My mom was out running some errands today, and she stopped by PetSmart to pick up some Petzyme (we have a lingering cat odor problem, even though we gave up our cats a couple of months ago) and some millet for Shamus and O’Brien. She called me from the store and said “I bought a baby cockatiel”. We talked cages for a few minutes, and I ended up by telling her, "Use your judgement, just bear in mind I just missed a week of work (been sick, but I have a whole nother thread about that, which nobody actually replied to, so I guess it isn’t really a thread) so money is a bit tight.
So, mom comes home with said cockatiel, who, it seems, is a girl. “We have to give her an Irish name”, I told her. We have a theme going with Shamus and O’Brien. If she had come home with a boy cockatiel, I would have named him Liam, and accepted no arguments. Mom suggested Maureen. So, the new bird’s name is Maureen.
I asked Mom why she bought a cockatiel. Mom said, “She appeared before me magically” :dubious: . Um, yeah, ok. Wen asked to elaborate, apparently while she was shopping for the stuff we actually, you know, needed, she had looked at the birds and not seen the cockatiel currently known as Maureen sitting all by her lonesome in the cage. Then on the way out, she was walking past the birds and saw the bird and just had to buy her. Apparently, Maureen had been all by her lonesome in the cage for about a month, so she was in dire need of a new flock.
We set up the cage while Maureen met Shamus and O’Brien and familiarized herself with her new surroundings. Then we put Maureen in the cage, and found the slats in the grate are too wide. Her little feet went right through. Actually, this cage would have been more appropriate for a Conure or a Senegal parrot. The space between the bars is too wide, and is generally not safe for a cockatiel, who could get her little tufted head stuck between the bars. I called PetsMart and they agreed to exchange the cage, but really, this cage should not be sold as a cockatiel cage. I’m going to be writing a letter to the manufacturer that is packaging this cage and give them a piece of my mind.
Maureen seemed very stressed, so I think we’re going to not mess with her too much. She likes to be cuddled, I think it makes her feel secure, and she likes to chew on my fingers (Shamus does that, too. What is it about my fingers?) But mostly, I think she needs peace and quiet.
So, we’re up to three parrots now. How many more birds do we have to get to officially be considered a couple of crazy bird ladies?