Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:34 PM
My name is Marybeth, and I've been a avid bird owner since about the age of 5. It all started with a few budgies, then cockatiels. Around the age of 9, two of the cockatiels decided they needed to have babies. They also decided that taking care of them was too much like work, and neglected to feed them. So, I went to the local library and checked out a few book on hand-raising baby birds. There were about 5 babies total in the nest box. I did loose a few of them, but had three survive. Let me tell you, for a kid around the age of 10, this was quite a learning experience. I did eventually find some homes for the baby 'tiels, and tried to discourage the breeding from the parents after that summer.
Fast forward a few years.... around 2004, I adopted my first larger parrot: A blue front amazon parrot; Kalani. She was such a wonderful bird and meant the world to me. However, a few weeks ago, I lost her. She developed a massive cyst on her back, that ended up requiring surgery. The surgery was risky, but the cyst was going to end up killing her anyways. (Her bloodwork kept showing a decline in red blood cell count) So elected to have the surgery done. However, she did not make it. One of the saddest days of my life... I've had her for 8 years, but honestly don't know what her age was.
So here I am now.... for the first time since grade school.... bird-less. And it feels REALLY weird. My last cockatiel died a little over a year ago, was about 18 years old or so. Currently, I am looking up things online and trying to find some more bird-related resources, as I am planning on bringing home a baby blue front amazon in the late spring and would like to meet some more "bird people."
The cyst: :/
So, hello again.. and looking forward to meeting everyone!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:08 PM
Welcome to BB, and I hope that when you bring home a new blue front, that she/he will live a long, happy and healthy life with you!
My first, and youngest(?) tiel will be 11 years old this year, and I hope to have her for many more years to come! I know that 18 is a good age for many tiels, so I hope she lives at least as long as your last tiel!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:44 PM
Wow, your 'tiel is doing quite well! I will always love those little birds, too. They are always so chipper. Been kinda tossing around the idea of another cockatiel, as well. So we'll see. I love their little voices. It's so cute.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:58 AM
I wish you well on your next venture into a loving relationship.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:52 PM
But on a lighter note, was told by the breeder that I'll get weekly photos of he new babies once they hatch... so pretty exciting. I'll have to share them once they arrive.
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