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?”
Who do you think of when you think Conservationist? Maybe someone famous like Jacques Cousteau or someone unheard of like the many parrot caretakers around the world. No matter who comes to mind, they are all people and have real things happen in their lives. Continue reading “Conservationists are People”
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”
While Parrot Fun Zone is aimed at kids who love parrots, the explanation of endangered species is clear and covers most of the issues. Establishing a sense of the urgency in saving species of parrots in young people is a key part of helping the birds in the long run. Most of the conservationists and parrot breeders I have met started as kids with their passions. Continue reading “Parrots in Danger”
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”
Let us grant the benefit of the doubt to those people who believe things totally different than what we believe. We assume, therefore, the people cutting down the rain forests don’t see another way to make a living or build a road. The villagers who cut down palm trees for religious observances are devoted and believe this is the right thing to do. And the businesses that drain wetlands and put pipelines through delicate prairies are just doing their job.