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A few months back I found an advert for an OWA who was free to a good home fairly local to myself. I certainly didn't need to take on another bird being pregnant but I had the funds to do it and there's always a space here for a bird that needs help. I dread to think where he could have gone should somebody have been dishonest buying him. There are a lot of freebie hunters and bad people out there who will happily sell them on to make a bit of money. Anyway, rambling and justification aside

Paulie is an OWA who belonged to the lady's friend originally. She had had him for 13 years and when starting a family moved him out of their living room and into a room on his own where he no longer had any interaction. The original owner apparently used to spend a lot of time with him and he was a very hands on bird who loved to be with people but now he is a shell and is so fearful. The family went away on holiday and left him with the lady I had him from. They never bothered to pick him back up. He was with her for roughly 3 years and she tried everything to make sure he was comfortable and happy. She was having to give him up herself because she didn't feel she was doing enough for him (though I disagree, it isn't her fault he is this way!) and so I stepped up and asked if he was still available

He likes to have things done in certain ways and if you don't stick to his routine he is very easily upset by it. He has to have foods cut up specifically to his taste, won't sit in the cage if you have located a certain type of toy near a particular type of perch. He's quite awkward for it but it definitely makes him quirky. The things he is most fearful of are movements (even more so if you move quickly), hands, phones (I think he sees this as an intrusive extension of a hand), eye contact, being at the same height as him. You get the idea. He's a very scared little dude

I have been working on getting him used to me by leaving his cage door open and just sitting in the outdoor bird room with him. This way he can see how my other birds like to interact with me and realise I'm not a threat. He will eventually come out of his cage and do his own thing but if I move he instantly becomes ridgid. The ONE thing he will let me do that lets me get close to him is he will let me mist him down and boy does he love it. It's definitely an Amazon thing, but they really really do enjoy a good bath. He over-preens a lot so I think this must help soothe the need to do it

It is going to be a very long process to get near enough anywhere with him for him to be comfortable with me but I long for the day where he knows I'm not going to hurt him or abandon him. In the new year I will be custom ordering a new aluminium aviary for the parrots and hopefully he will be able to join them for the summer

This is him now after a bath. His feathers are still tatty but he's starting to look a lot more vibrant and healthy



I wish I still had the photos from the lady from when she had him. He was so tatty and his keel bone stuck out through his down I would love to compare them to now

Will keep updating on his progress whenever we have something to report
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A few months back I found an advert for an OWA who was free to a good home fairly local to myself. I certainly didn't need to take on another bird being pregnant but I had the funds to do it and there's always a space here for a bird that needs help. I dread to think where he could have gone should somebody have been dishonest buying him. There are a lot of freebie hunters and bad people out there who will happily sell them on to make a bit of money. Anyway, rambling and justification aside

Paulie is an OWA who belonged to the lady's friend originally. She had had him for 13 years and when starting a family moved him out of their living room and into a room on his own where he no longer had any interaction. The original owner apparently used to spend a lot of time with him and he was a very hands on bird who loved to be with people but now he is a shell and is so fearful. The family went away on holiday and left him with the lady I had him from. They never bothered to pick him back up. He was with her for roughly 3 years and she tried everything to make sure he was comfortable and happy. She was having to give him up herself because she didn't feel she was doing enough for him (though I disagree, it isn't her fault he is this way!) and so I stepped up and asked if he was still available

He likes to have things done in certain ways and if you don't stick to his routine he is very easily upset by it. He has to have foods cut up specifically to his taste, won't sit in the cage if you have located a certain type of toy near a particular type of perch. He's quite awkward for it but it definitely makes him quirky. The things he is most fearful of are movements (even more so if you move quickly), hands, phones (I think he sees this as an intrusive extension of a hand), eye contact, being at the same height as him. You get the idea. He's a very scared little dude

I have been working on getting him used to me by leaving his cage door open and just sitting in the outdoor bird room with him. This way he can see how my other birds like to interact with me and realise I'm not a threat. He will eventually come out of his cage and do his own thing but if I move he instantly becomes ridgid. The ONE thing he will let me do that lets me get close to him is he will let me mist him down and boy does he love it. It's definitely an Amazon thing, but they really really do enjoy a good bath. He over-preens a lot so I think this must help soothe the need to do it

It is going to be a very long process to get near enough anywhere with him for him to be comfortable with me but I long for the day where he knows I'm not going to hurt him or abandon him. In the new year I will be custom ordering a new aluminium aviary for the parrots and hopefully he will be able to join them for the summer

This is him now after a bath. His feathers are still tatty but he's starting to look a lot more vibrant and healthy



I wish I still had the photos from the lady from when she had him. He was so tatty and his keel bone stuck out through his down I would love to compare them to now

Will keep updating on his progress whenever we have something to report

Paulie is so lucky to have you in his life, now! He's a beautiful bird, and you seem to be bringing out the best in him.


Thank you for sharing the story of his progress. *hugs* Sweet Parakeet


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