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Date Posted: 09:24:42 10/04/07 Thu
Author: Beverly
Subject: It is NEVER too late, but you'll need persistence and patience!
In reply to: Agnes 's message, "A shameful Report" on 09:00:20 10/04/07 Thu

It's NEVER too late, but you'll need persistence and patience! Now, a few questions ... was the homemade nestbox filled with bedding -- or just with 'spent shells' from flyer feasts? If bedding, then his momma used the box for brooding this pup. If just nut shells, then not to worry -- it's perfectly normal for a pup of 'independent' age to begin leaving momma, and exploring the surroundings. It's also easier for a pup to choose a moment when his 'extended family' is otherwise occupied, for his exploring time. I'd make a point of taking this pup each morning, for a while, and just gently stroking his head, whilst you keep him against your torso in a loose hold. But, when he tries to escape, close your hand over him, in a sort of 'cage/cave'. If he bites (but not too hard to handle), just chastise him with your voice ('No biting!), but don't let him go, if you can take it. If he settles, loosen the 'cage' effect, and again stroke his head. When you're ready, loosen your fingers, and let him leave at his own discretion.

If you can do this several times, during the day, so much the better. I would not seperate him from his family -- and don't be surprised if he's actually still camping out with his momma. You may have just caught him while he was foraging.

Keep us posted -- and congrats on the newcomer!

>As you all know, I have spent the summer in 2 casts up
>to my knees and have gone no further than my recliner
>to the lavatory and back. Last night, I awaken in the
>middle of the night, it was very quiet and I thought
>I heard a tiny little squeak coming from the aviary.
>So I hobbled over there and for the first time in
>about 10 weeks I went in. Checking every nest box but
>one. No pups.. The one I wasn't going to check is
>the one and only attempt I made to building my own
>nest box, its a peice of crap and the flyer know it.
>They have always just used it for storing nuts.. I
>decided to open the box which now has cotton in it.
>To my surprise there starring back at me was a flyer
>that appeared about 7/8 weeks old. My first remark to
>the poor thing was " who the hell are you" and I know
>he was asking the same question, he looked so
>terrified to see me there. It broke my heart to see
>this poor litte creature come into this world without
>a human companion and has obviously been toss out to
>make his/her way into the world, but stuck in Agnes's
>aviary. So he had to make due with my awful crappy
>box.. Can anyone tell me.. Is it too late to tame
>this little critter? Should I separate him from the
>rest to do so?

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