Birds of the Month, June, 2005
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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This is Angie's cockatiel, Sugar. As you can see from the photo, Sugar has
plucked out all of the feathers on her neck and abdomen. Feather plucking like
this is often the result of lack of attention, neglect, no toys in the cage to
chew on, being left home alone while going to work or school as well as some
avian diseases like Giardia. Angie said, " Someone brought this bird to our vet to be euthanized because she
has plucked most of her feathers out. She is almost bald and lived at my
avian vet's office for about a year. They let me adopt her. Sugar does not have mites, PBFD or any other illness that
would cause feather plucking like this. The vet thinks that she was just lonely or bored. Her cage was so gross that
it would have made you cry. I came home, put her in an extra clean cage
that we had and she is eating well. Sugar is is such a sweetie! She LOVES
bird bread rice and beans. She's also very friendly and will jump right on
my finger then sit on my shoulder. What a little lover! It sickens me that someone
didn't want her because she didn't look pretty. I have two other female
cockatiels and one male. The females are a cinnamon named Pumpkin
and a pearl cockatiel named Spice. The male is a regular cockatiel that I
also adopted because the owner didn't want him anymore and was going to just
let him fly away. *GASP* His name is Cassie. I don't understand how people can
be so cruel to birds. I love all my babies!!!!
Sharon owns Rosie, a pretty, normal gray cockatiel. She is another rescued bird. Sharon said, " Rosie
is the first bird I've ever had but I just couldn't say no. She is 5 years old
and we rescued her from a house where she was being neglected.
Her cage was never cleaned and it was filthy and she rarely got fresh food and water.
Rosie was left caged in a back room where she was lucky if she even got the
cover taken off of her cage. We have had her for about 4 weeks now. It was rough at
first because she was so frightened ,and small. She wanted to attack anything
that got near her. With the help of your site and me being a big talker and (she
loves to hear me talk) within a week she was putting her head down for me to pet her.
Rosie loves to come out of her cage
and sit on a window sill and sing to the birds outside. She sings so
pretty to them but won't sing when she's inside of her cage. I'm introducing
Rosie to new table foods like peaches, corn, broccoli and such and she loves
it. Rosie also loves to spin on a "Sit n Spin" toy. I
read the articles on your site and have been following the advice. Now 4 weeks
later, Rosie is doing GREAT!!!"
This is Baby Sierra at 17 days of age and his daddy, Prince Charming. They
belong to Kat. She said, "I adopted Prince Charming and his mate,
Snow White, from a family that was neglecting them.
I've had them now for about a year, and they are happy and thriving. They just had
their first baby, Sierra. Mom and Dad are doing a great
job raising her. Prince loves to sing, and will dance on his perch anytime the music
is playing. Your website has taught me many wonderful techniques, and my babies are
all the better for it! Prince is a beautiful bird. He isn't very fond of fresh veggies,
which I know sounds strange. He loves his seed, but his favorite
treat is popcorn! He'll pick it up off the floor of the cage and
toss it around before chewing it to pieces. His favorite toy is a
yellow sunflower shaped mirror with a bell attached to the bottom.
He'll spend hours pecking at himself in the mirror, then ringing
the bell while hanging upside-down. If I have music playing in the
house, he'll dance across his perch, bobbing his head and
whistling. Prince doesn't talk, at least
not yet, but he expresses himself very well through his beautiful
singing. I never knew a person could grow so fond of a bird, but
Prince is like a child, with his own very strong personality, and
now a wonderful father to his baby, Sierra. To anyone thinking
of adopting or purchasing a cockatiel, you won't be sorry. They
give to you as much love as they are given, and then some. They
are the greatest joy in my life!"
Po was born in October of 2003 and he belongs to Alison. She said, "The first day Po was home with me,
he immediately bonded to me as if he knew I was his mommy cockatiel. He
caught on to the "up, up" command very quickly. Po is constantly
playing "bombs away" from the kitchen table with various objects, that he can get his beak
on! He loves to run around in circles on the table
whistling various tunes that he made up and talking to himself
in the reflection of the glass on the table! He enjoys coming into the shower with me and flapping his wings
feverishly in the warm water! At night,
he snuggles up with me in bed and I rub his little ear
patches until it's "sleepy sleep time" then off to bed he goes.
In the morning, he starts singing and calling for me, no need
for an alarm clock! Po's favorite foods are corn and broccoli. He does NOT like any
kind of fruit! He is the best investment I've ever made and I look forward to many,
more years of his company!"
These sweet babies belong to Lisa. She said, "The normal gray's name is
Tinkerbell. My father found him being attacked by two
crows in his front yard. He scared the crows off
before they had time to do any damage to the the bird. He
made a make shift cage for him and we tried to find
the owner to no avail. I then purchased Tinkerbell a
really nice cage and he became attached to us very
quickly especially to me . Every time I leave the room,
Tinkerbell will call out to me until I return. If I leave the
cage door open he will come out (I had his wings
clipped after we adopted him) and walk through the
house looking for me. I am never far away. I just
hide around the corner and watch him try and find me!
Then just last week we decided we wanted to expand our
family and got a second cockatiel. We did not know we were not suppose to
quarantine the birds from each other for 30 days. The bird farm
where we bought our new bird from didn't tell us this. It's too late now, so we are
hoping for the best! My 6 year old daughter picked out a
pretty pearl cockatiel, which she named Princess. We
are almost certain that Princess is a male. He is
very vocal. We are totally in love with our birds and
are very happy to now know the joy of being a cockatiel owner
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