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  • Wings n Things

    26 posts, 9 voices, 1658 views, started Nov 14, 2008

    Posted on Friday, November 14, 2008 by (華娃娃) ChinaDoll

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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • I have 2 Cockatiels: Maxine and Fransesca

          Maxine

          Francesca

                

          Prior to them was a small parakeet, Max.  I was trimming his nails and he had a heart attack.

          As of today, Maxine laid 5 never will hatch eggs.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
        • Ok, I know this probably doesn’t qualify as actual pets, but we have wild chickens that roam all over the place here. I have a few left who were hatched in my yard so they’ve been on the property since the beginning of their lives and they now have babies of their own.

          Wild chickens don’t like to be petted, aren’t open to being picked up and they‘re not the least bit cuddly. But, they are very entertaining. Some of them know my voice and will come running from anywhere in the yard when they see or hear me. I even had one that liked to lay eggs in the window box right outside my kitchen. Now how’s that for fresh!

          So here is one of the girls with her little brood. She’s a special one. She has been attacked twice by a dog and I was able to keep her alive. She’s my little survivor.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 2, 2008
        • Cynthia: I did not know they are wild chicken.  Do they allow you to pick up the eggs and chicks?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
        • They don’t mind if I collect their eggs as long as they are not fertile. If they lay an egg and then walk away from it, I can take it, wash it and put it in my fridge for breakfast. The eggs are delicious. You’ve never seen a yolk so rich and deep orange. If they‘re sitting on a nest I have to take the eggs from them when they get up to feed. I don’t eat those eggs, I discard them.

          If the mothers have chicks and I’m outside with feed, bread, fruit or rolled oats, they come running and even allow the little ones to gather by my feet while I feed them. I can’t pick them up, though. They don’t like that.

          I had a rooster once who was hatched here and he would jump up and take food out of my hand. I also would sit on the ground and he’d stand on my knee while I peeled tangerines for him from our tree and eat the sections out of my hand.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 2, 2008
        • That’s so cool.  I don’t understand the part you discard the eggs they sat on.  Why?

          My birds think I am their tree branch.  They like to sit on my shoulder.  Yet, when it comes time for them to do their business, they walk down.  So I seldom have mess on my clothes.

          They are with me when I am having shower.  Sometimes they spread their wings to get wet.  

          They like to ply my mouth open to get my food.  They love rice (what I can say, they are influenced by the orient).  When they hear sound from opening the cereal plastic, they come flying around.  Their favorite is cheerios.  

          They walk all over my house - so we told our guests watch out!

          When someone visit, besides my dogs barking at the back yard, the bunnies thumping at the basement, the birds will be yelling and I need no door bells.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • Chinadoll, birds have really fun personalities. Sounds like yours are very entertaining. And, I think they‘re smarter than many people realize.

          Last night there was a distress sound from a baby chick who apparently was either abandoned or got separated from its mother. I tried to bring it in but it ran away from me.

          This morning I heard the sound again and went outside to investigate. There it was, up in my passion flower vine. It had the ability to fly up there for safety during the night. It came down and I fed it some cracker crumbs. My husband came out and said that this one may become a real pet. It’s wild so I don’t know but I’ll get some proper feed today for it. I took a photo. I’ll post it later.

          I discard the fertile eggs because they‘re gross inside. If the chicken starts to sit on them, the yolks get blood spots inside them and they get watery. This will eventually become an embryo and then baby chicks. I discard the fertile eggs when I discover them to keep the population down.

          If we allow the chickens to keep producing we will be overrun with chickens. The reproduce very fast. Then overpopulation will mean sick chickens and we don’t want that. So sometimes I stop feeding them and allow them to feed naturally and they wander off somewhere else. I try to only have a dozen or so at any one time in my yard.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • Here’s the photo of the little abandoned chick.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • Oh cute little chick!

          Yes birds have characters
          and I never knew in the beginning.

          I wish I could have an African Grey
          but they are so ding expensive.



