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”
My daily life for the past three months and for the next month or so has been scheduled around a feeding schedule for baby birds. Three budgies, a turaco, button quail, six budgies, a surprise cockatiel, and five budgies. The most recent addition is a zebra finch. Life is rather crazy at the best of times. I am currently giving notice to friends and family that I could be cranky without cause. Continue reading “Nursery Update”
Southern California is wonderful for keeping birds because Spring arrives a bit earlier than elsewhere in the country. My birds know it’s a good time to start raising babies. I love the fact that I am providing lots of sweet companion birds for people who love small parrots. Continue reading “Spring Baby Boom”
Watch this space for a new adventure in hand feeding tiny parrots. That’s right, parakeets, or budgies, are actually small parrots, as are lovebird and cockatiels. I’ve never attempted to hand feed a budgie before because if you work with them enough, you can easily tame them. They are awesome birds for first-time owners. Continue reading “Nursery News”
One of my “rescued” cockatiels is a beautiful pied male named Pineapple. I didn’t so much rescue him, as he was in a good home and well-taken-care-of, but his people had gotten busy and wanted better interaction for him, either with people or other cockatiels. The best part of this is that his people were meeting us in Las Vegas for a gathering of several like-minded friends who had until then only met online. Continue reading “The Adventures of Pineapple”
When a breeder sets up a nest box for a pair of birds, the hope is that a clutch of 3 to 6 eggs will be laid and hatch out lots of fuzzy chicks. Sometimes the results are lots of eggs but no signs of life. Sometimes there are no eggs, which could mean you have two males in there. And now and then only one egg will hatch. Continue reading “Singletons”
Most people think of eggs as just ovoid shells filled with yummy. The only sound they make is when the shell is cracked over a cake mix or frying pan. But that’s where most people are wrong. Continue reading “Egg Sounds”
Goodness, those baby cockatiels are growing. Some nights they don’t want any food from me, as they have been happily nibbling on millet and pellets most of the day. They have water and some toys and one perch which no one is using yet. I may give them a ladder soon to see if that helps with perching. Continue reading “More on Hand feeding”
Apparently, I do not understand the meaning of the words to downsize. According to dictionary.com it means:
verb (used with object), downsized, downsizing.
1. to design or manufacture a smaller version or type of:
The automotive industry downsized its cars for improved fuel economy.
2. to reduce in number; cut back. Continue reading “Babies in the Nursery Again”
I love the music of Simon & Garfunkel, especially the song At The Zoo. There’s a line about an animal being skeptical of changes in their cages. I think the songwriter missed a bet, that should have been about a parrot. Have you ever tried to introduce a new toy without taking several cautious steps to let the bird get used to it first? Pandemonium breaks out for days. Continue reading “Changes in Their Cages”