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Fate and a curiosity about the Grey Parrots. A visit to a bird fair, a sweet baby Grey Bird that snuggled under the neck of my tee shirt making the most adorable whimpering sounds, he was so afraid of all the noise and clung to me like his life depended upon me taking him home. He stole my heart and continues to do so every day with his amazing sweet loving personality. His addition to our flock has made us complete. He and Romeo have become very good friends after a rough start... Awards
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Hi! My name is ~Rusty~

I am a Congo African Grey from Oakland, TN.

Rusty, REB, Rustybutt, Rus Ed, Mom's Little Angel

6 years old   M

Congo African Grey

I like popcorn, pine nuts and this white cheddar cheese Mom gives me occasionally. A new favorite are Garbanzo beans (chick peas) My regular diet consist of Zupreem pellets, lot's of fresh veggies, my favorites are sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli, corn, peas, fruits and nuts and birdy bread..

My cargo net that Arthur and Dad sent me...I love it! Mom hung it from the ceiling and now she has to get a step ladder to get me down...Also our new Outside Aviary that Romeo and I go to almost every day when the weather is nice...

Not having food in my bowl.
Anyone other than Mommy trying to hold me, that's a big no no!

She loves me beyond anything I've ever known, she feeds me all kinds of healthy foods that I devour, and spends a lot of time with me. I'm teaching her new things everyday, and she loves my beaky kisses that I give freely anytime she wants them..She's home with us almost all the time and I really like that. I love to lay my head on her shoulder as she rubs my head and I snuggle under a blanket in her lap when we have our special time together every night...She recently had her son build an outside Aviary for us, it's my favorite place to be. I've also become very attached to the big white bird that lives here and we spend our days playing, exploring all the really cool things uncle Chuck send us, we especially like our cargo net he gave us and we spend most of our time playing on that..

Thank You Mr. Chuck my guardian Angel for giving my Mom the desire to know what it's like to have a Grey parrot in her home, she will either love you for that or come looking for you with a

I sneak into Romeo's cage after I've had my meal and rummage through his bowl to find what's left..I always say bye bye to company when they leave, it's the proper thing to do..
I shake my head back and forth when Mommy plays handies with me, she loves to scratch under my wings but I push her hand away with my beak, if she persist I'll bite her..but not to hard..Mom taught me to sing the Tennessee Good Old Rocky Top Song, I have a video on BC singing it.heehe..When Mom tries to video me I clam up, but I will pose for pictures.
I like to swing upside down on my boing chatting the entire time. I've learned to say lot's of things, like talking to Gabby our dog, I will tell her to come'ere, sit, lay down, get the ball, and good girl. I can squawk like my big brother Romeo the Too, that drives Mom crazy..I can also scream like CoCo and whistle like the Tiels. I tell Mom when
I'm hungry and ready to go outside. I love being outside in our Aviary, it's big and I have lots of perches and boings to play on. I don't like being on the floor and if I fall I will run back to my cage and climb back up. I love garbanzo beans, carrots, sugar peas,and broccoli, grapes, apples and most any kind of nuts. Popcorn is good to and I make a big mess eating it..Romeo and I are best friends as long as he's not trying to aggravate me with a toy in his beak which he often does..I don't like strangers to touch me, I only trust my Mommy.
None of these are really quirky for a grey but that's me...

Learn Something New Every Day!.

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  Hi King Rusty
Congratulations on botd.I hope you had a great time at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night buddy.
P.S.Give my best to Romeo.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Tweety (245629) For BOTM.

04/10/2015 09:14.18 PM Report This Comment  




04/10/2015 08:18.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a super fun time celebrating your special honor and partying in the birdy castle with me.

love Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

04/10/2015 05:58.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

04/10/2015 05:29.37 PM Report This Comment  
on BOTD!Rusty!We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with Queen BooBoo for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!Love,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

04/10/2015 02:12.54 PM Report This Comment  
I see you are top bird on today. Enjoy your time in the sun.

William, San Francisco, CA.

04/10/2015 01:50.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Today is Friday
I'm flying by your page
to stamp U a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Have a greyt weekend
be a good birdie
wings hugs
Your Pal, Oki

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K BCWarriors263181/mou- rningChiper257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTM Tweety245629/Mournin- g Gizmo.

04/10/2015 12:03.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Rusty~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you!! I hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!
Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo,Mei Mei~VOTE TWEETY 245629 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Cranberries for November.

