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Re: Up and Down

Posted by Wanting to do right by George on 11/19/09
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    hey, thank you.

    i really appreciate you taking the time to respond. i'd
    considered the ZooMed brand of light, but when i read customer
    reviews, they didn't seem great. i'll try one of the other
    bulbs.

    about how long each day should i leave it on? how far from
    the cage should the light be?

    i just emailed my girlfriend the info you sent on how to 'may
    be' be able to tell if it's a boy or girl. she's going to
    check. that's a neat little thing :)

    i'm going to check out the link you sent about teaching him to
    step up. i contacted his former person (who i keep updated
    with pictures and progress) and he said he was using the
    command 'com on, lets go', so i'll see if that works. i'm
    just not sure if i have my hand positioned right, etc.

    thank you again for your response. i appreciate it.

    have you ever used a thermo-perch or any kind of heated perch?


    On 11/19/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > Wow, sounds like the previous owner did a great job in
    > raising a happy, well adjusted bird. How great for both of
    > them that they found you for his next home. All parrots
    > should be so lucky. I'll try to help as much as I can.
    > First off, about the gender. Of course there are only two
    > ways to ever be positive; the laying of an egg or a DNA
    > test. But the Red Tails have at least one visual clue that
    I
    > have found to be pretty reliable. Look at the underside of
    > the red feathers. If you can see any very subtle silver
    > edging on any of them, that is almost always female. No
    > silver edges, almost always male. The behavior you describe
    > is partly bonding, partly hormonal. Even though sexual
    > maturity is around 6 years of age, they can display some
    > mating/bonding behavior at any age. You will want to be
    > cognizant of exactly where on his body you are petting him.
    > Good rule of thumb is not to pet, tickle or stroke him
    > anywhere behind his shoulders. Not on his back, not under
    > his wings and of course, no where near the vent area. That
    > can lead to confusion on his part as to whether you are
    > his "mate" or not. The older and more sexually mature the
    > bird gets, the more confusion and frustration that can cause
    > and in some cases, can lead to behavior problems. I'm
    > putting a link that should be helpful in teaching the step
    > up. I hope it works. Just in case, here it is again.
    > http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Teach-Your-Bird-to-Step-
    > Up&id=2636377
    > Having him learn it will be very helpful. However, working
    > with him with the towel is not a bad thing either. In fact,
    > you can search "playing the towel game with your parrot" and
    > get more information. When they have a vet visit, the vets
    > almost always "towel" them for safe restraint. Having a
    bird
    > who does not freak out at the sight of a towel is great for
    > both the parrot and the owner. So, even after he learns the
    > step up, keep him familiar and at ease with the towel. As
    > for the lighting, it is very important for him so I'm glad
    > you asked. I use an Ott system for my flock but I'm sure
    > there is more than one name brand that is good. The
    > important thing is to make sure it is the proper spectrum
    for
    > birds and not reptiles. Many pet store employees don't know
    > the difference and even if they do, they will often try to
    > sell you the wrong one. Some will tell you they are the
    > same. Not true. It's just that most stores don't stock the
    > one for parrots and they want to make a sale. Here is a
    link
    > that I hope will help with that.
    > http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/full-spectrum-light-
    > for-birds.html
    > The little bites and the holding with the foot are normal
    > behavior. My Grey will sometimes hold one of my fingers so
    > tight he almost pokes holes with his talon. The softer
    bites
    > are not a problem of course as it's natural behavior. Later
    > on, if he starts to add more pressure than is comfortable,
    > you must nip that in the bud right away. He is not
    > necessarily trying to hurt you but just won't realize the
    > strength of his beak. If he adds pressure, just give him a
    > firm but soft "no" or "no bite" or whatever command you
    > choose. Just be consistent. Remove his beak from your
    > finger and go on as if nothing happened. The most important
    > thing to remember is to never reward bad behavior with any
    > kind of reaction other than to ignore it. They are all
    drama
    > queens and the bigger and louder the reaction, the better
    > they like it. Learning to read all his body language is the
    > best thing you can do for yourself and for him. Watch for
    > pinning of the eyes, to what degree he raises his feathers
    > and whether he is making eye contact with you. As you learn
    > what all those things mean, you will be better able to
    > anticipate what is likely to follow. I hope this helps you
    > out a bit. Good luck and let me know if I might be able to
    > help further.