I have a couple of ?s, which actually fit in a couple of different categories ... after careful consideration, I thought this might be the best place to ask for assistance/opinions. Also, I have searched the archives for everything I could find ...
First, on the lighter side ... I was just given a female U2, 6 yrs old ... her name is Zoe. CALL ME CRAZY! :rolleyes: (I know) So, I guess we aren't "Nelson" & Gang anymore. Can I change my name w/out re-registering? Anyways ...
Second, Long story (short version) neighbor (15 yr old kid) found out we have U2, mentions he has friend trying to get rid of 1 ... I call & the mom tells me that her son has a female, he's gone off to college & doesn't have time for her, etc. & she is very sweet. I proceed to go see her, in toe w/ my 11 yr old daughter, hour drive 1 way. When we get there we are told that she is out most of the time, that she has/was/is never bathed, they are a mostly "bird" oriented family (according to them), but she eats mostly a seed diet and her favorite treat is red licorice (sp), but it isn't given it to her often. They say she doesn't chew anything (hard to believe) and she is quiet & NEVER bites. They were her 4th home in 6 yrs. & they got her b/c some friends of theirs had a baby & didn't want her anymore.
She immediately climbed up on both my daughter and I ... wanted scritches ... talked to us (good vocabulary) ... etc. After 2 hours my daughter said "can we have her?" :rolleyes: So, she's ours. I paid her $200 for her cage, which wasn't all that gr8, but we needed another one ... off to home we go. Monday night was gr8 ... she actually ate some pellets, drank some water, we were good. Covered her she said "good night" and "I love you" several times, sat on the bottom peeking out the very bottom until we were down the hall, climbed upon her perch and went to sleep.
Tuesday ... she got up w/ an attitude ... she apparently seems to be cage territorial. After she calmed down she came over to us and was cuddly, loving, etc. Then ... we had to put her back in the cage 2 hrs later to go to work ... OMG DID SHE SCREAM!
We got home ... let her out (again major attitude) ... she calmed down after about 30 mins ... again all loving, etc. We took her w/ us when we went out a little while later ... it was kids nite @ Chick-fil-A so we went through the drive through. We get home & sit down to eat, I give her fresh vegetables & some fresh fruit so she can eat w/ us. (mind you the mom said she doesn't eat ANY) ... she throws everything @ us and screams for what we are eating *sighs* ... after 30 mins, my husband finally gave her an unsalted waffle fri, which she quickly and quietly devoured.
I cleaned up very quickly and hurried the kids from the table. She went back to screaming, but she didn't get any more. This lasted 30 mins or so.
Awhile later she climbed down, walked around on the floor doing the broken neck walk (as we call it) <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh.gif" /> then climbed up on my lap ... loving and sweet. She let 2 of my younger kids pet her while she was in my lap, again sweet. My 8 yr old daughter came in to kiss me goodnight b4 bed, sat beside me on the couch and Zoe went right for her. She bit me, didn't break the skin, but I've got a pretty good bruise and a sore wrist. He put her in her cage ... gave her a time out for 15 mins ... and ignored her (mind you, her cage is in the living room where we are/were). She proceeded to throw everything around in her cage & all of her food out. She calmed down, we let her out ... again attitude until she was out & on the floor. She was then fine for the rest of the night.
This morning we started the same thing.
I am not afraid of being bit (although the same hand/same spot might be a little rough right now) and I can handle the screaming ... I guess I am concerned w/ the screaming everytime she thinks she is gonna eat what we eat ... and I don't have a clue what to make of the territorial attitude she has w/ the cage. Or my 8 yr. old which she now lunges toward, or tries to, everytime she walks in the living room.
I am thinking now this might should have been in behavior ... so sorry if its in the wrong spot. *sighs*
Anybody have any suggestions? Oh, they also said she prefers women? (i thought was strange since she is a female) & of course, the previous owner's mother cannot be reached. Go figure.