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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

YS is still the explorer
Patitamofi commented

I wonder if some kind of modular harness couldn't be made, where the bits around the neck and under the wings were seperate (and the wing parts were attached to the body strap)? Then you could try to get him accustomed to a loop coming over his wing. Of course, this is coming from a person who can't get a regular harness on a parrot, so take it with a grain of salt!"

YS eventual harness will be on the model of Tinkerbell's harness. I spit on all the commercial harness made for parrots that I have seen so far. I have written on how ghastly those harness are made from material which can hold an elephant instead of a bird. And some of those harness have so much hardware that they can be given as Christmas present to the ghost of Jacob Marley.

I will make a prototype to try to fit that on to be used as the basis for measurements for the final harness for YS.


Read the recent letters I wrote on harness usage


YS was not singing when I woke. I turned my eyes to the clock and knew why he was not singing. That idle Ivan did not wake me up. He did not for a couple of days now. I scold him when he woke me up. In my fairness, I also scold him if he did not wake me up. I never did scold Tinkerbell at all for waking me up. We just had to wake up in a hurry when Tinkerbell flew in to do her morning call. If you have not known of "the alarm clock that could not be ignored", you should read

So it was at 1010am that YS was weighed to be 30.8 gm.

The milli box was 22.4 and the suri box at 71.7 and the cricket box at 29.8 gm.
I had harvested the millis and suris last night. It must much easier to do that when YS was asleep on his stupid bed on that power point switch.

We then did the usual exercises. The short recalls were like clockwork. I moved to the door. Before I even called his name, YS flew to me and hovered just in front of me waiting for me to call. A perverse wicked thought came to my mind not to call him so as to see how long he would hovered. But that was a fleeting thought as I raised my hand to complete the rest of the recall so he could get his treat. That happened again. I moved to the kitchen door for the long recall when he was on the fan. He flew so fast to me that I changed my mind and gave him a suri , and then yet another suri.

We moved back to the fan to do that ribbon loop. I started with the target stick to get him to place his head through the loop for a few times. Then I used just the loop. But it was windy with the loop shifting. I could not be sure if he was just reluctant to do so or it was because the wind kept moving that loop. WIth the target stick, that was less of a problem as he was focused on the target stick.

I then decided to take a break. Instead of going to the PC room, I sat on the sofa to watch the news thinking YS would appreciate that. He flew back to the fan and looked at me calling now and then. I was on my break so I ignored him. It became apparent to YS that he was not going to get called for his treats. He had better things to do and I guessed he had enough suris and millis as well. He took off and flew about perching on the light and then on the door. Then I heard him calling from the dining area behind me. After a while, I noticed that he was silent prompting me to get up in a hurry to search for him. I knew the apartment was safe, but one could never be that sure.

He had flown the kitchen and was perched motionless on top of the kitchen cabinet. He cocked his head to look down at me for a while before ignoring me. I came back with the milli box and that got his attention. He flew down to me on recall a few times. I then tried to walk him out back to the living room but he was having none of that and he took off to land back on top of the cabinet. I left him alone and went back to watch the tv.

Then a short while later, I heard him singing softly. It was not the territorial loud song, but the quieter song. I took the milli and located him in the bedroom singing to his image on the dressing table mirror. He seemed to know that was his image as he peered up and down and left and right to be met by his image doing that. He caught sight of me in the mirror. I silently lifted my hand to get him immediately turned around to fly to me. He clearly knew what was a mirror beyond any doubt in my mind. He took the milli and when I shook him off the finger, he went back to that fan on the dressing table and looked at me. A few more recalls were done and I went back to living room.

When I came by later, he was in the PC room. He really took to checking out the entire apartment, other than for the bedroom where Ivan was incarcerated and the other bedroom opposite Ivan's room. The doors faced each other, and a bungee cord now linked the doors, keeping both of them shut and making sure Ivan could not open he door.

I lifted the milli box to him in spirit of friendship for him to take a few millis. I got the suris to do recalls in the PC room even though I knew he would do that for millis. I recalled him standing in the corridor outside the PC room. Then he flew back into the PC room and I left him alone.

In time, I heard his wings whirling away when he flew out to the fan perch in front of me. I thought he had his fun and time for him to be back in his flight area and Ivan liberated.

At 12 noon, he was weighed to be 32.3 gm. The milli was at 20.7 and the suris at 71.2 gm.

He was then given the four crickets from the cricket box which dropped the cricket box to 27.6 gm, its empty weight. YS was at 34.5 gm.

I left for lunch getting back shortly after.

I was curious as to his metabolism rate. At 210pm, YS was weighed to be 33.o gm with his food probably digested and excreted too.

Then at 310 pm, his weight was at 32.7 gm. At 410 pm, he was at 32.5 gm. He was not given food other than for the milli used to bribe him to the scale.

After that, it was time to lock Ivan and to liberate YS. He was happy to be out again and he flew about in the living room prior to recall exercises and loop/target stick.

I then tried to give him back rub. That was to be the precursor to eventually getting my fingers under his wings. That was difficult. He treated my finger approaching him not with fear but as an object to amuse himself him. He would 'touch target' with that finger, or he would fly on top of it. His agility combined with his hovering skills made my finger looked like a joke. He would hover and turn his body spinning around the finger to get 'up' on it. Moving fast on him was not an option as he could move so fast himself. Any faster might cause him injury.

Then at 645pm, it was the end of the day for him. He was weighed at 32.8 gm.
The Milli was at 19.3 gm or drop of 3.1 gm. The suri was at 70.4 or drop of 1.1 gm and the cricket had drop of 2.2 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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