Introducing The New Adventures Of Princess Peach!! πŸ’

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Ok, so you know how sometimes you walk into a shop meaning to buy one thing, and you come away with something totally different? Well, that happened to me just this last Saturday.

Hubby and i went grocery shopping, but before that we needed to go to the hardware store, which just happens to be right beside a pet store. Lovejoy needed some more lorikeet food, so we popped into the pet store to grab that, and in doing so we saw this ...

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... a sweet little princess parrot with, horror of horrors, a single wing clip. I SO wanted to buy her on the spot, but for starters we already have a flock of four, and we'd need to buy her a new cage for which we really have neither the budget nor the floor space in our small house for, plus the extra vet bills and all sorts of other unknowable considerations. I left the pet store in tears, subsequently cried my way around the grocery store, and when I got home I spent the afternoon doing the maths and the geometry in my head, trying to think of ways to make it work, so that maybe I could find a way to be able to bring her home after all. Finally I decided, you know what, there are dozens of reasons why I shouldn't do it, but only one reason why I should, and that reason is pictured below. So may I please introduce you all to the newest and most unexpected member of our family, the very beautiful and completely adorable Princess Peach!!

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It's only very early days, but she has slotted in with our existing flock very well, and she is already COMPLETELY besotted with Lovejoy!! She has been to my avian vet for a check up and has so far tested negative to a lot of health conditions that are fairly common in princess parrots here, but I'm still waiting on the results of a test for psittacosis which may take 3 weeks or so to come back. I am accustomed to getting results of that test within 24 hours but apparently the one and only lab in the world that made those tests doesn't make them anymore, and the remaining PCR test takes much longer to get a result. So as my vet is fairly sure she either has something lurking now or has had it in her recent past, for both her and the rest of my flock's safety we have started her on a 6 week course of antibiotic injections to combat anything current or lingering. I have also had her vet perform a feather implant procedure to restore her wing - shockingly enough she was able to fly pretty well even with that awful clip but she would never have been able to keep up with the rest of the flock and may have done herself a terrible injury had she tried to do so. Here's a pic of her having just had her implant done (with a BIG shout out to Dr Adrian and the team at Brisbane Bird Vet, they always do amazing work!) ...

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... and another from today, with her wing restored!

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Now, as to her name, naturally there's more backstory behind that too. According to the store, they sold her to someone else prior to me, and they were the ones who named her Peach. Apparently however, they returned her to the store because they were unable to "manage" her, I have no idea what they meant by that, perhaps it may have been because she is actually VERY NOISY for such a little bird. It's not constant screaming, but a very loud contact call is a feature of her species, so perhaps that was a factor. I've decided to stick with her name because it actually does suit her, and given her species it's pretty much inevitable that "Princess" would get tagged onto it. I *was* gonna leave out the Super Mario "Toadstool" bit but the more I think about it, that's pretty cute too! She's had a rough start to life, and I can't help but wonder if a certain other "Princess" might just have made me take a detour into that pet shop on Saturday, the whole thing certainly seems to have Lilly's magical little claw prints all over it ✨
 

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OMG, Mart! Congratulations, and welcome to the flock, gorgeous Princess Peach! ❀️❀️❀️ Of course I'm very proud to become honorary uncle to such a beautiful new Aussie niece!
I admit, I knew nothing about Princess parrots, so I had to look it up and do a quick study. First thing I learned (before researching anything) is how absolutely stunning she is. Wow! πŸ’•πŸ₯°πŸ’—

Mart, Peach hit the jackpot in finding you. I hate to even imagine how her life would be if you hadn't taken her home. She couldn't have possibly found a better birdie mom ❀️😍❀️😍
 
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Oh my goodness!!! She is so beautiful! 😍

That imping job looks perfect! I bet she’s so happy she got to come home with you and get her wings restored! 😍

And another friend for Lovejoy? How does Val feel about that? πŸ˜…

And a wonderful name choice too!
 
