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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 2nd, 2019, 8:42 am

About time you reported on Ruban. I feared to inquire in case the story turned bleak.

Glad he's talking. Can you do a video, just for us?
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 2nd, 2019, 8:52 am

I will try to do a video. Cameras and phones usually distract him but I’ll see what I can do. lol. Anytime I try a closeup phone selfie he jumps on the phone and doesn’t leave it alone.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 2nd, 2019, 10:02 am

He is destined to be a film critic. :biggrin:
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Queen K » Jan 2nd, 2019, 10:56 am

Jlabute wrote:I will try to do a video. Cameras and phones usually distract him but I’ll see what I can do. lol. Anytime I try a closeup phone selfie he jumps on the phone and doesn’t leave it alone.


Okay,

so do you have a second phone? Get it ready, now get the first phone and get Ruban playing with it or calling Putin or something and use the second phone to get vid and photos. I too would love to see him. Heck, if you put it on Youtube you might get that magic number of hits where the money rolls in to buy Ruban more sophisticated plastic toys to play with. I'd love to see him wresting with a plastic T-Rex.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby just popping in » Jan 2nd, 2019, 1:14 pm

Jlabute wrote:I will try to do a video. Cameras and phones usually distract him but I’ll see what I can do. lol. Anytime I try a closeup phone selfie he jumps on the phone and doesn’t leave it alone.


Would like to be a fly on the wall to watch how this video experience unfolds. [icon_lol2.gif] [icon_lol2.gif]
Ruban sounds very entertaining in addition to his good looks.

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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 5th, 2019, 1:01 pm

Still waiting with popcorn at the ready for the Ruban show. [icon_lol2.gif]
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 5th, 2019, 5:09 pm

lol yeah Miss Popcorn, gimme a few months. Making good videos is not something I’m used to doing ;-)
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 5th, 2019, 6:21 pm

Haha. Wait long enough and Ruban will be teaching you how it's done. :biggrin:
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 5th, 2019, 9:52 pm

oldtrucker wrote:
just popping in wrote:Ruban is so handsome.

Right up to the part when it starts puking on you because it decided it loves you.


Hahahaha, yeah, haven’t had that problem yet. Feeding is a bit of work tho. Making a nutritious slushy once a day, and juice and fruit/vege bowls twice a day. Three weeks ago he decided something was offensive and began biting my hands. Some bites were extremely nasty and I could hear a thud as the skin was penetrated. I ended up with bruises on 4 finger nails too. My hands have healed up and after a bit of change to my routine he no longer bites. He plays hard. That scared me a lot. Today, I sang songs to him today as he layed on his back in my palm... quietly still for almost 10 minutes.

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Itsy bitsy spider.
My ABCs.
Rock a bye baby.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 6th, 2019, 10:18 am

Ouch! Have you looked into possible training methods so that your hands survive his upbringing?

Would love to see him on his back, being lullabied.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 7th, 2019, 6:45 am

I was reading about handling techniques. Every bird is different and go thru phases in their lives. Ruban has not been biting for the last week so my fear has subsided. Lots of advice online such as ‘if your bird is biting, gently drop your hand to distract’ although this does not work in the slightest with Ruban once he’s latched on and clamped down. He is very used to be rolled around, upside down, and dropping a few inches is nothing to him. There were a few times he flew to my hand just to bite it when I wasn’t handling him at all. I think he was just playing too hard. A few times I would use my hand to point to his big yellow LEGO truck and I would say, “Ruban, go play with your truck”, and he would then sprint to my hand and play fight and growl while nibbling on me. There was a transition somewhere where he just started biting way too hard I think, but it maybe over now.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 7th, 2019, 4:24 pm

I wonder, do they bite their parents? I mean, the actual parents.

Surely they must have figured a way to stop such behaviour, or maybe they speak sharply. This is going from bad to worse, sorry.
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 8th, 2019, 6:38 am

Not sure. Breeders take the babies away fairly young and hand raise them. In the wild they play fight.

They tend to be nippier than other bird perhaps.

http://www.kcbbs.gen.nz/lori/ar/behaviour.html
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Catsumi » Jan 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm

Those birds in your link are absolutely gorgeous....butterflies of the avian world. So lovely to see them. You own a living jewel.

I will read this link later when I have more time. It seems to be comprehensive enough. :biggrin:
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Re: Lorikeet

Postby Jlabute » Jan 9th, 2019, 3:39 pm

He is a cutie for sure. What a sweet personality too. Another cute thing he tries to mimic is this: occasionally I cuddle him in my hand and I do a high pitched humm of contentment (kind of like a soft dog whimper). Ruban does this on his own. Although birds can't humm, he does this very low volume undulating squeal.
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