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Post by AJPeter » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:46 pm

So l think the next thing l will have to read up about is moulting, no sign of it yet though. Today Bilie has done a lot o froraging she has shown a lot of interest in her beads, yesterday she demolished a wooden ladder, yep back to normal!

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:12 pm

Billie must be back on form she bit me and drew blood, it was my fault l was rearranging the street furniture. the beast!

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:44 pm

I weighed Billie today, first l asked her nicely to step down onto the scales, no way she seemed to be saying so l carefully wrapped a tea towel around her she showed me her displeasure by gentle biting, but eventually she was sitting on the scales. It looked like 300 grams less a tea towel. That is not bad she weighed 254 grams in January and then laid 7 eggs followed by another 3 or more and then finally stopped and l weighed her then a month ago 298 grams. I think weight is an important guide to health.

She shed a wing feather today, is this the beginning of a moult?

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:14 pm

My kitchen scales have gone stark staring raving mad, a bit like me, but l put new battery in and got Billie to sit quietly on the scales and she weiged in at 257 grams and this after working out a diet for her, tomorrow l will buy some new scales and ask her to let me weigh her again.

She shed another wing feather today.

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:03 pm

I bought some electronic kitchen scales today and tried to weigh Billie but she would not sit still for long enough l think the scales are more trouble than Billie but l think she is nearer 300 grams and so she is officiaally on a diet. I told her "You can eat anything you like but don't swallow."

She shed another feather a body one.

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Post by Donovan » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:47 pm

moulting / molting (how is it spelled? is this an american vs english spelling thing?)

My bird seems to be moulting all the time. Not sure if that makes sense but about once a month he loses a couple of big feathers... though, to be fair, it's been a couple months or so since i came home to find a huge amount of the little fuzzies all over his cage.

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:03 pm

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17092

Try this link or search Molt many photos of birds molting, its a bit scary to see those feathers coming out, l got Billie in August last year and she was still dropping feathers, her last one a gorgeous long tail feather grew back. The little fuzzies are like winter long johns they get pulled out as the warmer weather approaches/

I am using Feather up it is a powder which has the vitamins she needs, but I feed her protein, chicken and boiled egg or egg feast make sure Mr bell is getting a lot of calcium, Billie chomps on a cuttle fish bone every day, she gets a lot fresh fruit and veg. Her diets is mostly seeds but she gets grains and porridge made with water in the morning and as a treat at dinner time a little bit of Yogut. I sprinkle crushed oyster shell and crushed charoal on the bottom of her cage. She is over weight and now on a diet.
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Post by AJPeter » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:19 pm

i am very pleased because Billie's keel bone was sharp and angular a couple of weeks ago but has now flattened and there is muscle either side of the bone. She is a bit tetchy becasue l think a moult is due.

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Post by Donovan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:22 pm

Is Billie a fully flighted bird, partially? what?

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:48 pm

Yes fully flighted, but previous to August last year her history was sketchy. I believe a my neighbour put Billie then named Bella out of the upstairs window because she attacked his canaries and she landed on the grass below where other neighbours drew my attention and l picked her up on my hand, mostly becasue in the past l ran a pet shop and am used to handling animals and bird and reptiles and Uncle Tom Cobley, my neighbour says he had Bella for two years and got her off some one else. She looked very young last year there are some photos on "Parrot speak"
Billie flies around the room here but she would rather l pcked her up from cage then fly. I think she is about 2-3 years old.
This year she laid 10 eggs. And just before the egg laying the vet said she was under weight, so after the last egg l was fattening her up but now she tips the scales at 300 grams and so has a reduced diet.

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:37 pm

Yestersday l took her outside in the cat box for a bit of fresh air; today when l said we could go outside for awhile she could not get into the box fast enough, outside people came up to say hallo she was very excited and sang beautifully it was a lovely and warm spring day.

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:42 pm

Got a new worry, Billie sqwarks when she lands after flight, I have checked her feet and legs also poked around her wings, nothing there that hurts her. if it continues to happen it is off to the vet

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:56 pm

Well the sqwarking when landing was just a fad, today l left her out of her cage while l went shopping she was very good, I was gone about two hours, none of my stuff had been moved, so l will leave her out again on another time/

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:27 pm

Billie is molting, the feathers are just dropping out. She shakes herself like a dog and feathers fly off in all directions. I gave her a good misting with rain water, which l collected when my roof leaked, she just sat their soaking up the mist. Afterwards she looked awful with wet feathers clinging to her so l gave her a quick dry with the hair drier. She loves that and started to preen as soon as l switched it off. By lunch time she was dry and we went out and sat in the sun for an hour.

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:35 pm

I was using some nail clippers to trim my nail and Billie became quite alarmed l think the vet used nailclippers on her but I sensed her fear and tried to show her that l was not hurting myself but she calmed down when trimmed my nails in another room.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:31 pm

Wow, your Billie is big! So what do you and the vet think a good weight for her will be? My Skye is fit at 125g. The only other IRN I have seen in person is an even smaller lutino female. The highest 'average' weight I had seen on the net was 140g.
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Post by AJPeter » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:11 pm

Billie is an Alexandrine hen and weighs 225 grams although my scales are up the swanee so l am not sure of the exact weight but when the vet weighed her in January just before she laid 10 eggs she weighed in at 257 grams and the vet said she was under weight the ideal figure is anything between 200 and 300 grams. Billie has big bones so do l. Well that is what l told the doctor when l stood on his scales!

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Post by SkyeBerry » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:45 pm

An Alexandrian, that makes so much more sense. When you first mentioned 300g, I thought boy that bird....has big bones. :wink: When you said the vet thought ~250g was light, that was when I checked the average weights and then posted my question. So, is the Alexandrian character much different from what you read here about ringnecks?
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Post by AJPeter » Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:46 pm

Yes in the early days l was posting how l dealt with her and this caused uproar because IRN are really very different in character, Billie is docile in comparison.

I like the way you do your hair, l like the way you do your cage, l like the way you sharpen your beak- "OUCH!" that l do not like.

I never wanted to train Billie with rewards, positive reinforcement they call it, l just let her find her own way and she does it like all the other birds. Steps up (sometimes) goes back in her cage (sometimes) She sits on the top while l cean the lower part then she eats her seeds while l clean the top part, she is just as territorial as other birds she bit me today becasue l put my hand in her cage to straighten something! She knows where and what l want and is happy to oblige in her own time.

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:07 pm

Poop on the wall is it a secret message? I suppose it is a bit like reading tea leaves, they go hand in hand.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:14 pm

I'll have to go read your other posts sometime. I am a very curious person. Not surprisingly Mom told me my second word was 'What's that?' :lol:

With regards to rewards, food treats often get Skye a little too focused on food to accomplish a 'training' task especially if I am trying to touch his beak. Understandably, instead of holding still, he moves his beak to investigate the hand to find the treat, even if I have been treating him with the other hand. In my opinion, 'Good Bird' is positive reinforcement provided the bird sees it that way. I'm pretty easy going, whatever works 'works' and I'd say go with it if you and your bird are happy with it -> provided of course it is not punitive in nature - versus negative reinforcement. People often get those two mixed up.

Regarding the poop - wondering if I psychiatrist should check it out? Maybe it could be read like an ink blot test? Maybe I should take a picture, photocopy it in black & white and ask the psychiatrist what he sees just to see what is going on in his mind? Now that could scary! :shock:
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Post by AJPeter » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:56 pm

Dear Doctor Skye my bird is trying to speak, opens her beak and makes an ech sort of noise but no words. When l got her last year she said Hallo twice but not a mumbling word since. I think she has lost the "how" She sings beautifully when l am out of the room but when l come in she gets tongue tied.

Because L let her find her own way attitude, l was throwing my ideas to newbies much to the concern of the older members, but now l am the one who gets tongue tied.

I do try to make people laugh from my posts so glad you were able to laugh. If you were to read Parrots speak you would find it oodles to long and quickly realize that l am short of noodles
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Post by SkyeBerry » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:11 am

Hi AJ - well, when she said 'hello' did you say 'hi' back? "How are you?'' "Like your feathers."
She sings!? Boy I wish one of mine did. :mrgreen: She sound like she has stage fright. I have read many parrots will talk up a storm with their owners, but as soon as someone else comes into the room they become mutes.

Oh, now I am going to have to read some Parrot Speak to see what you are trying to hide. :wink: Whether you are short a few noodles, bricks,marbles, or a few flight feathers I do not mind. I have no problem admitting I am probably a little crazy. As far as I am concerned, it is the people who think they have no problems that are the ones to look out for.

I wonder how long it will be before I get some of the older members concerned?
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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:00 pm

When a visiter comes Billie makes a big fuss of them warbling away she says far more to them than she says to me l just get taken for granted. She has been eating like a horse recently l knew she was under weight as my wonky scales said she was 225 grams at the end or March, so l decided to weigh her today on some new scales.

No amout of treats or threats did and good she just sat there and her body language was no way! So l crept up on her ( l'm a big creep!) and put my hands around her and grabbed her she beaked me and stuggled like mad but l was able to plonk her into the scales, no sooner than l had let go she was off flying to the window to get away from this madman. Scales revolted as well and turned them selves off.

