I only know because I read it in one of the threads here - Multiple Bird Syndrome. I suffer from this and Tielitis
Ah! thanks for that - yes I'm afraid I do have a bad case of MBS then I also have a touch of tielitis too as we have between 20 & 30 of those in 2 large aviaries. Again most of them are rescued ones that I let pair up and have a few chicks each summer.
I used to work alongside the rspca with rescuing until a few years ago. Because many of the birds were from poor/bad backgrounds and some were traumatised I decided not to rehome them. They have all settled well here in this "bird sanctuary" we call home and it is so good to see them happy now. Some of the smaller birds (tiels mainly) were the result of an elderly person being taken into care - taking their precious pet was very sad & many a time I have left the house with their pet & tears down my face. I don't do this rescue work now but the local vets, petshops & several local people still give my phone number to people needing a home for their bird and I suffer from CSN disease as well (can't say no). I would worry what would happen to them if they didn't come here! One elderly gentleman last summer was told by his carer to open his window and let his tiel out - thankfully I got the phonecall from a friend and was at his house in the matter of minutes!! the lutino cockatiel now lives here and bred last year - so she is happy ................
that must be so hard when you visit those elderly people, thats so sad. remember i told you i lost my beautiful tiel, i still wonder if someone ever had him, so it must be somewhat easier for them, to know someone will care for thier pet. Fancy saying open the window, stupid and cruel.
Meet Tootsy - she arrived this morning. Hubby took a phonecall from a chap who said he hadn't got the time for her. She is just over a year old so I'm told (no rings, no paperwork!). Poor little soul is soooo sweet! the couple who brought her over were possibly retired although they didn't say. Wife said he (hubby) hadn't got patience for the bird. They didn't offer any information at all, I asked the name and what she had been fed on. I haven't a clue what sort of cage, toys treats etc. she likes. She certainly looks healthy and is not thin at all so has been well fed although she doesn't know what fruit is Is very handleable, I can stroke her and do anything with her. I commented that she has no tail but that was met with silence from the owners. Little Tootsy made no attempt to go to them and was happy with me who she had only just met! Not only does she not have a tail but one foot has only a couple of toes full length with nails - I asked them what had happened, apparently she was chewed by her mother in the nest After they had gone I opened the fridge door and frightened her so she tried to fly - landed like a stone (thankfully on the carpet) so has no flight feathers AT ALL. I haven't checked them out yet to see if they have been pulled out or badly clipped. Didn't want to upset her so will let her settle for a day or two first. I am wondering just what the story really was with this little girl and what happened to her tail?? Couldn't have been a cat or anything as she is in perfect condition otherwise. Thought I would just let you know that I still suffer from CSN