I don't even know where to begin here. I'll have to list everything! I will be doing other updates on my reptiles, furries and life in general seeing as I haven't been very chatty myself. Plenty of stuff to tell!
Anyway, here we go! Going to make it as swift as possible because it's late, I'm tired and I have work in the morning. Any questions feel free to ask!
- About a year and a half ago I found an Alexandrine parakeet in need of a new home fairly urgently. I saw the photo for the bird in the advert and I didn't even think twice. She was found 21 years ago in a guys back yard and she couldn't fly. She was very happy to spend time with him but unfortunately the man passed away. His mom and dad took the bird when they cleared his house and they kept her in a room upstairs on her own. It took me a 9 hour round journey to fetch 'Polly' (now renamed HOLLY) but it was so worth it. They gave me a bag of peanuts and sunflower seeds to take with her as I insisted that I didn't want her cage. She looked pretty rough and you can see the damage a bad diet can do. I chucked it out into some bushes on the way home for the wild birds. They would appreciate it far more than I do! We have no idea how old she actually is and the only bit of information we have is that she has had her disability since they found her. She holds her wings slightly down and can't use them at all, not even to flap. She gets around brilliantly though and she's built up her strength fantastically. She loves her natural perches and she will chew them to oblivion. She isn't keen on toys and I have to be super careful how many she has in her cage otherwise she can bump into them and become a bit panicked. She has towels on the bottom of her cage should she slip off her perches but she hasn't had a fall in about a year now. She isn't hands on but she can't stand being away from you. She has to know where you are at all times and she will consistently say hello when you're in the room! I'm not going to ramble too much because there's so much to discuss but here's some photos (not many so I don't take up the thread!)
The photo from the ad...
The day we bought her home
And this was her recently (don't tell me she doesn't look miles better!)
- I'd been after a male Alexandrine for my other hen for a while and one of the nights I was at a bird sale I was asked if I knew anybody that wanted an adult male Alexandrine. I asked how much and I was offered a good price. They told me I could fetch him whenever (I also bought a load of aluminium cages off the owner too). George is about 13 years old, has bred before and is not hands on BUT is very sweet and likes to hang out with you. He won't step up but if your shoulder is near the cage he does make his way down. He talks up a storm but when you're near him he CONSTANTLY mumbles to himself. He's hilarious and such a sweetheart. He's very handsome and quite the charmer
- At the beginning of the year I was asked if I wanted to take on an Indian ringneck but I'd said no. I was asked again about 6 months after. Still no. I was asked again and then sent a photo of her and I said yes. They had no information on the bird other than she belonged to a relative, was called Skye and needed a home. I had her off them a month or so ago and she's only just had her disease testing results back so she's been in quarantine since. She came to me clipped but I'm very glad to say that her flights are coming back in and with that she's becoming less inclined to step up. That isn't a problem for me, I just want her to be happy and if she doesn't wanna hang out then that's fine. No need to stroke my ego! I'm hoping to look for a mate for her when I can guarantee her sex. Her ring appears to be foreign so I'm not sure where she's from but it seems like the Netherlands. If it is and I'm reading it correctly then she should be 3 years old and definitely female. She's certainly got the dark low mandible and adult eyes but now she's starting to moult out a bit I am sure I can see a ring. My hen Alexandrine has one though and she's laid eggs! She was very scruffy looking when I got her but she's looking great already after a diet change and loads of mistings
The day I got her
A week in
If that comes up sideways I apologise, I'm using TinyPic because photobucket no longer works for me and it's terrible
- A pair of my cockatiels had this lovely cinnamon cock chick that I kept as a hold back. I have lovingly named him Lucifer (he was named Tiny Satan prior to this... he wasn't the nicest chick haha!). He's just had a moult and his head has really brightened up so I need to get some new photos of him
- Does anybody here remember my old peach faced lovies, Blackjack and Picasso? Picasso passed away years ago as many of you know but Blackjack went to live with a friend and her flock. She recently contacted me to tell me that she was moving away and she would like me to take him back. Of course I wouldn't say no to that! He's in with my other lovies and is just as happy and as sweet as ever. I was thrilled to have him back. I'd missed him over these years! It always amazes me how well he does for such an old boy
- Long story short, my cockatiels double clutched and hatched two chicks. Fine by me. What wasn't fine was that they were only feeding them late on an evening so I had to step in and co-parent the chicks. I didn't want to fully hand rear unless I had to but I did need to step in. They were stunted and their development was about 2 weeks behind normal growth, very dehydrated and struggled to open their eyes. After the first feed they perked up tons. I would add coconut water to their formula for a little boost too. They're doing great now and are flying around the aviary. They are eating on their own but the eldest still begs for food occasionally (from the parents!). I took pics of them every day but I'll just throw in a few so you can see how they get on. I have kept them myself as after the ordeal of trying to 'fix' them I couldn't bring myself to let them go. They don't have names just yet but I have some in mind
They were two weeks old at Day 1 of co-parenting
The girls get a lot of compliments on their colouration. They're cinnamon pearl lutinos split to pied!
This year I haven't been breeding much at all because of the multitude of things that are going on in my life. I produced two clutches of budgies, all of which have gone to fantastic new homes and the cockatiels who have stayed with myself
I have built a purpose built building for the more indoor birds to go outside in. It has heating, electrics, sound proofing, double glazed windows and a bright roof to let as much light in as possible without it getting hot in there. I just need to put some nice wooden flooring down now because the floor is kinda ugly and put some tapestry, posters or anything on the walls to make it look less dull! It is getting there though and I'm sure it will be great when it's 100% finished. I was originally going to house my aluminium cages in there but it's not big enough to put all 6 in there so I'm moving on to the garage next and finally gutting it all out. I can't wait! I'm also hoping to build the new aviaries for my cockatiels and kakarikis in the new year before I do anything else
That's about all I can think of right now to be honest! I've tried to keep it to the point
Sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd of liked to have been. I'll have plenty of things to discuss though!