I was on here a LONG time ago with my Jenday, Pheonix, who sadly passed away a couple years ago now... I think I also came on to ask a few questions when I first got Petrie, but I've been off for at LEAST a year, and I thought I'd reintroduce.
I'm Krystie, a pharmacy tech with Walgreens in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan. My husband, Tony, does maintenance for the appartment community we live in, and is a carpenter on the side. We have a 6 year old daughter in 1st grade, Becca, and a new baby expected to come within the next few weeks.
Petrie came home at just under 4 months of age on 3/7/2010 as a just weaned CAG who already whistled a few things and said "hello" on the rare occasion. She learned FAST how to make animal noises, and a few words. Her DOH is 11/11/2009, so shes now 25 months old. She says tons of stuff, makes over 12 sounds/noises on cue, loves to participate with TV shows (laughing, saying "OW!" with Adam on Mythbusters, and trying to imitate various sounds from the shows...), sneezes with us and says Bless You when we sneeze, tells us when it's time for bed, greets us with good morning and the sound of running water (as the first thing my husband does is make coffee!), asks for showers, yells at our cats, FEEDS our cats (although she's not supposed to and she knows it! mostly the treats we give her, and occasionally a piece of two of her pellets that the older kitten likes), and all around is a normal, ACTIVE, semi-noisy bird.
She's not too loud, but not too quiet. She is messy but even without the guards around her cage she tries to not make a huge mess. The biggest annoyances with her are her LOUD high pitched tones as she begs for food (either to get out of her cage to eat with us while I'm still making the food, or for MORE food when she's finished what she's given. Luckily, she's leaning "more?" to ask for more food), and the normal high pitched loud calls to communicate with us when we're not in sight or are not paying attention to her when she wants it. She loves shredding toys and swinging toys, and her other annoying factor is her "attacking" squawks on certain toys when she's "defending" her cage from those toys. Not common, but really really really disturbing for us and the cats! She's partially potty trained currently, and usually will wait until she's put in an appropriate spot to poop, and will give us clue warnings beforehand so we can move her if needed. As long as we pay attention to her, we have little issues with her poop. Unfortunately, she poops so frequently with these tiny little poops that half of them are not caught. And I mean TINY! They are not even half the size of a dime much of the time she's out of the cage for awhile! Biggest she makes if she's been out for a bit is maybe the size of a penny? But the first poop of the day or after a nap - WATCH OUT! Those are MONSTERS and stinky - I've luckily taught her to poop in the kitchen trash for me, while my husband has her go while on the stand (which only is cleaned every couple days usually, so I come to it when it's really really stinky sometimes. YUCK)...
Her favorite thing right now in her cage is swinging, both right side up and upside down. She'll grab onto the cage bars and make herself swing, and then "push" like a kid does on a swing set! She'll also say, "wanna swing?" before she starts, then "WHEEE!!!" once she's going! Such a cutie! She loves her shredable toys too, and likes swingables that have rope that she can chew on. She's also finally started liking "foot toys" and will go to the bottom of her cage for a couple hours a day to play. So cute when she plays down there. She is also nervous about shredding her Mcdonalds kids meal box too quickly since we dont get them too often, so she shreds it very very very slowly to make it last!
My biggest worry right now, is just the fact that we have a baby coming home soonish - on top of the hormonal factor in the bird likely to come in this spring! We're taking it one day at a time, and I love having her in my home. She's such a clown and such a joy for us.
Glad to be here everyone!
Introducing Petrie and my family. :)
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