So the bird situation has been a bit chaotic the past few days. We finished the aviary attached to my bedroom window, and the cockatiels and Reptar have been absolutely reveling in every minute of it. The plan is to divide it in half to give Pan and Nike some space since Reptar absolutely hates their guts to an extreme level.
When I first got the pair, the man repeatedly kept mentioning how Nike was weirdly calm, that she was the tamest breeder conure he has ever had. With the tiels outside, Pan and Nike were moved back into my room until the aviary divider is in place. Pan is pretty territorial, I've got more scars and lost skin on my hands from him than any bird I have ever owned. But Nike, she is just incredible.
In the past few days, she's become very invested in what I'm doing. Flying down to my laptop when I'm watching Netflix, crawling down the side of the cage when I start talking/whistling at her. Even if she and Pan are in full preening each other mode, she will abandon him to come check me out. I started moving slowly with her, reaching out when I could. After only a single day, she was comfortable enough to start nibbling on my fingers. Got nipped bad a few times, but it wasn't aggression, more like "wtf is this pink thing made out of?".
Last night, we had a 'moment'. She was climbing around the side of the cage, nibbling fingers and letting my hand chill right next to her. I started moving my hand slowly, slowly up, letting her move away and come back again until I was by her head.
She actually let me scratch her! Closed eyes, leaning against my finger for more scratching. It was incredible. Made me really happy and really sad at the same time. Some part of me knows she was probably a pet at some point, and loved by someone once. Pan managed to ruin the moment right afterwards of course, intervening against my attention towards 'his woman'. But it gave me hope (: most of my flock is untame because I simply wanted to provide a better home situation than the one they were leaving, I don't try to force companionship from them. Nike has actually been seeking me out, and I'd like to think she remembers a time in her life when people were kind.
Anyway, kinda a random rant but this really was a huge deal for me so I couldn't help but share (: birds can always surprise us in the most amazing ways.
Here's a few shots of my pretty girl being curious, apologies to the wierd backgrounds of both. The birds have managed to destroy pretty much anything I put on the cork board, lol.