Fire and Fear

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”

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All the World’s a Cage

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”

Seasons and Changes

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”

Mice Eradication, Round 2

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.

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