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’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.



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5 Responses to “Steve and Sam”

  1. D. R. Newman Says:

    What a tweet ,I mean treat. I have not visited since your then pending move. .. the posts were getting thin at that time, . Now I see steve is doing wonderfully. . I played the chipper song quietly at 4AM and every bird in the house responded with a single chirp each of applause . I love the sam carier. Good to see all is well. God Bless you and your flock.

  2. Shannon Ryan Says:

    Thanks, Roverpilot! I’m very, very grateful all is well and that Steve is doing so well too. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. D Newman Says:

    So tell me a little more about SAM I am up to 11 right now ,, Mostly Lovebirds ,, a Green Cheek Yellow Side Conure and White Face Latino Cockatiel ,Hollywood and Angel respectively .
    Seems Sam is such a well behaved little guy , I was always told that those conures are so much louder than the Green Cheeks . I am half Def any way but I live in a apartment . Great Neighbors . Hollywood Is great and wants to be with me most of the time but she gets excited and starts biting . Most of the time I notice the change and respond with talking directly to her and can calm her down and set her into a more relaxed mode . Some times not so much . I love relaxed birds , Have wanted a Pionus for years . .
    I would just like your opinion on the species of your Conure SAM .

  4. Shannon Ryan Says:

    Hello Roverpilot, I love my Sam. I’ve had him since he was less than a year old. Now he’s 10. He’s a one-person bird. And to be technical, he is NOT a conure or Pionus but a Poicephalus. Pionus are native to South America. Poicephalus are native to Africa in the Congo area. Here is a write-up on the species:

    Jardine’s are very one-person birds and have extremely powerful beaks. They can be territorial and bitey and they take a long time to get used to strangers if they haven’t been very socialized at a young age. You have to really know a Jardine’s well – all his cues – to avoid being bitten. Most bites are the result of excitement in play, some are calculated to express displeasure (usually owing to a denial of food or what he thinks he should have; or encroachment into his territory). A Jardine’s bite is very painful and damaging. They love to eat – almost anything – to their detriment! I call Sam my feathered dog. On the plus side, they are goofy, playful, and very affectionate. They are wonderful companions and pretty easy-going and adaptable. They are also not very loud birds, so excellent for apartment dwellers. But for you to have one, it would be, frankly, very dangerous for your smaller birds. Especially the lovebirds. Cockatiels generally seem to have the sense to stay away from Sam (I have 2 males), though accidents can still happen. But lovebirds are fearless and very curious. My one moment of distraction cost half of my dear lovebird Pippin’s beak. It was a simple instinctive reaction on the part of Sam to strike at an unexpected flying object onto his cage. After the initial trauma and lost of quite a lot of blood, once Pippin stabilized, I had to drive Pippin to the vet every week for 2 years to keep the lower beak from growing into her head, since the damaged beak never regrew fast enough to compensate for the lower beak’s normal growth. It could have been worse; she might have been killed or dangerously maimed. As it is, I was able to enjoy her company for another 2 years, when she died of natural causes. So my gut feeling is that you would be in a constant state of having to be careful about interactions with a Jardine’s; you could never relax your vigilance. And you might end up with PTSD for a couple of years after an almost guaranteed accident, especially with the number of lovebirds you have. So my recommendation is strongly no on the Jardine’s when you have so many small birds.

  5. D Newman Says:

    Thank you for the words of Wisdom .
    I am still leaning towards a White Cap Pionus .
    They are very Laid back birds and frankly ,,, Slow
    The Fischer Lovebirds are very fast ,, Like a streak
    and super skittish . , . I am, not in the least saying you are wrong , just leaving open to the possibility of few problems with a larger but slower bird . And preferably older. My Quaker would attack the other female lovebirds regularly and they would both end up bloodied . She on the other hand would break into the love birds cage to do it . I would find her in the lovebirds favorite perch preening the blood off of herself over half of which was her own.
    The lovebird,( usually Giggles , also a female) would be on the opposite side of the cage tending to her own wounds seemingly proud of herself. I re-homed Charlie because Charlie was the aggressor .
    Do you have a opinion on Pionus especially White cap ( The smallest) . I would like a bird that I could take with me more sort of like you do with Sam . Stinker works for that but I think she is getting more into my Males lately . so she is drifting from me ( African Fischer Female) She used to come and wake me up every morning but she has stopped doing that and shows interest in the other bird cages other than her own .
    The other bird I was considering was a Caique but they are not at all slow . , they are smaller than the pionus tho . Just trying to get opinions from several people . I dont just jump in to anything and I am not planning on getting a baby bird that will out live me by 20 years . Kind of looking for a 10 year old that has been through its major adolescent stages.

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