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2012-04-28 08:37:16 PM
lh6.ggpht.com
 
2012-04-29 12:25:30 AM

dopeydwarf: [lh6.ggpht.com image 485x364]


LOL
 
2012-04-29 12:36:07 AM
my CSB:

When I was 13 my cockatiel escaped from her cage while we had the back door propped open for hauling in groceries. She got spooked, and flew out the door. I remember seeing her circle the house a couple times high up and then just flew away. I was inconsolable. Three days later, I get a call from a friend from school who lived about a mile away asking me if I lost a bird. Apparently that morning his mom found a cockatiel sitting on her front lawn. Yep, it was my bird. Weird coincidence. My dad and I went over to pick her up, and to my 13 year old brain, she looked like she was very happy to see us after probably 3 days without food. Story still kind of blows my mind.
 
2012-04-29 12:37:35 AM
ftfa:I knew it was their bird," Madden said. "They were all happy as a clam in high tide."

www.savagechickens.com

/GISing while waiting for plane to land... and I'm as happy as a clam
 
2012-04-29 12:42:55 AM
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Doubts this.
 
2012-04-29 12:46:11 AM
When she opened the front door, Zoey, the family's well-loved, 6-year-old pet cockatiel, escaped and flew into a bush. Then to a nearby roof. Then a rain gutter. And in an instant, Zoey was out of sight.

A bird flew away, huh? Gee... you don't say... Maybe we should domesticate them before we keep them as pets, huh? It seems pretty sad to me to keep a wild bird trapped in your house.
 
2012-04-29 12:49:25 AM

mongbiohazard: When she opened the front door, Zoey, the family's well-loved, 6-year-old pet cockatiel, escaped and flew into a bush. Then to a nearby roof. Then a rain gutter. And in an instant, Zoey was out of sight.

A bird flew away, huh? Gee... you don't say... Maybe we should domesticate them before we keep them as pets, huh? It seems pretty sad to me to keep a wild bird trapped in your house.


Because cats and dogs never run off or go missing.
 
2012-04-29 12:50:19 AM
She's never pet a parrot, but she's kissed a cockatoo.
 
2012-04-29 12:50:46 AM
As a cockatiel owner, I got a kick out of this story.
 
2012-04-29 12:53:52 AM

GoldenShackles: mongbiohazard: When she opened the front door, Zoey, the family's well-loved, 6-year-old pet cockatiel, escaped and flew into a bush. Then to a nearby roof. Then a rain gutter. And in an instant, Zoey was out of sight.

A bird flew away, huh? Gee... you don't say... Maybe we should domesticate them before we keep them as pets, huh? It seems pretty sad to me to keep a wild bird trapped in your house.

Because cats and dogs never run off or go missing.



At least they're domesticated animals, genetically engineered to be compatible with human companionship. Wild birds are not. This one has been engineered by natural evolution to fly around in the Australian outback, not be stuck in someone's house. That's the difference.
 
2012-04-29 01:01:58 AM
I never liked birds. Birds freak me out.

/thanks
 
2012-04-29 01:03:20 AM

mongbiohazard: GoldenShackles: mongbiohazard: When she opened the front door, Zoey, the family's well-loved, 6-year-old pet cockatiel, escaped and flew into a bush. Then to a nearby roof. Then a rain gutter. And in an instant, Zoey was out of sight.

A bird flew away, huh? Gee... you don't say... Maybe we should domesticate them before we keep them as pets, huh? It seems pretty sad to me to keep a wild bird trapped in your house.

Because cats and dogs never run off or go missing.


At least they're domesticated animals, genetically engineered to be compatible with human companionship. Wild birds are not. This one has been engineered by natural evolution to fly around in the Australian outback, not be stuck in someone's house. That's the difference.


www.startrek.com

Genetically engineered?
 
2012-04-29 01:03:43 AM

I' was pinin' for the fjords!


/The plumage don't enter into it.

 
2012-04-29 01:18:45 AM
How'd they find someone willing to blow a bird?
 
2012-04-29 01:19:04 AM
My old boss was asked by her daughter-in-law to watch their cockatiel while they went on vacation. She (the old boss) thought it clever, and a point if pride, to explain how she "Left Miss Rue by the open window during a cold December night" and how it mysteriously ended up dead the next day. "Cockatiels are dirty animals" she'd say, in a half-assed attempt to justify her cruelty. I'm pretty sure she'd murdered a drifter or two.

