Yep, trying to delay this for as long as possible.
My bird has to "migrate" over to my parents house for the Winter. I mentioned in another blog how I run my heat on 63 during the day while I'm home, and at 58 when I go to bed, or, when I'm at work for the day. So far, it's kept my heating bills under $200 a month, but, I miss my bird! He's so cute, whistles Pop Goes The Weasel, does fairly well whistling the Andy Griffith theme whistle, and he likes to sit in the corner of his cage by me when I'm on the couch watching tv. He originally was my youngest sister's bird, but, I was always talking to him, letting him out of his cage, basically taking care of him. And when he was out of his cage, or even in his cage, and heard my voice, he wanted my attention. My sister noticed the attachment and asked if I wanted him. I've had this bird for about 14 years now. By the way, he's a common gray cockatiel. And yes, a male. How can I tell? Well, in the wild, the male birds tend to be more vocal and colorful/flashy. Also, my Mom would take an empty toilet paper roll and put it in his cage for him to bat around. Yes, for those who don't know....birds will play. One day, my Mom and I were trying to figure if my bird was indeed male or female. He was young at the time, so his color wasn't showing yet. While we were talking, we heard him making this odd "clucking" sound, and when we looked at his cage...we burst out laughing. My bird was "getting off" on that toilet paper roll. And when he finished, he did a "wolf whistle" (ya know what I mean, that whistle guys do when they see a pretty girl ). That was funny as hell.
Yep, so, soon he will be going over to my parents house. Which, my Mom's cockatiel will be happy. That one is a female...she proved it by laying eggs. They never hatched as they were never fertilized. But she loves when my bird is there, they will sing back and forth to each other. And my one sister's parakeet will join in. I once made a wise crack to my Mom about putting the two cockatiels together...and I got a very stern warning about how that wouldn't be a good idea.
So...soon it will be kinda, sorta, quieter around here. My house is never truly "quiet". Not with 5 dogs here! I've noticed that it seems their winter coats are "late" in starting to grow. Maybe it will be a mild Winter? I really hope so!
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