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#109270 - 09/07/05 04:47 AM New to bird ownership  
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Hello. My name is Stacey and I live in Sydney with my hubby, ducks Pip and Pop, kelpie Gemma budgie Jake and Greater Sulphur crested Nala. That was the order of them coming home with me. Funny, hubby has never bought a pet home.

A friend of a friend bought a pet store and had a left over bird that need a home. So I ended up with Jakey 4 months ago. He's a yellow and green Harlequin budgie who had scaley feet and beak, his feet where 3 times the thinkness they should have been and we couldn't tell if he was a she due to the scaley stuff. We have treated this and now it's all cleared up. Pour Jakey can't fly and would rather starve than eat anything but seed. Hubby teases me cause I keep trying to get him to eat other things.

We didn't intend on getting Nala (3 months ago). She was to be Hubby's brothers. I went to pick her up and played with her for 10 mins. Then he said he didn't want her. I was already attached. I didn't know anything about cockatoos, so I have bought some books and training videos to help me. Nala is a great bird. She is very entertaining and affectionate and also independant. She has tried to eat Jake a couple of times so we used one of her fears to keep her away from him. Does anyone else have a bird that is terrified of hats?

Nala and I have a close bond. She calls if I leave the room, which is usually cute, but sometimes can be annoying. I call back so she doesn't raise her voice. We shower together every day and this is when she becomes chatty. I think her diet is pretty well balanced. She has seed/pellet/fruit + vegies everyday. She doesn't touch her mineral block though, I don't know if that should concern me.

Her favourite toys are a wiffle ball stuffed with felt and strings of beads. I used fishing line to string them cause she destroys string + leather. She loved to undo knots in the fishing line. I only give her beads when she out of the cage, so I can watch her. Just in case.

Nala doesn't like Gemma, she tries to bite her everyday. Gemma is just curious about Nala, wants to say hello but not game.

I'm so glad I found this forum. It's great to read the post others have written. I love the ones about the toos chasing their owners around the house.

Chat to you soon.

Stacey

#109271 - 09/07/05 02:40 PM Re: New to bird ownership  
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Welcome!!

#109272 - 09/07/05 11:02 PM Re: New to bird ownership  
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Hi Stacey and welcome to Mytoos. Do a lot of reading, it's an awesome site that will help you keep your flock healthy and happy.

#109273 - 09/09/05 05:59 AM Re: New to bird ownership  
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Hi Stacey, feel free to ask any question that comes to mind. You've come to the right place with tons of awesome people who are always ready and willing to help.
Kat laugh

#109274 - 09/09/05 07:53 AM Re: New to bird ownership  
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<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> Welcome, I'm in Melbourne Australia. I don't own a bird myself, I've made friends with the cocky next door (long story). This is a great place to get advice from people who care about birds of all kinds, their welfare in general relating to the evils of breeding & pet shops, the joys & hardships being owned by a 'too brings.

Hope you enjoy yourself

Mable

#109275 - 09/09/05 03:37 PM Re: New to bird ownership  
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Welcome to Mytoos. I am concerned about one thing you said in your post - that you use fishing line as part of your bird's toy construction. This is not a good idea, since they can easily become entangled in it, and it is almost impossible to release the bird as the thin line embeds itself in their skin. Try 1/4 in sisal rope (thoroughly cleaned) instead. Birds can't chew through it so easily, and it doesn't loop easily, so they are safe.

Sounds like a great family - congratulations.

Jay

#109276 - 11/22/05 01:24 AM Re: New to bird ownership  
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Welcome to the broad and here is some advice for
any cockatoo owner new or old. NEVER STOP LEARNING read all you can, talk to others with experience and stay informed.

BEST OF LUCK with your new too. smile


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