Jan. 14th, 2012 09:26 am
onlysmallwings: a person holding a sign reading "Free Hug <3" (Brittana)
[personal profile] onlysmallwings posting in [community profile] avians
I never know quite what to say in an intro post.

I'm a bird mom to a Patagonian Conure named Malachi. He is almost five! Wow! I can't believe it's been that long already! (And I'll get a picture up at some point, I swear.) He's my buddy, fairly resistant to change, very bonded to me, and a pretty good bird most of the time.

I purchased him from a local bird shop before he even had all of his feathers, visited often while they weaned him, and took him home when we agreed he was eating pellets well. And he's been my buddy-bird ever since. :) I still think there isn't much cuter than a baby parrot who is still all pinfeathery and awkward. Babies are cute, what can I say?

We currently live with my brother, his wife, and their two-year-old son. And it's been great! Mal doesn't care about anyone else in the room as long as I'm around, and the kiddo is always supervised when he's with the bird. (Malachi has no idea what to do with this tiny human.) We lived alone the first two years I had him, and then spent another two years with my best friend, her husband, two dogs, and three other birds, including Mal's clutch brother, Magellan.

Mal started acting out the last six or eight months we spent with the other birds (feather picking and weight loss), but he bounced right back after we moved here and haven't had any feather picking in over 8 months. I'm calling it stress related and hoping it's done. He seems very happy to be the only bird in the house.

Anyway, here's hoping this comm gets some activity!

Date: 2012-01-14 06:07 pm (UTC)
sabr: (cars : vince : nissan)
From: [personal profile] sabr
Thank you for joining! Nice to meet you and Malachi!

I lay awake at night and worry about feather picking, much like one would worry about catching some kind of communicable disease. Not a whole lot I can do besides being proactive and trying to reduce any kind of triggers that could cause them, but the thought that my bird might ever become a picker is probably my worst fear. I'm glad that your beeb got over it relatively quickly.

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