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G'day From Down Under

G'day from Down Under.

I joined Talk Parrots yesterday, and thought I'd better introduce myself.

I live in the Australian state of Queensland, in a city called Bundaberg, which is about a five hour drive north of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland.

Bundaberg is only a half hour drive from the coast, and is known for its sugar cane, rum (a byproduct of sugar cane), and its tourist industry.

I'm already a slave to three budgies named Bundy, Aussie and Skye, and one cockatiel named Tilly, who has really bonded with my wife. I'm also a member of Talk Budgies, where I use the nick Betcherrygah, and Talk Cockatiels, where I use the nick Nimphicus.

Yesterday, the first of January, we had a sweet little blue masked lovebird decide that she'd like to come and live at our house. By that I mean she flew in from somewhere and hung around Bundy and Aussie's large cage which is out on our back patio. She made a few attempts to come inside through our windows as she could hear Tilly and Skye calling, they're inside birds, but when she couldn't get in she went back to hanging around with our outside budgies.

I felt that she must have escaped from somewhere nearby and put a small cage out with some seed and water in it, and left the door open. Sure enough she ventured into the cage and I quickly shut the door. I put a clothes peg on the door to prevent her opening it, but she's no fool and soon had the peg off, the door open, and made her escape, which I'm sure is just what she did prior to visiting us.

She didn't go far, and continued to hang around, and duck in and out of the cage to get food and water, but was much too quick for me to catch a second time.

She spent last night sleeping outside under the budgies cage, and this morning, right on daybreak I saw her back in the little cage eating and drinking. This time I did get the door shut before she escaped.

My reason for not wanting her to fly freely around is that I'm concerned that being used to being in captivity she might just get taken by a bird of prey, which there are quite a few around here with the sugar cane fields.

My plan is to see if I can find where she came from and who she belonged to, and reacquaint them.
I'll place ads inthe local newspaper and let the local vets know that I've found her.
If I can't find her previous owner, then I can offer her a loving home here.
I've already re-housed her in a large budgie cage I had spare, and I've been to the pet shop to get her some toys and other birdie necessities.

For now I've named her Uno, which is number one in Italian, as she came into our lives on the first day of the first month.

Are there any other Aussies here, and if there are, where are you from?

Cheers,

John.

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Welcome to our forum, John!
We would love to see a picture of your birds.
Thanks so much for taking care of the little lovie!
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Good morning, and thanks for the welcome ladies (I'm assuming that you're all ladies ),I'll post some photos of my flock when I get a chance.

Little Uno has settled in beautifully, and seems to be right at home in her new surroundings. I'm referring to Uno as "her" even though I don't know if she's a little girl or a little boy. I'm not sure of here age either, but perhaps once I post a photo of her someone might be able to offer some advice?

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Welcome my dear friend John. Isn't it about time you popped into TB and said hello. We have missed you. It appears all the kids are doing fine and now a possible new addition. Hope to see you more often.

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Welcome my dear friend John. Isn't it about time you popped into TB and said hello. We have missed you. It appears all the kids are doing fine and now a possible new addition. Hope to see you more often.

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Good morning Kate, fancy running into you here; I'm so pleased that I did.

I really don't get much time these days for posting on forums, though I do pop into TB and TC occasionally to see what's going on, and who's still about.

I know, excuses, excuses, but I am heavily involved in my local men's shed, and produce their monthly newsletter and run their website, which I built for them. Plus I run a social cards and board games group in conjunction with our men's shed for men who need, who for one reason or another, find it difficult to socialise, and this takes up two morning a week.

My reason for joining this forum is really to learn about lovebirds so I do the right thing by little Uno, which I did with TB and TC.

I really do miss the "old crew" on TB, as most of them seem to have drifted away, just like I did I suppose after I lost little Larry, my first budgie. In particular I'd love to find out what's happened to Debbie (Robo Hip) as I have completely lost touch with her and I know she and her family were going through lots of serious medical issues.

That leads me to ask, how have you been keeping?

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Thank you for your welcome and advice Abby, both are appreciated.

Cheers,

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You cannot visually sex a lovie, nor can you tell her age! If you don't find the owner, do you intend on keeping her? We have a few lovie owners on the forum including myself

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Hi Daisy,

Yes, It's my intention to keep her if I can't finder her owners. She seems very happy and contented at the moment, and I must admit that I'm smitten by her.

I realised that you couldn't visually tell her sex, but thought a good clear photo might just give a clue to her age, from what you've written, that's not so.

I'll take some photos of her soon and start another thread so you can see why I'm smitten.

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John you can sometimes sex them by using an appropriate finger, if the bird doesn't tense up on you. Wide vent is female, narrow vent is male. Experienced breeders can sex them pretty accurately that way. But you have to be able to handle the bird pretty easily to do it.

I don't know John, men and their sheds. Just an excuse to get away from the ladies I think. It's discrimination if you ask me. We have a local men's shed and I would really love to be involved sometimes. Unfortunately I don't have the right equipment, if you know what I mean.

