Fall in Love with Special Needs Birds

My female half-moon conure, Dani, came to me with a serious condition of splayed leg. She managed to get around well anyway and slept on her back on the floor of her cage at night. We gave her a towel and she often wrapped that up around her. She is too adorable. Last year she got into trouble with one foot when a strip of paper wrapped around her ankle and cut off her circulation. I brought her to the vet, the leg was amputated since she really didn’t use it, and to this day Dani is as funny and sweet as she ever was. I asked the vet about bringing in parrots for well-bird check-ups. He told me the price, and I told him about Blind Io and Bo Dangles. The vet looked at me and said, “You take in lots of special needs birds, don’t you?” Continue reading “Fall in Love with Special Needs Birds”

Fall in Love with Cockatiels

Many people have a pet cockatiel as their first bird. After finches, I was gifted with a male cockatiel whom I named Palafox. Even though he hated hands and would not step up, he would step from his cage to my shoulder and sit there preening my hair. He sang sweet chirpy songs and became spoiled rotten. No wonder these Australian small parrots are so popular here. Continue reading “Fall in Love with Cockatiels”

The Story of Honey Bun

One of several jobs I do for my bird club is monitor and answer the club emails. A member of the public didn’t know who to contact to rehome a cockatiel, so she reached out to the San Diego Audubon Society. I had just met the Audubon volunteer in March and of course I was happy to try to help the person with a cockatiel in need of a home. When I met the woman surrendering the bird, I was super impressed with her kind heart and thoughtfulness. Continue reading “The Story of Honey Bun”

Nursery Update

My daily life for the past three months and for the next month or so has been scheduled around a feeding schedule for baby birds. Three budgies, a turaco, button quail, six budgies, a surprise cockatiel, and five budgies. The most recent addition is a zebra finch. Life is rather crazy at the best of times. I am currently giving notice to friends and family that I could be cranky without cause. Continue reading “Nursery Update”

The Adventures of Pineapple

One of my “rescued” cockatiels is a beautiful pied male named Pineapple. I didn’t so much rescue him, as he was in a good home and well-taken-care-of, but his people had gotten busy and wanted better interaction for him, either with people or other cockatiels. The best part of this is that his people were meeting us in Las Vegas for a gathering of several like-minded friends who had until then only met online. Continue reading “The Adventures of Pineapple”