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Old 09-14-2016, 06:19 PM
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Well we were holding off until we moved in a year or two to make any additions to the family, BUT as fate would have it EVERY TIME I say "no we will wait" something happens (a year ago I said no cats neighbor shows up on doorstep with an hours old kitten that was born on his porch... Etc)

Well it happened again. We are getting a CAG once we move and have our own house, a friend of mine works at a pet supply store, her her boss all her coworkers know me and know I love anything with a heart beat. So I get a message, someone walked in with a cockatiel (they don't sell pets only SUPPLIES) they got it less than a month ago, "it's not tame and it bites I don't want it anymore" my husband isn't big on smaller birds BUT he knows me and that I can't leave something homeless when it needs our help.

So we go get it, no cage no food etc brought in with it, the guy brought it in in a generic brown critter travel box, it was so scared and shaking, so 400$ in cage supplies etc later (and what they didn't have on its way thanks to Amazon.com and a prime membership) I now have a new baby (and it is a BABY) in my room away from the commotion of the house to calm down, and as luck would have it from the sounds coming from the box she/he was in it has the same favourite song as my husband (so there may be some luck to him warming up to it! Lol) she is insane scared of hands and people, I actually got it to calm down a bit by playing random cellphone text beeps... It drank a little water after that, they tried to offer it some at the store but it wouldn't have anything to do with food or water.

Here is hoping she calms down a bit I've never seen a bird so scared and I've worked rescue (both volunteer for small rescues and SPCA) and haven't seen a fid so terrified. My exotic vet is on vacation until Monday so can't get it in to be checked until then. It is banded but don't know how far that will get me down here in the USA (back home in Canada I know enough people in the veterinary world I can just make a couple calls to friends who work in vet hospitals to try and match a band to a breeder or mill/store)

Will keep you updated on progress, I'm putting age between 3 to 5 months she's still just a baby. Sometimes people are so cruel, I can't imagine just dumping off something especially when you haven't even had it that long! I hate impulse buyers >_>

No name for it yet, going to wait until it's calmed down into its new home to see its personality.
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Awww, what a beautiful baby! Bless you for taking her in and I am sure she will calm down in no time once she realizes she is safe.
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Awww, he looks cute, so when he is well nourished and calmed down, he is gonna be a sweetheart, you can tell. Look at his little eyes! Bless you for taking him in.
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Re: Well this was unexpected.

Quote: Originally Posted by Terry57 View Post
Awww, what a beautiful baby! Bless you for taking her in and I am sure she will calm down in no time once she realizes she is safe.
I'm glad she's safe too, people knowing my animal background I normally get these calls at least once a year, first bird call I've had in YEARS though, sometimes they aren't even calls (we've had horses tied to our front gate before dropped off because people couldn't feed them when hay prices skyrocketed) I was back in Canada for the last one!

they (birds) aren't popular animals around where I am. While we were looking for a CAG before I got pregnant we were having to start to look out of state to even find any! Not even any in rescue or needing rehomes at the time! (I am actually really glad for this fact, but the animals that are "popular" are even harder to find homes for... Not everyone can throw horses in the backyard!)


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Awww, he looks cute, so when he is well nourished and calmed down, he is gonna be a sweetheart, you can tell. Look at his little eyes! Bless you for taking him in.
He's adorable, first cockatiel I've ever had personally my aunt use to have a bunch (and a cockatoo, and love birds and a Lori!- and the chickens lol) so I grew up around them, I've only ever had lovebirds and my last one passed 6 years ago just before I got married (the joke with my husband was he was waiting for the bird to pass before we tied the knot, she was almost 14, he really isn't a fan of smaller birds lol!)

His eyes are what did me in she sent me a picture you could hardly see anything but it's eyes, so terrified and innocent! My husband got home from the chiropractors and I just looked at him an said "I know you don't like small birds but we have to go to the city I'll explain while we get there" he doesn't question my crazy anymore, he just rolls with it. When we got home and he saw how she was acting even he felt bad for it and was glad we got it.


