Some more parrot pictures! (D/U warning)

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Chickerdoodle13, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    These are some more recent photos I took during Spring break of the parrots where I work. These all belong to the lady I work for, but I feel like they are mine too! LOL My job is to take care of and play with them! It's great to make money doing something I love!


    Little Reggie bird:
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    The new birds, Dennis on the left and Emma on the right.
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    Preening:
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    Snowy:
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    Me and Dennis:
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    Fiona:
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    Me and my favorite, Big Bird. He is the sweetest bird I have ever met.
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    Giving kisses!
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  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    what happened to Dennis and Emma?

    they seem a bit, ahem, sparse.
     
  3. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    LOL! Yeah they are definite pluckers. They came from a very good home, so I'm not sure why they pluck so much. They are extremely affectionate though and I'm almost thinking they pluck out of jealousy. If I hold one the other will start plucking and preening. It's difficult to show them both attention at the same time!
     
  4. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
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    They are sooo pretty! [​IMG]

    Bawk-I'm assuming they plucked themselves, due to stress..correct me if I'm wrong chickerdoodle. Now my question is, will they let their feathers grow back, once they are in a safe/comfortable environment? I've watched shows on parrots, but can't quite remember that.

    I have always dreamed of having a Cockatoo....but now I have 3 human children, and really can't take on the responsibility of one anymore. Maybe someday....I do know they require lots and lots of attention, one of the (many) reasons the birds may pluck themselves, sad, really when you think about it.

    Edit-I was typing too slow, lol! So they weren't stressed...that's good.
     
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  5. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a pretty shade of pink on Reggie, what type of parrot is he?
     
  6. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Brahmamama,

    Unfortunately, once they start plucking, a lot of birds will not let the feathers grow back. You are right though, most birds pluck due to stress. We've also been finding that birds who have been abused in a certain area of their body will often pluck/mutilate in that spot.

    Cockatoos are one of the moodies types of parrot. I absolutely love Mollucans, but they are super moody and do require a lot of attention. It's amazing how many birds the lady I work for gets because people just don't have the time for them! You could however start with a smaller bird! There are several species that make wonderful pets and they don't require as much care and won't have to be passed down in your will! The lady I work for has really detailed plans for her birds in case anything ever happens to her.
     
  7. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Cheryl, Reggie is a rose breasted cockatoo. They are a smaller variety and all the ones I have come across are so sweet. Reggie can be temperamental sometimes, but with me he's always a sweety. He doesn't like some people though and he will try to bite every now and again. It's funny how birds choose who they like and dislike!
     
  8. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    I love the rose-breasted one and the African gray is beautiful and sooo curious! My sister has one and they have dozens of them at the Columbus Zoo in the aviary. They also have a wonderful pheasant exhibit in the new Asia Quest section.

    You have a great job!![​IMG]
     
  9. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    My aunt had 2 Macaws who plucked, then she added TONS(I mean like TONS!) of toys to her home, and inside the cage, afterwards, they stoped. But they must have soooo much company, I wonder what can cause the stress?
     
  10. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    It figures my favorite would be the moodiest [​IMG] [​IMG] They are beautiful birds though. That's sad, about their feathers. I watched a show on either Discovery or AP, about a sanctuary that took in parrots, they had several shots of some birds that had plucked themselves, and some that had just gone crazy with boredom from their previous homes, and would either rock back and forth on their posts, or pace...all day long [​IMG] It broke my heart, and I vowed to, no matter how much I want one, get a large (loong living) bird unless I absolutely knew I could take proper care of it.

    I have had cockatiels-grew up with them, as my grandma always had a cockatiel or two around. Probably one of my first pets, and now that I think about it, between the tiels, and my grandma talking about how she used to love taking care of chickens when she was young, why I'm into chickens now [​IMG] I don't have one right now, as my youngest has respiratory issues, and I worry about the feather dust floating around.

    That's cool, that your friend has plans for her birds...I know alot of people don't take into account how long they do live. Main reason she is doing what she's doing, like you said.

    Thanks for sharing pics! [​IMG]
     

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