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Our friend owns a parrot rescue/sanctuar- y. She owns mostly large birds but a few little ones. Mr.Mustard was the only little bird there and was not getting enough attention. We were only a foster home at the time, but we soon became a permanent home..

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Hi! My name is Mr.Mustard

I am a Cockatiel from Washago, ON.

Big Boy, Muz, Muzzy, Birdie Boy, handsome/big man.

8 years old   M

Cockatiel

Millet sprays, popcorn, pasta, Blueberries.

His cage,on top of the cuboards/water jug, and on my head, near the cat (bad idea).

When we do not let him have chips because they are to salty.

They feed me, let me out of my cage to play, they give me showers(fun), and they play whistle that tune with me.

Saying"Watcha Doin" and Singing, wolf whistles, calls loudly whenever the dog leaves the room..

take every oppourtunity!!!- !.

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  hi mr mustard
love that name we like spicy mustard teehee my mama has a huge flavor to ask of baby's friends she knows she is not on that much but it would make her feel so good if baby could make the 10k club.my mom would feel so great so would we she misses him so very much.left a vote 4u my new friend,

Come visit me, trillian,, Kia, Baby Jr. & Baby may he Rest in Peace.

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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  Hi Mr Mustard
Punkin here. THANK YOU for pecking out a vote for us. Yeah we would love making history. hehe Sure appreciate your help. gotta fly now. v4u

Come visit me, Pimer--formerly Jack Jack, Sophie O'Too, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Ipo, Shaggy--2010-2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13 & Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13*.

01/13/2010 02:18.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr. Mustard
Dandy here. Yep sure has been a while. How ya doin? Since our last visit I've got a new flock fib. Her name is Levalla. She's a budgie mom saved. She's pretty sweet too. We visit back and forth. Mom says that there's still a couple of weeks unless vet says otherwise that she can't be with us. But I've seen her...when mom brought her home.
And Aramina is gone from the flock. She kept getting more and more aggressive to mom and even started on dad. Plus she wanted to lay more eggs. It's kinda lonesome around here without her, but it's nice. gotta fly for now. v4u

Come visit me, Pimer--formerly Jack Jack, Sophie O'Too, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Ipo, Shaggy--2010-2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13 & Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13*.

06/10/2009 10:18.26 PM Report This Comment  
  HI MR. MUSTARD
LOUIE AND FROSTY HERE.. THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENTS YOU HAVE A NICE LOOKING FLOCK TO.. HOW IS BELLA HAND TRAINING COMING ALONE GOOD WE HOPE.. IT HAS BEEN NICE SUNNY AND WARM HERE ALL WEEK AND THIS MORNING WE ARE GETTING A FEW THUNDERSTORMS THAT OK WE LIKE TO WATCH IT RAIN WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN BUT THE THUNDER AND LIGHTING SOMETIMES SCARE US JUST ALITTLE.. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LAZY WEEKEND AND NOT BIG PLANS FOR THE THE HOLIDAY.. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE US CAUSE MY BROTHERS HAVE TO WORK AT THEIR JOBS SO MOM AND DAD ARE JUST GOING TO WORK IN THE YARD.. OR DO NOTHING HEHE.. LEAVING YOU A VOTE AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! YOUR TIEL BUDDIES FROSTY AND LOUIE

Come visit me, DITTO, RIO I'm not touching your IPad, MOCHA My new swing I love it & LITTLE PEEP.

05/23/2009 06:59.54 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MUSTARD
LOUIE HERE.. SORRY I TOOK MY PAGE OFF BEFORE MOM COULD LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPEN,, YOU SEE I LIKE SPENDING MY TIME IN MY YOUNGER TEENAGE BROTHER'S BEDROOM WATCHING HIM PLAY GAMES AND TALK ON THE PHONE BOY CAN I LEAN A LOT AND THEN HOLD IT AGAINST HIM SO HE WILL GIVE ME EXTRA TREATS HEHE IF HE DOES NOT THEM I WILL TELL MOM LOK.. ANYWAYS MOM IS GOING TO PUT ME ON WITH FROSTY PAGE BUT SHE JUST HAS NOT GOT AROUND TO IT YET.. SO YOU CAN LEAVE VOTES AND BLOGS FOR ME ON HIS PAGE HE IS A TIEL TO.. SORRY FOR NOT LETING YOU KNOW THIS MOM HAS BEEN BUSY AND NOW SHE DONE WITH WORK UNTIL THE FALL YEP SCHOOL OUT FOR THE SUMMER AND SHE IS OFF IN THE SUMMER SHE WORKS FOR THE SCHOOL.. SO WE HAVE HER HOME FOR A WHILE YIPEEEE.. TIME TO LEAVE YOU A VOTE.. HAVE A NICE DAY.. PEEPS PLAYDOUGH

Come visit me, DITTO, RIO I'm not touching your IPad, MOCHA My new swing I love it & LITTLE PEEP.

