August 31, 2010
With mixed emotions, we sent our last 2 babies home yesterday.
Jonathon called to update me about band 290 who went all the way
to MI and Linda just emailed me an update on band 289. Band 288
went home last week after flying all the way to New Hampshire. I
ship a lot and am grateful to the good care that Delta and
Continental give our babies. I am also grateful to God for His
tender care. Below are our final 3 babies! The parents were Beau
(reserved by Diane and flew to the east coast on 8/24/10.)
about you and you family very gratefully many times over the
last month that I received my green cheek baby (band #288).
I was and still am very impressed with your breeding
expertise and I can now honor the decision that you made in
making me wait for my baby even though I wanted it early and
was willing to spoon feed myself, and the fact that you
honored your reputation for delivering healthy birds and
preferred not to do so, even though I'm a very experienced
birder, You mentioned that it would be against your better
judgement because you had relinquished an older bird from
the same clutch to another woman you entrusted and were
having reservations about it as it is not your policy to do
such a thing (i'm only mentioning this to familiarize you
with which clutch my baby is from) How is that bird, by the
way, I hope all went well. Anyway, I was very impressed at
how often you answered all my questions at length when I
called and the photos you sent on a regular basis to
familiarize me with my baby. I know that someone was always
holding him and socializing with him, which is was very
obvious to me the moment I received the bird and the
trusting nature and kissing and gentle "beaking" I received
the first night....Soooo sweet....The bird arrived in a
specially designed crate with all kinds of healthy food,
instructions, and was sealed like fort knox; I'm sure to
protect from ANY possible mishap thru the airlines... I
called the minute I received him, as you had asked my to do
and stressed the importance of letting you know he was
safe.. I appreciated your genuine concern for the bird, even
after you already had been paid. The bird is very healthy
and I appreciate the fact that you are knowledgable and very
careful from the beginning that there is no cross
contamination and the design of your breeding area to
eliminate any disease from other birds and the ventilation
system etc. Other breeders could certainly learn a valuable
lesson from you on that front. (I researched birds in my own
are in New Hampshire and was less that impressed with the
careless way they would put the baby birds in a room where
they were cleaning other bird cage parts from different
varieties. You have a wonderful, caring family environment
and a very real and rare respect for birds..It was well
worth the extra cost and flight expense to have a healthy
baby I know I'll have for a very long time.....Thank you so
much for such a friendly companion, he's not afraid of
animals or any people..Keep up the good work. I've referred
two of my friends, who like myself have owned many birds
over the years and take their birds very seriously and have
seen your website and are impressed as I am. I know I'm
sounding winded, but I'm just very blessed and full of
gratitude and I sit with my new friend. Thank your daughters
for me too! It was fun when I talked to them about the
birds, they gave me a lot of valuable information too....bye
My e-mail is temporarily out just
so using my work e-mail, The baby is wonderful, when we got
home I finished setting up her cage, just like the one she
was in but white, Kiwi ate some food, we had a snack of
grapes, peaches and bananas she has a great appetite, Kiwi
snuggled up under my shirt, Kiwi the chihuahua ( Bently) and
myself took a long nap, she acts like she has always been
here, she likes Bently and he has finally found someone
closer to his size to befriend, she will do great in this
household, thanks for the work you do that brings so much
joy for so many of us, today Kiwi will supervise the making
of her mash.and take a shower.....Linda
I asked Linda for a reference letter, and her
email humbled us! We are trying to make our reference page
more current. 9/16/10
I purchased a green cheek conure band
289 from Pampered Peeps Aviary in June 2010 after she
hatched, following a long telephone conversation with Beth.
Since I live in Phoenix, AZ I picked my bird up at the
aviary in Beth’s home which was immaculate. I met Beth and
her daughters’ pet birds and dogs which were all very
content, well behaved and looked very healthy and their
living conditions were immaculate and well thought out, each
of her birds had their own cage and play area. My bird is
very well socialized, loving and a wonderful pet. I took
band 289 to a local certified avian veterinarian who gave
her a well baby exam and she was found to be healthy and
well adjusted, she was the hit of the vet’s office the time
we were there. She could already step up, had a very healthy
appetite when I brought her home. Beth was very informative,
gave me lots of sound information and has always been very
supportive with information, as is her website. I am not a
novice bird person I have fostered many types of birds and
owned a large Scarlet Macaw. I was very impressed with this
aviary’s birds, their concern for the birds and their
integrity dealing with future and current bird owners. I
will be purchasing another bird from them in 2011. I highly
recommend Pampered Peeps Aviary to anyone looking to
purchase a green cheek conure or any other species they
raise. You will not be sorry.