04/10/2015 11:52.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Greetings from Angel Shananigans

Come visit me, Babycakes, Snigglefritz, Pumpkin, HALDIR AND PINK LADY, Sparkle and I am lost, escaped my cage, Shadow & Shananigans.

04/10/2015 11:28.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Rusty
Congrats on BOTD and Happy hatchday !!!
Enjoy your day...


Come visit me, Jedi says Happy turkey day !!!, Snowflake says Happy turkey day eat till you drop., VOTE FOR ME TWEETY FOR BOTM !!! & Panther says help me get to 10K....

04/10/2015 10:51.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy your special day.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/10/2015 10:38.47 AM Report This Comment  
Hey Rusty, good to see you in the spotlight today! It's always fun to see someone we know. We all hope you have a great day and get something special for your 2 day celebration of hatchday and BOTD. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Tweety for BOTM, Peppino, vote Tweety & Falco, vote Tweety for BOTM.

04/10/2015 10:16.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations on BOTD Rusty
Hi fellow adventurers, Mikey D here with our Friday post on the trek across the USA with our special cargo. With BC actin' funny again, I sure hope we make it there safely. With Sweetpepper and Kacey's message about Black Bart, the whole future sure looks dark and ominous. Many of ya will recall Black Bart and his gang of thugs from our Cattle Drive last year. HE sure tried his darnedest to side-swipe us cow-birdies, but thanks to Jenny-Lynn and her group of scouts, his plans were squashed like a bug, and the cattle arrived safely in Wyoming.
"Kacey, can ya please go round up the Drivers and Carporals, we best be havin' us a meetin' and make some plans so's we can make it to California safe and sound."
"Sure Boss, be right back." Kacey races off to gather everybirdie for the meeting, while Mikey D paces anxiously. " I wonder what we can do to foil his plans?"
" What's up Boss?" Pearl asks as he and Silver hurry to join him outside the Livery.
"Black Bart" is all Mikey D can reply, as he thinks of a plan for action.
It isn't very long before all have gathered back together, a worried look on every face. A whisper fills the air as the concerned birds try to figure out what's happened.
Mikey D stops suddenly, and jumps onto the back of the nearest wagon so everybirdie can see and hear him better. He looks intently at his friends, he feels a sense of happiness to be with such brave, heroic birds, when faced with such a big problem as Black Bart. He shutters, then slowly he begins to explain what Sweetpepper and Kacey's search has exposed.
"Well, I hate to bring us bad news, but indeed bad news it is. Our Night riders, while watchin' over the remuda outside of town have uncovered Black Bart and his gang of hoodlums. The BIRD has sent back word, that Black Bart has set his eyes upon our wagon train and even now is makin' plans to ambush us along the trail. Accordin' to the BIRD he will attack somewhere between here, in Santa Fe and Abiquiru where we pick up the Old Spanish Trail. If the opportunity fails for him, we will be at his mercy as we begin to travel through hostile and formidable territory." Mikey D stops to allow the news to sink in, before finishing. "we will have to drive hard, every-bird on alert, guns at the ready."
It remains quiet for a few minutes, then a cheer rises from the gathered travelers. " We will beat him at his own game once more!" the BC friends high four one another as they agree to stand together against Black Bart and his thugs, or anybirdie else who might mistakenly think they can steal their precious supplies destined for needy birds in the sunny south-west. Mikey D sighs a relieved sigh as he smiles to himself. These are brave and fearless birds he has along with him on this dangerous trip.
"Ok, let's hitch up and get movin', we want to cover as much distance as possible by sun down.
See ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/10/2015 09:59.07 AM Report This Comment  
Just stopping by to "Congrats you on being BOTD"...Have a wonderful celebration at the castle with Queen Boo Boo...Enjoy your day...Pecked another V4U..With many birdie wing hugs to you ...Stormy and the Dingmans Ferry Flock :o)


04/10/2015 08:47.28 AM Report This Comment  
Yeah on your being our BOTD!
Hugs from Little Lucy and Finnegan

Come visit me, Finnegan - Getting Ready for Christmas, Daisy - R.I.P. - BOTW 9/17-9/23/07 & Miss Lucy Blue - Getting Ready for Christmas-.

04/10/2015 08:33.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Rusty!
Congrats on winning BOTD! You are a handsome King! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, Raffi says vote Tweety 245629 Panther 245623.

