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Qubee
May 31, 2013






Yeah the goobers immediately hunkered down and did their beak grinding getup as soon as I dimmed the lights and half covered the cage. I brought them out just before bedtime for cuddles but they wanted none of it and flew right to the pullup bars to sleep. They slept so much today drat.

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RoboRodent
Sep 19, 2012



My understanding is that birds in general are wired such that if they're not doing anything else important (eating, playing, socialising, etc), then they'll just have a nap.

They can also sleep with one eye open which is a thing not enough people talk about. That's weird and cool. Sera's definitely napped on my chest while I play video games with the eye facing me closed (because I'm safe) and the eye facing the TV open.

Kuros
Sep 13, 2010

Oh look, the consequences of my prior actions are finally catching up to me.


https://i.imgur.com/Zotj86z.mp4

They are almost all grown up!

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


Kuros posted:

https://i.imgur.com/Zotj86z.mp4

They are almost all grown up!

oh gosh

Kuros
Sep 13, 2010

Oh look, the consequences of my prior actions are finally catching up to me.



Note: There is poop EVERYWHERE. As soon as they are out of the nest, I'm going to need to mask and glove up and do some cleaning.

Kuros fucked around with this message at 22:43 on Apr 6, 2021

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

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Kuros posted:

Note: There is poop EVERYWHERE. As soon as they are out of the next, I'm going to need to mask and glove up and do some cleaning.

bird poo poo happens



we broccin

relatedly:

Qubee
May 31, 2013






Name a more iconic bird person photo than "bird on shoulder with half showing face". "Birds kissing on shoulder" is a close 2nd. My camera reel has been destroyed since I got these two, I can't even remember what I used to take photos of.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


Qubee posted:

My camera reel has been destroyed since I got these two, I can't even remember what I used to take photos of.

Jose Oquendo
Jun 20, 2004

At the end of 2018, a study was published by London Metropolitan University showing that certain bacteria, normally present only in intestinal tracts or feces, were found on McDonald's self-service screens.




Trying out the camera on my new iPhone.


But I do have some bad news that's been eating at me. About a month and a half ago, I noticed my conure's bottom beak was getting long. I made a vet appt but after I checked him out closer, noticed his bottom beak was actually stating to grow weird like a split was starting to form down the middle. Got him to the vet. He trimmed the beak and he was unable to find a cause for beak abnormality. I thought it might have been related to his injury last year but that was so long ago it would be hard to say if that was the cause. The vet said to keep an eye on it and last week it finally did split. Got him back to the vet and unfortunately there's not much to do. An avian surgeon might be able to do some sort of surgical thing to correct it but there's no guarantee. With COVID it would be hard right now to even get him to a surgeon anyway, and I'm sure it's not cheap. The vet said most likely it's something we just have to keep monitoring. He'll adapt and learn to use one of side or the other. He is still eating and I can see him adapting. It just really sucks and hurts me to see it. He doesn't deserve that. All I can really do is just give him some extra lovin.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


Jose Oquendo posted:

Trying out the camera on my new iPhone.


But I do have some bad news that's been eating at me. About a month and a half ago, I noticed my conure's bottom beak was getting long. I made a vet appt but after I checked him out closer, noticed his bottom beak was actually stating to grow weird like a split was starting to form down the middle. Got him to the vet. He trimmed the beak and he was unable to find a cause for beak abnormality. I thought it might have been related to his injury last year but that was so long ago it would be hard to say if that was the cause. The vet said to keep an eye on it and last week it finally did split. Got him back to the vet and unfortunately there's not much to do. An avian surgeon might be able to do some sort of surgical thing to correct it but there's no guarantee. With COVID it would be hard right now to even get him to a surgeon anyway, and I'm sure it's not cheap. The vet said most likely it's something we just have to keep monitoring. He'll adapt and learn to use one of side or the other. He is still eating and I can see him adapting. It just really sucks and hurts me to see it. He doesn't deserve that. All I can really do is just give him some extra lovin.

aw, i'm really sorry to hear it.

SuperKlaus
Oct 19, 2005




Fun Shoe

RoboRodent posted:

My understanding is that birds in general are wired such that if they're not doing anything else important (eating, playing, socialising, etc), then they'll just have a nap.

Hell,

RoboRodent
Sep 19, 2012



In the last hour since I put the birds to bed, I have heard the telltale sounds of masturbation no less than three times.

Probably masturbation.

Help me.

