Apache proved to be the PERFECT first bird! Within weeks, she was giving me kisses while perched
on my finger or shoulder and rubbing her little mohawk against my lips. She was adventerous and loved being out of her
cage and didn't seem to mind when my 10 year old daughter insisted on playing "barbie" with her. In fact, she seemed
to like it!
Although definitely a "Mama's" girl, Apache is pretty laid back and will generally perch on anyone
who wants to hold her. She never hisses or bites, and always steps up! She's the most mellow cockatiel of my flock.
Her favorite pastime is getting kisses from Mom. She LOVES that, and its about the only time she vocalizes. She
makes the cutest little cheeping sound when I've hit the right "spot" on her head with my lips. There isn't much Apache DOESN'T
like except head scratches. She DOES NOT like to be scratched on the head with a finger. Lips only please. Barbie jeeps,
doll clothes and play houses are fine, but don't touch try to touch her head.
I found Apache great company while I did my dishes. She'd perch on my shoulder and I'd
sing. One day, while washing dishes with me, she began making this odd sound that sounded like a person grinding their
teeth. I learned this was called "beak grinding", a sound contented cockatiels make when they are dropping off to sleep. I
also learned it was a sign of trust for a cockatiel to do that on "her" owners shoulder so soon after bringing her home.
She'd been home for just a few short weeks. That made me feel warm and fuzzy.
I learned that dishes weren't the only thing that could be washed in sinks! Tiels, being
related to cockatu's, give off a dander that can be reduced by bathing them with a warm water mist bath. I was
not sure if she'd like it or not, but my concerns were soon laid to rest. Again, my tolerant Apache, of all
three of my tiels, loves her baths more than the others!
Patchie is also a computer junkie! For some reason, she loves to walk on my keyboard
while I type. I think she likes the feeling of the keys under her feet. The mouse is certainly worth investigating
as well though.
Play Time With Kirsten
My Daughter devises many activities for "poor" Apache, which
she patiently tolerates. She has me to intercept so when enough is enough, Mom always takes Apache away and gives her
a treat for being such a sport. Apache has such a sweet nature, I honestly don't think she minds playing "dress-up"
or house. In fact, I think Apache thinks she's "People" and not "Bird". Fortunately for Apache, "dress-up" sessions
are few and far in between and the dress she "appears" to be wearing is actually being held up to her while she is perched
on my daughter's finger. Clever trick of the camera!
|Is this a good color for me?
So now you've had a chance to meet Apache. She's brought me a lot of joy. The most amazing
thing was earning her trust because it wasn't just handed to me. I had to work for it! She rewards me every day and inspired
me to add to the flock!
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