04/10/2015 07:19.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Congratulations on your BOTD. Bye bye

Come visit me, The Moocher Ducks, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

04/10/2015 06:46.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Rusty
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. Happy belated hatchday since we appear to not have made it over here yesterday. Hope you had lots of treats, toys and attention. So awesome when the hatchday fun becomes a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with Queen Boo Boo. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/10/2015 04:06.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy BOTD from Flitzer
Enjoy the parties and Celbrations.

~Wings Up~


Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

04/10/2015 03:48.44 AM Report This Comment  
  hi-de-ho your highness
Isn't it lovely when a hatchday turns into a BOTD ? I know you will have a wonderful day with Queen BOO BOO today !

Come visit me, Cookie - GO PILGRIMS !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/10/2015 02:04.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/09/2015 08:38.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Rusty!
Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love!

Happy Hatchday!
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~VOTE TWEETY #245629 FOR BOTM During Nov.!.

04/09/2015 08:34.14 PM Report This Comment  
  •H•A•P•P•Y•  •H•A•T•C•D•A•Y•!!
... to YOU, Rusty!!

Oh my, how times flies. Here you are, six year old already. It seems like just a short while ago you were this baby Grey that we were all ooohin' and ahhhin' over, and now look at you, all grown up and looking ever so handsome. I hope your 7th hatchday celebration was extra special in so many ways.

Wishing you all the best in life~

K *v*

Come visit me, Kelly *v*.

04/09/2015 06:15.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
flying by to wish you a most happy hatchday. hope you are having a super fun time celebrating on your special day.

love Cori and Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

04/09/2015 05:42.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Rudy!
Happy Hatch Day to you! Hope you have an awesome day!

Come visit me, Raffi says vote Tweety 245629 Panther 245623.

04/09/2015 05:27.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

04/09/2015 04:44.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Rusty,
Here's a vote for your special day. Hope you have a wonderful celebration.

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Tweety #245629 for BOTM!!.

04/09/2015 02:43.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty
Happy hatchday.I hope your having a great day and getting many treats and some new toys too.Have fun and enjoy the rest of your special day.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Tweety (245629) For BOTM.

04/09/2015 02:31.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Rusty~
Sugar here to perform the Hatchday song just for you! Are you ready??


Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday dear, awesome, handsome Rusty!
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
And Many Moooooooooore~CHA CHA CHA

I hope your day is just awesomely perfect! I know Aunt Betty will make it a very special day for you!
Hatchday Hugs ~ ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo,Mei Mei~VOTE TWEETY 245629 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Cranberries for November.

04/09/2015 01:39.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!
Hey Rusty, we hear it's spring there in TN; it should be here soon. We hope you have a very special celebration and get lots of attention, toys, and treats today in honor of you on your special day! Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Tweety for BOTM, Peppino, vote Tweety & Falco, vote Tweety for BOTM.

04/09/2015 11:00.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday handsome !
I hope it's a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and friends - oh and some treats and toys too ! ! !

Come visit me, Cookie - GO PILGRIMS !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/09/2015 03:07.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty!
Hey there, Rusty, long time no squawk or you doing?? Having nice days for the aviary? It's finally warming up here, but I've enjoyed being inside chewing up cardboard and kicking the pieces around! I'm still loving my perch in the front dining room where I can watch people and cars go by. Since I've learned to sweetly say "Awwww?", I see Mom even more since it melts her heart!! see you soon~~Tahoe

Come visit me, Cookie, Molly & Tahoe.

08/05/2014 07:19.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello sweet Rusty!
I was so sad to hear about your family friend last month, and I hope the good memories are carrying you though any tough days. Thank you for flying by. I neglect my page so badly that it is truly amazing that I have any friends of visitors left, but somehow, even when much time passes, the friends are always happy to see me and I them when our paths again cross. Cheers to you, my friend. Stay healthy and enjoy every minute of every day. :> Sarabi

Come visit me, Sarabi & Frosty the Keet with the little pink feet.

05/13/2014 09:53.09 AM Report This Comment  
  We are now leaving...
for our trip. We will be traveling for the next few days!

*There were so many birdies that signed up so late that we need to take two ships. There will be two pictures shown of our ships. If you signed up and your picture is not on the first ship, look on the profile tomorrow night or Thursday. All birdies that signed up are included on this trip. I am very happy to have so many of my BC friends joining me on this adventure.

Did you know that there are over 300 species in the dove family?

