I have had Bowie since Christmas Eve, not sure of the sex yet, but if it turns out to be a girl, the name will be changed to Beau.
Settled Bowie in the cage, left alone to acclimatise. Decided to take bird to Mom's house on Boxing Day so that it was not left alone. Coped well with interest from the dog, didnt freak out so that was good. I had been constantly talking and reassuring Bowie, so Mom and I were delighted when we heard Bowie say, pretty bird. Repeated it three more times, couldnt believe my ears.
Once the festivities were over, started to keep my hand in the cage for ten minutes at a time. Bowie soon learned that this was ok, only took about three days for a first 'step up'.
Wouldnt touch millet for first three weeks, now loves it.
When I felt that enough trust had been gained for a step up outside of the cage, I left the door open and allowed bird to fly, finally settling on a shelf which was budgie proofed. Encouraged bird to find feet for a while and enjoy some peace up there, then approached and bird stepped up without trouble. That shelf is now for the bird (it is fairly wide and hazard free). The shelf above is more human friendly but wont harm the bird, who has taken to playing peek-a-boo behind the picture frame. It is the favourite game of the moment, and if I dont say peek-a-boo bird gets all giddy and chirps at me to play it again.
Last edited by Bowies mom; 01-22-2013 at 04:58 PM.
Bowie has been taking treats from my fingers for some time now, and I am attempting to associate the word yummy yummy with treats. Normally Bowie eats beautifully and doesnt get spooked by anything. Today, Bowie was eating some baby spinach, seemed to be loving it, then all of a sudden got a bit miffed cos I wouldnt give the whole thing up and took a nip of my finger. I stayed calm, didnt react, but did several step ups so that Bowie realised there would be a consequence of biting. Put Bowie back in the cage and I'm trying my best not to feel miffed about it. Have also noticed that since Bowie has been out of the cage more and flying around, less words have been said. Hmmmmm.
Woohoo, Bowie has learned turn around. I have decided to give smaller amounts of millet, more as a reward than a treat. Turns out Bowie will do almost anything for a few bites of millet. Bowie sits on my finger, and on command does a full 360 degree turn. I started by asking Bowie to turn around when the back was turned to me, and finally got a full revolution to my command. Bowie is so clever, I am delighted with this breakthrough. Just to add, also the biting seems to have disappeared, but this maybe cos Bowie is keen to be treated.
Bowie has totally got the turning around thing now. I have taken a video of it and shown it to family, they cant believe how good Bowie is for such a young bird. Have decided to stick to the turn around trick for seven days before we attempt anything further. No need for me to put my hand in the cage anymore, I just open the door and Bowie comes to the door and waits to step up to my finger. I can tell that there has been a deepening of trust between us today, Bowie just seems much more comfortable with me now. There have been more twitterings today, I am convinced these are pre-talk words, so fingers crossed. Attmpted to weigh Bowie today cos I dont want to end up with a fat bird just because I'm rewarding with millet. Bowie is not a fan of the weightwatchers scale, but I've left in on the shelf so Bowie can get used to standing on it when its not switched on.
My laptop has had to be repaired so no tracking of Bowies progress. The update is, I am more sure now that Bowie is a boy. He has blue tinges round the edges of the cere but white rings around the actual nostrils so not one hundred percent sure. Bowie is out for most of the day when I am around, he can now find his way back to the cage and its open door, so I pretty much let him come and go as he pleases. Bowie loves spinach, continues to love millet, and has tried tomato, raspberries and cooked rice, but not particularly keen. He still does turn around, and chatters to me constantly, sometimes I hear words, other times, I hear the tunes to the words that I say to him, mostly 'do you want to go to bed'.
Its been a while since I posted so thought that I would put an update. Bowie is most definately a boy, his cere, whilst not dark blue, is a pearly pale blue color, and he has the 'face' of a boy in my opinion. Things have changed quite a bit since my last post. Bowie has learned a few more tricks, firstly he can ring his bell in the cage on command, usually he does this for millet, or if he is excited to come out of the cage. He step up and back in the cage now. He has a small plastic budgie in his cage called Charlie, he can give him a kiss on command, both inside and outside of the cage. He can also turn around for a tickle (at the moment only on the bottom of his tail, but we are working on getting braver). The bigger changes are on Bowie's out of cage time. He is so relaxed now, it's lovely to see. He will step up really nicely most of the time. There are occasions when he obviously doesnt want to go back to the cage, so he will nip. He flies to my hand more than ever now, and he will happily play with Charlie on my lap. Sometimes I give him pen tops or other bits to play with. He still loves his shelf although I am planning on making him a play gym soon. He will even go down onto the rug and snoop around. He likes to throw things. He is a ****** for going on to the tv which is not allowed as he tends to bite the wires that go into the freeview box. I always tell him no, and ask him if he wants to go to bed (cage) for misbehaving. The other day, I told him to get off the tv and the little ****** looked straight at me and said, you wanna go to bed? Little sod!
Well! Our world has been turned upside down. I finally managed to get a clear, close up photo of Bowie and asked some forum members to identify the gender of my bird, and lo and behold, Bowie is a GIRL! I can't believe it but they are very certain that my bird is a hen. It's amazing how much it has affected me. Obviously, Beau could care less, (note the name change). I have had to tie a pink ribbon onto the outside of her cage just to remind me that things are different now. But the thing is, today I tried out a tip that I read online from a breeder, about stopping bad behaviour from your bird, you have to say tssst, tssssssst when your bird is misbehaving. Well, today I did it when Beau got on the sky box, and she came straight off!! Amazing. I was very impressed, within ten minutes no more jumping on the sky box.