Io and Jessie Carry On

The big romance in my flock is keeping me amused. While there’s no chance African Grays Blind Io and Jessie will get the chance to actually mate and raise chicks, I find it interesting to watch the course of their little almost romance. CAG Bo Dangles is less than thrilled about the whole thing and has refused to leave her cage for months, now. Continue reading “Io and Jessie Carry On”

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”

The Difference Between Parrots and Dogs

Sure, you know that dogs are mammals and parrots are birds. Dogs have puppies live and parrots lay eggs. Parrots often mate for life while dogs will hump any leg that wanders by. But really, there are other differences and depending on how important those are to you, you might be better off not getting a bird.

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Good Morning, Birds

My house is bursting with birds right now. I had expected to board some of them for a couple weeks, but sadly things have gotten complicated and they have been here over a month. It’s all on account of the real estate markets in the areas where my friend is looking. And I think it’s especially good that the birds are with me and not somewhere running up a huge bill for her. Continue reading “Good Morning, Birds”

The Best of Maynard

If you are new to my blog, let me introduce my double yellow Amazon, Maynard. He’s around 30 years old and I am at least the 7th person to provide him with a home. I believe he will be with me for the rest of his life. That is my hope. He was shuffled around so much because 1.) the original purchaser didn’t know much about keeping birds, 2.) people tend to dislike being lunged at and possibly bitten when he had been nice a few minutes ago, and 3.) he’s too noisy to keep around anyone who needs to sleep during the day, like small children. Oh, and 4.) the man who gave him to me died less than a year later. Continue reading “The Best of Maynard”

Holiday Treats for Birds

Ever eat a pine cone? As Euell Gibbons used to say, many parts are edible. And there are parrots and other birds who consider pine nuts an important part of their winter diet. But others might not get that excited about the treat. I did know a Red-lored Amazon who liked to break a scale off of the cone and use it to scratch himself. It’s late in the season, really, to collect the cones now, but that probably depends on where you live. Here in Southern California, many pine trees are just now dropping their cones. The way to make them ready for your parrots is pretty simple, especially if you get a good return of happy, quiet, play for your investment.

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Still Thankful for My Flock

I wrote this post last year, and with a few changes, it holds the same for 2018.

I want to share with you how thankful I am for the birds with whom I share my days. Over the years as I became more involved in aviculture and my flock grew, I experienced amazing fun things, like a group of a dozen lovebirds flying over my head, some brave enough to land on me, in my living room. These birds also liked to ride on the ceiling fan. We never had it on when any of the birds were out, but these little clowns would land on the blades and flap their wings until it started to move, slowly. Continue reading “Still Thankful for My Flock”

October Potpourri

Maybe I should save this for February, but I absolutely cannot stop catching my lovebirds forming a perfect heart while sitting on a swing. They have their backs to me and each look over their outside wing to see me when I approach. I will attempt to get a picture of it, but they seem embarrassed to be caught doing that. No wonder they are called lovebirds, between the strong bond between mates and the heart shapes they can make. Continue reading “October Potpourri”