Band 290 (flew to
Jonathon in MI)
Hey Beth, I thought now would be the best time to write a review
on ow my green cheek is doing. First i'll start with what I
named him. His name is Kiwi! I love him so much! When I picked
him up at the airport and when we drove off I got him out and I
was AMAZED at how tame he was!
He would step up, let me pet him, he didn't mind being on my
finger and wouldn't always try to jump on my shoulder. When we
got home I fixed him a whole dish of some mash. On the first day
I gave him nectorine, broccoli, apple, corn, peas, grapes, and a
bunch of other stuff that i can't think of at the moment. He
doesn't really like his cage mainly because he's always so
excited to come out. Which isn't really a problem for me because
I usually am just as eager! Everyone in the family really
likes him, mainly because they can actually hold him(something
my parrotlet would NEVER let anyone else but me do, except if he
go's on their shoulder)I'm very happy that when inside his cage
he does use a lot of his toys. He LOVES to snuggle! When I put
him inside my shirt he'll snuggle up and fall asleep, i love it!
He also loves to sit on my shoulder when I read. One thing I
learned that he absolutely hates is when you make the chirping
sound. Well i'm not really sure if he "hates" it, but he
definetaly get's really attentive. I've used that chirping to
teach him to fly to me(i think he's just trying to find out who
did it) He also loves to take baths! Not in the shower but if I
just put a plate
out with water in it he'll play in there and it's so fun to
watch! Thank you so much all of you who took the time, care, and
love to make this Green Cheeked Conure a VERY special addition
to our home. Oh btw, I love photography and i've snapped many
pictures of him the picture i've attached is, I think, the best
one of him. :)
August 21. 2010
When your baby comes home to you, it is important that you feed
in the same way that we feed for at least the first month. Some families
stop feeding the mash after a while and feed just seed and pellets. This
is not good for your bird. They need fresh foods and veggies. All of our
babies leave here eating like these 3. They enjoy their mash. If you
feed them junk food, it will "pervert" their taste buds and your bird
will stop enjoying the mash.
Click here to see a video of these 3 babies who are just about weaned
and ready to go home to their new families. Read how to make the
August 16. 2010 On
these hot days, it is a refreshing activity to take our birds
into a nursing home and share them with the residents. I
encourage you all to do this too. They are good conversation
makers and remind the people inside of God's beautiful creation.
August 15. 2010We make our movies to help the
buyers witness their baby's development. This movie is lengthy and
covers a couple of days, but it shows how quickly they are growing. As
of last night, band 288 and 289 are flying!!! All 3 are very social and
August 5 Three of
these babies are here with us. The oldest went to be handfed
elsewhere and met with tragedy. The youngest 3 are here with us
and maturing wonderfully. As you can see, the oldest is found
laying on its back often
They are such characters. At this stage, they are in a cage and
after being handfed, we all cuddle them for long periods of
time. Tonight we are watching a movie and cuddling babies. These
will be our last Pyrrhura Conures of the season. We will
probably not have eggs again until late December.
July 20, 2010All birds have flown our nest!
We sent band 282 (Crimson Bellied Conure) home to Seattle this
morning. The green cheeks are all home with their new families.
We do have 4 new youngsters in the nest box to bring in and
start handfeeding. Here they are pictured in the nest box and we
plan on bringing in the oldest one tonight.
July 9, 2010
Hey everyone! This is
Lisa...Thank you so much Jean, Cindy, and others who asked about
my health and were praying for me. It was pretty bad for a
while, but I am doing better now, and almost back to normal. I
took some more pictures of all the babies today, so here they
Band 283(flew to
Lisa in San Fran!)
HI Beth, Lisa, and the rest of
I picked up Band 283 at San Francisco airport yesterday without
everything went smoothly. I was very impressed with the quality
taken to "package" her up. From the shade cloth over the vents
zip-ties and screws securing everything in place. When I picked
her up she
was happily sitting on her dish eating as if nothing phased
her. I kept her
secure until reaching my Dad's house as a mid-way destination.
