This one’s been a long time coming. Three years ago, I brought home a baby scarlet macaw. One of my goals with said baby macaw was that he could live as a companion with my blue and gold macaw. (Hardly the only goal, getting a bird as a friend for another that you don’t really want and don’t want to devote time to yourself is a bad idea, kids.)
Theo, the blue and gold, wasn’t in agreement with this plan. He displayed a lot of aggressive behaviour towards Schrödinger, and wasn’t at all willing to hang out near him. However, I’m patient. :) I rewarded calm behaviour while they were near each other, and each associated the other with good things.
About 18 months ago, I purchased an 8′ wide by 4′ deep by 6′ high Cages by Design cage, with a clear acrylic divider (giving each a 4′ by 4′ space). They moved into that, and spent most of their out of cage time with the ability to be near each other or away as they chose. Slowly, they spent more and more time out of the cage near each other, and when they were in the cage, they tended to be hanging out near each other on other sides of the divider.
Two weeks ago, I removed the divider. It was very anti-climatic. :) They’ve been living in the whole cage since. Today, I snapped a few pictures of the pair of them.
Just hanging out! (Schrödinger is wet in these pictures, by the way, that’s why he looks rumpled.)
Or having a little fun with a toy.
Upside down is best, of course.
Mmmmm, phone books.
One of the nicest things about having the full cage is I can use these. This is a 2 by 4 holder from Natural Inspirations which I picked up at the Canadian Parrot Conference a few weeks back. I LOVE these, they make it so that I can have a giant perch for very cheap, and it’s also a toy. Really, really nice. You can see that they’ve already considered chewing a bit on their perch. :)
While I had the camera out, I snapped a couple of pictures of the other two ‘big’ birds.
No one does crazy like a showering Amazon.
Cinereo says it is against the African grey code to look that happy, ever.
What ARE you doing down there?
Fine, fine, I will pose for you for a moment, but don’t think I like you or anything.
And now, I am finally done showing off the new blog for the day.