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Re: Need to know everything cause I know nothing

Posted by Connie on 6/11/08
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    By the sound of the conditions that the bird was living in,
    I'd say that you did a "rescue" and that's a good thing.
    Even the fact that you say you know nothing about birds is
    an unselfish gesture that should be commended, so I
    say "Kudos to you!" First of all, realize that the bird is
    tramatized.. from it's prior living conditions to moving to
    a new home. Give him (we'll call him "him" considering that
    we don't know what sex he is yet.) some space and let him
    adjust. Don't try to handle him yet. Give him some fruit and
    veggies and yes, seed (it's what he's used to), give him
    some water and leave him in there so that he will get used
    to where he is and the change that has taken place. He will
    most likely reject the real fruit and veggies but keep
    trying and remember that he's probably not had them before
    and through repetition may learn to like some of one kind
    and not another, just like a child. When you walk by him,
    stop and talk to him through the cage for awhile and let him
    get used to your voice and the fact that you are not pushing
    him to interact. I think that right now, trying to handle
    him would be a mistake. Let's just stick with this for right
    now and let him adjust with just talking to him. There are
    alot of good people on this website that will help you and
    remember that you are not alone. I'm sure that all of us
    will try and help you.... I know that I will. You did a good
    thing!!

    On 6/10/08, niknicnac wrote:
    > I brought home my very first cockatiel today. A friend of
    > a relative was giving it away, and I don't know anything
    > about birds, but it's obvious to even me they weren't
    > taking good care of it.
    > It's cage is too small, it had no toys and has only been
    > feed seed, and trys to bite you if you even look like you
    > might touch his cage, and I don't blame it because when I
    > was at their home to get him/her I saw their children
    > pulling it's tail and by the shape of his feathers its
    > happened alot!I don't know if it's a boy or girl yet and
    > we have been trying to think of a good name for him/her.
    > I am wondering if they can eat bits of fruit and veggies
    > and do they have to be mashed up? I will welcome any other
    > advice for a first time bird owner as well.