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April 28, 2009

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Maggie Mae, the Pet of the Day
Name: Maggie Mae
Age: Twelve years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Citron Crested Cockatoo
Home: St. Albans, West Virginia, USA
   Maggie Mae lived with her past owner in Missouri for nearly thirteen years of her life (her birthday is in August, she'll be thirteen then), but then had to give her up as she could no longer take care of her. They were both attached to each other and the surrender was hard on both of them.

    After we got Maggie home and introduced her to her Birdie Quarters, near the other birds, we did not think she was going to be happy here. But by the second day, she started to warm up to me and by day three we were already inseparable. We have become very good friends. During her "I don't know if I am going to like life here stage" I decided it would be a good time to try pellets with her as her previous owners said she wouldn't have anything to do with them. I kept two bowls filled with pellets and easy to get to, and one bowl filled with seed and hard to get to. She had to sit on a corner shelf I purchased just for her to help steady her feet, as she was always falling in the night. She tends to sleep at the side of the cage I do and she cries just like a human baby. We have been giving her misting baths twice a day which is in preparation for Avian RX spray when it gets here, as that will help her feathers feel better and keep her from preening so much. And she is now used to the misting, so that won't be added stress for her.

    By three days into her life here, Maggie was almost ready for a dry run on Pellets only. We gave it a try, and it is a success. Maggie loves them, and now she turns her nose up at seed when offered. The pellets are specially balanced to be good nutrition for her, so this is a very good thing. In the wild in Indonesia where they are native, they eat berries, seeds, nuts and roots, not just seeds. Now we will work on getting her playing with toys - that's the next thing. We are glad to have this beautiful bird, and hope her life with us will be a long, happy, healthy one.

Maggie Mae, the Pet of the Day

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