Chili & Pepper
Thursday, September 16, 2010
As some of you know, I became the proud owner of two beautiful Cockatiels last Thursday. I attend a women's bible study on Thursday mornings and last week one of the ladies brought a cute little love bird to the study. She was giving it away. I asked her if it talked but she said that love birds do not but she had two Cockatiels at home that she was also giving away. They are both females and they needed a good home. Well, she talked me into it and I went to her home and the rest is History. I had no idea how my DH would react to me carrying two birds into the house. We have fish which is the right kind of pet for him; no work!
I immediately downloaded all I could about caring my birds and I found out that they really needed a wider cage so they could spread their wings. Naturally, I had to go online and order a new cage! It was delivered last night and sweet hubby put it together in about 30 minutes. It really is a nice cage. We decided to put the birds in it today.
I prepared the cage with goodies hanging in different places for them to play with and I put two swings in it and a wooden ladder and placed the perches in strategic spots. I put paper down and food and water in the cage and then the fun began, transferring them to the new cage.... They knew something was up when I kept going into their old cage and removing everything... These birds had names but I didn't like them so hubby and I have been going back and forth all week thinking up new names. Well after today, we got new names!
First of all, these birds have beautiful long tails and wings; the only thing is, they can't fly! I don't think they know they can fly; poor things... I have no information about the former owner as I got the birds through another person. I don't know how she treated them but I can guess that they didn't leave their cage much if at all. They freak out when I gingerly put my hand in the cage and try to put my finger on their bellies! They climb all around the cage using their beaks and feet. I read that Cockatiels were ground feeders; not these babies! they won't even go to the bottom of the cage. They stay as high up as they can get.
We have noticed that they are joined the hip and they act just like twins! Whatever one does, the other is right up on her wanting to do the same thing... It is really funny to watch. One is lighter in color; the other has dark grey wings. The lighter one is fiery and a real trouble maker. If the dark one is on the ladder than she will go and try to push it off! If the dark one is eating, she will try and push her off the food dish so she can eat.
We are having such fun watching them and trying to interact with them. I hope that they will someday warm up to us but I know it takes time and patience. I am teaching them to be Christians by the way! I am constantly saying things like, "Amen" Praise God" "Jesus Loves Me" and "I love you" to them. I play Christian radio for them and my Paul Wilbur and Kemper Krabb CD's.
After watching them today and seeing the fiery one and the bold one; we finally came up with names; Chili for fiery and Pepper for bold.