Update and pictures of birds as promised

by Sandra D Singh
(Toronto, Canada)





Hello every one here’s an update and pictures of my birds as promised. Sid my Orange Winged Amazon and Emma my Green Cheek Cinnamon Conure are well and they’re getting along fine; in fact they're inseparable!
I bought Emma when she was three months old from PJ's Pets, the same place I’d bought Sid five years ago. Emma is now eight months old and has already learnt so much; she and Sid are always preening and kissing one another.
It's the first time that I've owned a Green Cheek Conure and I've no regrets whatsoever. Emma is so affectionate, adorable and has such a sweet personality! She and Sid both loves to cuddle, kiss and preens one another. Emma also likes to preen my hair and eyebrows, plays with my ears whenever she's on my shoulders and never gets tired of kissing me. She eats anything and fights to eat out of my plate leaving hers. All three of us have one meal at the table every day, mostly lunch.

Emma and Sid love music and especially when we all dance together. Emma is now eight months old and is already saying hello, how are you, what you doing, what’s up, what you cook and some other phrases that I'm still trying to recognise. Sid is teaching her to count at the moment; he says to her "lets count, 1, 2, 3". They’re so loving and beautiful and I love them so much. I pray that we’d all be together for a very long time.

We do cherish the memories of our previous companions and may the Lord bless their dear little souls as they now rest in peace. We would never forget them as they’re always in our thoughts and hearts. Sid still calls out to them at times but he has learnt to live without them and so am I.

Do enjoy the pictures everyone and God bless all your little companions and you all.

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Oct 05, 2013
continuation of update and pictures of birds as promised
by: Sandra D Singh

Linda, here's the last part.

I'm so sorry that I can't post many pictures as "I'd like" but I'd post few again soon. I love my birds so much that every day I think of ways to make them happier. I don't always refer to them as birds but as "my babies"; they're my life! I’ve had birds that lived beyond their life span. I’d an Amazon who lived for 38 plus years. I’d taken care of all those birds since they were practically babies; days old. I’ve always fed them bird food plus human foods. Currently I make special “bird breads” every week for my birds.

Linda you're so right, I do love my birds with all my heart and "I do many great things for them" every day. I’ve let you in on my birds and my life because I don’t want you or anyone else who may read this to get the wrong impression. MY BIRDS ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OFF and I personally think that they couldn’t have a better mom. I love all animals but I just adore birds! Thanks for your concern again Linda and God bless you and yours.

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Oct 05, 2013
continuation of update and pictures of birds as promised
by: Sandra D Singh

Linda, here's the continuation of my post.

I've grown up taking care of many birds, mostly Amazons but it's the first time that I've owned a Conure. I must say that they're amazingly smart and wonderful little birds! All my previous birds were on healthy diets and had a variety of human food every day which was good “for them”. Linda just out of curiosity, don't you give your birds carrots, beets, lettuce, peaches, nuts, bananas and things alike? Anyhow I’m at home every day and my birds are well taken care off; they get the best of everything. You and others would be amazed to know of the things that I do to make my birds happy. In another post I’d surely send more pictures so other bird lovers on this site can learn many things from me, as I do from many of them.

Sid and Emma both have large cages and they’ve their own television and music. Their TV is on all day except when I play their music and danced with them or when it is their time to sleep. I bought a Penn Plax play gym and I’ve made one "myself"; they both fit on top of their cages. Also they’ve a large play gym that’s “four feet in height with wheels that I’ve also made myself” so I can wheel them wherever I want in our home; it’s in the picture. I've made a bed, a happy hut and a tent for Emma which she loves. I bought beaded kitchen curtains especially for them to climb on and play “only when I’m present”. I also bought a child’s wagon, alter it a bit then bought a bird’s cage and placed it inside to take them to the park etc.

Sometimes I take them on the train in their wagon for short rides. I even took them twice with me and my two friends to dine at a small restaurant. My friends and I chose a corner table to be seated and I placed their wagon beside me; Sid and Emma both enjoyed a piece of bread. Everyone who saw them came by and said hello and asked many questions about caring for them. Sid said hello, how are you to some of them; everyone was amazed at how well behaved they were and how well Sid talked. They love going outside with me but in winter I can’t take them out so I put them in their wagon and give them rides in the lobby of our building. Sometimes we visit our friends who are on different floors so they still enjoy their rides in the winter. Because of Sid and Emma I’ve many friends in the building where we reside.

to be continued

Oct 05, 2013
Update and pictures of birds as promised
by: Sandra D Singh

Hello Linda, thanks for being concerned about my birds also for the advice that you’ve given me but it’s NOT appropriate. My birds are very healthy and extremely happy. They eat “FROM a plate AT the table” and food which is good for them; NOT as you thought. There’s definitely no problem with us three at the table having lunch together. And Linda, my birds do have their pellets every day because that's "their food”. Their cages are open all day so they can go in and out as they wish. The only time their cages are closed is when I’m not at home or when they shall sleep in the evening.

Linda if you were to have enlarged the pictures you'd have seen what's on "their plate”. In case you don’t know, “some” fruits, vegetables and nuts are good for birds. I only buy organic in my home so they get the very best. I give them one vegetable or fruit at a time hence you’ll see only corn on their plate in the picture. The next day they may get beets, carrots or green beans etc. Snack time would be peaches, bananas or apples and nuts etc. Emma fights to eat out on my plate but I don't let her. Each time she tries I'd return her to her plate and say "Emma this is yours honey, you'll have to eat your own". Sid used to do the same when he was younger and I taught him the same as I’m now doing with Emma. It took him awhile to learn but he did; now he eats only from his plate. He even learnt to use a tissue to wipe his mouth just by observing me; I would post those pictures very soon.

Sid and Emma usually have fruits, veggies and nuts etcetera on their play gym which is kept indoors and next to their cages. When the weather is good they’d have it on our swing in the balcony. In winter they’d have all their snacks on the play gym. I don’t give them anything to eat "except their pellets" while they’re in their cages.

My birds are FREE in our home to fly around or sit on top of their cages; kissing and preening one another. They're free to fly on their play gym as they wish to play and enjoy themselves. I’d wheel them on their play gym into my bedroom if I’d be there for awhile; they love being together with me. Linda "no one knows it all" and I've once made a terrible mistake with Koochie, my 8 year old Budgie. He died within seconds after inhaling Citronella Oil which was "mixed with water and placed three feet away from his cage". May the Lord bless his soul as he now rest in peace. I’m extremely sorry for that stupid mistake and it’s one that I’d definitely NOT repeat.

I'd have to continue writing this because it's only so much I'm allowed.




Sep 30, 2013
Update and pictures of birds as promised
by: Linda

Your birds are beautiful, and your story is heartwarming. My only concern is the eating off the table. It is bad for your birds because they need to eat bird food in the form of organic pellets for 80-85% of diet. While birds are young, you won't notice what is happening. Later, as they age, their bodies will begin to break down from eating people food instead of birdy food. Keep this in mind and possibly get them changed over to a healthy organic pellet like Harrisons. Below is link on how to go about the change written by an Avian Vet. It will make all the difference in their health and life spans I promise you. I've fed Harrisons for years, and it builds healthy bodies and minds for all parrots.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

You sound as if you love your birds with all your heart, so do something really great for them and feed them like birds instead of people. They will be with you a lot longer and feel a lot better as well.They'll "get over" eating lunch with you in time, so be firm and give them something better.

Thanks for writing and many Blessings to you and your family from ours.

Linda

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