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#256742 - 09/06/14 10:31 PM Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!!  
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With our recent loss of a U2 to 'poisoning', we were left with a BIG hole in our hearts. We were not expecting to find a rescue-bird so fast, but after visiting Fight 4 Flight in Tulsa yesterday, we found a bird that pretty literally chose *us*. He's a Nanday conure around 11yrs (give or take a few years) who had never really been handled or treated as a 'free bird', so to speak.

Got home early evening, and bird was sweet whole drive home ( ~3 hours, fwiw), but that very evening, we had him stepping up cautiously with minimal 'mild-beaking' (like testing the waters he was stepping upon, ie our finger). It is late afternoon of day two and bird is peaceful, loving, and wanting someone around/in-sight :-) It's hard to have a bird with same name as one who died but we can cope, of course.

I only have a few pics up on photobucket so far, but will post link very soon. He is snuggling with my teen-daughter like he trusts her, and will 'step=up' for all of us pretty much 'on-demand'. His 'beaking' is so mild its nearly unnoticeable compared to Louie the U2. Quite the difference, but not comparing one to the other. Not fair to either of them - they are what they are, of cours.

If anyone has specific personal experiences, feel free to preach or teach us on keeping the new Lou as happy as can be. The large Cockatoo day-cage has been 'remodeled' with extra dowels to allow easier climbing/jumping, etc, and we'll continue making things conure friendly, if that makes sense.

I am SOOOO very proud of wife and daughter wanting to 'free' a trapped in sanctuary bird rather than going breeder (never an option, to be honest) - and want to thank mytoos for showing us 'the way'!

Sorry for any typos, eyesight is poor these days, and the gist is there no matter, LOL......
Alex
PS will do my best to keep uppdated as to adaptations to us, but it goes well so far.......

#256751 - 09/07/14 01:34 AM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Alex congratulations to you, your family and to Lou!! Please keep us updated on how he is adjusting to life with all of you.


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I love Nandays. They are one of the loudest conures. Had one for a few years. They are little spitfires.

#256764 - 09/07/14 10:38 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Congratulations and thanks for giving one of the most frequently rehomed yet intelligent and dynamic conures a home. These guys are one of my favorite conure but I could never give one a home due to the LOUD love calls! which do not bother me but can wear down all but the most devoted guardians and any close neighbors.


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#256865 - 09/16/14 04:14 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Sorry it has taken so long to get back to this thread. Things are essentially wonderful, but with the expected 'nervousness' of Lil' Louie (sooooo hard to adapt to *him* being Louie, but we're getting used to it, almost like a homage to the former LouieToo).

Day one (after first night, per se), Lil Lou was liking snugs and scritches at nape of neck and along beaks and just being talked to calmly. Day was productive in that there was not 'regression', so to speak.

Day two was different,, LOL. He did NOT want to come out of the smaller night cage - nipping and beaking with even the tiniest hint of scritching/whatever. I just left the cage door open, took cover-blanket all the way off (gently and slowly to avoid any frights) and went into kitchen where he could see me. Kinda ignnored him with only occasional whistles to him when he called to me. After maybe an hour, he sloooowly stuck head out door like he was spying on me/us and then stood on bottom of door. I semi-sung what-nots as I casually went back and held out finger. Stepped right up and rubbed head along arm with cooing and VERY gentle beaking/licking off me. Made me feel so sweet :-)

HOWEVER - after sitting with him a short while in living room, where day-cage sits by large window with great view of Okie plains, Lil Lou started acting like he wanted to go over to day-cage. I obliged once I made sure there were enough toys/etc for him. For the next two days, he just refused to let anything more than the most mildest of scritching as he retreatd consistently to upper-rear of cage. Rather than force thiings (ie scare him back to non-cooperation status), we thought we'd leave door open with one of his 'tree perches' within reach on outside. He'll come out when ready was the idea.

His calls for folks to pay attention to him were fairly consistent but we did not react at his whim 100% of time. Yesterday, he seemed more interested in letting fingers be closer to his feet, and all of a sudden he did a peep I had not heard from him and he hopped right onto finger and enjoyed being walked around giving kisses to us all. After a few minutes of 'being cute', I thought I'd set him atop day-cage (w/ toys/food/water, etc) and see if he went back into cage on his own. Nope, just an upside-down peering of it from top rail of door' frame then back to top of 'feeding perch' that spans width of cage. He made sweet semi-singing coos and caws with practically no 'screaming'.

