Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
Jodi - I've heard that it isn't unusual for the macaws to hand feed for a year and a half. Much as I love hand-feeding, I think I'd be worn out with it by then!
I talked to the breeder last night and she said that it sounds like I've turned this 'tiel into a cockatoo. She's eating out of her dish - she just wants attention! She cries as much after she is fed as she does before. Our plan of action now if that Bubba is going to take care of her for a few days - stop the evening feeding, she's in a separate room so she can't see me as much so he's in charge of lights, covering, etc. - then after a few days I'm going to try getting her out to play and have love time and NOT feed. I've hand fed and weaned so many 'tiels that this is just crazy! The breeder said she had weaned out five since I talked to her a little over a week ago.
It's nice to be loved, but this is a little too much! Especially since she's supposed to be going to my parents - but I do want a bird for them that they can handle and love on.
I'm definately going to get another bird - but right now I'm wavering between a Congo gray and the senegal (big difference, I know). My other two grays were timnehs, so I think maybe I wouldn't expect a Congo to be quite as much like them, and I do love grays. Bubba even suggested last night that we clean out an extra bedroom and just have birds in there. The biggest problem there is when we go out of town - I don't know anybody that can come take care of them. The dogs and cats I can board, but there is an issue with the chin and I've found one place I can board the bird - just depends on how many I end up having!
Do you know much about senegals? I've talked to Dena about hers and fell in love with one at a pet store. (I don't feel like this is a typical pet store because the guy breeds his own birds to sell - I think that makes them a little more loved and well cared for!)
BTW - I AM going to be checking (or having Bubba do it) to make sure Frosty is eating during this few day period of isolation because if she isn't I'll be right back there with the syringe. Don't want you thinking I'm just gonna totally ignore her!!
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Last edited by Crittercall; 01-17-2003 at 10:09 AM.