The various misadventures of my birds: budgies Oliver, Horatio, and Violet, Spencer the green cheek conure, and Beatrix the cockatiel. With pictures. Submit

tieltavern replied to your post: Magical shape-shifting Spencer.

Is that his cage in the background? Spoiled lil bud has a palace :)

It is!  It used to be Beatrix’ cage, but she really only used about a quarter of the space and had a tendency to get nesty in the back corners, so we moved her into one of the bigger Vision cages and let Spencer have the big flight cage.  He may in fact be slightly spoiled, lol.



Here is the long-awaited video of Spencer saying “poop” (he also says “pretty bird”, I think—it actually might have been “hey, buddy”).  His enunciation isn’t great and he’s pretty quiet, but he says “poop” at 0:04, 0:14, and 0:21.

gemcandy asked:

I'm sending in so much questions lately...but okay. Our late bird Rico used to be really excited when one of us would come home. He even knew the sound of our car since he only got excited when he heard our car, not other cars. Now, my question is, he used to whistle quite loudly, like 'tieuw wheet' or something, like going low and then back up again quickly, and I repeated that sometimes and he would stop. Would that have been considered 'flock calling'?

It sounds like it, yes!  Was Rico a cockatiel?  The cockatiel flock call is a low-high whistle like the one you describe, and it can be SUPER loud—sometimes Beatrix can be deafening when she’s calling me, even if I’m just in another room at the time!

whoopeedo asked:

I think my boys budgies are dumb, because the girls lift their butts during courting and then the boys back off like "woah....I thought we were taking this slow um sorry". I don't understand these boys.

It’s funny, because it really does seem like mating should be one of those “ingrained” behaviors that doesn’t have to be taught, but Horatio has the same problem.  I remember once when Alice FINALLY agreed to mate with him after weeks of constant harassment, Horatio was suddenly like, “OH JEEZ NOW WHAT DO I DO”.  He made so many attempts to get on her back without being able to figure it out that she finally was like, “NEVER MIND, I’M NOT IN THE MOOD ANYMORE” and chased him away, lol.  Poor Horatio.

thisnamewasnottaken asked:

Is there any footage of Spencer saying "poop"? I'll pay for 24 hour surveillance if it'll help

There is now!  I’m uploading it to YouTube and will post it as soon as it processes.  I will warn you that he’s pretty quiet and doesn’t enunciate terribly well, but he says it three times during the video, so if you listen closely you should be able to catch it.

Magical shape-shifting Spencer.



Me [uncovering Spencer’s cage]: Good morning, Spencer!
Spencer: Poop. Poop. Shpoop.
Me: Shpoop?
Spencer: Poop.

And to think I was upset that my girlfriend taught Mist to catcall.

The really funny thing is that I DIDN’T teach him to say “poop”!  I was complaining about cleaning the budgie cage and said emphatically, “SO MUCH POOP,” and my tone of voice must have sounded interesting to Spencer because he immediately responded, “POOP”—he had honestly never said it before that instance.  Now he won’t STOP saying it.  I tell him “I love you” like forty times a day, but does he say that?  No, he prefers to say “poop”.  What a weird bird.

  • Me [uncovering Spencer's cage]: Good morning, Spencer!
  • Spencer: Poop. Poop. Shpoop.
  • Me: Shpoop?
  • Spencer: Poop.



This is Bandit.
He is a pineapple green cheek conure. He has been at my local PetCo for at least a year (as long as I have lived in this area). He is quite timid and shy and (behaviorally) shows signs of abuse. One of his nails has been ripped out, though it has now healed and doesn’t bother him much. I have visited him every single time I’ve ever been in this PetCo over the entirety of my time here. He’s gotten to know me really well. He’ll come to the front of the cage and chirp at me and play back and forth on his toys, showing off. The best thing he does is perch on that ball and spin around - it makes me laugh so he does it frequently. I have handled him a few times and he is as sweet as can be with me. He listens to me if his exploring bites and nibbles get too hard or if he’s playing with something I don’t want him to (i.e. my necklace). 

