Birds of the Month, February, 2005
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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This is Katherine's bird Rome. She said, "I got him last year in
November from my
grandparents. Their two cockatiels had babies. They ended up with too many
birds so I was promised one of the cockatiels when they were just eggs.
Rome is so sweet. He loves to wolf whistle and say "Hello Rome."
When I let him out he likes to jump around on people's heads. He
enjoys having his head scritched and his favorite foods are carrots, bread and dried corn. My little sister, who I share a room
gets annoyed because before fall asleep all we can
hear is the sound of Rome grinding his beak! He had a toy bell, but I took it
away. It was frayed. Rome might have gotten tangled up in.
He now has a McDonald's toy that he loves to attack and talk to."
Eva sent us this photo of her bird Tejais. She said, "Tejais' favorite little
person was Nolan, my grandson. My daughter Debbie was his favorite big
person, other than me. Tejais could talk! He could say: "Here Kitty kitty kitty",
"Ha Ha Ha" "Hey! Hey!" "Come here Come here" (while watching someone go by)
"Tejais - pretty bird". "What's up Doc", "Aaaahoo" (copying my sneeze). His favorite foods included mashed potatoes with margarine and dab of salt,
scrambled eggs, and tator tots. He enjoyed riding in the car with us and visiting other people.
Tejais did not like the sound of a baby or a small child crying, real or on TV.
He would get very fidgety, trying to get over to the baby.
He had to see if the little one was OK. Once the baby started laughing
at him, he was content. He couldn't stand
it when someone didn't want to visit with him. He would climb up to
them over and over again. As soon as they accepted him and visited with him he was happy.
I hope this explains why we all miss him so much. He had so
many friends, all over our town."
This is a photograph of Chico, one of Anna's 4 cockatiels. Pictures of the other 3,
Chima, Goldy and Marchy are on page 2. Anna said,
"Each bird has a very different personality. Chico is a very talented bird. He can say a few words and
he likes to sing. Chico
can also dance and do tricks. He's 2 years old and just wonderful.
Chima is very good mother. She is also very smart and likes to play with the
other cockatiels. Chima is in love with Chico. She really enjoys scratching the
other cockatiel's heads. Marchy is my favorite bird He's only a year old
and also very smart. He likes to whistle and play. Goldy is only
7 month old. She's an awesome bird. She's intelligent and so pretty! She thinks
she is about 5 years old! All 4 of my birds always have clean water,
a large, clean cage and the all get lots of love. They enjoy eating
different food and a variety of fresh vegetables. They are the most beautiful birds in the
Casey is owned by Annie. Casey is now a 1 year old bird.
Annie said, "I got her about 2 months ago. I walked into a pet shop to buy some seed and little Casey followed me everywhere
around the aviary.
Casey would not take her little eyes off of me. I somehow felt there was a special connection
between the 2 of us. Needless to say, I brought her home with me that day. Casey is
adorable and she is developing a lovely little personality. She Loves to get out of the cage and be with me all the time. Casey gets
jealous and cranky when I'm not playing with her or paying attention to her. Like all babies,
she gets into lots of mischief too.
Casey cannot replace Mango, but I'm so glad my little
special baby picked me and put that smile on my face again."
This little sweetheart's name is Billy and he is owned by Roseanne. She said,
"Billy is 6 months old in this picture. He was handfed so is very quiet and cute.
His breeder sent me pictures of him from
the time he was 1 week old. So I was already in love with him before I even brought
him home. Billy broke off all of his tail feathers and we're waiting for new
ones to grow in. I think Billy is a male because he is so vocal. He can say Hello Billy,
whistle a few tunes , and
mimic the phone. Billy I lives outside of his cage when I'm home. He loves
any food that mum or dad are eating. He comes right over as soon as he sees
food on the table. Billy's wings are clipped but his little legs
sure move quickly. Billy has a big log to sit on that my husband brought home
for him. He sits on it most of the time,
but sometimes he will sneak off and start chewing something that he shouldn't
be chewing on. I usually catch him because he tends to be quiet when he's doing
something naughty. Billy loves to sit on shoulders and walk around with us. We
also take him outside on nice days."
NOTE: Taking birds outside with
clipped wings can be dangerous. If they are startled by a loud noise from a
wild bird, a car engine, lawn mower, airplane, barking dog, people
talking/shouting etc. they can gain
strength to fly upwards and a great distance, getting lost. Many visitors
to Cockatiel Cottage have lost their birds this way. Please do not take your
bird outside unless it is in a cage, flight suit or a birdie harness.
Jack and Dylan are owned by Jessie. She said,
"These birds are my babies. Jack is bird on the left with the bright orange
cheek patches. I got him when he was 2 months old. He wasn't friendly at
all when I first brought him home. Once his wings were clipped he became more friendly towards
me. After a month of showering him with attention, one day he let me scratch him.
This was a big step and one of my proudest moments with him. Jack was
lonely because he was home alone while I was at work. So Dylan was bought as a
companion for him. Dylan was about 3 months old and an aviary bird.
Unfortunately he wasn't as easy to tame as Jack was. As a consequence Jack started copying
Dylan's misbehavior and he started to bite. I recently purchased a 7 week old
handfed cockatiel at the pet shop. I haven't named her yet. Hopefully her soft nature will
help Jack to become affectionate once again.
I just adore my babies!"
little angel's name is Ruby. After Dee's beloved cockatiel Sherbet passed away
so suddenly, a loving friend gave her Ruby as a gift, She is 10 weeks old in
this picture. Dee said, "I wasn't sure if I could cope with a new bird
because I was so upset about Sherbet. I took one look at Ruby and I fell in love
all over again! I do panic a bit because she is so young , but she has
settled in very well. Ruby loves to be pet and handfed. She always follows
me into the kitchen. I think she may be trying to talk. I have spent a great
deal of time trying to teach her. Ruby will eat any green vegetable
even asparagus! She also likes broccoli and apples. I am slowly
introducing her to a pellet based diet. She already has a mineral block and a
cuttlebone. Ruby will play with anything since I had her wings
clipped. She seems to be bouncing along, climbing up chairs. She's going
to be a handful. Ruby is not afraid of anything and will let anyone touch her. I
think this is wonderful since she came from an aviary and wasn't handfed. I'm so
glad my friend thought so much of me to help me recover from my loss by bringing
this little one into my life. I thank you Karen!"
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