Peanut

Kerin

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Peanut arrived yesterday, late in the afternoon along with all his things. This bird has very obviously been loved a massive amount so I am sad for Sue and Paul that they had to re-home him, but glad and honoured that they chose me to be his new mum. :)

He and Chewy are interested in each other, but not so much that they have sought each other out yet, which is fine. I hope that in time they may become good pals, but right now I'm just very glad that no instant dislike took place! From pictures and film, I had got the impression that caiques were a little bigger than they are so his size surprised me, he is half Chewy's size and weight! He can happily fit into the palm of my hand and has done so several times, sitting there to have a tickle and scratch :)

He was pretty tired and over stimulated from the long journey and all the changes he went through yesterday, and the very first ting he did was give me a nasty bite through the bars! He clung on like a pitbull the little begger, these caiques have an entirely different way of biting to how Chewy the ammie does, it's very painful and bled profusely. Serves me right for assuming I could touch him too soon though so no hard feelings :) Later on after he'd had some grub and settled down a bit I gave him some time out, and he wanted some reassurance so he cuddled up under my chin and begged for scratches all over, which he got. :)

This morning he greeted me by making rather exaggerated regurgitating movements, and made it plain he wanted to come out with calls and behaviour, so throughout the day they have taken it in turns to have time out. Unlike yesterday when he was obviously stressed at all the changes he has been super friendly and loved having attention. He's a bit subdued in play behaviour which I expected as this is all so new for him and he probably misses his mum, but he played a little, has eaten his fill on several occasions (where on earth does he pack it all in?) and made his first explorations of the furniture and me. He does love to sit on my shoulder, running up my arm at great speed and he leaped from my shoulder up to the top of my head at one point. He's getting lots of love and tickles, which he is enjoying and I think finds reassuring, and calls if I leave the room.

He seems to have a liking for the buttons on remote controls, so I'll be keeping them out of reach, and I have to get some almond milk or similar in stock because he wanted my cup of tea badly! He got a wee bit of rooibos later on with no milk, and he seemed to enjoy it. He'll do anything for a slice of banana, so until I find more favorites that's his big reward right now. I will post pictures, but have to get the batteries charged overnight first, so hopefully I'll be able to get a couple up tomorrow so everyone can see how gorgeous this tiny little bundle of character is :)
 

Kerin

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Of course, life isn't worth the effort without photos ;)

Right now I am typing slowly with one hand, because I have a caique on my left shoulder playing with the edge and taking sips of rooibos from a small plastic bowl that I am holding up for him. I have become a caique perch :biggrin:
 

Lou

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aww bless him, am so pleased him and Chewy seem to be ok with eachother, good signs, they seem to be amazing little birds these caiques cant wait for piccies and to hear more about him :)
 

Kerin

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He can be quite the little vampire Lou! All was going very well apart from the first bite which was understandable. I obviously need to learn more about him though, it's very early days. I was trying to put him to bed just now and he didn't want to go at all, he was stuck like glue to my shoulder so I tempted him down to my hand with some banana, then as he didn't want to let go and go in, put a piece on one of his perches hoping he'd step off happily to get his reward. Instead he went totally ballistic! shaking his head and nipping and screeching, then he bit one finger and drew some small blood, and after that he bit down really hard inside the first joint of my thumb and twisted. It's not a big wound but it is deep, there was blood everywhere running all down my arm and in massive drops all over the floor. It didn't stop for a good few minutes of putting pressure on it. He packs a nasty bite despite being so little!

But when he's sweet he's super sweet. Currently he is in his cage under his cover, and making small kissy sounds to me as though nothing happened :buenrollo:

Logging off for now so Chew can have some quality time before his bedtime. He's been an absolute dear, very good with Pea and very loving to me. I had wondered if I might get told off by him but no, he's being lovely bless him. :)
 
I loved reading this, so pleased hes found such a good home with you.
Haha shame about the bites, i dont believe archie has drew blood with me yet maybe a little cut but he definitely did with my mam when she answered the phone once haha that was a nasty bite.
Archie will unplug anything and likes buttons on things to pull off , he pulls things like usb's out of my laptop! and all the keys haha
I hope he settles in and no more bites! Sounds like hes already very comfortable with you snuggling under your chin :)
 

Nigalius

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Its great that Peanut has started to settle with you. Just a pity about the bites but its still early days and I would think the bites will slow down. I do hope you find it easier to get him in the cage when its bedtime though, Would a piece of banana on the perch work but then instead of trying to get him in the cage with your hand just let him realise its there and perhaps he will not be able to resist the temptation.
 

Kerin

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Yep I'll be doing that next time Nigel, no banana from my hand at all, it will go straight into his bowl while he watches! No regurgitating this morning which is probably a good thing, the calmer the day is the better right now as I've woken up feeling quite ill with a massive headache that started last night. Going to take it easy today and let him settle more :)
 

K8

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Hello Peanut,
You are a lucky boy to be there, you go easy with them bites now!

Hope he settles a bit more and the bites stop. Look forward to updates and photos.
Hope your headache gets better quickly.
 

Bob

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Great hes starting to settle in, looking forward to the photos :)
 

Paul&Sue

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I am so sorry to hear of more bites....hopefully though the loving moments will outweigh the nasty ones soon. Haven't come on sooner as its all still very difficult here. The house is so empty without him. I keep thinking I can hear him and yesterday I popped out and when I came home the first thing I did was open the front door and say "its ok sweetie mummy's home" and then had a little weep.

I am sure he will settle down and I blame myself as i've been at his beckon call all day every day since we brought him home...I let him dictate which I shouldn't have. Sorry Jaq. I have no doubt however that we have done the right thing and you will give him a loving and caring home. Hopefully he and Chewy will become pals and those bites will stop. Thanks again for everything x Sue x

Please give him a little cuddle from me x
 

Kerin

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I'm so sorry it's so difficult but I totally understand why. I was exactly the same when I lost my baby-bird last year, it took a long time to stop automatically thinking about her or starting to talk to her then remembering. Chewy helped enormously of course when he came to me. :)

Pea is doing well, he does miss you of course, this is all so new to him it's hardly surprising he bites occasionally. It's the only way he has to vent any stressful feelings he has due to the new situation. I'm taking it slowly with him now and he's better today. I brought home a big soft towel the same colour as his night-time snuggle blankie and he seems to like it, he surfed on it immediately. Right now he's sat on the back of the chair as I type, and he's making little chirrp sounds. He tried hawthorn berries yesterday and seemed to like them almost as much as Chewy does.

I'll definitely give him a cuddle from you Sue, and hopefully get some pictures up soon. I'm trying to not do anything too demanding or pushy with him right now, so he can start to learn to trust me. He's getting treats and attention when he wants it and I'm leaving him be if he walks away so as not to be too in his face. He's better today than yesterday, and I'm sure in time will accept me as a pal. He and Chewy are eyeing each other up but there has been no conflict. :)

I can promise you that a few bites here and there won't make me give up on him, I just need to put the work in to help him settle and relax, which I will do :)
 

Kerin

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A small success, just now he spent a happy few minutes surfing on the sides and top of my hand :)
 

Kerin

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Pea had a couple of days where he didn't bite at all which was brilliant of course. He blotted his record in a big way yesterday though, He had been with me as I typed and was playing with the buttons on the keyboard and with the mouse. I let him as it was amusing him, and wasn't causing any problems, but then he decided he wanted to chew a wire. Naturally I distracted him with a toy and happy chatter and attention, which worked once or twice. With hindsight of course I should have removed us both from the computer at that point, instead I remembered Sue telling me he understood the word no. So I said "no" on his third attempt to chew the wire, and he had a massive tantrum in response. He looked at me as I said no then instantly turned into a blur of screeching feathers clinging onto my hand like a dervish and sinking his beak into me several times, each time drawing blood!

It was totally my fault, I let him stay in the same place knowing he wanted that wire because I wanted to finish typing a message to a friend on facebook of all things. I won't be making that mistake again of course.
The rest of yesterday was actually really lovely, both boys had their cages thoroughly cleaned, and I took them both out into the sunshine for a couple of hours. We sat on the bench in the sun, one bird on each side of me in their travel cages, one hand available for each to preen or tickle (while keeping a wary eye on Peas body language of course) Both were very good and seemed to enjoy basking and making small happy noises and having tickles through the bars.

This morning was the first time pea made his regurgitating movements to me since Sunday. I think then he was simply doing what he normally did in the morning to Sue, the other days he hasn't done it at all. This morning he did to me though, and at the moment is having a munch on his breakfast while Chew is sat on my shoulder having a preen and nibbling my hair as I type. Pea is watching carefully, eating, and making small little noises. In a while I'll be logging off and swapping so both have time out this morning :)
 

dianaT

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Oh dear sorry to hear of the bites. I agree though would have been best to move away from the wires and the situation, hindsight is a marvellous thing, we all do it. And he didn't really mean it :biggrin: just forgot himself and had a bit of a tantrum:biggrin:
 

Kerin

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He seems prone to them, just now he was happily sat on my arm as I put things on the cutting board to make his supper for later (Chew has breakfast supervisory duty because that's what he's always had) and I'm guessing he thought he should be In the food not looking at it because he did the same. I now have four more bites and there's not a single part of either hand without at least some damage. This is after he has been stuffing his face for the last half hour! I'm pretty sure he might be currently engaged in a battle of wills to see how far above me in the pecking order he can rise. His reaction to being put back was again to bite, and immediately the door was closed to sing sweet songs then watch momentarily to see if I was going to let him back out. He's now happily eating again and calling to be let out. I've shown him the bites and said a (sad sounding) and gentle no. We'll get there, it's just a case of time, patience, and boundaries :)
 

Kerin

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We are getting there! :biggrin: IF he bites now to show his displeasure he doesn't break the skin, and it's far more rare. Plus he does indeed understand no and is allowing me to tell him that and responding well which is brilliant. Right now I am a very happy bunny as he is starting to accept me properly. I'm very happy with how he is now settling in and has become used to the different home and routine, he's becoming much more loving and trusting, and is a very sweet little lad. He decided to take a bath in his water bowl yesterday and seemed to really love it. When he came out afterwards I managed to get some pictures before he decided that the best way to dry himself was on my head and shoulder, rubbing himself in my hair until it was completely tangled and damp :lol:

His tantrums have stopped thank goodness, and if he starts to go that direction I just gently tell him to "chill out Pea" or more often "cut it out Pea, naughty boy" with a tut tut, and he does! It's actually quite funny now as he stops himself before he goes into full on freak out mode, and looks a little embarrassed as he goes into his cage or stops trying to get the thing he wanted but couldn't have. He does far more nice wold whistles and adams family tunes, plus beeps chrrps and other assorted noises now, and the last couple of days has had a right little chatter to himself every now and again. He's playing more, and likes to spend time sat on my knee or shoulder or on the back of the sofa. He's flown to the window for a look out a few times now, and flies to me if I walk away to the kitchen etc.

He does seem interested in making friends with Chewy, but so far has been rebuffed or just stared at. I'm pretty pleased really as it's been such a short time. Naturally I do keep them separate still, hopefully with more time they can be pals. I know that all is quiet and peaceful when I return from being out, so it's going well so far :)

Unfortunately photobucket is being horribly slow at the moment, but as soon as it speeds up I'll get pictures up for you all :)
 

dianaT

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I so enjoyed reading that, dear little Peanut, he's soon settled really when you think about it and getting used to your ways and his new home. He sounds very intelligent too and good company :thumbsup:
Looking forward to photos when photobucket gets a move on,
 
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