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Leah00 01-13-2014 09:24 PM

Hello! My name is Leah. I live in southeast Missouri with my husband and two young children (5 year old boy and almost 3 year old girl). I've always loved animals. My current pets are:

Jasper the 3 year old "short haired" Havanese
Buttercup the 2 year old Olde English Bulldogge
Gus the 8 year old Weimaraner (he's not mine, he's a foster dog)

Artie the 10 year old orange tabby cat
Mugatu the 6 month old brown tabby (my love!)

75 gal fish tank with assorted fishes

And newly acquired 2 cockatiels. Their names are Tayshaun and Wallace. Haha. If anyone is a basketball fan, we named them after 2004 Detroit Piston players. A few years ago we had another pair of cockatiels that were named Rip and Chauncey. Lol.

Anyway, I love birds. Sadly, I'm not really a big fan of cockatiels. We just seem to collect birds that no one else wants. Someone gave us the birds and cage for free after they got sick of taking care of them. Which is how we've gotten most of our previous birds.
We've only had one hand fed bird from a breeder. That was our dear yellow sided gcc, Kiwi. He was a great bird and so beautiful. Unfortunately we only had him for a little over a year before he died after getting tangled up in his bird hut one night when we weren't home. It was terrible.

I think that the only reason I'm not a fan of cockatiels is that I've always taken on older adults who haven't been handled or treated well. So then I get them and they are pretty much done with humans. Lol. I read about how sweet tiels are supposed to be but I haven't had any luck. I did half tame one of my old senior tiels years ago after the other one died but sadly he didn't last much longer.

Now these two I've only had for about three weeks but they aren't big fans of me. Lol. They seem to like it when I whistle and talk to them. They climb close to me and talk back but as soon as I open the cage door it's all hissy and scared.

I'm really, really wanting another hand fed bird sometime soon (but not too soon). I'm thinking a Quaker. I don't mind noise and they seem to have the personality I'm wanting. :)

Sorry for the book! :)

Blueridge 01-13-2014 09:30 PM

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Hi Leah welcome to the forum! I don't have much to say but I'd just like to tell ya that quaker parrots are freaking awesome.

Leah00 01-13-2014 09:41 PM

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That's what I hear! :)

I love that your have a Rocky quote in your signature and I guess you named your bird after him. We had an old dog that we named Rocky. We adopted him shortly after I sat down and watched all the Rocky movies! Haha. :)

Terry57 01-13-2014 09:48 PM

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Hi Leah and welcome! I think it's wonderful that you take in birds that no one wants:)

antoinette 01-13-2014 09:48 PM

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Welcome to our wonderful forum Leah
Your hands sure are full, how do you cope?
Please post some pics !!!

Leah00 01-13-2014 10:06 PM

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Yes, my hands are full but I enjoy it. :) My husband helps out a lot too. We rotate who's turn it is to feed animals or put kids to bed. Haha. If it's my turn to feed, it's his turn to put kids to bed and vise versa.

It is nice to take in birds that no one else wants...most of the time. It can get slightly irritating when you feel like you can never get what YOU actually want because your hands are full with everyone else's cast offs. I know that might sound awful but it's hard sometimes. Right now I desperately want another sweet hand fed baby but I can't because it just took in these two tiels.

Leah00 01-13-2014 10:13 PM

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Jasper the Havanese

Buttercup the OEB

Artie the orange

My sweet baby Mugatu. (He's quite a bit bigger now!)

The cockatiels

MikeyTN 01-14-2014 01:29 AM

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Welcome to the forum!!! I'm a huge fan of Cockatiels and curious why don't you like about them??

Quakers are wonderful birds to have around too, I miss mine everyday.....

WesselG 01-14-2014 02:40 AM

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Hi Leah

Welcome to the forum.

It's great to see someone else that run a zoo, hehe. I have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 5 Indian Ringnecks.

I've also somehow ended up with IRN's over the years that either someone didn't want or that escaped from previous owners and somehow found their way to me. It's challenging to those birds used to you but with lots of patience it can be done.


TessieB 01-14-2014 05:07 AM

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Howdy! You have a house full dontchya?

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