05/21/2009 07:56.54 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLOOOO MR. MUSTARD
Nope never can have to many buddys hehe.. Hey I see you like blueberries have yo ever tryed them frozen? A bird named Orion a friend of Jade on of my fiblings she told Jade about the frozen blueberries and mom let us try them and boy are they good and not as messy for our mom's to clean up.. well maybe you are not messy like the quaker once mom gave them blueberries fresh as a matter in fact and I guess they throw them all over their cage and on the walls behind there cage and mom ended up painting all the living room walls she said they needed it anyways hehe.. Maybe you will want to try the frozen ones in the summer we tryed them the other day and we all loved them

Well mom has to go clean my teenage brothers rat cage she is a tan and white pet rat and her name is buttercup yep Matt holds her while mom cleans the cage.. mom prefers it that way.. mom will pet buttercup but does not like to hold her she says buttercups tail freaks her out hehe.. leaving you a vote and have a sunny day!! your tiel buddy LOUIE

Come visit me, DITTO, RIO I'm not touching your IPad, MOCHA My new swing I love it & LITTLE PEEP.

04/19/2009 10:27.20 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MR. MUSTARD
WAHT A CUTE NAME. MY FIB PLAYDOUGH IS FRIENDS WITH YOUR FIB AND SHE TOLD ME ABOUT YOU SO i THOUGHT I WOULD FLY OVER TO SEE IF YOU WANTED TO BE BUDDYS. LEAVING YOU A VOTE. LATER LOUIE

Come visit me, DITTO, RIO I'm not touching your IPad, MOCHA My new swing I love it & LITTLE PEEP.

04/18/2009 07:35.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr. Mustard
Had to stop by and leave you a vote since the flock was able to greet Bella. Stop on over some time--Dandy

Come visit me, Pimer--formerly Jack Jack, Sophie O'Too, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Ipo, Shaggy--2010-2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13 & Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13*.

02/16/2009 09:24.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi
Hello Mr. Mustard! Happy Valentines Day. No big plans for us today. Dad is working as usual so we are spending the day with mom. Hope you are having a great weekend. We can't wait to see the new addition. Lovies are so beautiful. Hugs, Pebbles and the gang

Come visit me, Angel Charlie (*Popeye is my girl*).

02/14/2009 02:18.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi
Hello Mr. Mustard. Just stopping by to say hi and leave a vote for you. Hope you are having a fun day. Hugs, Pebbles and the gang

Come visit me, Angel Charlie (*Popeye is my girl*).

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  Mr. Mustard
Mr. Mustard has not had 1 comment or 1 vote for 3 MONTHS!!!!

Come visit me, Bella & Mr.Mustard.

08/19/2008 07:59.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Yep, it is pronounced like the city. Of course, big new with Kyoto is his new girlfriend, Peppermint Patty. She is slowly comign arounf to accepting the rest of the family 9meaning us humans) as well.

Come visit me, Kyoto and Peppermint Patty, Pete & Ava, Lola, Frank & Claudia.

06/09/2008 12:23.08 PM Report This Comment  
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Nobody writes to Mr.Mustard anymore. :(

Come visit me, Bella & Mr.Mustard.

05/31/2008 04:57.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi
Thanks so much by stopping by the page wth the complimetns! You are very cute, too. Hope you have a nice day!

Come visit me, Kyoto and Peppermint Patty, Pete & Ava, Lola, Frank & Claudia.

05/08/2008 01:42.51 PM Report This Comment  
  from rocky's owner
hi mr. mustard i'm sorry I haven't written to u more often but I have some good newws I'm getting a new bird!!!
it's a female timneh african gray and in a bout three weeks she'll be fully weaned and ready to come home

-best wishes, mitch-

Come visit me, Rocky Balboa.

04/27/2008 09:54.52 AM Report This Comment  
  hi mr mustard
thanks for coming by and for being a new friend hope you have enjoyed meeting all the nice birdies here I have anyway heres a v4u

Come visit me, trillian,, Kia, Baby Jr. & Baby may he Rest in Peace.

