Steve and Sam
Steve finished with a shorter second round of antibiotics and is doing well after an initial low-energy period after his ingrown feather ordeal.He’s now back to be his version of “active,” which is a very, very slow form of active for most African Greys. He’s just a quiet and slow-moving guy. However, once in awhile, he really gets mischievous as happened today: he really, really, wanted a soaking bath. I usually spray him, but he continued in his water dish. So I provided a low tub of water for him, which he splashed his head into, and then upended most of it onto his play station. It was good to see, even if a bit messy!
Sam is being adventurous by accompanying me on my daily walks (that is, when it’s not too cold or too hot). I recently bought a nifty (though expensive) small walking carrier made by Celltei that can be worn like a back pack or worn in front (which I prefer, so that Sam feels I am close and he can see me). Sam LOVES the carrier! Here he is, waiting for “walkies.”
The carrier sits on top of his cage, where he plays during the day. I will often find him quietly sitting inside, just hanging out serenely. I love being able to include Sam in more of my activities, and this is a great boredom-buster. It tires him out too – an added benefit. This is the small size, though it borders on being almost too small. But it works for a Jardine’s Parrot. It would be too small for an African Grey.