Parrots Just Want to Have Fun

You know your bird, especially if you have only one or two that interact with you. Like a beloved child, you know the bird’s favorite foods, most interesting toys, and need for interaction with you. But if you are a first-time bird prospective owner, you can get a head start by knowing exactly what your bird is going to want from you. Continue reading “Parrots Just Want to Have Fun”


Loss and Violation

I had planned to write a few scenarios that would show you how weird my birds can be. In fact, my husband always says that if the birds aren’t a little crazy, they go somewhere else. You don’t have to be crazy to live with me but you will fit in better. This even applies to my husband and our dog. Continue reading “Loss and Violation”

The Lonely Life of an Expectant Avian Dad

Spring may still be weeks away, but in southern California, the birds don’t care. They are building nests, laying eggs, and raising babies. I couldn’t be happier about it all. But in a few species where the hen goes into the nest box and isn’t seen until the chicks need feeding. In fact, she needs time in the dark nest box to get in the mood to lay the eggs. The male bird hangs around the cage looking lonely and wishing this whole thing was over so he could have his mate’s companionship again. (I know, that’s a totally anthropomorphic view of the situation, indulge me.) Continue reading “The Lonely Life of an Expectant Avian Dad”

Feeding Birds Fresh Foods

I have long lamented that I don’t have time to give my flock fresh fruits and vegetables more than once every two weeks or so. A seed diet isn’t the best, but time was not on my side. The outside birds benefit from the foraging I do in the yard, getting grass, dandelions, and fruit from the trees. I had firmly fixed in my mind that I couldn’t really feed the inside birds fruits and veggies unless I included a grain like quinoa or barley, or a soak and cook mix just for birds. Continue reading “Feeding Birds Fresh Foods”

Nests and Things

Another breeding season is upon us and I have hesitantly set up nest boxes in the outside aviaries. We aren’t even done with January and already it’s been a bad year at Windrose Aviaries. Much can be laid at my door due to not keeping the area clean and rodent free, and in one case using too small of a nest box. Still, some of it is bad luck and the forces of nature. Continue reading “Nests and Things”

Adoption Services

You know, if you have been reading this blog for a while, that I do not need anything else to do with my time. Writing, tending my flock, walking the dog, and making a dent in the dirty house I live in consume pretty much my allotted 24/7. Yet I can still find time to hook up someone looking for a companion bird or help someone rehome a bird for any reason. Continue reading “Adoption Services”