Road Trip!

3-5-22 – Well, it was time to take a 5-hour road trip to pick up 200 pounds of meat for Max. I was going to head out last weekend (2/26) but then we got a ton of snow on that Friday and I was busy snowblowing the driveway and Max’s perimeter. Something told me not to call on the 21st requesting meat. I think the universe was looking out for me. Anyways, it’s a long trip and I didn’t want to go alone. Mom use to come with me but had to stop when she became less mobile and now that she’s gone (my heart is still breaking), I still have to venture it alone. Or do I? It was 10 degrees outside but I warmed up the car and took Burt Parrot. Yep, she was my copilot and made the trip more interesting. We ate pretzels and pistachios and had quite a few laughs. The other photo is what 200 pounds of Max meat looks like in my car. Those 50 pound boxes are starting to get a little heavy for me. Guess I better start working out!

Wildlife Festival

12-25-15 3356 cover copy (1)If you live in New York state or any of the neighboring states, Max and I will be at this Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 18 from 10-4. Burt Parrot and Smudge Hedgehog will be with us. There will be lots of North American animal artifacts for touching and learning. Come one, come all. Here’s the link to their Facebook event – Blenheim-Gilboa Wildlife Festival

Barnyard Turns 30

Barnyard turns 30. There is no way to truly tell the age of a bird unless you were there when it hatched! All we can do is go by what the previous owner had told us. Three years ago when I got Barnyard, also known as Burt, we were told mid teens. The vet says she has arthritis in her ankle joints. A zookeeper who took care of Barnyard said she was more like into her late 20’s. So we went with that. May 24th was the day we got her and decided to celebrate her birthday on that day. We took it to the Pember Library & Museum since she travels to work with me once a week. So we had cake, a parrot slideshow, parrot coloring sheets and a parrot museum search. Burt ate cake! We all ate cake. There was so much cake that we pushed it on the attendees to take home and anyone else we could find. There is cake in my freezer and refrigerator. I preferred the chocolate but since that isn’t good for an animal, Burt got the yellow. Here are some photos of the festivities. Thanks to the Library Director Ardyce Bresett for letting us take over half the library.



Lynx vs Parrot

Yes, I have been injured by Max’s claws accidentally but Burt Parrot will bite me out of spite. If I touch one of her toys she will attack. Out for a walk with Max and the adventures continue with him investigating a bird house, now mouse house. A little interaction with Burt afterwards completed the day. Burt has broken every tail feather except one when she was nesting and her wings and chest are thin because of the same. Additionally, she plays rough with her toys and end up tail over head in somersaults.

It’s a Girl!

Barnyard, also known as Burt is now known as Burta! Yes, she has shown her sex. We found an egg in her cage on November 29. She had been screaming and carrying on for days. I didn’t know what was going on with her. The egg was cracked so I removed it. Two days later she laid another egg which was absolutely beautiful. Once again, I removed it. Did some reading only to find that I should have left the eggs with her but hard-boil them a bit. Then she would sit on them until she figured nothing would happen. I placed Burta on a 12 hour schedule of day and night to de-stress. So things were going pretty well. Her behavior was better and she was getting the correct amount of sleep. Then, this morning she laid an egg in her nesting box. The box is not in her cage but in the living room where she can play in and out of it. The last couple days she had been inside shredding blocks of wood and would come out for company, food or to play with her toys. I never thought she would go about laying more eggs. I did, however, pick up two wooden eggs which are close to the size of a parrot’s and placed them in the box this morning after removing the real egg. She’s been sitting on them for most of the day. I’m hoping this will deter her from laying a second egg in a few days. Fingers crossed.