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          Inakika wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • This is really interesting. Cynthia, you have way too many skills! estatic
          Here in Louisiana, we have very fresh eggs, probably not as fresh as the ones you get. I had not realized how yellow a yolk can be until I moved here.
          I bake quite a bit and the eggs here make my cakes so much more rich then in California.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • The eggs are good when they are fresh, aren’t they? I bet they do make your cakes very rich. Sounds good!

          I looked outside and there are three babies out there together. I just gave them some cracker crumbs. I haven’t been out to buy any feed yet. So now I’m thinking, their mother is probably dead. Either a car or a dog most likely. I know this hen and she wouldn’t leave babies that are healthy and active like that on their own.  

          They are big enough to be able to survive without her, though. I told my husband and if they stick around I’m having a coop built for them to go in and out of. They are adorable.Luckily at least one of them is a hen and after she is six months old I’ll get eggs!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • Cynthia, are cracker crumbs good for them?  I just wonder.  In my country, they feed them uncooked grains, like rice, wheat, etc.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • Yes, they’ll eat just about anything. I usually give them scratch feed and rolled oats. But their diet of choice is seeds and bugs. You should see them go after a roach! Yuck!

          And, when the chickens get bigger, they love to eat centipedes! Yay! I hate centipedes. Nasty vile creatures.

          The chickens also like fruit and tomatoes.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 4, 2008
        • here are the three little babies I wrote about. They run through the yard when they see me. It’s so funny.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 4, 2008
        • They are sooooooooooo cute.  Wish they are cuddly and I know they are not.  But just nice to see them.  Thanks for sharing.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 5, 2008
        • One of my wild chickens is laying her eggs where I can find them. Yay! I used to have fresh eggs all the time and now it’s been a hunting expedition. This may by tomorrow’s breakfast.

          The three little babies are still hanging around the house and following me like I’m their mama.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 5, 2008
        • We have chickens too. I used to let the run free, but our Great Pyr puppy decided they were fun to catch. Then she tasted one, and it was downhill from there. She killed almost all of my good layers. We have 5 that will start laying in the spring, and a few that will probably lay again. One of the chickens she killed was 8 years old, and still laying! She was also my only setter. Domesticated chickens aren’t very good at hatching eggs, but Silkies ( A Japanese breed) are excellent setters. Mrs. Silkie was one of our first chickens. I was so mad at that stinkin dog!
          I kept telling the children that I thought she was responsible for the mystery of the missing chickens. They thought it was a fox. It was not until we had lost about 7 chickens that they caught her red pawed. Dogs don’t have hands, do they? LOL So, after that, we have kept them cooped up. I hate to, but I can’t let the dog kill them.  

          We used to have a cockatiel. She landed on the deck and made kitten sounding noises. She walked right up on my hand, and so we thought she was tame. Actually she was almost starved to death. Once she got food, she flew to a ‘roost’ in the house and stayed there for 3 days. Hunger got the best of her, and we were able to put her in the cage we bought for her. She would hiss like a cat when you put your hand close to her, and peck you if you didn’t heed her warning. We ended up (after having her for years) giving her to my dad’s second wife (I can’t bring myself to call her my step mother) this past summer. It was the beginning of our ‘downsizing’ in preparation for moving. Alice has three other birds at home, so I am sure that “Tweety” is much happier there than here. The other strange thing about her is she would not let us cover her cage at night. She never made any noises unless her food or water bowl were empty, but when we covered her cage she would go crazy and beat her wings. She was strange for a cockatiel; generally they are squawky. She was very quiet. How about yours Chinadoll? Are they loud all the time, or just when you have company?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 5, 2008
        • Cockatiels are so cute and just downright silly. I’ve not had one but I had friends who did. Very fun.

          This little baby chick that adopted us at first has been running around the deck as my husband’s out there cooking. I hope it stays away from the barbeque. I don’t want it to get hurt. I don’t know what it is about them but I really like chickens.

