I have a cockatiel and her name is Barbie. This is our story so far. When I first started looking for a bird, I was really excited and I wanted a big bird. Like a really really big bird! So I talked to this bird breeder and I got really excited because she had larger birds. She told me to start with something smaller, because the bigger the bird, usually the more time you had to spend with it, and at the time I was in school. So I searched for a bird with personality. I found out that every bird has its own personality, but the best bird for me happened to be a cockatiel. So I started to search everywhere for a cockatiel. I searched on Google, Facebook, etc. I found a woman in my state, and even my town! Now my town is pretty small so I didn't expect to find this. I started to look at pictures of the bird and the cage. So far I had a great deal. Cockatiels live up to about 20 years, so when I heard that she was seven years old I was like, "OK, that's fine." So I arranged a meeting with this woman. I was skeptical.
I remember being so excited buying my first bird. He was a month old green cheek conure and I named him Luthor. I was ecstatic and overwhelmed and completely in love with this little guy the moment I laid my eyes on him. I did some research prior to my bird ownership, but not nearly enough it seems.
Call ducks (miniature ducks) were bred in the 19th century in Great Britain from Dutch lines of decoy ducks. They were bred to be super small so that they could lure wild ducks into traps and be able to escape through a tiny trapdoor. Call ducks could attract lots of wild ducks because their "call" is so loud it can be heard extremely far away.
We are all fascinated by owls. Perhaps it is their huge forward facing eyes and 'cute and cuddly' appearance, the things that in fact make them fierce hunters, or perhaps it is down to the multiple stories portraying owls as pets (I’m looking at you J.K Rowling). Unfortunately for these magnificent animals, this fascination has lead to an increase in people purchasing owls as pets. In many countries, including the UK, it is disturbingly easy to obtain an owl, there is no necessary licensing, paperwork, or knowledge check that needs to be achieved before an owl can be purchased.
There are hundreds of beautiful parrots out there that can make amazing companions. However, not all parrots are good beginner birds. One of the best beginner parrots is the Cockatiel. Get ready for the sweetest little companion!
J is one of my closest friends. He was rescued at six weeks old from a man attempting to kill this innocent ball of fluff, eyes still baby blue. I constantly ask myself how anyone could be so cruel. He is an individual. He has a soul. J knows his name, will come when called, and is constantly climbing into my arms and asking for chin scratches and snuggles. He always has his mouth on everything and is extraordinarily proud when he finds something shiny to gift me-going so far as to pull my jewelry off so he can plop it into my hand. He’s a nervous little guy, constantly cocking his furrowed head and looking to others for protection. But who could blame him, with a past like his? Of course, he narrowly escaped the fate that meets 50 billion of his brothers and sisters every year.
My family purchased our 4-month old African Grey on June 18, 2017. He had little black eyes, a short red tail, and the tiniest of chirps. Noah cuddled in my lap the entire car ride home, and I was immediately in love with this tiny creature who weighed less than one pound.
I remember when I first thought of buying my bird. I looked into everything: every type of bird and what to expect. I looked into everything that was ideal for my lifestyle and the needs and necessities to make my bird's life happy and comfortable as well. I wanted a safe ground for both of us.
Small birds are surprisingly emotional.
"Chickens? Really? I have bird dogs!" That was the first thing my hubby said to me when I asked about getting chickens when I moved into his 3 acres about 7 years ago.
"Do you want these hummingbird feeders?" asks my brother-in-law's husband Brad. Darn—they've done it again. I was going to buy one for my husband's birthday, in fact, I'd already bought it online. They mind read, I swear.