My Pet Birds And A General Update for 2020

It’s been a long time since I have done a personal post on this blog but it’s long overdue. At the moment my pet birds consists of one cockatiel (sadly just lost one), two budgies and one bare-eyed goffin pet birds

We have just moved house. It was quite a process as we had to move eighteen years of accumulated stuff and sort through what we wanted and what we didn’t. You can just imagine all the de cluttering we had to do.

Luckily we only have to be out of the house by the end of January, so we have been fortunate to have two months to move into our new house at our leisure and discard junk as we saw what we would and wouldn’t need.

It was a huge decision for me how I was going to move the aviary in my garden which housed my pet birds which consisted of two cockatiels and a cockatoo. Eventually I decided that the best thing to do was to buy two smaller cages to house them in and join my two budgies, who lived in a smaller cage inside in with the cockatiels.

pet birdsUnfortunately my Lutino Cockatiel didn’t take to the move kindly, and she didn’t look happy having to share her space with the budgies. I couldn’t get her to eat and eventually had to force feed.

She was maybe old, but just after new years she had a fit in my hand and just died – it was so sad, and very unexpected.

I have a grey now, Skyla, who spends his day being chased by my white budgie Rosie. She just loves him, but he wants nothing to do with her. The other budgie is calm and just observes life.

I must say now that my pet birds are on our veranda, I definitely have a lot more interaction with them than I did before when they were out in the garden and they all seem to have gotten tamer in the process.

I have found new aspects in all their personalities, and there is quite a bit of jealousy when I scratch my cockatiels head from the one budgie.

I don’t think I am going to move the avairy after all, as I prefer having the birds closer as they are more like pets again and I think they are all loving the extra attention that they get from the family.

The cages are also a lot easier to manage and keep clean.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a wonderful and prosperous 2020 and may all your dreams come true in the near future. I welcome your comments and feedback on this website as I always have so keep them coming.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your loss! I have been there before myself with my green cheeked conure Pickles. It was heartbreaking.  Moving can affect your pets very much, but most of the time they settle down and get more comfortable once they become more aware of their surroundings.  I am hoping to get another pet bird in the future, but not sure which one at this time.  I loved Pickles.  She loved to cuddle with me when I was sitting around the house and would sometimes lay next to me and nap or sleep on my shoulder.  She was wonderful! I will figure it out once I am able to.  Congratulations on the move and I definitely understand the decluttering.  You never realize just how much you have kept over the years until you have to go through it.

    1. You are so right Jennie. Sorry to hear about Pickles and I hope that soon you get to make friends with another little feathered friend.

  2. Michel,
    Beautiful story.  Birds are fun and interesting pets.  Sorry to hear about the Lutino.  Cockatiels are so beautiful.

    The pictures of your pets are so nice and having them nearer is great for you both.
    I have had several parakeets and each had their own personality.  I have wanted a Grey for years but at my age now and their longevity I have decided not to get one.  Your video of Einstein brought back memories.

    Enjoyed this post and also read and enjoyed the post on African Grey Parrot Facts. 

    My daughter got a parakeet, named Sylvester, when she was 11 and shortly after the eggs came.  She convinced me to go back to Mr. Carlos to get a male she named Wiley. 

    More eggs but no fledgelings.  One day her cats, Flubby and Lovey, were chasing each other and knocked the cage over. [The cats and birds were always friendly towards each other].  Sylvester escaped from the cage and Flubby chased and caught him. He immediately backed away once he realized he hurt Sylvester.  He survived and every time Flubby would sit on top of the cage Sylvester would walk upside-down and pull the hairs on Flubby’s paws. About a year later Sylvester died.  Eggs were removed and Wiley was alone except for the cats.  When eggs re-appeared she realized both were females.   She still has Flubby (age 12) with her in New York. 
    Blessings, Leo

    1. Sorry to hear about Sylvester. Unusual that your cats and birds get on so well. 

      I had the same problem with my Cockatoo whom I thought was a male, but after 13 years started to lay eggs. I suppose like humans they simply get broody.

  3. They look so lovely. So sorry about your loss, it’s really heartbreaking when one of your babies dies, I have birds also and I consider them as my babies I spend most of my time talking with them and they are my stress reliever. Good luck on your new home.

    Wishing you more happiness in life and success.

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