I was worried about adding Quaker Peppy to my single-CAG household since Allie is closely bonded to me and they can be so sensitive, but it has gone very smoothly. She was mildly curious about him at first, but now seems to be supremely uninterested. Disdainful as she may be, I think on some level having bird company is good. You can't be with them all the time, much as you might like to be. Hopefully it will go something like that for you, since you wouldn't really want them bonding. Unless you decided you couldn't part with Remi, of course.
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on Aug 29, 2014 7:41:11 GMT -5
lol that remains to be seen. I have worried about fostering for exactly that reason. I figure it would be a good idea to start with a bird I wouldnt mind keeping. Tiels are pretty non obtrusive, while at the same time, are sweet and make good companions. If I wind up falling in love with Remi and adopting him, I will not be fostering anyone else! LOL! My limit is two, 1 pet, 1 foster. So, if it turns into 2 pets, it goes to ZERO fosters. I know it would be more helpful for the rescue for me to continue fostering so I will try very hard not to adopt Remi
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on Aug 30, 2014 12:38:47 GMT -5
My little foster tiel, Remi, is home and quarrantined in my bedroom. He is THE smallest tiel I have ever seen in my life, although he looks healthy enough. I was sitting on the floor next to his cage talking to him and he did climb down to the bottom of his cage to sit with me for a bit. I had to put my hand in his cage to give him some fresh water and he didnt hiss or show any signs of aggression so I think he'll be fine. He hasn't chirped much since I picked him up but he did call out after about an hour in the house, when he heard Mr P.
Mr P, on the other hand, is going crazy knowing i'm in the bedroom talking to something else in the voice I used to talk to him. He is trying to figure out what is in there. He saw me bring Remi in, but really didnt get a good look at him. Since Remi has been so quiet, I don't think he even realizes it's another bird. We'll see how this goes after Remi starts to call back.
Remi is on a terrible diet, I wish there was a way to educate people better about what our FIDS should be eating. They have been feeding him budgie seed with sunflower seeds in it, that is it. I see no indication of any attempt to give him fruits or veggies, he had one dish in his cage with seed and one of those tube things with water.
Tonight, along with his seed, he will be getting another dish of food with quinoa, lentils and a few mushy pellets. Even if he doesnt eat anything out of it, which I really don't expect him to, at least he will see there is another dish in his cage.
That will be a start, hopefully he will figure out it is all yummy. Though I do know a tiel who loves budgie seed. He will eat pellets reluctantly but does like homemade bird food when supplied. He won't hold stuff in his feet so prefers little stuff, or big pieces to chew on clipped on his cage, like red pepper. etc.
I'm glad to read things are going well with Remi. I know what you mean about ignorance and bird diet. I'm still working on changing Peppy's. Fresh fruits and veggies are just not his thing, but we keep trying, and I also try all the tricks for sneaking them into things he does like. I have had success with Higgins Worldly Cuisine cooked food. It's not pellets, but it's not sunflower seed, either. He likes it better than bird bread, but not as much as the little bits of Maria biscuit cookies my husband sneaks him.
Looking forward to that picture.
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
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on Aug 31, 2014 9:42:21 GMT -5
I emailed Dani, apparently some "attachment" button has to be enabled (I read the forum help files)If she does that, I can post a pic. Remi is a little spoiled, once he gets on your shoulder he doesnt want to come off. He nips when you try to get him off but nothing painful. He is starting to vocalize a little when I leave the room too. I give it a week and he'll be himself, whatever that is like
Sounds like Remi is settling in nicely and getting comfortable with you already. I imagine that 'Tiels are not much different from Quakers when it comes to being introduced to new foods-- so keep offering Remi the good stuff, and eventually he may decide to try some.
Glad he is doing so well, I just thought you had to use photobucket to do pics and get the image code from the list of links... I was playing with a tiel today, he loves his head scritches and sits way stiller than Casey until your arm gets tired fixing the pins. It must be a tiel thing.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2014 21:46:57 GMT -5 by Caseysmom