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Date:8/20/2014 9:56:51 AM
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I love my pionus. She is about 7 years old now. I adopted her from a rescue and have since helped to make toys etc for the birds that are there. Mine "loves" a shower. Try turning your shower to just slightly cool and let him stand on you hand/arm to shower. Pionus love to shower (like a rainforest) and will chirp and reach up to drink the water. We finally made her a PVC frame for the shower, wrapped vet tape around the horizontal pipe and she stands on her own to shower. When they are real into it they tend to bend over and hold on with their beaks so if she is on your arm it's a bit freaky. I wish there were more books etc on the pionus because I'd love to read more. They are super great little birds! Be sure to offer plenty of fresh greens, collard greens, mustard greens and a few edimine (soy beans) which can be bought frozzen in their shell or pods. Mine loves to hold them and peel them down to get to the bean inside. She also loves almonds in their shell which is great for her to nibble and keep her beak in check. I've found if I take a nut cracker and just give it a little crack to get it started she can do the rest herself. Another great beak chewing item I found is to buy a pack of shims from the hardware store, they are cheap and she loves to chew them apart (Make sure they are NOT cedar wood) cedar is very bad for birds so find some that are pine.
Hope I didn't go on to long, I really enjoy having Periwinkle in my home, enjoy your Gimli
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