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Old 11-02-2016, 01:21 AM
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We adopted a parakeet that from someone who found him and was unable to locate the owner. My wife picked the name "Kiwi". Here is his "studio" portrait.

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Old 11-02-2016, 01:43 AM
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Kiwi is beautiful, Tony! I love his "studio portrait"
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:17 AM
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Kiwi is lovely and that is a great studio portrait!
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Tony,

The studio portrait of Kiwi is lovely!

He is a handsome fellow and I look forward to hearing more about him.

Best wishes!
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:42 AM
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I look forward to hearing more about him.
Well, who doesn't want to talk about his parakeets? :-)

Kiwi was found in a suburb about 30 minutes drive away. The man who found him was unable to find the original owner and unwilling to keep a bird. He said Kiwi was very friendly, so I was hoping Kiwi was already hand-trained.

Kiwi is actually a bit of a puzzle. He is in good health and a strong flyer. His wings are unclipped and he seems to understand what a window is very well. This suggests his prior owner gave him time outside his cage. But, even after a month with us, he is still freaked out by a hand in his cage.

I can get him to feed from my hand only if I hold a part of a millet spray and move it slowly near and then don't move at all while he feeds. Sometimes, even that is not enough—he remains suspicious.

Now that his quarantine is over, I have placed Luke, my other parakeet, in the cage with Kiwi. I'm hoping that Kiwi will learn by watching Luke.

After a month in the cage, I am now letting Kiwi out sometimes. I leave the door open and let him come out on his own. I've been happy that he's comfortable returning to his cage.

Well, it's been only a little over 30 days. Sometimes, I think I can see the little gears turning in his head: perhaps he is thinking that maybe I'm not going to eat him and maybe I can be trusted. He's going to have to be more trusting now if he wants millet, because he has Luke as competition and Luke is not shy.

I read the article this site points to on bonding with a new budgie and I seem to be doing everything right, so it's just a matter of patience.

I just now realized that I have "studio" portraits for my first parakeet, Shadow, and now one of Kiwi, but none of Luke. Time to go back to the "studio".
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I love Kiwi's background story, Tony.

Looking forward to seeing Luke's "Studio Portrait" soon!
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Kiwi is so handsome!

And I'm so thrilled that he's found such a great home with you and Luke! You're doing great things with him, so I'm sure he will feel like part of your family soon
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What a lovely story. Kiwi is very lucky.
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Kiwi is a beautiful bird!
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Kiwi is gorgeous. He's very lucky to have found a loving home!
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