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Written by Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald
never know what you will find at a yard sale. My hubby is addicted to
yard sales. Usually, I get rather perturbed at what he brings home, but
this time was different. He burst into the house. "Honey you have to
see these birds." My father had passed away, and I was feeling lost. We
cared for him for the final 14 years of his life. I really needed
something to bring my spirits back up. I thought, "Right birds." I had
a cockatoo for 21 years, and still had the cage in the garage.
Reluctantly, I let him lead me to Windsor's annual
street yard sale. He was right they were beautiful. We ended up buying
a pair. I had no idea how to raise cockatiels, but I did know how to
care for a pet bird. So, I started researching everything I could find
about cockatiels on the Internet, or as my brother calls it "The
Oracle." (Insert errie music here.)
Well, these two birds were not going to wait for me to
do my research. They almost immediately wanted to nest. Two months or
less later (it's pretty much a blur now) we had 4 chicks.
My first clutch were hatched. I was in a panic I didn't
know if they were getting enough food. Back to the Internet/Oracle I
go. I try hand feeding these squawking babies yogurt of all things.
Yup, somewhere I found that natural Yogurt is ok to feed them.
Thankfully, I didn't kill them.
Still worried they will all die on me I find our local
bird society president's phone number. Well you would have thought I
called 911! Julianne answered the phone. She and Alfred were in my
driveway in less than 2 minutes. They just happened to be en route
home, and were 4 blocks away. We were still on the phone when they
pulled into my yard! Alfred inspected the chicks, and said they were
fine. My nerves were calmed, and I found a great group of wonderful
Cure For the Winter Blues?
Written by Sue Sylvester
Even though we have been spared the snow this
winter, many of us are suffering from grey days and cabin fever.
What greater spirit-lifter could there be than to have the springtime
sounds of birds right in your home? Canaries,
finches, lovebirds, budgies, cockatiels and many others each provide
their own happy voices.
If you are a bird lover, bird hobbiest, or if a pet bird owns you, you
already know the joy of having avian friends. The Essex-Kent Cage
Bird Society would like to invite you to share your bird interests with
us. Even if your experience with birds is quite limited, let us
welcome you into the bird world.
The Essex-Kent Cage Bird Society hosts monthly meetings and
bulletins, a Young Feather Show in the spring, and an Annual show
in the fall, as well as other social events. Our members enjoy sharing
their experiences and insight into bird behavior and breeding.
Whether you are part of a large flock, have a single birdie buddy, or
would just like to know more about our feathered friends, check out our
web site www.essexkentcbs.com, e-mail
the secretary firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone our president 519-948-6398. Become an EKCBS member!
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