This morning, he came right out of night cage and onto fingger with the seemingly mandatory snugs of beak between fingers with head moving up/down (or in/out, I guess) at He loves his beak rubbed :-)

So far, no loud screams, is trying his best to mimic our Chihuahua that barks at *anything* outside, and has gotten the microwave's beep-beep-beep down pretty good! I am seeing hints of 'great things' emerging once he feels free/comfortable/trusting enough to get feisty and outgoing. Its a process, as we all knnow, and I am not unimpressed with his attention to our every move.

My daughter had to stay the night at OU Children's hospital a few nights ago (and Mom stayed with her while I took care of house-stuff), and I spent my time at home alone with him by whistling little tunes at which he answered more often than not - his way of seeing I was still around, of course. I can differentiate at least two types of 'calls' he does - one is a general "Anyone out there?" and the "I know you're there and ya better chit-chat with me, bub!". This was when he wasn't wanting out of day-cage, and I did cover him in that cage for sleep with quietness an emphasis, blah-blah.

Yesterday, mid-day, his calls became a little different in tone so I thought I'd sit in chair by door and gently talk to him with my hand resting on perch on other side of cage (by food/water side). Lil Louie cautiously peeped as he slowly stepped over to 'my side', and tip-toed his way onto my finger. He gave a chirp that I'd swear meant "I am now ready" and simply moved arm/hand out into real world. He quickly climbed my sleeve and stuck head behind my ear. I have a semi-thick beard and the little guy LOVES to rub his beak along the underside of my hairy chin to mid-ear, chuttering almost imperceptibly more often than not. Seems a major milestone in him treatng me as such, and now that daughter/Tams are home, he is warming to them similarly.

Got a long way to go, but Lil Louie is getting trustful of us, and THAT is a big deal as we were told that Lil Louie was rarely (if ever) taken out/handled by previuos owner(s?). Not much background on his past, but love and care will usually eventually make things copacetic for all concerned.

I got some ?'s, but nothing urgent (yet, fingers crossed, haha) and will be back to posit my thoughts.

Once again, thanks for being there for us when we needed y'all. One last thing, some say Nanday's are loud, but once you've had a U2 scream full blast a foot away from head over and over and laughing between screams....nah, Nandays aren't loud. They are nowhere near what we are/were used to - no prob with Lil Louie making his presence known. At least Lil Louie can't be heard almost 1/2 mile away through our walls and neighbor's walls as friend-neighbors tell us, LOL :-) Just no comparison possible, IMHO.....

Thx,
Alex
PS I'll get the pics/videos uploaded/linked soon so we can share Lil Louie with you all. And end with saing "Support rescues/sanctuaries - lots of fine animals just looking for love and happiness". Those putting in time (or $$) are very special and make world a better place for all creatures great and small....

#256866 - 09/16/14 05:37 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Sounds like Lil Louie is doing well and taking his time to settle in. Nice update


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#256876 - 09/17/14 04:08 AM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Out of of the great sadness of loosing your bird, the one bright spot is that you all have opened up your home and your harts to Lil Louie.

By taking in Lil Louie, you are also opening of a space at Fight 4 Flight. There are usually so many birds waiting to get INTO bird rescues that, surly by now, a new bird is there. This new bird will now have a new chance at getting a forever home. It is even possibly that you saved the life of some bird somewhere that you will never see.

PS. It will be nice to see pics of Lil Louie and how he is settling into his new forever home. I followed a link to your old photobucket album, and cried when I saw pics of your U2. If anything, I could tell that Old Louie was happy and loved while you were his caretaker.

#256883 - 09/17/14 01:26 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Congratulations!


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#256916 - 09/20/14 08:51 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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SMall update on photos - am uploading lots more pics to the Photobucket account with a separate 'folder' for Big Louie and for Lil Louie (current Nanday Louie, so to speak).