So l went and got a towel and wrapped it around Billie she was so surprised at my approach she did not struggle, l carefully lowered her onto the scales which were still revolting and wanted to weigh Billie is litres so l switched the scales to grams and they showed zero, so l had to lift her off, zero the scale put her back on but then l could not read ths dial as the towel covered the apperture by now Billie had cottoned on to what was wanted and stepped off the towel and stood on the scales without moving, scales settled down and showed 258 grams PHEW!

I was going to put her on a diet especially as this evening she wolfed a large portion of Shepherds pie but l was so pleased because back in Janauay the vet weighed her and said she was a little underweight at 257 grams. How ever l think l will be careful with her food from now on.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:29 pm

Going on to your post Skyeberry l was very worried about Billie's hormonal behaviour and was crashing other people's threads looking for answers so InTheAir suggested l should have my own thread AJ and Billie's hornonal behaviour, many people contributed and helped me cope with Bille but as l wanted to write about other things l started a new thread Parrot speak, which became Parrot speak easy.

Bille tries to speak she opens her beak but only makes an Eck noise. I do not want her to speak becasue it would not be what she wants so say but a repeat of words she has heard. It is more fun watching her body language and listenting to her sounds. When l go out of the room she has a particular call just for me, sort of "Where are you?"

MissK is going on about "Don't shoot her dog" but l do not read much as l wrote three novels 20 years ago which when l showed them to my pastor he said "This is not the sort of book a Christian would write." Too true mate! But they make me laugh when l read them but l could never let a publisher have them as they are too personal. almost autobiographies. My spelling is atrocious! The lead character is called Elefantis.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:18 pm

Billie is dropping feathers but she still looks tidy. Maybe it is all the Feather up!

An amusing thing happened today a lady freind of mine dropped in to see Billie and I, and was Billie jealous! You bet! Billie was on the edge of the cage about to dive bomb Janet but l paid Bilie a lot of attention, when Janet left Bilie was very upset to be left on her own while l locked the front door when l got back Billie ignoreed me but l had to go out and Billie flew to my shoulder twice in an effort to stop me. She has not flown to my shoulder since well before the egg laying. And is not keen on flying full stop.

And she would not go to bed at the usual time so l ignorred her and then she allowed me to put her to bed.

Don't shoot the dog has surfaced. Do not tell MissK or she will want me to read it.

Where can l hide it?

I could bin it but then l would have to own up. AH! There is a nasty gap at the back of my desk under the computer l am worried Billie might fall in there as she has alreay explored that area looking for a nest site. If l push the book to the back of the shelf with a bit of luck it might fall down the hole and be lost for ever!

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Post by SkyeBerry » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:19 am

Well, I hope you continue to write your own thread as I enjoy reading it. :D I think I would try and jam the book into the hole behind the computer so that Billie does not disappear permanently. Who knows what may lurk inside?

I have not used Feather Up but I have read quite a few references to it. Some of my birds molt once or twice a year- finches. Others molt year round - parrots. I believe it is because they do not experience the change of season weather while indoors.
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Post by AJPeter » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:43 pm

I used to be the manager of a pet shop and we had about 30 finches there were several breeds and we used to employ young people to work in the shop and one forgot to put fresh seed in the feeding boxes of the finches and by morning they were all dead! Shame.

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:13 pm

Oh dear! Don't shoot the dog book has slipped down the back of my computer desk and will be lost for years.

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Oh that is a shame! Would you like me to send you my copy? :lol:
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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:15 pm

First class at high street Moon.

It is good to know about condtional training but it is not something l wanted for Billie, Pavlov trained his dogs to respond to commands but as l said not for me. Billie does repsond to what l want but in her own way and time, Sundays we have Shepherds pie together usually at 6 pm but l was late starting the cooking and when it was not ready on time she started to scold me. l told her it comes to those who wait patiently. It was jolly hot when l got it out of the oven but she could hardly wait for me to portion hers off so it was about 7 30 pm when we sat down together.

Later she would not go to bed at her normal bed time and for her it is 7 pm but when the clocks went forward she has been spinning out the going to bed by 30 mins but tonight it was nearly 8.30 pm before she would sit on her sleeping perch. I find the best way to get to onto that perch is to ignore her. She finds the best way to get me to respond is to scream.

There are vey good articles in Norhern Parrots blog but not something l can copy they were talking about scent and plug ins, mostly they are safe but aresols are definitely out.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:43 pm

One day when Christopher Robin was six his mother took him to the village fair and bought him a tombola ticket and he won the first prize a teddy bear called Winnifred. So Winnifred slept with Christopher Robin as as best pals do and he called her Winnie but one day Christopher Robin was quite ill and threw up but Winnie could not get out to the way fast enough and was covered in sick, and ever after she was known as Winnie the pooh.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:55 pm

I'm very chuffed, Billie has begun to talk again, shortly after l first got her she said "Hallo" twice and never spoke again until yesterday she was repeating Hallo and several other sounds and again today she was making sounds and trying them out.

Today has been has been a topsy turvy day l was playing at the church organ this evening, so l left the tv on for her when l want out for the evening service, when l got back l do not think she had realiesed that l had gone out, usually l get a big wecolme home from her. But she just nodded when l came in. I let her stay up this evening but when it got to 8.30 l thought enough is enough and l tried to get her to go in she was having none of it and bit my fingers as l attempted to remove the upper perch, and l wanted to show her that it did not really matter by giving her a kiss and she nearly bit my nose off, l got it back just in time!

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Post by SkyeBerry » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:04 am

:lol: Hi Peter. So happy Billie might be deciding she has something to say to you! You must keep us informed. I really enjoy listening to my Skye. When he starts to mumble it means he is working on a new word. Then a couple days later, he uses it like he has always known it. I wonder if he practices the new word out loud when I am not around?

I should not laugh when you say your nose has been bit. I know it hurts. When Skye decides to be cheeky he will ask for a kiss, push his beak against my lip, then give me a quick nip, and immediately take off. Little bugger! He just started this last week. After three nips I decided "No more kisses for you." It has been a couple days. I'll probably end up with a enough bigger bite next time just so he can let me know he was displeased for getting cut off. What we put with for our birds!
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Post by AJPeter » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:22 pm

Billie makes me laugh she grinds her beak and mumbles at the same time it sounds so funny, she has not got past Hallo but at least she is trying. We had stew and rice this evening, she prefers corn l prefer broad beans,

"You can have beans on toast, or beans on a plate but beans on the table cloth costs more, you can have beens on your shoes look out where you tread, or has beans under you feet they cost more, you can have runner beans if you can keep up with them, kidney beans but no dialysis here, broad beans if you go on diet, French beans Parley Vous? Beans in bed there is no accounting for taste these days."

"Beans under the table cloth? You are joking surely!"

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:56 pm

Sanjay has shed a couple of wing feathers these past couple of days, so yes, it is moulting season here in the UK, and I am dusting his melon, or papaya, depending on which he has, with "Feather Up".

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:44 pm

Sanjay is late or Billie is early she started three weeks ago. Feather Up is doing its stuff she looks good a few wing feathers mostly body feathers, she lost a tail feather in August last year and must have been moulting before l got her, she picks her own time for baths and has had two this week l have misted her at least three times with rain water, l also have some Aloe Very in case she gets itchy.

She gets a lot of fresh fruit and when it is sunny and warm l take her out to sunbathe in a cat box for about an hour. She has fads aobut food pear is her favourite but last week it was pomergranite she wont eat figs, she had gone off yogurt and cheese, will not eat cooked chicken but wolfed shepherds pie made with lamb! She has gone off vegs. But is back on corn cobs, she loved the parrot stick from Wilko.

This week l hope to buy a transparent polythene mat protector. I shall cut it up; a small strip at the back strips on each side and a big piece for the front. I am sick to death of newpsapers and treading in her poop, now l can scoop her poop up with a tissue.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:58 am

All I can think of is: "Beans, beans, the magical fruit, they make your ...." but the rest might offend someone. Maybe I'll send you a PM if you do not know it.
After Billie ate the pomegranate, did it take you forever to wash the juice off the walls?
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Post by AJPeter » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:07 pm

Yes and no, i gave up long ago trying to stop Billie from splattering the walls with fruit, she does it with porridge too! I offered her a paper serviette to wipe her beak but she thought it was afters. The wall papper was flock and whitish but now it floral!

I am sick to death of newspaper on the floor to catch poops and food l forget and tread in it so now l have put down some place mats and hopefully friday buy a carpet protector and cut it to shape.

Biile makes me laugh when she grinds her beak and talks through her teeth at the same time it sounds as if she is mumbling!

The poor thing is looking ragged, but l think the moult is going well, she is not itchy and new feathers are growing. We sat out doors after brunch but l thought it was too cold so we went back but two hours later she wanted to out but 2o minutes later she called the shots and we went back in. As soon as l put the cat box on the table is down there sitting on the threshold.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:50 pm

AJ, if only you had said earlier about food spatters, Sanjay has a sheet on curtain wire around the back and sides of his palace, it protects my expensive wallpaper , and I swap it once a month for a clean one. Today he was doing his flypast thing when I realised just how big he is now! I was told by an expert he was fully grown at 16 months, and had my doubts, just comparing him to photos taken last year, he has really put on a spurt of growth!, also noticing the deep ring around his neck has a turquoise hue. I have always had clear plastic mats (wilko) around his area. Oh, and he endorses Wilko seedy bars and alfalfa rings very muchly!

