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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:47 am    Post subject: Nibbling his feet

Hi All
I'm a little concerned that in the last couple of days when he's out of cage he flies around a while and then keeps going on top of cage and starts nibbling at his feet-not pulling hard-just nibbling mainly in between his toes but I can't see anything wrong--is he just cleaning or is there a problem. I hope there's nothing wrong--any advice very w3c.
He seems fine but this morning he was only out for an hour then he went back in and usually he stays out for approx three hours.
Thanks in advance for any help.

This is the only site I trust for advice, I have been to every site on the net and there is so much conflicting advice, on this site you all really care about your birds that is obvious so your advice is trustworthy--I want the best for my bird.
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Joined: May 30, 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:03 am    Post subject:


I am glad you have found our site so informative. I replied to your original email on the Yahoo group and suggested you try this site so I am especially satisfied that it has been helpful. Now in answer to your question.

It is quite common for Kakariki to clean their feet. This is due to the fact that they hold food with their toes and it is just general hygiene to keep themselves clean. All of our birds do it on a regular basis.

Birds are similar to humans in many ways and as such can have an off day every now and then. Your Kakariki might be feeling a bit tired and prefer the solitude of his cage rather than the open spaces. You will find that as he becomes more acustomed to his surroundings he will decide how long he wants to be out of his cage. It is nothing to worry about at this time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 3:46 am    Post subject: Thank You

Thank you so much for your quick reply and for putting my mind at rest - he came out again shortly after my post and has just gone back in so I'm sure he is fine Laughing

Thank You again
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject:

Hi patti and w3c.....I have a single indoor pet kakariki and they first few months I had him he used to spend quite a bit of time out or his cage but now he will have a quick fly around in the morning and a bit at night.....I think as they get more comfy in there cages and realize its home they arent so frantic to get out....know what i mean.....so i would see it as a good sign if i were you mreans hes feeling as part of the family Laughing ....My boy also spends a fair bit of him time maintaining his feet also LOL
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