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  • Birthday 08/02/1984

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  1. That's disappointing... Maybe I'm best leaving the two guys live their lives then. Thanks
  2. That's a good point... I guess it's because I would wish to eventually breed my boys. I miss that part a lot. But see, I had gotten rid of a male in the past because the two guys were fighting over him now that Bud was gone. She used to be the center of attention of the three guys but she would police the process and there never was any fight. When she died, the guys started fighting over the third bird. Like... really nasty fights. I figured too that a girl would get them moving a bit more too. EDIT: I should add that it didn't bother me to get rid of Blue. He was wild and untameable, and really untrusting of humans. I don't blame him. Now he's happy enough ignoring humans with his other budgie friend at my mother's workplace. She's taking care of them both.
  3. So I've got two budgie boys left and I think they're starting to get lazy. As much as they have each other now, they don't move around as much as they used to and are quite content with being in their cages... Boring! (and unhealthy, I think) I already tried once to introduce a new female budgie. I had bought her adult in a petstore and ended up not trusting her (There's female violent and then there's nutcase violent.) so I returned her to the store. I'm just wondering what to do now. I have to deal with my mom that keeps saying "We need two new females or else they're going to fight like they did with Blue before we got rid of him" and then I have to wonder how I'm gonna do the introductions so it goes all smoothly... The last thing I want is to be stuck doing the police of jealousy again. I wonder, do I need to get a baby girl? Or should I get one that is at least mature so they're not having to deal with a youth? I've been eyeing a budgie on sale who is female and who is supposedly already tame. Do you guys think there could be problems? Also, do I need two girls for real? One for each so there's no battle?
  4. Sugar soap? I never heard of that... Do you buy that at the grocery store?? I'll be sure to try out the vinegar next! Thanks folks.
  5. Michelle

    Hey There

    Thanks folks, it's fun to be back
  6. Trust me, these walls need SOMETHING to clean up with White vinegar cleans walls? Really? I had no idea it works! I wonder how good it is. We need to get some painting done though, so I guess I still have to move the birds somewhere when the painting part comes. Do you guys know for how long painting fumes are harmful?
  7. My folks have decided to start cleaning up the walls yesterday while I was not home. Of course, when my mother started idly chatting about how she mixed bleach and dish soap, I was sorta freaked out considering that it's clearly written on the dish soap bottle to NOT MIX WITH BLEACH. (Read labels? Please?! Some people suicide by mixing cleaning chemicals you know, there's a reason why.) After me warning her about how dangerous it is, she then left for the store to buy more bleach. She proudly stated upon her return that she bought this bleach because the other bleach smelled too much and could hurt the birds. ...After much arguing that smell DOES NOT EQUAL fumes, I don't think she still gets the part where budgies could be harmed by the fumes of bleach itself if she cleans the room where they are. So my question is, would moving the budgies in the basement make them safe from harm? What do you guys do with your pet birds when you gotta start on the spring cleaning? (Spring cleaning... in fall. Ha.)
  8. Michelle

    Hey There

    Hi folks I haven't posted here since a couple years so I figured I should start over and re-introduce myself and my pets. I'm Michelle and I'm the lucky owner of 2 budgies and a good little dog. Last time I was here I had 4 budgies... Bud, Pat, Godzilla, and Blue. Unfortunately, Bud passed away June 19th, I had to have her euthanized. The trip to the vet sucked. Not only was it an emergency so she made me pay 130 bucks for the trip by default, but she had no clue what was wrong with her and wanted to make me pay for a ton of "In case this works" meds. I was sorta horrified of what kind of mess I'd make so I just had her suffering ended instead. There was no other vets specializing in budgies around that I know of. Thankfully, no matter what it was it wasn't contagious and my feeling was that her organs had just shut down. She had liquid poo all her life so something was weird to begin with. But it'll stay a mystery for the rest of my life. Still, I miss my big girl a lot. All the others are still alive and well, but when Bud died I have no idea what happened but a war spawned between my three remaining boys. Blue was suddenly the whole center of attention, and a center of attention Pat and Godzilla would go to war for. There even was blood once. Since I had to constantly police them, I decided that Blue had to go. By some random moment, a neighbor came to my home the day I decided saying "Do you want my budgerigar? I can't do anything with him and I'm sick of him.". I accepted, put him in a small quarantine at first... Then I introduced him to Blue. It was friendship at first sight for these two, and now they are living happily together in an old folks' home, bringing some fun and joy to elders. A good story in the end. As for Pat (Bud's old mate) and Godzilla (One of their hatchlings), they're happy with each other's company though I'd like to see if I can't find them some girl to make them move around some more. They don't have Bud's leadership anymore and they got a bit... lazy ever since. They're content with just going out here and then to take a quick snack on the play gym and returning to a cage together to have a chat. I tried to introduce a female once but... I failed. I guess. I had bought an adult budgie, I had put her in quarantine and played with her a bit (And she drew blood off me about 10 times. But I was patient and didn't care much, she was just so curious and fearless), tried doing the introductions, and they would sing to each other through the bars and such. And when the day came for me to let her out of the cage... Wow that was nasty. She claimed their three cages and would hurt them whenever they ever dared coming near. The boys were terrified. That girl had problems... Still, I guess I'll retry with a youngling next time. But I'm not sure. Sorta scared now. So that's my story.
  9. Say, is it just me or Elmo has a dark splotch over his cere??? wow... he's so big. XD I wish I had a big budgie too.
  10. Here is a small reminder on one thing we should all know: don't give over-the-counter medicine to your pets because they can be pretty harmful. Lots of companies just mass produce **** and does not care about your pets' health. http://consumerist.com/5046971/hartz-flea-...e-cats-and-dogs http://www.hartzvictims.org/ , the guys they link to... have pretty bad stories. I'm sure their stuff kills fleas pretty well. After all, they poison their host too.
  11. That's hum... Wow. They're spoiled little picky brats, aren't they. Hope he'll be better now! That was close.
  12. That's the urine part, no??? http://www.birds-online.de/gesundheit/gesa...katorkot_en.htm Found that website... they show poop examples.
  13. Well I don't have batteries so I can't tonight... But wouldn't it be apparent in his baby pictures? He didn't seem to have feather problems back then.
  14. One thing I always wondered... How can they even see where they are going with a hairdo (featherdo?) like that?!
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