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:53 pm

Sanjays muumi l must look out for alfafa rings, burt sad to say she will not figs, l bought some propper ones from Asda, and some of the thing Sanjay like she refurses to eat, you know you can buy jelly pots in Asda? Billie picked one up and threw it onto the floor which was a clear indication that she did not want any more. When she has porridge if l do not hold the spoon at the right angle she pushes it away. Also she liked a quarter of a pomegranite so l bought a load and now she has gone off them and back onto corn cobs.

I keep the cage about a foot from the wall and this deters most fruit splatter, l like MissK's idea of installing perplex sheets a good idea but am still waiiting to see a photo of how they worked. I like your idea of cotton sheets on a curtain rail but not for me. I like to weigh Billie regularly for an Alex she is about the right weight at 241 grams, eats like a horse looks like one too!

I hope to look in Wilko on Friday l will keep my eye open for clear plastic mats as cutting up a clear carpet protector might be harder then l think, Argos sell them £7.99

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:19 pm

How is Sanjays moult going, is Feather up helping? Biille has slowed down, her breast looks ragged but she has not lost any more wing feathers, she had a good soaking of Aloe Vera today.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:23 am

AJ, no more big feathers at the moment, the plastic carpet protectors are cheaper in Wilko, I don't have a local ASDA either. Sanjay much prefers dried figs, but only gets them as a treat, once a week he has a bunch of fresh coriander to shred, as Alfalfa rings are not cheap, and a once in a blue moon thing. I prefer cotton back curtains because they let air in, especially in the summer when nights are humid. Someone told me Alexandrines are much sweeter natured than ringnecks, but I have never met one to make a comparison.

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:55 pm

Billie is beginnig to look ragged l told her so but she took a large doze of umbrage and as every ones know nobody can make you take umbrage it is the most foul tasting medicine ever devised only you you can take it. We were told in my prep school never to end a sentance with a prepostion but we always did it!

She bit me twice today the first time after l put her seeds in and then tried to put her bath in but to add insult to injury she bit me again when l thought she wanted to be lifted down and l waved my hand near her with out looking. :shock:

Twice bitten one shy, l still think she looks ragged.

Billie is back to her normal bedtime, 7 pm. I cover her cage with two blanklets, I pull the curtains turn the light off and listen to my TV with head phones but she still huffs and puff under her blanket!

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Billie manages to undo nuts, she can unscrew those D rings. it is quite funny watching her grip the nut give it a turn and then grip it again and turn. She undoes those nuts that hold her bowls in position, l am little worried as some nuts she has undone have disappeared! She is also quite good at prizing off the bars those green plastic clips that hold food etc.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:32 pm

Does Billie have any of those clever albeit expensive 'enrichment' toys? She sounds like she would likely do well with them.

re: mat protector - you could probably get some scrap pieces of sheet vinyl really cheap from a flooring company or hardware store - there are also the peel and stick tiles or a vinyl tablecloth or do you know the term coroplast? http://www.boltsigns.com/Coroplast Usually cheapest at the local hardware store. This stuff comes in handy for a lot of things. I have seen it as large as 4' x 8'. I think it was $12. Approx. 6.50 British pound.
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Post by AJPeter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:27 pm

I have a tufted carpet and have to soak pataches she has pooped on but l hope to buy carpet protectors tomorrow, l have some plastic place mats down at the moment which are great and look good. No l have never heard of coroplast l looked at your link and it is not quite what l am looking for.

Billie is not really intersted in toys her cage is littered with them, the ones she likes best are a row of beads above her door and foot toys as long as the prize is not too difficult to find. The millet spray must stick out and be easy to pull or she will just drop it.

Food is what she wants and as l make our meals breakfast/dinner she is calling out worried l would have eaten it all before she has had a look in. She is back on Pomegranite and polished off a quarter today, l hope tio alternate corn and pommegranite weekly.

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:35 pm

You can have spam yesterday and you can have spam tomorrow but you cannot have spam today, yesterday never goes and tomorrow never comes. There seems to a lot of spam about.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:29 pm

Sanjay has gone off pomegranate, he has spells of fancying something then going off it for a while, the exception being pointy and bell peppers, and dried figs. I cover the cage at 8pm, he always signals bedtime with body language, and still greets me with "wot wot?" In the morning. Easter Monday I gave the palace a steam clean, he loves a clean habitat. I don't know about Spam, but a piece of chicken goes down nicely, as does cooked egg, I have never offered wet food such as oatmeal.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:49 am

Sanjays mummi - Hi. I have thought about using a hand held steamer, but have been worried I would be aerosolizing bacteria and moving into small crevices where I could not get it out? Am I just being paranoid? I know hospitals use steamers but I believe they use water vapour which is hotter than steam.

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Peter - I did not like spam before. I do not like spam now. I will never like spam. Any kind of spam. And I am saddened to find so much here. :(
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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:39 am

Hi, I use an old toothbrush with the steamer, and a cloth to dry as I go, all I know is that it works a treat at shifting embedded grime and sticky bits of fruit etc adhering to the bars and crevices.

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In different places on the Forum spam is creeping in, my reference was not to food, however l think a steamer is a good idea and will look out for one as poop when it dries is the devil to shift.

I went to Wilko's today and bought a carpet protector for £4.50 a vinyl sheet 150mm by 67mm? I cut it up into strips one at the back of the cage and two side pieces and and a big piece at the front. When l had finnished l suddenly realized that it was big enough to go under the cage without cutting, Wilkos only had the one but if l see another l will buy it and not cut it.

Billie goes to bed at 7pm unless she want to watch the late night film, when l wake her in the morning at 9 am l carefully remove the covers she looks as if she has been on the tiles all niight, l take her bowls out to the kitchen to wash and when l come back she is sitting the top of her cage looking as if butter would not melt in her mouth. She likes to poop in private. The good thing about this cage is that to has a plastic tray which is very easy to clean.

Billie has spells of liking things she went off Corn cob, but enjoyed the one l hung up for her last week but towards the end she was not eating it. A couple of weeks ago she was tucking into the vegs as if there was no tomorrow, but this week it is the last thing on her mind fruit is still going strong tho' she is a picker wont eat pinaple, bluebarry, some horrible green friuit, it all comes is a tray from ASDA. She hates strawberries, tomatoes, plums, black grapes the list is endless!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:15 pm

Tomatoes are toxic, AJ, so Billie is a clever girl to refuse them, like potato, they are a member of the nightshade family.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:34 pm

Regarding tomatoes- I believe the red fruit is edible - Melika states that there might be some concern about the acidity, so it should be fed in moderation. It is the green parts of the plant, stem, leaf etc - I am not sure about the root - that is toxic.


Sanjays mummi - I figured the steamer would be wonderful. I'll try and do a bit of research about the aerosolization, perhaps ask the vet. With how hot I use the water to clean the cage, I am not sure there is any difference. Are you able to use the steamer where you normally keep the cage, or is too much water produced? If you are happy with the steamer you use, do you mind supplying the make and model?
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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:34 am

All it says on the box is "wallpaper stripper and steamer", I believe my late husband bought the kit from a DIY store, I wheel the palace out of the alcove on to a tarpaulin, this catches any drips, and steam a little at a time, using the brush in crevices and then drying with a cloth, Sanjay perches happily on the chandelier watching with great interest.

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:12 pm

Billie called to go to bed and then changed her mind she did this at least three times l told her she was sailing too close to the wind and as every sailor knows that when that happens you go into irons and the sail will not draw the wind. I think she likes to tease me, just to see if l will leap and l do every time.
But one day she will get her come uppance and if any one is interested to know back in the days of King William and Queen Mary the undertakers approached the King with a petition, they said the grave diggers were charging the earth for holes they dug to bury paupers. it was bad enough they should charge for the hole but to charge for the earth as well was a bit strong, so the King ruled that the undeertakers should charge for a paupers' burial tuppence, (Two pence), so the undetakers the next time the grave diggers tried it on wished the grave diggers a tuppeny funeral and hope their end would come soon.

Over the years this got shortened to Kingdom come (ie end of the world) and a tuppence funeral which got shortened to the hope the undertakers had that the grave diggers would get their Come Uppance!

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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: You do Peter, and I love every one of them. Mary
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Post by SkyeBerry » Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:38 pm

Sanjays mummi - I did not think of a wallpaper steamer - I assumed it was one of those 'new' steamers now suggested to clean bathrooms, curtains, and the inside of stoves etc - I'll have to check out the hardware store and see what options there might be with a wallpaper steamer. Thanks - of course, there are also garment steamers, too.
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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:04 am

Well, it has a square flat attachment for wallpaper, but it also has pointy nozzles for other jobs such as you mention. AJ, Billie must be very impressed by your bits of information, :wink: :wink:

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:10 pm

Oh yes we are very high brow in here, but she got my goat tonight, this is of course the scape goat, every one needs a scape goat. Back in the old days, the villagers would tie their complaints, and misfortunes and bad luck charms onto a goat and chase it out into the desert, the villages believed it was a good way to get rid of bad luck!

