Jelly Bean, Karly's Sweet Little Friend
Jelly Bean is my normal gray cockatiel. I got him in December
from a pet store.I picked him out of a group of three cockatiels. Jelly Bean definitely wasn't the prettiest.
There was a beautiful
pied tiel. The sales person said "Oh you probably don't want that
one, it's a girl." Jelly was the tamest
little tiel by far. He didn't try to escape when I picked him up but perched happily
on my finger. The pied wasn't tame enough and the other grey wasn't as
friendly. I wish
I had gotten a cockatiel from a breeder and not a pet store. Even though I love
Jelly Bean I just don't know for sure if he was hand raised or how old
he is. I've only just discovered that Jelly Bean is a he! I can't
be sure but after molting he has a bright yellow face, red cheeks, and his tail feathers are starting to loose the
barring. You never know, even the
avian vet was wrong!
Jelly Bean can't talk but he does some great whistles! He can't whistle a song exactly but he does this cute little
tune. Unfortunately he gets so excited he doesn't always complete the little tune
or he mixes the notes up! His favorite pastimes are to sit
on my shoulder and chew anything in site! He loves to chew on paper, the posters on my walls,
my hair,the curtains, my
laptop if I let him! Yep all birds seem to love to "Help" you type.
He loves to frustrate me by flying up to the curtains,the only place he
is banned from! He will then sit up there chirping at me, and secretly
laughing I'm sure, as I try to get him down. By now I've given up
and just throw a blanket over the curtains so I don't have to worry about
him wrecking them.
His favorite food would definitely
have to be bird seed/millet.I've tried veggies, I've tried
pellets but Jelly will stubbornly refuse them! I still haven't given up though!
I've managed to get him to eat some pellets but only if I hand feed them to
him! He's such a fussy spoiled birdie! So far the veggies I've seen him eat are broccoli,
a little carrot and sometimes some dark green lettuce mixes.I've given him
birdie bread, peas, pumpkin,
potatoes, salads, apples,
banana's even brussel sprouts! I've also made some veggie skewers with lots of different things and I
think they might make him catch on that he is meant to eat the veggies.
Jelly Bean always amuses me when I give him a bath, I always wait for a nice sunny
day then he loves a warm mist.It's so cute how cockatiels spread out their wings
and try and catch all of the spray! He also enjoys drying off in the sun. I have to stay
with him because some creatures around here would love
a cockatiel snack.Jelly Bean's favorite toys are gum leaves. They're great for any tiel, and I'm lucky since I
live in Australia they're easy to find! Another one is a toy that includes
a bell, rope and little wooden fruits to chew. The variety of toys here in
pet shops is pretty sad so I've now started making my own toys for him out
of wooden beads, bells, raffia and whatever else I can find that's safe for
birds. He loves them and it's also a lot cheaper! My favorite thing about him is how he gives me cute
little tiel kisses when I take him out of the cage!
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