Our Newest addition to the family! (Kiwi)
by Wray Williamson
(Temecula, CA, USA)
Conure - Peek A Boo
We have been looking for the right bird for several weeks doing a ton of research on which bird would be the right bird for our home setting. Being in a smaller home we decided the Conure family would be the best fit for what we were looking for.
After we decided on what we wanted we started visiting several of the local pet stores. Petco was where we ended up buying (peek a boo) who was already named at the petco, which was named accordingly to the personality of the bird. We have changed her name to Kiwi, As it is something a little easier for her to learn.
When we started looking at the birds at this store, she came down from here top perch to the bottom to be at our level and started playing peek a boo from behind the information placard attached to her cage and would role onto her back just playing around and being active. She looked like so much fun and like she would be a joy to be around. We felt like we just had to have her. No other bird showed this much personality. We had to have her. She is 9 months old seems to be extremely friendly and happy.
By friendly I mean she is fine with eating from your hand and loves to be petted and rubbed. But so far shows no Interest in wanting to be handled and taken from cage. This may be a situation that with time will be fine, we have only had her since Yesterday afternoon. I assume this will just take time for her to get used to her surroundings and when her comfort level is where it needs to be she will want to come out.
Like I said she seems very happy and has allowed us to touch her in her cage with no attempts to bite or doesn't run away. I have tried to coax her up on to my finger but she will not step up. I think she is fine with us, but I don't want to make a mistake and force her out of the cage by grabbing her and having to start over on regaining her trust. Is there any tricks that I should know to getting her to step up to my finger that will help her comfort level. I think once she can bond outside of the cage her comfort level will increase so much more.
She seems comfortable in the cage and we want her to continue to feel more comfortable with us and bond outside of the cage. Does anyone have any ideas to help us progress from this point and help her to feel more comfortable in our home, (enough to want to be with the family).
I know we are asking a lot since we have not had her long. I know these things take time she seems willing to do it, but like I said I don't want to force her out of the cage or her comfort zone and have to start back over from square one. I wouldn't ask if she didn't seem ready at this point. She shows no signs of discomfort what so ever and seems to be very happy.
She likes to crawl around the top and hang upside down for short periods of time and is eating very well, eats fresh fruit from my hand and loves being petted. I have placed a small tupperware dish of water for her to bath in but she has yet to bath from it. But she does crawl around it. She does play with every toy we have bought her and seems to enjoy them all.
Any information would be gratefully appreciated.