Today is shepherd's pie day and Billie knows it too, l was out in the kitchen getting the lamb from the shed but it escaped and dashed down into the cellar, Billie thought l was eating the shepherds pie and nor sharing it with her, and she made a dickens of row in the living room in anguish that l had eaten the lot so l tried to tell her that we do nor have a cellar but she thought l was telling porkies.

If any one has kept pigs they will know that the critters yell when ever they think the sausage man is coming, and when it is discovered they were crying wolf all the time here wait a minute l have forgoetten where we are, in the meantime does any one want to buy any guano? A spoonful will do wonders for the potatoes. It is pretty good for spoons too!

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And there was Sanjay, all agog because he thought Shepherds pie was made from Shepherds, sigh,

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:27 pm

Hope to buy a steamer cleaner thing from Argos tomorrow for £40, l have been thinking of what else l could use it for besides cleaning Billie's cage, the oven is top of the list then the bath room and toilet. I was looking at Billie's cage today and there were dried bits of yuk on her cage so l shall give her cage a good clean.

The shepherd's pie was very tasty we enjoyed it, chicken and chips tonight, Billie was allowed a small crucnhy chip, lots of corn but the chicken pieces l cooked for her especially she turned her nose up at them.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:06 pm

Sanjay especially likes the crispy tail end of fish, when I have fish and chips, he says his favourite chicken is when it is roasted and has crispy skin. Our feathered friends are quite epicurean, aren't they?

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:35 pm

Steamboat Wiliie has nothing on me! Today l bought a Bissell steam shot home cleaner. I showed it to Billie but she got her knickers in a twist when l switched it on, and she would not go into the cat box so l could clean her cage even when l promised to take her out in the the sunshine.

So l was forced to clean all those nasty little places in hte house that very rarely get cleaned like the threshold into the kitchen, behind the loo, under the wash basing. I went mad Billie was still boxing the compass, l cleaned the desk in here it is amazing how efficeint the cleaner is.

Then l cleaned the table in the LR but Bille would not let me clean the cage so l shall atempt that on another day.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:23 pm

Maybe Billie just thought the flat was due for a little spring steaming? You should feel very proud of your sparkling clean home. Time to invite someone over for dinner?
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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:15 am

Sanjay takes to the safety of my 12 ft high chandelier when she sees preparation for steam cleaning, and will not venture down until I say the magic word, which is "Sorted!"

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:21 pm

You are always welcome Mary top pop over, Sanjay is nearer. l was going to ask what happened when Sanjay's cage is cleaned and now l know, today Billie allowed me to bring the steamer into her cage and clean the corners of her plastic tray which the brush cannot get into she has a tray that slides out and that got the steam in the kitchen.

When l placed the steameer into her cage she was gob smacked, and looked shell shocked as l took it out but she got her own back later in the day when she tried to take out a chunk of my hand. I did my war dance stuff. "Ow ouch ow, kiss it better Billie!" Wow nealy lost a finger that time.

She has been moody all day, l think it is the molt, some one said probably MissK that the tail feathers are the last to go, well Billie dropped one today, so maybe she is coming to the end of the molt. She has done quite well kept herself looking tidy through out. I put it down to Feather up and liberal amounts of Aloe Vera.

She is reluctant to eat any cuttle fush bone so we play a game l prepare a foot toy for her and give her small piece of cuttlefish bone to chew on while she waits, She looks at me as if l am daft and drops the cuttle fish bone, l pick it up and tell he "Eat or no toy!" after several attempts she gets the message and nibbles the cuttle fush bone and gets her foot toy.

If it is too difficult to get to the millet spray she drops it, l make it easy for her and she is as happy as a sand boy oops girl!

I did offer to take her out today so she could bask in the sunshine but she was very reluctant to go into the cat box perhaps she had visions of sharing the box with a Bissell steam shot cleaner! So we did not get out today,

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Post by AJPeter » Thu May 01, 2014 12:52 pm

I have tied an old perch onto the top of a plastic clothes horse which is quite tall and it is just the right height for Billie to stand on for a shower. I took her into the bath room this morning and showed her the contraption and turned on the taps but she was pretty scared she thought it was a torture machine.

So after she had a bath in her cage and I dried her off under a hair drier this afternoon l took her back into the bathroom and she sat on my shoulder quite intrigued l think she wanted a try it out, but like me she thinks one shower a day is ample, so tomorrow l will try again who knows what will happen? Just to prove me wrong she has dropped 5 feathers today.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu May 01, 2014 1:28 pm

Dropped 5 feathers?, either stress from this morning, or preparation for a shower tomorrow, well, we take our clobber off for a shower, why shouldn't Billie?

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Post by SkyeBerry » Thu May 01, 2014 11:56 pm

Ok I am pretty good withe the British lingo but 'clobber' is a new one for me. Easy enough to figure out, but I am surprised I have never heard my grandmother say it before.

Peter - if I come over for tea, will you make fresh scones with cranberries? mmmm

I think you need to remind Billie that you need your fingers if you are going to continue to cook for her!
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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri May 02, 2014 1:28 am

Fresh scones are usually served with strawberry jam and clotted cream here, I've never tried them with cranberries, something we don't usually see until Yuletide in the UK. As for "clobber", it's a regional thing, depending where in the UK you come from. My little monkey not only throws melon bowl overboard, but half a small papaya has just followed suit!

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Post by AJPeter » Fri May 02, 2014 1:17 pm

I tend to use expressions by the dozen and Clobber probably mean clothes, but it is a regional thing unless Sanjay's Mummi comes from London town it is some West Midlands idiom, but l would have thought scones with clotted cream and strawberries was a Wimbledon thing! Yuletide indeed!

Billie likes to take food up to the top of her cage and eat over looking the carpet if you have ever wondered what it is like living in aviary come and have tea in our Living Room!

Now l have some exciting news, first l do like forcing Billie to step up infact if she is not in the mood, first she looks at me as if I were daft and then takes a chunk out of my finger so after my shower this morning l left it running. l offered to take her on my bare arm.

When l get dressed l have to keep telling her "No peeking!" But this morning l was starkers and she seemed more interested in my nether region than stepping up so l had to use bit of force by pushing a spare perch under her tummy once she on the perch she was more interested in balancing than looking so we got to the bathroom but l think the shower freightened her and she flew to the curtain rail.

Prising her off with the spare perch like a jemmy l tried tp get her to stand on the clothes horse l had rigged another perch so she would have something to stand on but she again flew to the curtain rail so l got into the shower with her by now she was intrigued and allowed me to lift her down onto the clothes horse, the fan was blowing hot air and she is a fan of hot air amd stood basking in the warmth.

There was not enough room to swing a parrot so one of us had to get out, she was standing on the perch looking petrified, l gradually moved the whole contraption closer to the stream and back again. I was ever so pleased when she shuffled along the perch back into the stream of water, it was loverly and warm. When she was soaked through l deemed it best to get her out, she stepped up onto my hand and l put her back onto her cage. She was dripping so was l after a quick towelling and l offfered her some but she declined so l got dressed with the usualy adage "No peeking!" and then l got the hair drier and gave her some time under it.

Intsant success just add water!

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Post by SkyeBerry » Fri May 02, 2014 4:42 pm

Peter that is wonderful! So now you can add Billie to your usual more cleaning rituals. My mom takes her senegal into the shower with her every morning. She has one of the perches that suction cups to the tiles - has been using it for over a year and it has never fallen.

I know Donovan has not had success with a tile perch so he was thinking of rigging up some pvc pipe apparatus to hang over the rail. Maybe ask if he built it yet and if so, to send a picture, and let you know how it works.

If you decide to go for it, you need to have a serious discussion with Billie about more than no peeking, or you will have to be rename 'AJ'.... :o
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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 03, 2014 11:08 am

AJ, if you re read my post, I said Cranberries are usually only available at Yuletide, Not strawberry jam and clotted cream. At Wimbledon they serve Strawberries and cream, not strawberry jam.

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Post by AJPeter » Sat May 03, 2014 1:48 pm

sanjays mummi wrote:Fresh scones are usually served with strawberry jam and clotted cream here, I've never tried them with cranberries, something we don't usually see until Yuletide in the UK. As for "clobber", it's a regional thing, depending where in the UK you come from. My little monkey not only throws melon bowl overboard, but half a small papaya has just followed suit!
Yes l miss read your post Sanjays Mummi twice, sorry about that. I suffer from dyslexia will often put the horse before the cart.

Biile loves going out side in her cat box and we went out today for an hour in the sun, and she said hallo to some of the neighbours but when we came in l tricked her into going into the bath room, openned the box and tipped it she she slid out onto the perch under the shower. She sat there shouting "I hate it, I hate it, I hate it." And l got very wet trying to get her to stand under the shower. When l thought he had had enough l turned off the water but by now she was sulking and would not leave the perch. The next time we try this l shall remove the shower head for its holder and shower her willy nilly.

But she remained in a bad mood all evening tried to bite my fingers when l put her cooked food bowl on the cage, later she signalled she was ready to be covered up but she would not go into her cage. "Get in your bloody cage!" I yelled but that fell on deaf ears, so l just ignorred her and she took the hint and went in.

