Today is Scooter's Gotcha Day-- it was on April 17, 2016 that she moved in. I remember how unhappy and nervous she was that first day. She's made lots of progress since then and is much more content to be here. She got some new strings to untie and chew up today, and some special treats. I offered her some extra out-of-cage time, but she wasn't interested. She still doesn't want to venture beyond the outside of her cage, but loves climbing all over it-- but 15 to 20 minutes at a time is enough and she's ready to go inside again. She made lots of beeps and boops today, as usual, and still tells me that there's water in her water.
Wow... a year already ... holy smokes... where does the time go? Happy Gotcha Day Scooter and to you too cnyguy... I am sure Scooter would rather be with you than anywhere. From what I have read you are an excellent parront and any pet that you may have... is lucky to have you.
Thanks, everyone. Scooter was so nervous in the beginning that it was tough to get any pictures of her at all, and I never attempted to shoot any video of her. I can see a big difference in her from a year ago. Scooter isn't jittery like she was at first, and fewer things startle or upset her, though she's still very wary of new things. Her former owner got her a bungee perch for Christmas, and it wasn't until last month that she would allow it inside her cage (she loves it now and spends most of her time on it). Loud noises still scare her, and sometimes she'll see something through the window that upsets her. She's become more adveturous at trying new foods (but still rejects a lot of them). She's quite talkative at times (sometimes speaking in my voice ), and makes a variety of household noises, even imitating the sound of an envelope being opened when I look at the mail.
Looking back from the vantage point of eight years, I can see that it took quite a few of them for Allie to really settle in. Even though she took up with me right away, she needed a lot of time to get comfortable. Some things I don't expect to ever change completely, just due to the cautious nature of CAGs, but I imagine you'll see the same kind of slow but sure progress with Scooter.
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
Has the Gentleman Quaker resigned himself to a permanent feathered sibling, then?
It looks that way. Ralph never has been all that concerned about having a second parrot move in. They both know who gets fed first, who gets out-of-cage time when, and all of the two-parrot protocol, and there are seldom complaints from either bird. Ralph's biggest concern is that he still can't get Scooter to play tapping games with him. He keeps trying, but so far, she won't play.