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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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How much is too much??

I have a SI Eclectus baby who turned 15 weeks yesterday... still not weaned, but I'm waiting for the phone call with the go-ahead to pick him up!!

I got an awesome cage and a few perches and foraging devices, but still feel like his house is incredibly naked. I don't want to overwhelm him with "stuff," though. What would you guys say is a good FIRST setup as far as toys and perches for bringing home a baby? Just FYI, the cage is 23" x 32" by however tall and it's a dometop. Thanks!!
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Almost worse than waiting for labor to commence. . . not that you'd know.

I don't put a lot of toys in for newly weaned babies. Just a few. They can be clumsy and I see it as if they're unstable and go to grab a toy when falling there's no security there for them to develop when the item moves instead of catches them.

You can always add toys, so see how it goes initially? I rarely "formally" add toys. For me - almost everything's a toy. Something gets tossed into a cage almost on a daily basis as an improved toy - veggie clippings, empty boxes, anything once it's looked over and I think it's safe. Anything that's heading for the trashcan gets looked over for toyability first.
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Almost worse than waiting for labor to commence. . . not that you'd know.
AARGH!! You're not kidding!! Well, I mean... I guess you're not... like you said, not that I'd know

That's good, I've been keeping old toilet paper tubes/small paperback reader's-digest-sized books/disassembled clothespins and such for him to destroy, but honestly with what I've read about the Ekkie's more mild-mannered personality I don't know how much of a destroyer he'll be. Not that I mind either way, but I'd rather save "garbage" and find out he likes toys than to go buy a ton of toys and find out he likes "garbage."

I'm going to do my very very best not to smother him when he comes home, but I think with the newness and excitement he'll be fine with what I have in there until I can gauge his interests and activity level.

Until then... I crawl parrot message boards and live vicariously...

*sigh*
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Wow! You HAVE to post pics

I would keep the cage pretty empty at the moment just to get him used to it. Keep things very simple, over time introduce him to new things and then start building up what you have in the cage

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Wow! You HAVE to post pics

I would keep the cage pretty empty at the moment just to get him used to it. Keep things very simple, over time introduce him to new things and then start building up what you have in the cage
Thanks, and you can bet there'll be a TON of pictures!!! I swear my mom back in PA is more excited about this bird than I am... it's like first-grandbaby syndrome or something. I have a feeling there will be a steady flow of pic-sending and birdy-skyping
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hehe! I birdy skype! I was on to one of the mods on here (Abby) and our cockatiels were like chatting over it

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Keeping things minimal at first, with the perches lower down, is good for a newly weaned baby since they tend to be clumsy If you notice he is falling, you can even put a towel on the bottom of the cage. As your baby gets older and more confident, you can start packing the cage. Ekkies don't tend to be really crazy players, they're more passive, so he probably won't need a huge amount of toys



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You're going to love your new guy ! Jazz came home 4 months ago, and I still remember the first day as if it was yesterday. I was talking to him on the long way back home and he was replying in his little baby voice. I had never heard anything so cute.

Have fun with him and post pictures !
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