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Progress for Coco!!
As some of you might have read about a month ago, I took on a very old crimson-wing parrot/parakeet. He's not real friendly, but he's a good boy.
Long story short, he's been kept in a cage with no stimulation for upwards of--well possibly his whole life -- and has no idea what toys are or playing or anything. He has no initiative or creativity.
For example, if I place his favorite treats on top of or inside toys, he will ignore them for weeks -- even if they are RIGHT THERE to pick up off the top of a toy. He only eats off of the ground or a bowl. His previous owner said that in the 8 years she had him, he never chewed or played with a toy. Well, he must have done something, but the point is, he is pretty psychologically numb.
Well, I kept trying to get him to just TRY foraging for a treat. Even if it was just finding it on a toy or on a perch, but to no avail. Finally I decided to buy one of those big seed stick treats. It sat in his cage for days untouched, and then one day, when I didn't have time to feed him right away in the morning before school, I returned to see he'd nibbled a tiny bit of it.
Now, a full week later, he's eating about 1/3 of it and goes back to it periodically throughout the day. I decided to take it out and not offer him dinner, to see what he'd do (his only stimulation is food). And then I heard a little crunch crunch.
I look over, and Coco is nibbling at the yucca kabob I hung by his day-time resting perch. He kept at it for about 7 minutes, which is HUGEEEE for him. He normally gives up on any object in a matter of seconds.
I am sooo proud of him! If he never likes anything but yucca in his life, I don't care about the mess. I'll buy him all the yucca toys his heart could desire.
Well here's to more progress soon!