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Re: Up and Down

Posted by Wanting to do right by George on 11/19/09
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    thank you again. i really appreciate your insite.

    can there be two flock leaders in the home? like me and my
    girlfriend? or will he always see one of us as a playmate and the
    other as the flock leader?

    On 11/19/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > You are very welcome. Thank you for giving him/her a great
    > home. No, I have never used a thermal perch. But, I live in
    > Florida so not much need. I do think they could be a good thing
    > though if the bird does not live normally in the same
    > that is comfortable to you. During winter months, humidity is
    > the thing you will most have to watch. Furnaces make for very
    > dry air so lots of opportunity to bathe and keep humidity up is
    > best for a bird.
    > As for the lighting, I don't know there are any cut and dried
    > rules for timing. I rotate mine around so that my flock, (4
    > different cages), get 2 or 3 days a week of "sunshine". Mine is
    > a floor lamp style. I place it about 2 feet from the cage. But
    > I also make sure there it is placed so they can get out of the
    > light if they choose. I leave it on one cage, pretty much all
    > the current daylight hours. When you work on the step up, it
    > will be good to continue using the same command the bird is used
    > to. I think most folks say "step up" but with my Grey, I
    > say "let's go" or "do you want some help". I try to let mine
    > make all of his own decisions that can safely be allowed,
    > hence, the two different phrases. When I say "let's go", he
    > knows he must comply. When I ask if he wants help, he knows
    > his choice. That's another thing I didn't mention. When
    > with this kind of IQ, they do need to be allowed to make a lot
    > their own decisions. But they must also always know who is
    > leader and that must always be you. The more of their own
    > decisions they can make, the better adjusted and happier they
    > will be. They will also rarely refuse an "order" so long as
    > get to choose at other times. It's a tricky balance but one you
    > can achieve over time. It will be even more important when he
    > starts to sexually mature. You will probably find that at least
    > during his first real surge of hormones, he may get a bit testy
    > and irritable and will "try you" on occasion. Again, just
    > any undesirable behavior and be lavish in praise the rest of the
    > time. It will pass. Feel free to email me if you like. GL