Well just wanted to say hi and to thank everyone for the advice you gave me when I fist obtained Skipper? I'm sorry but I'm not very good at forums I could find the edit button. But wanted to update you; well Skipper and I are still together. He steps up, allows me to caress him for just a short while, climbs down his cage and plays chase the ball with me, he runs around the floor stands by the door and hisses if anybody dares come to visit. I have had this 42 year old gentleman for about 2 years now. He displays night and morning and at times is vocal but last year I came out of retirement and took a part time position as case manager for hospice and I believe it is good for us both that he has to amuse himself for 3-4 hours a day. It is very interesting that although he does not speak he has different vocalizations for his different needs. For example: When he wants his veggies he uses this noise resembling a baby chick, when he wants to go to bed he uses another vocalization. Also a couple of others specific to his needs, anyway although demanding at times it is a joy to see his progress. My best wishes to everyone on this site and we will check in before Skippers 50th birthday. Be well.
Thank you so much for your posts. But one thing I wish to say on watching utube posts and looking at posts. etc. In keeping care of this spectacular m2 I firmly believe we cannot supply all of these birds needs. In their natural environment they SCREAM and for us to expect when we bring them into our evironment expecting they will change we will be dissapointed. I do believe these birds should not be kept as pets. My Skippy needs constant stimulation when he is confined he developes a compulsive need to rub his beak on the cage. Thankfully he has no need for that now. This is a lifetime commitment. There should be no throw away bird. Thanks to you all Maggie and the Skipper.
Well he is now a spectacular bird that steps up when this elderly gentleman wishes. We might grow old together we are both alone in this mix and both of us love one another both of us being alone here makes it special I love m y bird more than any human I have ever met