Tsaedje
May 11, 2007

ASK ME ABOUT BEING A JOYLESS CURMUDGEON WHO CANNOT ENJOY LIFE'S SIMPLY PLEASURES LIKE EATING AN ICE CREAM WHILST HAVING A SHIT


and what are the birds doing?

RoboRodent
Sep 19, 2012



Yeah, I walked into that one.

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


Yesterday afternoon I made friends with the juvenile magpie that lives near my house, after it finally plucked up the courage to come down from the utility pole and eat treats with its parents.

This morning as I came out my front door I heard skittering noises from my veranda roof, and what do I see but said juvenile poking its head over the edge to say hello (and hopefully get some breakfast)

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


GotLag posted:

Yesterday afternoon I made friends with the juvenile magpie that lives near my house, after it finally plucked up the courage to come down from the utility pole and eat treats with its parents.

This morning as I came out my front door I heard skittering noises from my veranda roof, and what do I see but said juvenile poking its head over the edge to say hello (and hopefully get some breakfast)



BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

Taste the High Country


https://youtu.be/fTm_-jtRW4g

LITERALLY A BIRD
Sep 27, 2008

I knew you were trouble
when you flew in



Jose Oquendo posted:

Trying out the camera on my new iPhone.


But I do have some bad news that's been eating at me. About a month and a half ago, I noticed my conure's bottom beak was getting long. I made a vet appt but after I checked him out closer, noticed his bottom beak was actually stating to grow weird like a split was starting to form down the middle. Got him to the vet. He trimmed the beak and he was unable to find a cause for beak abnormality. I thought it might have been related to his injury last year but that was so long ago it would be hard to say if that was the cause. The vet said to keep an eye on it and last week it finally did split. Got him back to the vet and unfortunately there's not much to do. An avian surgeon might be able to do some sort of surgical thing to correct it but there's no guarantee. With COVID it would be hard right now to even get him to a surgeon anyway, and I'm sure it's not cheap. The vet said most likely it's something we just have to keep monitoring. He'll adapt and learn to use one of side or the other. He is still eating and I can see him adapting. It just really sucks and hurts me to see it. He doesn't deserve that. All I can really do is just give him some extra lovin.

Oh Jose I'm so sorry Poor little Dinger. When I was still in avian practice we actually saw a green cheek who needed to come in for a split lower beak, and one of our doctors operated -- so I can confirm that is something that does happen on occasion. If I recall correctly he used stainless steel suture and an epoxy. I know it held for a while, at least, but I don't know how everything worked out long term.

I'm so sorry. Your love and support and care will (and do) mean so much to your sweet small friend. You will help him adjust and continue living a happy life with you and Hannah. You'll both be okay.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




Jose Oquendo posted:

Trying out the camera on my new iPhone.


But I do have some bad news that's been eating at me. About a month and a half ago, I noticed my conure's bottom beak was getting long. I made a vet appt but after I checked him out closer, noticed his bottom beak was actually stating to grow weird like a split was starting to form down the middle. Got him to the vet. He trimmed the beak and he was unable to find a cause for beak abnormality. I thought it might have been related to his injury last year but that was so long ago it would be hard to say if that was the cause. The vet said to keep an eye on it and last week it finally did split. Got him back to the vet and unfortunately there's not much to do. An avian surgeon might be able to do some sort of surgical thing to correct it but there's no guarantee. With COVID it would be hard right now to even get him to a surgeon anyway, and I'm sure it's not cheap. The vet said most likely it's something we just have to keep monitoring. He'll adapt and learn to use one of side or the other. He is still eating and I can see him adapting. It just really sucks and hurts me to see it. He doesn't deserve that. All I can really do is just give him some extra lovin.

That really sucks and I'm sorry you're having to go through it. But parrots can be insanely resilient and I'm confident he will adapt beautifully. Especially with such a good human friend watching over him.

Chaosfeather
Nov 4, 2008



Jose Oquendo posted:

Trying out the camera on my new iPhone.


But I do have some bad news that's been eating at me.
That's a fantastic picture. This bird definitely knows what they are doing.

I was thinking about this post at work yesterday. I didn't get a picture of it, but I found a cowbird who has a split lower beak, all the way to the flesh. It looks old because there's no unusual wear/tear on the flesh or scarring at all. Just got a little tri-beak thing going on.

