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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Help please..

Hi. So last night my 4yr old GSD decided to bring my partner and i a baby rainbow lorikeet. It escaped and ran under the decking out the backyard. Took about 20mins but got him safely.

I have a fair bit of experience with birds as my mum bread ring necks and tiels my whole life.

Took him inside after he settled fpr 20mins. In a box with a warm towel. I came back in to find him missing. Hiding in the ironing board could just see his eye scoping me out.

Finally to my questions. What should i do woth him. I checked him over very little flight feathers and tail feathers prob arent strong enough either. Gripa well both feet. Let me open up boths wings which seemed normal. Definatelt cannot fly. Beak is almost all red/orange so guessing between 10 to 12 weekss old.

I live in victoria and know a few mayes who have taken them in as the vet pretty much said they were the birds best bet to live.

No chance that i could let anything like that happen.

After about an hour of me sitting in the lau dry with him he slwoly came round and started eating from my hand with in another 15 not even any of my hand movements were startling him.

So. Do i take him to a shelter that anyone knows he will actually be released or at least re homed?

Do i do it myself and just help him on his way? I jave released a fair few birds this way over the past 10 years.

I also know how quickly they can bond with you and therefore hinder his release anyway. I just showed him how to eat a apple.

I am also willing to do what is required to keep him and take him into our family. Timing is off by a year as we were goingto be getting a rkeet or princess parrot next year. Lorikeets cheekiness win me over ever time.

No gloves were worn either. Been a few years since ive had to handle a beak lile that let alone wild and stressed. Yet only bit me once. Even got a step up out of him. Haha.

Sorry for the essay, just want to make sure he she is okay ans that gets looked after. any help appreciated.
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Hi Jaimie. I would seriously consider keeping it if I were you. If WIRES in Victoria are anything like they are in NSW they will probably put him down. Where I used to live the local vet would ring me whenever he had a Rainbow brought in as he would not give them to WIRES. If it hasn't got full flight or tail feathers they will immediately assume it has beak and feather disease, which it probably hasn't. I have bred and hand raised Rainbows for many years and when seeing young weaners in a cage you see how they play, and they play rough, will drag each other around the cage upside down and backwards by the tail. Any wonder they don't have a proper tail for about six months. Wild bred Rainbows can cope quite well coming into captivity, especially when they are quite young and if you work with them they can tame down really well. They are such funny cheeky little things and make great pets.

Now that the long weekend is over and you can obtain some proper food for him (remembering they are not seed eaters) I suggest you get some good lorikeet food. I make one and sell it but I am a bit far from you. But I do have a customer in Queensland and a couple in Sydney that I send mix to via mail. But I recommend you get Shep's Lory Wet, it is a good mix and should not be too hard to obtain at a good pet store. I would not bother with Shep's Dry mix as it is only a supplement to give them all the time in the cage if you can't give them wet at any time and they don't get hungry. If you want to feed them dry mix use the Shep's Wet as a dry mix as it has many more ingredients than the Dry. I also mix my wet mix with Cottee's Raspberry Cordial (full sugar type) as anecdotally it is anti-bacterial, and believe me it works, and you can't overdose them with it, they just get a little more hyper. I have been using the cordial when I hand raise all types of birds and have not had a case of sour crop since I started using it, and with the Lorikeets it helps stop any bacterial build up in the wet mix in hot weather. Just make it a deep pink colour. Also fruit and vegetables are required for them. Found they don't seem to like stone fruit like peaches that much, or pears and banana they are a bit iffy about. But most other fruits are appreciated as well as things like pumpkin, silver beet, endive, capsicum and orange sweet potato.

Good luck with the little one.
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Hi kate thanks heaps for the quick reply. I had another kook at him this morning his in pretty good shape. We habe fig trees out the back. The parents may be teaching him to fly in the backyard as there are other fruit trees.

Within 10 mins he had hopped on finger and esting from my hand. He can sort of float i reckon his about 1 week off flying properly.

I put him back out into the fig treenwhere my partner seen him earlier in the day. He was in a cat cage with fih branches. He knew exactlt where he was i opened up the door and he just hopped out. Went off started eating figs haha.

If the parents do not come back then i will re catch him and trt again for a coupke pf days id nothing i will be keeping him. No chance of giving him to WIRES or a vet.

Everytime i go out when i jear him screech at the minor birds he gets closer and closer each time. Hopfully the parents turn up when they nprmally do in the evening
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Also thanks for all the advice. Deep down i want to keep him haha my partner knows it but if it can be free i will give it opportunity otherwise i get a awesome bird lol
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