04/27/2008 09:35.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Mustard
You sure are a pretty bird. I will put a vote in for you. My mom had carpal tunnel surgery and hasn't been able to post any comments out here. But we love all the birds who have come to visit us. She will try to get her typing hand working good again.

Come visit me, Chipper, Ole, Coco, Jasper, Shadow, Rudie, KC, DJ & Chiko.

04/17/2008 06:22.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from the Konawa Oklahoma Gang
Hello Friend, Cotton Ball here with a vote for you. Mom called from Tennessee. She said that she met Tyler while she was in Knoxville yesterday. She said that Fortune is trying to find athletic Cockatoo's who want to whip the tailfeathers off of some Senegals in a baseball game. Fortune and Norman have been talking about playing soon. Norm said that the Sennies are ready they are signing up...so CALLING ALL COCKATOO'S IF YOU PLAY BALL SIGN UP ON FORTUNES PAGE.. LET HIM KNOW WHAT POSITION YOU WANT TO PLAY OR IF YOU WANT TO COACH. .....I just love Patrick he wrote THE LIMERICK OF THE DAY about my favorite bird....you can read it under the MOTTO on St. Patrick's page. Well, Mom says she is bring home surprises for my celebration. I can't wait...I love you, MUAH Cotton Ball and the gang PS I don't know why Sennies and Toos are the only one to play ball...The rest of us need to pick up teams and challenge the winners....What do ya say?

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

04/15/2008 07:20.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi
Hi Mr. Mustard...How ya been? Just flew in to give you a vote...Haven't heard from you in awhile...hope all is well in your neck of the woods! Your Pal, Willie

Come visit me, Willie (but I'm a female!) & Morgan.

04/11/2008 09:29.25 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Mr Mustard
how are you tonite,hope you are good. did you have a good day? I love meeting so many pretty birds as you are one too here is a vte for you Baby

Come visit me, trillian,, Kia, Baby Jr. & Baby may he Rest in Peace.

04/09/2008 02:40.14 PM Report This Comment  
  NOW PLAYING ... (Ö> JAKE AND FRIENDS ! ! !
You asked for it…YOU GOT IT ! Yes, indeed, Mom and I have been workin’ on a way for me to satisfy my urge to explore AND satisfy Mom’s directive for me to STAY OUT OF TROUBLE ! ! (At least I THINK this will do it…) ~~ Buddy and I have decided that we’d like to ‘explore’ our creative side; try somethin’ new; jump into a new project; STAY ON THE GROUND ! And we thought we’d try our luck at the visual arts. You know…movies, TV. ~~ You might have noticed that I seem to excel at the dramatic. So, having been told I’d be a natural at it, I’m gonna try my hand at acting! And since Buddy’s talents lie in organization and presentation (i.e. his reputation as a ‘Master of Disguise’), AND he has one REALLY WILD IMAGINATION, he’s gonna take on the role of Producer/Director. ~~ Now, obviously, this is gonna hafta be a scaled down version. Since we operating on a scaled down BUDGET ! Each day, we’ll put a scene from a well-known movie or TV program in my main pic (‘cause we just can’t afford a real moving picture production), so you can see what we’ve been workin’ on. BUT…and here’s were YOU come in…I’m gonna be needin’ co-stars. So, you’ll just hafta take a peek everyday to see who’s gonna be in the ‘show’ with me! ~~ And to make it interesting, I’m gonna give you a clue in my note to you each day about what movie or TV program the picture is gonna be from tomorrow! Just a little way to keep havin’ fun with all my new BirdChannel f[eathe]riends. No big deal. Not a contest or anything like that. Just a game. I think I’ll call it “What’s My Line?” (Get it? Movie, script, line…) ~~ Hope you’ll play along. When I hear from you, I'll send you back a clue. AaaaaAA!! Scream at ya again soon! CRJake (Ö> Trouncin’ on your vote button on my way out…

Come visit me, (Ö> Charles Riley Jake ~ AaaaaAA! & ..

04/09/2008 06:19.37 AM Report This Comment  
  hey
hello my mommy still in the hospital but her friend is doing all the voting and blogging for today well thanks for keep voting and writing to lillylou her is a vote 4 u

Come visit me, ROCKY DO & LILLY LOU.