He is a wild bird that we caught in the trap, full adult, very handsome plummage. I caught him with birdseed in his mouth. I know it's ancedotal, but I think your conure is gonna be just fine. This wild bird is doing just fine with it and he didn't have a human friend to help make sure he has food and water every day.

It does bite that he needs to adapt and I hope the situation doesn't worsen, but I have full confidence that with a little love and consistent care that this is perfectly livable.

Here are some unrelated friends.
Distant quail,
Closer Roadrunner,
Bye, Roadrunner!
Football the Towhee, ready for launch.
No Egrets!
A good, hardworking bird.
A criminal.
Evidence of crimes! Bird crimes!
Be safe everyone!

Edit: fixed! Love your wild friends

Chaosfeather fucked around with this message at 05:00 on Apr 9, 2021

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


Those thumbnail images are easier to navigate if you put a line break before each one

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


Meet Bea (the k is silent):

She's had that broken tip since I first met her in late Jan/early Feb, and the injury looked old then, but she keeps on truckin'

Eating cheese:
https://i.imgur.com/AYpJZSm.mp4

Eating cheese again:
https://i.imgur.com/7tiP835.mp4

Bonus content!
Juvenile has learned how to sing but has not learned how to stop:
https://i.imgur.com/et7rQgs.mp4
It kept this up for almost 10 minutes

GotLag fucked around with this message at 03:13 on Apr 9, 2021

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


i really love these posts ty

Kenshin
Jan 10, 2007


mediaphage posted:

i really love these posts ty

hard same, I love corvids of all kinds

LITERALLY A BIRD
Sep 27, 2008

I knew you were trouble
when you flew in



Kenshin posted:

hard same, I love corvids of all kinds

oh boy, you're in trouble now

Kenshin
Jan 10, 2007


LITERALLY A BIRD posted:

oh boy, you're in trouble now
I know, I know, the aussie magpies aren't technically...

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


Kenshin posted:

hard same, I love corvids of all kinds



LITERALLY A BIRD posted:

oh boy, you're in trouble now



Yesterday morning I put out a bowl with a mix of sunflower seeds and pellets and a few scraps of cheese to get their attention. They arrived and ate the cheese before I even got back inside, and I know they came back later because last night the pellets were messed about and every single sunflower seed was gone

CROWS EVERYWHERE
Dec 17, 2012

CAW CAW CAW



Dinosaur Gum

Kenshin posted:

hard same, I love corvids of all kinds

Despite the name, Australian magpies aren't actually that closely related to crows at all. They just look like European magpies so they got the same name. They're most closely related to our butcher birds and currawongs and I believe Shrikes elsewhere.

More closely related to crows and part of the "core corvine" group in Australia are the Willy Wagtail and apostlebirds (which are called happy jacks in my area). Happy jacks are very smart, look something like a pigeon crossed with a sparrow, and travel in large family groups with mum and dad as breeding pair and boss. They are very chatty (hence another name which is CWA (Country Women's Association) birds) and enjoy bothering dogs who they regularly outsmart. Willy wagtails are tiny black and white wren-like birds with long tails that are constantly wiggling back and forth. They're always in constant motion, usually vibrating and chattering angrily at whatever bigger bird or animal has dared to gain their ire. They have inflatable eyebrows that puff up into a face whenever they are angry or excited (which is a lot of the time). They hang around stock animals so they can eat the flies they attract and are often seen beating up much larger birds who look very confused and distressed. They are traditionally held to be messengers between the land of the spirits and the living, sometimes bringing back messages from the dead, as well as gossips and tattletales.

Plant MONSTER.
Mar 16, 2018

you owe your life to plants. think about it.

be grateful.



A good corvid is the Canada Jay/Whiskey Jack



He hasn't gotten a picture of one yet but my brother lives where they do and they are not shy at all. They will ask for food. They will land right next to you. They might land on you.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

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Oldsrocket_27
Apr 28, 2009


Hello birb thread, it's been a long time.

Last week my wife got a call from the avian vet associated with the shelter we surrendered Nicky to. Nicky's been adopted into a family that works closely with the rescue and has other birds in the home and experience with rescue birds. It sounds like it's a better long term situation for Nicky than the rehabilitation home, a real family for him/her (no blood test was ever done, and vet opinions differed). The people who do the Goffin rehabilitation are saints (imagine 14 Goffins, an Eclectus, an African Grey, and a Moluccan, all rescues, all in one house), but that's not meant to be permanent if it can be helped, despite the difficulty for the birds that comes with moving. We're so tearfully relieved to hear that Nicky will hopefully be in the forever home that we wish we could have provided.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

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Oldsrocket_27 posted:

Hello birb thread, it's been a long time.

