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She's home!

I've decided to "officially" call her Sakura, though Flower is definitely going to stick as a nickname (my pets always have a ton of those anyway, haha). Anyway...she is an absolute doll! The journey from New York to Oregon was fairly stressful, but once home she relaxed quite a bit. She is shy, but willing to trust both me and my boyfriend already. She absolutely loves her cheeks rubbed.
Like any curious parrot, she does like to explore with her beak, but she's surprisingly gentle and doesn't seem to bite at all. She gives warning nips if she does not want to step up and you try to press the issue, but they don't hurt at all.

My only concerns with her so far are:

1) She's barely eating.
2) So far, she isn't moving around her cage much; she just sits in her favorite spot all the time. I didn't even have a perch there originally, but she was clinging to the bars so I added it.

I'm going to give her a smaller bowl next to this favored spot, and maybe also try added some more small seeds to the mix. Last night when I had her out, I scattered a little food on the coffee table and she picked out a few millet seeds halfheartedly. She also nibbled at a couple of Zupreem fruit tiel pellets. But she hasn't gone over to the food bowl in the cage.

Without further ado, here are some photos of the pretty girl.









Poor thing had a night fright a couple of days before I brought her home, and lost most of her tail. But at least her wings are growing back in nicely, and she isn't doing too badly when she tries to fly.

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I bought her so many toys, and only a fraction of them fit with the cage layout so far. But it's a work in progress. I'm so bummed -- I ordered a dragonwood perch online to replace the big dowel that came with the cage, and it's GORGEOUS but slightly too long. The seller assured me it would fit all 36" cages but there's no way. Does anyone have ideas of where I could take it to get trimmed down a little? I might try Home Depot out of desperation. I don't want to have to send it back.

Her giant manzanita stand should be arriving at some point today.
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Congrats, what a gorgeous gal!!
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She's so pretty. She's still settling, so don't worry about her moving around too much.
As for the perch, what does it look like? You could make it fit by placing it an angle (remember, tree branches are not all parallel). Almost any branch can fit in any cage at an angle.

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She is so stunning. I have that problem with perches as well. My husband just cuts thdm for me tho. About the food, if you find anything she likes, just let her have as much as she wants for now. I know that can be worrisome. She probably eats when your not watching so make sure and give her some alone time. Love the cage.

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She is gorgeous.
I hope she will settle soon and eat well.
Perhaps you haven't found her favorite food yet. I would ask the former owner what she likes.
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She's so pretty. She's still settling, so don't worry about her moving around too much.
As for the perch, what does it look like? You could make it fit by placing it an angle (remember, tree branches are not all parallel). Almost any branch can fit in any cage at an angle.
If it were just a branch, I could make it fit somehow, but it's an actual perch, with hardware installed on both ends...and the ends are cut at such an angle that it's designed to go directly across the cage (if that makes sense); the cut ends need to sit flush against the sides of the cage or there's nothing to hold it in place. The only way I can make it fit is to shorten it.

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She is so stunning. I have that problem with perches as well. My husband just cuts thdm for me tho. About the food, if you find anything she likes, just let her have as much as she wants for now. I know that can be worrisome. She probably eats when your not watching so make sure and give her some alone time. Love the cage.
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She is gorgeous.
I hope she will settle soon and eat well.
Perhaps you haven't found her favorite food yet. I would ask the former owner what she likes.
I saw what she was eating in her previous home -- it looked like cockatiel seed, very similar to what I'm offering her here. I know she isn't eating because there are no hulls in the bowl. I was worried about her being a seed junky, but now I'd be overjoyed to see her eat some seed!

She does seem to have trouble navigating the cage, because she isn't used to 1" bar spacing or such a large space. I hope that she'll adjust and become less clumsy in there. Nonetheless, I did see her make her way all the way across the cage, twice, for a drink of water. She just won't go near the food. I know she sees it...it's directly in her line of sight. I sprinkled some on the floor and got her out, and she ate a few pieces of millet again. At least she's drinking, and she does have fat reserves until she decides her hunger strike is over.

Right now she is preening, and when I reach out my hand she comes over for a scritch through the bars. She has millet hanging right next to her, but is completely ignoring it.

Unrelated, but I found out who her breeder is: http://www.foxfeatherfarm.com/
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CONGRATULATIONS!! What a beauty!!! What do you know about her from the previous owner? Do a google search to find out what these parrots usually eat. I'm sure lots of fruit and veggies and pellets. I would think she would eat pellets larger than that for a tiel. The best way to get her to eat is play with her food, act like you are eating it. I see she is interested in her toys that's a good sign. I'd also take her to an avian vet to make sure she is in good health the vet will give you plenty of tips to help her not be such a "wall flower" Have fun, I'm jealous Give us an update on how she's doing.

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Oh, I love her!! Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be great together FOREVER!




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CONGRATULATIONS!! What a beauty!!! What do you know about her from the previous owner? Do a google search to find out what these parrots usually eat. I'm sure lots of fruit and veggies and pellets. I would think she would eat pellets larger than that for a tiel. The best way to get her to eat is play with her food, act like you are eating it. I see she is interested in her toys that's a good sign. I'd also take her to an avian vet to make sure she is in good health the vet will give you plenty of tips to help her not be such a "wall flower" Have fun, I'm jealous Give us an update on how she's doing.
In the wild, I think they eat seed as well as some vegetation...she was raised on seed, and according to her previous owner she does reluctantly eat Roudybush pellets too if that's all that's available to her. I've been offering her a seed mix similar to what she had before, even though I hope to eventually wean her onto a lot more fresh food, low-fat pellets and *some* seed.

I've definitely discovered that there's something about the food bowl in her cage she dislikes -- when I brought her out to her new play stand today, the first thing she did was go over to the bowl and start eating! I know it stands to reason that she should eat bigger food than my tiels, but she seems to really like millet seeds best.
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Yes they can be finicky about their dishes, even the color of things. As for millet it's good that she eats it but remember it's low in nutrition like candy to kids. I'm just saying...

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Very pretty girl! Try giving her a piece of a good quality multigrain bread (something like Arnold's HealthNut or NuttyAlmond, my birds would do anything for a piece of either)
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