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Linnie settling in

Long story short, I ended up with a different linnie than I started with. A friend of mine fell in love with the one she babysat for me while I was sick for two weeks (only after having it for less than one week). Understandably because he was a doll. But they were so in love, I felt bad separating them. So I got another cobalt baby who will just be 7 weeks this Thursday.

Dna has not came back yet. But he or she is very scared when out of the cage and will try to fly away etc. In the cage, it has adapted very fast and plays with all of the toys within 24 hours (my other birds didn't play with toys sometimes for a 2-4 weeks after coming home). Also will let me pet him/her in the cage and seems very relaxed with my hands in the cage or the cage door open. It seems like it was handfed, but not socialized that much. Seems to be the case with most baby birds out here from what I have seen. It does not bite.

I have been weighing it everyday to ensure it does not loose too much weight because it is so young. Also, not having it out of the cage for too long (away from food). I have read on the linnie thread that many of you had linnie babies like this (handfed, but not necessarily handtame) and they settled in and became more social, etc. How long did it take?

Also, I would love to hear what cage you use for your linnies, what toys they like, and see pics of their set ups if you have any. I want to get him/her another cage within the coming weeks.

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I've been through three cages before finally settling on a flight cage. Both of my linnies were hand fed but not all the tame. It took a couple months of bribes and love.
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Hi It's different for each linnie to settle in, but you sound like you're on the right track! I'm getting my third linnie Thursday, have no idea what to expect
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My linnies favorite toys are the stuffed paper fingers, palm chain and vine balls. I get them from My Safe Bird Store.

Both my birds are hand shy. Pippin likes to give kisses though and neither one has ever even attempted to bite.
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I use the King's Economy Flight cage for my two linnies, and they have a whole room to play in (bird safe). They are not much for playing with toys, but enjoy bird safe plants. They like climbing on rope swings and rope perches. They have flying races every morning. They are very fast flyers.

I have had the experience that linnies' personalities change with puberty, around the six month molt. One of my birds loved to handled when she was a baby, but totally changed after puberty. She is still very friendly, but no longer likes to be touched. Just throwing that into the mix so you won't be too surprised if her personality changes after the hormones kick in.


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I think Miss Chanel settled in and bonded with me pretty quickly--it was either me or the cute, but pesky, Miss Kauai. I offered apples and handled her whenever I was home. She doesn't seem to like toys but does like the snuggly thing that Lori (boing) sells. She still loves her scritches (sp?). I say "gimme your head" and she'll put her head down or she pushes her head in my finger (or my toes) and I know she wants her scratchy.
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I think Miss Chanel settled in and bonded with me pretty quickly--it was either me or the cute, but pesky, Miss Kauai. I offered apples and handled her whenever I was home. She doesn't seem to like toys but does like the snuggly thing that Lori (boing) sells. She still loves her scritches (sp?). I say "gimme your head" and she'll put her head down or she pushes her head in my finger (or my toes) and I know she wants her scratchy.
How soon after getting her did you introduce the two? This guy is fine outside/inside the cage when I am chatting with him, petting him, feeding him things, but as soon as I try to get him to step up outside the cage, he gets very scared, tries to fly away. He even started panting So I stopped of course.

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I quarantined Miss Chanel for 6 weeks, but they did see each other from time to time,. Miss Chanel does not step up like Miss Kauai. As you probably read, linnies generally do not like fingers. I'd suggest continuing to talk to him outside the cage, give scritches and apples (or whatever his favorite food) and he'll come to love and trust you. I'm sure he is just scared being in a new environment, without his brothers and sisters.
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How soon after getting her did you introduce the two? This guy is fine outside/inside the cage when I am chatting with him, petting him, feeding him things, but as soon as I try to get him to step up outside the cage, he gets very scared, tries to fly away. He even started panting So I stopped of course.
Mine were allowed to settle for a month. Actually, Stitch took that long, Pikachu who was more socialized only took a little less than three weeks. Stitch still doesn't like to step up, but he definitely likes to sit on my shoulder and if I leave the room he flies to me (if he's not on me).

