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Jul. 1st, 2019

1st-Jul-2019 10:27 am - Muffin!
Muffin Buffin
Please tell me that I'm not the only person who ever had their bird commissioned at a fan/comic/anime convention :-D

Muffin sketch

Nov. 25th, 2018

25th-Nov-2018 08:00 am - My little dinosaur!
Muffin Buffin
For $5 I got an accidental piece of paleoart yesterday at a craft sale. I think the artist may have mixed up cockatiels and cockatoos, but no matter. He asked if he could draw me a dinosaur, I suggested a cocaktiel and got something in-between. I'm trying to imagine herds of six foot cockatiels wailing and screaming, hehe.

99% Invisible recently did a half hour podcast on the transformation of paleoart from sluggish grey lizardosaurs to dynamic feathery beasts. So worth a listen.

May. 11th, 2018

11th-May-2018 10:13 pm - No harness required!
birds, peaceful
I impulse bought this 36" nylon kite for $9.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond a few months ago and it was finally the perfect summery windy day to test it out! To be honest, I thought it was going to be bigger and technically it IS 36" from tip to tip, but you know how one's imagination gets carried away!

The kite was delightful to fly and I thought I had $9.99 worth of fun today. Either I'm bad at flying kites or there's something about it that makes it prone to nose diving, because that happened A LOT. The same company, X Kites, makes a 52" macaw, so perhaps a big kite is easier to fly.

Parrot kite

Apr. 30th, 2018

30th-Apr-2018 07:28 am - Separation Anxiety Green cheek :(
Hi all,

About a week ago I brought home a 2 year old greencheek conure (from craigslist). She's a pretty laid back little bird, and warmed up to me and husband pretty quickly. Her previous owner didn't use a command for step up (just held out a finger) so I've been coupling the finger with 'step up' and 'down' for putting her down on a perch/surface.

She has very severe separation anxiety... :(Collapse )
I'm sure part of it also is just getting used to a new bird myself and their unique personalities. My sun conure of 14 years passed away 2.5 years ago due to an incurable neurological issue, and I miss him a lot. :( So, I'm used to conure level screaming, but even I taught my sun an appropriate replacement contact call and he resorted to conure screaming rarely.

I'm happy to see there are still some folks around, man, I really miss lj..

Nov. 2nd, 2017

2nd-Nov-2017 11:51 am - Bird Talk
belena peaceful by equusentric
I don't know if anyone is still around here anymore, but just in case...

I am going to be doing some serious decluttering this weekend and stuff has to go, some of which is several boxes of old Bird Talk magazines from the 1990s. I will be keeping the Grey issues but the others will be going to recycle unless anyone here wants some? Take one or a bunch, only asking actual cost of mailing to you. They'll be in used condition and probably dusty but readable and possibly collectible in the future since it's no longer a print magazine.

Let me know what you're interested in and I'll get back with you after the weekend.


Aug. 5th, 2017

5th-Aug-2017 11:54 am - TGIF. I guess.
birds, peaceful
This has been my morning :-) I was hoping all the budgies would live together, but I have three cages to clean.

Originally posted by coopers_corner at TGIF. I guess.

May. 20th, 2017

20th-May-2017 10:09 pm - We adopted some budgies!
Hi friends, I promise pictures soon. We adopted four budgies last month. At first I said no, then I said yes. I was really only looking for one budgie. I didn't know if four budgies would be something I could handle. Fortunately I'm fine with the noise and the mess :-D They are two blue, two green and all male. They were living in the spare bedroom for a few weeks and I finally moved them out into the dining area yesterday. They are very healthy and chirpy and handled the transition well. They needed a good home as the former owner had developed a health problem. Oh - they're all molting at once along with my first two birds. The vacuum has been getting a workout!

Let's all molt at once! Ka-floof! #feather #feathers #budgies #budgie #budgerigar #birdlife #parakeet #ilovemybird #ilovemypet #parrots #birdielicious

May. 19th, 2017

Jan. 29th, 2017

29th-Jan-2017 05:11 pm - Muffin is on FB!
Muffin Buffin
Hi friends, I made an FB page for Muffin - https://www.facebook.com/MuffinBird

It updates on Sundays and Wednesdays with old memories and photos of Muffin. Does your parrot have a FB page? LMK and we'll like it!

Jan. 8th, 2017

8th-Jan-2017 10:57 am - Parrots in teacup, oh man!
Hi friends, if you're the crafty type, this company called Your Next Stamp has an adorable set of parrot rubber stamps with matching dies for crafting. There's a budgie in a tea cup, lovebirds in a tea cup, a cockatiel on a tea cup and a parrot in a teapot :-D


Dec. 4th, 2016

4th-Dec-2016 11:11 pm - InstaMuffin
Muffin Buffin
It's hard to believe that we have had Muffin for just over seven years! And it's even more unbelievable that it's easy to embed Instagrams easily in LJ :-) Here are some recent ones of His Majesty!

