Hello, the names Courtney and as I mentioned Iím new to TF. Actually, on a whole Iím new to being a bird owner and will be picking up my newly adopted Tiel ĎNoDoeí this Thursday after a long two week wait and home visits!
Simply put Iím a animal lover, Iíve owned and trained service dogs in the past though itís been three years since my last pup left our farm so I kinda miss insanely smart animals. I have two lovely old lady catís I adopted named Samantha and Taco, who are now spoiled girls that really donít leave my fluffy bed unless they hear the can opener. Then there are my lovely two rescue horses, which my soon to be father in law and I have spent years training to trust people and be ridden again. Letís just say Iíve a soft spot for anything mistreated.
So back to NoDoe, originally we went to our local pet store to pick up cat food and they were having an adoption event. We couldnít resist at least giving some attention to the animals there before this little Tiel latched onto my fiancť. Apparently lumberjack beards make a great perching spot and he just nuzzled right in and started to groom him, love at first sight and how could we say no! The name comes from NoToe because the poor little guy is missing a couple of his claws. In fact his feet look more like human hands with the missing nails oddly enough. My boy had been wanting a bird since late fall/early winter and we just hadnít had any luck finding a bird that suited us as they kind of still intimidate me (They are so tiny compared to horses and shepherds), so this guy getting along with both of us we took it as a sign.
Iíve been spending the two week waiting period prepping for him, and wracking my brain with all the information online and figured meeting some of you folks and getting your opinion is my best option.
Cage size? Does 24x20x36 seem about right, I read the bigger the cage the happier the bird. Weíve already got a javawood stand for the kitchen, my office/studio and then the little play stand for the living room. Iíve got about five toys for the cage, three are those silly smart toys with the ring the bell or pull out draws to get a treat type of deal and two are shredables. Aside from perches, his swing, food/water bowls, cuttlebone and millet spray what do you recommend?
Food? I tend to feel all natural holistic to my cats and want to do the same for the little guy. Today we did a Trader Joeís run for organic fruits and veggies for him. My question lies in, should we add seed or pellets to the mix and if so what kind? Also, raw nuts or just unsalted as a rare special treat?
Perches? Due to his missing nails will and should that affect the perches in the cage? Will he still be able to grip onto them naturally, the cage they had him in had those thin wooden dowel like bars.
Flight suits? Iím a freelance artist and I want him to enjoy spending time with me while I work, but with my computer and obviously paintings I canít have him messing on it. Should I just keep him out of the room as a whole, or do flight suits work well as a type of birdy diaper?
I think thatís it for now? Any other advice to a first time bird owner?