Jun 29, 2010

Two Thoughts and a Tuesday Tune

First of all, where did Spring go? We had such a long winter (thanks, Punxatawney Phil for the warning!) and even had a couple of snowstorms to make this past winter quite a memorable one for the kiddies who got to have snow days. Now we're going through week after week of above 90 degree temperatures (with heat indices above 100 in many areas - like where I live). What's up with that?!

Second of all, I think my cockatiels are finally warming up to me.  In case you don't know much about pet birds, handfed ones tend to be more tame and more sociable to humans.  Those that are not handfed tend to be a bit more of a challenge to tame and socialize.  The ones I have were not handfed as babies so they're not used to being handled.  In fact, they would usually move farther away from me in their cage when I try to spend time with them. I don't really mind that because I didn't want to have birds that would get mad if you don't spend "a lot" of time with them.  After all, I didn't want to neglect my dog, two cats, and worse yet - my own family!  LOL!

My Tweety and Tinkerbell probably thinking I'm a nut for getting inside the cage with my camera.

So if my birdies wanted to be "homebodies" and not venture out of the cage much, I really wanted them to have a roomier cage to move around in.  Even though I really liked the Oriental design of their original cage, I just didn't think it was big enough for two birds. And though I had no clue if I'd even be able to get Tweety and Tinkerbell to move to a new cage, I did some price-shopping for larger cages.

I finally found a used cage (formerly home to an amazon parrot) posted on Craigslist by a military family at the nearby army base.  My husband and I went to their house to check it out and went back home with it on the back of our pickup truck.  It's pretty cool!  I cleaned it up and let it sit next to their original cage for a few days so my birdies could get used to seeing their future home.

My cockatiels have been enjoying their new digs for a little over two weeks now.  I even got Tweety to come back and forth from the rope perch to the branch perch close to me.  Back and forth he'd go at my command...and then he'd bob his face sideways whenever I'd tell him he was a good boy for coming to me.

This is Tweety at the far end of the new digs last Saturday.  

That made me really happy.  I think that despite this extremely warm summer heat, I'm gonna have a nice summer!

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