Pics behind cutCollapse )

Jul. 2nd, 2016

2nd-Jul-2016 06:24 am - WPR Community Support Forum
Hi peeps, here is a Facebook page set up for the World Parrot Refuge with updates and stories. It's so heartwarming that some folks are being reunited with their bird! https://www.facebook.com/WPRSupport/

Jun. 21st, 2016

21st-Jun-2016 09:50 pm - World Parrot Refuge left in disarray
birds, peaceful

Hi friends, you might have heard about this through your parrot circles or in the news, but I thought I would post it here as well. The World Parrot Refuge on Vancouver Island is in shambles. The founder died in February and since then the facility has had a rat infestation as well as facing eviction by August 1st. Volunteers are hoping former owners will take back their birds or that new homes can be found. Greyhaven Exotic Sanctuary is one of the groups taking donations. If you do a seach on Google you can find lots of stories about it :/

Jun. 20th, 2016

20th-Jun-2016 03:08 pm - My cockatoo, Ellie, protests her life
Lily on Vase
Just thought I'd share how I taught Ellie my cockatoo to shake her head 'no' when she doesn't want something.

Cockatoos are considered by many to be the hardest parrots to keep in captivity, placing owners in their own special class of crazy. They are brilliant, with the intelligence of toddlers, and their affection needs differentiate them from other parrots. Without proper mental AND emotional support, they begin to pull out their feathers, some mutilate themselves, and some die from their self-injurious behaviors. Keeping a cockatoo happy is very serious business, and failing that, can literally lead to the poor creature's death. And some cockatoos pluck for seemingly no reason at all.

Ellie is quite the spirited little elfling. I relish my own independence, it is one of the most valued traits of my life. I likewise thought independence, agency--the ability to control her surroundings, to affect her environment, to make decisions about her day and her life--might provide a layer of protection against this proclivity to pluck.

Birds are so tiny, it's easy to 'force' them to step-up, to 'force' them to go to people they don't want to visit, to grab them, to 'force' them to go into their cages, in essence, to inflict ourselves and our opinions on their tiny little bodies.

I never wanted that for Ellie. Her life (as much as possible) would be on her terms.

Because she might live up to 60 years, and because she isn't very verbal, I decided early on that I would teach her non-verbal communication, so that she could say "no" when she didn't want something. It would be a form of agency - she could shake her head and the humans in her life would understand in a very human-form, "I don't want that."

So, I set out to teach her to indicate "no."

"No" is such an interesting word. It is abstract - it is an indication of displeasure. It is not a color to select, it is not one number to choose, it is an idea. "I don't want that." And it's an idea connected to a head movement.

I wasn't sure if it would work :)

Alex, the brilliant and famous African Grey, developed a concept of zero, nothing, which, I believe, even dolphins and gorillas haven't demonstrated. Abstract concepts are tougher for animals, but large parrots are also unique.

It was also tough because I try to avoid using the word 'no' to my parrots. I redirect their behavior, put up all kinds of places where they want to play, and reward them for playing in those spots. That said, my mischievous cockatoo Ellie definitely hears the word 'no' more than my other two!

So every time I said "No" to Ellie, I also emphatically shook my head. And every time she indicated she didn't want something by her body language, I also asked verbally, "No???" and shook my head wildly, trying to pair the concepts. Honestly, she looked at me blankly like I was mentally deranged for over a year.

Then one afternoon when I was racing around the house getting ready to go somewhere and about to engage in bird-mommy failure by (the horror) placing her on a play stand without a treat, the lights blinked on in her head, like some total Helen Keller moment, and she shook her head violently, "Nooooooo!!!!!!"

We both kind of stopped and stared at each other. I blinked at her, she blinked at me, and then she shook her head again. "No. Not that perch without a treat!!!!"

I kissed her and laughed and we both shook our heads together and I got her a treat.

Ellie latched onto "No" like it was some life saver and she might drown in this ocean of humans. She shook (and shakes) her head often. "Not that toy, thanks." "I don't want broccoli right now." "Ewww bananas?! Really?!?!??" "No, I don't want to visit that person."

It's not fail-proof. Sometimes she still hunkers down on her haunches and other times she screams if she's especially mad, but it has made navigating life so much easier for both of us when I know (and to the very best of my ability, always honor) her expressions of "No."

