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Abbiesaurus
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Injured lorikeet
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:57:39 PM »

We found this little rainbow lorikeet on the side of the road, though it does not look like he was hit by a car. Magpies and minor birds were attacking it when we found him.
He can't fly but I'm not sure if he has a broken wing or not because his wings are not drooping. 
We are going to keep him for now and see how he progresses, we have been feeding him a special nectar powder specially made for lorikeets and fresh fruits. He eats a lot xD
He is pretty tame for a wild bird. He doesn't freak out when you go near the cage or put your hand in to give him food/water.





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Andrea
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010, 08:11:26 PM »

If he doesn't seem injured and is quite tame, I bet he is someone's pet Smiley Years ago my bird escaped and luckily one of my neighbours found it on the road, we went door knocking and we were so lucky. I'd put up some signs and start contacing vets. Though rainbow loorikets are generally pretty brave and tame for wild birds, I don't reckon he'd be acting like that if he was a wild one.

Sounds like you are doing everything pretty perfect so far, maybe you'll have a new pet  Wink
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010, 08:20:19 PM »

Well he is not completely tame he does try and bite when you pick him up Tongue
He is still a young adult bird though as his beak isn't completely orange yet.
I might put some posters up around the area where we found him though just in case it is someones pet though.
Hopefully we can let him go if he can fly again, but if not I will happily keep him Smiley
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2010, 08:53:54 PM »

Yeah, if he is a wild bird I hope he is able to be released again  Smiley Where abouts do you live by the way Abbie? If you don't mind.
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2010, 09:19:15 PM »

Yeah its just hard to determine if he is a wild bird or not :/ Because his not heaps tame but he seems very content in a cage and around people.
I live in Newcastle, NSW Smiley
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 04:11:18 AM »

How beautiful he is! Smiley And lucky that you found him like that!
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 05:47:57 AM »

He is a pretty fellow Smiley He is very lucky, he would be dead by now D:
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 12:28:34 PM »

Wow those are like one I see at the zoo!
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 03:57:14 PM »

Hi Abbie, so lovely you saved him, the Magpies sure would have pecked him to death.

We've got them coming into our backyard also the Pale Headed Rosellas, they are two pairs. The Lorikeets I call Lori and Keet and the Rosellas I call Oscar and Lisa.
We buy those wild bird munchies and I also feed Harmony. This is this nectar powder to be mixed with some water until it is licke a thick cream.
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2010, 04:57:38 PM »

what a beautiful bird! Smiley
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2010, 04:59:16 PM »

Oh my goodness! What a real stunner you've got there. How wonderful you helped this pretty birdie. They are so sweet the ones in the pet shops nearby. They sell for approx. 550 to 800 dollars here each. Such gentle intelligent creatures I love love LOVE them! Karma for your kind heart ♥ Have you ever seen Lories that are black and orange where you live?
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2010, 05:24:26 PM »

wow, this is amazing! Congrats!  Shocked Hope he's doing swell!
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2010, 09:18:22 PM »

Make sure you keep us updated about how this little birdie is Abbie Smiley

Those rainbow lorikets are tough, the other morning I got woken u at 6am by cockatoos screeching, I looked out my window and we also leave the seed bells out for the birds occasionally. Well there was seriously about 20 cockatoos around this seed bell but the only ones eating it were the rainbow lorikeets  Cheesy Hahaha! Anytime a cockatoo would try to grab a bite, the rainbow lorikeets would scare them off. Now for anyone that doesn't know cockatoos are big, bigger than my dog and they were scared of these two tiny birds Cheesy
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 02:40:20 AM »

yeah they are huge birds, I had them a few times here too, but as you said, they only looked, lol, screetchy buggers but beautiful with their yellow crests too
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 04:43:51 AM »

Haha yes, I don't see how people can have them as pets. My cockatiels are loud enough and they are like a tenth of the size Cheesy
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2010, 07:56:31 AM »

Hanna - We get a lot of parrots coming into our backyard too - Cockatoos, galahs, corellas, lorikeets, a pair of eastern rosellas and the occasional black cockatoo.
The nectar powder I am feeding the lorikeet who I have now coincidently named Lori also haha, is a dry mixture but I am also going to look for a wet mixture.

April - They are gorgeous birds Smiley. Thats very expensive Shocked but If they are not native to where you live then that explains the hefty price tag Cheesy I have never seen any black and orange ones where I live or in the pet stores, but they sound amazing!

