I find that I am forced to start a new thread. Ashlynn came home with us tonight!
Yes - pictures are required. No - I can't post yet.
She looks like all other greys, lol.
We didn't get to bring her home until late because we took her home after our bird meeting, so I was afraid to turn out the lights on her because she hadn't had much time in the cage, but finally I decided the others were suffering and so I turned out the lights.
She has been a darling. She weaned two weeks ago, but I was expecting my tax refund for 2009, and it is still messed up!
The folks at the bird store have been wonderful.
Because of the mix up (I think it is purposeful) with the refund, I can't afford to get her new cage right now. I decided to put her in Roni's cage, which is over 31,000 cubic inches, anyway. It is not as wide as they recommend for a grey, but it has more actual cubic space than the cage they recommend because it is so tall. If she won't use the space, it won't be helpful, but if she will, I'll probably just keep her in this cage, anyway.
Why? Because I moved Roni into Shira's cage and Shira into a small cage we had purchased last year to take the little birds to school in. Shira is kind of overactive in the small cage, and it is definitely too small for a full-time cage for her, but Roni is exercising and playing more in the small cage that is actually Shira's fulltime cage than she did in the big cage. Who knew?
She seems thrilled with the change. In fact, I couldn't keep her out of the cage when I was changing her stuff to it. She came out of the big cage on her own and went into the little one. She has been playing with gusto ever since. I had noticed that it took Roni a long time to start to play much in the big cage, and I had wondered about letting her try out the smaller cage again, so now I know.
I won't leave Roni in Shira's cage long term. I'll return Shira to her cage, but the new cage I purchase, when I am able to get one, will either be for Roni or for Daisy. I haven't decided who will get the new cage and who will keep the cage Daisy is currently in, which was Roni's original cage. She played all the time in that cage, almost as much as she is playing in Shira's cage now. My guess is that she would be very happy to have her original cage back.
I can't believe how much fun she is having in the conure sized cage. I couldn't bear to cut down her number of toys by too much. I felt so guilty moving her in there, so I stuffed this cage full. She had more toys in the great big cage, but this cage is packed. She can't get from one perch to another without banging into a toy. She seems to love being able to sit on one perch and play with two or three toys at the same time. She can make her triangle swing bang into all sorts of items now, too, and that is another favorite game. She is once again hanging upside down by one toe and swinging like a monkey, which I never saw her do in the other cage. My guess is she was too afraid of falling in the taller cage. I guess she knew she could get hurt if she fell in there, but doesn't worry about it here when the fall is not so far. Well, really, it doesn't matter what the reason is, but the fact is that she is getting much more exercise in the little cage. It would be foolish to return her to the big cage when she doesn't exercise nearly as much there. The entire reason for getting her the bigger cage in the first place was so she could have more exercise.
Well, this turned into more information about Roni than anyone ever wanted to know and very little information about Ashlynn.
Ashlynn came home in a very small carrier. We also didn't have the ability to order her the carrier I want to get for her. She just went right into the little carrier and never made a peep. She was much less frightened by the orderal of moving than Roni had been when she came home. That surprised me. I thought a grey would be as stressed as a senegal with a transition like that. Ashlynn has always been pretty steady for a grey. Even when she had only down and a few pinnies on her head, she just watched whatever was going on but didn't get stressed. Her clutchmate would be crying and lunging, and she would be searching for food, or eating.
She vocalized a few times, and I was surprised at how much louder she is than the others. I know that sounds strange. She is bigger, so she has a right to be louder, but in the bird store greys don't seem loud at all. I guess loudness is relative, and the store is full of macaws, cockatoos, cockatiels, and conures.
So far, she seems fine. She found her water and drank a bit, but although she is sitting on the edge of one of her food dishes sleeping now, I do not believe she tried any food.