If Billie goes on peeking one of us will have to have an operation and it wont be me!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 03, 2014 3:47 pm

Oh dear!, poor Billie, poor you, a stressful time had by all. When Sanjay takes umbrage the shoulders go up, the head goes down, and he looks like a small vulture!,

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Post by SkyeBerry » Sat May 03, 2014 4:45 pm

I have been told by more than one 'authority' that the biggest insult is when the parrot turns his back and perches facing away from you. So far, Skye just flies off to do something else.
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Post by AJPeter » Sun May 04, 2014 3:01 pm

These posts are read by people all over the world and l wonder if they know what Umbrage is? Well l shall not wait for answer but leap straight in by saying that Dr Collinswood invented Umbrage it is the worst tasting medecine in the world and no one can make you take a dose only you can take it!

There is a story told that Dr Collinswood and his secretary booked into a Detroit hotel as Mr and Mrs Smith, l forget which hotel but it was the one where page boys would go round with a stick that had a cleft in it and in the cleft would be an envelope with someone's name on it and the page boy would call out, "Paging Dr Collinswood!" If Dr Collinswood answered people would make him take a doze of his own medecine and if he did not answer he would miss the message which was from his wife saying she was arriving at noon! And that is what being caught in a cleft stick is all about!

There can be no doubt that Indianringnecks.com has very interesting facts!

However Biilie has the habit of fluffing her feathers to make herself look more important than she is , and l thought she was putting one weight so l decided to weigh her. No amount of induicements, bribes, or threats made her stand on the scales, so l had to towel her and l have discovered there are 7 categories of bites
Number 1. A chunk of flesh is gouged out/
Mumber 2. Copious amounts of blood
Number 3. Less blood
Number 4. A black man's pinch
Number 5. Some blood.
Number 6. Ouch!
Number 7. Not much blood
However l managed to get her onto the scales and she stood there like a boxer flexing her muscles wondering what all the fuss was about, she weighed in at 241 grams the same as two weeks ago, the way Billie insults me is to totally ignore me

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon May 05, 2014 5:44 am

Good grief!, I'm surprised she hasn't called in the RSPB!, Billie obviously doesn't appreciate being well looked after. Sanjay only bit me hard, once, the first time I was forced to towel him because he'd escaped from his nursery cage whilst I was out, and had found himself in the kitchen, it hurt like the blazes and bled!. Since then, the most I get is a very gentle nibble.

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Post by AJPeter » Mon May 05, 2014 1:24 pm

Sanjay is Mr nice guy, but Billie is like a scorned Harlot she knows her rights, the sun came out and made the living room rather warm and twice she wanted to go out and twice we found it to be too cold to stay, and twice l recomended we came in and had a hot shower, l think the water was too hot for Billie, but tepid is too cold for me, the second time she grew on the perch and would not leave it l had to get a spare perch and lever her off, once on the move she stepped off the perch and onto my shoulder.

She toured all the bowls several times tonight but finally she squarked from the top of her cage and very nicely went in so l could close the top down. She likes to play a game called catch a finger in the rye if you dare and gets a craft nip if my fingers stray too near her cage. If it happens I shout "Got me"

I have discovered she does not like the shower head too close and if she can reach it pushes it away with her beak!

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Post by SkyeBerry » Mon May 05, 2014 4:17 pm

Peter - I think you should set up a video camera and film the escapades of you and your Billie. You should charge a small token for each view. I bet you and Billie would make a fortune. Of course, Sanjays mummi and I would be allowed free viewing. And we promise not to peek at the appropriate times. :wink:

I have not heard of the cleft stick saying before. But am familiar with a dose of your own medicine.

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Post by AJPeter » Tue May 06, 2014 1:08 pm

When l can afford it Elastoplast but mostly the supermarkets own brand. You think l should charge for peeking? I do not think Billie will pay she reckons on a free veiwing as for you and Sanjays mummi no way.

What Billie likes to do is to call time and l put her to bed but she hopes to get a crafty nip on the way, earlier today she was eager to go out but could not make up her mind whether to go in the cat box so l stuck my finger into a side opening and this was like a red rag to a bull Billie charged into the box! We sat out doors for about 30 mins but the clouds rolled up and it turned chilly, we came in and l offered her a shower but she was not keen just sat there with her eyes closed hoping it would end soon.

So tomorrow if we go out then l shall use a spray gun instead of the shower to see if she enjoys that more. I forgot to get anymore corn cob l wonder if l hang up a brussells sprout would she notice the difference?

Today she sat on my shoulder as l prepared dinner, this was the first time since before Chrismas l have had the pleasure of her company. :D

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Post by SkyeBerry » Tue May 06, 2014 8:01 pm

When you spray remember to direct the spray upward and then let it arch on its own and fall onto Billie. If she enjoys it she may spread her wings and possibly turn around so you can get all sides. (Skye sometimes does this.) If she does do this, you can likely spray more directly.

No matter how tempting you must not purchase the 'Super Soaker' and blast her to get even for all her biting. :wink:
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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed May 07, 2014 11:21 am

Fortunately, the only sticking plasters I use are the pore cleansing strips, AJ, why not use a spray bottle which mists?, Sanjay lifts his wings And turns around and presents his britches. I purchased a pet carrier, PAC a Bird are way too expensive for me, but I have yet to introduce him to it. I will probably get the same reaction that he gives the giant splash bird bath, Nothing will induce him to go near it.

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Post by AJPeter » Wed May 07, 2014 1:55 pm

No l never blasted Billie with water to get my revenge she would not understand any way, in the early days l did squirt to distract her when she was screaming but that did not work so resorted to the whisle and that worked! I have a spray bottle which mists her filled with rain water and Billie enjoys that but she does not open her wings, or turn round. However l would like to get a spray bottle that is run by electicity l was thinking of a paint spray gun becasue my fingers quickly tire.

A good way to deal with the biting is to go out of the room when she bites and after awhile she calms down and calls for me to return.

Sanjay's mummi Have you tried a plastic cat box? They cost £10 from Argos. I had thought of getting one of those baths that clip on the side of the cage but l thought they were too expensive and she likes to spalsh in a large bowl in her cage.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu May 08, 2014 3:58 am

AJ, that is Exactly what I have got, but not from Argos.

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Post by AJPeter » Thu May 08, 2014 12:29 pm

The beast bit me today, l took her out to the bath room on a perch becasue she would not step up and put her on the clothes rack perch but as soon as l turned on the shower she flew to the curtain rail, so l got her down and used the spray bottle, misting her from all angles after a good soaking l said it was time to go back. But oh no she dug in and would not budge so l tried a little pressure by placing my hand behind her and she bit me. I did say the best method was to walk out but l forgot instead l resorted to crying and screaming and making a fuss.

I think she thinks that l am an idiot but it makes me feel better. She then decided enough was enough stepped up onto the perch and we went back into the LR as soon as her cage hove in sight she was off.

How is Sanjay's moult going? Billie keeps dropping tail feathers. She has managed to keep herself neat and tidy so far.

Sorry Mary l missed your post on beans. I keepher cage away from the wall so that she does not squirt the walls with pomegranite juice but where she has managed to colour my walls it gives a nice floral appearance.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu May 08, 2014 3:14 pm

So, Billie is an interior designer?, Sanjays moult is casual, a feather here, a feather there, lots of thermal underwear though no tail feathers as yet, and no head feathers, they're the worst for creating a scruffy appearance.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri May 09, 2014 2:51 pm

I heard the tail feathers are the last to go and as yet Billie has only lost a couple but no head feathers. I do not give as much Feather up as has been, only on her fruit not on the vegs. She ate all the pomegranite quarter l put out for her, Asda have reduced the price 3 for £2.5o, l think. Nicely packaged. She also eats l/8 of corn cob a day.

She likes pear but cannot be bothered with apple. I leave it all for her to pick and choose/

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 10, 2014 10:31 am

Sanjay loves apple and pear, but has gone off pomegranate for now, he never liked banana at one time, but likes to nibble a piece lately. Ah well, a little of what you fancy......

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Post by AJPeter » Sat May 10, 2014 1:31 pm

I fancy a cornish icecream l had thought of sending Billie down to the corner shop but is is closed. Billie did go off Pomegranite and at one time corn cobs but l hang them up and let her decide what whe wants to eat. She wont eat dried fruit, and does not like unripened pomegranite so after buying them l leave them on the windows cill until they are needed
Billie pigs out on melon.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 10, 2014 1:48 pm

Sanjay is crazy about cooked vacuum packed corn cobs!, he loves raw ones, but these are gone in no time!, and melon!, always has loved it, especially water melon. I ring the changes daily, so he gets plenty of variety, the Only dried fruit he will eat is dried figs, he prefers them to fresh ones, but I only buy from the health food shop, so there is no added sugar.

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Post by Donovan » Sat May 10, 2014 3:03 pm

popcorn on the cob!

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Post by Donovan » Sat May 10, 2014 3:53 pm

sanjays mummi wrote:Sanjay loves apple and pear, but has gone off pomegranate for now, he never liked banana at one time, but likes to nibble a piece lately. Ah well, a little of what you fancy......
neither of my birds like banana,.. even the bird that likes everything...
but they both like dehydrated banana. No big loss really

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Post by AJPeter » Mon May 12, 2014 12:58 pm

I played that clip of a cockatiel singing to Billie but she was not impressed. She does sometimes sing to my playing but it is mostly a raucous yell, l get more response from her when l get a nuisance call and say Hallo and then leave her to talk to the sales person with the words "Talk to the parrot!" She nods her head but won't sign on the dotted line!