Cockatoos are nice birds but can be trouble makers! We feed the wild birds a seed mixture twice a day. This one time when we went on holidays the cockatoos got very annoyed that we weren't home to feed them so decided to express their anger by chewing holes in the fly screen on our doors and windows and biting parts of the paint and timber off our veranda railing...! Angry

Andrea - The other day one little lorikeet had the whole seed bowl to himself - he managed to fend off about 10 galahs. Although galahs are not as big as cockatoos they are still at least twice the size of a lorikeet.

Lori is doing well. We collected him some bottle brush flowers which he loves! He is content most of the time but now and again he trys to escape and will climb all around the cage looking for a way out. So I think we are going to buy him a really big cage over the next couple of weeks and if we do not end up keeping him we have a crested pigeon that we have had for a couple of years that cannot fly that we can upgrade into that cage Smiley

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to begin taming him  Undecided The only other bird I have ever had as a pet was a budgie whom I got when he was a baby. This bird is a very young adult as his beak has not turned completely orange yet and his colour hasn't reached full intensity. He is not frightened when you touch the cage or walk past/sit in front of it, but he starts screeching when you put your hand completely in the cage -  and he is a biter! Any suggestions will be much appreciated Smiley

Sorry for the long response...I must have accidentally turned off notifications  Undecided silly me.




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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2010, 08:02:35 AM »

LOL, Abbie, this is a lovely post.
I believe Lori wil get tame in time to come, don't think you must do much about this, just speak to him, feed him, he'll be right Wink
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2010, 11:54:43 PM »

To make a bird tame is alot of effort, as in tame enough to come out and sit on your shoulder, etc. Most of the time you actually have to hand rear them for them to be that tame, others will you only become semi-tame. Like one of our cockatiels was an avary bird so not so use to humans as a caged bird, well we have had him for nearly 11 years and he is still quite aggressive and scared of us. But shows us love at the same time by copying our whistles and whistling back at us, I am currently trying to teach him to talk.

I know April owns alot of brids so maybe she could help out. Besides that I really think you would have to get a book on it, go look at your local library, there is just to much info to share on one post. You have to start very slowly, don't be trying to get him near your hand yet, first he just has to get use to you Smiley I could go on forever but I won't  Wink Have a look for some books.

I'm so glad he is ok and he sounds like me may now have a loving home  Smiley
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2010, 12:44:29 AM »

Yeah I figured it would be very difficult to tame him enough to sit on my shoulder/hand etc...But I was hoping to tame him enough so he is fine with me putting my hand in the cage and would come towards me when I go near the cage. And also enough so if we were to keep him in a cage inside we could let him out of the cage and he wouldn't be scared. Thats nice you still have a bond with your cockatiel in a different way Smiley 11 years is pretty old! I've always wanted a cockatiel, how long do they live for on average?
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 01:40:28 AM »

He is actually about 17 we think, the previous owner wasn't too sure of his age but said he was about 7 when we got him. I think they can live till they are 30, lorikeets can live a bit longer  Wink But that is the extreme I think. We have another one who is much more tame, but she was hand reared and much prefers human company to bird company.

What you want will definitely happen with time Smiley Just start off slow, you could try hand feeding him with some of his favourite food like sunflower seeds but be careful they are very fatty. If he only ever gets them when you are around and as a reward well he'll be trained in no time, like a dog Smiley You could lay your hand flat in his cage with a few of his favourite foods on his hand and then move onto getting him out of the cage using sunflower seeds. That is how we trained our cockatiel Smiley But as said I think it would be best if you looked for a book or even on the net.

Also don't get another bird and he will see you as his flock and maybe even suprise you how tame he gets as long as you give him lots and lots of attention and love. Has he got a name yet?
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2010, 04:45:19 AM »

How interesting to read about all this! Cheesy I haven't ever had experience with birds before Smiley Karma to both of you! Cheesy
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2010, 06:07:08 AM »

Birds are amazing Smiley I love my goldfish and dog, but nothing compares to a bird and they smell so lovely Cheesy
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2010, 12:38:30 PM »

I would love, love, love to have a bird some day Smiley The problem is again about space... and I'm worried about the noise they'd make Wink A friend of mine had those little zebra birds with red beaks, and they were screaming all nights, so she ended up giving them away.
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2010, 08:49:14 PM »

