A Day in the Life of Citron the Sun Conure

If you have never had a conure in your flock, you could be missing the perfect companion bird for you. Each species of conure has its own special attributes and problems. Green Cheeks are the quieter ones, Golden Conures are the top of the line, and in between is a range of delights to choose from. If you want a clown bird, then consider a Sun Conure. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Citron the Sun Conure”

Birds and the Apocalypse

Could be all of us have friends who are survivalists, who expect civilization to cease to exist suddenly and thus have learned how to find water, build shelters with limited tools, hunt small game, and glean roots, berries, nuts, and wild grains. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, with things as they are in the world at large, these folks might not be as far off base as all that. My dog would have to learn to hunt for her dinner and go without regular grooming. Unless I can keep a pair of scissors sharp. Continue reading “Birds and the Apocalypse”

Fall in Love with Zebra Finches

Welcome to the first of my monthly bird species-focused blogs. I decided to start with finches and work my way up. I hope you will have a good time reading this and maybe share your own zebra finch stories in the comments. They are considered starter birds for enthusiasts, so I’d imagine a bunch of us have had them. Continue reading “Fall in Love with Zebra Finches”

A Day in the Life of Maynard

Most weekday mornings, our house wakes up at 5:30 am. When I walk into Maynard’s area in the office, he usually growls at me. As I move on, turning on other lights and saying good morning to Jessie, Tron, Bo, and Io, he settles down. He might even say, “Good morning!” to me when I go out. I rattle around in the kitchen and pour coffee for myself and Mike. Then I make my breakfast. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Maynard”

Bo and Jessie and Io

I’m a huge fan of African gray parrots for their personalities and intelligence. My ideal parrot would be a Congo African Gray that was young and willing to learn new things. I’ve put this word out to the Universe many times. I did have a Timneh African Gray for a few months, Jordan. And I got to hand feed a baby CAG who I called Digger and his eventual family named Alex. Yes, Alex from Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research study. That may even be the source of my own fondness for these creatures.

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Button Quail Population Overload

On Father’s Day 2019, three button quail chicks popped out of their parents’ pen and onto my patio. With my husband’s help, I scooped them up and got them into a clean tank with heat. I did the usual process, dunk the beak in water, then in food, and let the chick go. They all thrived. And I found a home for two of them. One Thursday in July, four more BQ chicks landed and were taken in to be raised in comfort and safety. Continue reading “Button Quail Population Overload”

Maynard’s History

There’s an amazing feeling you get when you have been repeating a story told to you years ago and suddenly, unexpectedly, you come face to face with proof that the story is true. I’m still hoping to find a newspaper article with more details, but that’s hampered by not knowing the date of the incident. Let me back up a bit and tell you about the person I met who knew my Double Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, Maynard, back in the day. Continue reading “Maynard’s History”