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I went to the bird sale today
it is held at the end of every month up at Seghill, there were plenty of breeders there selling birds.
Though I didn't get a bird myself I did manage to get Kes and Milkshake a new home...
The person who bought them is on the committee of the bird club and the aviary he has in an indoor one, he said he goes to nearly all the shows and left me his number so I can ring up and check on them.

Despite the fact I know this is a good home for them, I know he will take care of them, watching them be taken away was more like a punch in the chest than a relief,

its quiet without them, I know I shouldn't be sad about it  I mean they will be with other birds and the guy said he had owned bourkes before, in fact when we brought them in he asked if they were bourkes (we had them half covered with a  towel for the cold) So I do believe that.

still, Even if they we rent tame birds, even if they didn't like being handled a lot of bothered.
they still let em hand feed them sometimes, the still did the 'step up command' and didn't freak out when I was near them even though they wouldn't let anyone else in my house near them.

I haven't bothered to clean out there empty cage yet though.
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MosstalonWoodAdrian Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
"I haven't bothered to clean our there empty cage yet though."

Blairaptor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, so sorry you had to give them away. But it does sound like you've found them a great home. :')
serinity52 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy that you found them a good home; the guy really sounds like he'll be really good to them.
However, I also know that pain as I've had it a too many times myself. :( I had to give up my dog earlier this year, and while I am so happy that he is in a good place, I'm also sad as I'll never hear about him again. I'll never know when he's dead or if the rescue placed him in a good home. So I understand the pain you're going through. Take comfort that you can call him up and check in on them; I can't even do that.
TriangleMother Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's sad to hear that it's finally been done. ;n; It had to happen sooner or later I suppose. Besides, they're at a good home. ;u;
And I'm sure that you've earned a memorable place in their heart, just as they stay in yours. ;u;

I know what it's like to give away a beloved pet. Both my dog and my cat had to be given away. I'm not even sure where the cat is or how it's doing anymore, which makes me upset because the owner states that he's there and doing well, though I haven't seen him when I visited. And now everyone in the household split up, so I have no idea who the cat went with, if he was even still with them.
It hurts to watch a pet go, but that just goes to show the bond set between you and it. ;u;
wolflover1451 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
i rememberd when my mam sold my pony I felt the same way as you did i wish i cold see her agen i hope your birds the best of lives
LozIsNoo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at least they are nice and safe x
KnightsAndDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DaydreamDragon371 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, that's really sad. Milkshake and Kes where huge parts of your artwork for who knows how long. We'll all miss em'. Kinda reminds me of my late pet lizard, Mitch. I'll never forget his escape attempt when I first got him, the store clerk tried to get him out of his cage and Mitch just leaped out and scrambled across the pet shop. It caused quite a bit of commotion but we finally did get him. Then, the next year, he slipped off of his leaf and broke his back, and that killed him. I know this hardly has anything to do with this, as in you gave your birds away and my lizard died, but it's just really painful to loose a pet. After having them for so long, it feels like they're part of the family.
burningblaze12 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry.
I know the feeling of having a beloved companion being taken away. I had a dog named Hope. When we were moving into our apartment we couldn't pay to keep her so my mom gave her to one of her friends. The friend got divorced and the parent Hope was staying with gave her away to someone they didn't even know. We can only pray Hope is okay now.
burningblaze12 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This has been bothering me.
since I' new to commenting here on DA I put affection on my comment by mistake.
But I do hope the hole in your heart alleviates some.
AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well..I could never do that. You are very strong. :3
And a very good owner, with the animals intrests in mind, more so than your wants.
FeCaline Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow. I'm sorry Flighty. It is always very hard to let go of something that is dear to you. But according to the new owner's description, I bet they will be cared for and I am sure they will be treated well. I admire you for doing what you did. I am glad you can check up on them occasionally though! ;w; <3
OkamiShiri Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry you had to give them away, I cant imagine having to do that to a bird/birds you love :/

Unfortunately it's a bird's natural instinct to mate, so it's very difficult to avoid unless you have varied species or same-gender birds. We bred budgies when I was younger, and it could get difficult to control at times. We're soon going back to breeding budgies with a new, larger cage, however this time we plan to control it a lot more as we used to have aviary breeding happening sometimes (when the parent's aren't separated to raise young, but allowed to raise the young in the big cage) so we'd be stopping that for starters.
For tame birds I rather keep one of each species, though sadly my Conure has developed a bit of aggressive fear of hands which I'm hoping to work on slowly. My Rainbow Lorikeet is the opposite; when I brought him he wouldn't come out of his cage, wouldn't step up and bit you if you tried to pick him up. He now hops over to me, steps up without issues and most of the time allows himself to be picked up. He still bites a little, but not nearly as much or as hard.

