Sorry for the delay in posting an update on my new birdie.
The bird arrived around 00.20 Thursday morning naturally looking a little sleepy after the long journey in the car. I immediately noticed that it wasn't a normal grey as I had previously been informed, but what appears to be a cinnamon mutation. Maybe someone can help me out with the identification.
I also believe this bird to be a hen and not a cock as a result of the colouring on the face, barring underneath the tail and the fact that I have had 2 hen tiels in the past, I am getting 'hen vibes' all round.
It is a standard joke in my family that I seem to have the nack of aquiring hens...see.. even paddy turned out to be a hen!
The only birds that I have had that have been cocks are the budgies, perhaps because they are usually easier to sex at a young age. I had Dillan and Basil before I got my current boys Angus and Jerry. I love hens, but I always worry about egg-laying problems that can cut their life short as happened with my dear tiel hen Parsley. On the positive side, hen teils can form very close bonds with their owners just like I had with Parsley and my very first and dearly missed tiel Rosie.
The next thing I noticed was that the owner hadn't bothered to clean the cage and was horrified to see sawdust in the tray, a pile of seed and an even larger pile of droppings in the middle below the swing that the bird prefers to sit on. I am still really shocked that someone would send their bird off to a new home without cleaning the cage first.
As it was far too late at the time of the bird's arrival, I spent most of Thursday evening cleaning the cage the best I could including wiping down all the cage bars which were pretty grotty also. There were a few toys (2 large bells and 2 mirror type toys), but I replaced them all with the exception of the swing she likes. I had a very large online spending spree
on Tuesday night to purchase 2 new large indoor aviary type cages. I felt compelled to treat Angus and Jerry to a cage make-over too, even though they do have an attractive looking mini indoor aviary already. I am just sick looking at it after housing various birds in it for 15+ years or so and want them to have a change too. I had hoped that they would have arrived by this weekend, but it looks like they will now be delivered sometime before Wednesday of next week I hope. I also spent a small fortune on new toys and other important cage accessories for all the birds. I have a real problem with the size and design of some of the cages marketed for members of the parrot family and feel that many are made to 'look good' in the owners home rather than considering the space a pet bird needs to be happy and healthy. I'm not into fancy designs that cut the living space of the birds and would much prefer a larger and more plain looking cage that allows the bird more freedom during cage time. I'd far rather spend money on an appropriately sized cage than some of the ridiculous prices that are charged for, in my opinion, unsuitable cages. I will probably have no room in my bedroom to live in, but I hope that my birds will be happy. I will work something out.
She looks and appears to be a healthy bird and has settled in fairly well. She is quite chirpy at times and doesn't appear to be too nervous of me either which is a good thing. When rearranging her cage with toys etc. I had expected her to be madly flapping around, but she seems to tolerate me reasonably well invading her space. She pecks away at my fingers sometimes, but not in a real nasty way. She also had one foot on my hand tonight and seemed ok with that. She is not tame, but I have a feeling that she will come round eventually.
My next problem is what to call her.
As you can see from some of my other past birds they were all named after a herb theme as I was a vegetarian at the time. I never had a theme when naming my pigeons and budgies so I am hoping for a few ideas from you guys if you have any ideas??
They are poor pics, but here she is: