Friday, November 14, 2008

I think I will introduce you to the 14 pleasures I have

well i guess ill start here this "yellow"guy/girl in the middle has no name as of yet but it came with its family when i was searching craigslist they have all beaten each other up most probably b/c there was only 1 food and water bowl in the cage and barely any toys he/she is roughly about 6 months old
this guy/girl is part of the family of 5 and is currently baldy or bald eagle it currently has some new feathering on his head like ive said before they picked on each other now they have no reason these pics are actually when i first got them he/she is roughly 3-4 months old

this is another no namer (if you have an suggestions as to what to call the lutino/yellow one and this baby please let me know) his/her song is so beautiful i could listen to this little guy all day long i guess hes finally happy now he/she is roughly 3-4 months old

the little grey and white guy is what i call daddy boy he is the father of the 3 cockatiels above he definitaly loves his "wife" b/c if i move her out of the cage without him he will chirp for her till she gets back he will also do this with the "babies" he is about 3-4 yrs old

this is momma daisy she again is a cockatiel and needs a break from producing so many babies in so little time she seems much happier since ive added loads of toys and a better diet for them and more bowls to eat and drnk from she is about 3-4 yrs old

this is pretty lady she is a lutino cockatiel she is about 1 yr old she lives alone in her cage since she doesnt seem comfortable with the family of 5 with her too she came from craigslist and on a poor all seed diet (i feed seed and pellets as well as fresh/cooked fruits and veggies as well they all get food i cook too)
these guys are sunny and snowflake they are parakeets i assume sunny (the yellow one) is part english budgie but i have no clue from what i understand sunny is all boy (i caught him umm pleasing himself on his swing) and snowflake is girl i did not dna them so there is nothing that really says this is what they are for sure they are about 1-2 yrs old

this is skittles she has been dna sexed female she is a green quaker she also came from craigslist (starting to see a pattern here arent you?) she had a cage mate but he went to someone else unless he doesnt work out he will have a home here and he will be the last that comes here she has been slightly more cage aggressive lets just say it hurts when i want to get her out :) she is about 1 yr old
this is chief dna sexed male umbrella cockatoo i can not touch this guy he is the kids bird i feed him and make sure he has water and a clean cage but thats about it oh and plenty of toys the kids now can pretty much do anything they like to him without getting hurt he is 12 yrs old he is another craigslist find
this is chicco he 20 yrs old he is a double yellow headed amazon we can currently hold chicco but not pet him yes there is a difference we assume he is male but no dna has been done yet him i actually found him looking for info for chief

this is sweet pea she is a goffins cockatoo she is a plucker and a screamer she is about 3 yrs old she loves tossing food on the floor we are working on her feathers she currently has more coming in on her back she definitaly likes calypso she has been dnaed female she is another craigslist find

this is calypso a dnaed male sulfur crested cockatoo he was the first here and who is responsible for all of the other guys being here he is about 1 1/2 yrs old he is another plucker but not 1/2 as bad as sweet pea and my "house alarm" or otherwise screamer
this is the "baby" of the bunch skye the blue and gold macaw we bought her from a baby she is 9 months old (see my pirate with his "parrot") i weaned her and she definitaly is a mommas brat no one else can put their hands in her cage with out getting nipped at


Dani said...

WOW! That's a lot of birds. My MIL has 3 cockatiels. I have a bit of a bird phobia, I'm fine as long as they are sitting still, but if they start flying around I freak out, especially the smaller birds.

Surviver for now said...

i have all of my guys clipped for safety reasons so no one can actually "fly"

Boo said...

You're just like my Dad Jackie! He is obsessed with birds. Right now he's sticking to bringing the wold one's in to feed and own's none but when I was little he had over 400 budgies. So I'm here to say that from the photo's I think Snowflake and Sunny are all budgie.

The feather plucking is a boredom thing 9 times out of ten. I saw on a show here giving them branches to shred up takes their minds of their feathers.

Of course, Calypso is my favorite, because he's Aussie :)

Surviver for now said...

yes boo most times feather plucking is from bordem but it can be from parasites and such this is why we get the guys checked out at the vet i knew they were budgies but i think sunny has some english budgie mixed appaerntly the breeder he came from (he was a local paper find *not cl*) didnt care how his birds bred i give lots of toys plenty of treats and different ways to get them but i think a compainion helps too calypso had stopped shortly after chief arrived and sweet pea is so in love with calypso i think she has stopped as well i see new feathers on her back
its amazing what the price difference is for us and for aussies

Boo said...

I assume you mean the price difference for the US and Aussies in reference to the Cockie?? It's only cheaper here because they are local. If we wanted a native bird to you guys we'd pay through the nose. They're common place here. Not that everyone I know has a cockie in thier backyard, but a couple friends do. As I have said before, we had a galah for almost 15 years and she was bought from a market for $30 as a baby. Cheap as Chicks :)

Surviver for now said...

yep im meaning for the sulfur crested cockatoo see here i think they start about $1000 i got calypso for $750 b/c he was starting to pluck well the guy tried to play it off as it was breeding season any bird is cheaper if you get them unweaned but at first handfeeding them is scary since if you dodnt do it right you can kill them i was deathly afraid of feeding skye but by my second hand feed i was fine