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Piper Lucille

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After the sudden death of my beloved cockatiel in January of 1999, I was devastated. I missed him, but life was so empty without a bird. After researching the subject, I decided on a Quaker. They were intelligent, playful, and independent yet loving.

I went ahead and bought the cage, toys and food the bird would need. In mid-March 1999, I went to the pet store to bring the bird home. I was so dismayed when they were sold out. The owner told me that the breeder had just hatched a new clutch. If I wanted to wait on one of those, they'd call me when they were weaned. I agreed to the plan, and the wait began.

When I was a child, I loved to help my dad with his model airplanes. My favorite was the cheery, bright yellow Piper Cub. I decided there was no better name for my birdie-to-be. I even bought her an acrylic plane toy for her cage.

Finally, April 9, 1999, the call came. There was an eight week old Quaker waiting on a home.

I was scheduled to take my ACT exams the very next day, April 10th. The instant the exam was over, I jumped in the car. The drive to the pet store seemed to take an eternity. I walked in, and there she was. Sitting on the counter in a ten-gallon fish tank was my baby. The pet store clerk apologized that the woman who had hand-fed her had named her "Miss Lucie". I was torn. I had my heart set on Piper, but Miss Lucie was an absolutely adorable name. So, that's how Miss Lucie became Piper Lucille-yes, my parrot has a middle name!

The clerk lifted her out of the tank and handed her to me. Piper jumped onto the front of my sweater, climbed up to my shoulder, and started preening my hair.

That was going on 10 years ago. And I haven't regretted it for a second. I can't imagine life without her. She reminds me of the little chicken hawk from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons-a tiny bird with a major attitude who doesn't understand how little she is! After eight years and changing my declared major three times, I'm getting ready to graduate college. She's gaining a daddy next year. She's jealous of him, but she's slowly warming up to him.
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Hi! My name is Piper Lucille

I am a Quaker from Ironton, OH.

Piper Lucille, Piper Cub, Piper Lou, Miss Lucie, Sugarplum, Hugabug, Snugglebug, Birdie Girl

17 years old   F


Cornbread with mixed veggies, beans, fruits and veggies. It would be quicker to list what I WON'T eat! Where there's food, there's Piper!

My mama's hands or shoulder, the brim of my uncle's hat, or my travel cage if it means going for a car ride!

Red pellets in my food dish (yellow and green only, please), having my cage cleaned, getting my wings trimmed, ringing phones and the vacuum cleaner.

My mama knows just how to hold me in her hands and scratch those obnoxious pin feathers all over my neck. She can't sing to save her life, but that's okay. I love it when she sings to me. She laughs at all the funny things I do. She cooks food for me, and she knows I'm afraid of the dark. I know when she's stressed, and I know just how to cheer her up. I DON'T like my new daddy, so I'm very moody when he comes to visit us. Now Mama says after they get married, Daddy will be living with us. Yuck! I don't care if he does try to feed me and be nice to me. She said he's going to pharmacy college, so we'll have to move away for four years. But, she said we'll come back to live close to my Grammy and Pappy when Daddy graduates. Great! I can't wait!

I blow kisses, chirp "thank you!" when given a special treat, "laugh" at jokes, laughs when my daddy gets hurt (long story!) running to the bathroom when I want a bath, recognizes food containers, and I chirp and dance when I see Bobby Labonte's racecar on TV. I puff up, bob my head and squawk along when my mama or Grammy sings to me. I also love to find a purse and pull things out of it. I completely ignored the playgym Mama bought me and claimed an old clothes basket as my very own..

I'm the birdie, gotta love me!.

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12/10/2008 05:18.00 PM  
  Hi Piper!
Hi, I am responding back to you from a wonderful email you sent me. My name is merlin a 2yr old Quaker Male and I think you are very cute and pretty, Piper!!

You are so lucky to have a mommy that loves you!