Uploading is sloooowwwwww, but it'll get there eventually. Lil Lou is getting GREAT at steppin' up onto fingers, showing MUCH less distress when we 'invade' his day-cage to get him out and/or clean something, etc. In essence, he's adapting to us VERY well, but no hurry, no worry - and don't forget to think like a bird first and foremost. We are lucky to have found this little fuzzball - and anyone who says that Nandays are loud , well...they have not been around the REALLY loud birds (like U2's and Mollucans, etc, LOL). Lil Lou now 'cheeps' loudly (relatively speaking' whenever someone leaves his sight (stays in living room with near full view of living area, per se), and when any of us go out of sight, we are told clearly that he knows we are 'gone'. Sooooooo cute, and very telling in his 'attitude' towards all of us. Seems rather positive with us needing to assure him that the old 'ad habits' he was put through are nothing but memories and can be left out of current thinking, etc.

I'll get a link up to all the 'albums' being made and the couple sites pics are being archived at. Lil Lou is a camera-posing fool, and loves to be cute when given the attention. He ain't done showing himself off, trust me, LOL.

At this moment, he is atop the ack of my 'puter chair chuttering as he preens himself - and when I went to get sip of water from sink in bathroom (in sight, mind you!) he did some LOUD cheeps to show me that I better hurry back, hehe.

I do miss Old Louie, yet this new Lou is showing us more wonders of avians. Life is so wondrous in its sprctra of Life. Glad to do what we can for whatever needs help :-)

I must again thank those who keep us positive through the still-saddening bits of memories of Big Lou. I got some flowering bushes planted already in his resting place and a long ways to go, for sure. Ahhhhhh, Lil Louie is quietly murmuring/cheeping aat wife whho is on bed quietly chatting with him. onds are forming, and shall not be ignored, blah, blah.......

Will get links up when uploads are done (radio-internet so speed is slow, of course).

TTYL,
Alex
PS forgot to mention how Lil Lou is 'stepping up' without verbal/visual command(s) now, so a large hurdle already crossed and he's moving on easily. "cheep, cheep" he now says as I have apparently taken too long in typing this, haha - he's wanting me to turn around in chair and play, so 'til later........ //A

#256918 - 09/20/14 10:04 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Just checking up to make sure you have a gram scale for Lil Louie.

The importance of monitoring Poop and Weight

#256919 - 09/21/14 04:00 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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No scale to measure grams, just a postal scale (office-type) that does tenths of ounces. You make a great point, though - thanks!

ANother 'milestone' yesterday: Lil Lou will now 'step-up' onto our fands/fingers from INSIDE his day cage. He had been VERY skittish about being 'outside' from Day One, but being patient, we have shown him his safety on outside, so to speak. The first time he stepped-up in the cage had all three of us practically cheering :-) Such little things are so big, 'eh?! My previous post mentioned his stepping-up, but at that point it was onto a hand-towel daped over my hand with him nipping at it a bit before making the step. No towel needed now - he raises foot in anticipation, it seems, when we slowly offer hand to him. Trust keeps getting built, and that had been a major problem with him per Janet of Fight 4 Flight. Its all working out just fine for everyone, particularly a previously stressed and 'freaked-out' bird who went through who know what prior to Janet's possession.

Anyways, I have been busy getting Big and Lil Lou's pics somewhat organized and uploaded for both viewing and archival/back-up. The link to the non-rar'd pics is Pics I think it is anyuways - its a photobucket acccount (obviously) and my username is AOKhere if link makes you search out account, etc.

Fair warning on one of the 'albums' listed in 'Library' - it has a dozen-ish of a juvenile red-tailed hawk that made a kill with a squirrel right out side our back window. Daughter and I were both "WOW, did you see THAT?!" and I got camera, of course. The dead and 'gory' squirrel is visible in most pics there. Tell ya what, those hawks are pretty awesome up close and know their skills. I did get a positive ID on Red-tailed species from an ornithologist at another board, fwiw. I just don't wanna accidentaally freak out anyone who avoids Nature's 'red in tooth and claw' imagery.

I appreciate the attention Lil Louie is getting, and intend to keep photos as current as I can (when applicable, etc).

THANKS! //Alex

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Lil Louie's pictures are sweet. Thanks for sharing them. I can't say the hawks were sweet, but pretty cool you could get that close to get the "catch".
We have a sun conure that can be really loud. He doesn't talk much. Says "hello" when the phone rings, and "quiet, quiet" after he gets loud. Conures are pretty smart!


