the floor but never from his cage. My first success was very much controlled by him. He decided that one of the outside perches on his cage was his step up perch, and that when he went to that perch he was ready to be picked up. I don't remember how long it took me to realize this, but the dumb Hooman finally clued in. Just continue to offer your hand as an option to him, and if he doesn't choose to step up that time just tell him that's ok and walk away until the next time. Your wife took an absolutely gorgeous picture of Smokey. I mean, yours were good, but . . . Of course, you both had a good subject. Smokey is beautiful. Keep browsing around the forums, asking questions, and tuning into grey time. Again, welcome.
  6. Acappella

    A Chance

    Wow. A blue and gold would be my dream bird, but it will always have to be a dream in my case. I just don't have the room. A pet store in town has a resident blue and gold named Cloe, and I go in to visit with her. She comes with an interesting history. The owner of the pet store sold her as a baby 24 years ago. Now one of her owners, the one Cloe was bonded to, has died, and the family got in touch with Phil to see if he was interested in taking her back. They're not looking for a new home, they're going to keep her. Unfortunately their grey started plucking when she arrived and she's (the grey) a bit of a hot mess. They've gotten her about $300 dollars of stimulating, preening and shredding toys to keep her occupied, but they're afraid it's become a habit now. I say "Go for it"
  7. Acappella

    A New "FIRST" for Joey

    Just when you think they're settled in and they've got nothing new to show you... Nothing cuter than a soaking wet grey.
  8. Acappella

    Cage

    When I changed Dorian's cage I assembled it where he could see me and it. I did it across the room from him and then moved the cage closer until he got scared, and left it there or a couple of days for him to get used to. I gradually moved the new cage closer to him until I could put it like Jayd said, open door to open door. Let him see you put food and a favourite treat in the food dish, and then wait him out. It may take a while for him to explore the new cage because he's been cage bound. Just be patient. If he's preening in front of you Jayd is right, it means he's getting used to you. It's a very good sign. Keep up the good work!
  9. Acappella

    Prayers Please...

    I think I'm starting to see why your country has so little faith in a health system administered by the government. They really need to come up here and see how we do it. When I said we haven't the best record with our vets I meant annoyances like the leg/no leg thing I mentioned. I wish you could come to Canada and get care. Forget being a vet, just being a senior would get you better care. I'm so sorry you have to deal with all this stress on top of not being well. I'm seriously sending good thoughts your way. Love, Marguerite
  10. Acappella

    Cage

    I'm going to bed now, but I'll answer tomorrow, K?
  11. Acappella

    Prayers Please...

    We have a political satirist up here named Rick Mercer, and he does a bit every week called Rick's Rant. One week it was about how we're treating our veterans. He has a friend who lost his legs below the knees in Afganistan. In order to get disability benefits, every year he has to prove that he's still disabled. Think about that for a second. It's like every year they're asking him to prove that his legs haven't grown back! When my dad was palliative with me the last year and a half of his life it opened him up to a whole lot of care. In home nursing, physio, PSW's twice a day, doctor's calls, oxygen, no cost prescriptions, anything we needed. There's an emphasis here on quality of life in end of life care. It's better than the care you get if you're NOT dying lol. The fact that the VA and your politicians have forms and procedures for complaints about the VA speaks volumes about how often they get complaints. What about trying to get the media involved. A story on the local news might light a fire under their butts.
  12. Acappella

    Prayers Please...

    It's obscene to me that you're presented with a bill at all. I'll gladly pay taxes to support our universal health care, and so will almost all Canadians. We pretty much universally believe in quality healthcare for all. As for the VA, anytime you're dealing with a bureaucracy like that you abandon all hope of common sense. Even here we don't have the best record when it comes to our veterans. I'm sorry you have to deal with this frustrating idiot on top of everything else. I hope today is a better day. Love, Marguerite and Dorian (and Jac the cat).
  13. Acappella

    Need tips and tricks!

    I'm so sorry for your loss. She was beautiful.
  14. Acappella

    Appearance

    Jayd, I don't think Erfan should try to towel his grey yet. The bird is simply too terrified to be handled without setting back what little trust they are building. Erfan, don't worry about your clothes. If you start wearing the same thing every day then he will become scared by change, but if you just dress normally then that will become his norm.
  15. Acappella

    Gilbert is home

    Yeah, that's not a game you want to start. They will "play" for hours after you have stopped, believe me, I know. We're still working on a certain sound extinguishing around here and, while progress is being made, it's being made veeeeeeeeeeeeeery slowly. Glad to hear about your kiss. Did she get an extra treat after that.
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