I posted a note about a week ago and this is a follow up to that.
We have at our apartment 2 lovebirds and a mynah bird.
Dr. Greg was kind enough to offer us some advice, and from his lead we
investigated the material that the wire was made of for the large case that the
lovebirds are in. What we found out was that it had zinc in it and on top of that
its lead content was about 4%. We got scared and took the little ones out of that cage. In the mean time one of our two male lovebirds started laying eggs. I guess all the books on the care and habits of lovebirds are wrong as they all talk about males scratching their heads etc., and I am almost sure we purchased every one of them. Today I called every single outlet for cages and every one of them offers cages for breeding that are made of galvanized material which is as I understand it an absolute nono, or were far too expensive for our budget (We are both graduate students in Electrical Engineering and Biology). Eventually settled on a design that uses PVC material andwe are hoping that it is safe (The Department of Fish and Wildlife services has experimented with these materials with success. I hope somebody has some information on that)
I did not realize how much of an absolute joy is to have a bird. We first took care of one when it got away from its owner (a handraised peachfaced lovebird) and somebody asked B. to take care of it since she had some experience in the captive breeding program of PR Amazons. Well, this particular lovebird loved crawled all the way from my shoulder while I played the Guitar (Classical) to my hand and pecked at my fingers to figure out where the sound came from. It seems like they like guitar playing and especially, if anybody knows the piece, Leyenda or otherwise called Asturias by Albeniz. Most great guitarist have a performance of this piece out (I am not claiming I am one!). I would reccomend Guitar Greatest Hits by John Williams. Well These birds will start screaming if I play anything or If I Sing anything with the accompaniment of the guitar.
On the mynah, it looks happier every day and I think it's getting a good diet from B. Sometimes I am jealous I can not afford the typeof fruit we feed it.
Anyway if anybody has any information relevant please post a new message or e-mail