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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Harness Plan A - still ongoing / YS gave me a fright

Even as I woke up, my ears opened before my eyes. It was silence for a while. I waited , and then the song sounded. So that silence was just one of those lulls. The singing was reassuring to me. Eventually, he was let in while I had my breakfast. At 9 am, YS weighed to be 31.0 gm. It felt strange that no other weighings such as for the MM were done.

I then retied those pink ribbons to my fingers and my glasses. That was a lot more convenient than remembering to hold on to those ribbons.




As usual, short recalls were done. YS reaction was excellent. He pushed aside the pink ribbons I laid on his milli box to get at the millis. I then walked away for a long recall as I thought he should be at least hungrier and should fly to me. To my surprise , he ignored me. I walked nearer to him and tried intermediate distance recall. He came with no hesitation. After a few more intermediate recalls, I then walked further to do long recall. He then flew to me. I think he had his idea of protocol and he wanted me to do that correctly, the short, then intermediate and then the long. He trained me as much as I trained him, or is it the other way.

I then went back to short recalls that I could make while sitting down. After the recall to finger and his click and milli treat, I got him to go to my thigh to take from the milli box. Since he did not seem to mind the pink ribbons on and around and in the box, I thought I up the ante on him. As he was eating from the box, the ribbons on my left hand were brought slowly to form a curtain between him and the millis. He had to push his head through those ribbons to get to the millis. He did not like that a bit. He hopped around to get past those ribbons. I moved those ribbons and milli box to foil him. He got annoyed and flew back to the fan. I had to recall him and try that a few times. Eventually, he resigned himself to whatever I was doing. He pushed through the ribbons to get at his millis. And hopefully, eventually, he just might be persuaded to wear a harness made from those pink ribbons.

Since he was doing acceptably well, I did a long recall which he executed. As I expected after that long recall, he then perched on the dining chair back to wait for further recalls. I moved back and down the corridor. He saw it was millis and refused to budge. Only when I got the suri out did he then responded.

I was surprised at this morning weight of 31.0 gm, he was not that hungry as to bargain with me as to the treats that he deserved and he insisted that he should be given.

He was not selling himself cheap.

I did have some qualms about this lowering of his weight. I saw him on the apartment door just looking on down at me. I felt guilty enought to walk nearer to do a gift short recalls so I could give him his milli. Then he started to sing and sing. Since I was there, I raised my finger and cue the recall to him. I was just ignored as he thought his singing was more important than the milli I was offering him.

Eventually he stopped singing and I was already sitting on the sofa. That did not matter to him and he came to me when I gave his recall cue.

At 11 am , he was weighed at 32.2 gm. I gave him a cricket to put him at 32.6 gm.

I recalled him to shoulder and we went into the PC room. He was more prepared to do recalls in PC room now. Those interactions with him was sporadic as I was going through my other bird groups and playing chess. He flew off from the room. I assumed he was in the living room that he normally flew to. He sang and sang and then he called and called to me.

Heck! I was winning my opponent in chess played on Internet and I had better things to do such as crushing him than to see what that stupid bird was up to.

But eventually, I walked out to see what was up especially there was silence for some time. As I walked towards the living room, I popped my head into the kitchen. I was stunned to see the glass door between the kitchen and the laundry area to be wide opened. That laundry area was not protected against outside and I relied on the door to be closed. I called and called for him and heard only silence. I had this empty sinking feeling in my stomach.

I rushed to the living room and searched for him up on the lights, on the fan, on the door and in all his usual places he perched. He was not there. I searched for him in his flight area. His absence was frighening.

I knew he could not be recalled from new places. It took so many days before I could get him to come to me in the PC room. If he flew out of the kitchen door and to the outside, he would be in such a state of fright he would not come to me. And that was if he stayed in the neighbourhood. My apartment was on the 5th floor and he could have flown far away.

I cursed myself for not immediately responding when he made those 'I want you' calls to me earlier.

I had to untie all the ribbons from fingers and glasses and got myself ready for the outside with suri and milli boxes and clicker and target stick and hoped for the best.

Then I heard him singing. I rushed to his voice and found he was in the bedroom, a place he never been to before. The bedroom door was opened and was kind of opposite to the PC room but off-set a bit. I knew it was safe, the windows of the bedroom were all closed. The bedroom was a room that he could go to, even if he gave me a big shock and fright in doing so. I was happy that he gone to it on his own but I wishe he told me. Opps... he did, but I was too engrossed in crushing my opponent.

I went in to see him perched on the fan and admiring himself in the dressing table mirror. He allowed me to approach him. He accepted the milli box presented to him. When I pulled the boz away and tried a short recall from a couple of feet away, he ignored me. I moved closer in to try a step up and he flew off to top of the cupboard. From there, he accepted the milli from the box. Attempt to get him to recall was ignored. Attempt to get him to step up made him flew to the fan. I cursed him and went back to PC room to play chess.

Periodically I called him but got no replies. Then an hour or so later, I heard him flying into the PC room. I was delighted. I wondered if that was a real 'hide and seek' that he did. But did he truly flew in to look for me, or just a random turning around corners. Whatever it was, I walked to him perched on the fan and gave him his milli box. That was followed by recalls. Then with him on my hand, I walked him out to the dining area and he flew off back to his flight area.

That was at 1 pm. His weight was 32.1 gm

I would be leaving the apartment to go out with my friend CM. We had done sailing and windsurfing for a long time, well over 35 years. There were some clippers in Singapore on their race around the world and we thought we pop over to see them.

At 130pm, YS was at 31.8 gm. As Joy and me will be taking out my son Mark for his birthday dinner, I knew I would not be back until late.

So I weighed fresh MM at 38.5 and left that in the cage for YS.

I will be lowering his weight to morning weight of 30.0 gm


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



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.

Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust


or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice

MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

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