Olaf and Zircon have a few disadvantages. I have never owned a bird, and rarely been around them. 2 days before Christmas we went in for a beta fish and walked out with two birds and all the stuff the guy at Petsmart said we needed. So their first disadvantage is the family they went to is clueless. Their second disadvantage (or rather ours) is that they were purchased from Petsmart so they were not hand raised and are essentially wild.
The poor babies came home in a cardboard box and had to wait while we quickly set up their cage. We were told their wings were clipped. Luckily we were smart enough to do the transfer in a bedroom with the door shut because Zircon took flight. Olaf wouldn't leave the box.
In the last three weeks we have learned so much by researching. We got lucky. We brought home somehow two birds that are less than 4 months old. We have returned several times to the same pet store to find that 50-75% of the birds over over 4 months and some of those are probably a year or older. We visited the one other place in town to purchase birds to find that it's birds were all older and in very poor condition. Luckily I love to learn and read. I feel confident now that we can do things right. We did things backwards but we are coming along fast.
We came home with skiddish wild birds. We used a few different ways to try to start the process. The bathroom was a flop. They were not tame enough to stay on a finger and just kept "flying off" and we feared for their safety. (We clipped their wings to be able to let them out. I do believe that they will be tamed before we need to do so again. I would like them to be able to fly in our home). We resorted to food. A little millet or even their regular food and the words hop up. After 2 weeks I am able to leave the cage door open and the birds will come out, come see me and check out the living room. Now at 3 weeks they will actually sit on our arms or shoulders and just relax instead if wanting to keep moving. I must say 20 minutes a day is a big difference. Some days we manage 2 -3 20 minute sessions.
Just today both birds hopped and crawled over my daughters and I. They even took short flights to get to the hand head or shoulder they wanted to perch on. They were comfortable ad rested. They chirped at us and each other. It wasn't about food, it was about attention. We know when they want attention because they come to the cage door and chirp at us.
We love these two little guys and can't wait to share our triumph and mistakes with everyone else.
It's about them not me anyway right?
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