The chubby green bird in the foreground is the newest addition to Seven Trees Farm. After a few days in separate cages to get acquainted, Lucky and Aubrey are now sorting things out together in the big cage.
Housing birds (even of the same species) together doesn’t always work out, and we were prepared for that possibility. But so far they both seem to enjoy the arrangement without much fuss (though Lucky did call Aubrey the F word for not moving off her perch fast enough).
We don’t know much about Lucky. She (we don’t even know she’s a she) landed in a friend’s back yard 8 years ago, and we took her in almost 3 years ago. She wears a leg band that says: CB TX 15. The first letters refer to the aviary or breeder name. The next 2 are the state (a Texan!). The numbers are probably an individual ID for the hatch year or species hatch of a particular year.
Aubrey’s band says: BOP WA 002. So we know s/he hatched in Washington State, but given how young he (we just decided on he for convenience sake) looks and acts, we think 002 refers to hatch number not year of birth.
There isn’t a universal registry for parrot leg bands, and we may never know more.
Aubrey does come to us with a brief, sad, and puzzling story. He was abandoned by the side of a road (not too far from the animal shelter), inside his dented cage, with fresh food, clean cage papers, and a baggie of seed. He was found on a 37F December night, with no cover on the cage, shivering.
Luckily one of the first people to spot him is a bird nut like us, and took him home. When our older Quaker parrot, Mark, died, we decided that we wanted to adopt a bird that might have trouble being rehomed, and also to provide avian companionship for Lucky, so placed a ‘parrot wanted’ ad online instead of looking for a ‘new’ parrot to buy.
Aubrey’s rescuer saw our ad and contacted us this weekend, and here we are. Aubrey is in great health and seems fairly young. He doesn’t talk yet, besides some promising mumbles of hello and what, but gives kisses and is responding beautifully to our attentions and Lucky’s.
Stay tuned for more updates on the flock. There will be plenty.
And for anyone pondering a parrot pet, Quakers are a good choice. They are small, sturdy, usually good talkers, easy to train, social, and have manageable housing and food requirements compared to bigger parrots like Amazons, Greys and Macaws. They also seem to have a naughty sense of timing and humor.
There are a number of feral Quaker flocks in the US, surprisingly in frigid parts of the country, as well as warmer areas. (Because of feared threat to crops, Quakers are illegal in some states.)
There was even a flock in Yacolt, WA but I don’t know if they are still there.