Birds. It's really a coincidence me and the wifey got into birds. Wifey likes cats. Me allergic. Fish are too boring although beutiful to look at. Reptiles, eg snakes, creeps me out and wifey alike. Dogs are not an option because we have irregular hours at work and a very small apartment, besides the fact that a dog needs walking on a regular basis. Enter the idea of a bird.
I've always fancied parrots, so this was a natural starter. Wifey thought this was a great idea, so presto we started looking into parrots. We quickly realised that a full-size parrot like a grey jacko was both expensive and would likely drive our neighbours crazy as they are pretty loud, not to mention seriously expensive, so we figured on the smaller parrots like budgies. Here I voiced an opinion that I wanted something bigger than a budgie that wouldn't hop and skip around so much, but rather act like its bigger sibblings, so we researched some more and came up with cockatiels. According to all texts on the internet and in several books, 'tiels are gentle and easy to handle and a perfect starter-bird, better so in fact than the otherwise common budgie. Cockatiels aren't too big either, and they have a very gentle personality. We had a winner!
So we shopped around for cockatiels in our local petshops and came across a lutino 'tiel that was sooooo beautiful, never mind it was rather old and was a little stand-offish. We wanted this particular bird, so we bought it. Tito became our first bird and we doted on this bird like it was a baby-child. We soon wanted more birds and decided on another budgie, Pinochet. The little budgie got on well with Tito but we felt a partner would be in order so we bough another budgie, Bill. Then I wanted another companion for Tito and we bough Bamse (or rather he picked me...). Then one day Bill suddenly died and Pinochet began screaming so we got her another companion, Pinochet. The partnership between Bamse and Tito never took off, so we got another cockatiel-male, Jena and these two seem to accept each other better. We now had five birds.
When we bought Bamse we realised he'd been living next to a finch-cage before so he sang like a finch, a very pleasant low cooing so we got interested in getting a pair of finches as well. After some time we found a pair and cheap at that, so there wasn't any real reason not to get these birds, so we did. Romeo and Julia came to live with us as well!
Then one day I when I got home after work I found Tito lying on the cage-floor bottom and things went really haywire. Jena's beloved partner was gone and he started screaming for her for hours on end. Wifey and me decided this couldn't go on, or the neighbours might start gathering outside our door with torches and pitchforks in a mob, so we went 'tiel-shopping again. We found a likely breeder and called and sure enough, the breeder had some tame female-cockatiels for sale and we could come over and have a look. We brought Jena along so that e could have his say as well.
The breeder currently had an older rescued female from a negligent previous owner and a younger one as well. We put the older bird in the transport-cage with Jena, but it seemed like he didn't fancy her, so we put the other female as well. Suddenly Jena seemed more attracted to the older bird and completely ignored the younger one. There's nothing like a little competition I gather... ;-) So we went home with Saphir, the ugliest bird on this end of the galaxy, but oh-so-social. She readily climbed up on my finger and handling her is a proverbial walk in the park.
And that's where we are today, three cockatiels, two budgerigars and two zebra-finches.. Currently we have a ban on buying new birds, as we're running out of space in our living-room for cages!
It's been a while since the last update, and most of our birds have passed away due to sickness or old age. The only remaining one is the ever-whistling Jena. Currently I'm trying to re-socialise with him since his partner died some months ago. It's slow going as he's been with a real 'tiel partner for so long. At least he obliges me with climbing up on my finger, although he seems to prefer my shoulder.
This year, 2015, marks Jena's about eleventh birthday!
|No pic yet.||Family name||Condoleezza Srbu Kjellgren|
|Birthdata||Bougth 2007-08-09, approx 2 years old at time.|
|Description||Normal gray with tendencies to yellow on tailfeathers. Possibly pearled.|
|Tame||Yes, extremely so. Readily hops up on my and wifey's finger, hand and shoulder from day one.|
|Misc||Now Saphir is a sad story. The breeder we bought her from rescued her from a previous owner that had neglected her and had kept her with a lutino in a way to small cage (old-style budgie cage). The result was that poor Saphir had plucked herself on the entire body, except for the head, which she couldn't reach. After a year living with the breeder we got her from, she has grown back most of the feathers except for some areas on chest, back and wings. Saphir is ugly all day long but makes up for it with a truly wonderful personality. Likes to have her head and neck scratched. Quiet bird so far. Seems to have hit on a string with Jena, who guards her jealously from Bamse and me.|
|Family name||Julia Srbu Kjellgren|
|Birthdata||Bought winter 2006/2007, approx 2 years old at time.|
|Misc||A little more reserved than Romeo. Loves to bathe.|