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The Wonderful World of the Pionus Parrot Species => Maximilian => Topic started by: Dartman on January 31, 2013, 12:09:58 PM

Title: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on January 31, 2013, 12:09:58 PM
As it says he's starting to want to climb up my arm when I'm in my chair and hang out on my shoulder now. He gives me a look like can I come up there with you daddy? and starts climbing up my arm then he'll sit happily and preen or let me scritch him a bit and grab my glasses and touch my ear, luckily very gently.
I do get a bit concerned considering how he's been but the only way we can move forward is to go with it and be careful as I like my ears and things :shocking: He's really starting to be a tiny bit of a cuddle bug and also REALLY likes to land on sister when she's working in the kitchen and watch her work and try to get treats, he's very different from what he was when he first got here. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: luvbirds on January 31, 2013, 01:09:41 PM
Great pics!
It took 3 years before I had a Pi on my shoulders and Xev likes to nibbles my ears, but hard at times!
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on January 31, 2013, 01:50:11 PM
Well the joke was that Lurch was on the five year plan to being best buddies like my previuos Maxi Nerd was
:icon_mrgreen: 
Lurch is siting on my knee right now as work ended way early today so I let the bugger out early and we shared my hot ham and cheese sandwich. He hasn't asked to get on my shoulder yet, in fact he just flew to my sister as she is making breakfast/lunch as it's her day off and they always have toast together, routine is important  :shades:
Nerd bird used to look right at my eyes then gentle touch my eyelids, I could trust him that much and he had trust and respect for me.
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: maxsmom on January 31, 2013, 06:50:42 PM
How terrific to hear of his progress....
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on February 17, 2013, 01:37:57 PM
Well here's 3 more from later on... :shades:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: momazon on February 17, 2013, 10:20:42 PM
He seems very happy :)
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on February 17, 2013, 10:26:25 PM
He definitely has his calm and happy with the world moments. Today he alternated between being happy and taking treats then deciding he'd had enough and going into full battle mode on my knee. Luckily I could see where he was headed and had my old green army jacket on with the extra liner so he could attack my arm with great prejudice and not hurt anything.
Later he was happy again and actually put his head down on sisters knee so she could scratch him while he had the same dreamy look in his eyes. He NEVER lets her scritch him so that was another hurdle crossed and he never jumped and got nippy either :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: GinnyW on February 20, 2013, 12:55:19 PM
Wonderful progress! I remember when you first brought Lurch home and talked about him on the old forum. He's come a long way since then.  :wink1:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Louise9460 on May 20, 2013, 01:31:43 PM
Lovely pics.  :heart:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on May 20, 2013, 03:47:19 PM
Thanks, he's sitting on the back of the chair while I type this and eventually he'll fly to my knee.  Just now he flew over to the treat dish we've been keeping on his towel on the couch arm. Guess he needs goodies right now :wink1:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: maxsmom on August 01, 2013, 03:17:42 AM
Lurch looks happy and content. Additional encouragement for me that Charlie will continue to get even more adjusted. I feel week by week improvements still continue and I have had him 8 months. This week he got to my shouldet and allowed me to walk around house with him....he didnt freak out about being in an unfamiliar room....he let me know his comfort level and I respected that....all in due time the nervousness will subside more
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on August 01, 2013, 05:08:35 PM
Now one of his things is if either of us go into the kitchen he flies to our shoulders as he knows food and drink come from there. He also will start to get upset and land on my shoulder or fly to my arm if he thinks I'm leaving to go to bed. I wanted a shower the other night and he couldn't stand it and I was way down the hall by my bathroom. I could see he wanted to come see what I was going to do so I held up my arm and said come on, he flew right onto it perfectly so I showed him the mirror and then went into the computer room while he made happy noises and preened. He used to get frustrated or upset while up there and then pop us in the neck but lately he just sits nicely so maybe shaking him off every time he gets pissy has taught him to be nice if he wants to hang out there.
He seems to be still coming around more and more and the bites get less and less, and much lighter then when he first got here and was basically scared to death. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: maxsmom on August 01, 2013, 07:55:32 PM
Lurch really sounds like he loves the good life and that he is happily spoiled. Your patience & persistence is amazing...so wonderful for a bird's life to turn around
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on August 01, 2013, 08:21:39 PM
Tanku, though we do have our days where I want to strangle him and he wants to bury me in the back yard they are getting farther and farther apart.
When I had Nerd we got to the point if I got bit(Rarely) there was always a reason and I pretty much could tell what it was.
Lurch is getting there and I try to respect his boundaries, same as Nerd.
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: momazon on August 02, 2013, 11:02:28 PM
He has made worlds of progress, I remember whey he attacked your arm all the time   :shocking:  Now he sounds very happy!
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on August 03, 2013, 08:34:20 AM
He'll still do the attack the evil arm thing if he really doesn't want to leave or get picked up but now he also realizes it's a great way to get somewhere or get my attention to pick him up and sit him on the chair arm beside me so he can hang out and get scritches.
Last night early in the morning I woke up sleeping on the couch and he was still out so I tried to get him in his cage to sleep and he didn't like that much so he lightly pecked it. I touched his head and told him to be a good boy and he didn't threaten me any more but then kept flying into my face and shoulder, I guess so hopefully I'd take him in my room to sleep instead or just let him sit there and eventually give up :wink1:
He kept doing that and I'd turned off most of the lights so eventually I held up my arm and he landed there nicely. I took a chance and gently held his wings against me and walked slowly to the cage and bent down to the door, he nicely went right in so I told him he was a good boy and got him a nutri berrie as a treat while he climbed to the inside top and hung and wiggled trying to convince me to leave his door open. :biglaughing:
I hope eventually we'll be able to put him inside when needed without blood shed or flying away and pouting and this is another new start :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Louise9460 on August 04, 2013, 02:47:07 PM
I guess it really is a huge job to really gain the trust of a rescue pionus. You're doing such a great job with Lurch and it is amazing how far you've brought your relationship to him. I'm sure you'll someday be able to just pick him up and put him in his cage too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on August 04, 2013, 03:25:58 PM
Thanks Louise, it's been a battle but we're slowly wearing him down. :shades:
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: maxsmom on September 01, 2013, 03:28:12 AM
Terry - when Lurch is having a bsd day remember days like this one :-)
Title: Re: Lurch has decided my shoulder is nice, with pics
Post by: Dartman on September 01, 2013, 09:20:43 AM
Yeah thanks, I tried not to take it personal when he attacked me like I said in the other new thread as it seems to happen rarely now and eventually he calms down and we're back to having a day like above.
He's inside his house this morning because I have to eventualy take off to help a friend with his roof and flashing but he's being happy and normal this morning.