Dave and I spent the day cleaning out the aviaries (so excuse the mess in the background of the video sometimes)… we raked them all out and changed out toys from all the aviaries. And in the moment, since we moved our three smaller parrots inside for the cleaning… I decided, why not try Storm outside now?
We hadn’t planned on moving him out there that early but decided it couldn’t hurt so we packed him in his travel cage and I opened it inside the aviary. He climbed out and walked across the grass as Dave video-taped and I got the travel cage out of there
Here’s the exciting part…!
Storm made no attempts to attack Dave (which he had done in the past with both previous cages) and when I left and went inside, Storm actually made his purring noise of contentment to Dave! When Dave came in the house and shared that with me I couldn’t be more excited about it!
I went out to see how Storm was doing, and as I spent the first few minutes with him he NEVER SCREAMED! I thought for sure he would scream as we left him out there the first time but not an unhappy noise at all. He made only happy noises, preened and found a comfy high perch he liked. He slept out there for the night as we put him out there around 6pm or 7pm and an hour or so later it got dark out.
Who knew the transition could be so easy and cause such a difference?! We’re thrilled… if we can end on that note while every day he builds stamina, gets in better physical shape and continues to eat a healthy diet, I think we will be returning a healthy bird with YEARS added onto his life span!
And in case some of you lost track, this is day 22 for Storm! What progress in those 22 days!
Note to take home: If your bird is in bad physical shape, simply work on providing your bird with the opportunities to climb, fly and expand his normal routine. This will help him work out and lose fat the healthy way!
Jamieleigh Womach has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots with whom she shares the stage.