Birds of the Month Page 2, March 2004
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Sara sent us these pictures of her cockatiels, Toby and Rudy. Sara said, "Toby is gray, yellow and
white. He's 6 months old. He was afraid of people when we bought him. He
didn't know what life with people was all about. Now he
likes to fly and land on your head. He really enjoys doing this. After we had Toby for
3 months, we bought him a
companion. Rudy is yellow and white.
He isn't afraid of people at all. Rudy comes right up to the door of the cage and looks around.
He really likes it if you give him a piece of your hair to play with. He grabs it with his foot.
Toby and Rudy are a very nice couple! I love them both very much."
This is Helen's cockatiel,Texas. Helen said, "For some reason, Texas decided that being a bird wasn't for her
and that she would rather be a guinea pig. This led to her beautiful
white tail being chewed off by her curious, un-feathered siblings. Texas preferred to eat, live, play and sleep with
the 9 piggies rather than with the birds.
When she was with me she would snuggle into my neck, under my hair, under my collar
and have a nap. She also loved being wrapped up in a "Blankie."
This all changed when Tex hit 8 months and her hormones kicked
in. She went nest crazy so we had to move her in with the breeders.
She laid one clutch of 5 eggs. We "Planted"
another under her and that single egg was the only one to hatch. She hasn't been successful
at breeding yet but she proven herself to be a very diligent egg sitter.
She should have beautiful babies someday because of her gorgeous coloration."
Helena sent us this marvelous picture of her bird Luke enjoying a shower!
Helena said, "Luke is our baby and our first bird. We are just learning together.
We have had Luke about 3 months and think
he is about 5 months old. We say he, but
are not sure because he did not have a DNA blood test. We aren't even sure if he is a normal
gray, pied, pearl or any
other of the kinds. Anyway, he is a real sweetie who very
much loves to be babied. If he sees you walk by
he tells you he is a pretty bird. Then he does the wolf call so
that you will come get him. We are working on trying new foods. He still eats
mostly seeds but we will expand as he gets
older. Luke is very loving but a little scared sometimes.
He is brother or sister to my 7 year old girl and 3 year old boy.
We love Luke very much!"
The little angel belongs to Kim and his name is Kozmo. Please notice that Kozmo is wearing a special leash made for birds
when they go outside. NEVER take your bird outside, even with clipped wings, unless
it's wearing a bird safety harness like Kozmo is wearing. Kim said,
"In some ways he really is an angel.
Kozmo was not my original choice for a bird.
I bought his sister named, Cheeko. On the fifteenth day I had her
she died. There was a fifteen day warranty on
all birds from this breeder and I was allowed to pick out a new bird.
I was upset about losing the little bird of only two weeks but when I put my
hand in the enclosure for cockatiels, a
little one leapt up onto my hand and fearlessly crawled onto my shoulder.
I put him back but he followed me around in his cage.
From then on we have not been separated.
Kozmo loves to do many things and occasionally goes to an assisted living facility as a
therapy bird. He always wears his Flight Suit and leash when we go outside to keep
him safe. Kozmo doesn't talk but he does give kisses and can run an obstacle course. He's truly an angel!"
This little bird's name is Paulie an he belongs to Chris. Chris said,
"Paulie shares his home with 2 other cockatiels, Precious
and Pattie. Pattie has been here since last summer but Precious
just came to live with us around Christmas time. I think Paulie liked it better when it was just him.
He got all of the attention. Last summer Paulie really scared us.
He escaped and was gone for 3 days and 3 nights.
We looked high and low for him and were very sad. We put
an ad in the newspaper, hoping someone would find him. One day a lady found Paulie
porch. He was just chirping away. She didn't know what to do with him so she called the
vet's office. The vet had seen our ad in the newspaper so he gave her our phone number.
Fortunately we got Paulie back
home, safely. To this day, Paulie does not sing like he did before
getting lost although he still sings
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its Off To Work We Go. I'm so thankful we have him back."
Carolyn said, "This is Gobo, my little sweetheart! She is a 6 year old, hand-fed, female Pearl.
I was looking for another bird to keep my Quaker Parakeet, Wicket,
company while I was out. I never actually picked her
out of the clutch. She picked me out as her new owner!!
While I was talking to the breeder, near the cage with the cockatiel family, Gobo
left the cage and walked over to me.
She climbed up my arm, onto my shoulder
and then just sat there. I knew
she was going to be mine as she also must have known.
I'm so honored that she chose me to be her owner.
She has bonded very closely with me.
I wasn't able to teach her to talk but
she does love the wolf-whistle. She loves getting
her head scratched, receiving my attention, and
joining in when I'm eating dinner. Gobo doesn't like to come
on my finger when I offer it. She'd rather come to me
when she wants to. She does follow me around the
house like I'm the leader of the flock and is included in most of my activities, including shower/bath time.
Gobo is very special to me."
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