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immorgan 10-03-2016 08:14 PM

Sugar and Spice (Ongoing thread)
As promised, I'm going to make an ongoing thread for my latest flock additions :) Every time my dog makes a noise downstairs, they start shrieking. I hope they'll settle down once they get more used to their new home :)
They don't have much in their cage yet, but I'm going to the store today to buy more perches and toys. I wanted to put only familiar items in their cage at first, to help the transition.
After about an hour of being nervous, the girls started to warm up to their new home! I was surprised at how quickly they came around :) both already ate and drank. It took Stormy 2 days to move an inch!
I took a little video of Spice exploring the cage. You can hear Sugar talking away in the background.

StarlingWings 10-03-2016 08:17 PM

Morgan, they are beautiful! :love: And their names suit them very well, for sure :thumbsup:

I'm glad that Sugar and Spice are warming up well to their new home :) I look forward to hearing lots more about these little cuties! :D

Jonah 10-04-2016 12:29 AM

Awesome....I will keep an eye on your ongoing thread....:)

lbeckman 10-04-2016 12:52 AM

Love the video! Spice is showing early signs of wanting to dismantle her cage.:laughing1: Working on dismantling his cage is something else that Simon takes very seriously, but fortunately he's not as successful at that as he is at destroying shredder toys. ;)

immorgan 10-04-2016 01:22 AM

I put their perches in and Spice was so excited she jumped on one when I was still attaching it :giggle: Sugar seems a bit more nervous, but it's understandable after the trauma of losing her leg. After an hour or so she decided the new perches weren't too bad ;)
I didn't put all of their toys in yet because I didn't want to overwhelm them with new stuff. What else should I add (other than toys of course)? Or is this a good amount of perches? I was thinking of adding a swing but I don't want Sugar to try and jump on it and fall.
I tried to keep everything pretty close together so it's easier for Sugar to navigate.
Bonus: Spice looking proud on her new perch :giggle:

aluz 10-04-2016 07:38 AM

I have just finished reading your other thread and it's great that you have managed to adopt these beautiful cockatiels, congratulations! :party:

I would suggest you to place at least one flat platform perch onto the cage for your differently-able cockatiel to rest her good foot when needed.

As for the swing, I have also a pet bird (lovebird) with the same type of disability and she still uses her swing and is able to balance quite well on it, she also loves to climb on her cage's ceiling and will at times make a pit stop on the swing.

immorgan 10-04-2016 05:30 PM


Originally Posted by aluz (Post 3812506)
As for the swing, I have also a pet bird (lovebird) with the same type of disability and she still uses her swing and is able to balance quite well on it, she also loves to climb on her cage's ceiling and will at times make a pit stop on the swing.

What kind of swing do you have? Should I put it close to another perch so she can step to it easier? Stormy is able to just jump on to his perch but I'm worried Sugar can't do the same.

FaeryBee 10-04-2016 07:22 PM


It sounds like Sugar and Spice are settling in well.
I'm glad you've started an on-going thread for them. :thumbsup:

You might want to consider an actual flat platform (perhaps made of wood) for Sugar.

Prevue Wooden Platform Perch

I believe it would be more comfortable for her than trying to perch on the small wires of the little platform. ;)

What size cage are Sugar and Spice in right now?

I'm thinking perhaps it would be nice to give them a lovely Christmas gift of a new home like the one below:

Critter Nation Cage - 1/2" horizontal bar spacing

And, you can even get covers to make the ramps easier for Sugar to negotiate her way around. :wow:

Critter Nation Ramp Covers

immorgan 10-04-2016 10:07 PM

They had their first vet visit today. I thought I heard Spice sneezing so I took them to my avian vet ASAP. Turns out she was just "huffing" to tell me to leave her alone :giggle: I guess I have a lot more to learn about cockatiels!
My vet said they look healthy and they're the perfect weight. The only issue was a sore on Sugar's only foot :( and she suggested a rope perch and a perch that varies in thickness. I have a picture of the sore. Any other ideas to help?
Bonus: Sugar's face in this photo is priceless!

FaeryBee 10-04-2016 10:13 PM

You can soak Sugar's foot in room temperature chamomile tea which is an anti-inflammatory.
You can also give her room temperature chamomile tea to drink as it will have anti-inflammatory properties that work within the body as well as a calming effect.

My concern about the pressure sore is that it appears it would hit right on the bars of the wire platform perch.
Providing her with a flat wooden perch would be advisable.
A grapevine perch varies in thickness and may be a good option for her as well.

Pressure sores can sometimes be alleviated by wrapping wooden perches with vet wrap.

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