/glad she retired
 
2012-04-29 01:21:22 AM
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2012-04-29 01:26:44 AM
Read headline as "dog retrieves cocktail". Only in a perfect world I suppose....
 
2012-04-29 01:54:01 AM

ominousinc: Read headline as "dog retrieves cocktail". Only in a perfect world I suppose....


On a slightly related note; my dog retrieves beer from the fridge. He's so smart.

/ good dog

// that is all
 
2012-04-29 01:56:17 AM
Really, 18 posts?

static.gamesradar.com
 
2012-04-29 02:08:52 AM
We used to have cockatiels. Their cage was next to the place where we fed the cats. The only thing they ever learned to say was "here kitty, kitty, kitty".

The cage was left unlocked and they eventually called the cat to their own demise.

Sad, but true story.
 
2012-04-29 02:47:56 AM
Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."
 
2012-04-29 02:53:21 AM

SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."


My conure got out of the house when he was one year old. I went outside and looked for him. It took about 30 minutes. He didn't go far. He was up in a tree fifty feet from my front door.. I yelled at him, "Get down here, and come into the house." He flew down, and went back in the house. Freaked me out. He is 19 years old now, and has never got out of the house again.
 
2012-04-29 02:57:49 AM

mongbiohazard: At least they're domesticated animals, genetically engineered to be compatible with human companionship. Wild birds are not.


Perhaps not, but every cockatiel that I've been in contact with has been pretty compatible with people and they do seem to sincerely enjoy the company and attention. Case in point - I watched my friends' cockatiel for a couple of weeks while they were away, and not only was he quite excited every afternoon when I got home, but once on my shoulder he wasn't going anywhere until I put him into his cage for the night. He just about flipped out a few months later when I happened to visit the same friends again. He obviously recognized me and was actively trying to get my attention, flew to me (much to the surprise of his owners), and stuck with me pretty much the entire time I was there. They're almost like dogs in their behavior, in my experience.
 
2012-04-29 03:13:07 AM
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
"I'm blushing. OMG!"
 
2012-04-29 03:44:20 AM
We had a cockatiel a few years back. And she "loved" me a little too much. Didn't care for my wife much, but when I came into the room she lit up and started preening her tail feathers for me. And she loved nothing more than to sit on my shoulder. I could even do light yard work with her on my shoulder, she never once flew away, and always threw a hissy-fit when I tried to take her off my shoulder at the end of the day. She was a cool bird. I miss her. (She became egg-bound several times and eventually, it was more than her body could handle.)

About fifteen years ago, back when my wife and I were only still dating, she worked at a pet kennel. And the owner had some kind of green parrot (I don't recall the breed just now). One time I came in, and was asked to wait in the back while the wife (girlfriend at the time) finished up some quick work. So I sat down and was whistling a song, and the bird just stared at me with this quizzical look, but didn't make a sound. I didn't step foot in that kennel for a year, but the moment I walked in the second time, that bird heard my voice and began whistling the first line of the song, then waited for me to sing the next line. When I didn't, she began screaming and repeating the first line of the song. So, I whistled the second part, she picked up the third, and waited for me to whistle the fourth, and so on. It went on for quite a while. I asked the owner if she does that with everyone, she said to her knowledge, that bird had never "sung" a song in her life, and had never shown any interest in any of the visitors to the kennel.

Fifteen years later, I still only visit that kennel every few years (wife likes to say hi to her old co workers when we're in town), and every time I walk in the door, and say hello, the bird immediately recognizes me and starts whistling away, demanding that I whistle with her. It astonishes the owner.
 
2012-04-29 04:24:21 AM
We always had birds growing up. Parrots, cockatoos, etc. Well, we had this parakeet once that was a meanie. My mom put her hand in the cage to feed it and it bit her and wouldn't let go. She grabbed it and thru it out the window. I had never seen anything like that before. Scarred for life I tell ya.
 
2012-04-29 05:39:00 AM
you would need three of them to make a snack.
 
2012-04-29 06:05:40 AM

dholway: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 620x406]
"I'm blushing. OMG!"


Cockateils often look like they are smiling.
 
