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We tried introducing Teddy Roosevelt to the birds.  Jon held Teddy and I manned the birds.  It didn’t go well.  They flew and flew around the room.  Conner would never make it in the wild.  He would get too exhausted and land a couple feet from Teddy.  I didn’t take any pictures because I wouldn’t want to let harm come while I was taking pictures.  So here’s a picture of calmer times.



It’s a shame they were so freaked out.  Audrey lived with my mom’s two dogs when I was in college and he didn’t care about them for a second.  Maybe if we just expose the birds to the dogs for a few minutes each week?  Does anyone else have experience introducing a tiny dog to scaredy cockatiels?


Teddy is settling in nicely.  His favorite game is fetch.


4 Responses to “Introducing Teddy Roosevelt to the Birds”

  1. Shannon says:

    Teddy is very cute! Congrats. I had to introduce my two cockatiels to my sister’s Maltese who is a calm older dog. After awhile, they ignored her entirely. But Teddy has puppy energy and is an unpredictable predator in their eyes. Your birds will probably need to be caged for the first several times you introduce Teddy. And he will have to be supervised for years, likely, if the birds are free. When we got a 2nd
    Maltese puppy, they were already used to Maizy so it was no big deal. But I never leave the birds free with the puppy, as she’s too young and energetic to be consistently trustworthy. (she chases Bun Rab). Give it time!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, Teddy Roosevelt is always supervised apart from the birds, and without question will be supervised with the birds. He enjoys getting into trouble too much. I’ll try the caged suggestion. Thanks!

  3. Teddy sure is cute. We had a dog, a cat and a cockatiel for awhile. The dog and bird had no interest in each other. The cat would sit and stare at the bird cage for hours, flicking his tail. It was like Sylvester and Tweety. I guess we put the cat out when the bird was out of his cage, although I really can’t remember. In any case, we never had a physical encounter.
    Steve and I were wildly impressed by your crow leucism diagnosis. We think you’re right. The photos online look just like our crow. Thanks!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    In college my roomate’s cat would throw himself against the door to make it open to get to the cockatiel. They’re motivated!

    I’m so glad I could help with the crow! I once had a leucistic Scrub Jay in my yard.