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Old 07-24-2011, 10:11 AM
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The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Today I went to the markets. There is a guy there that buys birds from local breeders and sells them at the markets. I orginally went there to look at a mate for my Indian Ringneck. I almost missed the small black cage in between the diamond doves and the budgies. It contained two Fischer's babies. I only noticed because a guy was buying one and he wanted a female (he breeds lovebirds from what I could gather). When he left I looked at the poor forlorn little creature in the cage. It wasnt even completely feathered out. It was so young. The guy selling them estimated 8 weeks but I don't know. It has it's flights and can fly its just the smaller feathers that come in last that it seems to be still growing like around the neck and legs and still patchy on the body. Its winter here and I thought of all the things it would need. It would need to be inside at least till it feathered out or spring came. It would need to be fed a good diet, it was still growing so diet would be extra important. It would need to be handled gently and confidently if it was to become a good pet. I wasn't sure what to do. And then a little girl walked up (woulda been about 4 or 5) with her parents. She was very interested in the little "cute birdie" and her parents enquired "what is it? what do they eat?"...............

"Ill take that little bird in the black cage" I said to the saleslady standing in front of me.

I know I wanted an excuse to buy it, but I seriously couldnt leave it at the mercy of someone who didnt know anything about it, not that young and not when they had a young child. I know it may have turned out fine, on the other hand it could have been a disaster.

So here it is, sitting in a spare cage I cleaned up, in my bedroom, only half covered cause it thinks its missing out on something when I cover it completely, sleeping peacefully. And I can sleep peacefully knowing it will get what it needs in life.

Has anyone else managed to talk themselves so easily into buying a bird like this?
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:18 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Congrats on your new little friend! Please share a picture when you have time.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:42 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

The tiny bird in the little black cage.-img_0667.jpg

The tiny bird in the little black cage.-img_0668.jpg

The tiny bird in the little black cage.-img_0669.jpg

Here it is. I'm going to try working out the sex tomorrow. I used to be able to do it via the pelvic bone which I know is not the most accurate but since it wont be a breeding bird it doesn't really matter. It's more so that I can pick a name and stop calling it and it. My last lovebird used to get really cranky with me whenever I called her a him (in the beginning before a lovebird breeder told me she was a girl). She used to nip at me everytime. She stopped when I started calling her a girl.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:08 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Shes beautiful!! Im glad you took her.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:11 PM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Quote: Originally Posted by Anna View Post
Has anyone else managed to talk themselves so easily into buying a bird like this?
I'm terrible for things like that.
My 3rd budgie (after the first passed away and the second was feeling a bit 'lonely) I got after he flew out of the cage in the store (when we were trying to get a different budgie) he flew, panicked, hit everything he possibly could and then landed on the floor, I picked him up and gave him a cuddle and it was like he 'needed' me.

"No worries, I'll take this little guy"
That was Bruce. (The green guy)
Wonsy is the girl preening him, she loved him and she will forever be the bird I will never ever forget.


The rest wern't quite 'tragic' cases, but captured my heart and I knew that they wern't likely to get 'as good' of a home as they would with me!

Then onto a kitten we got, found covered in blood and poo and severely sick (4 weeks old!) we got her into good health and we agreed with the actual owners mother that she would not go to a sanctuary, or back to the original owner.


Then a cockatoo, being kept in a filthy cage with not enough room to stretch his wings. He was terrified of people and flinched and hissed and all sorts. I knew I had to get him out there and help rehabilitate him. I got him a cage, some toys and took him home with me. I blew pretty much half of my savings to get him and I eventually rehomed him to someone who had their heart set on a macaw/cockatoo (he's with the parrotline etc) and I met him and saw his home and just knew that he was the guy patient enough to help this beautiful cockatoo to come out of it's shell. We have regular updates on how my "blue eyed boy" is doing.

This is him straight from the pet store and given some time to relax. His cage is small and quite bare to what it ended up like, and eventually I'll put up some pictures of him in his new homes cage which is MASSIVE as the guy used to have a b&g macaw.


And then there was Merlin. The little beauty being kept in a cage with three baby grays. I fell in love with his cheeky character and cuddly nature... and then when I found out this guy had a splayed leg? I just HAD to have him. He needed someone to love him regardless of his bad leg, someone who could care for him properly and not overlook him for his leg. I wouldn't be without him now. I guess my "mothering" instinct is just a tad too strong!


As much as I'd love to have perfect animals - people who don't know how to help can keep those, I'd rather help those that need helping.

Sorry for the long post! Please keep us updated on your family!
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:26 PM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Yeah, I have a haywire mothering instinct so I'm a total sucker for the sad cases and animals that need rehabilitating. I once ended up handraising a turtle dove that had fallen from the nest because you are not supposed to release feral animals into the wild, it was either keep him or put him down.

I am estimating that my lil bird is indeed a girl and her name is now Chiku which means 'talker' or 'one who chatters'. Lovebirds, while not world famous mimicers of human speech are most definately chatterers in thier own language, especially this little girl. I have her in a 2ft L x 45cm W x 50cm H which will do for now as its the biggest cage I can fit in my room and at least she still has enough room to practice flying until we get to know each other enough for me to let her out in the house. She is waay too clever for her own good and I think she will be able to work out how to open the food doors before long so I pegged a pillowcase over the front to prevent accidents. The tiny bird in the little black cage.-img_0677.jpg Here is her getting some sun (my room is so dark) and watching the fishies.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:00 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

She looks lovely! I'm sure she's got a good home with you now anyway, and your right, they certainly can talk up a storm, even if it is in their own language.

Congratulations on your new arrival! I tend to avoid places I know that I'm going to see 'unwanted' animals because I know I'll end up bringing them all home and it's not fair on my parents or my own babies. Maybe when I've got my own place (I have every intention of starting up a small sanctuary...)
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:27 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

She is absolutely beautiful! And she is very lucky to have such a great home
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:41 AM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

Thanx heaps guys. She will never replace my lil Chirpy but she already has her place in my heart and it's so nice waking up to her chatter when she is using her normal voice and not trying to compete with the feeding lories near the house or Shrek (IRN) and Bowie (tiel) that live on the veranda just outside my window. Who am I kidding, even when it gets loud its still a cheerful sound to wake up to having them all talking to each other saying good morning. I can only imagine how much worse it will get when Marley (tiel) gets here tomorrow and when Fiona (IRN) arrives (whenever that is). They are the children, but Chiku is always going to be my baby.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:54 PM
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Re: The tiny bird in the little black cage.

boy, it's nice to know i'm not the only w/SUCKER written across my forehead, lmao! my kids are always asking me where i found this or that sick or crippled or ugly animal and how long it's gonna be before it's "better". lol

all 6 of my dogs are rescues, both my parrots are, and all the ones before them were (very many), even the little fish i pick at WalMart could be considered rescues cuz they each look like they're on deaths doorstep when i purchase them. lol my house always is full of "recovery supplies" - my daughters call me Mother Nature instead of mom cuz they think i can fix anything and anyone.

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