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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Hide and seek / Plan A continued

He was singing this morning. I did not hear him when I woke. Only when I got out of the bedroom did I heard his singing. It was not the territorial loud singing so I did not hear that through the door.

Later at 930 am, his MM was at 37.9 gm or .6 gm less from when I last fed him yesterday afternoon. YS was at 30.5 gm. After I tied those pink ribbons to fingers and specs, we then did our exercises. His responses were very good. I did only a few recalls, from the short to intermediate and long recalls. I
then carried the suris and millis and I loudly told him I was going to the PC room.

In the PC room, I called to him. Then I went on to do my thing in the Internet. It did not take him very long, maybe 5 minutes or less. I was delighted when I heard the whirl of his wings and I knew that he joined me in the PC room. I turned and there he was, perching on the fan. I gave him his recall cue, and he flew onto my finger. He got a nice suri for that, followed by a long gobble at the millis box. He finally did what I called my hide and seek. To get to me, he had to fly two 90 degree turns, or even three 90 degree turns depending on where he started off from. At least he had to turn around from dining area into the corridor, and then from corridor into PC room. He might not have come directly to me, but he flew in search of me and landed on the fan in the PC room.

We did more exercises in the PC room, more as excuses for me to feed him suris and millis. Then we went back to living room. Again those exercises were excuses to spoil him even more. He got used to the pink ribbons that I dangled over him. He forced his head through if the ribbons were in the way between him and the milli box.

At 11 am , YS was at 31.3 gm. He went into territorial display and singing. I left him and went back to PC room without calling him. That was left to his own choice. After a while, I heard his wings announcing his arrival in the room. I called him over for him to get his suri and millis.

Having ran out of suris, I decided to harvest suris from the smb3 cum cricket box. This smb3 was left basically untouched. The crickets quickly scurry to their hiding places among the pieces of egg containers left for that purpose. The peatmoss I took out with a small box was crawling with suris of all sizes, with lots of baby suris. YS was having a wonderful time making his sneak attacks and stole 4 fat succulent suris until I had to shut him in the living room until I harvested all that I wanted. I then dumped the balance of the suris and peatmoss into smb1. YS was then called in at 1245pm to be weighed at 32.0 gram.

I left him in the living room to go back to the PC room again. Before long, he flew in to join me. I knew the moment he discovered the hide and seek, it would be very easy after that. He was well feed then at 32.0 gm but that did not matter to him as he had the confidence of finding me in the PC room. The first time in the morning was the ice breaker.

Still , he got his rewards from me. I took him on my finger to walk him to the bedroom. He still was not prepared to fly to me on recall in the bedroom so he was left there while I went back to the PC room. He was there admiring himself in the mirror and singing away. A while later, he was back again with me in the PC room.

At 130 pm , YS was at 32.0 gm. He was then shut in his flight area so Ivan would have a chance to be out again.

At 3 pm, YS was at 31.5 gm. Gave him a couple of crickets before we went into the apartment to exercise and play. A lot more focus was now on him getting use to the ribbons. As he sat on my thigh eating at the milli box, ribbons were being dragged and placed on his neck. Today was different from days before where he allowed that for a while before flying off back to his fan perch.

At 645 pm, YS was at 32.0 gm


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



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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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