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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

YS toys

YS was singing well this morning. I paid closer attention as that is a window into his mental well being. Especially so as I was taking his weight down.

At 915 am, the MM was at 38.0 grams. He finished practically all the MM as the remaining .2 gm were distributed so finely that he would not be able to get them. I threw that away by taking a tissue and wiping the bowl clean to 37.8 gm. Then fresh MM was added to 38.5 gm. YS weight was at 32.2 grams.

Over the last couple of days, I realised my weighing of him in earlier weeks might not have been that correct. He was weighed sometimes after big meals of succulent crickets and suris. So weight taken were of him and undigested food. So for lunch weighing and evening weighing, he would not have anything major for an hour prior to that. Some millis might be given, but not enough to make much difference prior to weighing.

We stayed in the flight room after that. I wanted to get him used to his new bed up on the wall next to the power point cover. He came to my finger immediately on recall cue. I then got him to step up onto his bed where some millis were given. Through the day , he was brought to his bed now and then to get him used to it. Later on, I removed the chopsticks and stuck a plastic cover to try to block off that space so he could get to his new bed.

Then in the living room, the old exercises were done. His response were rapid and on the dot. But his response was always good. The reduction in weight was not in attempt to get him to respond faster. I thought for his long term health, he should not be over weight by too much. I had so much suris, and millis, and crickets that I had to resist strongly the urge to feed him. Same for the YS mash and his MM. I reasoned to myself that when I got his morning weight down and used that as the baseline, I could feed him more again thus fluctuating his weight from 31 gm in morning to 33 gm by evening. But the guiding point for me will be 31 gm in the morning.

He made himself more at home. Instead of perching mainly on the fan and around the TV to the front door, he made periodic forays into the dining area and the chairs and cabinets in that area. His recalls to me were good. I used milli mainly, but now and then as treats, he got suris as well.

When I called him from kitchen door, after his first long flight to me from the fan, he would go to the dining chair and wait for recall cues.

Then I got him on a pure shoulder recall and walked him into the PC room. I still had not work on pure recalls in PC room. But I doubt pure recalls would give me any problems.

This morning, my wife left some beady toys for him on the shelf.


I periodically interact with YS but he was left alone to do his things. He perched here and there. And now and then, he would play with his beady toys. I am still amazed that shama , or Yingshiong at least, liked to play with toys.


He love his own reflection too.


I left him too long and he got bored , or thirsty, and he flew off back to his flight room. Eventually, I went to the living room to get him on my shoulder and back into the PC room.

At 1:15 pm, the MM was at 38.2 and YS at 33.1 gm.

I left for my lunch and gym. If I stayed around the urge to feed him was too great.

I got back later.

At 630 pm, the MM was at 38.0 gm. I topped up with MM to 38.3 gm. up, I set it aside. YS was at 32.8 . But instead of placing the bowl back immediately knowing YS would then finished that , I set it aside as I wanted some food to be available for him in the morning when he wakes up. I waited till later before replacing the bowl into his cage.

You knew that in the morning, I took measures to encourage YS to take to the new bed by sealing off his old bed.

Guess what.

YS found a small niche and slept on that powerpoint cover again ignoring his new bed.

A R G H !!!!




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


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