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Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Battle Against the Pink Things

Have you ever been in a situation where strange things were happening, even though you did not want them to? Now, I don't know about you, but I like to be in control. It's hard enough to train the Tall One to do my bidding, but when Miss Prissy starts acting strangely, I have to draw the line.

I have seen it happen several times before. She changes from a cheerful, friendly, dignified lady to a lethargic, fluffed up, grouchy ball of feathers. All she does is eat; elle a une faim de loup! She won't have anything to do with me, or even the Tall One, whom she usually adores (for reasons I have yet to discover). As if the situation was not bad enough, a few days later, several oval pink things begin to appear. There is nothing special about them; all you can really do is roll them around the bottom of the cage, but even then you have to be careful so they don't break. Miss Prissy, however, seems to think they are important. Usually, we share everything, but she sits on those things all day long and won't even let the Tall One get them. She hisses at either of us when we come close.

In my opinion, the Tall One should take them away immediately, but as usual, she does not have a clue and lets Miss Prissy sit on them for a while. Guess whose job it is to keep those pink things from showing up? (That was a rhetorical question, of course.)

Reasoning with Miss Prissy does not do any good, the Tall One won't do anything, so I had to solve the problem. As soon as Miss Prissy started acting funny again, I sat down in the corner of the cage that she seems to think is reserved for her and those pink things. Now, being a cool guy, I never sit on the ground. I eat, sleep, sing, and move on the perches like a self-respecting tiel should, but since Miss Prissy never got that concept, I had to beat her to the punch. I have been spending most of my time in the corner of the cage, and it worked.

When Miss Prissy finally realized that I would not vacate that space for her, she started acting like her normal self again, and no pink things appeared. I was able to resume my normal lifestyle, but I'm still on the alert for trouble. What would Miss Prissy and the Tall One do without me?



Here is a picture of Miss Prissy, during the good times without any pink things.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh No, JL, doncha know? The Tall One had better not take away the pink things, cuz there might be babies in there! I am sitting on 4 pink things right now, well, not right now as I am playing on the ratatat. But most of the time I am sitting on them. I'll give 'em about a month, then I am afraid they are duds,if no babies appear.
From, NikkiBird, a single female

Anonymous said...

PS, I look just like Miss Prissy, I wonder if she is my long lost twin!
NikkiBird

J. L. LeMone said...

Eggs? Babies? You mean those screaming little things that tried to take my food away when I was little? Oh no! The situation is even more serious than I thought! Thank you for telling me, NikkiBird! I don't even think Miss Prissy knows what they are about!

Well, let me know what happens with your own pink eggs.

J. L. LeMone

T-man said...

My mom says that Miss Prissy looks like her former bird, Birdie. Mom was so sad because Birdie got lost. She says those pearly birdies are a work of art and every feather is beautiful.

CC-man will find little round things to sit on, like marbles, and he protects them like they're his eggs. Do you ever do that? I only thought lady birds did that.

T-man

J. L. LeMone said...

Hi, T-Man, it's nice to see you're back! I did not know there were other birds like Miss Prissy out there, but now that I heard about NikkiBird and Birdie, I am pleasantly surprised. Maybe they are related to Miss Prissy! I will post more pictures of her, that way your mom can look at them.

I have never heard about male tiels sitting on eggs before, but then I have to confess that I don't really know many male tiels. None, to be exact. Maybe CC-man wants some more birds to keep him company, and he's even willing to put up with the screaming little things for a while! Have you thought about setting him up with a nice cockatiel lady?

Keep me posted!

J. L. LeMone

T-man said...

CC-man has a lutino girlfriend, Sunny, who lives next door, but he doesn't see her that often. I think he enjoys pretending to be a daddy, but couldn't handle the real babies (hee hee!)

T-man

J. L. LeMone said...

Hi T-Man! Well, it's good that CC-Man has a nice cockatiel girlfriend. I agree, actually having to take care of the baby birds by himself would probably be too much for him! You're lucky Sunny does not live in his cage and lay eggs for him to sit on, because they'd probably have you babysit the chicks all the time!

J. L. LeMone