Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Apr 12, 2015
For about 4 years, we were the lucky owners of a beautiful, friendly and loving Pink and Grey Galah called Chooky. He was a fantastic pet whom we loved greatly, as did friends and family who came to visit.
Pink and Grey Galah’s are very smart birds and require constant stimulation, we learnt this when we came home one day and found that ours has chewed the wall his cage was in front of. Chooky was kept in a smaller, 1.5m wide, 1 metre deep and 2 metre high cage when he was inside, but we had a much larger one for him when he was outside. Chooky was kept indoors at night and during the cold winter days. During our hot Australian summers he preferred to be outside as we had a reticulation sprinkler system set up in his cage to keep him cool which he absolutely loved.
Whilst Chooky loved being around his human family, he also seemed to attract much attention from wild Pink and Greys who regularly frequented our backyard when he was outside. Chooky really loved being in his outdoor cage and when he wasn’t chatting with his friends, he kept himself occupied by learning to mimic the sound of the side gate opening, which drove our dog insane. It wasn’t only the dog he liked to trick though; he learned to mimic the sound of the phone ringing which was both assuming and frustrating. One of my favourite imitations Chooky did though was the way he learnt to purr when he was happy, something he picked up from our cats. The only speaking Chooky learnt was to say “Dance Chooky Dance!” which was accompanies by a head and body bob up and down.
In the house, much to the annoyance of the cats, we regularly let Chooky out of the cage to sit with us on the lounge or fly around the house. A couple of time, we let him fly around outside for a bit and he usually always came back, however one time we were not so lucky. His love for his fellow winged friends became too great and he decided to join them in the large gumtrees of our property. We were very saddened by losing our family member but not long after my mum were bringing in the shopping and whilst she was out the front she heard a familiar sound coming from a lower branch of the gumtrees, “Dance Chooky Dance!” We were delighted to find that even though he was no longer our pet, Chooky was still hanging around our house. It was been 14 months now since Chooky flew out of his cage forever, but the delightfully wonderful thing is that he is still in our gum trees!
I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of knowing a pet still hangs out by choice and not because you cage them up. This situation is evidence of the strong bonds that can be developed from owning a bird such as a Pink and Grey Galah and if you are prepared for such love, then owning such as bird is the perfect choice for you.