||Three and a half years old|
||Black Capped Conure|
||South Wales, UK|
is 'Tickles' my Black Capped Conure. He is almost four years old as
he was hatched on the fourth of March, 2005. He was an only chick, and
their first born. Taken from the nest at three weeks to be hand-reared, I got
him at seven weeks and five days. He still had to be hand-fed for a
further couple of weeks. I also had a very talkative budgie at the time
and feared 'Frankie' (budgie) wouldn't like the new arrival. How wrong I
was! Frankie adored him and followed him everywhere after showing him all
the places to land when out of their cages. Frankie loved him so much that
he even regurgitated seed on demand to Tickles who promptly chased him
away as soon as he got what he wanted. But, no matter what, Frankie kept
coming back twittering and saying 'give us a kiss' or 'Tickles's a dozy
wozzock' and 'you're such a greedy boy' and 'c'mon, in your cage now!"
Sadly Frankie died June 2007.
Being an 'only child' now, Tickles doesn't seem to know what he is.
There's no reaction when shown a mirror. Never mind. He's now a very
sweet, gentle little chap despite having been a bit of a hooligan at
around one year old. Unlike other birds I've had in the past he's not
destructive, just rather messy as he likes to put food in the drinking
water and make 'soup'! He is however, very particular about bathing. He
loves to bathe in whatever is available - his own bath in his cage, in the
tub, but best of all the bathroom sink with the tap running so that he can
wash and preen every single feather!
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