Nala, my four-year-old Goffins Cockatoo, has had a free range day. She hasn’t plucked in more than a week so that is very exciting.
Her nails have gotten dreadfully long and my neck is now covered with scratches from her sitting on my shoulder.
Yesterday I went to Petco and I bought nail clippers for her. This morning I trimmed most of her nails all by myself. So she can sit on my shoulder again without drawing blood.
(That little stinker has taken to yelling and getting me out of bed in the morning, see the video here: “GET UP!”)
I went about my chores, leaving her sitting on her cage in my bedroom. I checked on her periodically and hung out in my room between other tasks.
My neighbor invited me for coffee and then we decided to go to Target. Since Nala can’t fly, I thought it would be better to leave her out then run into my room just to shove her into her cage and leave.
We were gone about an hour. I came back to my room and she was sitting there like an angel. I reached for her and she stepped up. And at that moment, several budgies swooped my head.
They were in their cage when I left.
The door was closed and it wasn’t open.
How the heck did my budgies get out of the cage?
I looked at Nala as she stood on my wrist.
I gazed to the cage again.
The side food door on the budgie cage was open. The side closest to Nala’s cage. Several items from on top of the budgie cage were on the floor.
That big strong beak had to figure out how to get that door open.
The budgies couldn’t possibly stage a jail break on their own.