Who needs a sofa in that space when one could have two HUGE bird condos?
The sofa is still there-- just to the right of Ralph's house. I did have to move the matching chair into another room and substitute a smaller one to accommodate Scooter's big cage. I wanted a chair between the two cages, but Scooter got too agitated when I put one there, so the little table to hold parrot food is there instead, and my Boston rocker gets placed in front of the cages when I'm sitting with the parrots. That end of the room is (mostly) the dining area; my small table is just opposite Scooter's cage.
I learned that Scooter prefers to come out by the flap at the top front of the cage that flips down, rather than using the front door. I've opened it for her a few times, and she wasn't interested in coming out-- until this morning. She sat on the opened flap for about fifteen minutes. No interest in venturing away from there yet, but it's a start. After a while, she decided to finish the food in her dish and climbed back inside.
She is making good progress Gary thanks to your patience with her and letting her take her time to get used to the changes. I really hope you get to keep her.
Thank you, Jan. It's sounding like that could be possible. In all my years living with parrots, I've learned a lot about being patient.
Siobhan, I had some help in my education from her (former?) owner. I ran into her at the grocery store a few days ago, and she told me several things about Scooter's preferences that she hadn't mentioned before. Scooter isn't quite as forceful as Ralph in teaching me right from wrong; she'll usually just walk away if she's dissatisfied with something I've done.
I'm proud of Scooter today. All on her own, she started splashing in her water dish-- she actually decided that she wanted a bath! I think she learned what to do by watching Ralph enjoy his baths so much. I assisted her a little by misting her, and, just so he wouldn't feel left out, I offered Ralph a bath too, but he wasn't interested tonight. Scooter came out to sit on the drop-down door again today and seems to enjoy that, but she isn't quite ready to explore yet.
Of course, I'm proud of Ralph too, for setting such a good example. Scooter really is interested in everything Ralph does, and I think she appreciates having another flock member who has feathers. Scooter is gradually becoming less timid about trying new things, including new foods (though she does find millet sprays to be scary). She now regularly eats things like kale and quinoa that she wouldn't touch at first. She doesn't like peas though, but maybe seeing how much Ralph enjoys them, she'll give them a try. It's nice that she no longer turns her back to the camera too-- she did seem to be posing for the picture I just posted.
Scooter reminds me so much of Allie when I first got her, with her plucked breast and legs. Do you know how long she's been plucking? Allie had not been doing it for long, and she never plucked down to bare skin. She quit after a couple of years, though she still over-grooms. No matter how much Scooter was loved before, I'd bet she's in a far better environment with you. Maybe she'll quit, too.
By the way, how are you enjoying the powder?
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood