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I had been wanting a pet bird for years. I had a quacker parrot when i was younger but my mom had to give it away. I moved out and got married and a year later my husband found Skittles at a pet shop. He was the sweetest bird we had ever met. The old owner was a very mean man (according to the Store owner) and did not want Skittles any more. My husband bought Skittles for me for Christmas! It's the best Christmas present that I had ever had..

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Hi! My name is Skittles

I am a Sun Conure from Hot Springs, AR.



2 years old   M

Sun Conure

peanuts.
(apparently Dr. pepper too, but I try to keep it from him)


My and My husband's heads.

When you try to pull him away from chewing on something shiny (and valuable...)

My owner gives me LOTS and LOTS of attention.

He loves to roll over onto his back or side and play with me with his feet..

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2) Cappy didn’t like people talking with their hands (he would go into meltdown screaming and attack mode) – We are still working to de-sensitize him to moving hands … we suspect he has been hit in the past and that is the cause for his overreaction.I have tried to make a game with my hand movements so he understands that I am not going to hurt him and now he may even get a little playful with regards to hand movements. Playing peek-a-boo with larger hand movement is one method I have used
3)Cappy doesn’t like to be put in his cage – My husband would get bitten nightly at Cappy’s bedtime …. He just never wanted to be put to bed no matter what time it was. We have to towel him every night and put him in his cage inside the towel and then close the door and reach in and get the towel. That prevents Cappy from biting and he doesn’t get near as worked up about going to bed.
4) Cappy LOVES towels …. Strange as it seems he loves to be toweled and hugged and snuggled. When Cappy starts into a meltdown a towel can calm him down rather quickly, we just towel him, hug him and tell him he is ok and we love him and he settles down …. most of the time we can release him and he will remain calm but sometimes he may not and then we have to put him in his cage for timeout.
As we have learned and implemented the things above Cappy has become much calmer and the bites have subsided a lot …. We still have them now and then but they are not as intense and they are becoming less frequent. Another thing we have learned is that when he is in a meltdown we must remain calm and patient and to reduce our energy as well and that makes a huge difference in how Cappy responds to us.
SKY;Please tell us one or more things you feel are important to share with other bird owners?
Terri: Patience, Love, Understanding, the ability to put yourself in their feathers can go a long way to solving many problems. Bites can be the most difficult thing to endure, because as humans we do take it personally, and bites HURT. But we can learn to understand, respect and prevent future bites to a certain extent. Every bird has their own unique personality and as such they all present different body language that we as humans must learn to read and understand. It can be summed up in the words of my husband’s two co-workers. One said I had to be totally committed to the welfare of our birds and the other said I just needed to be totally committed. One thing that seemed to help my husband deal with Cappy’s biting is the way he viewed it. He used the analogy of getting a 4 year old human child that had been bounced around 4 or 5 different homes in a short period of time and how would that child react and how would you respond.
Sky: Cappy, Mom Terri thank you so much for this very informative interview. I hope we all can gain something from it.
with my heart filled with love,
SKY 224183

