Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Flock: Quaker "Libby", Goffins "Theo", Cockatiels "Tinky" & "DeeDee"
Since I am going on tour this November/December, I decided to have Patty (a blogger from the bird tricks blog) come and live at the house while we're away for 2 years. It was a great work out for both of us, really. She got out of Austin, TX where her birds were sort of crammed at her other living space and I got someone to use my cages and take care of the house while I'm away. Now her birds get to use the aviaries outdoors and be in a separate air space from her (always a good thing for allergy ridden people)
So on October 27th we got to Florida and the flocks merged! Her birds had never traveled before, except for Linus, an umbrella cockatoo who used to be Dave's before going to live with Patty.
Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL Bird: Umbrella Cockatoo "Linus"
All her birds did remarkably well with the long drive from Texas to Florida which we did in one day. Figuring out who goes in what cage was a different story... since we are living here with our flock of 10 birds as well as her flock of 5 for a month before Dave and I leave with our birds and leave the house to her 5. Plus we have another coming in the first week of November (another galah we're adopting, you will all remember him...)
It has been an interesting few days with all these birds around, and a WHOLE lot of fun!
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Galah "Bondi", Quaker "Libby" and Goffin "Theo"
The birds are getting along fairly well and were doing so on day one. Our galahs and grey are already hanging out and flying around with Patty's goffin cockatoo, Theo. Even though Theo is clipped she is figuring out how to use what she's got and fly around too!
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Grey "Cressi", Goffin "Theo" & Galah "Bondi"
Everyone is getting along great and we started with socializing the birds of the same size (always easiest and safest) for more of their socializing pictures, click here. I think I will have MANY stories from this experience to share and learn from with all of you very soon!
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.