Zebra finches? Really? They seem pretty quiet if they are birds she had. You should so get a bird  Cheesy Budgies and cockatiels aren't too loud. Maybe even a love bird, but April said they need alot of attention especially if you only have one. But then again I'm not to sure what is available in Finland when it comes to bird. Just don't get a massive parrot and they shouldn't be too loud Tongue
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2010, 09:26:10 PM »

This is an awesome thread ladies  Grin as you may or may not know - I am completely crazy about birds  Shocked As for training this marvelous beauty you've opened your heart to Abbie, when you put your hand into the cage to clean or feed always present the back of it. Birds who are not accustomed to people see open hands as a threat and you don't know if the previous owner was rough with it so there could be the simple fear of being grabbed that is causing the biting. If he goes to take a nip at you, try not to pull your hand away suddenly as he will learn that he has control over you by threatening with an open beak! Instead make a tight fist only exposing the back of your hand and he will not have much to grab hold of should he attempt to nip you. I've had several hand me down birds, each with their own issues. One of my Cockatiels (Daizy) I've had since he was 10 months old. He may have been hand reared but by the time I brought him home, he was terrified of people. It took exactly 1 year and a day for him to "step up" on my offered finger. And I did that every single day. Now he is 14 and has been the most darling boy all of these years. He got married lmfao (f stands for feathered!) in 2000 to his beautiful white Cockatiel wife Lily who was a found bird too. To think I was able to capture her on my 11th floor balcony with nothing more than a pair of tall floor lamps (laid on their side to point the light directly out the sliding glass doors to act as landing lights!) as it was sunset and getting dark out) Within a few months she mated with Daizy and they had babies which I raised and hand fed. I still have them ♥ They are 10 now!

The main thing is to be patient and talk, sing, tell stories to in different tones of voice to him and even dance to music around him. He will come to see you as a fabulous flock member Cheesy Finding out what favorite foods he likes and using some as a treat will also be of great use as Andrea already mentioned. I have no doubt that you will have great success with this amazing animal. Time is your companion for now until that day he steps up on your hand and traps your heart forever with his smiling eyes ♥

P.S. is his flight feathers trimmed?
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2010, 09:33:55 PM »

I was just about to private message you April to check out this thread, you must have read my mind Cheesy Yes, the hand thing is a major point which I didn't really explain especially with the biting thing. Our older cockatiel has learnt that he can get away from us by biting us because well his bites hurt, he has made me bleed Sad But the poor thing was picked on in the aviary and we've only ever been able to semi get to him.

I think you should also take him to the vet, just to get checked out Smiley He may have lice or some small injuries from being in the wild for a few days if he was a pet bird.
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2010, 09:39:33 PM »

Very good point Andrea! Also a vet will most likely be able to tell if he is indeed wild or someone's pet. Just got through a song and dance with the 'chickens' (that's what I call my 5 Cockies LOL) they love a good dinner and show Grin on the menu lately has been lots of xmas songs and great honking sprays of delicious millet mmm...mmm...good!
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2010, 09:45:14 PM »

Your cockatiels are very lucky April, a song and a dance and a millet. My birds go crazy for that! Unfortunately they can't have much of it at the moment, as one is on a diet as she weighs too much at 120 grams Tongue And the older one has a bit of high cholesterol. They can only have some budgie seed and we mix it with these bird pellets. Have you heard of them April? All the vets rage about them over here, saying how much better they are than seed. That doesn't mean the birds agree Tongue
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2010, 09:52:47 PM »

Holy Christmas 120 grams!  Shocked Yes I have them on a combo of staple vitamin enriched seed and Tropican and Zupreem fruit flavored pellets which they love. My best childhood buddy fed her Grey male Cockatiel nothing but seeds along with Royal Gala apples his entire life and he lived 22 years! So who knows about the pellets but they don't taste too bad ( he he I always try their grub to make sure it's not crap!)

*sorry Abbie don't mean to highjack your thread  Wink
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Re: Injured lorikeet
« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2010, 09:57:25 PM »

Sabrina says "Hey b.i.t.c.h! You calling me fat? I'll poop on you!" Hahaha just kidding, she can't talk Tongue She is quite a big cockatiel, always has been, you can tell just by looking at them together, she has a much bigger frame Smiley Hmm our birds get a variety, they love their greens and flowers Smiley Our pellets aren't fruit flavoured though  Shocked We're missing out Tongue

Yes sorry Abbie Tongue We can't help it it seems.
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