I tried popcorn for Billie but she did not like it, but she likes corn flakes dipped not shaken. But you know one minute they like it and the next minute they hate it.

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Post by Donovan » Mon May 12, 2014 4:43 pm

My bird has seemed to go through phases on his likes and dislikes but corn in any form has always been consistent.
This year I'm going take some full grown corn stalks and give them to Mr. Bell as-is. The entire plant. He knows how to dig into an ear of corn in the husk still. Now I'll just give him the whole plant so he can climb around on it and have a good time.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue May 13, 2014 7:10 am

What a brilliant idea!, sometimes the husks have mildew on them, but if I can find clean ones, Sanjay will be in raptures!

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Post by AJPeter » Tue May 13, 2014 12:15 pm

Gotta problem,

This morning l noticed Billie had two blood clots on one side of her forhead. Yesterday she was sporting two quills on either side of her head she looked very rakish, but this morning she has lost those on one side of her head. I was a bit worried and kept checking duirng the day but it seems to be getting better, the clots have reduced in size and almost disappeared.

I think what might have happened is that there is not much room between her sleeping perch and the top of the cage, enough for her to stand, but if she were alarmed and stood on tiptoe her head would brush the blanket and l think she got her head caught in the blanket and ripped out those two quills.

We have a new downstairs neighbour and they might have disturbed Billie. I awoke and went to inspect the plumbing at 3 am but this is quite normal and the plumbing is working!

When Billie eats the pomegranite she has to strain upwards to reach it so l took pity on her and bought a new perch she could stand on to eat of the pomegranite without straining/ She thought it was a good idee.

I looked at those halfa rings but Bille made an awful mess on the carpet when l bought her some dried grass to eat so those rings wont get in her cage/

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Post by AJPeter » Wed May 14, 2014 1:29 pm

The situation was compounded when Billie pooped mostly water this morning that had me really woried I almsot phoned the vet, but during the day she has rubbed the two clots off her head and her poops quickly changed and began to look more normal What a relief!

As l left the LR she flew to my shoulder so l took her into the bathroom and she sat on the perch tied to the clothes hiorse l turned on the shower and she sat there closer to the water than before, after awhile l took the shower head off its holder and sprayed her on top and underneath she loved it and when she was ringing wet l turned off the shower held out my hand but she refused to cilmb on board so l turned to leave and she flew to my shoulder.

I gave her a little hot air form the hair drier but l have mislaid the nozzle "Anyone seen my nozzle?" So she sat on her perch preening herself.

Tonight she wanted to go to bed early, she has had a very drying day!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed May 14, 2014 1:48 pm

Coo!, Billie has a lot of drama in her life!, but I'm glad she is ok now, Sanjays Alfalfa ends up on the floor of his cage, but it is supposed to be good for him (article in "Parrot" magazine). Today he is cock a hoop with the big fat fresh garden peas I found on our local market. No bitter melon though, so he has some Pak Choi instead.

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Post by AJPeter » Thu May 15, 2014 1:29 pm

Does Sanjay get peas in the pod?

Billie was playinmg tjhe goat tonight bot of us had a bad night with a new neighbour downs who could not sleep and was prowling and banging doors at 3 am and every twenty minutes of so. Eventually it stopped at about 5.30 am but as l had to get up early to take in the computer at our church l knocked on her door at 7.30am no answer so l went round to all the windows and knocked on those eventuially she came to the window. "You have just woken my up!" Well you woke me at 3.30 am. She promised it would not happen again. Really she is very nice its a pity about the doors. She lived in a house before she came to the flat and l suppose she has to adjust. Living in a flat is all about not treadign on your neighbour's toes.

Well Billie had a rough night too, and tonight she would not go in her cage but sat on the top screeching. I turned off all the lights and pulled the curtains, she got the message and went in. So l pulled the curtains open and turned on the light she just sat there sulking.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri May 16, 2014 1:38 am

Sanjay Always has his garden peas in the pod!, it's all foraging. I live in a ground floor flat, but the Croatian guys upstairs can be heavy footed in the early hours, if I bang the wall three times, they kick their shoes off (I hear this too) and all is quiet, they work late hours so it is usually just after they get home. Sometimes though, they forget to put their slippers on, Sanjay can be heard making querulous little noises from behind his cage cover!.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri May 16, 2014 12:39 pm

Poor Sanjay.

I have lived here in my upstairs flat for 20 years it is such a nice place, l was three years about 20 yards away in a down stairs flat. Sometimes you get really bad neighbours but they do not last long. The lady who had the flat down stairs would have all her relatives around for meals at 3 am and then they would do the house work together. It was hell and they would be smoking and go to bed at 4 am and sleep until 12. but l have a good housing association landord, and they told her she would go if l made another complaint about her noise.

After a year she stabbed her partner and ended up in jail so l had the place to myself for 8 months, Billie and l enjoyed the peace and quiet. I now have a new neighbour and she seems to be very nice and considerate and last night she was ever so quiet Billie and I had a good nights sleep.

It is amazing what a good bang on the wall will do!

Billie and l have had a good day today she has been riding around on my shoulder l very nearly walked in here with overhead fan working but stopped just in time. Billie has decided she likes raisons with her cornflakes.

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Post by Donovan » Fri May 16, 2014 1:02 pm

My new bird seems to like raisins but the older bird won't even consider them.

As far as the ceiling fan thing goes... i'm fairly tall myself, 6'3". When I am walking through the house with a bird on my shoulder or on my head I have to remember not to ram him into things

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Post by AJPeter » Fri May 16, 2014 1:19 pm

Billie likes to squeeze the juice out of oranges then drops them but recently she has discovered that if she tears them apart she can get more enjoyment and raisons get well and truly chewed before being dropped!

Does your praying Mantis ride on your shoulder, perhaps he no wait a minute is it a she? How do you sex praying mantis? I can sex mice, perhaps your Manits is praying l won't try.

Do not worry l will soon get tired of my praying mantis jokes

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri May 16, 2014 2:26 pm

Praying Mantis forsooth!. Sanjay will not eat raisins At All. I've had similar neighbours, a drug dealer who turned his nice little flat into a crack house (oh yes, I know all the terminology, even though I lived a sheltered life). A woman who spent seven years in jail for drowning her friend in the bath, "diminished responsibility" because she was an alcoholic, and evicted because she still was, and Not a "happy" drunk. Yes, we've seen 'em come and go over the years. Sanjay has been affable today, but he is rarely un affable, I'm glad I have a chandelier and no ceiling fans, as I get older I become more vague, and besides, a chandelier makes a great perch!, all those pretty droplets to play with, they are thick enough to be safe.

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I have had several praying mantises. They only live about a year so every year I start over with a new one. I had one that I caught in the wild. It was huge. I already had another one since birth but I decided to keep both. I put up a divider in the aquarium to keep them apart. Two days later my original mantis was missing. I got to looking around and found remnants of it in the wild-caught mantis's side. He'd broken through the divider and gotten himself eaten. About a week later the surviving mantis spun out several egg things (called an ootheca).. Apparently he didn't just go get eaten but he got lucky in the process.

The only basis I can possibly go on for sexing a praying mantis seems to be that the females -may- be bigger and fatter than the males.

My original mantis was obviously a male since a praying mantis female will consume the male while he's doing the deed. Oddly enough I learned that praying mantis males have a second brain. Guess where it is.
It keeps their body functioning and doing what it's supposed to do for the purposes of procreation after the female has literally chewed his head off.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 17, 2014 11:33 am

Eeee ooow!, and the second brain site, reminds me of some human guys I have met in my time!

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Post by AJPeter » Sat May 17, 2014 1:27 pm

I spoke too soon my neighbour downstairs had a cananbis party stretching last night from 8 pm until 4 am by shutting all the hatches l was able to keep the weed out of my place, it was mostly quiet until they shut the doors with a bang. i hammed on the wall but it made no difference l think they were too far gone. Emma is still there l heard her banging around in the kitchen earlier.

Cor! Glad l do not live in South Carolina, l thought stag beetles were bad enough we call them Devil's coach men, many years ago l had a female come into my bedroom, it had enormous pincers which it clicked alarmingly, sounded like a butcher sharpening the carving knife. I shut the bedroom door and retreated to the Living room for a week before l dared go back to my bedroom.

Hamsters must be related to mantles becuase the female will eat the male after sex starting with his head, she will only tolerate a male for a few hours before mating.

When l was the manager of a pet shop we had a lady come in with her daughter, the lady had a blood soaked hanky wrapped her around finger. "Do you have any hamsters that do not bite? She asked me, oh yes l will get you one and l bought one of the long tailed hamsters and gave it to her daughter to hold l tucked the tail under the hamstaer. "Oh look mummy its licking my finger." The daughter said and passed the animal over to her mother, the tail popped out and the mother said "It looks like a rat."

It is a rattus norvecis l said and the mother shreiked and threw the rat up into the air. luckily it landed on all fours, "You derserve to be bitten." l told her "That is no the way you treat an animal." I only wished we had some hamsters because they bite if a stranger picks them up. Nasty critters.

Somebody discovered Hamsters living in a cave in Algeria during the 1930's.

You did not answer my question does your Praying Mantis have a name?

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AJPeter wrote: You did not answer my question does your Praying Mantis have a name?
I've had several, I gave up on naming them. However in the past I had "big momma" ... "junior" (poor junior died a terrible death.. a failed molt that I tried to help him with. Had to amputate his wings and after that I decided to just squish him because it wasn't working.. I can say i have performed surgery on an insect though)
and there was henry... (big momma ate him)

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Poor Henry

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 17, 2014 3:41 pm

My daughter had many hamsters when she was young, females are the best they tend Not to bite. Rats have my respect, but their tails give me the heebies. I once had a June beetle in my kitchen and mistook it for a cockroach, until it took off like a flying fortress.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun May 18, 2014 1:19 pm

My place is beginning to look like Alcatraz. l bought some plastic fencing from Wilko cut it to size for each window and tried to hammer in the staples. Our wood frames are like iron, l managed to get two panes up, Billie was very interested in what l was doing and flew to my shoulder for a better look, l offered her a plastic pane she took one bite and flew off. I reckon she would have a job biting through the plastic and would have to bite four in a square to make a hole big enough to climb through.

I do not think she has enough savvy to do that, the idea of the plastic mesh is to allow me to open the window wider than l would if there was no mesh, it is to stop her just flying out of a window not properly closed. I tied string to the handle so l could pull the window shut in rain storm.

I think it was Missk who said she pulled the drapes closed when she wanted to open a window but that left me worried that a breeze could blow the curtain open and out she would go.

Billie not MissK.

Last year when l first got Bilie, the cage then had a side door and she got out and was sitting the top of the cage enjoying the breeze from an open window, gave me chickens.

Our bug problem here is wasps, there is a nest somewhere near by, but l found that squirting them with a weak solution of washing up liquid got rid of them. They do not like it. I used Billie's spray bottle to squirt flies they do not like that and get out fast. She has chickens when she sees a fly. The flies have chickens when they see Billie's spray bottle.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon May 19, 2014 1:25 am

So, if you get "the chickens" and we are kind to you, we get extra eggs?. I just close my windows when Sanjay is out, seemples, and have a floor standing cylindrical fan.

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Post by AJPeter » Mon May 19, 2014 12:32 pm

Yes l have a floor standing fan, and a desk fan and and a ceiling fan which is the best, but some how out first floor flats get very hot inside and it is very noticieable how the downstairs flats are so cool. Possiblle becasue of the conrcete ceiling my floor.

It does not seem to worry Billie, l thought l would leave the door open tonight held shut by the blanket 'caus' l'm a littlle worried that if l snuff it she will be trapped inside. My church friends would note my abscence but how long would it take for some one to check up on Billie?

Train's a'coming!

Of course you know that when some one has chickens it is the same as triplets when you back is turned/

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon May 19, 2014 2:17 pm

Our brood bitches only turned their backs for a second, anyway, I digress, Sanjay is passionate about passion fruit, and was cock a hoop when I brought some home today!, he loves to drill through to the yellowy green slimy seeds, and they produce a very satisfying cracking sound too.

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Post by AJPeter » Tue May 20, 2014 12:49 pm

I offered Billie some passion fruit but l ended end up eating it myself YUK! Now wonder she did not like it. Today decided l could not eat any more boiled beef and carrots, actually it is corned beef and steamed veg, so we had salad, she loved the cheese but did not like the egg flan. Good all the more for me. She quite liked the iceberg lettuce/

Are paasion fruit seeds safe?

Today is shopping day and I went to asda but they had no corn on the cob so had to go down the road to tesco who had loads l reckon they had a corner on cobs. Billie ate all the pomegranite she gets a quarter every day she even tried to eat the peel, but she hardly looked at the corn cob. Shame.

We had a fantastic thunder storm today, Billie hid under a cabbage leaf.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed May 21, 2014 7:40 am

No sweet corn on our market yet, still a tad expensive I was told. Of course Passion Fruit is safe, or I wouldn't give it to Sanjay. Poor Billie, brontophobia, himself doesn't care if there's a storm. I tend not to offer my food because of added salt or sugar, but a sliver of my boiled egg, and some of my organic Greek yogurt is ok. It's coriander day today, apparently the seeds are toxic to IRN's but a bunch of the leaves are great for shredding.

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Post by AJPeter » Wed May 21, 2014 1:49 pm

Billie has twice turned her nose up at Quiche, she was chewing a on a piece of bacon yesterdday. I put a mineral block in but she has totally ignorred it. She has about 4 cornflakes and a raison, she likes iceberg lettuce and sat chewing on a small leaf until it was all gone. Most of pomegranite has gone but she has hardly tourched the corn cob. Tesco had oodles.

Why has Noddy got big ears? Zebede would not pay the ransom.

What is Brontophobia?

She used to like Greek yogurt with honey, but pushes the spoon away when l offer it now.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Thu May 22, 2014 12:37 pm

Put Billie to bed early tonight she was very upset and came to the door and stared at me then ran back and forth on her perch. I told her that she must have an early night and she went to sleep quietly uinder the covers/

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Thu May 22, 2014 1:47 pm

Brontophobia is fear of thunder. Sanjay unhooked his canary seed bar and held it horizontally to nibble, he prefers "Impeckable" nut and seed bars from Wilko but also likes their "Impeckable" canary seed bars. We had the thunder today here in Bedford, fortunately I got back from the Polling station before it started raining etc.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Fri May 23, 2014 12:25 pm

Funny how each bird differs so much l bought 4 cockatiel seed bars from Pets at home but Billie will not even look at them, she does like stripping the Wilko parrot bar, almost going through one a week. I think she has gone off Corn on the cob but she eats the whole quarter of a Pomegranite though.

Does Sanjay still get 'Feather up?' For Bille l use less but sprinkle on her fresh fruit, She is growing two new tail feathers but has not lost any more primary feathers so maybe she is coming to the end of the moult.

That plastic sheeting l bought from Wilko and cut up into pieces and then decided l would buy a whole sheet and not cut it up l have changed my mind smaller pieces are easier to handle over the kitchen sink.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Fri May 23, 2014 12:51 pm

Sanjay isn't keen on Pets at Home bars either, he demolishes the Wilko ones in about 48 hrs, he does love the big sunflower bells, he starts at the bottom and goes through them like a termite chomps through wood!. Yes, I am still dusting his fruit with Feather up, but he isn't moulting heavily, his tail feathers grow in rapidly when he sheds the old ones. I agree about the plastic sheets.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri May 23, 2014 1:40 pm

I must look out for the sunflower bells l must go round with my eyes closed!

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Fri May 23, 2014 2:26 pm

They don't sell them in Wilko's, but Pets at Home and Jolleys have them.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Sat May 24, 2014 11:55 am

AH!!!

Now she tells me.

Bille was very good tonight she went into her cage as soon as l asked her and when she was ready she sat on her sleeping perch, l think it pleased her that l did not need asking to cover her up.

She lost a tail feather last night and the other went this morning. I cannot remember who said the tail feathers are the last to go in a moult. so perhaps Billie has finished now. So what is next?

Billie has become very friendly again, sitting on my shoulder watching who comes and who goes she is a very nosey bird.
A bit like me.

Not that l am a nosey bird you understand.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Sat May 24, 2014 12:42 pm

I can be a sticky beak at times. Be comforted by the fact new feathers push the old ones out. Sanjay always responds when I ask him if it's bedtime, and goes straight to his sleeping perch.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Mon May 26, 2014 11:23 am

i have given Billie a quick look over and think her head has mottled green feathers, in stead of the plain green which she was. I also weighed her, 240 grams that has been steady for the past three months, and her vent area is as clean as a whistle although l am unsure how clean a whistle is but never the less it was clean.

Some years ago l was given a bowl of china cherries by a friend so l decided to pass them on to my neighbour down stairs and put them on the table next Billie's cage and she flew down and tried to eat them.

Shopping tomorrow so l will buy some cherries, do people take the stones out first or just make sure their birds do not eat the stones, why are they called pitts?

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon May 26, 2014 12:55 pm

The stones are toxic, so you will need to remove them. I have found Sanjay prefers his Pomegranate just as it comes, washed dried, and speared on a skewer, he bores through the skin and can access the seeds no problem!.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Tue May 27, 2014 11:27 am

You give Sanjay a whole pomegranite? How long does that last him? Billie eats a quarter a day she could easily eat half
but not sure that is good for her. I bought some cherries today but she is not over the moon with them, l offered her one with the stone in but she quickly started to bite on it so l put my hand under her beak and said the magic words. "Thank you!" and she dropped it.

I bought some eggs too and had a soft boiled one with my salad l saved some egg with shell and ground them up but Bilie totally ignored that dish . I gave her some egg and she stuck her neck out as far she could and gingerly took a nibble.
Anybody would think it was going to bite her. I had to go to tesco becasue the police were crawling all over One stop and the shops were shut.

This morning she wanted to ride on my shouder as l got the brunch ready and l ran the tap and she started to russtle her feathers so l took her into the bath room and with a little persuaion she sat on the shower perch and enjoyed a shower. I kept moving the clothes horse closer to the shower unti she was sitting under the stream water runnning off her back on both sides. I offered her my hand to step up but she wanted to stay where she was but soon l thought enough is enough and turned the water off but continued to sit there. Eventually she deigned to sit on my hand and we went into the LR and she flew to her cage wringing wet.

