Sunday, June 08, 2008

Meet our newest addition!

This is Louie. He's our new Jenday Conure. Isn't he cute? We've been on a waiting list for a while now for a baby Sun Conure. In our excitement we've been visiting any pet store we can to see the birds. We met Louie (then Juno) about 4 months ago. He seemed sweet but we had our hearts set on a sun and when we questioned the pet store people about Louie they said he wasn't very nice and was starting to bite. So that solidified our decision.
However, over the past months we've been to our local pet store where Louie was just about every weekend. We have watched him go downhill. Every time we saw him he looked more and more unhappy and depressed. Over the last few weeks Phil and I have thought seriously about making him part of our family. It didn't seem right that we had this nice big clean cage and all kinds of toys just sitting around waiting on a baby to hatch when this sad little bird really needed a loving home. So, we took the risk, even though the pet store personel tried to talk us out of it. He is not allowing anyone to hold him right now and seems really fearful of human hands.
I am pleased to tell you he had a VERY good first day with us. He relaxed in his new cage pretty quickly and immediately showed signs of social behavior. He comes over to you as close as he can get when you come up to the cage. We started hand feeding him some oranges and watermelon through the cage bars and by the end of tonight he hurries over whenever we walk up to his cage and looks for food. We were even able to open the cage to move perches around and clean up a little and he did pretty well with it. I think we may be able to brave handling him in a few weeks. (Although, we have to take him to the vet within 14 day in case he has any health issue that would give us reason to return him. And for that we have to somehow get him into his travel carrier without scaring him to death!)
Wish us luck and we'll keep you posted. I'm going to try to post some videos I took soon.

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