Hya Guys, (Long read, picture links at foot of this post)

Not posted for a month or two, thought I would get back in touch with an update on Harry, my wife's neck, my TV unit and the new cage!!!

When I previously posted, Harry had been bighting my wife approximately once a month, on the neck. Happy to report he has not bitten her since the last time, I reckon 3 or so months now. Admittedly, she has been reluctant to have any "hands on" time with Harry, but she will happily pet him from the safe side of the cage.
With regards to the TV unit which he completely destroyed, I replaced with a slick glossy black glass unit, and he has shown no further interest in the Audio / Video hub.
I also mentioned Harry was getting a new cage, an Indoor Aviary in one of our spare bedrooms. The cage has been delivered and installed, and Harry is very content in his new home!
Here are the final details as installed
- Dimensions are 8ft long by 6ft wide by 7ft high
- Mesh consists of Medical Grade Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge 1" square spacing - Flooring is 1mm stainless steel sheet, which is under 1/2cm thick linoleum / vinyl
- A variety of perches, swings and ropes are attached to the sides at various heights
- Other toys and "chewables" are hung from the ceiling - The cage layout has been designed to allow Harry to get flight from one side to the other without obstacle
- The feeding area consists of the following:
20 or so assorted rocks and boulders surround three large stainless steelhotplate serving dishes which are used for seeds, fresh fruit / veg and water. Behind the rocks etc is a huge Railway Sleeper which will take years of chewing.
The idea for the rocks was to hopefully help keep his nails in check, and he might also enjoy training his beak.
Harry has his own Ipod / Speaker system which plays sounds from the Amazon Jungle, American Plains and various other "natural" sounds. He has a total of around 30 hours of "nature sounds" played randomly and continuously throughout the day, until bedtime.
There is a seating area within the cage, where I like to play gameboy or read the paper. It consists entirely of wood, and as such, is being deteriorated & chewed over time, however I can replace at very little cost.

Harry also has a wonderful view of the city from his window (which has UV reflective stickers to protect from sunburn, and which is mirrored to stop anyone seeing into the room). He can see the Pentland Hills in their entirety, Edinburgh Castle, and various tree's, fields and gardens.
The room Harry lives' in is under 24 /7 surveillance from my office up town. I have installed a network camera which allows me to log in from any web enabled PC, so I can always make sure he is safe and well. I also have the same cameras through the house downstairs as I have three cats which I also care about, I like to keep an eye on them. The camera's have "intruder zones" which will alarm me instantly if one of these "preset areas" has any movement.

This is great for security, as soon as movement within a zone is detected, my mobile receives a text message and all video footage is saved to a remote PC, whilst images are sent every 0.5 seconds to an email account. It won't stop thieves, but it might help catch them.

The cage took around three hours to put together, and was tough going. Heavy, awkward and tiring, due to the size of the room which left little maneuverability.
A few things which are still to be installed:
- DVD Player and flat screen TV (10inch), I will play videos of other parrots and maybe a few videos of me and Harry for when I am out. - Water Feature, I want to install a safe but workable water feature allowing him to have a constant supply of fresh flowing water. This is going to be tricky!!
- Audio Trigger System, I want to install a system which will detect if Harry makes any form of excessive screaming, and if so, it will trigger a phonecall to me on loudspeaker, which will allow me to calm him down remotely. Again, not sure where to start but I know it's possible... - Photography and Mirrors, allow him to see himself and other birds.

All this might seem a bit extreme, but he's worth it all - and I love obsessing over things Emotion: smile
Here are some pics from the cage - very hard to get it all in, I have ordered a wide angle lens, but until it arrives, these will need to do!

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Thanks,
Gary & Harry, the Cockatoo.
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Hya Guys, (Long read, picture links at foot of this post) Not posted for a month or two, thought I would get back in touch with an update on Harry, my wife's neck, my TV unit and the new cage!!!> Gary & Harry, the Cockatoo.

Would Harry like a room mate. I can arrange to spend my vacation at your house.
Although his cage and bling are lovely, the best part is your devotion to him and his comfort and happiness. He's a lucky little guy.

Sincerely,
Joanne
Would Harry like a room mate. I can arrange to spend my vacation at your house. Although his cage and bling are lovely, the best part is your devotion to him and his comfort and happiness. He's a lucky little guy. Sincerely, Joanne

He is an absolute joy, I walked into owning him blindly, and had a very difficult first month (he hated me, I hated cleaning) - however with a little bit of understanding, time and ultimately, patience, our relationship has flourished as has my acceptance of the chores of owning such an animal!!!
His really is like my little boy, and I would never do anything to make him unhappy. It is a simply a matter of space which has stopped his quarters from being any bigger. If I ever buy my dreamhouse, Harry will have an indoor / outdoor living area with as much freedom as possible with a domestic pet bird.
Will keep you all updated with progress!!!
Badass.
Wth all of your bird toys, have you considered blogging yourselves? I'd like to know who made your cage. Your electronic toys are interesting. It would be nice to know more about the camera and network specifics.
Hya Guys, (Long read, picture links at foot of this ... unit and the new cage!!!> Gary & Harry, the Cockatoo.

Would Harry like a room mate. I can arrange to spend my vacation at your house. Although his cage and bling are lovely, the best part is your devotion to him and his comfort and happiness. He's a lucky little guy. Sincerely, Joanne

Agree 100%.
Gary, I lock my blue and gold's cage door with a combination lock whenever i leave the house. If someone wnated to steal him, they'd have to spend an awful lot of time breaking open the cage to get to him. Without some serious tools, i doubt they could do it, or would bother even trying. Have you considered doing the same?
Where did you get the parrot videos for harry to watch? Online?

Dave
Harry has his own Ipod / Speaker system which plays sounds from the Amazon Jungle, American Plains and various other "natural" sounds. He has a total of around 30 hours of "nature sounds" played randomly and continuously throughout the day, until bedtime.

It would be cool (IMHO) if he had a way to select what he wants to hear.

My goffin is into "rock n roll" which she says when she wants some tunes turned on.

Goffin Cockatoo owned human being.
It would be cool (IMHO) if he had a way to select what he wants to hear. My goffin is into "rock n roll" which she says when she wants some tunes turned on.

Sounds wicked, although poor harry won't really say much, and being almost 5 years old now, not sure if I can get him to start?

I would love to train him to talk just not sure how to.

badass
It would be cool (IMHO) if he had a way ... which she says when she wants some tunes turned on.

Sounds wicked, although poor harry won't really say much, and being almost 5 years old now, not sure if I can get him to start?

I'm just thinking of a key pad, where he can tap out different selections, depending on his mood. Tap 1 for rainforest, 2 for rock, 3 for dance (with a beat), etc.
For speech, just talk to the bird. Cosmo picked it up from me, because that is what I'd say when I put music on.

Goffin Cockatoo owned human being.
Sounds wicked, although poor harry won't really say much, and being almost 5 years old now, not sure if I can get him to start?

I'm just thinking of a key pad, where he can tap out different selections, depending on his mood. Tap 1 for rainforest, 2 for rock, 3 for dance (with a beat), etc.

InterPet Explorer: http://web.media.mit.edu/~benres/parrot/Interpet1.pdf

Don't know if anyone's invented the "iToo" music program, yet, though.
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