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So I got off work yesterday and hightailed it to the complete otherside of the city..i ended up getting stuck in traffic tho so it took over an hour and I thought i was gonna have to call and tell her i was gonna be late but I got there just in time. This is the most beautiful lovebird ever!!! Seriously, she is so perfect that it's almost like she's a painting! and so sweet, the breeder handed me to her and she didn't mind at all that a stranger held her and she just kinda checked me out.

the breeder was super nice, we met in one of those big pet supply stores that allow you to take your pets inside(petsmart to be specific) cuz she wanted to show me what kind of food and supplies she is using. We chatted for awhile and she told me to get some millet spray just to ensure that she does eat something the first day. right now she is feeding her birds pro-grow. I had looked for it in stores but couldn't find any, come to find out i had the wrong idea of what it is when i looked for it.

pro-grow is the food mix that comes with a recipe and you bake it up like muffins, she said that pro-grow replaces the need for pellets(basically i'm thinking it's the same stuff as pellets, just in a baking mix). she gives them a seed mix that looks like 'trail mix' for birds. it's just different kinds of seeds that have been fortified. she had already clipped her wings..i kinda want them to grow out a bit to where she can glide at least. there's gotta be a happy medium as far as wing clipping goes to where the bird can't hurt themselves with full flight but at the same time are capable of gliding so that they don't seem to vulnerable, know what i mean? anyway, i was a bit preoccupied with the baby that i accidently left my cell phone in the breeders basket!!on the ride home she...I named her Lola btw.. Lola was kinda shy at first but then she started to climb around her little carrier and i'd put my finger at the bars and she'd nibble at it, i have the feeling that when a bird bites you that there's no question about whether or not it was a bite so i'm thinking this was just nibbles, it's really cute and she made these little squeeky noises. i'm guessing their voices become more of a squawk as they mature??? but for now she sounds so sweet!! she seemed quite happy with the drive tho and the whole way i talked to her really softly.

Then we got home and she's been uncomfortable i think ever since. the breeder had 3 babies hatch and she kept them all in the same cage, so now Lola has this rather large(at least i feel it's large) cage all to herself and without her friends and not to mention it's in a strange new place. and it was after 7oclock when we got home so i think by then she was tired from the big day with all the new changes. i wasn't real sure how to go about taking her out of the carrier and putting her in her cage, i didn't wanna just grab her tho cuz she seemed to be timid.

finally tho i brought the carrier right up to the cage and had both doors open and i ended up having to pick her up, again she didn't bite or really protest or anything, it's just she didn't jump into my hand so she just needs to get used to me is all, i'm still a stranger. I was thinking since she had played around in her carrier in the car that she would start jumping around her cage right away checking things out. but she really didn't at all. so i'm kinda getting the impression that she's uncomfortable and also perhaps not used to that much space all to herself.

i talked to her for about an hour and then it was getting late and i read that lovebirds need 12 hours of sleep?? is that so?? so i decided to cover her cage and let her rest and not have to worry. i did take a peak at her and she slept with her feet on the side wall of the cage and her beak hooked onto a bar as well, her little eyes were shut but she slept on the side of her cage like that. that struck me as odd, but i think she's just really uncomfy with the rest of her cage yet?? oh and i don't think she can glide cuz well..

she didn't, altho it could have just been that again she was in a new place and not comfy with exploring yet, but i kinda got a feel that if she fell from the top of the cage that she would sink like a rock. so i think the breeder just clipped her wings too much??
this morning before work i took the cover off and changed her bowls(and they do make a mess, she must mistake this one water bowl as a toilet!!), i couldn't see where she had eaten but i'm pretty sure she just went straight to sleep last night. so i'm gonna have my bf check on her on his way to work and see he can tell if she's eaten, if not then i'll call the breeder. it might be that she needs to be hand fed a little bit till she's comfy with her surroundings.

anyway, i placed pieces of her pro-grow muffin(the breeder said she'll eat a quarter of a muffin a day) here and there throughout the cage to ensure that she finds it. I did pick her up and hold her for awhile against my chest and petted her, she seemed to relax a bit actually and i started rubbing her head and she closed her eyes so she must really like that cuz it looked like it put her to sleep. she nibbled again on my fingers and then i put her back in her cage close to some food.

and then i finished getting ready for work and before i left she was up on her high perch and starting to nudge a toy with her beak. so hopefully that's a sign that today she'll start exploring. or maybe i have too many toys in there and it's overwhelming.. i dunno, i'll just have to see how she's doing when i get home.

at any rate thanks for listening!!!
Wendy
,i'm kinda getting the
impression that she's uncomfortable and also perhaps not used to that much space all to herself. i talked to her ... never designed to eat those bloody dreadful things. Have you got some good bird behavioural /training books? May I suggest:

'Guide to companion parrot behaviour'
'My parrot my friend'
'Guide to a well behaved parrot'
'Birds for dummies'
ok my bf checked on her and he said that she was climbing around on the walls and that she chirped at him a little and that she had eaten some of her muffin and also some millet and he saw her doing the cuttle bone thing and he changed the water bowl again and before he left she was taking a nap on the main perch with her head tucked. so i guess last night was just rough as expected cuz she seems to be better today!!
ok my bf checked on her and he said that she was climbing around on the walls and that she ... her head tucked. so i guess last night was just rough as expected cuz she seems to be better today!!

You're doing fine. It's very normal for them to not have much appetite at first. Sounds like the bird found a great home, you should both be very happy! Don't forget a picture!

If at first you don't succeed blame someone else and seek counseling.
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Very cute!!
Regards
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AWESOME!!!
Looks like you made a great choice on a cage, lot's of room, lots of toys. Just what she needs to keep her self occupied when you are gone. I see she already wants to get on the net too, smart bird
If at first you don't succeed blame someone else and seek counseling.
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Oh she's cute. She looks so tiny on top of the cage :-)

Are there any shredable toys in the cage?
Alan
To: "AlanWilliams" (Email Removed) Re: Re: New to lovebirds
By: "AlanWilliams" (Email Removed) to rec.pets.birds on Sat Jun 12 2004 04:11 am
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Oh she's cute. She looks so tiny on top of the cage :-) Are there any shredable toys in the cage?

lol I found when I still had my lovebird that there was practically no such things as non-shredable toys when she really set her mind to it.

Only one really survived her (and I've still got it) - a 4" tall M&M figure that she used to beat the hell out of, but just couldn't destroy.
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