2012-04-29 06:14:22 AM
This is why you clip their wings. Nobody likes bird shiat in unexpected places or unexpected encounters with ceiling fans.
/ I grew up with a cockatiel
// It's still alive, 22 years old and happy, clipped wings its entire life.
/// It still exercises its wings, it just can't fly far.
 
2012-04-29 06:51:56 AM

SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."


Unfortunately, in Florida and Southern California, when these birds escape, they don't always perish. The West Side of L.A., and Topanga Canyon, are now infested with feral parrots that have established large populations over the last decade or so. They are screwing with everything except the crows and the seagulls. In Topanga, in particular, they have impacted the hawks, owls, songbirds, and even the quail. they are aggressive, territorial, dirty, and noisy - and they have no natural enemies worth a f**k and they are spreading.
 
2012-04-29 07:42:55 AM

Space Squid: About fifteen years ago, back when my wife and I were only still dating, she worked at a pet kennel. And the owner had some kind of green parrot (I don't recall the breed just now). One time I came in, and was asked to wait in the back while the wife (girlfriend at the time) finished up some quick work. So I sat down and was whistling a song, and the bird just stared at me with this quizzical look, but didn't make a sound. I didn't step foot in that kennel for a year, but the moment I walked in the second time, that bird heard my voice and began whistling the first line of the song, then waited for me to sing the next line. When I didn't, she began screaming and repeating the first line of the song. So, I whistled the second part, she picked up the third, and waited for me to whistle the fourth, and so on. It went on for quite a while. I asked the owner if she does that with everyone, she said to her knowledge, that bird had never "sung" a song in her life, and had never shown any interest in any of the visitors to the kennel.

Fifteen years later, I still only visit that kennel every few years (wife likes to say hi to her old co workers when we're in town), and every time I walk in the door, and say hello, the bird immediately recognizes me and starts whistling away, demanding that I whistle with her. It astonishes the owner.


Remarkable. I would get such a kick out of that.
 
2012-04-29 07:57:06 AM

mongbiohazard: At least they're domesticated animals, genetically engineered to be compatible with human companionship. Wild birds are not. This one has been engineered by natural evolution to fly around in the Australian outback, not be stuck in someone's house. That's the difference.


Actually, the cockatiels you find in American pet shops these days are pretty far removed from "the wild", and probably wouldn't be able to make it on their own in the outback. They are many generations removed from wild birds...
 
2012-04-29 08:51:10 AM
@mongbiohazard-none of the current crop of birds in the US can be considered wild. There may be a few of the long lived varieties (i.e. more than 50 years old) who are holdovers from the wild caught days, but the majority are far removed from the wild. I have 3 birds, from 2 different species, and I assure you they would not make it in the wild. Bird breeders operate under principles similar to early dog breeders, where they select certain personality traits as well as looks in their breeding pairs. I believe this is what you meant by "genetically engineered"? People who don't research current trends in avian husbandry tend to think pet birds just spend their day locked in a cage. I assure you this is not the case with bird lovers. I can't speak for idiot parents who buy their kid a $20 parakeet for Easter, and a little tiny cage. My sun conures even laugh at appropriate points in a conversation before anyone else does. My quaker is pretty convinced he is a tiny human and eats dinner with us from a plate on special occasions.

Oh wait, this is fark, I shouldn't actually make a rational point. I meant to say-@mongbiohazard-You're wrong and you're being a dick
 
2012-04-29 08:58:06 AM

jso2897: SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."

Unfortunately, in Florida and Southern California, when these birds escape, they don't always perish. The West Side of L.A., and Topanga Canyon, are now infested with feral parrots that have established large populations over the last decade or so. They are screwing with everything except the crows and the seagulls. In Topanga, in particular, they have impacted the hawks, owls, songbirds, and even the quail. they are aggressive, territorial, dirty, and noisy - and they have no natural enemies worth a f**k and they are spreading.


What type of parrots are they? I believe that Quaker parrots have large colonies in parts of Texas and Florida. I don't suppose any of the feral parrots are macaws or cockatoos? It wouldn't be too much work to grab their eggs/babies for the pet trade, would it? Just thinking out loud. Large parrots aren't cheap.
 
2012-04-29 09:11:17 AM

Tess Tickles: We always had birds growing up. Parrots, cockatoos, etc. Well, we had this parakeet once that was a meanie. My mom put her hand in the cage to feed it and it bit her and wouldn't let go. She grabbed it and thru it out the window. I had never seen anything like that before. Scarred for life I tell ya.


If y'all owned parrots and cockatoos, a parakeet bite is unnoticeable.

/real talk
//I'm sorry about your bird
///Your mom's a biatch
 
2012-04-29 09:12:04 AM
God bless for little miracles.
 
2012-04-29 10:43:07 AM

jso2897: SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."

Unfortunately, in Florida and Southern California, when these birds escape, they don't always perish. The West Side of L.A., and Topanga Canyon, are now infested with feral parrots that have established large populations over the last decade or so. They are screwing with everything except the crows and the seagulls. In Topanga, in particular, they have impacted the hawks, owls, songbirds, and even the quail. they are aggressive, territorial, dirty, and noisy - and they have no natural enemies worth a f**k and they are spreading.


Any raptor that is scared off by clowny birds isn't worth its feathers anyways and deserves to be gone.
 
2012-04-29 11:15:02 AM

PYROY: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x626]

Doubts this.



Got it -- NICE!
 
2012-04-29 11:57:18 AM
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2012-04-29 10:43:07 AM

jso2897: SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."

Unfortunately, in Florida and Southern California, when these birds escape, they don't always perish. The West Side of L.A., and Topanga Canyon, are now infested with feral parrots that have established large populations over the last decade or so. They are screwing with everything except the crows and the seagulls. In Topanga, in particular, they have impacted the hawks, owls, songbirds, and even the quail. they are aggressive, territorial, dirty, and noisy - and they have no natural enemies worth a f**k and they are spreading.

Any raptor that is scared off by clowny birds isn't worth its feathers anyways and deserves to be gone.




Yeah and the original poster of that comment mentioned no natural enemies ....never thought about cats either.
 
2012-04-29 12:53:06 PM

jso2897: SmitetheRighteous: Same thing happened when i was a kid. My mom left the cage door open and off they flew into the los angeles sunrise. Only unlike these bird brains in TFA, i didnt scour the neighborhood putting up posters. I just said to myself, "yup, theyre gone. Godspeed."

Unfortunately, in Florida and Southern California, when these birds escape, they don't always perish. The West Side of L.A., and Topanga Canyon, are now infested with feral parrots that have established large populations over the last decade or so. They are screwing with everything except the crows and the seagulls. In Topanga, in particular, they have impacted the hawks, owls, songbirds, and even the quail. they are aggressive, territorial, dirty, and noisy - and they have no natural enemies worth a f**k and they are spreading.


If you catch a feral parrot is it yours to keep? What kind do they have out there in the Canyon? How easy are they to catch? Any quakers in the bunch?

/love quakers
 
2012-04-29 12:55:14 PM

The water was cold: PYROY: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x626]

Doubts this.


Got it -- NICE!


Eh. The hair makes em look like mormon child brides.
 
2012-04-29 01:12:22 PM
I was hoping this was the woman on the news last night--her house caught on fire, she only got one dog and one cat out, while a couple of dogs and birds were in the burning building. She was on the news crying, holding her dog inside her coat, and asking if anyone found the dogs or the birds to please get in touch with her. I felt so bad for her. the damn house was still burning in the background.
 
2012-04-29 04:14:52 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: The water was cold: PYROY: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x626]

Doubts this.


Got it -- NICE!

Eh. The hair makes em look like mormon child brides.



Hey, bird dog get away from my quail!
 
2012-04-30 01:36:13 PM
A couple of old Brooklyn guys in my family would find small pet birds. One guy worked at the racetrack and said there was a colony of parakeets in the stables. It was a nice life. There were seeds that fell off the hay and the stables were warm. I suspect the old guys gave them birdseed, too. Another guy was in the FD in a summer community with beach houses (yeah, NYC is that big) and the firemen took in every pet who came by. They had parrots and budgies living in the garage all winter and, any time there was a call, they had to bang on the sides of the truck to get the cats sleeping in the engine compartment to leave.

Now there are huge colonies of monk parakeets all over Brooklyn. They've adapted to the climate and live in huge nests that help them share body heat in the winter.
 
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