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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:21 am
by anjuli503
whats the bar spacing on your cage? it needs to be 1/2 in or if you have joeys it needs to be 1/4in
As for biting it all depends on the glider. I have one who never bit me,  another who nibbles, and i have another who was a pitbull biter.
they can break the skin and it can bleed. i recomend having bandaids and pain killers on hand. even when they dont break the skin it can throb for hours. Not trying to scare you, but its better to be prepared.
dont wear gloves to protect yourself for the bite, this does nothing for the bonding process. sorry to say but i believe its best to take the bite.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:42 pm
by samthezookeeper
the spacing is 1/3 and i have lots of cool parot toys for them to play with from when i had my cockatiel wich died of nomonea a couple months back,I'm not realy scared of the bite too much it's more of preparing for what could hapen , one stratagie i hav thats worked well for bonding all my other small  animals (gerbals,mice,hamster,siberean hamster, cockateil) was the first(and every other day if needed) interaction was getting lotts of treats and sitting in an emty bathtub for awile with them and let them crawl all over me so they learn im not there enemy and see that i give them treats. i was wanting to know if you think that would work for a glider.thanks and sorry about all my questions im juust looking for all the information i can get from an experienced handler.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:52 am
by anjuli503
i am not sure i would keep the toys from a previous animal who died. there may be something within the toys which could cause your little guy to get sick.
Dont worry about all your questions, we like questions.
as for the bonding process when you get your little one i would let it be in the cage for a couple days, just so it can get comfy with its environment. These are very emotional animals. Then talk to it through the cage and give licky treats, or some sort of other treat through the bars, after a few days of that carry it around in a pouch for an many hours as you can. Then we do a thing called tent time, but a bathroom can work also if it is glider proof. But you take them in there and let them play on you, like you did with your other animals.  i prefer the tent because there are no distractions. unlike the other animals the glider will probably try to jump off you and onto someplace else in the bathroom.
even after you have bonded, which could take weeks/months/years, it all depends on the animal. make sure you still play with them on a regular basis( if its a lone glider you will need to spend hours with it a day, not just in the pouch but at night when it is awake) , and carry it in the pouch as much as you can. ive had a pouch on almost every day for the past 2 years! it just kind of becomes a part of you :)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:17 am
by samthezookeeper
ya one guy at my school has one realy tame and he brings his to school ,he has a special little compartment in his back pack so it can sleep during class and wont ever get hurt or any thing,he lets it out at lunch and it sits rite beside him and he feeds it some of the vegetables from his plate, it's realy cool he's one of the reasons i want one,i don't know if i would go far enough as to bring one to school,but i just see how they can be like your little pal and always wanna be with you and doesnt even trie to escape up a tree outside,and as for my parrot toys more than half of them he never used becouse they were too thick of wood for him to chew and the other ones i put in some boiling water to steralize them,and i hav a small tent i can use to bond him, when you say feed him treats through the bars do you mean like reach inside it with treats in my hand or i heard of people putting honey on there fingers and the gliders would lick them off or would he still be too afrad to get that close to me?and when i carry it around in a pouch does it need to be closed and if it does do i ever open it to reach in and pet him?oh ya i have a pet finch that likes to sing allot all the time would that be bad for a glider or would it make it more natural for him like it would be if he was in the wild hearing birds on his tree all day?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:26 am
by samthezookeeper
ya im realy getting pumped up for one. i started thinking if i like these guys like i think i will like these guys i'll probly breed them after there bonded to me well and are mature enough,and i'll only hav enough for one this summer but i can surly be able to aford one during the school year or next summer,if you think it would be alright to introduce them apart like that or should i save up for two to start out with?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:27 am
by anjuli503
i fed mine through the bars i ot my finger up to the bar and they licked yougurt/honey of my finger, or took sunflower seeds from me. i started out like that, then i put my hand in the cage to feed treats.
most people prefer closed pouches so they cant get out, but i leave mine open all the time, only time i close it is if they all try to get out while i am somewhere unsafe. if youre at home i say leve it open so you can pet him.
your bird shouldnt bother him too much, he might be curious of what it is at first, but it shouldnt stress him out.
as for breeding i would really read up on it. I'll go into that more later when i have time.
introductions should be fine no matter how long it has been as long as they are the same size. so you would have to get more of an adult. I can go more into that later also.

keep in mind not all gliders bond as well as your friends. i have one who is just really independent and ive had him for 2 years. he loves to explore, so sitting for a very long time by me unless i am constantly giving treats doesnt happen too often!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:14 pm
by samthezookeeper
ya with my birds i always left the cage open so they can fly around i dont mind the mess either , i hav lots of paper towles a trash can and 409 so im all good with letting him loos in my room

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:09 pm
by anjuli503
thats very good. they will love you for that :)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:26 pm
by samthezookeeper
with your expierience or knowledg in breeding is it very hard to find good homes for babies or does it just vary from were you liv? and will my glider be alright if i leav him alone with the cage open with my finch flying around to or do you think i should put the finch up, becouse i saw a video on yahoo showing a glider catch and eat a lizard could that happen with a bird or is a finch to big a game for him?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:47 am
by anjuli503
i hadent had experience, was hoping to, until my little ones just passed on.
but i can still help ya, ive read a lot about it, and talked to others who have.
it can be really difficult to find homes, expecially if you are in highly glider populated areas, or in an area where no one knows what they are.

i think that when they finch is out, the glider should be in another room and vise versa. wouldnt want anything happening to your little ones. i can see the finch being a very exciting game for him.