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Princess Peach Toadstool says to say "thank you everyone, you are all most kind!" She's such a polite little thing πŸ’–

And another friend for Lovejoy? How does Val feel about that? πŸ˜…
In fairly typical budgie fashion, Val is not too perturbed about it, I think he and Lovejoy will always be the bestest of besties. Lovejoy really doesn't quite know what to make of Peach yet but that may change. My vet says he has actually seen a hybrid between, and get this, a scaly breasted lorikeet and a superb parrot, superbs being very closely related to princess parrots. I told him he will most definitely NOT be making history and seeing a varied/princess hybrid any time soon!!!

I’ve never heard of wing restoration but that is so cool!
Oh feather implants, or "imping" is a very old technique that comes from falconry, and it's a wonderful thing to be able to restore a bird's ability to fly virtually immediately when such terrible damage has been done. As soon as I saw her I thought, "I know a guy who can fix that!" She seems to be taking things a bit easy this morning, I think possibly because of that doxy shot she had in her pectoral muscle yesterday, she might be a little sore. But she's had a short flight or two around the house already and most importantly NO CRASH LANDINGS, so we seem to be off to a pretty good start :)
 

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She is gorgeous! I adore Princess parrots! They're such under rated parrots!
 
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They're such under rated parrots!
I think so too, and I've always loved them as well. They've always been fairly popular as aviary birds but I think as those charming personalities are becoming better known they're getting more common as companion parrots. But that NOISE factor is a bit of a concern, her contact call is on a par with an IRN for decibels but perhaps not as piercing, so they may not be such a great option for an apartment dweller. I think in the warmer weather with all my windows open I'll be able to hear her all the way to the end of my street!
 

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I think so too, and I've always loved them as well. They've always been fairly popular as aviary birds but I think as those charming personalities are becoming better known they're getting more common as companion parrots. But that NOISE factor is a bit of a concern, her contact call is on a par with an IRN for decibels but perhaps not as piercing, so they may not be such a great option for an apartment dweller. I think in the warmer weather with all my windows open I'll be able to hear her all the way to the end of my street!
I don't seem to remember my family's one being loud, but he was a spectacular mimic!
I definitely have seen them more as aviary birds, some people probably get put off by their generally hands off personalities. They are definitely a hopefully one day bird for me :love:
 

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Okay, the idea of a lorikeet and a superb sounds impossible! Man I’d love to see a bird like that! 😍
 

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Noise level is all relative. Since I have no experience whatsoever with princess parrots I'll just go with my own made up theory. I'm thinking that while they're considered very loud little guys, they're still little, so likely not as loud as some of the larger parrots like toos, and in my case, ekkies. My little Tucker is, as described by his vet, the loudest ekkie he's ever seen. I'll admit, his contact call is something to behold 🀣
 
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Okay, the idea of a lorikeet and a superb sounds impossible! Man I’d love to see a bird like that! 😍
Oh I'd love to see one too! They’d be spectacular looking birds but it does beg the question, what on earth would you feed it???

And I just got a photo of the two lovebirds together. No doubt about it, these two are gonna be TROUBLE!!! 😍😍😍
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Oh I'd love to see one too! They’d be spectacular looking birds but it does beg the question, what on earth would you feed it???

And I just got a photo of the two lovebirds together. No doubt about it, these two are gonna be TROUBLE!!! 😍😍😍
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Awwww! 😍😍😍

On a serious note! πŸ˜…
I guess a hybrid like that would eat a nectar along with sprouts/fruit/veg? But aren’t Superbs and Princess parrots largely seed eaters in the wild?
 
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Awwww! 😍😍😍

On a serious note! πŸ˜…
I guess a hybrid like that would eat a nectar along with sprouts/fruit/veg? But aren’t Superbs and Princess parrots largely seed eaters in the wild?
Yes they are, but I don't think I'd want a hybrid lorikeet eating seeds, they're REALLY not good for lorikeets at all. And it'd probably boil down to whether the hybrid got the super-specialised lorikeet nectar eating tongue too. But I think you're right, a bit of nectar and lots of veg, and pellets would be WAAAAYYYYY better than seeds. Lovejoy eats the 'tiels pellets and his vet says that's no prob - and thank God for that cos I really wouldn't be able to stop him!
 

