Apache, Neo and Silver have made many feathered friends and wanted me to reserve
a place just for them to congregate. Here, Budgies, Conures, Cockatiels and African Grays (just to name a
few types of parrots) can show off their beautiful plumage and wonderful personalities! Some of these birds I've
had the pleasure of meeting in person, and the others I've come to know through the stories their human companions share via
the comraderie of Tail Feathers, a posting board for Bird Enthusiasts.
|Just a Portion of Christy's Budgie Flock
Christy is a good friend of mine who lives fairly close to me. She, much
like myself, never imagined she would be a bird owner, until one day, her husband talked her into getting two Budgies.
It didn't take long for the little parakeets to steal her heart. Two became three, then four, and so on. Soon,
two of her males "paired" with three of her females and several beautiful chicks resulted! She now has a lovely flock of Budgies
and their chatter and antics always entertain her.
|Cheeko & Gunnar, The Tiel Brothers
Just as Christy never thought she'd have Budgies, she never thought she'd have tiels
either. That is, until one day she came across Cheeko & Gunnar at a semi-annual Farmer's Market
type event being in her County. At first, she bargained with the owner for just one of the Cockatiels, but they were
brothers who had never been seperated. Instead of coming home with a chicken or a puppy, Christy came home with the
two standard gray cockatiels known affectionately as "The Tiel Brothers". At first glance, the two year old cockatiels are
hard to tell apart, but Cheeko is more vocal than Gunnar and despite his quieter demeanor, Gunnar is usually dominant
between the two.
|Jack & Ele sitting on their "first" summer clutch
Jack & Ele came next after Christy
answered an add in the classifieds for a pair of cockatiels. Ele and Jack also had a baby the lady was selling with
them. Christy took Ele and Jack home, and I took the baby (my Neo). Jack and Ele are quite the
prolific pair, and got right to work making brothers and sisters for Neo. Within 2 months of their arrival in her home,
they hatched the first of two clutches born that summer. Silver, my third cockatiel came from that first clutch.
The other two babies found homes as soon as they were weaned. Ele is the pretty cinnamon whiteface and Jack is a standard
gray male, split to pied, lutino and cinnamon. Both are about 2 years old.
|Bucket O'Birdies! Which One is Silver?
The eggs (left) under Jack & Ele hatched into
Silver, my third tiel, is one of those babies in the bucket, though I
can't tell which one he is because all three looked so much alike! Silver came home to us in August 2004, and his clutchmates
went to good homes as well.
September brought another clutch of three, but these ones
looked totally different than their sibs from the June clutch, (and even Neo) for that matter. When the chicks opened
their eyes and began to molt, Christy was shocked to find a Lutino in the nest! Once their feathers had completely grown in,
Christy learned she had a Cinnamon, a Cinnamon pied, and a Cinnamon Lutino who she named Bella. Bella,
as well as her siblings (Jelly, the Cinnamon Pied, and Skippy, the Cinnamon) will stay with
Christy as she had bonded with them strongly and cannot bear to part with them. These sweet babies bring her Cockatiel
count to seven!
Dani's Birds (Squawk & Howl)
|Mutton Chops Scans Tailfeathers Posts
Muttonchop (aka Mutty, The Chop, or Pearlie-Girlie) is a Pearl mutation
'tiel making her home in Oakland, CA with two Mommies and 9 siblings (5 avian, 4 feline). Her turn-ons are dried carrot
chips, hemp string tassels to preen, showers, reading the posts at Tailfeathers Network, and people who scritch. Turn-offs
include other birds getting too much lovin', being left on the boing too long while Mom does work in the office, and toys
that are slippery. Her main aspiration is to be able to eat without holding over the bowl, like all the other parrots do-
& she is making strides and holding food longer & longer in her little cockatiel "clown feet" (as Mom calls them).
