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.
Continue reading “The Difference Between Parrots and Dogs”
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”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Holiday Treats for Birds”
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”
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”
One of the joys of my life is taking care of other people’s birds. I was able to help out friends when one of them had an organ transplant and their lorikeet couldn’t be around him for a few months. I helped a breeder feed her baby birds while she took a trip to Hawaii, then a trip to a family reunion. And I have fostered a conure until her owner could take her back home. All of these experiences have been fun, educations, and a touch bittersweet when the birds went back to the owner. Continue reading “Not My Parrots, Not My Aviary, I Just Work Here”
The summer is not being kind to my flock, inside or out. Everyone has a dish of water to splash in. Everyone has shade in their cage if they are outside. Their drinking water is refreshed daily. But the air temp in the middle of the day ranges from 80 to 100 degrees F. Not a lot of fun. Continue reading “The Ways of Finches”
People who are young enough and have time to spare are blessed to take in a parrot fresh out of the egg or nest box, or whatever. A new parrot, young and impressionable, ready to give you love and learn to please you. Because that’s what the parrot most wants to do, please the main flock member in their life. Continue reading “Their Masters’ Voices”
I have a collection of little things that have happened that amuse me but not enough to write an entire blog about, so here they are in no particular order. Happy June! Continue reading “June Potpourri”