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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

YS preferred my treat millis to free feeding millis

Even as I walked to flight room to let YS in, Joy was grinning at me that she already weighed YS at 34.0 gm. I looked questioningly at her and she continued to tell me that exercise cost her 10 millis.

I did not need coffee in me to know that was super bribing and I had to ask her why? She was very defensive and said YS ate quickly.

My foot! What a stupid answer from a stupid wife currying favour from a stupid bird, I thought YS mesmerised my silly wife into being allowed HIMB and she being entranced by YS feeding, just let him glut away. But heck! I was occasionally quilty of that myself.

He flew in when I opened the door and I went to get and had my breakfast, and watched the news. In time, he started to announce that we should move on by flying over head and banging on that glass panel. After 4-5 times, I agreed with him and got my journal and went into the flightroom. He then stopped and perched on the fan to watch me doing those preliminaries.

915 am

YSM at 383, down .5 gm // milli at 242 //

YS came immediately on signal to scale and weighed in at 33.8 gm

We then proceeded to do the recalls. His response to me was so good and perfect from short to intermediate to long recalls. I could not feel any difference from his response as compared to the times his weight was taken way down to morning weight of sub 32.0 and lower. But for his health, I like to take him back to range of 31-33 gm.

But the free feeding experiment continued.

I took out the free feeding box with 45.0 of millis larva, beetles and substrate of bran and left that in the flight roo. YS saw that and flew over to help himself.

I decided it was time to do our own things. I had to spend some time on the Internet to catch up with correspondence, not related to birds or parrots. I recalled the last couple of days with free feeding, YS did not care to do recalls once the big feast began for him.

That was ok with me.

So I left him and went to the PC room. I was engrossed in my own world. But half an hour or so later, YS came in. I was pleased by that as I thought he was stuffing himself silly outside.

After some time of being ignored by me, YS took matters into his own hand. He started to buzz from the han to fly in between me and the PC screen and back to his fan again.

I took my milli box and gave him recall cue. He flew over to me immediately to get his milli treat.

A lot more recalls were done. I have to say I was very pleased that YS, given the availablity of millis outside, he decided to come to me on his own to request yet again more playing and training. He could have stayed outside and stuffed himself silly and explore and go to other places as he liked. I felt touched that he came in to be with me instead.

At 12 noon, we all went back to the flight room.

YS was 34.6 // milli in treat box was at 21.9 gm //free feeding milli was 44.1 gm // I also threw away and YSM and measured in fresh YSM at 38.7 gm . I was delighted to see YS flying into the cage and taking the YSM.

I had to leave for downtown to take care of some matters.

I got back at 6 pm and allowed YS to be in the apartment. He was deighted and signalled me a few times until I relent and trained him. Again, he was perfect.

But I had a shock when YS was weighed at 36.3 // YSM at 38.4 which I left for his morning breakfast. Milli in treat box was 31.3 gm . The free feeding millis at 38.1

So training with a free feeding shama, at least in this case, is possible.

This is the end of the training with a shmam with alternate and other food sources is possbile.

Starting from tomorrow, I will get YS weight to between 31-33 weight range.

milli in tr


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



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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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