Sunday, August 12, 2012

TSP2013 - Clean Bird Cages

Baby Gillespie - Cockatiel with a crooked beak. Watercolour and Ink by Ana Tirolese ©2012
Baby Gillespie - Cockatiel with a crooked beak.
Watercolour and Ink


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Bird cages are quickly cleaned (change the paper on the bottom). A more thorough clean is done once a month, or sooner if needed.

This is Baby Gillespie (because he trumpets very loudly). He is a white cheeked cockatiel. As a baby he smashed into a window and left him with a crooked beak. We take him to Dr. Shawn Tucker every few weeks to get the beak taken down. Baby loves Dr. Tucker and is always happy to see him.

Baby loves to socialize provided he is in his cage. He does not enjoy coming out to play and is still a bit wary of hands and people.  He came to us in November after having been a breeder. I hear he was a great dad. His mate passed away. We are very patient with him and he now comes to the edge of the cage and talks, sings, and gives kisses. He used to try to hide before.  We hope that some day he will also enjoy coming out to socialize.

Baby Gillespie wondering what the silly lady is doing what that funny contraption in here hand. Photo by Ana Tirolese, taken in iPhone ©2012

Baby Gillespie wondering what the silly lady
is doing what that funny contraption in here hand.
Photo by Ana Tirolese, taken in iPhone 
You may also view my uploads on my Art House Co-op profile for The Sketchbook Project 2013.

3 comments:

  1. He is adorable! My daughter has a yellow parakeet and she has had him for many years! But trying to get her to clean his cage is an ongoing thing! I love your drawing of Gilliespie!

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  2. Thanks, Jennifer.

    Yes, it is difficult to get the kids to clean their cages (and sometimes even the adults!). I figured I may as well do it. I look after all the birds' physical needs such as keeping cages clean and birds fed and with fresh water. I talk and play with them too, but my husband is the one that looks after their emotional and social needs. He has a lot more patience with them and does not freak when the bite. Our son plays and talks to them too, when he is home.

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