Birds of the Month, January
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Cookie, belongs to Aileen's 7 year old son, Kenny. She said, "We did not get Cookie from a pet
shop. He was flying around our backyard while
we were gardening. He flew on top of a cage and looked inside. I went over there to catch him
and he did not make a fuss. I guess he
was looking for food and water because when I put him into a cage,
he immediately began to eat and drink. He also took
a bath! Cookie is the cleanest little boy in this house,
even cleaner than Kenny! Cookie loves to take baths, which means I need to change his
drinking water about two times a day. His favorite foods are apples, oranges,
egg whites but his favorite treat is bananas. He gets banana mush all
over his beak and feet then he goes back into his cage and takes a bath.
Cookie loves spending time outside his cage so that he may go exploring.
His favorite thing to do is destroy anything he can get his beak into.
Pieces of wood, cardboard, papers, clothing...anything. We try very
hard not to let this happen but its hard some times. Cookie likes to
whistle the Mexican Hat Dance song and the Andy Griffith theme
song. Even though he sometimes mixes them both up, he
still sounds great!"
Tiffany would like to tell us about her lovely birds, Mojo, a cockatiel and Jojo,
her budgie. Tiffany said, "We bought Mojo around 3 years ago
from a pet store. He had never been handled and would give me nasty bites!!
We hand tamed him and now he's the best bird! He's so so loveable now. Mojo and
can also talk. He says pretty bird. Later on we bought Jojo, a blue female budgie as a
companion for Mojo. The 2 birds get along quite well. About 2 months ago, Mojo
flew out of our front door into the massive trees opposite our home. I was crying so
much because I really didn't think I would ever get him back. We went and knocked on every
neighbor's door and asked to check their gardens. We found him at the last house
we went to. He was sitting up on a high branch eating berries. I was very lucky
to find him."
This is my good friend Cheryl's new Quaker Parrot, Baby.
Cheryl said, "Quakers are quite a bit larger, louder and
somewhat more aggressive than my cockatiels. Baby will fly over to the
cockatiels' cage and then chase them around.
We start out everyday with "Hello Baby" several times. Baby hasn't talked yet but understands step up
and give me a kiss and NO BITE. When Baby bites I say NO BITE and put
him in his cage for awhile. All my birds have freedom to come and go
in and out of their cages, so being put back into the cage is something they
don't like. So far Baby
has become attached to me and won't go to anyone else. I love birds, all kinds and I am
in the process of making one room in my house an aviary.
As with my cockatiels, I give clean dishes and food and water everyday.
I am very big on keeping cages, toys and everything else clean. After much reading I
learned that it would help keep them healthy. Cleanliness also cuts down on vet bills. It
is a lot of work cleaning and disinfecting multiple cages but the rewards outweigh
this. At the present time I have 4 cockatiels, 4 eggs ready to
hatch in a few days, and one Quaker. We are planning on
getting a blue crown conure next month and a indian ringneck
after the first of the year. Yep we are a bird family. If you are interested in a Quaker please read up on this bird.
They are not allowed in several states. "
Petie and Sweetie are owned by Ashlee. Her mom sent us this photo. She said,
"My daughter, Ashlee has two beautiful parakeets that she would
like to share with you. Her green parakeet's name is Petie. Petie is 6 months old. He is just learning to
whistle a little. Sweetie is her blue parakeet and she is 1 1/2 years
old. The two parakeets hang out with our other two cockatiels, Faulker
and Phoebe. Both sets of birds have their own cages but insist on all
being together! They get along great together and are very happy and
content little birds!
Ashlee says that their favorite food to eat is broccoli and
they also like to eat salad too. Petie and Sweetie like to
swing a lot and sit on the living room chairs and watch TV. They like to listen to music
and try to sing along. Ashlee usually leaves the radio on
for them while she is at school to keep them happy."
Julie had this to say about her cockatiel Jo Jo.
"He is an awesome bird. He will follow me around all
over the house, and he loves to sing to my toes.
I don't know what it is about my toes, but he definitely has a foot fetish!
Jo Jo loves feet! He will sing for hours to my toes.
He follows me from room to room and he even likes to take a shower with me.
He sings and whistles all the time, and says things like "Come on Jo Jo", and
"You want a drink". His favorite snacks are Cheerios, but he also loves
pumpkin seeds, biscuits and pizza crust.
His favorite toys include a mirror that hangs in his cage and plastic rings that dangle with a bell.
He likes to make the bell ding.
He pretty much has the run of the house. Jo Jo is a good watch bird also, If someone pulls in the
driveway, he's the
first to know! Jo Jo is an awesome companion and very
This is Poco, Mary and Megan's white faced gray cockatiel. Mary said, "Poco was hatched on June 3, 2004 and
we brought her home when she was three months old. We had visited her for
six weeks at the shop until she was old enough to come home.
She was a hand fed baby and is very tame.
We did a lot of research to prepare ourselves to be cockatiel
owners and are having
a wonderful time getting to know each other! Poco is always happy to come
out of her cage to be with us but she is very good about going back in too!
She is starting to enjoy getting very wet from a mist bottle but
she hasn't taken a "real" bath yet. Poco prefers to be on one of our heads for her baths. It's quite a
sight! Her favorite foods are broccoli, toasted seven grain bread, cooked
whole wheat cous-cous and puffed cereals.
She loves to play with Q-Tips and our bamboo chopsticks! Meal times
are her favorite time to be with us because we allow her to wander freely
at the table, watching her carefully of course. She is fairly quiet, but
each day there is a little more chirping. She doesn't talk or whistle,
but her chirps are so animated it sounds like she is telling a story!"
is a Tia. She recently passed away after her toenail was clipped too
short and she started bleeding. Marissa said this about her bird, "Tia
liked chirping and liked to chew on my mom's rings
and necklaces. She enjoyed eating with me and perching on my finger. She was a
messy eater and there was always food on the floor. I didn't mind vacuuming it
up after her. I loved her companionship
because she was fun to talk to and she would talk back to me. When I came
home after school, Tia would frantically walk
back and forth in her cage and chirp until I took her out. Tia loved
music and she would chirp loudly to it. She was a very friendly bird and didn't bite at all. I
was looking forward to getting another bird to keep her company. I miss her so
Clipping Toenails: Tia passed away 3 days after one of
her toenails was clipped too short and she started bleeding. There is a vein in
your bird's toe and if you
accidentally cut through the vein, your bird will lose a tremendous amount of
blood. If you can't stop the bleeding your bird will die. Tia passed away 3 days after the toenail
clipping because even though the bleeding was stopped, she lost too much blood. Please get your bird's toenails
and wings clipped by an avian vet and ask
him/her to teach you how to do it safely. Also purchase Quick Stop from you
avian vet. This will stop bleeding in most cases. If you do not have Quick Stop
at home and your bird does start to bleed, use white flour or cornstarch on the
cut and apply slight pressure until bleeding stops. If you bird has lost a great
deal of blood, please take it to an avian vet, even if you stop the bleeding. If
you don't have an avian vet and live in the USA or Canada, you should be
able to find one by Clicking Here
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