|Coby - From Mickaboo, with Love
Coby (aka the Cobinator, "Be Quiet!", and Loverpumpkins) is a 10 year
old Jenday Conure adopted from Mickaboo Rescue shortly after she came to us to foster. she is a plucker,
a party animal, and a laugh riot. Her turn-ons are playing "peekaboo" with any fabric and dominating that evil thing into
submission, playing divebomber (another subdue the fabric game, but this one is with her human mate, Julia!), being on Julia's
shoulder (aka "shoulder time") and eating. boy can she pack it away. when she really likes her food she makes kissy noises
into the dish & says a variation of "peekaboo" that sounds like "peeabee", which of course, means "oh! thank you thank
you thank you!" Turn-offs include Julia coming home late ("ca-caw!"), that pesky Bean-Bean trying to be near her, and a world
almond shortage (can you imagine the horror?). Her aspiration is to finally get Julia to "do the deed" so that they can raise
mutant freak babies together in domestic bliss.
|Kenya The Ringneck! Mickaboo came calling again!
Kenya (aka the car alarm, ole crazy eyes, or the exile) is an African
Ringneck hen of indeterminate age being fostered at the Hen House for Mickaboo. She has come a long way in her socialibility
and playfulness and will be at the Hen House until the perfect home for her comes along (and only until it's perfect, I
tell you!) She came to us only eating sunflower seeds & corn, tailfeathers damaged, would only step up onto a coiled towel,
and quite anti-social to people and birds. She now demands affection (and gets it!) explores and plays with toys, eats a varied,
pellet based diet, steps up onto an arm (she still hates hands, though!) has those gorgeous foot long teal tailfeathers, and
tolerates other birds.She is a toe stalker, so do not come to the breakfast table with bare feet!! Her favorite fruit is pomegranates,
her favorite toys are ziploc or cellophane bags with beads & treats inside, and she loves to climb around the kitchen
and explore at meal times ("what is IN that cabinet, anyway?") Her eyes pin crazily when she excited (scritches
are accompanied by eye pinning & clucking like a chicken) or angry (stay away from my territory, Julia! (she dislikes
Julia and loves Dani). Her sounds vary from R2D2 beeps to the car alarm (it hurts the ears when she's distressed),
to the cooing of a pigeon when contented.
Monkey McBean (aka bean-bean, beanie-weanie, or green bean) is
a Green Cheeked Conure scamp menacing the other residents (4 feline, 5 avian, 2 human) of her newfound home (aka "The Hen
House"). Her turn-ons are crunchy foods that are fun to hold, a climbing challenge (think that plastic wand thingie for the
mini-blinds is too smooth for me to scale? Ha! I laugh in your face!), showers, and my Big Sis (crush?) Coby. Turn-offs
include time-outs for nipping too much, being put back on a play stand when she wants to explore, and that annoying senile
cat who thinks she's a bird by sits under the T stand at breakfast hoping for bird food! I know Mom doesn't
want me to bite her- but come on!) Her aspiration is be queen of the roost, all others bow before her. and to make Coby her
best buddy (why is that Jenday so indifferent?).
|Dando & Uno, now Adopted and living in a good home
Dando & Uno are former fosters (sucessfully
adopted!) at the Hen House whose Mickaboo rescue was posted on Tailfeathers. They were the rare male that comes our way, and
graced us with cockatiel song. Dando was a single dad & Uno was the only surviving chick from a clutch of 4. (Mom died
after laying). All suffered malnutrition and were never socialized until coming to a Mickaboo home. Dando learned to eat pellets
& fresh foods, learned to come out & socialize with humans, started to sing, and would take food from hands by the
end of his fostering. Uno still suffers from air saculitis and has the effects of early chick-hood malnutrition (curled in
toes & less functional feet & small stature (only 72 grams when an adult should be at least 90). but sings like his
dad, plays all day, and loves scritches. They live in Hayward with their new loving Mom, Debi, who sends updates every couple
months. Uno continues to need weekly vet care.
PJ & Francis are budgies named after rockstars (PJ Harvey & Black
Francis) who are collectively known as "Budgeta-Budgeta". They are a bonded female (lesbian) pair, currently in brown cere
hormone madness. They tend to like each other more than people, so they interact less with other memebrs of the Hen House
as the other parrots (and that's OK). They love eucalyptus, shreading their birdie kabobs, birdie bread, and apples. They
are apprehensive about coming out of their cage & onto a playgym, but once they are there, they enjoy it quite a