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I wanted to post updates on Kaze but thought I should move out of the Introduction thread.

In case you missed the intro, here is our story in short:

I adopted Kaze on Monday, Nov. 30th 2015. So he has been here about 2 weeks now. The lady I got him from said he is around 3 years old. He spent those 3 years in a 10x8x16 cage with the original plastic perches, no toys and a seed only diet. I believe they did talk to him often but she said he had only been out of his cage once in the last year.
My history: I love animals but haven't had a pet bird in a very long time. I have been wanting to buy a bird and decided to take Kaze and learn as I go. After days on google I found this forum and love it!! It is so helpful :)

For the first 5 days he didn't eat or drink anything! I tried all types of food until I realized he would only eat the brand of seed he was fed for the last 3 years. I have been mixing it with a better brand of seed and he will eat it as long as it is 50/50 mix. I have tried fresh oranges, apples, spinach and cooked pasta but he will not eat it. I also tried millet and the seed treat bars that you place in the cage and he will not try those either. I plan to buy some pellet food tomorrow and will mix it with the seed.

Up until a few days ago he would bite me very hard and pretty much attack me when I put my hand in his cage. I started removing the top of it while in a closed bathroom and after a while he came out and perched on my hand. Now when I remove the top he is out in less than 2 seconds and on my hand. His current cage is 16x14x23 and has small doors. I have a larger cage with a door at the top that pulls down with a perch on it on my Christmas wish list :)

I am trying to train him to come to me from a distance when I call him but with him not being interested in any treats, I have no reward for him. I am afraid to let him out in the larger rooms until I know I can get him to come to me. I also have trouble getting him back in his cage when play time is over. He will be on my hand and when I get him close to it, he will fly and land on my head. Then this repeats over and over again lol

I have a million questions but I think this is enough info for now. I think getting him to eat something other than seed is what I will focus on right now.

Here is a funny pic from today's 1.5 hour hang out in the bathroom LOL

 

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You should consider getting him a playground for when he is outside the cage.....I know things are confined to the bathroom right now but maybe for the future! My girl Rio spends much of her day outside her cage and will hang out on her playground when she's not flying around. I have the same problem when its time to go back in the cage...I get her near the door and she flies away....she gives me a work out trying to get her back in but I take it as a compliment! :D
 

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Could someone direct me to threads about poo? I am sure they are on here but I can't find them.
How do you keep your bird from getting poo all over the house when you let them fly around?
What is the best way to clean it up? I don't want to use harmful cleaners around him. If I just wipe it up with paper towels and no cleaner, will it leave harmful bacteria behind for my family?
Other suggestions for keeping him from going on me when he is out and playing? It gets everywhere :(
 

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I would say that two weeks isn't a lot of time for Kaze to have settled in enough to be comfortable trying new foods.

I've had my two newest babies since September and they still are very skeptical of new foods and/or items. So I wouldn't give up on offering new food occasionally now and then. All 3 of mine are NUTS about dandelion leaves, but I had to just put the leaves in the cage and leave them at first because the babies weren't willing to even look at the "scary" new food unless they were left alone.

If you can teach him the joy of millet, that will help with bribing and training.

Sounds like you're doing a great job so far!!
 

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I don't think there's anyway to avoid poo! I use dawn dish washing soap mixed with water to clean up surfaces where poo lands.....I'm not sure if this OK but I figured they use it on wildlife so why not diluted on poopy surfaces! I'm sure someone will have a better suggestion!
 
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