Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ever wonder why they call it the birds and the bees?

So we have this bird....

We got him just about a year ago.

I don't know what possessed me.
We were at the fair and the girls were looking longingly at the parakeets for sale.
They hadn't even really asked me, but I knew...

I knew that they wanted a pet parakeet.
So before I could stop myself, I said, "Yes."


They were stunned.

So was I.

I don't even like birds...
I mean wild birds outside are cool,
but birds in the house?  Not so much...

I really hate those bird feeding exhibits at zoos.... ugh... shiver.


What was I thinking?

But he turned out to be pretty cool.
We fed him and loved him and called him George Mr. Abotty.

At Christmas time he tweeted along to "All I want for Christmas..."
That was amusing.

 He had a favorite toy.

A bell

He'd hit the bell with his beak, jump to another perch, come back and hit the bell some more.

As time progressed he'd ring that bell more and more and more often.
We joked and called it his girlfriend.

We didn't know how right we were.
A couple of months ago, it seems that our baby bird has come into his maturity.

And lately he's been... ahem... taking advantage of the poor bell.
(At least that's what he seemed to be doing... I'm no expert on birdie sex.)

It was weird and it kind of grossed me out.

The rythmic "ding ding ding ding ding ding ding" was more than I could handle.

I understand that a bird has needs... but I really don't want to hear it.  
So, after a rather vigorous bell ringing session, I had had enough!

"Get that bell out of that cage!"
I'm sorry, Mr. Abotty, but your girlfriend has left you.

 We've replaced the bell with a mirror.


I'm not sure that he's fallen in love with himself, but at least if he does, it will be far quieter!


Photobucket

Yes... I do have a couple of archived photos here... but I needed them.

35 comments:

EG Wow said...

Tee hee! What a funny story! I watched the video and is that ever hilarious!

Zookeeper Jess said...

He's so cute! He looks like the parakeet we had last year but he died after a short week! We went and got another one about a year ago and it's blue and we just love it! It's our easiest pet yet!

So funny about the bell! I think the mirror was a good choice :) GREAT shots!!

Amber said...

What a great thread I'm impressed with the pics too its hard to shoot a bird they are always moving. I can't wait to get out of the office ans see the video.

Brooke G. said...

BLAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAAA!!!!! That is crazy stuff. A bell, really??? Reason #57 -why I will never, ever own a bird :D

(Really, I am terrified of birds, always have been, always will be!)
Love this post :D

jaime said...

such a pretty bird and hilarious story :)

rubber7soul said...

Loved the story and the pictures!

Jen said...

Love it! What a funny story. I think you should get him a real girlfriend.

And Miles To Go... said...

wonderful post and great capture of the new pet!

Life with Kaishon said...

You are such a good Mom : )
What a nice set of pictures! Love your birds. Gorgeousness!

Susan said...

What gorgeous pictures! He’s a very pretty bird. That poor bell! What a hilarious story, I don’t blame you for giving him a mirror instead.

I had a light blue parakeet once that slept hanging upside down like a bat! They definitely have personalities.

agiraffeinascarf said...

Aww, I always wanted a budgie! He has such beautiful colours!

agiraffeinascarf said...

Aww, I always wanted a budgie! He has such beautiful colours!

Elaine A. said...

I'm glad you're liking him, I wouldn't be able to do a bird. We have a hamster and that's good enough for now! HA!

Love the reflection shot. :)

Jess said...

Oh my goodness Colleen, this is hilarious. The way you write draws us right into the story. The next time I hear a bell ringing I'm going to die of laughter and everyone will think I'm crazy!

Now, there is chicken sex going on around here all the time, and I really don't think much of it anymore! :)

Leslie said...

oh that is hysterical!!!

Elizabeth said...

HILARIOUS! Thanks for the laugh this morning, I needed it!

Eyegirl said...

Great post. I love the last photos of him looking at himself.

Carrie said...

Great post, great video (how funny!), and beautiful bird and photos! I'm laughing pretty hard right now about the bell! Hahaha!

BnE's Mommy said...

LMBO...nice mirror shot.

Alita said...

The photos paired with the video and the HILARIOUS satire made me smile BIG!!

I adore this! :)

Kayla Sue said...

Oh my gosh, this is hilarious:) I hope the future birdie sex is quiet for your sake:)

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

That brought back terrifyingly vivid images of a parakeet I had as a kid who was the most annoying and noisy animal ever created. I'm not (usually) a mean person but I used to wish he would croak. We eventually gave him away to a family of bird lovers. As I am predominantly a cat lover, this was in *everyone's* best interests. Now? I'm just afraid of birds. They give me the heebie-jeebies. Good luck with your randy bird!

myfallingleaves said...

That was too cute! And funny - we had a parakeet, same coloring, that lived in a cage, that looked exactly like yours. Love that last picture!!

Sidnie said...

Pretty bird! :)

And that story is hilarious!! I hope he likes looking at himself in the mirror....

Stillmary said...

Very cute and interesting story and great photos. I loved every facet of your 'animals' post. AND, your Mr. Abotty has exceptionally beautiful coloring.

lisaschaos said...

LOL! Yes, the mirror will be quieter. He's a pretty bird! I love birds, when I was growing up we had zebra finches and they had babies and it was so fun! What I don't like it the mess of birds. So I don't have any and recently I babysat my daughter's parakeet and was reminded once again of why I don't have birds, lol.

When you started saying had I was afraid he had died, good to know only his babyhood died.

Ashley Sisk said...

Well he's a beautiful bird but you'd have to check my brain out if I brought home a bird...seems noisy and messy. But after reading this post, I may consider - okay, maybe not, but I loved this post.

Julie said...

i loved that! cute :).

Kristi said...

Too funny! And gross! Maybe he needs a real birdie girlfriend??

Christine said...

heheheheeee! this is great, you completely have me giggling :)

hiswife518 said...

This is the funniest blog entry I've read in a loooong time!!!

Jientje said...

I loved the story and I loved the video. He's cute, and I hope he likes his reflection in the mirror as much as I do! My father used to keep parakeets when I was a kid, I always thought they were fun!

MaryMary said...

Hilarious. And so cute--makes kind of want to squeeze him. But that would be bad.

imadramamama said...

Parakeet-Bell relations...not THAT'S something I wasn't expecting for You Capture! LOL!

Brown Family Blog said...

LOL...that one made me definitely laugh!