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Old 03-14-2016, 01:10 PM
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So, a few hours ago I said I'd do this on the weekend, but Haku was fussing with the cage door while I was talking to him and I was like "You know, she got him out of the shop cage with a finger, I got him in with my finger, he perched when I gave him food. . . maybe he's just super calm."

I opened the door. He hopped on the edge (even tho I have to hold that door open, so I was right there) and flew out.

Haku is soo cute, he flew around for a bit, landed next to my hand and hopped right up and flew away a bit after.

But then I jsut let him be for a few minutes, looked up and was like. . "where'd he go?" -- five minutes later --



Cheeky budgie ^.^

And for getting him back in



Breathing steady, no trembling, honestly, he seems calmer than Topi is with me. He's also stopped sitting around massively fluffed and resting on his feet, which worried me for the first 24 hours -- looks like he was just tired.

Haku likes his cuttle-bone, his edible perch just like Topi has, and preening, he preens a lot compared to Topi. He is exercising quite a bit, upside-downing, etc. Also, his favourite perching place for not doing things seems to be the ladder.

Still not had his first millet tho, so getting him habituated to step-up and such is a bit out of reach -- but he is eating from his food bowl, even tho I changed him from the seed-only stuff the lady was giving the birdies (again, Topi was much more stubborn here). Soo, we'll get to that.

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Sounds like you're making great progress with Haku. He might revert to being more afraid after a while, just due to the new scenario and 'new home' nerves, but don't sweat it, just keep training and it'll be fine.
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hello there haku.he's cute.I think he's getting a little use to his new environment.thanks so much for the lovely photos.blessings.have fun little feathered friend.
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I like the photo with your bird sitting on your finger. Is calm and relaxed about it also.
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Aw, Hakuran is definitely settling in! As Emma said, once he gets more established, he may try and set more boundaries, but for now he seems like a happy, curious little bird. And so cute!

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..... It begins XD

But yeah, Haku is a nutter. As soon as I get home he goes nuts at the cage door to get out. I waited for him to calm down and a few minutes later opened the cage -- cause I am not encouraging that sort of begging >.>, we'll teach him "wings" or something eventually.

His fearlessness remains, but he has indeed set some boundaries. He'll walk all over me if I'm somewhere he wants to be, but I need either a perch or several tries to get him back in the cage. Not that I wasn't expecting him to have a proper personality after he really started settling in -- but yeah, cute little nutter XD.

UPDATE:

Okay, so I think I know how it happened.

He just wedged his head between the bowl and it's little perch and got stuck. I ended up helping him out. . . .

I think I need some kind of flat-plate-ish food dish for Haku, cause cramming himself into such a small, hard place seems risky.


UPDATE 2:

Oh come on, don't hit post replay instead of save for edits.....

Right, digest version.

1: Haku is digging in the bowl, getting caught seems to be unrelated incident and hopefully he won't repeat it.
2: Haku REALLY loves being out of the cage. I tried to put him back and he flew onto my shoulder before I even got my hand out.
3: Haku is REALLY cute. I kissed at him on my shoulder and he kinda puffed up and clicked his beak -- and a moment later was foraging/climbing around my hair (it's quite long, he kinda got tangled >.>)
4: I'm gonna take his grate out of the cage since A) he needs some way to get the food if he's gonna keep it on the floor and B) the forums seem kinda split on the issue, but feel free to chime in on the matter.
5: I kinda worry about his fretting, especially attacking the food bowl and trying to open the cage doors, but he's super young so I'll just believe he'll calm down over time, learn that I'm not gonna leave him in there forever or anything.
6: I think I've settled on their main diet food, after trying several things (including buying the only all-pellet mix I could find and adding some seed mix. . .whereupon Topi promtly ignored the pellets, just like with everything else) --- The Lefeber's foods seem quite popular with Topi. He goes after it like millet. I've tried the pelle-berries and the Sunny Orchard nutriberries and he loves them. I think Haku is leaning towards the Tropical Carnival at the moment, but mostly the seeds, and mostly just throwing it on the floor. Also, unlike Tropical Carnical, both birds are actually eating all the bits of the nutriberries, seeds, fruit, and pellets.
7: For a bird so willing to be around me when I'm not trying to put him in a cage, Haku is awfully suspicious of attempts to feed him.
8: Haku seems more active than Topi, after properly cleaning both, should I maybe swap their cages since Topi's is slightly bigger?

Redirects to points asking advice specifically -- 4 and 8.
all other input welcomed n.n.

Now then, past my bedtime. . .and Haku's just gonna have to deal .

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So Haku had an eventful couple of weeks! But that was discussed a little elsewhere so current status only.

Digest version:

1. Whether he was really good with people or just acting it before, he's definitely terrified of them now.
2. He will not let me come anywhere near him, and freaks out if I put my hand in the cage, even for food or paper.
3. He's very happy with Topi, I'm glad I kinda 'gave up' on my relationship with those two and put them back together. Keeping them separated would likely have taken far too long of them not being happy for me take, and might not have ever given the desired outcome since I'm not exactly the bird whisperer over here.
4. He can be gotten in and out of the cage the same way as Topi -- open door, put out new seed when time to go back.


I think Haku might be outright ruined on the whole 'tame' idea. I try not to think about it at all really -- I'll just be near the cage and talk or sing for a little bit each day, and wait for the time where he's at least fine with changing the paper/food/water before I try the taming thing over. My only real expectation is that maybe, eventually he and Topi will be good enough with step-up I can be 100% confident in the in and out of the cage again.
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