Some Friends Chirp

Some Friends Chirp
September 06, 2018 by

“All 7 of them fly all around the house. There’s Shoji and Oliver, who are a couple. And their kids – Dalha, Pemba and Gul. The older ones are Lucky and Hanu. They are beautiful, South-African lovebirds. All of us at home lead a pretty busy life, so we weren’t sure we’d be able to manage a full-time pet. Then we happened to interact with one of my Aunt who had a bird. Observing them made us realise that we’d be able to handle some at our place. So we started with 4 of them, two pairs. And then I made a nest-box for them to be able to mate and have their kids. They are so fragile and small that you can’t neuter them, so instead, I ensured that they have enough space for new family members.

We used to have 8. Happy passed away last year. He was with 2 of the oldest ones. He had a terrible sinus infection which blinded him. There were many vet visits and a lot of effort to regain his health back. But he finally gave up after months of trying. Losing him hurt a lot. I still miss him. Another freak incident that happened was that Lucky and Hanu got attacked by a rat and had their feet and limbs attacked when we left them with a pet-shop who offer pet-sitting services for a fee, while we were traveling out-of-town. They survived the attack, it took them days to even learn to fly again, but I’m just glad they’re ok now.

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I know people think that having birds at home is not like having a true pet and that they don’t reciprocate to your affection. I beg to differ. The way they show affection definitely differs from that of a cat or a dog, but give it enough time and you’ll see them build a bond with you. They wouldn’t let us touch or tame them earlier. But now, they come and sit on us. They especially love my dad and find his tummy to be the most comfortable, to settle on! They look the cutest when they are yawning, and what is so endearing, is that they all start chirping the minute I come back home from work, as a welcome back gesture. They love eating broccoli, baby corn, spinach, and coriander. Their all-time favourite treat though is dry corn flakes.

My suggestion to those who want to get these babies home – 1. Please do your research. Their life-span is 15 years and they would require the same attention and care as any other pet would. They are fragile, so handle them with care. 2. If you do not want to have more than the ones you started with, separate them when the time is right once you have a vet determine the sex for you. 3. They shouldn’t be caged all the time. They are born to fly. Let them. Just take the necessary precautions and put them back in the cage when they need to rest. 4. Choose your pet-sitter carefully so that no one has to go through what we went through.

They make me a happy person and coming back home to them is definitely the high-point of my day.”

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