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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Acheiving Entente Cordiale between Jackie and Sieben

Acheiving Entente Cordiale between Jackie and Sieben

More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben

I could be such a fool. I missed the obvious and went meandering about on a crazy path.

You all knew of my worries on my most athletic Abby, the Gwaigwai shishi Sieben. I know for a fact my eternal vigilance is always less than eternal. To rely on eternal vigilance to keep Jackie safe is as foolhardy as clipping of wings to prevent a birdie from flying away. I needed to rely on more, on friendship if possible, or on acceptance to keep Jackie safe in case gaps appeared in my not-so-eternal vigilance.

With clicker training, I turned Sieben into a lap cat, sort of. I was thinking of the route I had taken with Ivan. Ivan was a good lap cat, and 18 years old and less energetic. You all saw me taking Ivan into the flight room with Libai, and my grip on Ivan to hold him so he would just be a lap cat and watch Libai.

Sieben, while a lap cat, was too energetic to hold down the way I hold Ivan. There was no way I could carry Sieben into the flight room for Sieben to get acquanted with Jackie the way Ivan was with Libai.

It showed how we always fight the next war with what we fought the last war, kind of stupid, but humans, and me especially, are not very clever.

As I knew I could not hold Sieben to bring him into the flight room to start the process, I thought I better exclude Sieben from the same space as Jackie to be safe.

Problem was that Sieben , being a gwaigwai shishi cat, could hide himself so well and suddenly pop out again. A borned again manifestation of Schrodinger cat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger%27s_cat . Sieben can be there and not there at the same time.

Attempts to trap and locked Sieben had been so onerous that I gave that up after a few days.

I did some re-arrangement of furniture and stools from behind the sofa as Sieben would leap out from behind me and right onto the same shoulder as Jackie was as last reported.

One thing good about keeping a diary like this is that when one read back, the answer can be so obvious.

Then in re-reading what I wrote, that Sieben would come to me when called, I thought what a fool I was!

That instead of making Sieben go away from the same space as Jackie and myself, why not I have Sieben in the same space instead. That way, I could watch him and even have my hands on him, and Sieben can get to know Jackie better and accept Jackie as family. Despite Sieben being evil (occasionally) and perfidious and traitorous on me, Sieben can also be so nice and sweet to me as well. One main reason why I did not really want to lock Sieben up was that I felt Sieben should not be 2nd class companion, to be excluded for sake of another.

So I opened the sliding door in readiness for Jackie to fly to me.

I called for Sieben in the tone and the way I knew he would respond and come to me. To my shock, Sieben came pounding to me. I realised all the furniture rearranging and removal of stools just behind the sofa had been useless when Sieben came shooting to me from the back kitchen, jumping on the dining table and leaping 3 meters from there to the back of the sofa and dropping next to my lap. Sieben certainly would not be hindered by the removal of stools behind the sofa.

Sieben got his tummy rubs and his treat.

I then called Jackie. Who flew to the armchair next to me. With Ivan on the armchair.

More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben




I could not bridge the gap with photo. So a video was shot to show Jackie and Sieben close together.

The video below showing Jackie with Sieben and Ivan in menage a trois.



My wife being around this morning before going to work meant the photos showing Jackie and Sieben near each other together could be shot.


I put a hand on Sieben to feel him trembling away to calm him down. With the other hand, I signaled Jackie to come and he flew to the other hand. I brought Jackie nearer to Sieben to have Sieben trembled even more.




More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben

I had thought Sieben was not really in attack mode before. Perhaps Sieben wanted to be with me but was always put off because of Jackie. Perhaps Sieben was puzzled, and wanted to be with me and wandering why he could not be with me, especially when Jackie was out.

Now Sieben knew he could be with me, even when Jackie was out.
And hopefully this Entente Cordiale between Jackie and Sieben would hold at least as well if not better than the one between England and France.

That was done yesterday.

And again today.

I think the path to Entente Cordiale between Sieben and Jackie is being set.

And by the way, I modified the diet to Jackie. For reason that I might be telling you in next report. Jackie is now getting 30 grams of JM & 40 grams of FP daily. With that, Jackie's morning first weight is stable at 175-178 grams.


Still holding old Nic off.
Amazing how much money I used to burn off indulgling old Nic.

My Silkquit meter to date.
Three weeks, five days, 11 hours, 36 minutes and 39 seconds.
1377 cigarettes not smoked, saving $654.14.
Life saved: 4 days, 18 hours, 45 minutes.

LiBai mash making.
About 300 grams of beef mince, with 200 grams of chicken mince and 150 grams of dried anchovies(for the calcium). That was all done up to the kitty mash formula I wrote about in
Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
Instead of the almond and brazil nuts, about 100 grams of human grade groundnuts(peanuts) were used.

Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

if you forgotten about clicker training

Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06

Some thoughts on clicker - The initial experience with Tinkerbell

Clicker training and bonding with Tinkerbell

To Shanlung-Charlie and clicker training

Charlie and clicker training - beyond touch target //LiBai on finger and in slow motion videos —

Tinkerbell Legacy - - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
Above is probably the most important of all I have written, and the foundation to all that I have done.


(edited on 4th November 2011 to include below)

To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside

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

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.

or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice

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