Okay. Honestly, I had written the previous post nearly a month ago. And it just so happened that on Matthew’s birthday, he got himself another bird. Our green-cheeked conure is 7 months old (more or less) and we had been wondering if she needed a friend. Well, Matthew decided that she did and went on ahead to get a grey-pied cockatiel. So we now have a 6-week old cockatiel and a 7-month-old conure. I think it’s going to be a flappy Christmas in our house.
As mentioned before, this is actually our first time taking care of birds like these. Our conure, Skittles, managed to fly out through the window of our flat in less than a month. It gave me a scare when that happened since she was still just a baby and was just learning how to fly. We managed to find her after an hour or so looking. Right after that we took her to the pet shop and had her wings clipped. And to think that we were initially planning on keeping her as a free-flying bird. After that harrowing experience, we managed to train Skittles a bit. She still can’t fly as her wings have not grown back yet but she is very tame and now very clingy to the three of us. We were thinking that she also got scared when she lost her way when she flew out of the window. We were the only three people that she actually grew up with ever since we took her home at 4 weeks old. We hand-fed her every day, cleaned her cage, cradled her and kept her warm. She was literally like a new baby. Except smaller. And with feathers.
Matthew insists that the new bird is his. Technically, it is true since he was the one who paid for the bird. But all of us are going to take care of the bird as it grows up so it now becomes “our” bird. Matthew named her Sherbet because he wanted to keep the naming to food. With our birds, he is thinking of naming them after sweets. Hence, Sherbet.
I have recently been reminded of how difficult it could be taking care of a baby. Like Skittles before, Sherbet needs to be hand-fed with formula. Unlike Skittles though, Sherbet does not actually shriek and shout in the morning when she is hungry. Surprisingly, Skittles has developed the habit of sharing the formula with Sherbet. And by sharing, I mean eating Sherbet’s food when she isn’t looking. Sherbet still needs a lot of training. She still needs to learn how to poop from a perch. She actually still needs to learn how to perch. She needs to learn how to fly and find her way around the house – hopefully not finding her way out the window. Sherbet still does not look like a proper bird with all the missing feathers, but we’ll get there. Probably sooner than we think.