          Didn’t know that about the different breeds, Dee Dee. The ones here are “poi” meaning there is no defined breed, if they were dogs they would be mutts. But I sure can tell when one of the girls is laying and I let my ears be my guide when she’s done and I collect the fresh egg. Yumm!

          Chinadoll, I tried giving the baby some rice and he/she gobbled it up! Thanks for the tip.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 5, 2008
        • My cockatiels are fun.  They asked us to cover them up.  They won’t go into the cage by themselves, yet they want us to put them in and cover them up.  Otherwise, they will not shut up.  Whenever we have visitors, they walk through from one end of the house to the others, then climb up to greet them.  Once they flew on a Nun’s head, scared her to say her “Hail Mary” really quick!



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          Janeofmyjungle wrote Feb 3, 2009
        • I have a cocketail, his name is Rocky and I have had him for about 20 to 25 years, longer than any  man in  my life.....lol I have also had other birds, I started out with a parakeet that a co-worker who bred them gave to me and I was hooked, then I got Rocky, lost the parakeet, but got another parakeet, then an African Grey, lost the other parakeet, then adopted a sick love bird, then adopted a love bird that had been attached by a wild animal and had lost his eye, lost both love birds, and then a few years ago lost the african grey (sharky), I am still sad about losing him, he was an amazing bird.  So now it is just me, Rocky and my weiner dog, Roxie.  

          Some day would like to have more birds, but I work crazy and long hours and stay at my boyfriends place lots cause he lives close to my work. The dog is easy to tote along, but the birds not so easy.



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          Janeofmyjungle wrote Feb 3, 2009
        • ooops its not a cocketail I have it’s a cockatiel....lol



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 4, 2009
        • I started with parakeet too.  Now to cockatiels.  I would love to have a bigger bird like African Grey or a Parrot.  

          They always bring me a smile on my face if they twist their heads and look at you sideways.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Feb 4, 2009
        • I grew up having parakeets as pets, but I think birds are so messy.



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          Mztracy wrote Feb 4, 2009
        • In the fourth grade a bird shat on my head at lunch. I know pet birds are different, but ewwwww no birds please! lol



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          Ducorpstoo wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I have two parrots...an African Grey, and a Ducorps Cockatoo
          My Cockatoo’s name is “Hana“, and my Grey’s name is “Anechka“.  We’ve had these birds for around 6 years.  I got little Anechka when she was only 3 months old, and Hana when he was 1.5 years old.

          As with any parrot, please do your research before acquiring one. Although these birds are quite a handfull, if I ever wished for another to add, I would adopt...as there are many unwanted birds out there that need good homes.  

          Many folks who get large parrots expect them to be like their dog.  True, many parrots do have endearing behavior while they're young*. But as they mature, they will exhibit their normal parrot behaviors, which can include powerful vocalizations, *destruction (after all what are those beaks used for in the wild?, messiness, unpredictability, etc. These normal behaviors are why you see many parrots in rescues (cockatoos especially). However if you realize that these creatures are wild animal first and foremost from the get-go, and do your proper due diligance, a parrot can be a wonderful companion.

          My grey, Anechka, has a personality which is almost the diametric opposite than that of our cockatoo.  Anechka is, on the average, a rather quiet bird with her occasional chirps, whistles and imitations of household items.  Hana, on the other hand, is quite an imp.  It always appears that he's got something on his mind, and that something is usually mischief (i.e. chewing things that we'd rather he not, and a scream that will wake the dead!). Hana is very active, and just can't seem to sit still, LOL!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I like your African Grey.  Yes, my birds are like my dogs.  Once I pull into the garage, I heard them announce my coming already.  Luckily, they are not too destructive.  I have all maple wood and glad they do not peck on it.  

          Now I just have to be extremely careful for I am in the process of adopting this cat.  Maxine one night just had night flight and broke her wings.  

          The cat does not seem to be interested in the birds but I still have to be careful.  

          Birds are funny - my birds will clean my eye lashes.



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