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20 May 2010 @ 11:55 pm
Hard decisions  
Last week before I left for Quest, I had to break up a major fight between Astrid and Tweet. It got bad enough before I separated them that Astrid had a bloody spot on her wing and was obviously favoring one foot. They had been all lovey for some months, so this was a sudden change, but not a first time event. I'm just worried that at some point I won't be home to separate them and serious damage will be done. Keeping them in separate cages is not working out real well either, since they are both clearly agitated about being separated and its sort of silly to have three bird cages.

So... As much as I love my little flock, I think I need to re-home Astrid. :/ I'm also a little worried that, without Astrid to tussle with, Tweet is going to start picking on poor Alba and I wonder if she might not do better being an only birdie somewhere. Alba is a little sweetie, but is a little odd - she's very quiet, she does not like cuddling with the other birdies, is a real homebody, and gets upset if things change too much too often.

      
Left to right: Astrid, Alba, and Tweet

Parakeets are reasonably easy-to-care for, cheerful little creatures. When only birdies (i.e., not part of a flock) they usually are pretty affectionate and interested in their people. These guys have been used to a birdie-flock, so they might take some time to acclimate to a people-flock, but should be friendly enough before long. If anyone would like to adopt a birdie, let me know - I would be happy to provide the birdie, cage, toys, and a bag of food. :/
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dread_exdread_ex on May 21st, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
So you had to break up a domestic situation between your lesbian birds? And they get aggitated when seperated?
"Tweet hits me cuz she luvs me,"
eithni: greeneithni on May 21st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's actually about right. :p
dread_exdread_ex on May 21st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Have you considered couples counseling for the girls?
Saralostvirtue on May 21st, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wish I could, but I wouldn't feel safe with the cats no matter how careful. ;(
Samirasamiratou on May 22nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
They're so pretty, I'd love to have one here. But between the two cats and the toddler, this is probably not the most bird-friendly household. Though Nicolai was fascinated with the parakeet cages at Petco today. ;-)
eithni: backliteithni on May 24th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Well, Tweet lived with G and her cats for some years... Heh. Actually, once, when she had to go to a vet to have her guts put back in after getting egg bound, she ended up assaulting the office cat who got close enough that his whiskers got into the travel cage. She nibbled them for a second, then finding that they were not good to eat, gave them a good solid pull, to the cat's surprise and indignation. :D If you decide you'd like to give it a try, let me know.
corvusjoyouscorvusjoyous on May 22nd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted on Alba, but Ty is not interested and to be honest she probably isn't a good fit here... Hope things work out for you though.

Would Chelsea's kids eat/otherwise damage a bird, or might one of the ladies become another science experience for them? Maybe even a temporary trip away would mellow them out? Birdie vacation?
eithni: peekabooeithni on May 24th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Bummer, but I understand.

Birdie vacation may help for awhile, but I don't know that I can trust them long-term. The idea of Chelsey's kids may not be a bad one, though...