So after dinner at 6 pm she aggreed with me "What a day!" and was covered up.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Tue May 27, 2014 1:15 pm

I let him eat what he can, but I don't leave fresh foods in his cage for long. After all, they are cheap enough to buy.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:15 pm

Pigeons

Pigepns are birds and can be trained to return to their lofts, Parrots are birds but can they be trained to return to their home?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by Donovan » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:22 pm

Absolutely. I don't know about long distances though..

all in all I'd say it's more unrealistic for a person to have the ability to train the parrot to do that.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:39 pm

200 miles is okay l did hear of one pigeon who came back a week late over a distance of 700 miles but l think 40 milea i more normal.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:05 pm

Years ago, a couple in a nearby village kept a pair of fabulous Macaws, they would soar and fly all around the area all day, and return home in the evening.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:22 pm

There is a parrot rescue centre in Sussex, or it may be twycross zoo but the parrots fly around all day in the open and return at night so how do they do it?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:19 pm

In the same way wild birds go home to their nests, birdy radar perhaps?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:37 am

It is every parrot's duty to try and escape.

I am sure Billie was eyeing up the widows to see which was openned more than a crack, she has not tried to land on my plastic mesh covering one open window, at least not while l was watching.

She eats every little bit of fruit of the Tesco pomegranite, but still turns her nose up at corn on the cob from Tesco, it may just be an eating fad.

She just grins and bears the shower in the bathroom, and she is still dropping wing feathers one last week one yesterday.
Her new tail feathers are shorter than the old ones by about three inches which is rather strange there is less room in this cage than the preveious cage which might account for it but can they adjust the length of wing and tail feathers?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:27 pm

Maybe her rudder hasn't completely finished growing?. Sanjays tail appears to grow back uber fast, he hasn't lost it Yet, still dropping wispy feathers and wing feathers at the moment.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:17 pm

MEN: Are you worried about your friends watching you go bald?

Well here is the answer rub parrot pooh into your scalp when you wake up and last thing at night for a fortnight.

Problem solved. Billie and I will be delighted to send you a free sample if you are not 100% satisfied we send your money back but if you want to order Bille will take Umbrage to satisfy the huge demand.

Warning side effect. No firiends

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:38 pm

AJ, we have our own supply, ta, a new volunteer at the RSPCA shop where I work has two budgies, she bought the second one to keep the first one company while she's at work, bless!.

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:00 pm

Billie gave me a very nasty bite, she came up and bit my finger right on the knuckle. it was a punishment. We have this routine l sit down at the organ and she comes the edge of the cage ans stares at me, then l lift her down onto the book case and she listens to my answer phone.
Then l either lift her back onto the cage or down on the organ, she is not strong enough to press a key with her beak but she taps it so l push it she is trying to work out which foot is playing the note. But today instead of lifting her back to the cage l took my hand up to the perch hanging from the ceiling. She hates it and refused to stand oin it so l put her down on the cage, l thought she would like to play the organ so kept my hand ready as she stepped off onto the cage she turned round and walked up to my hand and bit my finger.
Blood every where, l did my usual drama queen act and screamed, she was quite unconerned when l showed her the blood she gave me a look as if to say serves you right, do not lift me up there again.
We made up later, l pretended nothing had happened and she did too!

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:35 am

Coo!, I bet she was fascinated by your reaction, maybe she was bored and in need of entertainment?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:57 am

Billie thinks she can do anything she likes and she is right, well half right because she is also half left, but she throws everything she does not want onto the floor and then poops on it. She was trying to keep a straight face tonight when l accidentally trod in the mess. The mats will have to be cleaned tomorrow.

l told her "I live here you know?" And she replied "That is all right you can poop here if you want."

We sat out doors for half an hour, it was hot. She was ever so pleased when one of neighbour came across to say hallo, and my downstairs neighbour Emma put her head out of the window but Bille was a bit too far away to notice. It was too hot! So we came in.

Billie is a bit like me she says only dirty people wash. I used to say that water was too wet to wash in but my sister ruined my act of rebellion by saying that is why you use soap it makes the water less wet!

Salvador Dali the great painter rubbed donkey urine into his hair on his first date when he was 14, and got his face slapped. i wish l could have done that but now l settle for parrot pooh.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:19 am

Billie has been working on a new product, we are almost able to take orders. Pomegranite flavoured Cuttle Fish Bone.

Billie has also worked on a new design in wallpaper. Random Pomegranite splatter.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:18 am

Oops!, Damian Hurst eat your heart out!. You will have to repaper with pomegranate coloured wallpaper, having said that, Billie may ditch pomegranate for kiwi fruit if you do.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:31 pm

No chance, she does not like Kiwi fruit.

She has almost perfected the art of unscrewing the spike that holds the pomegranite, she is great at undoing nuts most are too tight fo her to get a grip but the nuts that hold her dishes in place regularly drop off, by accident or design?

I was looking at the new catalogue from Northern Parrots, what l really need is a ladder that is bite proof l saw one once with metal sides and plastic rungs, would pay the earth to buy one! I saw that scales they labelled "BestBuy" costing £99 have been dropped. I think they overdo the best buy label.

Billie sits on her door and watches TV l went to church this morning and left her sitting on the cage door and when l got back she was still sitting on the cage door. When l moved blocking her view l could hear her tut=tuttering. I think she is a telly addict but l have noticed she does not like cartoons.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:57 am

Good grief! She will be changing channels next!, have you googled Scarletts parrot supplies?, might be cheaper. As for Cartoons, what a discerning birdy, she may prefer the shopping channels, but don't leave your credit card laying around where Billie can get hold of it, mind you knowing her she's memorised the details!

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:35 am

Thank you Sanjay's mummi l have had a look around Scarletts but could not see what l wanted , no worry.

I love the way Billie grips a nut turns her head and lets go. And then grips the nut again before turning her head she can do it very quickly. I think that shows a lot of inteligence. I like to leave the cage door ajar at night and the top is also not closed down completely, She was not quite ready to go to bed and came out through the door. l thought "Here we go!" But l was wrong having made her point she went down and was covered up.

Billie is getting more confident in the shower, today she was hanging up side down while she got wet. I have never seen her so wet and she loved every minute. We went out later in the comunal garden and several people came up to say hallo she loves the attention and whistles and warbles for them.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:27 pm

Sanjay replies when I say "night night", he doesn't Say it, but makes a responsive noise. The shower must have been bliss for her, she was obviously "in bits", it has been ultra hot and humid today. Ok, another suggestion, could Jolleys or Pets At Home order the ladder you are after?. We have a big pet and aquatic store at Henlow, and they "do" all sorts of birds, from Parrotlets to Mollucan Cockatoos, my late husband fell in love with a black headed Caique. Anyway, they are pretty good at taking telephone orders and posting stuff. I wouldn't buy an IRN from them though, way too expensive!.

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:20 pm

Where's Henlow? I thought you were in the Midlands?

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:07 pm

EEK!!!

What have you done to my phone? I leave it on the table and get dinner ready and when l come back you are sitting on the perch looking all innocent. You tried to make a call? Did you get through? No? It was engaged? Gosh how can l stop you gnashing my things?

Oh well you are a bird after all what can l expect and l have pushed you to the limit today. I bought a plant, a mint plant it stinks worse than canabis, when l put it into Billie's cage she had a close look and then ignorred it completely. Well not completely because l found a chewed leaf on the floor, I thought l had better not cover you up with that in there but when l tried to take it out you gave me a look of reproach l did not have the heart to take it out!

Yes l did make you have a shower, you got wet again but that is no excuse for destructive behaviour.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:09 pm

No, AJ, I live in Bedford, and Henlow is in Bedfordshire. Sanjay was chortling along to the carpet shampooer this evening, it used to be the vacuum cleaner he chortled to, but since I have this new one, he prefers the shampooer. Mint plant?, a whole potted one?, good grief!, tomorrow is market day, so Sanjay will have his bunch of fresh Coriander to shred and chew.I might even run to a bunch of fresh Dill. He doesn't use the phone, he uses "bush telegraph", better than smoke signals I suppose.

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by AJPeter » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:45 am

I think Billie thinks there are snakes lurking under the sofa she just will not go on the floor, so we have to rely on the table to provide a flat surface. She loves biting the collar of my shirt but when l change into a well chewed shirt she looses interest. This old shirt l cut the sleeves off and l tried to get her hide under the material but no way as far as she is concerned there could be a snake hiding there.

The other day she sat on the perch in the bath room with her eyes closed, but as soon as l turned off the water she started to shriek. In the end she used a whole bath of water she was just lettintg te water bounce off the perch and splash her. I took the opportunity to spray mist her which went down quite well. But after l had turned off the water she just sat there hoping l would relent and turn the water back on.

However she a bit like me, we think only dirty people wash and then once or twice a week is enough this thead has become too long again l think l shall start a new one but what tio call it, anybody got ideas?

AJ

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Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:34 am

"The Adventures of Billie the Wonder Bird", how's that?

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The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

Post by AJPeter » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:09 pm

So Chapter one

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