kestrel_hawk: (Kim tongue)
[personal profile] kestrel_hawk
Hello there. I am the mommy to one goofy Patagonian conure named Magellan, clutchmate to [personal profile] onlysmallwings's Malachi. He's overseeing the writing of this entry from the back of the couch beside me. Magellan is nearing 5 years of age, which seems a little impossible seeing as how I remember him pinfeathered and downy almost yesterday.

Magellan enjoys such pursuits as beatboxing with his daddy, preening my hair, mimicking/mocking cats, kissing his dog, and saying "woo" after I sneeze or blow my nose. ZuPreem grapes are his favorite pellet, but he wants little to do with regular/fresh food. He doesn't even like seeds; he will barely touch Lafeber NutriBerries. Picky kid.

Mr.Luckey and I also have two peach-faced lovebirds, who are ~13 and 9, and we used to have a cockatiel, but he passed away suddenly about 3 years ago, when he was only 4.

I really enjoy the interactivity of birds. They're very different than mammals in terms of type of care, companionship, etc. They take a definite shift in lifestyle, a fairly rigid schedule and more consideration regarding chemicals, fumes and temperatures, but every type of pet requires a slightly different set of needs and considerations.


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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