Saturday, October 31, 2015

Will you scratch my head?

Monthly weigh in - October 2015

I know the month isn't technically over, but as I last weighed the birds last Thursday, I don't feel compelled to do so again today and that means I can put up this month's weight post on time!

No big variances that need to be watched, things were pretty stable this month.

Average weight (in grams) for October 2015:
Piper - 57g
Shade - 118g
Joey - 127g
Petey - 141g
Zuri - 128g
Pixel - 122g
Léa - 319g

Updated table - average weights for each bird per year:

Year Piper Shade Joey Petey Zuri Pixel Léa
2009 54 111 124 128 112  -  -
2010 56 115 126 131 124 115  -
2011 59 117 127 131 130 121 303
2012 57 116 128 132 128 120 307
2013 57 116 127 136 128 120 313
2014 57 117 128 139 130 121 316
2015* 56 118 127 139 127 121 319

**For 2015, data from January to October is included.

It's Sidewalk Sale time over at Avian Avenue

This week-end, Avian Avenue is having it's (annual) Sidewalk Sale (SWS). The sale started yesterday and will end on Sunday evening.

To see which vendors are participating and what the discounts are, just go over to Avian Avenue!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Messy beaks

I guess these two really enjoyed dinner.

Petey - who rarely ever gets messy!

And Léa who gets messy fairly frequently.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Letting Piper "win"

For the longest time, I've had my hair kept on the shorter side. If I had thoughts of letting it grow out, there was always that moment where it was too short to tie up but too long to do anything with it that drove me nuts and I'd just get it cut again.

However, since my cut last April, I've not really hit that annoying moment, or it didn't drive me as nuts, so I've not done anything to my hair. It is now at a length where I can tie it up.

This morning, I felt like having my hair in a ponytail, so I tied it up that way. But the birds have scarcely ever seen me with my hair any other way but lose.

I get the first batch of birds out (Piper, Shade and Zuri) and think things will be ok. Wrong. Oh so wrong. Piper acted like a frightened bird. He wouldn't go all the way up to my shoulder and would stay mid-way up my arm (this drives me nuts) and would fly towards the other two birds (bad choice on his behalf, especially flying towards Zuri), so undone came the ponytail...and now everything is ok.

I've heard of birds freaking out over some changes to their owners appearances (but this was mostly about hair colour if it had to do with hair) but I guess having hair tied up versus let down can be considered in the same way. And here I am, choosing to be uncomfortable (my hair is driving me a little nuts this morning) rather than having Piper freak out.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Weird fascination

I can't say Shade is much trouble - in fact, she's one of the best behaved birds in the flock. However, once in a while, she flies and lands on thing she shouldn't be going to - and is doing this purposefully.

Such as going on the vent in the orange room. Not sure why she is fascinated by it, but it is not something we encourage as she seems to have a hard time leaving that spot on her own and it's always tricky to get her off with a perch.

She knows she shouldn't be going there, but every few months, she'll give it a try. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

OPC meeting - October 18, 2015

On Sunday, we attended the local monthly Parrot Club meeting. I had deliberated possibly bringing a bird, something I haven't done in years, but the cold outside deterred me from doing so. I therefore brought my camera.

Here are a few pictures from that evening.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Obviously, I've interrupted something...


He wasn't looking at something other than the other branch of the atom - he was preparing to go up a "level"!