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Byrdina Goes to School

Byrdina the conure had a successful first day at school! I am hoping that he will become a successful classroom pet and gave it a try today. My biggest concerns were that he would be loud with lots of shrieking / loud yelling and that the noise and activity of the students would be too stressful for him.

This morning he allowed me to take him to the carpet area to be introduced to the kids and even successfully "waved" to each kid. He allowed a couple of kids to touch him before flying back to the cage. Throughout the day he sat on my shoulder two or three times and joined small groups working at a table. He was not interested in joining us at the tables for snack but was VERY happy to share our animal crackers and oranges on top of the cage.

Noise was not an issue. Most sounds he made were at the "conversational" level with only a couple of loud calls. He did not seem stressed but spend most of the day climbing in and out of the cage and watching what was going on around him.

He is back home tonight but will go with me again tomorrow.
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Sounds like he's doing well If you want to keep him entertained while you're teaching, perhaps give him a sprig of millet? Even large birds enjoy it (trust me, my OWA would gobble up the whole thing!) You could also put some foot toys on the top of his cage too. It should keep him occupied so there's less chances of him screaming!

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That's gorgeous, I think the kids will love him.
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He has a couple of toys on top of the cage. He is not much for playing with toys and spends most of his time using the cage as a gym climbing in and out. I will replace the small cage with a larger one once I determine he will make it in the long term.

Today he continued to be quiet overall, "joining" conversations a couple of times. He really enjoys any music we play and entertained all of us trying to take a bath in his water dish. The plastic cup is sufficient for drinking but way to small to get any part of his body in. We will have to come up with a bathing area for him And to end the day perfectly -- Fresh broccoli for snack!!!
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Byrdina continues to settle into our school routine. Snack is definitely his FAVORITE part of the day. It is the only time that he gets noisy. He demands his fair share. Today I had the nerve to serve the kids before him and he was very unhappy. (And it wasn't the super yummy melon like yesterday) If he would decide to fly to the tables and join the class he would have all he wants and then some but that will take time I guess.
He spends nearly all of his day in or on the cage. The door of the cage is never shut so he has the choice to go wherever he wants. He seems to enjoy watching the happenings around the room and will occasionally dance or "join" in the conversation (quietly).
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I'm just trying to picture it, but how do you prevent him from flying away? I'm just thinking of when I went to school and the windows didn't have screens and the doors could be opened into hallways.....

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I'm just trying to picture it, but how do you prevent him from flying away? I'm just thinking of when I went to school and the windows didn't have screens and the doors could be opened into hallways.....
This is something to be aware of. So far he is a "homebody," preferring to sit on his cage and watch what is going on. He does not explore his environment much at all. The exception being if he thinks there may be a possibility of food.

My windows do not have screens but they are usually closed. When they are opened to check the weather during calendar time, his position is noted and an adult will assist if he is out and about. And the windows do not open very far. If we would open a window for any period of time, he would have to be in the cage.
The hallway is a more likely escape route. The door is closed most of the time but not all of the time. My room is at the end of a hall near a set of double doors that is only used for fire drills. I am not concerned that he will make it outside. If he would make it into the hall, I am not overly concerned about his safety.

This afternoon was the first time he left his cage area and flew to me while I was teaching. He is kind of a shy chicken until he is very comfortable in a situation. I did take him to the office to make copies this evening when most people had left for the day. He did not leave my shoulder but was an animated listener to the sounds around him.

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We did a very motivating learning activity today. Instead of just filling up his empty food cup, students had to draw a number and count that many pieces of food (pellets) to add to his food cup. I got the best counting data so far this year!

Byrdina definitely has snack time down. This is the only time he gets loud and demanding. Today he let students approach his cage and climbed down the outside to ever so gently take a piece animal cracker from them. This is the most interacting he has initiated with the students.

This evening a colleague and I were working late updating progress reports and listening to the baseball game. Byrdina started flying circles around the room. -- from the cage, over our heads and back to the cage. Not sure if he was trying to tell us it was time to go home or just having a good time exploring the room.

Overall he seems to be settling in more and more.
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I moved the cage earlier this week. It no longer sits near the middle of the room with a view of everything going on but on the counter along the back wall. From his cage he can only see 1/2 to 2/3 of the activity and is more on eye level with the kids. Now the cage is within reach, the kids are learning how to take care of him. (Food and Water and help cleaning cage)

Today he left his cage several times to join the action or get a better view Still wants to be only on adults but will let the kids pet occasionally and stay on my shoulder while I am with a group (as long as I don't sit on the floor).
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He seems very content

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Glad it continues to go well.

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The weather is warming up so back to school Byrdina goes! I think he is really enjoying himself! I have taken him a couple times the past few weeks on warmer days. Then the next day that I don't take him, he SCREAMS at me when I get home and snubs any attention I try to give him.

In the classroom, he is relaxed and coming out of his shy shell. He regularly joins me working with small groups and hangs out in the same part of the room with the most action. This afternoon he really wanted a cookie at snack time and jumped down on the table and made several attempts to sneak one away from kids not paying attention to their snack. Very entertaining.
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How adorable! I used to take my Conure to work at my boarding kennel but with customers coming in and out and him being flighted it just ended up being too much danger with that door opening so much, you must feel so lucky to get to take your sunny with you!!!

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How adorable! I used to take my Conure to work at my boarding kennel but with customers coming in and out and him being flighted it just ended up being too much danger with that door opening so much, you must feel so lucky to get to take your sunny with you!!!
Yes, I do feel lucky! He is a lot of fun
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As the end of the school year approaches, I thought I would update this thread. Byrdina LOVES going to school each day with me. Summer is going to be a big adjustment I think. Snack time is a favorite time of the day. So is Math -- the Kindergarten Math pages are PERFECT for shredding He really likes the perch stand I made for him and the little cups are small enough that the "pet helper" has to give him food a couple times a day. He likes watching all the action in the room and lets me know if I become a boring teacher. He loves to dance to music and my students taught him to say the word "on." He really doesn't talk but will say "on" when they request and all my kiddos can read that word now! I've also discovered he has a foot fetish and will follow me around (walking on the floor) all day to love on my toes or chew on my shoes if I am wearing sandals. My students think it is sooo funny to tell me I have poop on my back . . . when there is none. Or blame Byrdina for untied shoes...umm he's napping on his perch...
He definitely has added to the classroom this year! I love my Byrdinia <3
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That is awesome. I wish my teachers brought their pets to class!

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That's so great you can take your bird with you to class. I imagine you will be turning a bunch of students into bird lovers soon.





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Updating... We are well into our new school year and Byrdina is doing great. He has mastered waving and saying hi. And becomes upset if we don't go. Weekends at home are not nearly as fun as car rides and spending the day at school. The picture attached is his "Castle". Quaker was just there for the day due to vet visit.
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How cool!!!!! You can teach kids how to take care of birds and your bird certainly would benefit from all the attention a classroom of kids can give it.





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That's amazing it must be so much fun! I used to bring my sun conure to work with me at my boarding kennel but when I got my blue throat conure he missed him so much that I just left them home . Russell hates children so that would be like a theme park for him of trying to beat up children lol
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