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I leave first thing in the morning on Saturday to go pick up my new baby Senegal at the airport. I can't wait to meet her!

The nearest airport to me that the bird could fly in to is 5 hours' drive away. The breeder offered to refund my money since the closer airport can't be used, but I decided that I would rather drive further. The closer airport is 3.5 hours away anyway.

The breeder feeds Roudybush pellets, but I can't find them locally. I have Zupreem Natural pellets, she said that would be fine and she is sending plenty of Roudybush to mix with what I have to transition her.

She said that the bird that I chose is extra sweet, and is always waiting to be let out of the cage and get attention. She said that she is not nippy, and loves attention. Hopefully, if I do things right, that temperament will stay.

She has been DNA sexed and just weaned on 5/13.
 

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Let us know all about your trip and the bird. :thumbsup:
 

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Today is Saturday!!!:hurray::hurray::hurray:
 

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Do you have a Petsmart near you? They usually have Roudybush. Other pet shops can special order it. But back to more exciting things: YOU MUST BE SO EXCITED! Can't wait to hear about the trip and anxiously awaiting photos!
 

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Nope, the nearest Petsmart or similar is 3+ hours away, I live in a very small town on the coast of Oregon :)

Please forgive me if I sound short or anything, I just got home a few minutes ago, having left the house at 8am (it is now after 11pm). It was a long drive, but so exciting, and so worth it.

She never showed any signs of fear, and ate and curiously peered at us throughout the whole drive home (on my 12 year old's lap in her airline carrier). We got home, put fresh food/water/treats in her new cage, and opened the carrier.

She again didn't show any sign of fear, just quietly appraised the situation and within a few seconds, climbed out of her carrier onto my hand and from there onto her new cage.

She climbed around for a bit, but of course it is late for a parrot and she is sleepy.

She is hanging upside down like a bat though, trying to fall asleep like that :lovehearts:
 

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Wonderful news.
 

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She sounds absolutely adorable, seven! Gotta love a parrot who thinks that she's a bat ;p I am sure that she had a peaceful night in her new home :D
 

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Since we got in really late last night, should I let her adjust today, before trying to handle her?

In other words, should I wait until tomorrow to handle her and work with her?

I don't want to overwhelm her, but I also don't want to lose her tameness. I'm not phrasing that well, and I don't know if that is a likely situation or how long it would take.

So anyway, she is settled in her cage. She has clean water, fresh food and treats. She looks really tired, yesterday was a really long eventful day. I know I'm worn out, and I am not a confused baby who didn't understand what was happening.

What is my best next step exactly?

Her cage is next to the computer, in the room where I spend the most time (also next to a nice big window). So she can see and hear me a lot today, is that good enough?
 

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I would suggest letting her adjust to the cage undisturbed today. I let Roni have her first day undisturbed, and she already knew me really well before I brought her home and she had been housed in her cage at the store for a week before I brought her home, too. One day won't set her back on tameness, but it could make a big difference in her feelings of security when you get to know her.
 
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I agree with Nanay, sit near her, talk with her, etc but I would let her get comfortable with the cage and familiarize herself with her surroundings before taking her out :thumbsup:
 

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Thank you, I will definitely do that. She is napping a lot today, in between eating. Yesterday was long and stressful, plus this is a different time zone so dawn came three hours early for her.

Poor baby.
 

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I'm looking forward to the pictures, too.
 
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