I live in southern California. Several past fire seasons (yes, that’s one of the seasons here) have seen flames coming down the slopes of the valley I live in. I have feared for the lives of my pets and my family and my friends. If you believe in climate change or not, you can’t deny the world has seen its share of Acts of God. Mother Nature is not pleased. Continue reading “Fire and Fear”
Let’s play a game. Imagine you are standing in a room, maybe 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. Spread out your arms. Can you touch the walls? Probably not, so you have room to stretch when you need to. The walls are glass, air flow is good. A small sink provides water for you to drink. Your bodily function of elimination is covered, we don’t really need to go there. A door opens now and then and food is pushed inside. You have one chair to sit in and two items which on closer inspection are puzzles for you to take apart and then put back together. Over and over and over. Continue reading “All the World’s a Cage”
Not long ago, I was at the feed store buying large bags of gamecock crumble and rabbit pellets. The young man who helped me load them in my car asked, “What kind of birds do you have?” Continue reading “You Do What With That?”
Note: The button quail chicks in this post did not survive, either due to a sudden cold morning or the male becoming aggressive. However, the events while they were with me were fun and interesting. Continue reading “You’re Adopted”
Someone in my area keeps losing American budgies. Back when I lost my lovebird, Jake, someone called me to say they found him. In reality, they had found a blue budgie in the dugout of the school baseball field. No one claimed her, so I kept her. Continue reading “Escapees”
All of my flock individuals have meaning and connections with me. That’s why it is so difficult to consider downsizing over the next few years. Some of my special birds have become even more close and loving as their situations change and one or two have become less tame. Continue reading “Connections and Reconnections”
This summer, I have a mister on top of the aviaries in an attempt to help the outside birds survive the heat. I have very few nest boxes out and very few eggs expected to hatch. But in a month or so, I will put the lovebirds’ nest box back in so they can get going with making babies again. I will keep giving the Indian Ringnecks palm fronds as well, hoping they might try the egg thing once more. And with any luck, I will know if the 4 button quail (yes, 4 more hatched. Would have been closer to 9 but the ants came in and chased mom off the clutch) are male or female. I need 2 or more girls for Pixel and Quaillen. Continue reading “Seasons and Changes”
In the wild, birds move around from food source to food source, skimming the best of the crops and discarding over half of what they don’t eat. This foraging style makes them enemies of people raising crops and the friend of animals that can’t get up into the trees. What motivates birds to eat one thing and not another? Continue reading “Sweet Beak”
Play stands are perfect surfaces for placing keys, sunglasses, hats, and purse.
You buy new play stand so you don’t have to clean off the old one.
You collect any representation of your parrot type, no matter how ugly or badly done. Continue reading “You Know You’re a Parrot Owner When”
Poison is often the only thing that works on pests. I use Avian Insect Liquidator with excellent results against ants. I use a potent gel bait, Advion, against roaches. And I use d-CON bait stations for mice. We have little trouble with ants these days, the roaches are at a minimum, but the mice come and go around my ability to keep up with the bait stations.