The Odd Couple
Just sharing the story of two of our birds: Sparky Sparky Boom Hen "Sparky" and Miss Petey Jr. "Junior." :)
Junior is a type II yellow face Australian budgie. We unofficially rescued her from an overcrowded cage at the pet store 10 years ago. She was the last budgie added to our flock of budgies (they're very social birds), and despite her efforts, she was never accepted into the group.
Sparky is a cinnamon pearl cockatiel. We adopted her from a dog shelter 5 years ago. Her name was Kisses then, and at 2 years old she was already missing a toe and all of the flight feathers on her left wing. Her cage was small and rusty and lacking in any toys or perches (which resulted in even more problems with her grip). After taking her home, we soon discovered another big problem- she was epileptic. A trip to the vet revealed she was most likely inbred- her wing not a result of a bad clipping, but genetic problems and a poor diet. Her seizures did not improve with medicine, but stopped a few years after we got her- meaning they were most likely the result of heavy metal poisoning. It took that long to leave her system. Her flight feathers grew in wrong for many many molts. Only last year did they start to grow in correctly. Her secondary flight feathers may never grow in, but her primaries are enough for her to fly.
Junior was just barely tame when we got her, and Sparky was incredibly hand shy. They're not the most sociable of birds, but they're comfortable with people and they've got each other. Junior eats more of a variety because she sees Sparky eating it. Sparky plays more because Junior does. And best of all, despite having no former practice, Sparky is now able to fly with Junior. They live together, play together, eat together, and "talk" in each others "languages" (miss budgie makes cockatiel noises and vise versa). Junior's always trying to preen and cuddle with Sparky, but Sparky complains at her when she does. So she'll sneak up and snuggle with her when she's not paying attention.
They're two very different species with not the best of pasts, who have become the best of friends
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