**Guest post by Audrey S.**
I have a parakeet in my office and her name is Skittles. My daughter got her as a birthday gift when she was 12, so that makes Skittles about 7 years old. The older my daughter got, the less she was home. Poor Skittles was left alone too much so I decided to take Skittles to work and see if anyone wanted her.
Much to my surprise, after being in my office for a day I found she had a personality. I put off giving her away. After a couple of days, I decided to keep her because she was quite the entertainer!
She must think I am talking to her every time I get on the phone because she chirps incessantly. She was never one to go on my finger, but gradually she began sitting on my finger. The more time we spent together, the more she was willing to trust me. Now she comes out and sits on my shoulder sometimes during the day. Although she was never one to play with toys much in her cage, she likes to play with my earrings. Being that I work here at Drs. Foster & Smith, I have bought her all kinds of things. I bought her a basketball game that she has been playing with a lot. I just added couple more toys similar to the basketball game and she has started paying attention to them too.
She laid her first egg! I actually wasn’t sure if she was a boy or a girl until the egg showed up. She laid a couple more and now everyone around here wants me to get a male. I am not going to get a male.
I recently bought her a snuggle sack because I thought she might get cold in her cage at night. She has a heated perch, but the snuggle sack looked comfy. The first 2 days I hung it in her cage, but I took it out when I left for the day. She was really afraid of it and stuck to the furthest wall of her cage. On the 3rd day, I decided to put her in it. She scolded me for it, but hasn’t left it alone since. She is in and out of it 100 times a day! She enjoys yanking on it so the clips click on the cage wires. She has since quit basketball.
She has trained some of my employees. When they walk by my office, she whistles to them and they whistle back. Some of them even start whistling and calling her before they even get close to my office. They stop in, talk to her, and ask if she laid any more eggs. I should talk them into cleaning her cage for me ;).
- Chicken and the Egg – Every year in early spring, many female birds begin to lay eggs. Keith’s bird, Chicken, started laying more eggs than normal, and then showed troubling signs that she might be egg bound.
- Chicken and the Egg, Part 2 – Chicken became egg-bound with her ninth egg. The vet’s prognosis for Chicken was not good: unless that egg came out soon, Chicken could die. Find out what happened.
- Chicken and the Egg, Part 3 – Chicken had an egg-laying craze that left her egg bound. Four months later we were surprised to be faced with a similar situation.