Birds of the Month, May, 2005
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Heidi's baby was born with splayed legs. She said, " When 2 babies were
born with splayed legs, I was using a makeup sponge to help correct them The sponge was rubbing their legs raw. An avian vet
vet came to my house and he told he to put them in bowls with a nursing pad in
the bottom! He only put a hobble on 1 of the babies. He said the others should
correct on their own if they are kept in there own small bowl. He also stated
that the makeup pad would work but you need to put on a tape hobble around the
ankles too. That way the legs are stable and the they are supported on the
top and the bottom. He placed a tape hobble above the hocks and a second one below the
hocks. He used 1 piece of tape,
wrapped it around one leg then brought it over to other
leg and back to the middle. He told me to leave
it on for 10-15 days. He also said to keep the baby in a cup, packed in
if needed. Note: use white, unscented Kleenex to keep legs straight down from
the body. He said I may need to change
the tape as the baby grows, but to make sure it's not too tight! It's just medical tape so it's
sticky The sticky part isn't exposed in between
the legs because the tape is stuck to itself. I have an
aquarium with a reptile heater on the bottom of it.
I put a towel down, then the cups. That way the babies don't
get too warm and I can watch them. If they pant that means their
to hot and if they shiver they are to cold. I have been putting
my eggs in an incubator and hand feeding from hatch. My adult birds neglect their babies, so I am
playing momma bird. I have been learning a lot over the past year." Thank you so
much for sharing this with us Heidi!
Bucky is enjoying a kiss from Barb, who rescued him from the Humane Shelter.
Barb said, "I cannot believe this is the same bird we rescued only one week ago.
He was supposedly aggressive and unfriendly because he was mistreated and rejected by 3 different owners.
He wouldn’t sit on fingers and bit anyone who came near him.
Bucky now steps up on my finger and stays there while I walk through
the house. He also flies to our shoulders, cuddles against our cheeks and gives little "kisses".
Our Bucky eats everything, pellets, seeds, wheat chex, cheerios, fruits, veggies, ring
He even has dinner with us at the table, eating off of each plate. I had to mist him with water
because he he didn't know what a bath was. He really enjoyed it, preened himself, then took a nap.
What an amazing change in this little bird.
He is a wonderful little tiel and I thank God we found this little angel before anymore
damage was inflicted on him."
This is Starburst. She is one of the the cockatiels that Denny adopted from a bad homes .
Denny said, "Starburst is about 2 yrs old. She was very thin and
frightened when I got her. She also
had no idea what human love was or what real food was. She must have been
on an all seed diet. You can see in the photo how well she looks now.
Starburst has such a wonderful personality!
She loves to come out and sit on her cage or just sit on my arm. At feeding time
she jumps on my arm and starts eating as I'm placing the food dish in her cage.
Starburst Likes Cheerios , hamburger, all veggies and she loves rice pilaf.
She gets along great with the
other tiels I have. She loves to get them all chirping when she hears my voice .
She does the wolf whistle and a copy of a car alarm . Starburst has a lot of
toys but it seems she is most fond of this one baby rattle. Just by watching
her, you can see her personality shine through. You just have to take her
out and play with her. I have a total of 7
that I have adopted from bad homes."
This is Gryf, Lyra's peached faced lovebird. Lyra said, "Gryf is 2-years
old. She loves to drive me and my family crazy by ringing the bell
in her cage all day long. Gryf is very protective of me. If she's is on my shoulder and someone
reaches out towards me, she will attack them. Gryf won't let anyone take her out of her cage
except me. When she wants to be snuggled,
she will bite your finger and then bend her head down and puff
up with her eyes closed. Gryf loves to take baths in saucers
of water. When she's mad, she will let you know by biting
you hard on the ear. When she's happy, she will chirp quietly and
preen your face. When you're sad, she will lick the tears off your
face, rub them on your shoulder and give you birdie kisses. Since Gryf grew up around people,
she thinks she's a person
and hates other birds. She is an
Rainbow, who is owned by Stacey, is another cockatiel that was rescued.
Stacey said, "I got Rainbow about 1 and 1/2 months ago. He was rescued by an Avian Rescue
group. He had been badly neglected and he didn't have any food or water. He was in a terrible cage with
very dirty papers. I don't know how anybody could hurt an animal like this.
I am disabled and since I got him he has made my days a lot brighter. He spends all day singing or
whistling to me. When I walk away from him he start screaming and wants more attention.
Rainbow is a
little spoiled but I wouldn't have it any other way. He loves carrots and apples. He
doesn't come out of his cage much because he has
not had his wings clipped yet. As soon as he does he will spend most of his day out of his cage.
I just bought him a brand new cage that is a little bit bigger than the one he has now. I also
got him some new toys and treats. Just like my dog, he get all of my attention. Hubby gets a little jealous sometimes!!
Once in a while Rainbow imitates hiccups. It's so cute to watch him chirp and bounce a
little bit when he does this. When he really gets into singing he starts bobbing
his head and swaying back and forth. As you can tell he makes each day easier to handle.
I thank God for him and my dog every day. They are my babies."
Stormy is Cynthia's 22 year old Quaker parrot. The average lifespan of a Quaker is 25-30 years.
Cynthia said, "Stormy can talk very
clearly. He says many phrases and words. He's a great little guy, spoiled,
spunky and very protective of his mommy! His favorite game is chasing my husband away from me.
Stormy started getting seizures about a year ago. After several
tests, my vet said it was because of his age. According to the vet, just
like humans, a bird's brain can deteriorate with age. He compared it to
having Alzheimers. Stormy usually has about 5 seizures a week. They come on
without warning and last about 5 minutes. He will just start shaking. His little feet will curl up and he breathes hard
and fast, like a dog panting. Sometimes he falls from his perch. His
perches are now lowered to the bottom of his cage and the bottom is lined with
shredded paper towels for extra padding. I take him out of his cage and hold
him close to me and talk to him until the seizure passes. Once he had a seizure that lasted over
a half hour.
I took him to the vet and he was sedated. I thought that
was the end for my baby. Thankfully, he was fine the next day. Amazingly,
since we've got Annie, our new cockatiel, Stormy's seizures
have been less frequent. Our vet thinks perhaps having another bird to interact
with helps keep him more focused and active. I can't get Stormy to step
up onto my hand anymore. He will still climb out of his cage so I can give him
scritches but he will not step up. I don't know if it has
anything to do with his seizures or his foot which was
broken long before I got him. The vet said his foot may hurt and that
could be why. This afternoon I was giving him scritches and
talking to him like always. He just walked right over onto my shoulder.
I cried and cried. He hadn't done that in months. I sat on the couch with
him for almost 2 hours. He
was content just sitting on my shoulder. He was nuzzling my cheek and preening my hair just
like he used to do. Stormy is my baby, the love of my life. I know my time
with him is running out and I hate that thought. Stormy is and
always will be my first baby. Each night I pray for another day with him. I wish
he could live forever."
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