January 29, 2014 § 1 Comment
Lola thought she would share her beauty routine with you all 🙂
First, of course, involves a bath. Sometimes Lola will settle for a bath in her water bowl, but she much prefers a nice spa bath. You know, so that she can really spread her wings and relax after a long day of foraging! (For some reason, I’m having trouble embedding the video, but you can click the link above.)
Post-bath, you simply must preen. It does wonders for your feathers.
You’ve really got to get every spot. Even behind the shoulders!
All the way down low, too.
Can’t forget those pretty little feet!
Both left and right, every birdy.
Now, of course, all that’s left to do is relax and dry off!
December 14, 2013 § 1 Comment
I’m drowning in a tidal wave of exams right now but thought I’d make a quick post to share some adorable Lola photos. She keeps me going!
January 19, 2012 § 7 Comments
Lola took a highly coveted human shower today. She absolutely loves getting in the shower (rather than taking baths in her bowls, which she also enjoys). She sits underneath the shower head, soaking it up, closing her eyes, shaking it out, etc. It is too cute. She gets completely and utterly soaked! I wish I could get a video without destroying my camera, but alas, that won’t happen. Afterwards, she likes to dry off by flying around like crazy and refusing to let me take any clear photos of her.
In other news, today, for the first time, I made a big batch of fruit salad and actually froze it. I feed my guys a lot of veggies and fruits daily, but usually I chop up only what I can serve that day (or what will stay good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days) because I’d never been very successful with freezing then defrosting– everything always turns into a disgusting mush. I went a little fruit-happy, however, at the supermarket recently, and there was no way I was going to finish all of my fruit before it went bad, so I decided to try my hand at a frozen fruit salad. Here it is!
It contains fresh, organic papaya, two types of mango, pear, apple, pineapple, and kiwi. I also threw in a bunch of mixed berries afterwards: blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. There are also lemon slices in there, which I added (along with freshly squeezed lemon juice) to keep the apples and pears from browning. There are three or four additional containers, all of which went into the freezer. Who knows? Maybe I’ll defrost one and open it up and it’ll be a disgusting pile of mush, and a big waste. That would be a little depressing, but you live and learn. Maybe if that happens, I can mash it all up and put it into a batch of bird bread, or something. Hmm…
May 10, 2011 § 7 Comments
Sabrina is such a little princess. She is so lucky she’s such a cutie pie… I can’t help but pamper her! Since she’s been home, she’s claimed many things as “hers.” Many of Charles’s old favorite toys are now HERS. The little grapevine tunnel on the Exotic Wood Dreams tabletop stand is now HERS. Certain food bowls and perches… you guessed it, HERS.
Some of you might remember the acrylic bath house that I’d bought for Lola. Well, it was just slightly too small for her to really give her a good bath, and way too big to be practical for the budgies, but Sabrina really liked it. So I gave the old one to a good friend and had a new one custom made for my little Sabrina. It’s a more reasonable size, plus it is small enough that it can mount to the side of the cage, so it’s pretty convenient! This is something Charles is actually okay with letting Sabrina claim as HERS– he is a vehement anti-bather.
You can probably hardly make out the little purple blur, but that’s Sabrina, just going wild in the bath!! Don’t worry, the water level wasn’t actually that high. The distortion from the acrylic makes it look a lot higher, but if you look at the back where there isn’t a panel of acrylic obscuring the view, you can see that the water level is only about a centimeter. She loved her “spa” day!! And Charles enjoyed standing far enough away so as to keep his feathers perfectly dry. Silly boy.
I think the photo is so funny because Charles looks absolutely ginormous next to her. Well, he’s definitely not that much bigger; it’s just the angle. He looks like a monster budgie though!! There he is helping her settle her feathers after her bath. What a little princess she is!
I took her “shopping” as well and bought her a “designer” handbag from Things for Wings. But she hasn’t even been taking care of it! Look at how poorly she’s been treating the poor thing!! 🙂 She just loves her Things for Wings toys.
April 23, 2011 § 6 Comments
Unlike my very stubborn budgies, Lola is a true LOVER of water. She would hop in the shower with me every single day if I’d let her, but she relishes a good bath any which way: showers, sink baths, large bowls, the acrylic bath house, a spray bottle, her own water bowl! I’ve yet to find a method of bathing that she doesn’t absolutely love. She fluffs up, spreads her wings, and will run back and forth under the water (or if in a bowl, she will waddle in and out and in and out– it’s hilarious), loving every second of it!! Her baths have been known to on for as long as ten to fifteen minutes, until she is squeaky clean (and absolutely soaked!).
That said, though, I’ve always had trouble with finding a sturdy enough shower perch that stays up under her weight, especially when wet!! I’ve tried the classic kinds that have one perch (typically it swivels back and forth so that it doesn’t take up too much space) held up by two to four suction cups. Those NEVER cut it, and always slipped, freaking her out and causing my premature grey hairs. I finally found this one while looking for one that supported both ends of the perch– this one was exactly what I needed! So, I took a chance and ordered it.
I have to say, I LOVE this shower perch!! It completely met and exceeded my expectations!! First of all, and most importantly, it is VERY sturdy. It does not budge one bit, even when she is absolutely soaked, as you can see. And it’s surprisingly big, so it provides enough room for her to be able to do her little rain dance (or to accomodate multiple parrots, if you have a larger flock). I’d imagine it’d be sturdy enough for even an Amazon or a Cockatoo. Second, I love that the perch is textured so that it is VERY easy to grip, even when it’s completely wet and should be slippery! It has great texture that Lola actually really likes to rub her face on as well, I’ve found. And finally, it comes standard with stainless steel screws– now that’s my kind of perch!!
Lola and I are very pleased with this perch and highly recommend it. It is made by Feathersmart, but we ordered it from the Persnickety Parrot, and are pleased to report excellent customer service, very fast shipping, and even a lovely free gift!
[This entry has been imported, with some edits, from my previous blog.]