Birds, birds, birds...

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Growing up, I kept a few different reptile species here and there, they were always for me specifically as my parents are not really fond of the reptiles (though my mom always loved the beardies!... until I started that dubia colony πŸ˜†). It was a fun time trying to make my dad understand that these roaches wouldn't infest/be able to thrive in our environment, though he eventually just stopped talking about them altogether, and we had a silent understanding: if he can't see them, they dont exist 😁 (i.e., the colony and tub were kept in my closet)

I still love reptiles but my passion shifted as I grew up more, and found myself falling in love with birds. I'll be 24 this year, started keeping birds around 9-10 years ago. Began working with rescue/foster parrots around 6 years ago. I often work with the birds that need more "hands on" work; the birds who suffer from traumatic experiences, have been neglected/abused to the point that they are aggressively defensive, the birds that are so terrified of people that they can't even get themselves to relax when the environment is theoretically calm and safe for them.

I spend a lot of time with these birds to learn their personalities and how they, as individuals, interact with people and other birds, their body language, their boundaries. Personal boundaries are very important not only for people but for animals/pets too! Not all birds enjoy being touched or held, and if they do, you have to earn that privilege.

Many of the birds I've worked with would not let me anywhere near them when they first arrived. I tried to keep physical interactions at a minimum unless necessary (like having to physically hold them to move them to a carrier/transport them to the vet/groomers). Some of them slowly came around and allowed me to do things with them, eventually (sometimes I was allowed to scratch a birds neck but they were very sure to make it clear when they were done! Lol. Other birds developed a lot more trust for me and would let me pick them up at their/my leisure)

So that's a bit of background to myself, as I know I haven't really shared a lot on here other than to ask questions about the turtles.

My house is currently run by:

Chloe, female blue and gold macaw (technically handicapped but she's 100% able to be fair! She's got a bit of a story actually...)

Kiwi, female quaker/monk parakeet. I've had her the longest of all of mine.

Alex (male) and Missy (female) Alexandrine ringneck parakeets. Alex is a long-time plucker and Missy is a retired/ex-breeder living out the rest of her days in peace πŸ’•

An aviary consisting of 2.3.0 budgies. They are lovely to listen to, and I'm constantly fascinated at their flock dynamics and silly antics. I have the two females named; Astrid and Charlie. I've been undecided on the boys' names for so long now... I often call them things like baby boys/baby bird, and one of the males I call Mr. Green occasionally because of his lemon-lime coloration.

A young cockatiel (unsexed, but I'm leaning towards male) who is very new to our home/flock.

Aside from birds, there's also my older dog Evan, who was a kind of "gift" to myself for my 16th birthday. I volunteered at no-kill shelter here in town, who had only started up semi-recently at that time. I met Evan while I volunteered there and he's been glued to my heels since! He turns 9 this year (age is estimated but he was about a year old when I brought him home. He was part of a puppy mill operation, who were then rescued by the shelter once the mill was discovered).

Also, a tortoiseshell (heheh) kitty, Minks. She was a rehome; was declawed on all four paws before I had gotten her 😒 she's deaf, 100% indoors only, has environmental allergy problems which give her a sensitive tummy... but super sweet and sassy! LOL.

Last but not least, the newest additions: I recently took in two box turtles and a russian tortoise who were in need of a home (as well as much cleaner, individual setups, amongst other things).

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I love your story! I must say, Alex does a very neat job on himself!

I also have a bit of a menagerie...2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 aquariums, coming in a month or so a tortoise and a baby skink, and 2 female 17 year old Senegal parrots who have been with me since they were 3 and 4 months old.
 

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I love your story! I must say, Alex does a very neat job on himself!

I also have a bit of a menagerie...2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 aquariums, coming in a month or so a tortoise and a baby skink, and 2 female 17 year old Senegal parrots who have been with me since they were 3 and 4 months old.
I absolutely love senegals! The poicephalus family has some of the most awesome species in my opinion 😊 I have a close friend who has a male name Ousman Kabebe (I think thats how she spells it, at least). We call him Ous-y goosey, my friend jokes a lot that he had to "retake birdie pre-k twice" because he's a bit of an airhead πŸ˜‚ he's super sweet and funny, just really, really goofy! If you offer him a treat from your hand, he will get giddy but then stare at it with wide doe eyes for a solid 5 minutes, and you have to hold it there for him until he finally takes it, or else you get a nice bite πŸ˜†
This friend of mine has hand-reared baby birds for many years and when the babies are old enough to be out of the brooder for a short length of time, she does birdie pre-k with them haha. Shows them different kinds of toys and textures, exposes them to new foods and things that will make their future families have an easier time getting them adjusted. She has a "peep peep everybody" song that she sings to all of the birds πŸ’• she's a wonderful woman! I cant help but gush about her haha. She's like my second mother, or maybe soul sister if you will!
 

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@JoesMum volunteers at a wildlife rehab in the UK. She works with lots of birds, and she's an avid bird watcher as well. Maybe you can compare notes sometime. She periodically posts pictures and videos to the Cold Dark Room thread (under the Personal Promotion section of the forum).
 

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@JoesMum volunteers at a wildlife rehab in the UK. She works with lots of birds, and she's an avid bird watcher as well. Maybe you can compare notes sometime. She periodically posts pictures and videos to the Cold Dark Room thread (under the Personal Promotion section of the forum).
Oh thats so awesome! I'll have to go skim through that thread when I have some extra time soon :) I love learning about birds, well all animals really, there's always something new and fascinating to learn!
 