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Bird Mom Appreciate the comments, etc. Lil' Louie has now gotten to where he leaves is cage on his own - [previously it was only with him stepping on a hand-towel then once out of cage going to finger(s) and allowing us to move him around, etc). Definitely becoming accustomed/comfortable with the enivirons and loves to spend time with all of us. Very little nipping/beaking to point of blood, but he is ever so cautious. Its moving along nicely, all things considered.

And now, just a few minutes ago, we were asked if we could 'rescue' a smallish bird that owner cannot care for any longer. All we know is its a smallish green/red bird that 'talks'/mimics and we get the cages, etc. Another rescue, so to speak, from a frien of a friend. No hesitation on our part. It may be a conure, or maybe an Amazon....'owner' not sure, but bird needs home sooner than later.

We are there for him/her, and tomorrow morning we meet/take-home this bird to hopefully give a forever home.

If we can, it will be a permanent part of our home. Changes to be made, and all that, but how can we say "no" when someone asks if we can take an uncared-for bird!?

Will update as I can, but my inner-voice says "Do it and make world a better place" - the unknown can be overcome with good support and proper love and attention, etc.....

We are all excited at what will happen in less than 24 hours :-) Lil' Louie may have a great friend or we'll have to double-up on attention given to different species. At worst, we'll be able to say 'we did what we could'. Lots of unknowns, but with y'all's help, I am somewhat confident that hurdles will be cleared with room to spare.

Could be worse, for sure, for the bird, according to friend who tells us of how current owner wants to be rid of bird. All we can do is our best - and hope we are up to it. No harm shall we cause....period! I am excitedly cautious, but properly ready to do what we can for another bird caught in a human's lifestyle and shortage of ability to commit to avian needs, etc .....

Alex

#257117 - 10/29/14 02:37 AM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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Best of luck with the new little one.


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#257119 - 10/29/14 11:45 PM Re: Got a Nanday conure from a rescue/sanctuary!!! [Re: AOK]  
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BE2Cassie: Well, as it happens, I am now sitting here typing with a quite-happy Quaker parrot on my shoulder :-) Not real friendly with females (yet) but he(?) has taken to me REALLY well. Very little past history is known other than he can say a few phrases (hush your face and some other less-than-ideal mimics) but we'll be working with that, obviously.

All we know is that the woman who gave him to us took/'rescued' him from one of her friends, a month or so ago, who was moving and no longer wanted 'Taco'. A take-him-or-he-suffers situation, I think. We heard about the need to 'rescue' from a friend of woman who surrendered Taco, and I feel great knowing that we made a difference for the better.

Still a few details to be worked out, of course, but it is nothing we cannot manage (as Taco chews my ear, LOL!).

The cage Taco was in was smothered top-to-bottom in feces, old food and whatnot crud, and it took nearly two hours to clean concreted-crap from all of cage, etc. I'm talking soaking in deep bathtub with hot water and stiff-bristled brush, etc. Taco is gonna be spoiled, no doubt! We got plenty of 'work' to do as far as socializing goes, but Taco seems to want the attention. Prolly something from past where a female wasn't nice or such - who knows?!

I realize I should make a new thread on this fellow, but just wanted to tell everyone how great it feels to give a bird a (MUCH) better home, so to speak. Tigger (our Chihuahua) is still confused, but amicable to the new resident, thankfully.

Will get some pics up soon, I promise. Its the least I can do for the knowledge/support from MyToos folks. This little fellow is just lookin' for love, and he has it - the sounds (cooing and gentle 'friendly kiss-kiss sounds' at edge of ear) he is making in my ear from an inch away tells me so. You just KNOW when a bond has formed and I've a feeling he'll be trying to preen my beard shortly, LOL. He steps-up without hesitation for *me* but beaks mildly with wife and teen daughter.

Just so y'all know - one more bird has been given a safe(r) home and afaik, has nothing to fear anymmore. MyToos keeps inspiring me/us! Previous temp-owner just took him outside in mornings and brought back in at sunset - no social stuff whatsoever for the most part. An now Taco is trying to type along with me on my fingers, haha....no fear of moving around on me. Yeah - interesting is an understatement. Wonderful is closer to the mark.

TTYL with pic's link, etc....
Alex


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