Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
We're on the same vibe, woman. I was just getting ready to do a post about Frosty!
Frosty almost died. I took her back to the breeder on Friday; Bubba had her out Thursday night and said something about her looking cold. I took one look and said She ain't cold, she's sick.
You know, I have been talking to the breeder all along about what trouble I was having weaning her and she kept saying that she was just too attached to me and was being stubborn, etc. She would eat a millet spray stick in no time, but I rarely saw her eating from a dish.
I immediately put about 20cc's of food into her crop on Thursday night and again Friday a.m. I held my breath and finally broke down and called about her yesterday - I had promised myself I would wait until today but just couldn't do it.
The breeder has her in a cage with some former cage-mates who have been weaned for 2 months, and she said that they are all pushing Frosty to the food dish; she said it isn't unusual to see birds gather around one who isn't eating and try to show it how. She's still feeding her twice a day.
She said that Frosty is the rare cockatiel that comes along sometimes who just LOVES to be with people and would have starved herself because she couldn't be with me all the time. She says that she will still keep the loving personality, which is good because that's what I want for my parents.
So she is doing okay now, we have decided that neither of us is to blame (but why do I feel so guilty?) and I'm not going to get her back until she is weaned, since she's being difficult. Much as I love hand-feeding that's fine with me!
Oh, and she thinks Frosty is a boy instead of a girl! We had been going by posture and the fact that she/he didn't whistle here. She said she heard a different 'tiel whistling in the nursery the other day and it was Frosty. (males whistle, females don't)
Will update you again when there is any more news.
Thanks for asking!!
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