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Old 04-21-2019, 06:42 PM
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We did clicker train Thursday. Not a whole lot to report. Starting pip in loop and maru on turn around. Star is still fussy about targeting. I dont know what to think. I will try rewarding her more when she targets quickly and not this drawn out, will she wont she thing she is doing now.

Also Pip is taking after Kiger with taking a good minute between targets for loop to enjoy his reward

Goof birdie training tomorrow, maybe.

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Old 04-22-2019, 11:09 PM
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I think only rewarding Star when she targets quickly will be the best approach to improving her behavior.
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Good birdie training last night. That included step up and being restrained. Ziggy zoomed out of his cage when i asoed him to step up but the others were ok. Max and Pippin are the worst about being restrained. Maru isnt great ether but he cant manuver as well. Both get their feet up under a finger and Max turns himself around and pip pushes on my fingers and trys to flap his wings. -sigh- So as im working with Max I notice he needs to get his toes done. Fun fact, Max will scream when i go to clip a nail but haven't actually done anything yet. Im thinking I will need to work on him being ok with the nail clippers themselves since Im thinking thats a part if his issue.

Here is something. Im not sure what is going on with Marus tail. He dropped one tail feather a few weeks ago, at that time he had another long tail feather that I thought was just the 2nd tail feather....well something happened at some point that damages the feather and it came out last night. I looked closer at it and realized it was a mostly grown in blood feather (he was fine. No bleeding at all) so ether baby only has 1 long tail feather (very unlikely) or there is another long tail feather somewhere.

Ether way, Maru is sporting the no tail look going to let the vet know whats going on. Its reminding me of when we first had Max and he was breaking nee feathers for months before they finally started growing in nornally and not breaking. Likely we will be adjusting his diet.

Meanwhile here is tailless Maru right before Monday night bath time.

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Tetra's tail did this too! Well, not losing the blood feather, but losing both and not being able to find the other feather. Who knows, maybe the goblin that comes and steals socks in the night took the tail feathers too.
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Tetra's tail did this too! Well, not losing the blood feather, but losing both and not being able to find the other feather. Who knows, maybe the goblin that comes and steals socks in the night took the tail feathers too.
Lol, maybe
I have on a few occasions wondered how did a big feather (tail or primary) end up in someplace like the bottom of the laundry basket or somewhere else also unexpected because the birds dont go to that part of the apartment. The feather goblin is a sneaky one

I just think of when Max lost his tail. It was a little diffrent of a situation. One had been bent and I clipped it back so it wouldn't bother him. Then he molted out the other. The tailless look was wierd on Max.

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I did let our vet know about babies tail feather as well as that most of his feathers seem to be comming in fine. I really have no idea what lead this feather to break...

Anyway at this point in time we are going to keep an eye on things. It might just be Maru did a thing that damaged the feather, similarly to the primary he broke, and it just wasnt as noticable as his primary was when damaged. He has gotten a lot better about moving around his cage with some sembalance of grace.

That said, I noticed today his flying is better minus the tail feathers. Not so Little dude was doing laps for me this morning when I wanted to hold him and check his feathers so I could report back to the vet. Quite frankly I thought his maneuverability would be worse than normal until one of the long feathers came back in. Nope. Maru is actually doing better. He wasnt great at sharp turns. Still doesn't understand cealings...he will just keep gaining altitude until he lightly bumps the cealing, then he corrects himself.

Good news is under those long back body feathers of his is another blood feather so baby does indeed have 2 long tail feathers (as if there was ever any doubt .)

So...long body feathers, i keep wondering how unique is Marus feather pants? I have no real life refrences to go off of, just the reactions I get when I shared his picture. I am just being curious. On one hand I think it must just be an english budgie thing, but with no real life references im not sure and wonder just how diffrent is Maru. Im not worried about it. Baby Maru is baby Maru (and even while he is an adult he will still keep the nickname of baby ) way to stinken cute and a good not so little bird.

I will post if anything changes with what we do about babies feathers. Tomorrow is tricks training!

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I really have never seen any budgies with the "feather pants" that Baby Maru has - not even in pictures.
So -- I think he's quite unique in that respect.

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Clicker training update

Max is working on targeting the ball, still will only go for the stick. We are working on it.

Ziggy didnt want to train but did want to perch on the stand and tell me all about his day. I wasnt having a great day so ziggy singing at me ment a lot.

Maru is starting on turn around but only did it once before flying off

Pip eagerly targeted for the start of loop. I gave him bonus treata when he was quick about it.

Star was all about targeting, bonus treats for being quick.

Thats all for last night. Might be getting some nee furniture this weekend so the budgies might not be ok with training nect week. After all change is bad. We will see.

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Update

Well, on good birdie behavior front ziggy and star are working on step up and not zooming out of the cage. Max and pip remain the two worst at being restrained and Maru is a champ about stepping up for both me and boyfriend!

I did find out that Pippin does actually hold still while in a hold! I just have to be trimming his nails. It was Maru and pips turns to get their toes done and o was convinced pippin would prove to be the hardest challange yet for birdie pedicures, even more of a challange than Max! BUT to my great surprise (and lots of treats) Pippin gave me almost no issues. Baby wasnt so great but he cant turn himself around in my hand like the others due to his size.

Its beats with birdie veggies this week! I npw know who does and does not eat their veggies (looken at Maru and his clean face :/ ) anyway here is Ziggy baby being kinda camera shy.

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Ziggy obviously enjoyed his beets!
I think he wanted his face cleaned off before his portrait.
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