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Can't believe it's been five years! What a half decade.

Five years ago I was nervously starting out with Leia. At times it has been difficult: a parrot is a wild animal, and as their carers we have to be part zookeeper and part behaviourist. I believe it takes skill to keep an intelligent, flighted wild animal happy in a home environment - and it's certainly not straightforward. We've been through hormones, nestiness, feather destruction, seeking help from a behaviourist, radically rethinking how I interact with her and the beginnings of recovery from feather destruction. We've lived in four different homes and been joined by my wife and, two months ago, Leia's younger sister Kira.

Leia is smart, gentle, opinionated and sometimes spicy. She's a wonderful companion. We read each other so well and I've still not given her cause to bite me. She is one of my favourite economically inactive housemates :)

I've learnt so much from these forums. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge so freely. These forums offer a wealth of experience, and it's a privilege to learn from people who are so dedicated and knowledgeable.

Photo from today - Kira's cage in the background is small, but there's a 36x30" cage being made for her which should arrive soon. Leia is stretching and Kira is on the perch.


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Congrats! Such a lovely sentiment, plus pics of Leia and Kira are just... :loveshower:
She is one of my favourite economically inactive housemates :)
Glad I'm not the only one who complains about the birds' not paying rent (yet they still have the cheek to protest when I'm 1 minute late with breakfast):lol:
 

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I am so glad you have been here! I know I look forward to reading your posts. They are usually level-headed, wise, and always a pleasure to read :heart:

So cool to see the sisters together!!
 

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Gee… seems like you’ve been here forever!!!! :D Congratulations on your new banner! I too, thoroughly enjoy your posts and so glad you chose to roost with us.:congratualtions:
 

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Congratulations, I love all your posts and I’m so glad you are here! Everything you say is always so well thought out and knowledgeable. Funny, I thought you’ve been here longer!
 
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Certainly true of our birds on the revenue side of the income statement, but dubious on the expense side ;)
True, true. Maybe "freeloader" is a better term!

And thank you everyone - it's nice to know that you like my posts :) It's morning here and the girls and I are having a bit of a singing session in the hopes that they'll get it out of their systems before I have a zoom meeting with a student. By now Leia is thoroughly bored by by teaching/meetings so will proably go to sleep, but Kira is still very interested and would like to offer her contributions.
 

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Congratulations on the new banner! I have really enjoyed reading your posts over the years, always something to learn, sometimes something to ponder and always said in the kindest way.
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Congrats on your banner!
I too am one that loves seeing your posts.
Your birds are just not one many see these days, and I always enjoy when you post (especially photos) about them. :)
 

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And I love the floor in that room!!
 
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Congratulations on your new banner!
I always enjoy reading your posts, they’re always informative and well put across.
 

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I've always enjoyed your posts, and I'm very glad you're here! I appreciate your no nonsense approach which has helped me, and I'm sure others, keep a level head as well.

Congratulations to our newest "Veteran"! :congratualtions:
 

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Congratulations! What a great milestone to celebrate! :cngrt5:
 
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