I know its been a while.. I have been crazy busy in my life with my third year of Nursing. I figure you all might like an update on how things are going as I have some terrible news and some okay/good(Maybe) news.
I like to Start bad and end good so I'll start there.
I was down to one bird from four, but I am currently back up to two birds. I decided to keep Zoey (Female, Rose Crown Conure) and Tico (Male, Pacific Parrotlet)
. Here is what happened... I lost my Dad suddenly of a heart attack in May 08, 2016 (Mother's Day)
. He was young in my opinion at 54yrs old. I have had a very hard time dealing with the loss of a man so close to me after losing my Grandfather who I was also very close to just three years earlier, due to heart issues as well. (My grandfather was not related by blood, Grandma's second husband). I have had a lot of recent loss and with school and work I have been trying hard to deal with it... I didn't do well, although I had great support from my family, friends and spouse, I was still struggling. My birds, were put on a back burner with what I hate to admit was minimal care. They always had food and water, but barely came out as I just didn't enjoy it, and no fresh fruit or veggies while I was in this state. Now I will agree that this isn't like me at all, and although going through something may not appear to others as a reason for lack of care, it was for me... I am not proud that I neglected care such as out of cage time and fresh fruit and veggies and gave them the minimum care I could offer such as clean cages, fresh water and food (seeds and pellets) daily with toys changed every week or so. They were cared for... just not to the same standard I had once been doing. I finally decided to make a decision which had brought me to tears
. I am going to admit something horrible
... I lost interest in everything I had once loved... the birds were a loss of interest. I had two
linnies who were having issues with egg laying they wouldn't stop even though I had been doing everything within my power at the time to deal with it. Finally after months of self struggle decided I needed to make a VERY hard decision which I didn't come to lightly. I decided to give the linnies back to the breeders as I couldn't help with the egg laying and decided maybe they should be breeding as it seems to be what they want to do and may have needed. My mom decided I couldn't give away my parrotlet as I had, had him the longest so she took him on the basis if I ever wanted him back I could take him. I was also told that by both of the breeders (of which I have wonderful relationships with) that if they still had my birds I could get them back at any time and were very understanding with the my loss in my life and within myself.
I decided to keep Zoey as I felt closest to her and it seemed I really couldn't part with her after all the work I had put in with her tail and feather issues. I have come back in pieces and have pulled myself together. I am still different as I feel I will always be from now on. I am still in school and working two jobs. My mom had Tico for a while, but due to her living arrangement and cats in the household (her roommates cats). were found to be attacking the flight cage from which Tico was in. It deemed unsafe for him and too stressful and so he is back home with me. He had started to pluck while in that environment and was looking very disheveled is looking a little less disheveled now that he is back home. I am slowing regaining myself and my interests in my birds. I am not perfect, but I am doing more for them.. such as fresh fruit/veggies and out of cage time
. Things have turned around a bit for me and I am finally able to talk about it and share my full story.
I hope you will be supportive and understanding even though I know I may still be judged. I have kept in touch with the breeders and all will be happy to know my creamino Linnie is in the process of being matched up to a male for breeding purposes and has seemed to take a liking to him rather quickly.
My other cobalt linnie has made another cage mate friend although I haven't been informed of who the cage mate is as of yet (whether male or female or even same species). So ill try to update as i find out. Both are doing very well.
Zoey and Tico are doing well as well and maybe when it's not midnight, I can take a picture and post it! Good night
everyone and thanks for reading