Jan. 29th, 2012 08:20 pm
onlysmallwings: a person holding a sign reading "Free Hug <3" (Default)
[personal profile] onlysmallwings
Malachi has finally started saying words/phrases I thought he'd lost! :D

He stopped using our 'contact call' at some point when we were living with [personal profile] kestrel_hawk and family, along with a few other phrases I would prefer he use. Since we've been in our current home (with my brother and his family) he has consistently used a very small selection of phrases.

Guys, he's using 'caw caw caw?' and 'whatcha doin'?' and 'what doin'?' as well as his other phrases! It just gives me so much hope that we're on the right track toward using a contact call more consistently. No one likes a screamy conure, especially not at naptime.

Anyone else have words/phrases/sounds they prefer their feathered kiddos use?


Jan. 14th, 2012 09:26 am
onlysmallwings: a person holding a sign reading "Free Hug <3" (Brittana)
[personal profile] onlysmallwings
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!

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