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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2014, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Cal's Caique Prep Checklist

Hello, nice to be here, you all look lovely!
Here are three things to know about me:
  • My name is not actually Cal
  • I don't own a bird (yet)
  • I make a lot of lists

I have been thinking about getting a bird.
So, what am I doing here, then? I know how this is supposed to go. I am meant to just show up at a pet store, fall in love with the first bird who flaps his pretty wings at me, and buy him on the spot. Right? I can't believe I am even bothering to buy a cage, first. What happened to letting fate take it's course? How is owning a bird going to be any fun if you don't just go with the flow, for goodness' sake?

Well, maybe I just like a different sort of fun, hmm? I am getting a bird, after all.
Birds aren't nearly so easy to get as cats, or dogs- not even from an animal shelter. I don't know anyone else who even has a bird! And I have never done the pet owning thing, before, after all. So maybe, for me, fun is being ready, getting prepared, and making certain I am totally equipped mentally and financially for a long-term, messy, loud, expensive, mischievous, adorable, escape-artist, friend-for-life.

Now that I've explained myself a bit, I'd like to post two of my prep docs.
I've got a list, (list? yay!) which is a 6-month plan of what I need to do before I can bring my birdie home. Well, I hope it only takes 6 months. (I guess that's down to the bird's parents.) I am doing it this way because I've chosen a pretty pricey friend, and I need to make sure I do the budget wisely. If I get everything he needs BEFORE he comes home, I will be able to relax and just enjoy it once he's finally here!

Next I've got a tickler of general bird care. I make a lot of ticklers for work. (What the heck are ticklers?) Sometimes I think my work invented these. Why a chart is called a tickler, I have no idea. In any case, I don't really know what all should go on there; I am kind of guessing. (I don't have a bird.)
I would love your help with my list and tickler- tell me what else should go on there! I want to be prepared. I know a pet is going to affect my budget and my lifestyle, as well as bringing me uberbuckets of joy.

Just to let you all in on the list-making fun (you're welcome) I will update these posts here according to your input and edits. It'll be like a party!

Thanks, everyone,
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Before the bird arrives:
*List will be edited/updated with your suggestions!

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Hello not Cal!

One thing I would add to your list to do WAY before the bird comes home is to find a good Avian Vet near you You're buying a companion who you're going to want to keep as healthy as possible and a really good thing to do is get a full check up when you bring them home. All birds are entitled to one but I imagine caiques where you are come with quite the price tag, so as an extra precaution I would be having some bloods done to make sure there is nothing underlying and if there is you can catch it early! Having a good relationship with your vet is pretty essential, in my books. After my AV left I've been floating in a void of visiting different vets because I can't seem to stick to one. I've found a nice local one who knows his stuff but isn't avian qualified! It's just not the same as my first AV

And to add to your tickler (I'm giggling at that!), I would be changing the paper in the cage daily. Birds can be a pain, especially high energy birds like caiques, to keep clean and bacteria growth can happen rapidly. If they decide they like a daily bath in their water bowl then wet newspaper will be a bacteria haven Plus, dropped fruit can get nasty quick too! And newspaper/seed husks that get left a while can develop aspergillosis. So many nasty things to watch out for!

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Hello not Cal!
Thanks for your suggestions! Updated my prep lists.
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I love your writing style! Great Lists!
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I think others should take note. I'm a list maker myself and I'm a real pain about it. EVERYTHING becomes a list I make a daily to-do list! I was very excited about writing the list for the xmas shopping we have to do this year

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