I've never owned a Cockatiel before but I did meet some at a pet store a couple of days ago, there were some nice ones there and the hand-tamed ones were lovely- one in particular. It hopped over to me for a head scratch, licked me through the bars of it's cage and then began to whistle to me. If I didn't have my Lorikeet, I think I would have brought him on the spot because of his personality. The other Cockatiels sat back and looked at me from a distance... But even so, I must say, if you can get a good, tamed one... Cockatiels seem to be a good way to go, once you feel ready for it.

I'm glad the guy gave you his number. I have my Lorikeet's old owner's number, and she has mine, but I was shocked she has not once contacted me. Apparently he was in terrible condition when she got him, which is the only reason she brought him; to save him. Then she decided to go overseas on holiday, so I'd expected some kind of contact but... Nope.

We're all here for you, and I believe you did the right thing <3
BreezeWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That was very brave of you to do that. I would never be able to let one of my pets go, I get too attached to them. I hope he takes a very good job handling them!
mandythereaper Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
awww that sucks
i whent through a similar thing with my dog. at least they go to a good home
Stripedclaw Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aw, that sucks that you don't have them any more..... but at least they have a good home, right?
awesomness4268 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No more milkshake?
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no more milkshake
awesomness4268 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I sad now. She's in a good home, right?
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she is a he
and he is with kes
read my past few journals really
Wings-of-Change12 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   General Artist
Things will get better. It's hard letting your pets go. I had a dog that I loved long ago, but we had to give her to my grandmas and hardly get to see her. Then she disappeared one day and never came back. So I know it's tough, but it will get better I believe. Never forget them and you still will be with them.
Demondbunny Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww flighty man I really can't imaging whats going through you right now it's hard no matter what the pet heck the terrapins i wasn't to fussed about going but i think about them every day.
Least the guy was cool and give you his number and such not many would and if we can or if you want to we'll go to shows so maybe you can meet the guy again.
StopMotionNAnimation Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well hey, at least you stiffed up a lip for the sake of your animals well being, there are plenty of people who would've acted selfishly in that situation. Talk some time to be upset about it though, you'll need it.
Rose-Laxzi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand that feeling all too well, with birds and cats. When you have to find them homes {or other circumstances}, it still sucker punches you in the stomach and chest. Regardless, they have a good home, and you can at least see them. I hope that you don't despair at having them gone, you did what you thought was best *Hugs*
Blazeheart74 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well,at least you got to say good bye and made sure they had a nice home,i just woke up one morning to feed my 4
cockatiels,as usual saying good morning to each of them,when i realized two were gone,when i questioned my mother,she said she had given them away because she didnt want to wake up one morning to find them dead,because they were around 17 years old... :disbelief:
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but that's the worst reason to give away an animal O.o;;

I would have hot the roof

my gosh that's just well...selfish
Blazeheart74 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know :sniff: i was upset,i told her that when you've own an animal for that long,you stick through it to the end,because they're family,even if they're covered in fur or feathers or whatever...
Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May your heart heal in time :hug:
I know how you feel about the cages... My mouse's cage still has everything in it somewhere in the garage even though he passed years ago. I just can't bring myself to throw it out...
Hanyuu-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I felt horrible when my uncle sold away my brindled pitbull. I missed my Tiger, but at least he'll have a new home as long as it doesn't evolve with dog fighting contest or something like that.
Fubatsu-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate to be the one to say this, but parrots are not meant to be pets. They are in actuality wild animals with the instinct to *fly* and extremely complex individuals.
What cage can you possibly provide to be the size of the *sky*? What kind of social structure can you construct in your home when in the wild they would have hundreds of other parrots to talk to, their days as busy and complex as your own?
Have you ever thought of how much YOU do and are stimulated in a day compared to a caged animal? Almost of every moment of everyday we are preoccupied.
So you'll have one of two birds.
One type who cannot adjust to having their instincts stunted, they will pine away, pluck their feathers, and act out.
The other birds would just accept their conditions, forever a piece of them missing. Imagine if you could never run to your fullest, if you could never be YOU to the fullest, that's them.
A complex animal like a parrot, we could never hope to fufill its needs, it would need to be just as occupied as a human, with the freedom to fly as far and wide as they can, and a diverse social hierarchy. Not in a tiny cage, even an aviary is miniscule compared to it's natural habitat, with occasional visits in the indoors cage (the house).
mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry but I couldn't disagree more, Birds fly as a survival instinct and not for fun, it is usually to search for food, nesting areas or other such things.
I do completely disagree with wing clipping and would never partake in that
but these birds that I sold were sold because they ere breeding, because they were a bonded pair,
for a bird to even think of breeding it has to be happy with its conditions.

but if birds shouldn't be pets, then neither should rats, cats or reptiles, or any animals really since any pet you own you are restraining a lot of his natural activities.

These two birds were not the first birds I owned either, the previous bird i owned was my best companion ever
and I trusted her greatly so much that she was allowed out at all hours in my room, I would even leave the window open and my bedroom door she never flew outside my bedroom unless I took her out.

