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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

First voilational recalls from YS // Got snubbed for Joy //Still fumbling around with plan A

905 am

YS at 32.0 // milli at 22.8 // suri at 70.5

It was difficult to get YS down to morning weight of 31.0

This was made even worse when I used an even more efficient way to trap millis AND suris as well. I noticed that they cannot climb the one inch side of the plastic lunch boxes. So I removed the cover, and with paper outside allow millis and suris to climb up, they dropped in to feast on the mash and carrots , and remained there until transfered to holding boxes. You seen I feed about 4 gms of millis per day. I just saw the trap before I came to update, and there must have been at least 30 gms of millis and suris in just one trap in one smb.

So I got a surfeit of suris and millis, and it is difficult to resist feeding YS. And I also got lots of succulent crickets, and freezer loaded with YS mash ARGH !!! For YS health, I decided I got to try to hold his weight to morning weight of 31 gm, so you can imagine my problems.

So the morning exercises continued after the weighing.

The short recalls and shoulder recalls went like clockwork. Then YS did something I had yearned for. He flew to my shoulder uncued. That was a voilational recall, a voluntary flight to me. I clicked and treat him with 4-5 millis. After a while he flew back to the fan. Then he flew to me again, to get the click and treats with greatest plesure from me. As I walked to the door for intermediate recalls, he preempted me by flying to the mesh and then flying to me to get his c n t. I send him to the fan. He landed there, and took off to me even though I did not give the cue. On seeing him hovering in front of me, I had to raise my hand and cued him to land for his c n t.

The long recall to the kitchen door was preempted by him landing on a nearby chair waiting for me to cue him. So the long recalls became short recalls as he refused to fly back to the fan.

Then I walked back to the sofa and he flew to the fan. I got up to him saying lots of nice things to him while holding up the milli box. Despite all the soft and nice talk to him about rubbing his back, he was not having that. At approach of my finger, he hovered upwards and hovered back to the books near the wall and out of my reach. I gave recalls and he cheekily flew to me and took the millis. I shook him back on the fan and tried again to rub his back. He flew off to top of cupboard and flew down to the fan only when I sat back on the sofa.

Then my wife Joy came along. YS almost always refused to fly to my wife when she gave recall cues. Joy tried to recall YS at step by step procedures I conducted her. YS refused to fly to her. So I told Joy she might as well offer the millis to bribe YS for future efforts. I told Joy I could not get YS to accept my backrubs. Upon which Joy raised her finger, telling YS that she was going to give her backrubs. I smiled inside and waited to watch the fun. To my intense annoyance and surprise, YS remained on the fan and allowed Joy to give him backrubs. After refusing to allow me to do so, he quietly allowed Joy to do that. I asked her to try the body squeeze. To even greater annoyance and irritation to me, YS allowed Joy to do that. I got up and tried to give him his backrubs but that bloody creature hovered back out of my reach.

So I took a break and left him alone. The milli was at 22.2 gm. After a while, he flew to the kitchen and called and sang. Then to the bedroom to call and sing. Then he was in the PC room. I took the box of suris to try to get him to do a hide and seek (hs) recall. I showed him a suri on tweezer and hide behind the frosted door. I called to him 'I got suri' and initiated the recall cue. He flew across the PC room to catch sight of me lurking outside and he flew over for that 'almost but not quite' 1/2 hs recall. We did that another time. After which he required at least sight of my hand before he would fly to me for 1/4 hs recall.

Since he was on the fan in the PC room, I walked over and talked to him. Twirling my finger at him, he sang softly with occasional hovering to get to top of my finger. His mood was good and so I offered him milli with finger on other hand approaching his back. He did not back off and allowed me to back rub him. I lifted his wing gently from the back and was rubbing him under the wings and body for a while before he protested and shifted from me. I stopped , gave him a couple more millis , and did my thing. He alternately flew to the chair next to me and onto the grill on other side of me.

After a while when he was back on the fan, I did a few recalls to get him in the mood again. Then I approached him to do a body squeeze, a very light body squeeze that he accepted.

Later, at 1 pm, YS was at 33.0 gm , the milli at 20.8 and the suris at 69.9 gm

It was time for Ivan to be out and for me to go out for lunch.

430 pm and YS was at 32.6 gm. He was somewhat moody with erratic recalls to me. He was left to do his own thing, which was basically flying into the PC room to brood.

With some difficulty, I got him on my finger to walk him out of PC room at 6 pm and back into his flight room.

645 YS was at 33.7 and milli at 18.8. I decided to leave him fresh MM at 38.3 gm. I was a bit worried his moodiness might be from some deficiency in diet from the last few days of millis, suris and crickets alone. So I thought I play it safe by giving just a little of MM.

The harness will not be worn on him yet tomorrow. Two main elements are involved.

1 His trust on me is paramount
2 His acceptance of harness

Forcing him into a harness is a no-brainer. If that affect his trust, I will not be able to get him into harness on a consistent basis.

But without the harness, he will never be able to go outside with me. You have seen how many days it took for me to get him to come to me in recall even in the PC room initially. In fact from the time he was free to leave the flight room, he had so many invisible barriers that I had to slowly get him to cross.

If he is to free fly in the open , and eventually without the harness, he must be safely taken out to familiarise himself first.

As plan A did not exist when I started on my plan A, I guess whatever I do is still within the confine and spirit of plan A, even if I am still fumbling around. Any ideas that you may have for plan A will be very much appreciated.

We will see how it will go.


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""

Yingshiong songs are in

She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.

You can see that in folders

Yingshiong beady toys


The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.

If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.

For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in


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