I just try to "handle" him without my hands. I use target training to have him come to the cage door so I can let him out. And I just lean my shoulder towards the cage door to have him go in. Sometimes I'll use my hand to herd him into the cage (that doesn't really help with the hand taming, but at this point, I don't really care if he accepts handling or not--I like him the way he is)

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My linnies were and still are super friendly. They just love people. I have a visions cage which I love. Except for the having to take it apart to clean. It cleans up in a minute wipes off and looks like new. They like the slinky to run thru and the boing. The foot toys are really a hit too.
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I always find it difficult to adopt a single young linnie baby.
It may feel sad and scared because it lost all its family.
And seven weeks are not enough to learn all about linnie behavior from its parents and flock.
I would recommend you to get a second linnie to make it easier for your little guy or lady.
As a cage I use the European version of King's Economy flight cage. I think the bigger - the better.
That's how it looks:

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I always find it difficult to adopt a single young linnie baby.
It may feel sad and scared because it lost all its family.
And seven weeks are not enough to learn all about linnie behavior from its parents and flock.
I would recommend you to get a second linnie to make it easier for your little guy or lady.
As a cage I use the European version of King's Economy flight cage. I think the bigger - the better.
That's how it looks:

http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/3009/6pwihmd7_jpg.htm

http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/3009/h5w7tqxq_jpg.htm

http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/3009/agdlz4d7_jpg.htm
Thanks for the advice, but I think could be the case with any pet. But they are adaptable and he doesn't seem sad in his cage at all. He is super active, constantly playing with all his toys. I think sometimes we just assume what animals want.
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Flapping Mama actually gives good advice. I've noticed that most linnie owners end up having another (or more!). They seem more flock orientated than most other psittacines and I have seen many people keeping 'tame' linnies together with no issues either. Is he/she definitely fully weaned? I don't even let my budgies go until a minimum of 8 weeks old

As for cages, the bigger is always better and I believe that flight cages work extremely well for linnies (plenty of space and climbing opportunities). I can't say how long it will take him/her to settle down, but it sounds like you're doing a good job letting them settle for now my linnies lived in a 6 foot high x 4 foot wide x 6 foot long aviary and they used every bit of the space (even if they were only climbing!). As for toys, I think it depends on the individual bird. I would give them plenty of hiding opportunities, I know they like their comforts. Mine always had a nest box and even after egg laying and things they'd still sleep in there every evening
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Flapping Mama actually gives good advice. I've noticed that most linnie owners end up having another (or more!). They seem more flock orientated than most other psittacines and I have seen many people keeping 'tame' linnies together with no issues either. Is he/she definitely fully weaned? I don't even let my budgies go until a minimum of 8 weeks old

As for cages, the bigger is always better and I believe that flight cages work extremely well for linnies (plenty of space and climbing opportunities). I can't say how long it will take him/her to settle down, but it sounds like you're doing a good job letting them settle for now my linnies lived in a 6 foot high x 4 foot wide x 6 foot long aviary and they used every bit of the space (even if they were only climbing!). As for toys, I think it depends on the individual bird. I would give them plenty of hiding opportunities, I know they like their comforts. Mine always had a nest box and even after egg laying and things they'd still sleep in there every evening
Yes. Most birds (or other animals) that are kept commonly as pets live in large flocks/packs/groups in the wild. In regard to any pets (or even kids), there are pros and cons on having more than one. Obviously the more you have, the less time and resources you have for quality interaction with each. Only children or only pets (gotten as babies) know no different and adapt and with good parents, are very happy--not to mention all of the attention and resources they get. My husband and my best friend were both only children and loved their life growing up. (Not to mention, they don't have to deal with sibling drama as adults lol).

Bottom line it is hard to compare how animals are in the wild to pet animals that live in a house, because nothing about the way we keep our pets is natural. Pet birds being the most exaggerated example of this. But the difference between humans and animals is that animals live in the present. So, in a lot of ways are a lot more adaptable and happy go lucky than humans.
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Squirt was a single Linnie for 3 weeks. We decided to get him his friend that was with him at the breeders. We are glad we did, seeing them interact with each other is a blast. It's like watching your children together. Seeing them snuggle up together and just wanting to be close. Even the spats they have at times. I know Squirt is happier now that Cricket is with him.

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I read so often in the linnie forum that people bought single hand raised linnies, and with the beginning of the puberty the behavioral problems began.
They began to scream or bite, or they became jealous of the owner's partner or friends.
Parrots are with their partners 24 hours a day. No human can be a substitute for that.

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I read so often in the linnie forum that people bought single hand raised linnies, and with the beginning of the puberty the behavioral problems began.
They began to scream or bite, or they became jealous of the owner's partner or friends.
Parrots are with their partners 24 hours a day. No human can be a substitute for that.

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You're right. I love birds so much, but I think about this a lot wondering if it is even right to keep them as pets.

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I think if we satisfy their natural needs as far as possible it's acceptable to keep them as pets. They give so much to us, therefore we should make their life as beautiful as possible.
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