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Thursday May 15, 2008
New Bird, New World

By Jessica Pineda, Assistant Editor of BIRD TALK and
Follow in the adventures of Jessica Pineda's experiences in bird ownership in The Parrot Life

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Meyer's Parrot
Woodie the Meyer's parrot.

I am going to be adopting a 12-year-old Meyer’s parrot named Woodie this Saturday.  It’s a big step for me – this will be my first medium-sized bird and the third bird I’ve adopted. Luckily, Woodie liked me when we met, albeit a little too much. I kept placing him back on his playstand so he’d stop doing things to my hand. But, he won me over on how he tilted his head to look intently at me and made that cute little squeaking noise Pois’ make. Love at first sight? Woodie: yes. Me: definitely.

With a new bird, a lot of planning is involved. Sometime this week, I have to go buy a couple rope perches, a new shower perch and look at playstands. With a new larger bird, I have to buy larger toys. I have to find someone with a big enough car/van/truck to help me transport a cage.

I wonder how Woodie is going to take his life-changing move to my apartment with three other birds. He’s a single bird and he has his own routine, his own way of doing things. Now, he’s going to be in the living room for quarantine, but afterward, is he going to be OK with his new flock?  With parrotlet chirps and lovebird screeches at 7 in the morning? What will he think of Walter, the cat? The fish? My roommate? Me?

I won’t know until Saturday. Woodie may be a bird that takes it all in stride and come Sunday, will be chirping away with the rest of the birds, making the whole house fill with bird noises. Wish me luck!

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wonder how woodie is doing!
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 6/2/2008 12:38:51 PM
I hope that everything is going well with Woodie! Meyer's seem like such nice parrots.
R, S, CA
Posted: 5/20/2008 1:49:17 PM
I'm so excited for you! I was a nervous wreck when I got my first bird (A Military Macaw) but she is so flexible. She quickly adjusted to my schedule. Instead of being up at 7 a.m. and going to bed by 8 p.m. She sleeps until 9 or so in the morning now and is up until around 10 pm.

I have MS and she works great with my schedule. But I have the only one bird. I have often wondered if it might be good to get a second one for companionship for her.

Look foward to hearing your report on your acquisition Saturday!
cheryl, lawton, OK
Posted: 5/20/2008 6:28:20 AM
Dear New Bird,
You sound like you have done your homework and you have three other birds. My opinon is that you are good to go. There is alway BC to help out, but, then you knew that.
I wish you much luck with your new babie.
Nancy, Millsboro, DE
Posted: 5/17/2008 4:12:49 PM
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