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The Goompy A Red Neck Rules the Roost

Updated on August 31, 2011

Goompy Is Alive And Well

It may come as a surprise to some, if not all of my fellow hubbers, but a magical transformatation has eased itself into our household. The agent of this transformation was a bundle of feathers, about 10 cm long, the day he arrived, it still had those scraggly baby feathers, which he, I am assuming it is a he, shed very quickly.

The sex of these Red Necks, only is apparent when the bird reaches maturuty, which is when he is three years old, however I can send a feather of to Pretoria, the vetenerian institute their does the sexing using the DNA from the feather. I am really not that phased as to his actual sex.

Therefore, I will not be plucking away at my red neck, then dispatching feathers in the post, wait about six months or so I am led to believe, as i am not a breeder and will not be breeding from him.

Goompy and Just_Rodney
Goompy and Just_Rodney

The Magical Transformation

What, has happened is the best post operative cure one could wish for, I had as I have told you all, of part one of Lost a Month of my Life, this was not all, after that I lost a further two months of constantly being in and out of the hospital, I in the end, lost track also cognisance of the entire past winter. Really with four operations in three months (the full saga is still to be hubbed), I was not sure who and where I was for quite some time after.

So this birthday was very special for me, I was alive, had survived, what with the love and companionship of my wife, through and after that terrible ordeal, and then secondly the gift of the Ring Neck, named Gumpy a.Ring-Neck. Who from day one has been my shoulder companion through every day that I am home, which in actual fact, is really most days,

We talk a lot and often sit in quiet companionship, he shares my thoughts, and ramblings, Arrived in return he has calmed my jangled nerves, while I have fed him and cleaned his cage and general environment.

He has calmed me, I am less snappy and snarly, not a grizzly bear, more of a care bear, more sympathetic to the nuances that surround me.

When you have been given such a small almost helpless bird, you are truly humbled, by the total, undivided and unconditional trust and love that a feathered bundle has to give. One has to the even think about lifestyle changes The Kitchen and Goompy's Christmas Foods

He is still a child, therefore must be treated, schooled, communicated with, reasoned it must have discipline, but above all must have the love and respect.

Then your parrot will truly be companionable.

Splish Splash Just Taking a Bath


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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Hi Bucks, do not know what happened there, I must have hit the wrong butto, he does at this stage know quite what he is he is only a year old. I thank you for the comment and apologise for hitting the wrong button.

      A the Light bulb has flashed on, we had the discussion on your and mine add a friend comments, phew for a moment I thought I had gone absolutely blond, not just the beard.

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      Bucks here 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there, tell him I apologise for calling him a Budgie (tic)

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Thanks for the comment C.S.Alexis, will be doing an update on the pleasures fo having a companion bird.

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      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Hey Just Rodney,

      Like the pics and stories. Nice that you are sharining with us, all about Gumpy, Thanks for the fun! C.S.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Constant,Yes I am a lucky person to have this feathered companion. Even though he is a one bird demolition expert, he provides me with hours of relax theropy which no massage theropy would work.

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      Constant Walker 

      9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I'm happy for you, Rodney. Great photos, too!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Yes indeed a very cute and friendly little bird, but still young. Thanks for the comments

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      9 years ago from Ohio

      What a very cute little pet birdie!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      No G-Ma, not keeping me up, but rather keeping me alert, and that is my serious look of concentration. Have to keep him fed and in good condition, wouldn't be fair otherwise. Thanks for the comment G-Ma

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      well you looked just a bit tired in that one pic...goompy keeping you up??? what a sweetie...Loved the bath pics...wet soggie bird on your shoulder...looks like he/she eats pretty well too...but of course with a cook like you she better...Thanks for the cute story...G-Ma :o) Hugs

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Aj, yes I think we suit each other nicely, the nicest thing about him is that he has also bonded with my better half as well. this is not always the case, so it is an added bonus.

      The Spring Has Sprung, new season new life so to speak and a whole world of friends, too share those and these moments in the passage of our days. Only very happy that I am here. Thanks

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      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      What a pretty boy - he seems to have a really nature so he suits you just-rodney! cheers.

      ps I am glad you are feeling better after your horrible winter.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

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

      Sixty, it is definitely a ring neck, a love bird has a red face, this ones green!

      Misty, he is a sweet bird, and has an adorable nature, except when you need to go and he won't get off your shoulder!

      Thanks RGraf, I think so to, and not too demanding at all.

      Well thanks for those comments, all!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      He is beautiful!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Goompy is truly so sweet, and he/she obviously adores you Rodney :)

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      The Chronicles of Goompie continue. I am so glad that you have found true love at last. Are you sure it is a ring neck and not a love bird?


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