As for how I am keeping. Alot better than I was in June. Rotten doctors did their best to try to kill me off. I got fed up and told them what they could do. It has taken me months to get their rotten medications out of my system. Hope you are keeping well.
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Interesting intro John! I also saw your other post featuring Uno. Beautiful birds easy to see they are well cared for and loved! I know what you mean about birds of prey had a red tail hawk hit my bird window feet first, I had the birds in the sun. Have a bird bath in the front yard and back yard. Twice the backyard bird bath was turned into a blood bath But the wild birds love the daily baths, also drink the water. So I hate to take away the backyard bird bath.

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John you can sometimes sex them by using an appropriate finger, if the bird doesn't tense up on you. Wide vent is female, narrow vent is male. Experienced breeders can sex them pretty accurately that way. But you have to be able to handle the bird pretty easily to do it.

I don't know John, men and their sheds. Just an excuse to get away from the ladies I think. It's discrimination if you ask me. We have a local men's shed and I would really love to be involved sometimes. Unfortunately I don't have the right equipment, if you know what I mean.

As for how I am keeping. Alot better than I was in June. Rotten doctors did their best to try to kill me off. I got fed up and told them what they could do. It has taken me months to get their rotten medications out of my system. Hope you are keeping well.
Good morning Kate,

Your sex determine method sounds similar to the method my dairy farming uncle told me about when I was just a kid staying on the farm. His method was a sure fired way to tell the cows from the bulls using two fingers.

There are some men's sheds that allow women to join, but they're very few and far between. My main interest in the men's shed is to do with men's health issues, and getting men to open up and talk about any health problems they may be experiencing, either physical or emotional.

I can assure you that this would rarely happen if we had female members, as most blokes would just clam up about those things in front of women.

I'm pleased to know that your health is on the improve, as from memory you've had quite a time of it.

My health is on the decline, and my balance is so bad these days I have to rely on a wheelie walker to get around, even in the house, but at least I can still get around.

Cheers,

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Interesting intro John! I also saw your other post featuring Uno. Beautiful birds easy to see they are well cared for and loved! I know what you mean about birds of prey had a red tail hawk hit my bird window feet first, I had the birds in the sun. Have a bird bath in the front yard and back yard. Twice the backyard bird bath was turned into a blood bath But the wild birds love the daily baths, also drink the water. So I hate to take away the backyard bird bath.
Hi Judy,

Yes, my reason for taking Uno in was my fear of her being attacked by a bird of prey. It was quite obvious that she was an escapee from somewhere, and as such possibly would not have had the "street smarts" that our wild bird population would have in ways to avoid birds of prey.

I also have a bird bath in my back yard, and have a constant stream of visiting wild birds looking for a drink and a splash in this hot, dry weather.

Cheers,

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I know what you mean about balance John. I was mis-diagnosed 20 years ago and was correctly diagnosed early last year. Turns out I have Systemic Lupus and I am one of the ones who has balance and vertigo problems. So darn frustrating when especially later in the afternoon you start falling over your own feet. I am sure my feet and legs have a mind of their own. My brain tells them to go one way and they just go on their merry way completely opposite. That and constantly dropping things. Boy I get so annoyed at having to pick up the same thing over and over again because I have either knocked it over or dropped it. A few weeks ago I dropped my car keys and it took 4 goes to pick them up, eventually with the help of someone else. Wouldn't complain so much if I had been drinking at the time, but hadn't had a drink for weeks beforehand.

Good for you with the men's shed. We have a festival here each year and the men's shed is involved and does some really good things with men's health at that.
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Thanks for the welcome Lynette, it's good to be here. What part of Oz do you hail from?

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I know what you mean about balance John. I was mis-diagnosed 20 years ago and was correctly diagnosed early last year. Turns out I have Systemic Lupus and I am one of the ones who has balance and vertigo problems. So darn frustrating when especially later in the afternoon you start falling over your own feet. I am sure my feet and legs have a mind of their own. My brain tells them to go one way and they just go on their merry way completely opposite. That and constantly dropping things. Boy I get so annoyed at having to pick up the same thing over and over again because I have either knocked it over or dropped it. A few weeks ago I dropped my car keys and it took 4 goes to pick them up, eventually with the help of someone else. Wouldn't complain so much if I had been drinking at the time, but hadn't had a drink for weeks beforehand.

Good for you with the men's shed. We have a festival here each year and the men's shed is involved and does some really good things with men's health at that.
Good morning Kate,

My balance problem is a result of having type 2 diabetes, and it's technically known as Peripheral Neuropathy.
Because I have very little feeling in the soles of my feet, my feet send the wrong signals to my brain about where they are, it's a bit like standing on a really slippery surface.

Like you, I was wrongly diagnosed too, and my doctor was treating me for vertigo, which I also suffer from, but it's two different problems, and totally unrelated. So I can empathise with what you're going through.

Men's sheds do a wonderful job, and I've witnessed the positive changes that men's sheds have made in the lives of many men in our district, including myself.

Cheers,

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Welcome to the forum, there sure are a few Aussies on here too, I also am on TC. Been in Bundy a few times, we got friends in Moore Park Beach.
Anyhow, we got one tiel his name is Joe and an IRN her name is Tilly.

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