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02 December 2007 @ 09:59 am
Food makes friends  
 Look what I woke up to this morning !

For you in order to understand, I will tell you what you are looking at : two parrots that have seen each other for the first time exactly a week ago, and who are side by side peacefully eating their meal . That, while she is the first Grey he has ever seen and he is the first Cockatoo she has ever seen, with that funny crest causing them both jump away from each other for the first few days.

I have had sleeping them in the same cage from day 1, which is amazing in itself; though they did sleep on the opposite sides of the cage. This morning I was a little late with getting up (meaning 08:20; the life of a parrot mommy is no walk in the park because there is always a meal to be fixed, heh), so upon waking up and turning my head to the cage instinctively to check up on the kids, I see them sitting on the perch side by side this close for the first time, as if they have never done differently, searching for food in the empty bowls and looking up at me with the very same reproachful expression on both the faces (how does mommy dare to sleep when the tummies are empty !?!).

Damn I am proud of them.

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ever_smallerever_smaller on December 2nd, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
That's fantastic. I'm so glad they're such good friends already! Bless them!
zuleika on December 2nd, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)

...no matter what too's are doing they always look cheeky!
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on December 3rd, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
He looks like he has a permanent sheepish smile on his face :)
Anncathann on December 2nd, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Dat gaat goed ! Leuk wakker worden zo !

Ze zijn ook helemaal om trots op te zijn :)
Jantienmeilliyon_ on December 2nd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Aww dat is echt super! Goed om te horen dat het goed met ze gaat en dat ze elkaar wel mogen, scheelt een hoop ruzie.

Hoop dat je een fijn weekend heb. xxx
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on December 3rd, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
Gaat de goede kant op hier :)

Weekend ... mwoa. D'r zijn wat dingetjes hier tegenwoordig waarom het allemaal wat moeizamer gaat, maar dat zal ook wel over zijn. Ik hoop dat JIJ een fijn weekend hebt gehad :)
Jantienmeilliyon_ on December 3rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Bij mij gaat het niet zo, mijn weekend was wel leuk, maar er zijn dingen waarvan ik 's nachts uren wakker lig. Maargoed, niet zoveel gedaan dit weekend, wel een hele stapel goede films gekeken en op internet gehangen. Hoe was jouw weekend? xx
keepthelightoutkeepthelightout on December 2nd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
that's so awesome! and what a great picture.
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on December 3rd, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Macaroni Murder Lady: pleased with maselfsylviamaris on December 3rd, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
That's beautiful :)
photons eventually break everything they touchyaymatt on January 15th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
i have a severe and an illiger's macaw.

the severe (he, midori) is 3.5 years old, the illiger's (she, yoshi) is 6 months. i have had midori for 3 years and yoshi for 3 weeks.

yoshi wants to be friends, but midori is territorial. yoshi is not yet hand-tame but is more trusting by the day.

i hope this story goes well. i hope they are the best of friends and in the same cage soon.
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on January 15th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
Now I think it should be mandatory that any post/comment mentioning a parrot should be supplemented with pictures :p so, where do I find some ?

Congratulations on your new baby Yoshi ! I'm sure you'll have fun with him. You wrote that he is not hand-tame yet, which means probably that he's been brought up under his parents ? Did you specifically search for a breeder that would let his breeder-birds to take care of the baby, of did it just sort of happen ?

(I'm quite a fan of parent-raised babies)

Well the reason it goes so well here is that the Grey girl, my first, completely lacks any sense of territoriality. She happily and readily shares with anyone. I know I've been extremely lucky ... she's a special girl, in more than one way. All our babies are/have been special.

I hope you find a way to let Midori and Yoshi become friends, but it probably just needs some time too to let them realize they like each other :)
photons eventually break everything they touchyaymatt on January 15th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
oh man, it really breaks my heart. midori is totally lovey to me but always gives yoshi the open beak and threatens her, and now she just runs when she sees him coming.

yes, yoshi was naturally born, which is how you find birds more often than not in switzerland. whereas midori was hand raised and is probably imprinted with human love, even though he spent a lot of time with other parrots for a year and a half while i was dealing with everything and moving here and dealing with the immense amount of papers to import him.

i would ask you for advice for introducing two birds, but it sounds like you had it easy!
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on January 15th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I know it may sound hard, but try to not to feel too sorry for Yoshi. It might very well be that Midori notices it and uses the situation in order to get some reaction from you.

I know exactly what you mean. There is nothing as heartwarming as two birds that like each other, preen, eat together. And nothing as heartbreaking as love that is not returned.

My birds generally like each other, but I've had these scenes too. The Grey teaching the Eclectus how to preen her head and give her scritches, because those two loved each other and she would love her head to be scratched, but he didn't seem to grasp the concept as the Ekkies aren't such suckers for head-scratches. Or the Inka that desperately wants to get the girl to cuddle him, but nooo, she only receives scritches *rolls eyes*. It does give funny images sometimes, though - with both of them heads together, both expecting the other to give scritches :p

I did have it easy, because I introduced them immediately and made use of the situation of all those big changes going on for the younger brother. And it is by sheer luck that the Grey is such a loving, accepting creature that shares readily and loves new company. The attitude of the owner is very important, though ... they have to find it out for themselves; you can't stand behind their backs all the time (but secretly and carefully observe and supervise, of course).
Happily ever aftershi_illegitima on January 15th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
In this entry : http://community.livejournal.com/parrot_lovers/3241680.html I wrote a piece about introducing two birds to each other, although I don't think it will be of a lot of use to you.

It's good Midori was socialized with parrots so well ! More problems arise with parrots that don't know how to behave like a bird ... and they are perfectly capable of supporting more than one relationship, with both human and avian friends :)