||Six years old|
||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA|
is Kippie, our Gold-Cap Conure. Kippie says "Hi!" She is sitting at her
favorite place in the house - the computer. Kippie has her own bedroom and TV.
She loves westerns that have horses in them. Her favorite show is "Cheyenne."
She eats at the table with us on her home-made eating stand. She takes showers
with us and loves the water. She is never locked up. We are very careful
and cautious with Kippie; as she is not clipped.
Kippie was about six weeks old when we got her. Her Hatch Certificate states
her birthday as April 1, 2003; an April Fool's Day conure. I had to bottle
feed Kippie throughout the day and all hours of the night until she was
weened. It's just like feeding a human baby.
She has never been, nor is she now a screamer. Kippie is a very well-behaved
companion. She wants to participate in every activity we are involved in. This
would probably aggravate most people but we love Kippie and really enjoy her
curiosity and interests.
Kippie loves all kinds of fresh fruits and watermelon. Grapes, bananas and
cherries are her favorites. She loves vanilla wafers and fresh raw cashew nuts.
Kippie will often lay on her back and sleep actually putting one of her claws
over her beak and one in her mouth and make motions as if she was sucking her
thumb. It is very cute to watch.
Kippie has chosen Perry, my husband, to be her primary mate. They are "joined
at the hip."
Kippie loves to "help me," if you will, with housework, laundry and cooking.
The only time she actually goes in her very huge cage is at bedtime. She only
allows me to put her to bed. She comes to me and says "Night, night" then and
only then is it time for bed.
Her vocabulary is very limited. She says the following; Hi, hello, What's
that, Step up, Love you, (she covers her head with one wing and then puts it
down and says) Peekaboo, and Night, night. She actually talked more when she was
She will lay on her side and hold my little finger with one foot and with the
other foot she holds her tail and bobs it up and down. She learned to do this
watching me do this with my legs (exercising).
She will often laugh at funny stuff on the television. This is a little scary
since I nor my husband are laughing. She just seems to know sometimes when
something is funny.
As for the bagpipes; my husband plays. Kippie loves the pipes and will sit on
Perry's shoulder when he is playing. Bagpipe music is her favorite music. She
likes jigs and strathspeys (fast, upbeat tunes) best and will dance to these
tunes; bobbing her head up and down, swaying side to side and doing complete
360 degree turns.
This little girl is very independent in that she talks and puts on her shows
usually only when wants to.
Kippie should have been a duck. She loves the water. Every time Perry or I get
in the shower, Kippie gets in. She has a shower perch but prefers to sit on our
hand and get wet. She spreads her wings and bows her head as the water mist
sprays down on her.
Kippie loves to travel and when sleepy wants to sleep in my arms. As you well
know one could go on and on, as these little creatures are clowns and there is
never a dull moment.
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