Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nanday, Nanday, Gold capped Conures and Blue fronted Amazon

All my gorgeous babies are doing sooo well! My new rescue, Autumn, has made herself at home. Allegra and Autumn are especially close. I still spend time separately with Willow, my Blue Front. Here are some updated pics of the flock! We did a mani pedi on them tonight! All trimmed and happy :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Autumn - Saving a Nanday Conure

I have a touching story to share with you all. It is about a nanday conure named Autumn. On November 30th, I visited our local chain pet store. I only go to these stores to purchase nutriberries for my babies - they love them. I do not look forward to ever seeing the parrots at chain stores such as this one, because I know they deserve better and don't get as much love and care from let's say a breeder..

The nanday caught my eye, obviously because I have Charlie at home. Nandays have always (and always will) had a special place in my heart. So I see this Nanday, Autumn, in the store and she quickly grabbed my heart. I went up to her cage (which is inside a glass cabinet) and she started jumping around. My boyfriend and I noticed that she would run to her food bowl, pick up a pellet, and run it back to us up to the glass. I noticed her beak was pretty flattened out, as it looked like she was rubbing it hard on something everyday. Kevin asked, "are you going to buy her?" - but I left the store very sad that day. I knew I wanted to help her.. but with 2 conures at home, and a new baby Amazon I didn't feel the timing was right.

6 weeks go by...

Within the last few weeks, I would run into the store to see how Autumn was doing and to see if anyone purchased her yet. I never left that store with a smile on my face.. her condition seemed to only be getting worse. The beak was getting very straight, rather than curved.. her tail was almost gone as it seems she started plucking it. But still, she would always run to get her pellets and bring them over to me and Kevin who would be staring into the glass. I asked a few of the workers while visiting if I could hold her - they would always have trouble getting her out of the cage (pulling away when she nipped them).. and I would always offer to pick her up myself. I would say, "Hi Autumn" close to her face in a quiet soothing voice and she always went right to me. I would hold her in my hand, checking her vent, rump, nails, nostrils, wings and everything else. Autumn just lay still in my hand, letting me check her out.

The final straw..

Saturday, January 4th was my last visit there. I needed more nutriberries and looked in the cage to see Autumn still there. Can you all guess what happened next? I called over the manager to discuss Autumn's condition. I explained how her tail was mutilated, her beak incorrectly shaped due to rubbing, and her well being was going down hill. He seemed to care and understand my concern.. but didn't have many answers. She was overpriced so I made a low offer on her. After explaining about my blog, and my other babies that I have he soon felt relieved that I would be the person to finally take this bird home. After gathering all of Autumn's paperwork, we discussed extending the health guarantee which was granted - weighed her, 132 grams - and the manager confirmed that she was just checked out by the vet last week.. while writing the name of the vet down on the paperwork.

It was my vet! He does a favor to this chain store by coming in and checking on these animals, including Autumn. I was kind of shocked, but also happy that when he does see her in a few days - he may already be aware of her condition. The paperwork shows that Autumn was vaccinated and checked for two main diseases, both coming back negative. She is not DNA sexed.

Once home, Autumn was very comfortable and sweet. Calm, but active. She has been extremely cuddly, always laying between my neck and hair. She gives many kisses and LOVES food! Autumn ate oatmeal, scrambled egg, spinach, and chicken. Eats just like her new mama - I love food lol. I am so happy to know that Autumn is now in good hands and I plan to really help her get better. I have trimmed her nails (no towel) and she did a great job with that. Bath time went fine, and I helped preen all her pin feathers after. I trimmed her tail hoping that the body will recognize that new feathers are needed. The beak is something I will leave alone for now, and hope that it rounds out as it grows. She was also clipped very short on her wings, which I plan to let grow out.

My main concern right now are keeping her separate from my other birds. I will give her 4-5 weeks to prove she is illness free. I am keeping her in a temporary cage for now but she will be getting the same size cage as my other birds when she is ready. I really look forward to the future and feel blessed that I took the opportunity to help this little one. A flock of four, I still can't believe it! 