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

02/06/2013 03:01.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Spotlight On Caring--KIDDO part 2
January 16th Spotlight on Caring part 2
Hello all my BC friends! Sky here with the conclusion of my interview with Mr Kiddo and his wonderful Mom Pam. I must apologize that I failed to post Kiddo`s photo SKY: In what other ways are you involved in BC? KIDDO: My partner, RaneBeau, and I organize the monthly milonga, which is a virtual party which usually has a theme corresponding in some way with the month. For instance in October we had a cemetery tour to go with Halloween. In May we always have the Annual Milonga Derby to go along with the Kentucky Derby with the assistance of Chyna and her mom who are Derby afficianados. And we are always open to suggestions for a new theme or activities to go with a repeat theme. Don't be shy! We love it when other birdies get involved. That is what BC is all about. Community!
SKY: Are you involved with any bird rescues, clubs etc outside of BC? PAM: I truly wish the answer to this one was yes. I have been looking for a bird club in my area for years. There just aren't any. In fact, we rarely have Bird Fairs or Shows either, and I am so envious when I hear about the great ones in other parts of the country. I do sign on to the Animal Rescue Site every day and click to contribute to them, and when there is a contest I vote for the Oasis Sanctuary in AZ.
SKY: WHAT IS YOUR ONE THING you'd like to say about birds in general? PAM: Not all birds can be lucky enough to stumble in to a home where a bond like the one we have formed occurs. And although Dad is not bonded with Kiddo (Kiddo is jealous of him), he is understanding and never is mean to him (although he is not above a few terrible jokes about parrot stew).
And I hope all new parrot people do what I did and research to learn the things they need to know. The first food I bought for Kiddo was seeds, and his first cage was a parakeet cage (which he destroyed in less than one week). I learned very quickly by asking questions at the pet store, reading books from the library and subscribing to Bird Talk, that there is always something new to learn about these fascinating creatures who have so much love and companionship to give us when we are smart enough to recognize it.
SKY: Thank you Kiddo and Mom Pam for your insight into the BOTD/BOTM titles, and for sharing with us all for love for birds, and the wish that all owners would do their research BEFORE they buy the bird.
I am looking for other birds, flocks or individuals who would like to share about their interest in birds, how they got their bird(s) and how they try to make this world a better for for all us feathered beings. Please contact asap so we can plan February's SPOTLIGHT'S on CARING.
with my heart filled with love
SKY 224183
Special Notes: Friday January 18th Sky and Baby`s Engagement Party-250113--6PM EST-Cocktails, 7Pm Buffet--lots of games, dancing and prizes to be won

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

01/15/2013 03:35.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Skittles
Jan. 9th Spotlight on Caring Part 1
Sky here , welcoming you to this weeks SPOTLIGHT on CARING featuring BC's KIDDO and his Mom Pam
SKY: When did you first become interested in birds? PAM: After Kiddo came into my life. Before that I really didn't understand how anyone could call a bird a pet! I thought they just sat in cages doing nothing all day. I didn't have a clue. When we adopted Kiddo I soon discovered how wrong I was. He was supposed to be my husband's bird, but I was so fascinated by him I spent every evening after work getting him to accept me. It took a couple of weeks, but by the time he would step up for me we were bonded and I was enamored with my new friend.
SKY: When did you join BC?
KIDDO: I joined BC on 11/15/2006. I believe I am one of the oldest still active members. My mom saw the site in Bird Talk (still miss that magazine!), and she signed us right up. I wasn't sure what do at first, like all newbies, but I soon started making friends. The real turning point in my getting involved was when I met SweetPepper, who is now my beloved wifebird.
SKY How did the BOTM - Bird of the Month -begin? KIDDO: BOTM began before I joined, and it is totally the creation of the BC web site. It was originally a totally blind competition and nobirdy seemed to really set out to win. When SweetPepper and I were planning our wedding, it occurred to me that there would be a lot of visitors (and votes) on her page responding to our wedding invitations, since that is where the wedding was held. I began including a request to be sure to vote so that she could be BOTM for the wedding, and it worked. So, then I asked that everybirdy vote for me as I shared our honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand in pictures and blogs so we could finish our honeymoon in the castle. That also worked. That was when I came up with the idea of creating a BOTM Calendar Page, and so it began.
SKY: What was the BOTW? Are they or were they connected? PAM: Before there was BOTD, we used to have BOTW (week), but when BC added BOTD to make BC the same as the other animal channels, they discontinued BOTW. So if you see that badge on a birdie's page, you know they have been around a long time.
Sky: Thank you Kiddo and Mom Pam for sharing with us how you became involved with the BOTM campaign. Next Wednesday will be the conclusion to our interview.
with my heart filled with love
SKY 224183

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

01/08/2013 06:15.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Pretty Bird!
Your bird looks just like mine! We have good taste! Thanks for the comments on my bird Pablo Picasso. He has not been much trouble, now that his biting is not as often. He still hates my husband though. Happy Holidays!

Come visit me, Pablo Picasso.

12/27/2012 12:03.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Howdy Skittles. Such pretty feathers you have! Here's a vote for you. Squawk on by for a visit.

Come visit me, Pickles.

12/23/2012 09:36.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Skittles
Welcome to BC. I am KING SKY. I am this months Bird of the Month. I know you will enjoy BC once you get to meet new friends.
Come visit me by clicking on my name below in RED CAPITAL letters--KING KING
V4U

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

12/23/2012 11:03.02 AM Report This Comment  
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