||Fifteen years old|
||Joliet, Illinois, USA|
is our oldest bird. He is a normal grey tiel and turned fifteen years
old on August 25th. We got Maxi one year after the loss of our last
parakeet. We discussed whether to get another keet or go one step up to
a cockatiel. Once we decided on a tiel, we asked our vet if she knew of
any one selling cockatiels. We were in luck as one of the employees at
the vet clinic had five baby tiels who just hatched. We put our name in for
one. My mom called each week for an update on the tiels progress. When
ten weeks came around, we got the call saying the tiels were weened and
ready to go to their new homes. Since we were the first, we got our
choice of the five babies. My mom wanted a male tiel so the girl checked
over each tiel and handed her a bouncing fluffy male tiel.
We brought him home and promptly named him Maximillian, Maxi for short.
He was a lot of fun to raise. He is an independent bird, not much on
toys, but is very fond of my mom. He also talks but only when he wants
to. Sometimes when he is bored, he will go upstairs climb up onto the
couch or chair and start talking. If you turn down the sound of the TV
to hear him, he will shut up and only resume when you turn the TV sound
back up. We call him our "closet talker." He started talking when he was
about six months old. He doesn't have a large vocabulary but what he says
sounds very cute. He has become a great companion to our other tiel,
Kacey. He watches over her and protects her since her wing injury. In
turn she has taught him the joys of playing with toys. Together they
will toss all their foot toys out of their pet tents to be picked up by
us and tossed again. As senior bird, I think Maxi deserves to be honored.
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