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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

The day after attempting the harness

Even before getting my breakfast and even before YS flew from his cage door perch into the apartment, I was there with him with the milli box. He even paused in his singing to take one from me. I extended my finger to give him back rub and c n t him. He flew in to the fan. Then again, the milli box was offered and I back rub him with c n t.

Only then, I went to get my coffee and breakfast to watch the news with YS watching me.


The MM was at 38.1 // YS at 32.2 // milli at 23.1 // suri at 70.4

Interesting that YS left a bit of MM behind and did not need to take all of it as would be the case if he was that hungry. I should have taken down his weight more. I tried to do so today, but when you get to his evening weight, I was not too successful despite trying to limit his millis to one or two each treat.

We then went to the fan where I did his body rub. He object strongly when I tried the body squeeze and flew to top of cupboard. So I went on to the recalls. He gave very good response for all the short recalls. As I walked to the main door, he intercepted that by flying to the mesh and took off from there for recalls. Then I went to the kitchen door for long recalls. But for some reasons, he did not come to me. I let it go. People can have 'off days', so the same for YS. We went back to the fan. I took a loop of pink ribbon. But as soon as he saw it, he flew up the cupboard. Later on, even without the ribbon, he refused to let me appproach with my finger for backrubs.

I gave up the thoughts of any attempt to harness him today. Maybe for a few days as well.

We then did our things. YS was left to fly about as he liked. I rather he not be around with me as you later will know. I went in to weigh the milli at 22.5 after the morning session.

I set about recovering the millis and suris from the trap I set in the smb. I had been perplexed. From time to time, I seen lots of little baby suris. Then later on, the small suris that I seen were nothing like what I expected based on the many baby suris I seen earlier. It was the other day when I dropped the dead cricket from the trap ( I think being trapped in confined space as in the trap, crickets fight kill one another) into the suri box, the way millis moved to eat that dead cricket was astonishing. That was why I never saw dead crickets in the cricket/suri main box. Then I thought the suri egg cases and maybe baby suris as well, might be eaten by millis with the swarm of millis around.

So I thought I would take as many of the suris from the smb and placed them into the pure suri main box. Then I also would put the millis taken from the trap into a special milli box. And as the millis seem to take animal protein, I will feed them with bran, their mash and in addition, YS mash with its 60% high protein cat food to further gut load and tissue load them prior to feeding YS. That was why I rather YS not around to make sneak attacks. This evening, I baited the suri/milli trap with YS mash and it was incredible to see the millis poured down into that trap following that scent of animal protein from the cat food component.

Of course, some smaller size suris were taken into the suri box for YS and weighed to be 70.4 gm.

I heard YS singing from the bedroom. I went over there to get very prompt recalls from him a few times. Later, YS joined us in the PC room. With that strong initial recall from the fan, I decided to try the back rubs again. YS readily allowed me to give him backrubs in the PC room. I used the clicker to condition him as well, he only get his c n t when he allowed me to do that back rub. That went on to body squeezes as well.

For the very reasons he allowed me to handle him in the PC room, those very reasons forbid me from ever trying to harness him in the PC room. So should anything go wrong in the living room, the PC room must remain a place of trust to rebuild our relationship. And no harness attempt be made on him in his flight room. That is his sacred place of refuge from me. And as in PC room, perhaps that was why he allowed me to touch and handle him there.

Later on when we left the PC room, he was in the dining area on top of the chair and he allowed me to back rub and body squeeze him there as well. I was tempted, very tempted, to turn that into a manhandling grasp and attempt to harness him again. But I did not.

In a while, he was back on the fan by the TV. He responded perfectly to recalls. But when I got up to walk to him with the milli box, he warily looked at me while he ate the millis. As soon as my left hand approached him, he immediately flew off refusing me to do any back rubs on him.

Later when he was back on the fan, I walked to him with the loop of ribbon wanting him to stick his head through the loop to eat the millis. As soon as he saw that loop in my hand, he flew up the cupboard.

At 1215 pm, YS was at 32.8 and the milli at 20.8 gm and time for Ivan to be out.

216 pm when YS was let out again, YS was at 32.5 and milli at 20.5 gm

He sang about. We did recalls sporadically during the commercials on the programme on Torinno Olympics. Still refused to let me do any back rubs on that fan by the TV.

415 pm. YS was at 33.2, milli at 19.2 and suris at 70.2

By 645, YS was at 33.1, milli at 19.0 and suris gone at 69.7 gm

So difficult to get his weight down to evening weight of 32.5 gm as I wanted to do.

Weighed 33.4 of MM and placed that in after he slept.


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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