Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sexing results for Zuri, Piper and Petey came in...

I just got the results a couple of minutes ago.

What I thought going in? I thought both Piper and Zuri would turn out to be males and Petey would be a female. Since I've heard so many horror stories of female Lovebirds becoming monsters when hormones kicked in and Piper is always a sweetheart, I figured she might be male, although I've always referred to her as a female (force of habit). And although I've been referring to Zuri as a female, these last few months I've been slowly changing my mind, believing she is a male, but not changing how I refer to her as a force of habit once again.

Petey...well the way she displays and acts and the like, well it seemed to me that she must be a female. I thought so, my boyfriend thought so, the person who had her briefly before me thought so (it didn't work out between the two of them), my mom thought so as well...even my vet thought she might indeed be a female.

Well here are the results.....

All 3 of them are males!!!

I got 2 out of 3, which is not bad. Time to change how I write about them I guess.

Looking on the bright side of things, I don't need to worry about egg binding too much!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 2010 Parrot Club meeting

Last night was my monthly parrot club meeting.

The attendance wasn't the greatest, I'm assuming people remained at home to watch the hockey game. The topic was about toys (how to use inexpensive elements to create toys) and as this has been a recurrent topic, I was more interested in socializing and interacting with the birds present.

I took a few pictures.

Indy - Meyer's

Abby - Congo African Grey

Oliver (with his owner) - Blue and Gold Macaw

Ellis - Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Jacqueline, of the Jouets Rosie, also donated a toy to the club so we could raffle it. The toy was the "Wally". Ellis' owner won the toy, here is a picture of the winners with the toy.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

As April goes by...

I haven't been posting a lot and I actually have a few things to put up.

In the next few days, I'll be writing about food I received from Avian Organics as well as a toy order from Les Jouets Rosie.

I've also contacted HealthGene for some cards to allow me to collect blood samples to do DNA sexing for Piper, Zuri and Petey. I received the cards earlier this week and manage to collect blood (by clipping a toenail a bit short) from Piper and Zuri this afternoon (with some help from the Boy) and had someone at tonight's parrot club meeting take blood from Petey; I don't want her to see me as the bad guy here and value keeping my hands intact too much to pursue this endeavor which I know would have ended up with me being the one to bleed...

Talking of parrot club meeting, I took a few pictures and I might share them in the next few days as well. We'll see how busy I am.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A portrait of Shade

Last Christmas, I got a painted portrait of Piper as a gift.

Well, I recently got another painted portrait as a gift, this time for Shade (the gift can either be out of the blue or to celebrate our two years living together). It was painted from the same local artist.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The results are in....

...and my hunch was right.

The baby is a male, which means I'll wait for the next clutch in hopes that there is a female there.

I do hope the little guy will find a great family though.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Today's delivery

Not toys.

We actually received the air purifier we ordered a while back. Ironically, I've been thinking about it last night and this morning before it's arrival - wishful thinking? Maybe..

In any case it's here now and I'm thrilled!

For a while I've been browsing different air purifiers, uncertain on which one to get. Finally, the Boy mentioned wanting to redeem some Points and was there anything I wanted. Well, I asked if there were any air purifiers in the items the points could be redeemed for and there was one. We read reviews on it and they were mostly good so voila, "free" air purifier.

We got this one.

It's in the birdroom, as it could not cover all the apartment and it's really the birdroom's air that I want as clean as possible given they do spend a sizable amount of time in there (i.e. during the day when we are at work and then at night).

So far, my only complaint is that it seems to be on the noisy side, but I've often read this was the case with these things so I won't obsess about it.

Second April Red-bellied baby update

Got some more pictures today! (..and I am running out of different tile ideas for these..)
Also, the blood for the DNA test was taken today and the card was sent for analysis. I should know the sex of the baby in the next few days!

The baby is now down from 4 feeding a day to 3 and is starting to try out some pellets and other foods, such as cooked grains, legumes and vegetables.

April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

It looks so grown up!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Red-bellied baby update

Some more pictures from today.

April 3, 2010

April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

And another baby update

I haven't posted pictures in a while since I was battling having them on here if it turns out to be a male and I wait for another clutch.

But it is really neat to see the progress, that I figured I would share it.
Here are a few pictures I've received in the past few days. It's incredible how much it changes each day!

March 19, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 27, 2010

March 31, 2010

I've added the date the pictures were taken underneath the pictures and have done so for my previous baby posts.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed this one is a female and should know for sure soon!