Some background.
One of the employees has told me a bit about his time there. There are only two people who work there that are able to handle him without being severely bitten and him flying away. I am apparently the only customer who has ever handled him where he exhibits playful behavior and hasn’t bitten. I’m also the only person who has shown any interest in him for months. They recently got in a pair of blue quaker parrots that over took a Sun Conure that had been in on of their cages. I have not heard anything of what happened to that bird and no one will say when I ask, they just look forlorn - I’m assuming that means he didn’t get a home. I am scared this will happen to this little guy. The employee I have corresponded with many times has exhibited large amounts of worry for his well-being with having been there so long. Going so far as to say that I could easily get his price dropped fairly significantly if it would mean I could take him home and he’d be safe.

I have wanted a conure for a long time and have done extensive research on them over the last 2-3 years. I would love to be able to bring this guy home, even if just to give him a safe environment and save him from whatever awaits him being stuck in this small cage for so long in this store. I see people coming in constantly looking at the parakeets and almost always one is taken home, but people walk by this little guy and the cockatiels and the quakers constantly with not so much as a glance.

Add-on: I have contacted many local shelters/rescues to see if they are able to take him on. But either due to being understaffed, at maximum capacity, don’t work with birds, or insufficient funds to pay to get him out (yes they would have to buy him to get him out) none within a 1.5 hour radius are able to. So, this is why I have come to tumblr asking for help, as a last resort.

My point.
The reason I am making this post is to ask tumblr for help. I’m not expecting anyone to jump in and immediately make this possible. Or, let alone, really any help at all, to be honest. But, I figured I would ask anyways because this little guy needs help and I really want to help him. So, if anyone could or would be willing to donate so I can get him and some basic things he needs, I would greatly appreciate it.

The sub-total I have come up with is $565 ($610 with tax). The reason I cannot pay this, aside from maybe $5 right now, is because I am moving into an apartment with my girlfriend and searching for a job. All the money I have is going to the apartment - security deposits, first/last month rent. Both apartments we applied for are pet friendly, so he would be allowed to remain with me after I move. I will be nowhere in the area until probably Christmas as of April 28th and something could happen to him by then. I want to prevent that. 

If you can donate absolutely any amount, I and Bandit would be honored.

This is a list of the costs for things so you can see why it amounts to $610.

  • $200 is for Bandit himself (I spoke with the manager and his price is at a 50% discount).
  • $160 is for the cage.
  • $20 is for the food.

In reality that is all he would immediately need (cage comes with two perches and food/water dishes - I’m sure I can ask to take his toys he currently has too). So, if I can get to $380 he will be safe and away from PetCo. The other $230 is for perches, toys, treats, a play gym, and a sleep cage.

  • $45-125 for toys and perches.
  • $30 for the play gym.
  • $38 for the sleep cage.

Thank yous.
Though I am not the best artist, I sketch a lot (mostly manga and animals) and dabble in painting (watercolors mostly). If you are willing to donate I would be happy to give you a commission of your choice (I can post some of my work if people are interested). I also love to write and if you’d like a fanfic (rating and topic of your choice) I would be willing to write something in return as well (I am in the process of writing two books if you would like excerpts to see my writing style).

Also, I am sketching a few Bandit sketches (may paint one or two) to make prints to send to anyone who is able to donate.

I am pretty much set to move into either apartment - the only thing left is to choose which one and, well, move. I will be driving to whichever apartment with moving truck in tow on April 28th. I would need this money by then to get him out and moved safely with us. I will be completely moved in on May 1st. I will not be returning until Christmas… If I will be. This is my last chance to get this little guy out.

How To.
If you are willing to donate, I have a paypal account you can send any amount to. You can choose “I am sending money to family or friends” and type in my e-mail ( so that you do not have to pay a fee when sending me anything. 

There is also a paypal donate button and a GoFundMe button on my blog.

If you have any questions or you feel there is something I may need to add please, please, please do not hesitate to message me. I am desperate to get this little guy out because I dread what could happen to him if he’s stuck there for much longer. Please, if you cannot donate, reblog so that people can see this and hopefully help. 

If you read all of this, thank you so much. If I cannot raise the money I will implore with anyone in the area (Sumter, SC) to try and get him out. He’s too cute and sweet to ‘suddenly disappear’ like his sun conure brethren.

I currently have $150 added to the fund. That’s about 25% of the goal! I just need $450 more. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Whether it’s a donation or a reblog!

Please help out, if you can!  This little guy deserves a loving home with lots of attention and toys.