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Have a great day!! Thank you for your continuous support and votes to help me become BOTM. Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/15/2014 02:09.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Lifespan of a Diamond Dove
The lifespan of the diamond dove is different in captivity than if living in the wild.

In captivity, the diamond dove usually lives about 12-15 years. With proper care, they can even live into their 20's.

In the wild, however, diamond doves only live 3-5 years.

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Thank you for supporting my campaign and voting for me for BOTM. Have a great day!! Leaving a vote for you!

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We will be meeting tomorrow to leave for our trip and we should be on our way by Wednesday.

Here are a list of BC friends that signed up for the trip. If your name is on the list and you cannot make it or if you signed up and your name is not on the list, please contact me today! Thank you!

Cydney/Sam/Stormy/Princess/Baby Girl

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/14/2014 10:44.47 AM Report This Comment  
Doves are relatively quiet birds. They make a variety of soft, low-pinched cooing sounds. Their cooing, however, may be persistent and repetitive. Many people find the cooing very pleasant.

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*We will be leaving for our trip this week! Looking forward to spending this time with my BC friends!

It is a beautiful day here! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!! Thank you so much for your continuous support and votes for me to become BOTM. Leaving a vote for you! Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/13/2014 11:06.46 AM Report This Comment  
Your dove should be given a vitamin/mineral supplement to assure you are providing all the nutrients it needs, especially if it is a finicky eater.

Note: Although the directions may tell you to put the vitamins in water, this is not good to do. Vitamins can settle to the bottom or lose its potency. It is best to put the supplement on soft foods or moist fruits or vegetables.

In addition to a vitamin/mineral supplement, doves need a small amount of grit. Unlike most birds, doves swallow their seeds whole and grit helps to digest them.

There are two kinds of grit:

Indigestible grit, which is sand or bits of ground rock. However, if your bird overeats this, it can become sick.

Digestible grit such as oyster shell, ground cuttlebone, or crushed eggshells pass safely through their system and is also a good source of calcium.

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Have a great day!! Thank you for supporting my campaign and voting for me for BOTM. Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/12/2014 10:31.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rusty,

How are you? It's your Friend, Oz. Did you say YOUR DAD passed away or your Mom's Best Friend's Dad? My typist (A.K.A. as Mom) wasn't sure because of the way it was written. We're sorry for your Mom's loss but especially if it was your DAD! It's always hard to lose someone whether it's Human or Pet because we're part of the Family also. Well, I hope you, your Flock & your Mom & Family have a nice weekend. It's beautiful here in Philly today but we're suppose to get some rain tonight. Mom said it's better then snow or ice anyday! Here's a vote for you. Take care. Bye for now.

Oz (Your Pink Friend)


04/11/2014 02:33.42 PM Report This Comment  
  A Healthy Diet (Continued)

In addition to fruits and vegetables, you need to include protein in your dove's diet.

Insects are a good source of protein, although they are not necessary for your dove. You can either give them live insects or dried ones.

Another good source of protein are chopped hard-boiled eggs. This is important for breeding doves that are raising chicks. Crushed egg shells mixed in with the egg will provide calcium with the protein. Note: Eggs must be cooked thoroughly. Your bird can become sick from partially or uncooked eggs.

You can also give your dove tiny bits of thoroughly cooked meat or bits of cheese. However, this should be given only rarely and as a special treat.

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Have a good weekend!!! Thank you for all your support and votes that you have given me for BOTM. Enjoy your day. Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/11/2014 11:22.04 AM Report This Comment  
  A Healthy Diet

Although all common pet doves are in the seed-eaters group, there are additional foods that can be a part their diet.

Seed-eating doves cannot tolerate large amounts of high-water-content foods. However, a daily treat of fresh food is fine for most doves.

Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When choosing produce, (one's that are safe for birds) bright colors are the healthiest choice. Example: sweet potatoes are more nutritious than white potatoes, red peppers have more vitamins than green peppers, and red grapes are higher in antioxidants than green grapes. Dark leafy green vegetables are also nutritious.

Some of the most favorite foods of the dove include:
shredded greens, grated carrots, finely chopped broccoli florets, diced apple, berries, fresh corn and peas. Your dove may not like all these foods, but as you experiment with differents ones, you will find that they may be some of their favorites.

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Have a great day! Thank you for voting for me to be BOTM. Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/11/2014 11:21.03 AM Report This Comment  
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