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is this a good reason for bonding?

ok so here is the situation: i have a flock of 8. they all have their best friends and good friends. some get along, others will fight (*cough* pickles and butch *cough*) and then their are the ones that will hang out and then be loners and will sit by themselves. Bowie, is really different. his friend is bobby, but he doesn't sing to him or really show emotion, they will just groom each other sometimes. he is NOT sick (he's always been like this and he has been to the vet for other things and is healthy). recently, i have been putting him on the cage top gym in hopes that he would walk down the rope to get to the tree. he need to get some excersice and start moving around. well, he hasn't unless i put him on the other side of the cages that are in-between (pic below). when he is on the tree he just sits a lot and only moves to get food. his feet are weak and i don't know if that is why he doesn't hop around.

so yesterday i decided that i would take him into the other room with me while i was on the computer. he sat on my shoulder and i let him eat millet. i put him on the tree after. today (right now to be exact!) i have him with me again. today he didn't really want to go on my shoulder so i put him on the top of the door on our computer armoire then on my shoulder. he is content listening to music with me

is him being a loner a good reason to try boning with him? he doesn't like the other birds and has no interest in them. he is adopted (like the rest of my flock) and so i don't know his past. he could have been someones bonded bird for all i know…

this is the rope that i want him to go across to get from his cage (white) to the trees. he won't go to the tree unless i put him on the left side of the black cage. other wise he justs sits on top of the flight cage like a couch potato


first attempt at bonding


and i know this is far fetched and foolish… but there is another "what if?" reason why i think i would be bonding with him.

some of you may remember my beloved "Pumble" (avatar pic). he was my fist keet and we had a great bond. unfortunately he is flying high, but he taught me the loving bond that you can have with parrots. after i got bowie and the others, i was taking pictures and then i was looking at a picture of him and i noticed that his colors took on a shape… or image (a person and a bird), outlined in pic below. i knew he was special from the beginning. i just feel like i have to bond with him.. like he has a slice of Pumble in him or something. just food for thought




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Shelly, get 8 mental patients on a park bench , and I think you would have the same situation.. You are never going to get the same bonding as if you were working 1 on 1. Absolutely love your observations of the flock .. keep up the good work..,. I only have to spread myself 3 ways . and that's hard enough!
Please remember, daylight through glass is no good for birds- they have to be in direct sunlight.. Love all the equipment you have for them.. an absolute menagerie!
Crayfish ?

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If he wants to bond with you then I would absolutely let him.
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Shelly, get 8 mental patients on a park bench , and I think you would have the same situation.. You are never going to get the same bonding as if you were working 1 on 1. Absolutely love your observations of the flock .. keep up the good work..,. I only have to spread myself 3 ways . and that's hard enough!
Please remember, daylight through glass is no good for birds- they have to be in direct sunlight.. Love all the equipment you have for them.. an absolute menagerie!
Crayfish ?
I have been sitting with him off and on now. Right now I am focusing more on making him fly. I take him out and either make him fly to the tree or u take him down to the floor and I take him on a perch or my finger and I raise and lower him so he flaps his wings. Time will tell if this is a good exercise technique for him. Today I also put him low on the groud and I put the perch about 8" off the ground and he flew onto it and I did this a few time and key him fly to the tree. And at tomes of the day there is direct sunlight on the tree. Some of them sit in it and others don't. Some times if I mist them they will dry off on the sun

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Great to hear.. I know I can give my birds sun , so they back off into the corner, out of it.. Can lead a horse to water/but you cant make it drink..
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I have been sitting with him off and on now. Right now I am focusing more on making him fly. I take him out and either make him fly to the tree or u take him down to the floor and I take him on a perch or my finger and I raise and lower him so he flaps his wings. Time will tell if this is a good exercise technique for him. Today I also put him low on the groud and I put the perch about 8" off the ground and he flew onto it and I did this a few time and key him fly to the tree. And at tomes of the day there is direct sunlight on the tree. Some of them sit in it and others don't. Some times if I mist them they will dry off on the sun
If you live in Massachusetts, I doubt your birds are getting direct sunlight this time of the year because that would imply their sitting in front of an open window and they would freeze! Direct means really and truly direct, meaning from the sun in the sky to their bodies, no glass or anything else in between. This is because window glass has UV blockers (so furniture, carpets, draperies, clothing, etc don't fade) and their bodies need the UV to transform cholesterol into cholecalciferol (another name for vit D3). No UV = no vit D3 = no calcium absorption no matter how much calcium they eat.
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ooohhh ok, so they aren't getting true direct sunlight, but they can warm up in the rays if they choose did they always have the UV ray blockers in the glass? my house is a little over 20 years old, so i don't know if our windows have that.

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