Jun. 3rd, 2016

3rd-Jun-2016 10:03 pm - Question
Hi everybody! I need your advice please ^u^

It's winter here and it's pretty cold right now. I was wondering if there's a way to make a warm bed/nest/something for my cockatiel so he doesn't feel cold at night? right now he only has natural perchs and I made him a little board-bed because I noticed he likes to put his feet on bigger surfaces when he wants to be comfortable and when it's time to sleep he goes right to his little board-bed. I think the wood may be a bit warmer than the perch but if there is a way to make it warmer or more comfortable it would be great. Or maybe making a nest-bed? I don't know!
He gets scared easily too (I gave up with toys because he either got freaked out of them -even using the "get him used to them first" technique- or completely ignores them when they're small enough to not be "scary"). If I could make a "bed" for him how can I make him accept it and use it?
oh! I cover his cage with two light blankets at night.

May. 23rd, 2016

23rd-May-2016 04:30 pm - Crafty parrot stuff
Hi friends, just wanted to share some crafty birdy endeavours as of late from my Etsy shop. First up is a budgie colouring book! It's all budgies featuring drawings made from photos of Mr. Jill, Moxie, Mellow and Feisty. It's a PDF that you can print again and again for personal use only. Fun for all ages!

The second is perfect if you want some easy parrot decor. If you don't have a digital die cutter, just let me know and I can make you some! You can also use the pictures as clip art or make stencils on your own. All the pictures are made from my own sketches and there are five birds - budgie, cockatiel, lovebird, cockatoo and macaw. I hung up two of the samples on my kitchen wall :-D I want to make a mobile of them too.

Pazzles Parrot Cutting File

May. 5th, 2016

5th-May-2016 08:46 pm - All about Muffin
Muffin Buffin
Muffin's fecal gram stain came back completely normal last month. Whatever the problem is, it seems to have sorted itself out. I think he was feeling anxiety over us leaving plus my own anxiety about being a vendor at an event this past weekend. We also live across the street from a bus stop where school children get off. I happened to be home one Friday and the kids were freaking him out. Anyway...all is good!

Here is a little cartoon I made of Muffin...he's a total scavenger and having any kind of bread, pasta or rice for a meal usually means he's not invited :-D Click through for larger!

Turbo Enmuffilator

Apr. 10th, 2016

10th-Apr-2016 08:21 am(no subject)
birds, peaceful
We went to the vet yesterday and got there a little early. Muffin screamed the whole time in the waiting area. Our vet is an emergency vet as well, so there's exotics and other pets. I kept apologizing to the other people there.

Dr. W thought Muffin looked good. On the surface he couldn't see any problem with Muffin except that he is a little overweight at 109 grams. He mentioned that at Muffin's age, kidney and liver problems become apparent. I was concerned that he was going to be losing weight with all the plotzing. Dr. W took a poop sample and we'll get the results by Wednesday and see what the problem is there.

I was able to buy PediaLyte in a small bottle and I put a small drop on some oatmeal for him to eat. Things did look a little better after that.

I was home most of yesterday and Muffin's poops were totally normal. I don't know if he's experiencing anxiety during the day or around the time I come home. He's been so active that it would be hard to say there is something wrong with him :-D I am going to see if we can set up an old cell phone as a web cam so I can see what he does all day :-D I feel less worried now that we've been to the vet.

Apr. 7th, 2016

7th-Apr-2016 06:56 am - The scoop is in the poop
birds, peaceful

Hi parrot lovers, I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with their bird. We will be going to the vet on Saturday.

We went away for Easter weekend and it seems to have stressed Muffin out like crazy. We have left the birds before for a weekend, but maybe something happened, maybe it's because it's spring...but since then, while we are off at work during the day, for no better lack of a term, Muffin just keeps plotzing in one spot. The urates are all water with some solids. I am going to get some PediaLyte after work because the newspaper can't handle it :/. His morning poop and poop when we are home are normal. He was so excited when we got home that he couldn't stop emergency pooping :/

I thought maybe his seed and Zupreem were off, so I bought fresh bags, but no change.

Hopefully a poop test will get to the bottom of things, but it would help to know if someone else had the same problem.

Mar. 6th, 2016

Does anyone here have experience with termite extermination?

A neighbor says she found termite droppings in her apartment, and thinks the entire building will have to be tented. Obviously, my Sennie and I will be out for as long as necessary, whether tenting is needed or spot treatment, but I'm concerned about what's a safe period of time afterward. Exterminators always hand out info about what's safe for "pets," but I have my doubts that they actually know about birds, and I want to make sure I don't bring her back in until it's absolutely, positively safe.

I'd be very grateful for any help or advice!

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