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Oh thats so awesome! I'll have to go skim through that thread when I have some extra time soon :) I love learning about birds, well all animals really, there's always something new and fascinating to learn!
Start with the most recent posts...and jump in anytime! :)
 

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Start with the most recent posts...and jump in anytime! :)
Will do!

So, I'm a bit oblivious when it comes to the way things are worded sometimes (I'm autistic, my social skills aren't entirely well polished πŸ˜…), I often take things more literally unless I already know different... so, is the Cold Dark Room thread just an on-going thread for just chatting about anything? I just wasn't sure since it is in the personal promotions subforum and I thought I am only suppose to post business and promotional things. I just want to make sure... πŸ˜…
 

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Will do!

So, I'm a bit oblivious when it comes to the way things are worded sometimes (I'm autistic, my social skills aren't entirely well polished πŸ˜…), I often take things more literally unless I already know different... so, is the Cold Dark Room thread just an on-going thread for just chatting about anything? I just wasn't sure since it is in the personal promotions subforum and I thought I am only suppose to post business and promotional things. I just want to make sure... πŸ˜…
Yes, the Cold Dark Room is for chatting about anything. We can be really silly sometimes, or just talk about whatever is going on that we want to share. Or you can just listen in if you want. The Cold Dark Room (sometimes abbreviated as CDR) used to be far more active, and there were regularly posts from England, Wales, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, and various locations in Canada and the U.S., and elsewhere.

There is often kidding around and use of puns. We have so many different "flavors" of English and such a variety of backgrounds that we sometimes confuse ourselves...and each other. :D It's all good. 😁 You never have to feel out of place if you want to ask for more information, or whether someone is kidding, or whatever you might have missed.

It is also a great place to ask if anyone happens to know anything about...whatever is on your mind.
 

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Yes, the Cold Dark Room is for chatting about anything. We can be really silly sometimes, or just talk about whatever is going on that we want to share. Or you can just listen in if you want. The Cold Dark Room (sometimes abbreviated as CDR) used to be far more active, and there were regularly posts from England, Wales, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, and various locations in Canada and the U.S., and elsewhere.

There is often kidding around and use of puns. We have so many different "flavors" of English and such a variety of backgrounds that we sometimes confuse ourselves...and each other. :D It's all good. 😁 You never have to feel out of place if you want to ask for more information, or whether someone is kidding, or whatever you might have missed.

It is also a great place to ask if anyone happens to know anything about...whatever is on your mind.
Thank you for clarifying that for me! I'll surely be checking in on there from time to time :)
 

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I thought I'd mention my wifes aviary again....In case anyone would be interested.
At one point, she had like 13 cages in our Sun room. Each cage was in the neighborhood of $250.
I even made her a few cages. Mesh and wood. They all got fouled with poop after a while. And the doors always left a lot to be desired.
A couple of years ago, I found an 8 foot, hexagonal aviary on Ebay (by a Chinese company called Juxtepy. Or something very near that)
It was just $300 and was a sturdy aluminum mesh, aluminum framed walk in cage that a large person could live inside.
I actually assembly it standing and walking around inside of it. And I'm that large person I spoke of...
It is light enough to move once assembled. Strong enough that we have not been able to damage it in any way.
For the money, this thing is a supreme bargain!
Ours is indoors, but mounting it to a cement slab outdoors would also be super easy.
It's large enough to stop aggression and birds can actually fly around in there.
It's the Taj Mahal of bird cages.
And for $300.

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I thought I'd mention my wifes aviary again....In case anyone would be interested.
At one point, she had like 13 cages in our Sun room. Each cage was in the neighborhood of $250.
I even made her a few cages. Mesh and wood. They all got fouled with poop after a while. And the doors always left a lot to be desired.
A couple of years ago, I found an 8 foot, hexagonal aviary on Ebay (by a Chinese company called Juxtepy. Or something very near that)
It was just $300 and was a sturdy aluminum mesh, aluminum framed walk in cage that a large person could live inside.
I actually assembly it standing and walking around inside of it. And I'm that large person I spoke of...
It is light enough to move once assembled. Strong enough that we have not been able to damage it in any way.
For the money, this thing is a supreme bargain!
Ours is indoors, but mounting it to a cement slab outdoors would also be super easy.
It's large enough to stop aggression and birds can actually fly around in there.
It's the Taj Mahal of bird cages.
And for $300.
Wow!! Thats a gorgeous aviary! Ebay can sure pop up with some cool stuff! Just have to sift through the sleezy ones that have pictures that make the product look bigger than it really is πŸ˜† I always make a point to read the dimensions if I'm ever looking for a travel cage or playstand; etc...
I'm going to check it out though and see if I can't find that one on the website still :) I'd love to find out more about it.
 

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Wow!! Thats a gorgeous aviary! Ebay can sure pop up with some cool stuff! Just have to sift through the sleezy ones that have pictures that make the product look bigger than it really is πŸ˜† I always make a point to read the dimensions if I'm ever looking for a travel cage or playstand; etc...
I'm going to check it out though and see if I can't find that one on the website still :) I'd love to find out more about it.
I last saw one on WALMART.COM and HAYNEEDLE
 

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