Yoshi, the Alexandrine
by Ashley F
2.5 months old Alexandrine Parrot
I'm a first-time bird owner and everyday is a learning experience. I have an Alexandrine Parakeet (or parrot, depends on who you're talking to). The breeder I got him from said she mailed off for a DNA test and he is a male, but I didn't see the certificate, so we shall see.
He hatched on March 29, 2010 and came home with me on May 31, 2010. I finished up the last month or so of his handfeeding. Man, was that a crazy time! Having to make sure the formula is the right consistancy and temperature and making sure he is eating enough. But it was an eye-opener in another sense as well, it was like being a mom! I'm 23 and work full time, I can not imagine if he was a human baby, he is more than enough kid for me!
My boyfriend and I live together and made the decision to get Yoshi together. So far it has worked wonderfully, Yoshi seems to be a bit more attached to me (I'm generally the food giver), but he'll climb on Frank and talk to him. I also take Yoshi with me when I go to my parents or grandparents. He seems to do well with other adults and children. The only time he is finicky is in the morning. After I take the blanket off, he needs a few minutes to wake up. If I put my hand in his cage before he is ready, I'll get a nasty nip. He has to wake up, talk a little (usually a few rounds of "Good Morning!" and "Birdbrain" does it) then he'll climb out on his own accord and he is ready to be touched.
He isn't much of a cuddler, but sometimes he just wants to sit on me and not be stroked. He enjoys trying to eat my tattoos and earrings. But he can be loud. There are a couple calls he will do that echos a bit.
I spend a lot of time trying to think of weird things to teach him to say. Right now he says about a dozen or so things and is picking up bird calls for outside. If anyone has suggestions, I'm all ears.
I'm going to add some pics taken over our first year together :) When I look back to his baby pics, I realize what a long way he has come. He used to be so scruffy!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it :)