Caring For Congo Cockatoos: How To Grow Congo Cocks (Impatiens)
The most common name for this species is “Congo” because it’s native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are several other names used by different people, but they all mean the same thing: A small bird with black head and white body that lives in Africa. They have been known to live in tropical forests or even deserts.
They’re very social birds, and like many other crows they make their nests high up in trees. These birds will often build multiple nests so that each member of the family gets some protection from predators. However, there are also times when one of them dies and its nest becomes too dangerous for another crow to take over.
In such cases, the remaining members of the family may fight amongst themselves to decide which one will inherit the corpse. If that happens, then it’s just a matter of time before someone else takes over.
You get a dead crow!
As far as I’m concerned, this is not what I want for my children! I would rather have them live in a secured location for as long as possible. And that’s the whole point of this article: To help you figure out how to grow congo cocks in your own backyard!
How To Care For Congo Cocks
In order to successfully grow these plants, you need to have the following things ready:
Soil: A good soil is what keeps your plant alive. As congo cocks are heavy soil-eaters, you absolutely need to get some good soil to ensure that your plant will survive. You can prepare the soil by adding some new dirt (from a pet shop) and mix it with some good quality topsoil. Add some perlite as well to improve aeration and drainage. For nutrients, you can add some bone meal and blood meal to the mix so that the nutrients will not leech out of the soil.
Sources & references used in this article:
Production and processing of small seeds for birds by E Lin – 2005 – fao.org
Annuals for every garden by SD Appell – 2003 – books.google.com
Checklist of dicotyledons, gymnosperms, and pteridophytes naturalised or casual in New Zealand: additional records 2001–2003 by PB Heenan, PJ de Lange, EK Cameron… – New Zealand Journal …, 2004 – Taylor & Francis
Yoda, a Case of Calcium Deficiency by S Rind – AFA Watchbird – journals.tdl.org