Sunday, June 18, 2006

The passing of Pickwick

Hi- my name is Steph from Australia- My budgie Pickwick passed away yeasterday- 17th June 2006. I got him for my 7th birthday, i'm now 18- so that would have made him 11 or 12 years old. We had no signs that he was going to die- he was acting normal when i changed his seed for him the night before- he was running around his cage like a maniac- like usual- because he always got excited when i fed him- he loved his food. The next morning- my dad told me that Pickwick hadn't moved from the bottom of his cage- i had a look- it just looked like he was sleeping in the corner. Pickwick survived cats trying to get at his cage, possums crawling over it, and my brothers accidently hitting cricket balls into his cage. He was the cutest thing ever, he was a beautiful bright yellow and he looked the cutest in winter when he ruffled his feathers up. I miss him already- some friends have said- "he's only a bird" but i had him for more than half my life.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

my happy cockatiel with Hanging Playgym Kit

I recently ordered your *Hanging Playgym Kit i ordered it because i had purchased a new bigger cage for my cockatiel, he has a large cage before but because we live in a tiny studio apartment with two cats we aren't able to let Frankie out of his cage as much as i feel he should be able to, so i wanted him to be able to fly and move around more, after i ordered the cage i realized he would need more perches and stuff so i decided to get the gym and wow as always with products i have ordered from you.
it arrived here in California amazingly fast considering how far it had to travel. i used most of the perches and things in the kit to make various swings at different levels in the new cage and was able to tie the in ways where some moved more than others trying to mimic how branches in a tree might move in the wind, since Frankie has been in his new cage he is much calmer and happier it is really amazing what a difference it has made, he was already a fairly calm and happy cockatiel but now he is much more so, he sings happy songs and talks to the birds outside and when he is in the same room as me we have long conversations of whistling sounds together it is very nice, I'm positive a large part of his happiness comes from having a set up that is closer to what he would have if he was a wild tiel down under. he also loves the nuts and pieces of branches i strung all around, and one of the loose nuts has become a favorite cat toy, the kitties play soccer (football) with it every night before crashing thank you very much -bug***

Sunday, June 11, 2006

More members needed

BIRD lovers in Melbourne’s south east want to ruffle Greater Dandenong residents’ feathers in a bid to unearth new members.

The south-eastern branch of the Victorian Cockatiel and Aviary Bird Society has met for more than four years in Dandenong but to this day has never had a Greater Dandenong member.

Branch president Graeme Mayes said the south-eastern wing of the society had about 25 members from neighbouring suburbs such as Hastings and Cranbourne, but never Dandenong.

“About 15 years ago, I got a couple of cockatiels when I was living in New South Wales, and I started from there,” he said.

“But the only club here then was in Morwell.”

Mr Mayes and a group of dedicated bird lovers established the south-eastern branch and decided Dandenong was the most central location to meet.

Since then, dedicated bird lovers such as Dingley’s Brian Higginbothom, 54, have bred cockatiels, budgies, finches and other types of birds.

Mr Higginbothom said he bred cockatiels and currently had about 150 in his aviary. Both Mr Mayes and Mr Higginbothom said they had an interest in birds because they not only made great pets, but were a challenge to breed.

“I just enjoy having them and breeding colours and mutations over the years,” Mr Higginbothom said.

The south-eastern branch of the Victorian Cockatiel and Aviary Bird Society will hold its next meeting at the Dandenong Neighbourhood House on Tuesday, 13 June.

Contact Graeme Mayes on 5979 3742 for more information.