I'm sorry but what your saying is very hurtful to me,
having studied and owned birds for quite some time.

regardless I will still be getting a cockatiel, birds have provided me with enjoyment and I know I can provide a good home
I don't agree with taking birds from the wild, but birds have been bred in captivity for many years and birds like the budgie really enjoy human companionship,
people even free flight some of their parrots outside and the bird stays with them.

plenty of bird trainers and owners prove by trusting their pet that their pet wants to be with them.

we are talking about captive bred human raised birds, many of them colour mutation that would not survive in the wild too..

my previous budgie was my best friend I cannot stand someone saying i was being cruel just by keeping her anymore than someone who owns a cat could stand that statement, sorry.
LexiIsFailingAtThis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at least you can always check up on them and you took the time to give them a good home :)
Quilava23 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww well i'm sure he'll take good care of them flighty; you don't have to worry. although i've never let go or even dealt with a pet dying before, i can imagine what it feels like.
silverowl-bird Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, I'm sure he will take good care of them, and your next bird will be just as awesome!
Acryliclce Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
At least you know that they'll 8e in good hands.

I'm sure that the person who 8ought them will take gr8 care of them.

And i know how it feels to have a pet then have to let them go.

The quietness will suck, 8ut you'll get used to it.

They seemed like they loved you very much, though.
Ossiekins Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I felt the same way when I gave up my dog Penny and I felt horrible when she jumped into the van, thinking she was coming home and we had to leave her behind. but she really needed the extra space....and we still don't know if we'll have the space to own another big dog like that, but she was a really nice dog. I wish I could have found a place that was pet friendly, so I could have brought her to school with me...although the city isn't really a place for a cattle dog...she would have hated it here. so I guess the farm was the better option...but still. it was sad and even watching her herd sheep, it was amazing to see those instincts just fully take control and she knew exactly what she was doing, it did make our family feel a little better, but we still miss her. we often accidentally will call our dog Cocoa "Penny", by mistake, just because she is part cattle dog. which taking that dog makes me feel guilty we gave Penny up and then almost immediately got another dog, but it wasn't my decision. even though Penny was my dog, I didn't get to decide, they weren't even going to tell me. I found out they were giving her away by mistake, but oh well...she is better off. I still have no idea what story they were going to come up with when she was finally gone, I'm pretty sure I'd notice that a 80 pound animal was suddenly missing. oh well.

it is heart breaking when you give up an animal, but at least there is that peace of mind knowing that they are in a good hands. and it's nice you can call in and check up on them too.
wightravenexperiment Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i used to have a kitten, but we had to give her away
i could go on, but i think it's clear you don't need a bunch of sad stories about pets to bring you down lower
i hope it gets better for you c:
Crane-MasterOfFear Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Feel better Flighty, they're in a happy place now. They will have more friends and everything! Don't take it hard C: Think of how happy they are
MsCorgi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I went through the same feeling when I gave up my bird.. She was tame and very sweet, but I couldn't keep her.. I cried on the way dropping her off, during it, and all the way home, for a long time.. and even a bit the next couple days.. But.. She's doing well, and I honestly believe she's happier where she is now. Its really hard to let go, but you'll feel better over time. Its nice that he gave you the number to check up on them.

I hope you feel better soon, and remember, you did what was best, so you don't have to feel bad about it. <3
Windyfeather Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had to loose my dog, the one dog I loved, because my parents don't like big dogs. We had to give her away. I know it sucks to loose a pet, it's like a hit to the stomach. But we gave her to one of the best owners that seemed to have a lot of experience. She's fine right now C:
I'm sure the owner they got was a good one. I'm sure they'll be fine.
FuzzyKitten0 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww...that's sad. I'm sure he'll take care of them, but that's saad. :ohnoes: I have a parakeet and I couldn't imagine having to give him away....
foxwub Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
:'( poor flighty.... Im sure their in good hands... :') dont worry...
TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really brave of you, Flighty!
I would never have the guts to let go of my troublesome little dachshund, who I've had for 6 years, or my stand-offish little rabbit, who I've had for 2.
Heck, I've only had my pair of ratty girls for 2 months, and I'd still cry like a baby if I had to give them away!
:hug: Go snuggle Ben or Loki or Wheatley XD You'll feel better. c:
flamingninetales77 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Don't worry flighty
brokenthroat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Two years ago my lung doctor convinced my mom that if I kept my cockatiel I would eventually need a lung transplant. I found him a great home but there is no agony like having to give something you love away. I am so sorry you had to go through that.
pokemonlover417 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good they found a new home. At least you can call to check up on them. That's better than never seeing or hearing about them ever again. I sort of know how you feel. We've had budgies before and I miss them. We had to give them away so my sister could get a gerbil. >_>
lamewizard Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Don't worry, Flighty, I bet they have a wonderful owner. C:
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