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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

YS no longer brooded in the kitchen

The usual morning ritual re-enacted this morning, of course, after I woke up, never mind what time I woke up. It wasnt early as there was this book I was reading late into the night.

YS followed me into the flight room. His MM was at 38.7 gm or 0.7 less than evening before. The moment I lifted that off, he flew from his door perch to the scale. That got me worried for a while as I thought he must be hungry. When I looked at the scale, he was at 34.6 gm. So he was not hungry for milli. There might even be this chance that he was being good and trying to follow my wishes. But I just could not accept that as YS was showing himself so much of a mercenary. I just could not help myself wondering why he was good, and looking for ulterior motives and hidden agenda from him whenever he was good. I guessed that must be because I had so many ulterior motives and hidden agenda in dealing with him that I assumed he must have them too.

But with that high weight, even if weighed at 10 am , I was wondering if I really got a shama , or a pig of a shama and one thats extremely uppity with me as well. I was also not sure if that was good for his long term health if his low weight in morning was almost 10% higher than the listed high weight for shama.

I decided not to add any MM to his bowl and try to get his weight down. Perhaps he might be even more amicable to recall cues and to other stuff I was trying to get him to like to do, which coincidentally, happened to be what I like him to do.

A bird must like what he is doing, especially if that bird is flighted. To force a flighted bird to do what he/she does not like is pure wishful thinking.

I went back to living room, and of course, he followed me there and perched on the fan. As usual, a few simple recalls were done and he came to me at cue with no hesitation. I walked to the door and the pure recalls were excellent. I edged myself into the middle of dining room. He looked with disinterest to the clicker but made perfect recalls to the holding of milli box.

I moved to the kitchen door. You know 'hope beats eternal in the human breast' and I tried a pure recall and was given his utter snub. The milli got him flying to halfway to me and perching at that halfway point. Only the suri got him to fly to me. You must understand that the SMBs contained about 30- 70 millis to every suri. If you were in my position, you would also be very reluctant to use suri if a milli will suffice. I would even be generous and be prepared to give him 4-5 millis as I am a reasonable man.

If my recollection is correct, about 10 millis weigh 0.1 gm as against a suri ranging from 0.1 to 0.4 grams, even more reason to use millis whenever possible.

I felt defeated and when he saw I got suri, he flew to me so nicely.

After a few flights, I hold the milli box so that after he got his suri, I did that 'head in milli box' trick again and got him into the kitchen once more. I felt none of my former happiness in fooling him with this trick. I almost felt he knew I was going to pull this on him and he happily obliged to gobble as many millis as he could.

He flew up to the kitchen cabinet, hopped about for a while and went into display mode on top. He even burst into singing. He ignored the millis I offered, overflew my hand and winged his way back to the living room and his flight room.

YS no longer brooded in the kitchen. There was clear line of sight from the kitchen to his flight room. Which begs the question why did he brooded in the kitchen at all in the first place.

At 1 pm, the MM remained at 38.7 gm. But after all, he was hardly in the flight room and was treated royally by me to suris and crickets and a lot of millis. YS was at 34.7 gm. Whenever I try to lower his weight, I liked to increase the weighing frequency just to be safe.

I then went for lunch and gym.

Came back to do touch target, an exercise that I failed for sometime to do with him. His avoidance of my finger rubbing his back and head was even more stylistic today. I kept losing millis to him while he kept gaining the ascendance on my fingers.

At 6 pm, the MM was at 38.3. YS was at 34.7 gm.


Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .


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