04/06/2008 12:09.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from the Oklahoma Gang
Helllloooo (yawn) friends, What a night. I slept great. Thanks for all the encouragement and support..I suppose I was a bit sassy with the boys..Oh Well, they are stepping up, ...perching ....and ...taking notice. ...........Patrick accepted a challenge yesterday and ......Waaaaa lah! ......... HE did it.. ............It is a made up story, of course, but HE DID IT.!. (See his limerick of the day on his page under his motto) Edgar Allen Chirp bet he couldn't do it......... It makes no sense to me. He told me I'd understand when I gew up...SEE HE IS STILL PUTTING ME DOWN...... I AM NOT DUMB..I just haven't learned everything yet. That is OK by me. I don't wanna grow up....I'm a Zebra Finch fid.....I can "step up" on your vote button AND I WILL ON THE WAY OUT...TTFN Cotton Ball (wink)....... ............. ............. ............. My Mom did teach me manners. So I suppose.......I should add a reminder for you to visit my brothers too...She says that a lady should be polite and thoughtful.. (whisper) I am trying .

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

04/04/2008 09:43.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from St. Patrick D'Bird
Hi Friends, Patrick here. I hope you are well and having fun. I don't mean to burden you, BUT, I have a problem. I need your advice and encouragement. My heart has been stolen. The thief is a beautiful red head named Ruby. I see her in my dreams....until I almost scream. .............Our love is the theme of my LIMERICK OF THE DAY: ..................Star crossed lovers our romance is flawed........ ..............Still her beauty my heart doth applaud...... ......................... I may never meet,........ ............. ............. ...................... My love, “Oh so sweet.”...... ............. ............. ............. ................. In California, I am outlawed.... (To my love, my life, Ruby Sue, Grand Eclectus, from Lake Almanor, CA.) (3-31-08)I will always love you my dear. Until we meet..Patrick MUAH,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Friend here is a vote and LOBH (Lots of birdie hugs) for you.

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/31/2008 02:09.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from St. Patrick D'Bird
Happy Lord's Day, Patrick here, I am so happy to be a part of BC. When Mom got home from church read a Limerick about me. It was written by my new friend Chiquito in WA. You can stop by and read it if you want. The limerick for today is a belated hatch day greeting for our friend Sassy. LIMERICK OF THE DAY:......... ............. ............. ............. .................Happy Hatch Day Sassy, heard you’re one. ............. ............. Wake up the flock and have a li’l fun. ............. .......... Sittin’ in the window,...... ............. ............. ............. .... Munchin on a nacho. ............. ............. ............. ......... “Sun Conures Rock” til the day is done........ (Dedicated to my friend Sassy, Sun Conure, from Hamilton, OH. Hatch date was 3-28).. (3-30-08). ........Here is a vote for you from all of us. Patrick, Fortune, Lonnie, Cotton Ball, Slate and Mica

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/30/2008 08:18.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hiya, Mr.Mustard! (Ö>
Geez… Ya know, if Buddy’s and my mom had just not bugged out of our ‘Winners’ Circle Party’ last Monday without so much as a “By your leave…”, WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS MESS! Serves ‘em right though, that they should have to worry about where we are and if we’re safe. Myself, I’m just worried about whether or not we’re gonna make it back home! ~~ When we took off Wednesday evening, it was a great plane ride: Clear skies, smooth air. But BOY! When that tornado came up Thursday…. We STILL haven’t figured out where we are! Well, except for that sign that said “Welcome to MUNCHKINLAND”. But that still didn’t tell us much. Then all those little people singin’ and dancin’ at us, and tellin’ us to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road!” And this suppos-ed witch-type lady bird that looked awfully familiar. It’s enough to make a coupla fids NERVOUS! ~~ But, you know how the saying goes: “When in MUNCHKINLAND, do as the Munchkins do”…AND FOLLOW THE SILLY ROAD!!! ~~ So, here we are (who-knows-where), flyin’ along mindin’ our own business, and we come upon THESE three CHARACTERS. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d swear I recognize these guys too! Now, they want us to spend all day in a meeting with them doin’ some kind of strategic planning, or some such silly stuff. We’re supposed to be findin’ a way to get home, not strategizin’ with some looney tunes! And I wanted to get in touch with our friends back home to see if THEY could offer some suggestions. Maybe these guys have access to some ‘OZ-Net’ or somethin’ Buddy and I could use to send a message. ~~ Well, if it gets us to the end of this adventure, I suppose we can handle it…as long as they don’t forget to leave a vote when they send our notes out for us! AaaaaAA!! Scream at ya again soon! CRJake (Ö>

Come visit me, (Ö> Charles Riley Jake ~ AaaaaAA! & ..

