Birds of the Month, November 2005
By Eleanor McCaffrey
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Peaches, AKA Peachy and Mr. Peach, belongs to Sarah. Sarah is one of the
moderators at Cockatiel Cottage Message Board. She said, "We
had not been planning on getting a lovebird but Peaches needed us. We
went to the pet store and stopped to look at the birds! The
lovebird cage had 7 lovies in it. Peaches was the only one not paired up
with a buddy. The other birds were plucking out his head feathers and picking on
him. Every week I went back and he looked more depressed and
less active. One day I saw
that Peaches had his head tucked, but he wasn't sleeping. He looked right
at me with pleading little beady eyes that said "Please don't leave me here
." It broke my heart to walk away from him again. That evening Peaches came home with us. It took about 6 months before he was finally tame and comfortable with us. He
is our little acrobat and monkey, climbing things up, down, sideways and upside down!
This little guy lives to play. He will make a
toy out of anything and spend hours happily playing with it! He will even play soccer with a little ball with us, head butting it across the room.
Peaches is also in love with our cockatiel, Cinnamon. Cinnamon
wants nothing to do with him! Thatís ok with me, though, because it means that Peaches
cuddles with mommy more often! He is such a snuggly little fellow and I
just love him to bits!"
Wayward Hayward is a very special Budgie and he now belongs to Sonja. Her story
is heartwarming. Sonja said, "I am a nurse and work in a
specialist palliative care cancer unit. I adopted Wayward from one of my
patients who was very ill, I do not know how old he is but we do love
him very much. He enjoys being in the garden in his cage and loves to
have a good fly around!
He is named Wayward Hayward because I work in Hayward House and thought it would
be fitting to call him by a name that would always remind me of why I adopted him.
Wayward is not my only bird. also have a Cockatiel called Jasmine. They
both get along together well and keep each other company, Wayward enjoys coming outside in
his cage to the garden, and playing with his toys. He will occasionally come out
of his cage to play but not very often. He does chirp alot but recently has
begun mimicking the dog next door so he barks very well too!! He enjoys seed
sticks and playing with his mirrors. He will spend hours looking in his mirrors
and playing with bells. He enjoys getting a water misting bath too. We love him very
much. I nursed his original owner for many weeks and I know
that she would be glad that I kept my promise to her and looked after her little feathered angel."
Chantilly Lace, AKA Lacey, belongs to Judith. Judith is a frequent visitor to
Cockatiel Cottage Message Board. Judith said, "Lacey is 1 year old. She is a beautiful
cinnamon pied pearl. I got her from a friend when she was just 4 weeks old. I had to hand feed her. I
live in Florida and at the time that I got her we had a bad hurricane. I can remember getting up in
the middle of the night to feed her. I had to heat water on an outside grill constantly checking the
temperature of the water. We were without power for 9 days. Boy, when I think of it now. It was
worth all the effort though. Lacey is a sweet little girl. I love her very much.
She loves to
eat all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Her favorite is corn. I love to try different recipes
for her that I find on C.C. One of her favorite things to do is to go for walks outside
in her Pet Pocket carrier. I can't imagine life without her. I think I'll go give her scritches right
Tweety is 8 years old and she belongs to Ginny. She's had her since she was 6
weeks old. Ginny said, "Tweety was the
runt of the clutch and she was my first experience with birds. It was a
learning experience for both of us. I never put my hand inside of her cage to
get her out. I put the cage on the floor and opened her door with me sitting on the
floor across from her. By the 3rd day, she had come over and would sit
on my ankle. By the end of week one, Tweety was sitting on my shoulder.
She never liked baths, so a misting bottle came in handy. Tweety likes to
stand in her tub (a glass pie plate bought just for her). She doesn't really bathe. She dips her head and
gets her belly wet. For toys, she mostly likes bells and mirrors. She tips her
head upside down and reaches up to grab the clapper. Tweety cuddles up
to the mirrors and looks at the pretty bird she sees in it. Her
favorite foods are potatoes and pasta. She also likes fruits if they aren't cold, especially grapes. Tweety likes goldfish crackers,
but I think she just likes to crush them up. She doesn't talk, but I have one
of those bird clocks that chime a different bird each hour. Tweety can
of the birds. She yells at the rest of them."
This is Crystal's bird Ziko. Crystal said, "Ziko was very frightened
when we first got him.
He would scream if I even came near his cage. In a couple of weeks
he became stuck to me like a baby to his mother. Ziko spent hours on my
shoulder staring at the pc. He studied with me and listened to my awful
Hamlet recitals. He loves being cuddled and always bends his head down for
scritches. I never clipped his wings so I have to make sure the windows and doors
before taking him out of his cage. I later decided to get Ziko a companion,
Kiki. I moved them out of their cage into their own room. Within a few months, they gave me two
angels, Nemo and Touti. Ziko is now a devoted father. I love watching him
feed the babies and groom them. The babies are growing bigger and prettier
everyday. Since I can't find pellets here in Egypt, Ziko eats seeds,
vegetables, eggs and any table food that I am eating. He won't hesitate to take
a bite out of my sandwich! His favorite toys are my golden rings and bracelet,
too expensive! Ziko is a great talker and whistler. He can
say his own name and many other sentences. He speaks in Arabic of course .
He even taught Kiki some of the whistles and words. I think his babies will be excellent
I wish I could find a human being with the qualities of Ziko!"
This is Mojo Jojo. He just had his first birthday. Eppy had this to say about
him, " I'm 18 and I bought him last
year. My mum was a bit cautious but now everyone in the
family loves him and Mojo Jojo has become a loved family member. He was originally called
Mojo but he loves to say "Mojo Jojo" so that's what we call him! He loves talking
and he can say "hello", "morning", "pretty boy", "Mojo Jojo" . He can
also blow kisses, imitate an evil laugh and to the wolf whistles! Mojo
Jojo is a great fan of Elvis and he likes to dance to his music. He can
also whistle "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender" Mojo Jojo loves to play
with his food. At the end of the day
half of the food from his bowl has mysteriously ended up in his water.
Mojo's favorite toys are his ladder and bell. He seems to ring the bell when anyone walks past the
house. Being a parrot
bell this tends to be rather noisy."
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