Gypsy (Cockatiel)

This is a picture of our cockatiel "Gypsy" We've had him for almost 2 years, or you could say he's had us. He "found" us. One day my husband came inside and told me to come out and see the funny bird on our roof.

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After much coaxing, he finally flew down and landed on my daughter's head. We took him in, and tried to find his owner, to no avail. So we went out and bought him a cage, food etc., and now have a beautiful bird.

In the beginning, my hands were always full of bird bites (he could be very nasty), but now he has gotten very lovable and is spoiled rotten. He has such a personality and he loves junk food. We were not looking for another pet, but he found us, so I guess it was meant to be. We wouldn't part with him for anything.

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By Eleanor

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July 26, 20050 found this helpful

That's a great story, how neat!

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August 4, 20050 found this helpful

I am so glad Gypsy found you. Cockatiels are long distance flyers. She probably started out many miles from your home. I hope you are keeping her wings feathers trimmed. It happened once and could happen again. I am an avian specialist. Too many birds get out this time of year. They are out of cage playing and someone either leaves the door open or the bird just scoots out with the owner, either on the shoulder and forgotten or just flys out.

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So for the birds safety and so you don't end up with a broken heart, get the feathers clipped. It does not hurt, the feathers have no feeling. ( just check for new 'growing' feathers). Call area pet stores and ask if they have someone to do it or call a vet.

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By Nancy B. (Guest Post)
January 16, 20080 found this helpful

Our cockatiel found us too! He is the cutest, most loving bird. Funny thing was, the week before I had been talking to my Aunt about how I'm not a "bird person" and prefer cats & dogs & the like. Literally a few days later, my hubby calls me up and tells me about this adorably cute little bird hopping around his shop!

Just as I was getting attached to the little guy, one of the kids I babysit forgot the bird was out of his cage and left the front door open. Without even realizing it, our bird went outside. We saw him up on the wires, but he wouldn't come down. After a few minutes of looking down at us, he flew off, beyond our sight. Mind you, this was on the day before Thanksgiving. So I'm sitting there, essentially marinating my turkey with my tears, when, lo and behold, we hear birdie chirping his usual chirp, with such authority!

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Outside, in our tree, sat birdie!! I had given him up for gone...figured a cat or a bigger bird had made him their Thanksgiving Dinner. I could only hope that maybe another family had found him the same way we did, and he was being loved by someone else..

He really is the most amazingly cool bird to ever exist. He loves when we scratch his little orange cheeks, and he loves the kids. He "plays" video games with them, and gives us all the birdy love we can stand!

Anyway, congrats on the bird, and, as we learned, it is ALWAYS worth clipping their wings. It really is heartbreaking when they fly away. Ours was a very VERY lucky case.

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