Last week my wife got a call from the avian vet associated with the shelter we surrendered Nicky to. Nicky's been adopted into a family that works closely with the rescue and has other birds in the home and experience with rescue birds. It sounds like it's a better long term situation for Nicky than the rehabilitation home, a real family for him/her (no blood test was ever done, and vet opinions differed). The people who do the Goffin rehabilitation are saints (imagine 14 Goffins, an Eclectus, an African Grey, and a Moluccan, all rescues, all in one house), but that's not meant to be permanent if it can be helped, despite the difficulty for the birds that comes with moving. We're so tearfully relieved to hear that Nicky will hopefully be in the forever home that we wish we could have provided.

really happy to hear they're doing well!

Patrovsky
May 8, 2007
whatever is fine





Petition to turn this into a Magpie Megathread.


https://i.imgur.com/1Tyg2Z0.mp4

Chaosfeather
Nov 4, 2008



Oldsrocket_27 posted:

Nicky Update!

I'm exceptionally happy to hear that Nicky is now in a good home, and it sounds like it's probably going to be their forever home. Thank you for your vigilance, the update and I hope you and yours are doing as well as you can in these trying times. Please take care of yourselves.

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


I put some of my magpie videos on Facebook and as a result two of my co-workers came over today to go out for lunch and be introduced to all the magpie families. Normally my house is a bit hard to find because it's in an alley with hosed up positioning in Google maps, but they didn't have any trouble because the local juvenile turned up for a feed right before they did, so they just went to the house with a fledgling magpie chirping on the front fence.

Patrovsky
May 8, 2007
whatever is fine





I wish mine were consistent with when they show up. I saw them every day for a bit, then they disappeared for ages, before showing up sporadically like it's nothing. They still run over when they see me though.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

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enjoying some morning sun

Qubee
May 31, 2013






Dreading the day I fly my two to the UK to stay with my mum. When I got them back in January, I figured my life was gonna be settled and I'd just work here for the next however many years, which is why I even considered having them. But things don't work out how you expect and the job market here is screwed, so after tonnes of thought (primarily not wanting to go ahead with it because I don't want to leave the birds), I've realised the best thing for me is to go study instead of sitting around for who knows how long until I land a job.

Tried finding someone local who is caring and compassionate towards birds to have them look after the two, but I haven't managed to find anyone. I just don't want to give them to someone who'll leave them in the cage constantly, or not interact with them, or not clean their cage regularly and make sure they're doing okay. So I made my mum promise to let them out daily and spend time with them, and I'll get them a nice big outdoor aviary and a comfortably large cage for in the house. I know they'll love sitting in the garden during Spring and Summer.

Just need to get them absolutely comfortable with a travel cage and then figure out how I make the 7 hour flight and all the travelling to / from the airport as stress free as possible. Anyone know of any budgie relaxing tips? Or is there some kind of sedative dropper I can get to put in their water to slightly sedate them? A few months before it happens I'll start getting them used to the travel cage and take them out and about to places, just so they're used to it.

GotLag
Jul 17, 2005

食べちゃダメだよ


Patrovsky posted:

I wish mine were consistent with when they show up. I saw them every day for a bit, then they disappeared for ages, before showing up sporadically like it's nothing. They still run over when they see me though.

It depends on the size and quality of their territory. The territory where I live seems pretty marginal (unlike the nearby park, which is rich habitat and choc-a-block with breeding couples), and I'm starting to wonder if my locals are a bunch of exiled young adults (and an evicted juvenile) rather than a breeding group. It's all small old houses with tiny back yards with almost no lawn visible on Google maps, with a few two-storey buildings they like to perch on that give them a good view. This means I get spotted most times I leave the house and at least one will swoop down to a nearby perch to say hello, and I think the juvenile is pretty desperate so it keeps a close look out on my house for activity (and thus something to eat).

If the video you posted is from your house then it looks like yours have a lot more options (and probably also defending to do).

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Patrovsky
May 8, 2007
whatever is fine





GotLag posted:

If the video you posted is from your house then it looks like yours have a lot more options (and probably also defending to do).

Yeah, this is more than likely the case; definitely lots of ground for pickings. Apparently they showed up yesterday afternoon, so it's also possible that they've been coming after I've left for work.

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