Delicate Beauty

My experiences are not typical or the same as everyone else’s. In general, female birds have a shorter lifespan than males. The stress on their bodies of laying eggs and raising the chicks is high. And if these things don’t cause the early death, they might succumb to egg binding or other such complications of procreation. Continue reading “Delicate Beauty”

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Parrots Just Want to Have Fun

You know your bird, especially if you have only one or two that interact with you. Like a beloved child, you know the bird’s favorite foods, most interesting toys, and need for interaction with you. But if you are a first-time bird prospective owner, you can get a head start by knowing exactly what your bird is going to want from you. Continue reading “Parrots Just Want to Have Fun”

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”

Changes in Their Cages

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”