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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Nelson…the singin’ Cockatoo
Today we found Nelson, a Ducorps Cockatoo that we sold to a family about three years ago, in a local pet shop. When we first saw him yesterday it occurred to us that there were only eight known Ducorps in south Louisiana. We have two, one other breeder has four and another breeder has a single male. The remaining bird was Nelson.
We called the shop to see if the band number started with B2P CA. It did, which identified Mary Ellen Lepage, the breeder that we got Nelson from in San Francisco, CA. Debra got Nelson because she had read about Ducorps and wanted to experience one first-hand. We kept him for six months during which Debra fell in love.
A family contacted us about a Cockatoo and against Debra’s wishes I sold him. We had contact with them about a year and a half ago. It appears that the husband was allergic to feather dust but the family loved him. We suggested a plexiglass cage and they were happy to try.
Apparently, this solution didn’t work and they placed Nelson on consignment at Birds Unlimited in Metairie, LA. We don’t know why they didn’t call us for assistance in placing him in a good home.
Fortunately, the shop owner is a friend. I explained to him that we wanted “our” bird back and were willing to pay a reasonable price. He was kind enough to let us re-purchase Nelson for the price the former owner wanted with no profit or commission for the store.
So we have reunited Debra with Nelson. I doubt that they will ever be separated again and Chateau Plumage has another permanent resident. Life is good.
- posted by J-Birds @ 11:27 PM |
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