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New Member!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ross, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    Hi all,

    New member on the board!

    We (myself, my wife Holly and our 2 girls aged 5 and 8) are picking up our conure chick next week.

    Being first time bird owners we are very excited, and a little apprehensive!

    Looking forward to getting lots of help and advice in the weeks and months ahead!

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  2. Nigalius

    Nigalius Madras Regular Member

    Hi Ross and :welcome: to the forum. Glad to have you on board. You have come to a good place for asking all the questions you want.

    We always try to give good advice here. Take a look around and fire away with those questions.

    It will be a good idea to find out how to post photos on the forum as we love to see plenty of them, LOL.
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  3. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Welcome xx
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  4. Zoe220615

    Zoe220615 Regular Member

    Hello you have come to the best place for advise everyone is great.
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  5. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Hello and :welcome: :)
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  6. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Hi Ross and welcome its exciting times ahead
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  7. Zooamazons

    Zooamazons Regular Member

    Welcome Ross.

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  8. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    Well...... he has arrived! Picked Kiwi up yesterday afternoon. Took him straight to the vets for a wellness check on the way home to save having to take him out again in the next few weeks.

    The vet was very impressed with him and gave him a clean bill of health! He seemed very relaxed and was happy preening himself in his travel cage whilst we were chatting.
    Was also very calm when the vet took him out to check him over. Listened to his heart, air sacks and breathing. All good!

    Once home we transferred him to his new cage and he seemed to settle quickly, within an hour he was having a drink and nibbling on some seed mix. Loved a slice of apple also!

    All was quiet overnight, we had partially covered his cage overnight, and gradually woke him up at around 7am this morning. Had a stretch and a flutter and straight over to the food bowl for breakfast!

    Will upload some pics when I have a few good ones.
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  9. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    Here is Kiwi:


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  10. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Kiwi you are just gorgeous x
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  11. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    Evening all!

    We had some great progress tonight!

    We opened the cage door and I just left my arm next to it on the arm of the sofa holding a couple of peas.

    Sure enough, Kiwi made a jump from the cage to my arm through the open door! Awesome!

    He is happily eating peas, nutripellets, fruit, etc. from our hands.

    He went from my arm to my hand, then jumped onto my glasses and then up onto my head! I managed to get him back onto my hand and pass him to my wife who was sitting next to me!
    From there, he fluttered up to my wife’s head as well.

    However, in between all of this awesomeness, he does like to try and have a nibble of finger!!!

    What is the best way to discourage this?

    All in all a great day!
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  12. Yellowchickenparrot

    Yellowchickenparrot Regular Member

    My he's cute, sounds like he's happy with his new home and all the new foods to try. Regards to finger nipping just don't reward the behaviour but I would wait until a more experienced member can give you some advice on that one. Thanks for Keeping us updated and pics are always a bouns
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  13. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

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  14. Stinkie

    Stinkie Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Conures are nippy... I've got mine to give kisses instead of nips around 90% of the time, but she does still chomp down sometimes, it's like she can't help herself.. She just seems to love the feeling of skin (and fabric, and everything else she can reach) in her beak.
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  15. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    It looked like Kiwi gave himself a bath in one of his water bowls earlier whilst I was out.

    How often should I offer a proper bath to him? Should we use a a dish with water in, or should I mist him with a spray?

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  16. Wakizashi21

    Wakizashi21 Regular Member

    Awww beautiful piks! Love it! A stunner. Thats some really good progress and a positive start. Hope everything keeps going well! Keep us updated!

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  17. Nik

    Nik Regular Member Registered

    Hello from e too, we are the newbies team :p ;), that bird is absolutely goergious! All of those colours blending in more colours, pretty-pretty fab... :)
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  18. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Hi and welcome! Looks like Kiwi has chosen the dish method. Is it possible to put an extra dish of the floor of the cage which is a little bigger than his water dish? You may find in time that there is a certain time that is favoured to bathe? Try a spray a little way down the line as you don't want to scare as things are going good. If it aint broke don't fix it LOL.
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  19. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Introducing the new budgies today to the bird room as the results are all clear from feather and poop tests (I do not take blood from budgies) and hopefully will get the tests back from the parrolets and my yellow sided this week. then I will get a name for the all. my yellow sided conure is still frightened of me but I have not had much interaction yet so I am sure once the tests come through I will start with his training. I love your photos and I am pleased to see and hear of Kiwi's progress
  20. Ross

    Ross Regular Member Registered

    Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts! Been busy!

    Kiwi is doing really well. He loves cuddles of an evening, happily lets me lay him on his back in my hands and rub his tummy, etc.

    He has the odd strop which is quite funny! But generally he's doing brilliantly! Will post some more pics soon.