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Ok, so you know how sometimes you walk into a shop meaning to buy one thing, and you come away with something totally different? Well, that happened to me just this last Saturday.

Hubby and i went grocery shopping, but before that we needed to go to the hardware store, which just happens to be right beside a pet store. Lovejoy needed some more lorikeet food, so we popped into the pet store to grab that, and in doing so we saw this ...

HcN6Ema.jpg


... a sweet little princess parrot with, horror of horrors, a single wing clip. I SO wanted to buy her on the spot, but for starters we already have a flock of four, and we'd need to buy her a new cage for which we really have neither the budget nor the floor space in our small house for, plus the extra vet bills and all sorts of other unknowable considerations. I left the pet store in tears, subsequently cried my way around the grocery store, and when I got home I spent the afternoon doing the maths and the geometry in my head, trying to think of ways to make it work, so that maybe I could find a way to be able to bring her home after all. Finally I decided, you know what, there are dozens of reasons why I shouldn't do it, but only one reason why I should, and that reason is pictured below. So may I please introduce you all to the newest and most unexpected member of our family, the very beautiful and completely adorable Princess Peach!!

fFbNypg.jpg


It's only very early days, but she has slotted in with our existing flock very well, and she is already COMPLETELY besotted with Lovejoy!! She has been to my avian vet for a check up and has so far tested negative to a lot of health conditions that are fairly common in princess parrots here, but I'm still waiting on the results of a test for psittacosis which may take 3 weeks or so to come back. I am accustomed to getting results of that test within 24 hours but apparently the one and only lab in the world that made those tests doesn't make them anymore, and the remaining PCR test takes much longer to get a result. So as my vet is fairly sure she either has something lurking now or has had it in her recent past, for both her and the rest of my flock's safety we have started her on a 6 week course of antibiotic injections to combat anything current or lingering. I have also had her vet perform a feather implant procedure to restore her wing - shockingly enough she was able to fly pretty well even with that awful clip but she would never have been able to keep up with the rest of the flock and may have done herself a terrible injury had she tried to do so. Here's a pic of her having just had her implant done (with a BIG shout out to Dr Adrian and the team at Brisbane Bird Vet, they always do amazing work!) ...

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... and another from today, with her wing restored!

mCcGmBs.jpg


Now, as to her name, naturally there's more backstory behind that too. According to the store, they sold her to someone else prior to me, and they were the ones who named her Peach. Apparently however, they returned her to the store because they were unable to "manage" her, I have no idea what they meant by that, perhaps it may have been because she is actually VERY NOISY for such a little bird. It's not constant screaming, but a very loud contact call is a feature of her species, so perhaps that was a factor. I've decided to stick with her name because it actually does suit her, and given her species it's pretty much inevitable that "Princess" would get tagged onto it. I *was* gonna leave out the Super Mario "Toadstool" bit but the more I think about it, that's pretty cute too! She's had a rough start to life, and I can't help but wonder if a certain other "Princess" might just have made me take a detour into that pet shop on Saturday, the whole thing certainly seems to have Lilly's magical little claw prints all over it ✨
How did they restore her wing feathers? I HATE when cruel people chop up one wing, or both, but one is even worse. Nothing but confusing crash landings for at least six months.
 
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How did they restore her wing feathers? I HATE when cruel people chop up one wing, or both, but one is even worse. Nothing but confusing crash landings for at least six months.
@DonnaBudgie, here's a video that gives a pretty good overview of the imping process. This is actually my bird vet, Adrian Gallagher, and he made this vid oh quite a few years back now, when they used to do regular segments for a kids TV show called "Totally Wild". As far as cost, it was about $280 to have the one wing done, honestly I don't think it would've been much more if he'd had to do both because the anaesthesia represented the greater proportion of the cost. Which is only fair, cos that's something you REALLY want to get right! And yes, it sure is worth every cent πŸ’–

 
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Welcome my new cute Aussie nice! :love:
Princess Peach says "dziΔ™kujΔ™ i dzieΕ„ dobry" to her favourite Polish aunty Rozzy!! πŸ₯° πŸ’–
 

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