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Life With Goompy

Updated on December 19, 2008

Goompy an Indian Ring Neck

For those of you that have seen my latest avatar, Goompy is that funny one on the right, yes the one with the long nose beard and mustache, that's right that really wild looking character. Now, on the other hand, the placid, little green feathered tiny eyed and a large curved beak, yes the one on Goompy's left hand shoulder is actually, Just-Rodney.

Well with having a three month old, active feathered companion, you really have to keep your wits about you at all times. They tend to make the world that we inhabited Before Parrot (BP) seems to be a very quiet and sedate environment, an oasis of calm and order. Now After Parrot (AP), things are really very exacting, taxing and a whole heck a lot of fun, pleasure and anxiety all in a single package of feathers .

So please forgive me if it all seems as if I have gotten things mixed up, also that it seems to be wrong way around.

Greetings, and a hundred thousands welcomes to this hub! To whom ever you came to visit and read about. We will try and give you something about the both of us as we share a bit about how we have adapted and settled down sharing with each other.

We'd Like to Share a Bit About You From Our Files

A bad advert for spectacle templates.
A bad advert for spectacle templates.

A glimpse

During the past two and a big bit months, Goompy and I have become inseperable,

A couple of viginettes of our daily files:-

Home Front News 27/10/08

Well after you left this morning, things really got hectic! Attacked the bed linen stripped it and the pillow protectors, emptied and reloaded the washing machine, wet in a basket and dirty into the machine, added the washing powder and stain vanishing stuff, as well as that scent of sandalwood softener.

Let The Goompy out and he has been riding my shoulder as I have dashed around getting the house into some order out of the disorder. Received your missed call and decided I needed a cup of coffee, switched on the kettle and got busy talking to the bird. Quickly opened the email, found nothing in it, Goompie jumped across to his perch, looked around and jumped back.

Remembered I needed coffeeeeeeeeeeee!, back to the kitchen with The Goompy hanging on and beak franticly clutching on to the seem of my collar, claws dug in and making strange squawking sounds. Before making My Coffee, fixed a quick snack for The Goompy, who was craning his neck to ascertain what I was doing.

So out came his personal glass breakfast bowl, into it went a couple of Pecan Nut halves, three Gooseberries, some sunflower seeds, a bit of sesame seeds two slivers of carrots. Placed it on the table in his, what has now become, spot so that he can partake of the morning repast.

I broke a potato crisp from yesterday's lunch, and The Goompy charged away from his brekkie bowl, took it from my hand with his beak, a bit shy of snatching it from. Stood on one leg and chomped away at the crisp. Left his favourite brekki snacks and had a feast on the crisp. Not that I mind as the crisp is natural and made from a potato and deep fried in sunflower oils, without added gump or gunk, not mixed with preservative and pumped out of an extruder.


Goompy danced the Goompy dance on the table for the chilli, I went and picked for him in the garden, he ate practically every seed and most of the flesh, one would think he was devouring a grape!


Yes Goompy, is indeed spoilt, and cosseted fed nurtured and ministered too, ind one lucky bird! But we love him, and we wanted him, so we have too do those things and keep doing those things for him, else he will become a crotchety sniping flashbeaked terror, an we don't what that do we.


A game for Aquarius ( a ring neck parrot of a work assosciate), the water bearer, bearer of the gift of life, water.

  1. place a piece of a nut or flakes of weetbix or a bran flake
  2. into an empty box, or canister or any holder type of thing
  3. see how long to takes him to get it out
  4. Goompy took a minute, the minute I turned my back on him he got it out.

Please note that Goompy is definitely a right clawed parrot.


Glad you through the traffic so quickly, you can now rest, the escapist is ok this morning and has not tried to break down the cages bars.

Have to do a check.

03/12/08 Just_Rodneys Nipple Pearcing Service Opens

Well today is a first, I have started a new business with the kind compliments of The Goompy! I have had a piece of paper in my shirt pocket, which Goompy has been trying to get out all this morning. Well I had bent down to pick up something off the floor, the pocket bulged slightly, and like a flash using his beak as an anchor he stretched forward and latched onto my shirt, in order to safely bring his talons further down the top of my chest, in order to then reach into that tantalising pocket with that so desirable piece of paper. Well that was all fine, he had his beak closed on the shirt, his talons firmly holding on, I let out a bit of a yell, you can not cuss in front of juvie parrot. As the shirt had stretched across my chest, his beak latched oh so very firmly on my left nipple! Talk about pain, surprise and a bit of a smile while relating this item of news to you. The nipple is fine, no blood, tender but will survive.

Some of my musings and odd utterances



and the weatherman

The sun came out

Was hid Again

Grey curtain over his face



it would rain again

a cool chill is in the wind.


Another day

another thought:

The early hours of this morning Thor rode and with that mighty hammer smote the clouds,

while you listen to that thunder! Fear the lightning!

On traffic problems in the middle of the day (27/11/08)

At Zumbug Robots, had to sit through six, I counted them, Six! I ask you, six robot changes so that a funeral procession could go through, they came from Kibler park side and the hearse and escort was already through, so I don't know how long the six odd cars in front of me had to sit through robot change after robot change, in this heat nogal.

This needs to be read!!

Subject: Safely there

Greetings from Rodney,

everything safe and sound and arrived with no incidents I hope.

Subject: Safely there

Greetings from Rodney,

everything safe and sound and arrived with no incidents I hope.

Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 7:45 AM Subject: RE: Safely there

No I look terrible - my shirt is ripped I have large holes in my pants, the car has some paint off and some new dents - but u must see what the other guy looks like!!!!!

U should see it on channel news as they were there filming the whole incident!!!!!

Speak to ya lata

Greetings from Rodney

I heard about that incident, but really thought that was not you. As I would not think that you would swing a crowbar at the taxi driver and then proceed to force the tow truck, driver and all over the bridge onto the motorway below. That he only landed on top of only one taxi before exploding was amazing. The camera crew footage showed a greeny blue Getz fleeing the scene, I think they had the wrong filter settings. By the way your back number plate is in the boot, I forgot to tell U that it fell off when putting away the groceries last night. So they did not know it was your car that created the whole incident. Have fun today.


So in this crazy mixed up world - we have sanity

This is a sample of the what having a companion bird does to ones daily life. The other changes that had to be made was that you have to be more aware of what you do or use and cook with when you have Goompy or any of his relations around you.

No aerosolsas the fumes can adversely affect their respiration capabilities and cause death.

Teflon coated pans and cooking surfacesthe petro carbon fumes that are released, are lethal to the parrots.

Electrical Cords Parrots like nothing better to chew and munch on any plastic cables, so keep them away from all electrical as well as PC types of accessories.

They are lightning fast and can like any child get into miscief as quick as anything, they are quick at learning how to open cage doors as well.

Most companion birds, according to research die by drowning, keep the toilet lid down.

Some other moments

A ten year old Bonzai being Goompy pruned!
A ten year old Bonzai being Goompy pruned!
Where is Goompy, running around on the floor after popping the latch!
Where is Goompy, running around on the floor after popping the latch!
Paper trail, his greatest joy.
Paper trail, his greatest joy.
Who needs Soccer hooligans, bring on the parrots
Who needs Soccer hooligans, bring on the parrots

Running costs

Spectacle left hand side template, see photo!

This was destroyed by the Goompy while I was working on the PC, with him on my shoulder, glasses perched on the top of my head!

Padlocking and securing cage, sorry bad connotation from Goompy, he prefers "his home".

After his attempted flight from his home, purely exploritory, we had to secure the flaps of the feeding tray doors.

Sundry Books and Manuals

His penchant for paper of any description, wether from pocket and or on the table, even while you are reading/studying, has that distinctive deckled edged look.

Cellphones, Remotes camera download cables

All these have an amazing attreaction for Goompy, they, however have a very short life when his curved beak unravaels and strips them down. He has not learnt to put them back together again (as yet).

Replacement costs for sundry physical items

To date about R1,000.00 and still accumating!

For all the companionship and undying love and affection



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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Yes indeed the real Just_Rodney please stand up and say a few words to your fans. BTW he is now learning to whistle and repeat a couple of bars. Thanks for the comments Compu-smart.

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      9 years ago from London UK

      Now i know who the real Just_Rodney is! and how adorable he is too!


    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      It must be his good looks, subtle sense of humour as well as being a funny Ring Neck. Thanks Sixty

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Rod Goompie has his fans!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      He is a spoilt little bird and I need to do another hub on his antics, as he is growing up and really is a grand chap. Thanks for dropping by.

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      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      amazing Just Rodney - I just saw this on hubtivity and as I waiting for this tale of goompy, I am surprised Ihave only just seen it - love your diary of his antics - he sounds like a much loved bird with his own glass brekki bowl....cheers

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks Misty, i had wondered why I was in your bad books, as you had not been one of the first to read thew hub as you normally are.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Not sure how I missed this when you first published it, but found it now and loved it Rodney. :)

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      No indeed, the little feathered wonder does create for a whole heap of fun, worries and constant love. You are always amazed and entertained by their antics. Thanks for commenting. RGraf

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Obviously, life is not boring in your abode. He is cute as can be, but I can imagine how much your life has changed. I got a dog a year ago and we really had to change our lives.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Yes they do manage to leave their marks on things, dont they? Thanks for the visit, foxility

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      9 years ago

      I use to have a goompy type but much bigger. I still have the chewed off paint on my walls to remind me of old Halo.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for dropping bye, yes these little green growths that are popping up on shoulders are amazing.

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      C. C. Riter 

      9 years ago

      Well, it's good to see someone else with one of those on his shoulders. You are so right about having to watch out for them. I love birds.

      May you both prosper.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the comment Zsuzsy, I would hate to have to choose between the two, but I at my age, 58, would not be able to have take on the responsibilities of an Amazon as their life span can be anywhere from 75 years plus and would not have some one to leave it to in my will. I will even with my ring-neck still maybe have to leave it to a friend who is 15 odd years younger than me. The ring-necks tend to have a life span of 25 years plus some change.

      To you and yours may the year ahead be blessed.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Goompy sounds like a lot of fun. One of my Cockatiels was just as enamoured in paper products. To pull kleenex out of the box made him so happy he actually let out giddy little peeps. I'm seriously considering an addition to my 'zoo' and have narrowed downthe choices to an Amazon or the Ringneck like yours.

      Seasons Greetings Rodney to you and your family

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Yes Sixty, parrots do grow up and mature, Goompy has a life expectancy of 25 normal and upper end 35, years old that is.

      once they reach 3 years old and mature, they slow down a bit but they will still nibble AND CHEW AWAY at most things!

      My left ear has a callous developing from his nibbles to tell me that he needs attention.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      The way things are going you had BP AP and who knows maybe PP (Post Parrot) if you don't watch him carefully. Do parrots ever grow up and get mature?

      interesting Hub.


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