Beautiful Birds, August 2003 Page 2
Nipper, a new father, belongs to Kim and is one of her many pet birds.
In this photo he is telling her that he wants to come see.
Kim said, "Nipper is always the most fun. He is very outgoing and
LOVES attention. Nipper can
say his name, imitate laughing, wolf-whistle and
whistle that baseball thing my husband taught him.
Since Nipper has become a father,
he is a little more stand-offish. He gradually became
very aggressive right before Squawk laid her eggs.
When she laid the first egg we finally understood why his
temper was flaring up so often. Since the babies have hatched,
he is beginning to get back to normal. He once again begs to
be held, but still has an edge about him which is quite
understandable for a new father! By the way, he has been
an amazing father. Although inexperienced, the pair has
impressed me with their devotion to their young."
Baby Bird is one of Kim's baby birds and Nipper is the proud father.
Kim said, "Baby is a runt and is often chased away from the treat bowl. Baby Bird, along with all our other tiels run to their dishes at treat time!
Just crinkle a bag in that room and youíll feel obligated to hand over
a Nutri-Berry or two! We give him
his own special treats in his cage so that he can have his own personal stash.
It is kind of heart breaking to see a bird so
unaccepted by his peers but then I suppose humans are similar
in that respect. We are not sure why he is not accepted other than
that he is physically smaller than the other birds and very mild-mannered. Baby Bird
loves millet. You might say "All birds love millet." Not like this guy! Iím convinced that heíd go on a hunger
strike for millet if he didnít get it now and then! Baby doesnít mind being held (especially at treat time) but really
isnít a people person. He wonít bite but right before he jumps
up on my finger heíll let me know that Iím interrupting his birdie
activities by giving me a quiet little hiss and maybe an impatient peck!"
This little bird has an original name, Buzz Saw! She is a one year old
blue variegated budgie. Michelle said,"Buzz may be small, but she's got a lot of energy
packed in that small body of hers! She is living a
relatively easy life full of adventure, food and
stealing toys from her cockatiel buddies! In June,
she decided to lay a clutch of five eggs in the top
drawer of her granny's portfolio dresser. She guards
it diligently and will chase off the cockatiels if
they venture too close. Her best friends are Bones, a budgie who was featured in
July's Birds of the Month, Sky Dive and Sling Shot the cockatiels.
Buzz tries playing with them by bonking beaks, but the
cockatiels don't like this and run away. Poor fid!"
Sunshine and Green Bird are 2 more of Kim's birds. They are very devoted to one
another. Kim said, "Hands in the
cage are "Very scaryĒ (as my hubby says). Sunshine is a
Lutino and a very beautiful keet. Green Bird is my
husbandís favorite. They are so sweet because at times
they will sit on the same swing together and groom each
other. They are always together. When they are free in
the room, Green Bird will stretch and fly while Sunshine
waits patiently for his return. Upon his return he will
of course groom himself, but Sunshine always kicks in
and helps out.It is a really awesome experience just to watch them together."
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