03/30/2008 07:34.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from St. Patrick D'Bird
Hi, Patrick here with a vote for you. Yeah, this morning I was just waiting to jump up on Mom's shoulder and help feed the rest of the flock. Fortune and I both helped. Fortune squawed on about "crackers" a word I have never used (I don't like them) so I decided to let Mom know I could say it to. She was so proud of me.......WISH YOU A HAPPY WEEKEND, Please visit my fiblings too as I am blogging for us all. Cheech later........ ............. ................LIMERICK OF THE DAY:......... ............. ............. ............This bow-legged U-too is quite the man.......... ...............eats mashed taters faster than a toucan....... ............. ............. ................ He can not hack, ............. ............. ............. ............. ...... anything that’s black........ ............. .......... Vinnie shares his grapes, with the N.Chelmsford Clan....(Dedicated to my friend Vinnie (my Superstar) Umbrella Cockatoo, from N. Chelmsford, MA) (3-29-08)

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/29/2008 08:51.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Important: Rocky Balboa has passed away
Hi Mr. Mustard,

I am sorry to inform you that Rocky has passed away. The cause is not known. He passed on 03/25/08. I will miss him so much. Please keep me in your prayers. He was such a wonderful compainion to me and I will miss him Greatly!


-Rocky & Mitch-

Come visit me, Rocky Balboa.

03/25/2008 07:03.28 PM Report This Comment  
  BIG BOY NEWEST BBFF(BEST BIRDIE FRIENDS FOREVER)
VOTE4U, HAPPY EASTER!!! Hope you got nice goodies!! Beautiful picture!!! My Mommy is making funny noises. Hack, hack, weeze, weeze, sneeze, sneeze, not sure what to think of it. But I keep stealing her wet tissues, so she had to give me a clean one balled up so I would leave hers alone... pretty sneaky Mom!! Have a great week!! Love ya Lots, XXXXOOOO Please vote for my long time BC buddy IRN Lovely Lilly Lou for BOTW. Thanks!!

Come visit me, LOUIE Hi! Pals, LIBBY LU - Hi Pals! & LACIE - Hi Pals!!.

03/23/2008 11:01.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Mustard!
How’re ya doin’ this fine Spring day?! Buddy and I are havin’ the greatest last day of our tour…. It’s soooo nice out here in sunny ---eh, what’s that, Buddy Boy? I STILL can’t tell anybirdy where we are? Aw, c’mon now, Pal. Not even a hint? Wellll, I dunno. Maybe it’d make ‘em feel better to know that, even with all the sunshine, we gotta be kinda careful about the smog…er somethin’ like that. Anyways, we’re really lookin’ forward to seein’ everybirdy today, and just havin’ tons o’ fun with y’all clear through ‘til Noon tomorrow [Sunday]. That’s when Buddy and I gotta get started home. ~~ Now, just ‘cause we’re headed home doesn’t mean the party’s over. As a matter of fact, that’s just when we plan to get the REAL PARTY started! Yup! We’ve got the real thing set up for y’all tomorrow evening, startin’ about 6:00 (est). That’s when we’ll be announcing the ‘Top 5 Birdies’ who’ll be gettin’ a little somethin’ special from us for all the effort and fun we’ve all had this past week. And we’ve got eats, and music, and eats, and games (just for FUN this time!), and eats, and just a great big ‘Thank You’ to everybirdy who’s been bouncin’ around the BirdChannel with us all week. Oh, and did I mention…EATS!? ~~ Oh yeah, and we do have one more challenge for y’all. It’s our ‘Last Chance Bird Search’. It’s way different than the huntin’ you’ve been doin’ for us all week. It’s LOTS EASIER! And you’ll have clear through Monday to figure it out before we tell ya how to give us your answers on Tuesday. ~~ But for now, I just wanna make sure you haven’t given up on the hunt. And that you know you’re expected at the party tomorrow, no matter how much you’ve played our game or not. It’ll be on my page: 6:00 PM (EST). Be there or be square! AaaaaAA!! Scream at ya again soon! CRJake (Ö>

Come visit me, (Ö> Charles Riley Jake ~ AaaaaAA! & ..

