Sadly, Taxi WAS underweight. She was hulling her seeds and not getting the meat and
crumbling her pellets but not swallowing everything. When the doctor checked her crop, it was nearly empty. No
wonder she was begging so much! The poor baby didn't know how to eat properly!
Taxi went back on the bottle, getting two hand feedings a day so she could gain the necessary fifteen
Taxi LOVED her bottle! It didn't take long for her to get in the swing of things, but
I had alot to learn. Fortunately, a friend of mine (Thanks Nikki) had just weaned her lovebird and gave me some
great tips. She gave me some great websites, some advice and lots of encouragement. Later, I went to a handfeeding
class given by a local breeder and petshop owner in our area. Should I ever encounter another situation like this, I'll
be much better prepared.
Of course, its not all food and no play! Taxi spent
her quarentine time in my daughter's room, where she was introduced to various modes of transportaion (of my daughter's creation).
Instead of the famed "Barbie Jeep", Taxi rod the train!
Now, months later, Taxi has joined the flock. She seemed to work well with Neo and they are
cage mates. Taxi is unassuming in personality and doesn't get on anyone's nerves, yet she stands her ground when the need
arises. As a result, she has integrated well with Silver, Apache, Neo, Teika and Trinny.. She's never bullied
at the food dish or picked on for perches. I was afraid she would be bullied because she was so much younger than the
other birds at first, but she's managed to hold her own, though she does somewhat "stick out" as far as flock dynamics go.
She prefers "Mamma" and literally jumps out of the cage to me when I open the door and would rather be with me than the other
Taxi is most DEFINITELY a girl! She has gone through her first molt, replaced the broken
tailfeathers, grown out of her clumsy stage and hit puberty. She loves her Mamma, and LOVES her Mamma.
There's only one thing my Taxi loves more than me, and that's FOOD. Perhaps more than
Trinny loves food, though I don't know... she doens't weigh as much! But anyway, she sees me as her
mate, so I had put her under some intense hormone treatment. Unfortunately, I wasn't fast enough and she laid her first
eggs. ::Cries:: My BABY is all grown up! Fortunately, we were able to stop at just two eggs. Though Neo
is her cage mate, he was obivious to her hormonal state as he's so in love with Apache, he couldn't see past his own beak
to know there was a broody hen in his cage. Er.. um.. Neo! LOSER! Fortunately, that means Taxi is still my chaste little
girl. We'll see how long that lasts!
Taxi thanks you for stopping by and welcoming her to the Flock!
Please click her closeup to the right to meet Tieka!