All is well with the flock. It’s been awhile since I posted last, but the 4 parrots continue to be good boys.
Spring is nearly upon us, so that means hormones begin to show themselves. With careful dietary restrictions, Sam has managed to be a very good boy and he is nearly not hormonal at all, compared to last year when I seemed to have an unending string of months in which I struggled with Sam’s hormones. I find I have to cut out ALL fatty and sweet treats, such as seeds, nuts, apples, and other sweet fruits. He’s safe with a daily raw Sugar Snap pea, bits of raw cauliflower, a piece of raw whole wheat pasta, and tiny bits of “Mary’s Gone Cracker’s” crackers. Fortunately, he likes these treats. But he always looks for nesting areas, nonetheless!
Steve, however, needs lots of small treats as he is more of a forager than a player of toys. I try to keep the treats very small but frequent to keep him interested. Once in a while, he gets to tackle an organic almond in the shell. He generally takes about 3 days to break into the shell, unless he’s really intensely interested. The first one he tried took him only a concentrated 10 minutes. But he takes a more leisurely go at it nowadays:
And there are days when the vet needs to be seen for various trims. I have “Wingabagos” for 2 birds, and this time it was Sam and Chipper who had the honor during a recent visit. Here they are sitting next to me in the front passenger seat, which Chipper strapped in and Sam tucked in front of him: