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Old 04-07-2017, 02:00 PM   #11
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Oh those brilliant blue eyes...beautiful! And they so matched the blue of your precious parakeet...adorable!

My parrotlet (Sky) had a very special relationship with my last dog (Flair). Sky loved to land on Flair and preen her fur, and loved at times to ride around on her. They were buddies!

I had a dear friend who had an African Grey and a cat some years ago, and they were totally best buddies. When I first heard of it I was shocked, but watching those two together, sure enough, they adored one another and hung out well together.

On the rare occasions such relationships form between birds and dogs or cats form it is pretty amazing, and very cute.

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Old 04-30-2017, 09:37 PM   #12
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Oliver is coming home this Thursday evening! (He will be eight weeks old three days after I pick him up.) I am so excited!

His cage is all set up, including the new FeatherBrite lamp. (That will be turned on for only 2 hours per day, btw.)

Since the cage is fairly large, I have WAY more stuff in there right now than I will keep in there at one time, long-term. For now, I want him to be able to navigate well without falling. SO, there are LOTS of perches, swings and toys in the cage. When I see that he is climbing around without falling, I will definitely remove some of the clutter.



I have a couple of questions. In the top right, rear corner of the cage (the part of the cage surrounded by two walls), I installed a K & H "Cuddle Up Bird Warmer," right next to the perch that I am HOPING Oliver will use as a sleeping perch. I also placed a fleece "Snuggle Pillar" above that same perch. (Apparently, Parrotlets love these.) It is hanging right next to the heater. I figure the fleece strips will get warm, and then he can snuggle himself in there at night. (My luck, he will sleep somewhere totally different, or clinging to the back of the cage with his feet, like one of my budgies did.)

Assuming Oliver actually USES this perch for sleeping (humor me...ha ha), should I use the Snuggle Pillar at all? I am really worried that he will ingest the fleece. Has anyone here used one of these? Do you think they are safe? Should I remove it?



As suggested, I put a very thick layer of fleece on the bottom of the cage, to cushion falls. The fabric is one large piece (2 yards), and is folded in such a way that there are NO exposed edges he could chew. That being said, should I be concerned that he might burrow his way UNDER the folded fabric, and get stuck? I know he's a bird and not a hamster (ha ha), but I am not sure if I need to worry about that. (I will probably put white cage liner paper on top of the fleece, btw, so I don't have to wash it every day, but the photos show it with no paper on top.)

I have placed four "no-tip" crocks on the floor of the cage, which I will use for food and water until I see that he is also eating and drinking out of the dishes that came with the cage.

There are multiple perches in the cage, some very low, and he should be able to move from just about anywhere low in the cage all the way to the top without falling.

It was tricky, but despite all the stuff, I think I have managed to keep all items below out of the poop zone. I have also installed "poop protector" hoods over three of the food/water bowls, but they are high above, so he should not be afraid to use the dishes.

I have a temporary coconut hut in there, as well, low in the cage. (This was suggested by the breeder.) I know I will need to remove it in a couple of months, to avoid territorial/hormonal issues.

There are lots of chew toys, a seagrass mat with wooden toys attached, a few bell toys, and one small bird piņata. Two regular swings, one circle swing, and one sphere-type swing. Three rope perches (varying diameters), one wooden preening perch, one cement perch, and one "boing." The sleeping perch is a sandy perch, which he should be able to grip easily. If anyone thinks that is too rough, I can replace it with a small manzanita perch.

At the top rear of the cage, above the seagrass mat, is a well-stretched and secured plastic tubing coil, designed for Parrotlets. (The space in between the coils is too large for him to become trapped or strangled. I made sure of that.)

Any opinions about the snuggle pillar? The fleece on the bottom? Or anything else?

Thanks!

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Old 05-01-2017, 02:42 AM   #13
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Wow, if Oliver doesn't like his new home can I have it? It is nice than my real home much less Jules cage. Oliver Is surely a lucky birdy.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:17 AM   #14
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LOL! Can I move in too???? That is amazing!
As far as the fleece, Tumi will NOT sleep without fleece strips to snuggle with from day one, and he's not alone. They don't ingest the fleece, and it is a parrotlet's happy place. Is your place cold as a general rule? The heater thing might be too much during the spring/summer. During the winter it might be nice, but during the summer it might be too much warmth.
Tumi burrows under things, but again, don't worry. Fleece is heavy for a parrotlet to burrow under, and so it should be perfect. Remember, they one weigh one ounce, so a hunk of fabric can easily outweigh them.
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Thanks. I MAY have gone a bit overboard...lol.

I will keep the snuggle pillar. Thanks for setting my mind at ease.

It is not especially cold in the house right now, but it was pretty chilly when I began setting up the cage. I won't use the heater unless I think he needs it. I keep thinking that for the first time ever, he will not have any other birds to snuggle up to at night, so maybe it will be comforting, at least if the house is cool. That heater barely gives off any heat at all, in my view. (I tested it out.). I guess they work well enough, but I doubt it would make him too hot.

In the winter, the dining room (where the cage is) is the chilliest room in the house, because it is over the garage. If I could move the cage, I would, but that is the only place for it. (Our house is small. There really are no other options.) It is a good location in every other way, but I always provided my birds with a little extra heat in the winter, in case they needed it.
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The temperature is not a big thing with any bird. They have their own down coat after all. The big thing is to keep them out of breezes and drafts so they can lock their feathers and keep the heat in and themselves warm.
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Thanks. There is no draft in that area, so that's good. The heating/AC vent is at least 4-5 feet away, and I keep the vent nearly closed when the the AC is running.

I suppose it really never gets colder than low 60s in there, but it feels cold to me, in the winter. I guess I need to remember that they do have their own built-in sweaters!
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In that case, I'd have the heater thing in there from day one (provided he isn't freaked by it) so that it is normal for him. Now, there is a chance that he panics with new things and can't handle bright colors. If so, don't worry - it is TOTALLY normal! They are silly creatures and very mercurial. I carefully set up Tumi's cage, and then that first night I was frantically rearranging it and making strips of fleece into a sleeping tent.
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Wow! That cage is amazing! You are so very thoughtful in how you organized everything just so I love that even the fleece on the cage bottom has birds on it! He's a lucky birdie. I'm not a kitty person, but I'm absolutely in love with yours! What a gorgeous kitty, and so sweet looking. Oh, and my little Wingle sleeps in a fleece tent every night. He even chooses to nap there sometimes. He loves it.
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So, Oliver has a favorite swing, for sure. And I had to take it away from him already. He absolutely LOVED this swing:



Unfortunately, I think he got a thread from it wrapped around his foot this afternoon. I noticed him chewing at his foot a lot, and then I saw the thread. I picked him up to examine him more closely, and I couldn't see the thread anymore, so I guess he got it off. But I knew the swing had to go. I felt so bad for him, because he adores it and spent most of his time there.

I replaced it with a homemade version I created using the the instructions I found on this forum for the "newspaper swing." I didn't have any newspaper in the house, so I used some white cage liner paper. I included some seeds when I rolled up the paper, so hopefully Oliver will start chewing on the swing soon and find the goodies. The new swing is approximately the same size as the original one (maybe a little bigger), but nowhere near as soft. I hope he uses it...I feel like a mean mommy! (Even though I know it was for his own good. Sigh...)
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