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I've had birds off/on since age 14 when I obtained an absolutely hilarious budgie, Butchie. He was awesome and the tricks he picked up! My best friend. He'd call my dog and then laugh at him when he came running. *sigh*
Have also previously owned a tiel that refused to come out of HER cage when we tried to get her out. (she'd been in her cage so long when we found her, that WAS her home). But, she bonded with my husband and faithfully laid him clutches of eggs 4 times each year. We had her about 6 years until I just couldn't think of her staying in the cage any longer and gave her to a budgie breeder close to our house, who also had tiels. He gave us a baby budgie fresh off the nestbox which we were to keep UNTIL our tiel had a baby. It took a year or more b/f she'd accept a male tiel and had a baby, but by then we just couldn't part with our "Peachy", which we had that year, too. Another sweet little member of our family. All of our birds have been allowed to fly freely in the house (if they wanted to).

I now have 3 budgies in my flock, which flock began in 2009 when husband found a 5-6wk old white baby in a field, almost dead, dehydrated and hungry. No idea where he came from. I nursed him back to health, but he would never come out of his cage, although finger-tamed and talking INSIDE the cage . . I read to him for weeks . What was so funny is that when we re-homed his new family, he strutted up to a little female barhead (as young as he was), raised up his topknot, put his beak up to her beak and said, "Hello, baby" in this low voice. Totally hilarious.

I've previously owned a Pionus (Punky) for about 8 years, which I loved greatly; however, I think he got into some bad paint while chewing on my floor boards as he always roamed the house. I cried when he died. He was so sweet and gentle. Long stories of his behavior. I lost my heart to him.

Last week husband rescued a baby
black capped conure from a pet store, as he thought was not being cared for in the pet store. Have no name as of yet, but he's already began talking which is totally surprising and has started saying"baby" which is what I use when talking to him. Then, he added, "Come here" to that a few days ago. I tell him, "come here, baby" when I want him to come closer.

He's a total love bird, pushing his head up against the bars for me to scritch, and then he allopreening my fingers. So sweet. Acccording to the pet store, this is totally new behaviors from him when I called them to give an update. He apparently would "go for our hands" when they put their hands into his small cage at the pet store.

He started acting up a few days ago and began acting irritated and striking at our fingers when we tried to scritch himm, but I noticed he had a sore foot, as well. He's over it now. I had a bad experience on another parrot forum when I asked for advice for this new bird. Looking for a new parrot home so I can ask questions when needed for this new type bird I've never owned before.

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Hello and welcome to the forum

Have you tried target training? It is by far the best way to curb aggression and make them more hands on I also have black capped conure experience, they are VERY sassy little parrots

We MUST have photos

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I can't give you any advice, as I only have experience with budgies and linnies, but I just wanted to you to our group!! There are many, many experienced and very helpful, friendly people on this forum and I'm sure someone can help you! It sounds like you were blessed with a wonderful flock over the years! I'm sure your new baby will settle in soon! We love when you have a chance!


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Have you tried target training? It is by far the best way to curb aggression and make them more hands on I also have black capped conure experience, they are VERY sassy little parrots

We MUST have photos
What is target training?

I'll get photos when I get batteries for my camera. In the meantime, I have a photobucket link to my budgie babies I had/have. My precious MommaBird (who was the oldest, smartest, funniest, most tame budgie I rehomed in that group) died last year. She is the one that's labeled "See her pretty colors". I loved her so much. I still miss her.
http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/ez...ml?sort=3&o=16

Many of these have died of old age as most were mature birds when I re-homed them in 2009 as a group from UT-Arlington, probs pets that students had and left when the graduated and all put together as each student left.
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Target training is getting the bird to touch the target, instead of yourself. You can use it to guide them really well. There's a link in my siggy to my blog and I touch on it there

Your birds are BEAUTIFUL

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Target training is getting the bird to touch the target, instead of yourself. You can use it to guide them really well. There's a link in my siggy to my blog and I touch on it there

Your birds are BEAUTIFUL
Thanks for the info. Since you're from the UK, have you heard of/know of Barrie Shutt? That's where I began getting most of my info for budgie health about...........7 years ago when I became a member of that forum. It's defunct now b/c of some breeders that were jealous of him and his followers. I've used his suggestions frequently, and have found his remedies using herbs and spices very, very effective and helpful. Actually was able to cure one bird of a yeast infection, using star anise, tumeric, oregano, etc. All bought fresh to be effective. I ground up the star anise in husband's coffee grinder. Also use a few drops of apple cider vinegar (with the mother still present) in their water every week or so to help keep their guts acidified. Pick dandelion greens (b/f they bloom.....which makes them bitter), and green grass from my yard to feed the budgies. Use (safe) branches from my back yard f or perches. You'll see the big branch in the budgies cage on that photobucket website.

