Gordie

This year for the budgie’s hatchdays, I’m sharing videos.

Gordie the Gold Star Budgie:
Gordie was an older budgie. We never really knew how old he was. We were his third (possibly fourth) home. His last owner estimated him at five, but he could have been (and we suspect he was) much older. When we picked up Gordie, he only had one toy in his cage – a yellow mirror.

During Gordie’s quarantine, he just sat on his perch looking at himself in his mirror. He didn’t play with his new toys, move around much or call out to the other budgies. He wasn’t finger tame (but would sit on our shoulders). His previous owner told us that the family who gave her Gordie thought he was “boring”.

Gordie became a different bird once his quarantine was up and he moved in with the flock. He bonded quickly with his lookalike Ozzie. We think Ozzie was “the bird in the mirror” finally coming out to play. With patience, Gordie started stepping up. He expressed interest in what the other budgies were doing, playing with toys and nibbling on veggies and millet. Gordie became interested in us as well. If we stood by the cage, he would make his way right up to the bars to see us. He was the only budgie who did this. I think he liked kissy noises and being told what a good budgie he was. And he was a such a good little budgie.

When Gordie’s flight feathers started coming in he began to make the voyage from the cage to the little play gym on top of the bookcase. He really enjoyed being up high and would happily sit on his “gym” chirping to himself or the other birds. It took a lot of effort for Gordie to fly about. It could have been his age or perhaps he never had the chance to fly before. One of his wings was a little crooked – maybe that made it more difficult to fly. In any case, sometimes I would give him a little ride on his play gym back to the cage. Gordie also “hobbled” when he walked up and down on the perches. He was a little slower than the other budgies, but did his best to keep up with his friends.

We were thrilled when Gordie bonded with Lera. They were an adorable pair, constantly grooming each other. When Lera was ill, Gordie was so sweet and attentive, feeding her and cuddling with her on the bottom of the cage. I think he was key factor in her amazing recovery. This is what earned him the title of “Gold Star Budgie.”

Gordie loved to take baths. When he was finished he liked to sit on the rim of the bird bath and gaze out the window. One day he even plopped himself into my water glass. He had great fun climbing out and dunking back in.

I think because Gordie was an older budgie, he had a special place in our hearts. We wanted so much to give him happiness in his golden years. He was a sweet little fellow and we were lucky to have been able to share the short amount of time with him that we did. Seeing him playing, flying and interacting with the other budgies brought us so much joy. I just wish we had been able to have more time with him.

If you are thinking about adopting a budgie, please consider giving a senior bird a happily ever after.


It’s Shark Week!

Here is Cooper in 2015.

I’ve had some requests for this on a shirt, so it’s now available at Cooper’s Redbubble store.
*As always, any money we make on Cooper Redbubble items (after Redbubble takes their cut) goes to Cooper’s favorite bird rescues.

Feathers and Fireworks

Tomorrow is the 4th, and fireworks can be scary for pet birds.

Here are some tips for keeping your feathered friend calm when fireworks are going off.

* If possible, move your bird to a quiet room. Or move the cage away from windows.

* Play quiet, soothing music.

* Keep your bird company and model a calm demeanor to help your bird relax.

* Give your bird treats. Cooper would say, “Preferably millet.”

Cooper and her Flock

Cooper with her budgie flock.
We decided to bring Dewey home as a companion for Cooper, and then we adopted Ozzie, and then Sunny, Emmy, Alfie, Gordie, Lera, Felix, Harvey and Riley. If it weren’t for Cooper, we would have never had these sweet, funny, feisty little budgies in our lives.

Cooper and Dewey

Cooper and Ozzie

Cooper and Sunny

Cooper and Alfie

Cooper and Emmy

Cooper and Gordie (and Ozzie). Gordie is in the back.

Cooper and Felix

Cooper and Harvey

Cooper and Riley

The flock.

And we can’t forget Sido.

Cooper and Dewey and Michelle

Baby Cooper and Harry