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i would just like to make a picture thread showing the great changes on my bird care over the 2 years i have had butch and the few months i have had leon. leon is bonding to me and i am looking back at the past and how things have changed for the better. i am very proud of the improvements over the years and i hope everyone is always improving their care and thinking of new ways to make their fids lives better

this will just be before and after pics of how things have changed

Before: Butch, a scared budgie who was always going back to square one in his training and who was always cage bound because of it. i knew that he would never be 'tamed' but i knew when the time was right he would come out of the cage to play and be semi wild



After: Butch, now a semi tame budgie, who will come over to me and get on a perch willingly when he flies to the floor by accident and who now cant wait to get on a perch to come out and play. though he is still nervous and avoids human contact, he has turned out to be a fun character!



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Before: Leon, once tamed in his old home, was scared and untamed when he come to me. he only had 3 toys, but he was playful and full of potential!



After: Leon, now full of love and has a cage full of toys! he has started to bond to me and loves giving kisses. when i walk in the room he will jump on the side of his cage to be let out- and once he's out, butch does the same and they LOVE playing together! he is brave now and loves attention





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Before: my idea of a tree for the fids to play on




After: now that tree is in the big tree and because one tree want enough, i made a second tree. and because 2 trees inst enough, i am making a table top tree; and because 2 trees and a little tree arent enough, i am making plans for a hanging play gym!






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Before: i used to get toys from the store....


After:... Then i realized that making toys was better and so i made lots and lots of toys made just for the fids... and there is more that just whats in my closet!




some other things that have changed are:

- i have included pellets in their diet
- i clean cages daily (or every other day depending on how much they are out) rather than weekly
- i vacuum my room nearly every other day to keep my floors clean
- i now take the cage bottoms off to wash when they get really dirty, before i couldnt because no one could come out
- and last but not least... i love my birds more than ever and i let them out as often and for as long as i can


i am very proud of myself for making a difference for my birds

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for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish
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Good job Shelly, your birds have a great life!
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I couldn't agree more with the post above. You do a wonderful job for your little flock
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Good job, you're an awsome birdy mama!

Fyi, your Budgies are so spoilt.. I love it.



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I need to start cleaning cages daily rather than weekly, too. I kind of get on a cleaning spree and clean the walls, floor, cages, playstand, and toys, bowls, perches, etc every two weeks. I work so hard and it gets so clean that I dont want to clean the cages for a while again, so then it gets dirty and I feel bad XD.

My crimson wing, Coco, is really opening my eyes though. SO DIFFERENT then budgies. He's a quiet guy and still pretty small (Imagine a Meyer's parrot with a IRN long neck and a cockatiel tail), and I have to change his water 3 times a day and feed him twice a day, unlike budgies which I can feed in the morning and it lasts throughout the day and they keep their water pretty clean and don't throw wet pellets out the cage. Now I'm scrubbing the floor haha.

So, I've kind of slacked a little in changing cage papers 'cuz the Crimson-wing added much more work than I'm used to haha.

Really great work you've done with your fids though! THey are pampered and healthy =D
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i started cleaning more often when i put my head in the cage (i have big doors) and notices that it smelled like 'bird' in the cage but not outside and they have to smell that. so i clean more often now

i still cant believe leon looked like that when i got him his feather have came in nicely and his nails have been naturally trimmed and are still very healthy and he keeps them at a good length

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Sounds like your birds are really lucky.

For cage cleaning, I use newspaper and I put seven layers on the bottom--that way I can just take off the top layer everyday and the cage stays clean, but only need to do a deep cleaning once a week.

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Sounds like your birds are really lucky.

For cage cleaning, I use newspaper and I put seven layers on the bottom--that way I can just take off the top layer everyday and the cage stays clean, but only need to do a deep cleaning once a week.
I do similar with the papers outside of the cage, inside I change daily. I find doing it this way I don't to clean so much when I do weekly!

You have done a wonderful job with your birds

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i have been thinking about doing that with the papers in my cages but i think i like how they are now maybe i will try it for butch

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