All hints from Barrie.

EDIT: I just looked at your site. Man! What a good source of info. I'm so glad that I found this forum and your site. I miss Barrie and his advice. You are my next teacher.

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Awh thank you! I thought my blog was quite bad, I'm a good writer when it comes to things I HAVE to write but I tend to attempt writing informative posts when I'm tired and I usually come out with a ton of gibberish!

I have not heard of him myself, which is a shame, because I sure would like to! Does he have a website?

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Can't believe you haven't heard of Barry, here ya go http://www.officialbarrieshuttbudger...m/homepage.htm

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Thank you, Tippa.
I'd lost the link to Barrie's site. Didn't have much time to puruse it, but seems he's not posted there in a while?
What was so great was that when we all were posting on the (defunct) site, we could email him with questions and he'd answer back.

I received much good personal advice from him.

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'I guess I'm going to have to call him Baby......He added yet another word to his vocabulary. When I sat down this morning next to him as I usually do, he said "Hi, baby" several times. (the new word is "hi".) Such a little smarty pants. We got him on April 27, or so.
He started wolf whisteling the first day....probs from the pet store. Then, First words were "Bab-beee" w/n the first 4-5 days. Then, "here, baby" w/n the next few days...then "come here, baby." Today it's "Hi, baby."

I've had talking birds (budiges and my Pionus) b/f. But, this rate of learning is over-the-top!

EDITED To ADD Question: He doesn't like anything that's wet. Just put some Romaine lettuce in between the bars of his cage attached with a clothes pin. As usual, he was very curious and enthusiastic about anything new......but then tastes, shakes his head like it's nasty and runs away. Same thing this a.m. when I gave him some sprouts. He's done it with other things like slices of carrots.....won't eat them until they dry out a little. Is this a characteristic of conures?

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I've had birds off/on since age 14 when I obtained an absolutely hilarious budgie, Butchie. He was awesome and the tricks he picked up! My best friend. He'd call my dog and then laugh at him when he came running. *sigh*
Have also previously owned a tiel that refused to come out of HER cage when we tried to get her out. (she'd been in her cage so long when we found her, that WAS her home). But, she bonded with my husband and faithfully laid him clutches of eggs 4 times each year. We had her about 6 years until I just couldn't think of her staying in the cage any longer and gave her to a budgie breeder close to our house, who also had tiels. He gave us a baby budgie fresh off the nestbox which we were to keep UNTIL our tiel had a baby. It took a year or more b/f she'd accept a male tiel and had a baby, but by then we just couldn't part with our "Peachy", which we had that year, too. Another sweet little member of our family. All of our birds have been allowed to fly freely in the house (if they wanted to).

I now have 3 budgies in my flock, which flock began in 2009 when husband found a 5-6wk old white baby in a field, almost dead, dehydrated and hungry. No idea where he came from. I nursed him back to health, but he would never come out of his cage, although finger-tamed and talking INSIDE the cage . . I read to him for weeks . What was so funny is that when we re-homed his new family, he strutted up to a little female barhead (as young as he was), raised up his topknot, put his beak up to her beak and said, "Hello, baby" in this low voice. Totally hilarious.

I've previously owned a Pionus (Punky) for about 8 years, which I loved greatly; however, I think he got into some bad paint while chewing on my floor boards as he always roamed the house. I cried when he died. He was so sweet and gentle. Long stories of his behavior. I lost my heart to him.

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He's a total love bird, pushing his head up against the bars for me to scritch, and then he allopreening my fingers. So sweet. Acccording to the pet store, this is totally new behaviors from him when I called them to give an update. He apparently would "go for our hands" when they put their hands into his small cage at the pet store.

He started acting up a few days ago and began acting irritated and striking at our fingers when we tried to scritch himm, but I noticed he had a sore foot, as well. He's over it now. I had a bad experience on another parrot forum when I asked for advice for this new bird. Looking for a new parrot home so I can ask questions when needed for this new type bird I've never owned before.
Realized that I had had Punky for 13 years, not 8, when I began counting up the years.
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Hi and welcome... Your conure sounds like a fun bird! Daisy Barrie used to post on talk budgies all the time but I havnt seen him there in a couple of years now... I hope he is ok, he was having some health problems I think... A very knowledgeable man!
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Hi and welcome to the forum. I think that I responded to you in another thread, wish I had seen this one first.
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Hello and welcome I have 4 linnies each one has their own personality and habits never boring.

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