Your mommy is graduating college and my mommy will graduate in may 2009! I still give mom a nip when she gets home late from school, but mom sings to me my favorite songs and I get all mushy!

My favorite songs are "Dancing Queen" from Abba and "Fernando" also I love to hear Mr. Sandman "Twinkle Twinkle little star" and the many songs my mom makes up for me....visit me soon! fyi:I gave you a vote cuz your soooo cute! see me soon! Merlin

Come visit me, Merlin.

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11/13/2008 12:00.00 AM  
  Hello from another Quaker fan
I am happy to hear this funny bird has filled a part of your life. I will pray the addition of a mate will go smoothly--my quaker is more than a tad territorial, especially with its human. I trust you will continue to enjoy.

Come visit me, Polly; Summertime! & Zippy; WOW, Thank You Friends for this honor!.

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  hello from the bristol ct flock
We are flying by with a vote and hi. Have a great day.

Come visit me, andre loves sunny, ms.presley(elvis) (LOVES HOOTIE) & cocoa.

10/28/2008 03:20.58 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Piper Lucillie!
Yep we quakers love to eat and if my family is eating it and we can get a bite we are happy hehe. Have a great week! Quaker Hugs ~*~ JADE

Ron & Dee Ann, Bellevue, NE.

10/26/2008 02:07.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Piper Lucille
We are glad you joined BC and hope you will be our friend. Come visit us anytime you can ..the door is always open. This is a great place to learn things and meet nice people and their fids. Leaving a vote for you as we say cheech to you later my new friend.

Come visit me, ~~Gus~~ & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

10/26/2008 11:45.53 AM Report This Comment  
  welcome to the channel
hope you enjoy your stay on here and make lots of new friends,like we did.we love to meet new birdies,so don't be shy and come and visit me and my flock,anytime.hit the votie thingy for you.JABBA and the Star Wars Gang

Come visit me, PADME"GUS IS MY FUTURE HUSBAND", Leia"I Like Tiki", BOBA, Bly,Commander Bly"I'M A BOY", YODA"FLY FREE BUDDY& ANAKIN,WE' LL MISS YOU", Jango & JABBA R.I.P. 4/20/06 - 11/4/09.

10/26/2008 10:26.35 AM Report This Comment  
you are sooo adoreable and have a great attitude you are so funny. I bet you will warm up to your new daddy once he moves in but it will take time and I understand it has been you and your mom for so long and now a daddy and having to move oh boy I would be up set too. Sounds like you keep everyone on there toes and you are a very smart Quaker. I know you rule the house and are the boss. You have such a cute name too. Well I wanted to fly by and say Hi and welcome to the BC hope we can be new friends. HAVE A GREAT DAY! LEFT YOU A VOTE QUAKER HUGS ~*~ JADE

Ron & Dee Ann, Bellevue, NE.

10/26/2008 09:55.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome Piper Lucille!
Welcome to Bird Channel!! My name is Starlight and I am a female cockatiel. I have one flockmate. His name is Sunshine. He is a big brat! We used to have another flockmate, Sky, but she passed away a couple years ago. Here are some things to know about me: I love to eat. I love children. Sometimes I boss Sunshine around even though he is older than me. But, like I said before, he is a brat! And last but not least, I like going outside on my leash. I hope we can be friends. Here is a vote for you! Talk to you later! -Starlight

Come visit me, Sunshine Meanie, Starlight Cathy & Sky Aqua- In Loving Memory.

10/26/2008 06:30.38 AM Report This Comment  
  hello from the bristol ct flock
Welcome to bc. Hope you like it here as much as we do. Come visit us any time you can. We left a vote for you. Have a great day. If you get a chance can you please vote four Hootie a blue and gold macaw from Spring Lake Park Mn for Bird of the Week. He's been on the channel for a long time and has never had the honor. To get to him all you have to do is type in his name on the search profile and he will come up. Thank You

Come visit me, andre loves sunny, ms.presley(elvis) (LOVES HOOTIE) & cocoa.

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