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Gaining an older bird's trust

The bird store recently took in a white cap pionus that needs to be rehomed. The owner told me that I could help evaluate the bird for suitability to be placed into a companion situation. That made me feel trusted.

I sat with her today for about a half an hour. She seems nervous, but not aggressive. I just let her stay in her cage with the door opened. She did not try to climb outside of the cage. She did end up taking a few peanuts from my hand. At first I hung one through the cage bars, which she eventually picked at and then ate. Then I put it in my hand with my hand held like a fist and the nut sticking up out of my hand, so that she would not think that my fingers might be able to grab her. (This idea came from a post Jenny once made.)

After that, she took a peanut from my fingers but dropped it repeatedly. Finally, she took it and then walked over to her perch to eat it. Lastly, she was taking shelled pine nuts, but just throwing them down.

She made no attempts to bite, but she did peck at my fingers very gently with her beak.

They did not sell her as a baby, but they did surgically sex her. She is a hen. Her name is Levi. I hope I can help without making her more frightened. It appears to me she has been very well cared for. Her feathers are beautiful. She is leary of people, but she doesn't know any of us. She appears to have been handled gently.


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It's great they trust you to do that! It looks like you are doing the right things so far, being gentle and being patient. Are you going to be doing anything more with her or with this situation?




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Careful, Nanay, you might fall in love! She sounds like a sweetie - nervous, but not aggressive, and not overly phobic. Good ol' Pionus! White-caps are the only ones I'm skeevy around, because male white caps can be really aggressive (we had one ironically named Ghandi we used to clip who was a little hellion, screaming, attacking through his travel carrier, took 5 minutes to towel the bugger!) but it sounds as though this one is a doll. It'll take a few weeks to really tell her character, once she feels safe in the pet shop.

Keep us updated with how your visits go with her



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Great news! I'd love to see pictures

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Pictures would be great! I actually just found out some old friends of my family's got a Pionus. It was on their Christmas card! I'm thinking about asking them about it.




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That's cool Abby! When are you next going to the bird farm? I'd love to see more pics

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We need to get some more food for Kiki soon so we'll probably go Thursday or today if it's open. I'll take some pictures and some video for sure!




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Yes that will be cool please video a hyacinth for me

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Jenny,
Thanks for mentioning that it will take a few weeks to evaluate her character. I had no idea how long it would be before we might have a handle on that. She is beautiful and sweet, but I don't need another pionus. That's what I am telling myself officially, anyway.

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Unless they take her out of the store, I will continue to work with her until they decide what is to be done. They may have someone take her home to evaluate her there. They sometimes have the employees do that.


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Yeah, until a bird is feeling comfortable in it's environment, it won't display all it's behaviors - if she's nervous, she may not scream for example, or nip. She also may not show all her instinctive, normal behaviors in the pet shop due to the activity levels that she would in someone's home.



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Daisy, I'll take a video of one of their Hyacinths just for you!




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Cannary and I actually got her out and played with her for quite some time today. When I first arrived, she was too nervous to step up, but after I offered her some millet, then scratched her head with the end of the millet stick, she decided my hands were ok. She stepped up on me, and then she would step up to anyone else. She was very sweet. I'm sure she is still scared. She let Cannary pet her for a very long time. We learned that she will turn four in March. So far, she shows great promise.


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That's wonderful news nanay!

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Went to see her again today. She was even calmer than yesterday. She stepped up almost immediately and let me take her to the front of the store. While I was there they decided to go ahead and bring her cage out on the floor. This will enable her to get used to people, and she will also be seen by the public. They got her some new toys for the cage, too. She is as sweet as Daisy is.


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That's fantastic nanay! I'm glad everything is going so well for you and her!

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As sweet as she is, I think they should be able to place her in a new home very soon. There are very few birds available there at the moment due to supply. In this area birds just are not reproducing right now.


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Ah so she may be high in demand? Fair enough, I hope she goes to a good home!

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She'll go to a good home one way or the other.

My personal opinion is that the store actually needs her there for a while. They have no other birds of that size for people to even look at or consider right now. Birds are just not available. In a few months, once they can get in hand-fed birds of all sizes again, if she is still there and no one has shown any interest in her. Well, you know, I just couldn't let her languish there, if that happens, could I?


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Hehe from that post nanay I assume you may be buying her

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