Turaco Addiction

All people are different, all birds are different, and people need to know they can’t treat all birds the same way. The sun conure I have now is way different than the ones I had before. The canaries I have now are more playful than any I have had before. And turaco number 4 is a whole new ball game. Continue reading “Turaco Addiction”

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Their Masters’ Voices

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”

Chickens and Ducks

Annually, I like to remind people that animals are not disposable. I like to do this after Easter and Spring because chicks and ducks and rabbits are often given as gifts to young children in urban settings. If you are planning to keep chickens or ducks or rabbits after the holiday, then you don’t need this reminder. Carry on. I’m sure the livestock needs food and water. Continue reading “Chickens and Ducks”

CYA (Cover Your Amazon)

People are always asking if we cover the birds at night. They look around at all the cages in the living room alone and shake their heads. And don’t even start on the outside cages.

The truth is, covering birds is a bit risky. If one of them gets a toe snagged in a loose thread on the cover, they could bash themselves to death in panic. It’s not something nice to contemplate or to discover in the morning. Continue reading “CYA (Cover Your Amazon)”

The Lonely Life of an Expectant Avian Dad

Spring may still be weeks away, but in southern California, the birds don’t care. They are building nests, laying eggs, and raising babies. I couldn’t be happier about it all. But in a few species where the hen goes into the nest box and isn’t seen until the chicks need feeding. In fact, she needs time in the dark nest box to get in the mood to lay the eggs. The male bird hangs around the cage looking lonely and wishing this whole thing was over so he could have his mate’s companionship again. (I know, that’s a totally anthropomorphic view of the situation, indulge me.) Continue reading “The Lonely Life of an Expectant Avian Dad”

Feeding Birds Fresh Foods

I have long lamented that I don’t have time to give my flock fresh fruits and vegetables more than once every two weeks or so. A seed diet isn’t the best, but time was not on my side. The outside birds benefit from the foraging I do in the yard, getting grass, dandelions, and fruit from the trees. I had firmly fixed in my mind that I couldn’t really feed the inside birds fruits and veggies unless I included a grain like quinoa or barley, or a soak and cook mix just for birds. Continue reading “Feeding Birds Fresh Foods”

Nests and Things

Another breeding season is upon us and I have hesitantly set up nest boxes in the outside aviaries. We aren’t even done with January and already it’s been a bad year at Windrose Aviaries. Much can be laid at my door due to not keeping the area clean and rodent free, and in one case using too small of a nest box. Still, some of it is bad luck and the forces of nature. Continue reading “Nests and Things”