03/22/2008 02:59.32 PM Report This Comment  
  from rocky
if you're still considering a quaker Visit as many reputable breeders and pet stores, preferably, avian exclusive stores, as you can before selecting your Quaker. How a baby Quaker has been raised will be its foundation for its behavior in the future. Try to visit each place more than once and at different times.Do listen to people that refer a reputable breeder or avain related retail store to you, but go with your gut feeling about whom you would like to purchase your Quaker from. Write down any questions you might have before you make your visits and carry your questions with you. No question is silly. If someone cannot answer your questions adequately, move on. The breeder or avian related pet store which asks you a lot is trying to ensure that the bird is going to the right home and will be cared for and loved. Allow them to ask questions. They may be able to supply you information you did not know or inadvertently answer a question you might have forgotten to ask.
Look for a handfed, but weaned Quaker. Do not let a breeder or store personnel talk you into handfeeding an unweaned bird. Handfeeding is an art, requires proper equipment, time and patience and can be stressful for both baby and handfeeder. It is not something that can be learned in a few lessons. Even those expereinced in handfeeding lose babies to problems arising during handfeeding. Handfeeding does not, contrary to myth, ensure a bond between handfeeder and bird. A reputible breeder or store will not sell an inexperienced person an unweaned baby.
Look for clean conditions and healthy looking birds. Look for bright and inquistive eyes. Look for the bird that comes to you not with agression, but curiosity. Check for any obvious malformities or health problems.The nares, or nostrils, should be dry, not wet looking, and open. Birds have no saliva glands, so the mouth should look dry. Very young bird's tail feathers don't always look great, but the rest of the feathers should look healthy and sleek and there should be no bare spots to indicate plucking activity. The vent area should look clean.
Don't impulse buy. You've waited this long to own a Quaker. A little more waiting won't hurt and will help you make an intelligent and objective decission. If one particular bird tickles your fancy, return to visit him or her numerous times to make sure your initial feelings are the same. If the bird you are interested has not been weaned, ask the breeder or store if you can visit, and how often.
Check to make sure that the bird is close banded. You can read more about leg banding and its importance on the Ferals and Legislation page.

Some Questions You May Want to ask:
How long have you been in business? To a store: where do you get your birds from, and/or, who raised the bird?
What proof of purchase and written health guarentee is offered? How long does the guarentee last and what are the conditions?
Will the seller be available to offer advice and support in the future?

Come visit me, Rocky Balboa.

03/20/2008 12:24.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Mustard!
I’m a ‘new fid on the block’ too! I can get what it’s like to have to try to break the ice, and start making new friends here on the BirdChannel. I may live in the South, but I’m FROM the North, so I know ‘breaking ice!’ So I said to myself, I said “Self, wouldn’t it be easiest to start off talking to fids who are just as nervous as you are? And what’s more reasonable to talk about than being new?!” My good pal Buddy and I are in a contest too..maybe you would like to play!! ~~ Come on over and visit when you can. I’m sure we can find something we have in common! Here’s a ‘Welcome to the BirdChannel’ vote for you. AaaaaAA!! Scream at ya again soon! CRJake (Õ>

Come visit me, (Ö> Charles Riley Jake ~ AaaaaAA! & ..

03/20/2008 07:25.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from the Oklahoma Gang
Oh I can't sleep. Woke Mom up to check on the new BOTW.. Congratulations Woodstock. I am so happy it is my day too. I am dancin and Irish jig on my perch. The fav thing on everybirdies beak this St. Patrick's Day is our parronts....YEA PARRONTS...hope you enjoy the LIMERICK OF THE DAY:......... ............. ............. ............. ...............Skin sis said, I’m worried ‘bout Mom.”........ ................ She blogs in bird lingo. It’s wrong! ............. ............. ........ She even squawk/cheeps, ............. ............. ............. ................... to birdies she keeps. ............. ...................... I fear she’ll sprout feathers ‘ere long......... ... (Dedicated to the ones we love. All of our BC Parronts) (3-17-08) Oh man, It's 4 in the morning here and now I have Dad awake too! Yippee! I am ashamed of myself... I think I will let them go back to bed now.... Every birdie else is asleep. I'll tiptoe on your Vote button on my way back to my perch... LOBH (lots of birdie hugs) Patrick and the gang MUAH It's 5:11 am Mom couldn't go back to sleep.. So she woke me up this time...Off to see if there is a clue on Jake's page...There was but I can't find those buggers... Not here either.Yeah I finally found them...You had better play..I am not competition...The early bird definitely did NOT get the worm today...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/17/2008 04:54.13 AM Report This Comment  
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