Well, I would not call Isis a 'rescue'... she might not have had a good diet, enough flying and one-on-one time but she was loved - her owner did not want a single penny for her or her cage and he gave her up because he recognized that he was not giving her the right care (he is a young college student in NYC and did his best). She wasn't even meant to come to me, I had answered his CL ad for a friend of mine who has a male that is completely hands-off so I thought they would both benefit (her previous owner had stated on his ad that he wanted her to go to a home with another redbelly) but he came over with her in a carrier to meet me and after he talked to me in person and saw my birds, he did not even want to contact my friend Gail.
I have given her all kinds of wood, pine, balsa, birch and branches from the trees in my backyard but she doesn't really chew anything in her cage. The only thing she chews is a biggish cardboard box I keep on my island for this specific purpose (I put it standing up and inside another box with pebbles at the bottom for weight). She likes to perch on top of it and chew it - and that is the ONLY thing she actually chews... But she is changing her habits so maybe she will start. It's been two years since she came and, right on schedule, she is now much more self-assure and has taken up new habits so maybe she will start on this, too. She still likes to 'steal' food as I prepare it and eat it outside her cage but she started eating produce in it, too - even greens! This morning, I ended up sweeping my dining room three times because she stole a piece of raw carrot (she grabs the 'loot' in her beak and flies off real quick
) and decided to change places so I ended up with little pieces of carrots in three different spots on the floor - ay ay ay!