I began bringing Truman out to the park as soon as we had bonded enough that I could put the harness on him without bothering him too much. It's a good way for him to get some sun, air, and get used to various sights and sounds. Also I shower him and then dry him out in the sun. He dries much quicker that way and he gets really fluffy and enjoys getting pet. Furthermore all this helps strengthen our relationship as he looks to me for protection/comfort. Here is a video of a recent outing to the park both with Kili and Truman.
Taking the Senegal and Cape to the park together helps socialize them to each other on neutral territory. Kili is far less aggressive here and both parrots end up more focused on their surroundings than each other. They almost become friends on the basis of familiarity this way. I let Kili show off her tricks and Truman practice target and recall. The children at the park always gather around and enjoy watching the parrots perform but sometimes it can get out of hand so it's important to keep a close eye not only on the parrots but also the kids.
I showered Kili and Truman down in the water fountain but Truman flew off and landed in dirt so he needed another one. I waited until the parrots were dry before taking them home.
I haven't taken my birds out for a while - between being busy and lousy weather it just hasn't happened. Good on you for taking both of your guys! I only take one at a time...and I use a carrier. LOL...hard to haul two carriers...not to mention then you really DO look like a nutbar!
No wonder you get annoyed at stupid questions if you have to answer those every day!! "Hey mister" was my favorite. I know you're trying to socialize the birds, but I'd go somewhere with less kids after even just a day of that.
But anyway, good job keeping the situation under control, I can't imagine it's easy. How do you keep the lines from getting tangled?
[quote="Brittanyv326":1fs07y6w]No wonder you get annoyed at stupid questions if you have to answer those every day!! "Hey mister" was my favorite. I know you're trying to socialize the birds, but I'd go somewhere with less kids after even just a day of that.[/quote:1fs07y6w]
True but I think Michael did a great job with birds and the kids. Those kids have just had a taste of what parrots are all about. I think one of those little girls could become a future parrot owner.
Nice work Michael.
I haven't had a chance to read all the blogs and watch all the videos but it is good they are starting to tolerate each other plus the training videos are really good, Truman already looks like he is filling out. I like how Kili finishes her wood first and then starts eyeing Truman's.