Now We're a Big Happy Family -
er..most of the time!
All the boys love Marcia, Jan is having an identity crisis, Greg is "the man" and always gets the girl, and Peter is secretly in love with Greg's girlfriend..... Oh yah! Right, this isn't the Brady Bunch, but I have an episode of the Cockatiel Brady Bunch going on every day in my own home! Tune in for next week's show! Cindy lays her first egg!
With six tiels, it was time for a new cage. This cage is awesome (got it on eBay folks! Great deals there). It can be one long flight cage, or divided into two cages for times when I need to seperate the "Helen's" from the "Troy's" if you know what I mean.
After some arranging, and rearranging, it seemed the best roomies were Silver and Apache (who have bonded as a couple) along with Teika and Trinity, also a bonded pair, in one side of the cage. Neo (who has a huge crush on Apache but it goes unrequited) needed to be in a seperate cage so he and Silver wouldn't clash. As brothers, they get along great, but add a hen they both desire to the mix and they both become strutting males, determined to be "King Bossy Feathers." Neo's cage mate is Taxi. Though she's female, Neo largely ignores her, preferring to "oogle" Patchie through the dividing bars. He still sings to Patchie, but from afar. That suits Silver just fine.
The hens (and though Teika is a hen too, she has a lot of male characteristics) are much less aggressive than the boys. Taxi, Patchie and Trinity NEVER argue, even amongst themselves. I've only seen minor "that's my food dish" nudges but never any tail fanning, hissing and sqealing with the wings outstretched and beak dueling that happens with the boys from time to time. Taxi could really care less about Cockatiel Politics. She is a "Momma's Birdy" and prefers me over the others. Trinny and Patchie are just mellow girls and will only hiss if frightened at night or by something they're not familiar with.
**notice in the picture to the right..heheh! Teika and Silver are having a showdown atop the cage playgym. Poor Trinny (the birdy on the far right) is ducking and getting the heck out of dodge! That's my girl!
Make Love, Not War
So they have their differences, but on the whole, they get along great! When its "group time" outside of the cages, they all climb up onto the play gym and busy themselves with their favorite activities. Neo, Patchie and Silver generally cling together, though occassionally Silver strikes off on his own to flirt with the other gals. Neo takes full advantage of the time alone with his beloved Patchie when her "husband" has his tailfeathers pointed in the other direction. Teika and Trinny also stick together as a rule but Trinny has been known to sneak off to play with toys or interract with the others, but always under Teika's watchful eye. Ah yes, and Teika. I take her down and "make" that girl play. She's very serious, but when her inner spark is ignited, she can be very playful. And Taxi. Well.. Taxi will play on the gym (if she has too), but as far as she's concerned, she's not a bird. If she's flighted, she will make a beeline for me, where ever I am in the room. She's 100% Mamma's girl. No doubt about it.
Show me the Love! Teika adores her Trinny, that's for sure. For the times when my birdies have had their
little spats, there's been plenty more of the loving moments that make you say "AWWW!" Here's Teika, preening Trinny's
"mohawk". Though Teika asks for preening in return, I've never seen Trinny oblige. Stingy girl! Trinny is also
very adept at begging scritches from me. Come to think of it, she never gives me any scritches in return either. Hmmm.
Maybe I should teach her to share! :-)
Show me the Love!
Teika adores her Trinny, that's for sure. For the times when my birdies have had their little spats, there's been plenty more of the loving moments that make you say "AWWW!" Here's Teika, preening Trinny's "mohawk". Though Teika asks for preening in return, I've never seen Trinny oblige. Stingy girl! Trinny is also very adept at begging scritches from me. Come to think of it, she never gives me any scritches in return either. Hmmm. Maybe I should teach her to share! :-)