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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Music for Riamfada and nail filer
shanlung
Since that time a few days ago where I related Riamfada and his parroty joke he played with me as an expression of parroty humour, he did not do that to me again yet much as I liked him to do so again. I guess that must be at his choice, and a time of his chosing or that would not have any meaning.

This Tuesday morning, after I gave him mash , had my breakfast, and back to be with him before I left for the office. He went through all sequences that we had done together. That included flying back to named places in his room, the bar perch and the cage. That also included 'high fives'. Its not that I wanted to teach him 'tricks' that matter, its that I had to think of new stuff to do with him so we both would not be bored.

I normally would have in my right palm some seeds with my finger holding the clicker. So after I clicked, I opened my palm to give him anything from one seed to several. I find it best to vary that at random.

He also noticed a pattern in the training. I would go through a cycle, from step ups, to recall flights, to touch targets, to handshake and high fives. When the cycle was done, he gave baby talk to me, and instead of getting his seeds, he climbed onto the palm. He then snuggled down on the palm with his head bowed and head feathers fluffed out for his headrubs. That he consciously got to the palm and therefore settling himself on the seeds, he viewed the treats as secondary in our relationship. Then he got off to the bar and accept the next cycle again.

He did teased me in a subtle way. He might do his step up immediately. He might also wished to move from lower bar to upper bar, gave himself a shake to indicate he was ready, and then step up on the offered perch. He might do a couple of wing stretches before he launched himself to fly at me.

In his own way, he modified the training that we did. I could not be but pleased with the active way he re-arranged the training.

Could I try to impose my will on him in that I would keep him hungry so he would jump through hoops for his seeds? To give him his main meals after training?

N O W A Y !!!!

He is my equal. And in my being larger and more powerful than he is, the onus must be on me to bend over backwards not to impose my will on him even indirectly.

Bad manners from him cannot be tolerated, not if we want a good long term relationship. CAGs , birds and Riamfada are empaths. I do believe they read our emotions. I think all animals are empaths too.

When relationships are good, they do not want to hurt us, even emotionally, although they may have parroty nor catty jokes on us.

I do not believe in suffering in silence. That may well confuse them in the relationship, in that they see in your heart you are suffering and in pain, and you kept quiet , or say nice things to them then that they do not see in your heart.

PROVIDED that you do have a good relationship with them to start with, I am a firm believer in being vocal with them on likes and dislikes. If your birdie is fearful with a terrible past with others to overcome, then your first act must be to overcome their fear and get them to like you first. You then guide them into acceptable behaviours.

I accept that they are my equal, and as such, I do not accept them shitting on me (metamorphically, even if I accept their actual shit on my head). One must be very very fair of course. If you wear an old shirt, and accept their chewing of old shirt and buttons, you cannot chastise them if you chose to wear Armani suit and they decide to chew that.

Biting of chunks of my wife flesh, creatures flesh and even my flesh are absolute no-no and will earn them a loud chewing off with anger flaring from my heart. To suffer in silence will meant you continue to suffer, or your people/creatures continuing to suffer. After that flying lunge earning him a telling off, he remained relatively good to my wife. My wife said he sometimes gave her the evil eye. I countered her catties always tried to kill me.

Give them the credit of intelligence and use their intelligence to guide them on right and wrongs.

I enforced discipline on my kitties. But Katie and Dommie will come to my calls, even though they never do to my wife calls (unless meal times). That irritate my wife no end, but thats another story.

And you know my birdies fly to me, even if wife is trying to distract them with food, and I had shouted/screamed at them.

But to each their own. If you prefer to suffer in silence, then you can continue to suffer in silence.

When I went into Riamfada's room yesterday lunch the second time, he flew at me. Instead of landing on my offered arm, he flew over my head and through the door into dining room. There was a second door blocking dining room from living room. I use beaded curtains on flight perimeter doors to block entry to outside as last resort. I confessed that beaded curtains were only recently installed together with shower curtains that I related a short while ago.

I decided to make an exception. So I silicon cement supports above Riam door, bought three beaded curtains and installed two to cover Riam's door. The third beaded curtain will be cannibalised for beaded strings to hang over small windows rather than the newspaper that I used.

Last night was not a dining out night. Was supposed to be and was to be in Tim's place. But something came up for him and he begged off and it became a quiet night.

We took that opportunity to do another shopping run for Riamfada.

He can whistle so well, and I can barely whistle at all. My wife located the whistling CD to teach birds how to whistle but had not worked for Tinkerbell or Yingshiong. She had ripped that into MP3 and found that in the innards of her hard drive. And about to convert back into CD again.

But we did not have CD player.

So we went and bought a boombox just for Riam. So Riam will have music and AM/FM in his room, and that whistling CD.

We had not even bought a sound system for us humans as yet.

We also finally found a kitchen scale , good up to 5kg and accurate to the gram. We looked for that in 4 prior shopping runs in the past.
But batteries not included. As that needed the squarish 9V battery that we forgot to buy, we still have no idea of Riams weight.

And yes, kitty kibbles for kitties.

And yes too, human nail filer was bought. My wife put an SOS in Omanforum as if and where Dremel can be bought in Oman. I will not hold my breath for the useful replies as I do not think Dremel can be bought here in Muscat.

I think half of our grocery/shopping runs were for the creatures and not for us.








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mash and sunflower seeds
shanlung
I just got back from lunch at home today.

As usual, my first act when I reached home for lunch was to go to Riam to get his mash bowl to clean and refilled with a fresh tablespoon of mash .

Then I had my lunch with wife.

I went back to Riam later with sunflower seeds, clicker, perch and target.

When I re-entered his room, he flew out of his cage to the bar. At step up cue, and with the stick near him, he stretched to rub his beak a while on that stick perch before stepping up and getting his click and seeds. It went on ok for a while.

Then when I asked him to fly to bar from hand perch, he flew to top of his cage. He knew the cycle was not over yet. But he went back into his cage, and he went to his mash bowl to eat the mash.

You have read that report I made on turtle watching where it was first indicated he liked the mash as much as seeds.

Notwithstanding I had a handfull of seeds with me, all his for the asking, he went back to eat his mash.

Since I made the mash, and know of its nutritional value, I have to say I am pleased that he love that mash, to the point between mash and seed, he would go for the mash.

Which made me think he did the training with me more because he love those training sessions with me, and not because he could get seeds.

You know I viewed the training more to get to know him and to bond with him.
Not because I could teach him 'tricks', even if its marvellous that he could do those tricks. I added those 'tricks' to stimulate him and his mind rather than for the 'tricks' itself.

I have no plans to show off Riamfada, or to make a show of him.

There is this old Zen saying 'Do not mistake the finger pointing to the moon as the moon itself'.

So if Riam decided to beg off training to go to his mash, it was fine with me. The way he acted with me showed his bonding with me. Much more than if I could get him to react to the cues like a puppet.

I am happier he found the mash that tasty than if he had done everything I asked him on cue.

Should I felt snubbed? Not at all!

I felt honored!



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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

http://www.durrellwildlife.org/

or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice

NEVER EVER HAVE CLEAR GLASS WINDOWS WHERE YOUR BIRD IS FLOWN.

COVER COVER THEM PLEASE.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE AS LUCKY AS I WAS.







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