Thanks for taking the time to read my story.

Lots of love - from my beautiful flock!
Willow, Charlie, Allegra and Autumn

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Catch up!

Hello all! It has been a while and I apologize for not keeping up like the good old days. Once this holiday season is over, I will have much more time to post some new things. Willow is doing amazing and has completely attached herself to me. I am able to have all birds out together (supervised only!) and they still kind of mind their own business with each other. Allegra has been a mush with me, but still is not great with Kevin. Kevin moved into our house on Nov 1st so I am hoping after some time, they will lighten up to him.

Like most amazons, Willow LOVES her food! I am being careful and watching her weight closely since her species is known for obesity. She is such a happy bird - saying a ton of new words! Her new line is "come here, girl" over and over and over again lol. Can't wait to teach her some good ones!

Allegra enjoying the snowflakes falling!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Willow Update

We have come a tremendous way!!!! This girl amazes me everyday. All that nippy behavior from my blue front is finally cutting back. She has gained much trust with me- allowing my face up to her, giving kisses and.... Letting me pet her head!!! Her head and back have been very difficult spots to have her feel comfortable with. Today, was the most relaxed she's been. 

She says hello, I love you, and whistles all day. Loves to fly around my spacious living room and lands right on our arm. She loves landing on my boyfriends head too. 

She isn't gaining much weight and not showing interest in much table food. That won't discourage me to keep trying though. Willow tends to be liking warm food only - sweet potatoes, piece of waffle, etc. 
Mostly all the toys in her cage have been played with and chewed. Will be buying more very soon! Loving life with Willow!

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Videos of Willow, Blue fronted Amazon

Update on Willow - the Blue Fronted Amazon

UPDATE: She is doing Excellent. Her baby noises and head bobs have stopped. She started eating well and is back up in weight - She was 316 grams when I picked her up - she is now at ~322 grams. She has been eating sweet potatoes, broccoli, raspberries and more.

She is an amazing flyer - The breeder did an excellent job of training her with the flight recalls, she comes to me from different rooms and I really didn't have to do a thing.

Whistles all day long!! The hard nips have stopped - she just nibbles in a playful way - as soon as I say "no" she backs off.

LOVES the shower!!! I had her on the perch with me - she's had three so far. Opens her wings and spins around.

I feel very blessed and lucky. I still won't keep her out with the conures at the same time - but they are all in the same room and seem to tolerate each other when close to the cages.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flight Recalls (and other) Videos

We had a really great night tonight. Willow finally ate for the first time since being home (warm oatmeal) and we flight trained for about 30 minutes. After some flying lessons - we hung out on my bed for a little. I let her roam around, bite my pants, etc.
I noticed a big difference in her attitude towards me. She was kind of blah her first day home and already I think day 2 she is a lot more comfortable. When I walk in her room, she gets excited - starts flapping her wings and tries to get out. If I walk to one side of the cage, she follows. I am so happy for our relationship that is forming!
Willow on her way home

Willow eating oatmeal for the first time

Flight Recalls

Flight Recall

Hanging out on my bed

My Blue Fronted Amazon is home!

Willow has arrived after a LONG 6.5 hour drive from Maryland to New York. She was very quiet and mellow on the way home - but mumbled for about 1 hour straight. It was the cutest noises I've ever heard! She was bigger than I thought she'd be - her talons are so thick compared to what I've been used to with the conures. She is also heavy! 316 grams.

Since being home, I've tried to just let her relax. Yesterday, I put her on the play stand and she had a piece of my breakfast. Other than that, she has not eaten much at all and will only drink water when I hold the bowl up to her. This morning I placed her on the perch closest to the food and she finally drank water on her own. I'm hoping by the time I get back home today, I will see she dug into her food.

I've tried feeding her mango, pears and applesauce but she has not wanted any. I've noticed she does the little baby movements a lot (bobbing her head, etc). Hoping that by the end of this week she will feel more comfortable in our new home.