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4/6/06: "Pumpkin was a skinny little girl when she came to her foster home in December. Since then she has filled out quite nicely. Although she still plucks, especially down the front of her, she now has some feathers growing in at the top of her back and wings. She is so very gentle and loveable and still has her squeaky little voice, but doesn't back into corners scared anymore. Pumpkin just loves her vegetables and eats peas and corn and fresh broccoli. She doesn't turn her ceres up at anything! Bath time is still a treat for her, culminating in cuddle time of being wrapped up in a hand towel and sitting on Mom drying with something warm and light either draped over or under her while she naps." I'm Pumpkin, an adorable little cockatiel. Don't think of a scary jack o'lantern, but a pumpkin pie because I'm warm and sweet. Even my call is little and cute. If I'm frightened, I run to a corner of my cage and squeak to sound as impressive as I can, but I don't really fool anybody. I just love to be wrapped up and snuggled against a person's chest--right under the chin. I was surrendered at an animal shelter by someone who said I came from an aviary with 5 other cockatiels. Maybe I was scared there and that led to my plucking. Since I have been a treasured foster bird, I have shown no signs of itching or plucking. My beak is for eating now and I do a great job of it. I love several kinds of pellets, Avicakes and Nutriberries, freeze-dried veggies, and the occasional bit of apple. My favorite toys are Shredders and cuttlebones. For exercise, I also climb all over my cage. I enjoy warm baths in the sink as well as soft sprays. The best part is being cuddled in a towel and gently rubbed dry, with a few head scritches for good measure. You see, I am definitely a people bird. If you can provide me a loving, calm home with plenty of "us time," I will reward you tenfold. Puppies are okay, but in my world happiness is a warm Pumpkin!
Notice: Cockatiels are flock animals, and most of them are much happier when they live with at least one other cockatiel! Because of this, unless a household currently includes another cockatiel, Mickaboo usually requires that a minimum of two cockatiels be adopted.
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