Sophie: She is 12months old. Parent raised. But has settled well with her owner.
I found her on our local auction site, needing a new home, and I have a weakness for birds in need.
I am not sure how to describe her condition. But lets say I feel she is a little low on size and weight. Her feather condition is how I would describe as poor. But have seen an improvement already.
I got her pooh sample sorted. And that came back good.
The owner felt she could not keep her due to a change in her circumstances. And her husband to be is not a bird person. And you guessed it Sophie was bonding to her owner and not liking the others in the house.
I could of taken a hand raised baby up here, but declined and told Sophie's owner why I chose Sophie, after I had paid, that is. So she did not think I was trying to knock her asking price down.
We rolled in at 6.28pm. Left at 6.15am in the morning.
Long day and 800kms later.
Our first meeting went well I feel.
She was not responsive towards me. She was most interested in Dexter though.
We had a cuppa and I spent most of an hour talking to her and trying to get her to step up for me. Nah! I am not into pushing and was less than sure about where she would bite me. That changed a bit after she got her claws tangled up in her owners top and I stepped in to help. Panic "Who is this man" She went to ground and then got caught in the carpet. Again I went to help and she let me sort her claws then wanted to be away from me. Still no bites and just a little soft beaking.
Time came that we needed to hit the road. So I got hold of her in a towel just in case. Sure she did not like it much and did offer her beak once. She was placed on the back of the seat passengers side where I sat and Chris took the first shift for the drive home, so I could watch her and read how she was dealing with all this. To my delight she seemed to respond to my voice and moved towards me a few times when I talked to her.
Where was Dexter. Keeping out of her way. He was not sure about this. And he did not get a lot of food on the way up as he would not go past her to the food bowl. At one stage he did get some shut eye on my shoulder. So I guess he is not too wound up. And lets face it he had a super long day as well.
Took some vids and some photos. Some I have posted in Photos and Vids section.
Moving on It has been 4weeks now and things are going well. She takes good interest in me and I can see it is only a matter of time she will either fly to me or step up. I am at the point where I can touch her beak and have managed to stroke her chest twice. She will take food from my hand and mouth. And I have had her, when helping her step on to my arm.
She talks ok and we have heard her practicing when she is on her own in the bird room. She has company as such as I have had a Sun Conure in and have two Cockatiels. No closed cages. And Sophie has taken to one spot on top of one of the cages.
She does seem to be conditioning up well already.