Post by Sharyn and Mr P on May 9, 2015 14:15:00 GMT -5
Daisy is now going to be living in the foyer, across from Mr P. As soon as I can talk her into getting onto the playstand shown next to her cage, I will be moving that, with her on it, into my office which is where Mr P and I spend most of the day. This is a good arrangement for us, the birds sleep in the foyer in their cages and stay in the great room/dining room/office with me when they are out during the day.
She looks adorable. I like the expression on her face in this photo, almost like "Look at all this stuff. I wonder what I'm meant to do with it all." Do you think she will learn to play with all the toys & climbing ladders? Or maybe she already does(?). She's a lucky girl!
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on May 10, 2015 8:02:14 GMT -5
She actually got on the playstand this morning and took a chunk out of the wooden toy hanging from it, closest to her cage. I'm sort of surprised as she has been so timid up until now. I'm hoping she is feeling a little more comfortable here and it won't be long until she hops around the playstand like a pro. One thing about Goffins that I did not know until getting Daisy, they HOP like bunnies. She had also hopped onto the very tip top of the playstand where the toys are hanging from, but that was unsteady (it was meant for toys, not the bird itself) and removed herself from there fairly quickly. All in all though, she is way more curious about the playstand and way less shy of it than I expected!
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on May 10, 2015 21:24:07 GMT -5
Mr P seems to be witholding judgement on the situation for now. I don't believe he really likes the "encroachment" on his space (Daisy's stuff is in the foyer with his cage)but since Mr P doesnt spend much time there, it's only at night he has to deal with it.
Daisy on the other hand, eyeballs Mr P with intense interest to the point that it scares me to leave her out of her cage unsupervised when Mr P is in his for the evening. Daisy keeps later hours than Mr P does as she spends a good part of her day, especially in the mid afternoon napping. At 6pm or so, when Mr P is ready to go have dinner and settle in for the night, Daisy is getting her 2nd wind and wanting to bounce around on her cage. She has hopped over to Mr P's cage twice now. Neither time he was in his cage but it worries me that she is going to hop over there when he is in it. One bite from Daisy and Mr P could suffer some serious damage. Of course, Mr P could also damage Daisy's feet if he decides he does not appreciate her on his cage!
Daisy likes me a lot when I'm coming towards her with a food dish in my hand. She cranes her neck to see what is in the dish. If I take too long in the morning to bring her her morning chop, she squawks at me as if to say hurry up. She is still quite timid of sudden moves but she is no where near as jumpy as she was and I can put my hand in her cage without her freaking out. She has still shown no signs of aggression, the "freaking out" was bouncing around the sides of her cage in fear.
She has started playing a little bedtime game which I really don't find amusing. She doesnt like to go in her cage at night so I've been putting special treats in her food dish that I save only for nitetime. However, she understands that when she goes into her cage to get them, I close the cage door. So, now she won't go into her cage at night while I'm watching. She waits for me to get far enough away from the door so she can sneak in, grab the treat, and take it to the outside of her cage to eat. We played this game for an hour tonight, until finally I got fed up and turned the lights off. She went in after that,but there has to be a better way. Since she won't step up, I cant put her in her cage like I do with Mr P.
So far, she has been an amusing addition to my flock. When she gets adopted, I may actually seek out another Goffins to foster. She really is a hoot so far.
Yes, she matches her cage, that was just by chance as this cage was a donation that I volunteered to pick up so Daisy would have an adequate sized cage. I had no idea it was white until I arrived to get it!
And yes, Jan, Mr P is spoilt beyond words. I admit it
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on May 11, 2015 9:03:10 GMT -5
Jan, do you see native flocks of Goffins where you live? I know that you have to have some wild Cockatoo flocks, I was just wondering what kind? I understand the farmers find them to be a major nuisance as they devastate crops!
Post by Jan and Shah on May 11, 2015 16:40:39 GMT -5
We have sulphur crested cockatoos - not Goffins. Yep, the farmers have real trouble with them. We have a lot living in the city which isnt really natural for them but with farming of their natural habitats, etc., they have moved to the city. They are noisy, especially when they are flying in flocks - your ears want to fall off your head. Shah also mimics them but, fortunately, he is not as loud. Plus he gets a bit scared when the flocks are flying over the house because of their screaming.