Little Miss (formerly Squarkie) - Nanday Conure
Squarkie shows off a beautiful blue bib.
We received Squarkie on 23rd November. She is believed to be around 4 years old, so we will adapt our usual process of assuming her dob to be 23/11/2007. I say "She" but again this is assumed. We will get "her" tested and, no doubt it will come back as male! Squarkie has a beautiful sky blue bib and cute red socks! She favours women and has certainly found a friend in Stacey. Her story is a sad one in that she lived in the woods with a homeless woman who also had dogs. The dog warden was involved and promised the woman he would find a good home for Squarkie. She went to a family of dog lovers for a while but has now been rehomed with us. As I said, she certainly favours women but having had a female owner probably all her life this is not surprising. She will "step up" on Stacey and follows her around all the time sat on her shoulder. She will happily sit on my shoulder but is a bit nippy with me when I try to handle her. Still, we will persevere. She does appear to be a bit broody at the moment and regurgitates a lot to Stacey. This is an excellent sign that she has accepted Stacey as her "mate" and setled in well. Watch this space for further developments!
Sqarkie changes her name to Little Miss - 31/12/2011
Little Miss shows off her collar and bandaged right foot
Ever since we have had Sqaurkie we felt the name was inappropriate as she was pretty quiet really so when the DNA sexing results came back on Boxing Day confirming she was indeed a she, we decided to change her name to Little Miss. Also on Boxing Day we noticed she had a dislocated toe on her right foot. We suspect this was when she was put in a new big cage with the other 4 Little Ones (Molly, Mango, Oscar & Magic). We think Oscar probably bit her toe and she flew off but he didn't let go, thus dislocating it. Still, we had to take her to the Avian Vet who anaethnetised her, manipulated it back into place, bandaged it up and put a collar (like a CD!) around her neck to stop her biting the bandages. She has been moved back into her original small cage until it has fully healed when we have a new cage for her which will, hopefully, allow her to fly. Never again will Stacey moan at being called out when she is on call! We all wish Little Miss a speedy recovery.
No let up for Little Miss
On 11/1 we had to take Little Miss back to the Vet to have her collar removed. Neil anaethnetised her to remove the bandages from her dislocated toe and when he brought her back, we were shocked to see she still had her collar on. There was good news and bad! The good news was that her dislocated toe had healed well. The bad news was that Oscar had attacked another toe on her other foot and her nail was hanging off so that was bandaged up for protection and she had her collar back on again. This time it is for 10 days and we can remove it ourselves after that time. Little Miss, though, has other ideas and keeps chewing the collar trying to get it off herself!!! In view of Oscar's tendency to go for toes we have returned all 4 birds (Oscar & Magic; and Molly & Mango) to their old cages where Oscar can't do any more harm. Magic and Oscar seem to have an understanding and he doesn't seem to touch his toes!