Progress update

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Black Headed Caique / Data / Living with Parrots / Parrot Enrichment / Uncategorized

I haven’t updated the blog in awhile and I have so much to report! I’ve met many of my goals and come up with a lot of new ones. Here’s what new with us:

  • We officially adopted Data, formerly knows as Jazzy. We figured he deserved a new name for his new life. We’d like to thank Phoenix Landing for all that they do and for helping us find this little guy. He is quite the character and we love him!
  • The Caiques got their very own deck aviary! My friends and family (organized by my wonderful husband) surprised me with an aviary for my birthday. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have one. Seriously, it is a game changer.
  • Data has gained a lot of new skills. He has learned several tricks, is slowly improving his flight skills, will take watery juice from a syringe, and has started foraging.
  • Rueben has become an expert at foraging! We have added a lot of cool hanging gyms to our living room and he spends hours at a time searching for food, playing with toys and most importantly NOT flying to us! Because of this he enjoys a LOT more freedom and all of us are happier.

That said there are still a lot of areas we need to improve upon. Here is my new list of goals:

  • Get Rueben and Data to the point where they can be out of their cages at the same time. Unfortunately Data will go after Rueben quite aggressively given the opportunity. We have not allowed him to actually come into contact with Rue but it’s also not fair to stress either bird out. Until Data can learn to station and engage in alternate activities, that do not include attacking Rue, it’s one boy out at a time.
  • Train Data to go into the carrier. He has made progress but he still isn’t as happy or as comfortable as I would like for him to be. He gets car sick and I think he associates the carrier with going in the car, so this one is going to take some work.
  • Work on husbandry skills with Data, to include: nail trims, being toweled, taking water from a syringe, and allowing me to put a flight suit on him.
  • Work on getting Data to eat chop (a mix of fresh fruits and veggies). Right now he will eat apples, grapes, bananas, and green beans. That’s it.
  • Significantly improve Data’s flying skills. He has made some progress but has a long way to go.
  • Significantly improve Data’s foraging skills.
  • Train Rueben to go into the back-pack carrier. He’ll go inside happily but when I try to bring the flap over his head to close it he gets terrified. I need to work on breaking this down and helping him feel comfortable.
  • Work on husbandry skills with Rueben, to include: nail trims, being toweled, taking water from a syringe, and allowing me to put a flight suit on him.
  • Teach Rueben to put puzzle pieces in the right spot, color discrimination, and prefect and expand his trick repertoire.
  • Prepare for baby Red Fronted Macaw to join the family sometime this winter! Stay tuned…..

If you made it this far I think it’s only fair to reward you with video of Data hanging out in the aviary and being adorable.


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