Charles and His Kale

September 17, 2011 § 4 Comments

Thank you for all of your kind thoughts about Charles.  He is doing well– or, better.  He’s been eating very healthily at least!  His favorite food of all time is a good, fresh leafy green, and today there was some beautiful, organic kale at one of the local farmers’ markets.  I pushed a lovely, firm leaf between his cage bars and he had such a ball.  He really adores his leafy greens beyond belief!

In other fresh food news, I can’t say I’m thrilled about the recent drop in temperature, but I am happy to see pumpkins and fresh squashes back in the farmers’ markets.  I purchased a beautiful butternut squash today and I will cook it up for me and the birds tonight.  I don’t think any of them have ever had butternut squash yet!  I am sure they will love it, considering that sweet potato is such a huge hit here.  I look forward to trying an array of squashes with them (and of course to making some delicious pumpkin pies for myself!).

In other Charles news, he and Sabrina are still not the best of friends, but she has calmed down a bit, at least.  She no longer thinks I’m an evil demon lady, which is a big plus, and really makes things a lot easier around here.  (She also loves leafy greens, but doesn’t quite go at them with her entire body like Charles does.)

Things are very busy here what with work and the fact that we’re all moving in about a week.  It’s kind of overwhelming to actually be packing up my things and realizing just how much bird stuff I have.  Sobering, to say the least.  And then there’s the fact that I have yet another package of toys and things on the way…  I justify it because of their new cage (which will hopefully be here in October!).  Although there really isn’t any way to justify it at all.  🙂

Comestibles Lately

September 7, 2011 § 8 Comments

A big, healthy, delectable box of goodies from Avian Organics arrived today!  I know I’ve said it only six million times, but I’m going to say it once more: I can’t get enough of Avian Organics.  Their products are so incredibly high quality, and so delicious, and so healthy to boot!!  I never imagined that getting my birds to eat so healthily would be so easy.  Put a bowl of anything from Avian Organics in front of them, and it’s like nothing else in the world matters!  As much as I love their products though, I’d be hard-pressed to say whether their products or their customer service were superior.  Doris, the owner, is so kind and so generous that it’s almost unbelievable.  She bends over backwards to help her customers and to make sure that they are happy!  My parrots couldn’t be happier with their tasty goodies, and I couldn’t be happier with how healthy they are and with the incredible customer service.

Half of my order from Avian Organics

The other half of my order from Avian Organics

I was stocking up on a lot of things, so this was a pretty large order.  I order two packages of slightly custom Pacific Deluxe Parrot Mix, two packages of slightly custom Jungle Trails mix, two packages of Mini Truffles, one package of Cazuela, one package of the new Pura Vida, two packages of the Quick Serve, and one package of the Mayan Gourmet Mash.  Doris very generously threw in a package of Cupid Cookies for me for the birds as well!  (Seriously though, have you tried the Cupid Cookies?  They’re really tasty.)  As always, I am incredibly pleased with everything.  I noticed that the Cazuela seems to have even more variety and extremely vibrant and thick peppers, bursting with flavor!

Originally, I was actually thinking about combining the Pacific Deluxe mix with the Jungle Trails mix, the Mini Truffles, the Cazuela, the Pura Vida, and even some Totally Organics Pellets as a new dry mix for Lola, but since I am no longer feeding her any dry mixes in bowls (she has to forage for all of it now), I think I will keep them separate and use them as necessary to keep them fresh for as long as possible.  Lola is going to be really happy that we finally have more Mini Truffles.  She thinks they are just divine!

Lola munching on an almond

Speaking of Lola, our dear friend Natacha of Just Poifect! asked if I had a recent photo of my big girl and I snapped this one yesterday.  (If you haven’t checked out her blog, do!  Especially if you are a fan of Cape Parrots.  She has a new baby girl named Léa and she is quite precious.)  There she is munching on an almond from one of her foraging toys.  She’s been doing well lately, especially with foraging.  She’s no expert, but we’re working on it.  I’ve been creating several variations on her skewers and figuring out what frustrates her, what she will eventually figure out, what she just plain doesn’t understand, and what is mechanically easier and more challenging for her.  I’m hoping to gradually build her up to more and more difficult skewers as we go on.  I purchased one of those polycarbonate foraging wheels for her a while back, but she ended up not really understanding how it worked at all after several weeks/months, so I have it somewhere in storage.  (Just a note: polycarbonate is not a BPA-free plastic and should not be allowed to touch food directly, in my opinion, especially after being repeatedly used and washed over time.)  Hopefully, as her mechanical skills develop, she will be able to learn how to manipulate the foraging wheel in time!

Lola's breakfast this morning

This has nothing to do with anything mentioned above, but I took a quick photo of Lola’s breakfast this morning and thought I’d share.  I have to be honest, this combination would probably be disgusting to the human palette, but I’ve been reading more about birds’ taste buds and am not sure if Lola can tell that these aren’t complementary tastes at all.  (Apparently, birds have far fewer taste buds than humans do.)  Anyway, it’s a mix of sprouted seeds and legumes (the All-in-One mix by Totally Organics, containing barley, rye berries, spelt, kamut, buckwheat, millet, and pumpkin seeds), along with kale, swiss chard, broccoli, sweet red peppers, yellow squash, carrots, papaya, mangoes, and blueberries.  If Lola didn’t enjoy it, she sure faked it well!

Sir Charles

September 4, 2011 § 7 Comments

He isn’t doing very well as of late.  I don’t want to go into the details, but I would appreciate any positive thoughts or prayers for him.  I apologize for the lack of updates, but this is an especially busy time of year for me (I’m a teacher), and all of my free time has been dedicated to dear Charlie.

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