Also it ate a nutriberry and drank some water so good signs so far! I'm just hoping it calms down to handling by humans since we don't have any other birds it can befriend I hate when they are so alone.
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What an adorable baby. Looks very similar to mine.
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Looks just like my middle hatched baby Mango.
So glad you are going to take care of it.
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Re: Well this was unexpected.

Thank you for adopting that sweet beautiful cockatiel!! No doubt that is one traumatized bird, but tiels by nature generally have agreeable dispositions. Let us know how things go the next few days!!
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Re: Well this was unexpected.

Thank You <and your hubby! > for taking in this poor creature!

Having a bird for a month,and then saying I don't want it..I don't have words for that type of mentality

I have never owned a cockatiel...until just recently. sure,I got him in a completely different situation then you did.

BB was 4 months old,and as of tomorrow, I will have him for 5 months.
He was hand/finger trained when I got him <from a breeder>,and he is just the most loving,playful,talkative,songster I have seen in quite sometime!
Yes,give your new baby time to settle in. You are going to be AMAZED on how much love and joy and friendliness a little 89g of fluff can give you.

God bless you and hubby!


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Well she seems to have calmed down enough to sleep... With one eye open lol even leaving the light off in my room (it's total pitch black in there) and going in to grab my crafting supplies, sudden little growl from the corner. Lol. Apparently when I tripped over a laundry basket I woke her up.

one thing about being a crafter, and owning a rabbit I have literally EVERYTHING to make bird toys with

all natural fiber rope of various kinds? Check.
Wood beads of various sizes(all natural with no finishes etc)? Check.
Dowels of every possible dimension? Check.
Popsicle sticks? Check. (I actually have over 5000 in every possible size lol)


Because horses = about 15 things of vet wrap.
Because cooking is a hobby = 10 things of mini and regular plain white cupcake liners.

The next few days are going to be fun, oh the plans going on in my head.... Hahahaha. Luckily my husband is also a carpenter/construction labor leadman so I also have a whole lot of untreated wood and the tools to get creative with it. And if I don't have them here at home I can send everything marked out to work with him and he can do what he needs with the stuff there then bring them home (he stays a few minutes late to do some of my little "projects" lol)

Trying to not disturb her until we go to bed tonight, but I really want to see if she ate. She is somewhat dirty (feet at least we're filthy) so I gave her a quick most a half hour before lights out and really targeted her feet, she was big on getting them clean, seemed to enjoy the misting too wasn't too happy I was there so I made a blanket fort on the bed and watched her (my kid thought this was great he's three lol) she stopped shaking when I "sealed us into the fort" she preened for a bit and then went back to watching birds outside.

With how scared she is of people I'm wondering if this guy didn't get bit (or if he had a kid who got bit) and throw her into something or shake her to get her off? I've seen people react like that before and all I can think is IDIOT HOW IS IT SUPPOSED TO TRUST YOU NOW?!?!?! (On one occasion actually said that in high school to my best friends mom... One of those it just kind of came out moments, I wasn't allowed back after that LOL)


ANY advice on cockatiel training or taming would be appreciated, my love birds came from a breeder who really cared about their birds and I visited many times as a kid when she was working with them to get them use to me before they even came home, she even used one of my bandanas around their nest so they were very familiar with my scent, from day one they were very friendly with me and she taught me what she could with her other birds so I could assist with the rescue stuff (in Ontario for those who don't know you need volunteer hours to geaduate high school, I got my birds in 8th grade so I had all my volunteer hours worked out with various rescuers for different animals birds horses rats etc) she had a heated garage she quarantined rescues in so she could breed on the side as well. She was a truly amazing person and while I worked with many a bird with issues I never had much hands on for a tiel this young and this traumatized. Most of hers were rehomes from people getting babies at a pet store etc and not being prepared for puberty so their issues weren't so unknown they were just being "hormonal brats" and trying to establish themselves, some had plucking issues people didn't want to deal with (I've always wanted to get into bird rescue since working there but that won't happen until we buy a house and have everything set up proper for it. My big thing is I want a good sized outdoor flight cage for spring/summer I've seen that work wonders for some birds when all else seems to fail!) this one just has me antsy, I'm way more use to larger older birds when it comes to issues so I'm almost at a loss on working with a traumatized little one!
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