I took her out there and rubbed her cheeks while she closed her
utter happiness. I was - again- very impressed with the quality
of care she
obviously received; she is very tame and loving, not to mention
She finally arrived to her new home about 10:30 pm last night
overnight in her travel carrier right next to my bed.
This morning she came out to play and has, so far, enjoyed
inside my shirt with her little head poking out, cruising around
next to my
laptop, meeting her new BIG cage, and being a cutie pie.
I've officially named her Hanalei because that's the name that
best after meeting her. Hanalei is one of my most favorite
is enjoying exploring her new home and she has many years of
play time ahead of her.
Thank you so much for all you do so these incredible birds
(Green Cheeks are
my favorite) can begin their lives in the best, most pampered
really does show and make a difference. Anytime somebody has
about your birds and/or about shipping, please forward them my
I'd be more than happy to provide them with a raving
Pics coming soon :)
This baby is staying in
(this little boy flew all the way to Jean in Maine)
We're home!!!!! He is just
sitting quietly on my hand now.... he's not too interested in
the food right now, but I noticed he attacked his millet in the
crate. He's beautiful!! I will write more tomorrow, but for
now, THANK YOU ALL!!!! Jean
Hi Beth and Girls!
Update on my baby (still no name)- first of all, if he is out of
the cage he is not happy unless he is sitting on my neck or
head!. Last night, I had a plate of mash on the kitchen island,
and he was on the island and I was standing... well, he flew
right up to the top of my head!! So I will heed your advice
about clipped birds being able to still fly. Maybe when he gets
a little chunkier he won't be as able to fly. I also put the
flight suit on him without too much trouble, but boy, he was not
happy! He waddled around like a little drunken sailor and then
went into his shipping crate which was still on the table. He
was mad at me!!! My husband can't believe how tame he is and my
daughter is coming up to meet him today. What a little treasure
he is! Oh, and he is sampling my mash, sprouts, and loves
cherries (pitted, of course) and his appetite seems to be good.
I want to mention that I had ordered a trainer flight suit and a
red one, and only received one in the envelope. If you can sent
the red flight suit with the lanyard that is on order that would
Well, again, a big thanks for raising such a beautiful and well
socialized bird! I'll be in touch, take care, Jean
Hi Lisa, thanks so much for
sending the flight suit/lanyard out. I have to tell you, I am a
sewer and went to the craft store and bought 2 yards of twill
tape and a small amount of velcro and made my own lanyard.
Yesterday evening was so beautiful... so I put the little flight
suit and lanyard on him and we went outside on the patio. He
loved it!!! And he was so busy looking at the big beautiful
blue sky that he didn't fuss about the flight suit at all!!
Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job raising him and
packing him so carefully to come all the way across the country
to live with us! I wish you all the best, Jean
Band 286 (this
baby went home with a really sweet Megan)
Things are doing really well.
She is super curious about everything and loves climbing to
the top of her cage and just looking at us. We named her Nyx,
which is the greek goddess of night and the moons because
she is really rambunctious at night right as it gets dark
out. Im getting a bit better with the flight suit although
Nyx isn't to pleased with it. Hopefully she will warm up to
it as we practice more. She likes to explore around the room
her cage is in and running up and down the back of our
sofa-you just have to be carful if you are sitting there
cause she loves to climb up in your hair and play there too.
I have a question about what kinds of fresh fruit you would
recommend feeding her? We have just been feeding the mash
and pellet so far.
July 3, 2010 Lots of time has
passed without an update. My oldest collapsed one day. After a
trip to the ER, we discovered she has Walking Pneumonia, but it
had progressed into a painful pleurisy. In some ways, this has
been good for the babies. We were forced to slow down as a
family. On average, we watch about 10 movies in an entire year
and don't even have a working TV, but this month, we have
allowed Lisa to rest by watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
That meant lots of laying around time and cuddle time for the
Beau and Rain are
back on 4 babies!!! The last one just hatched today.
Band 283 (reserved
by Lisa H.)
napping in a kleenex box!
(Finian is reserved
by Sue P.)
(reserved by Jean)
Band 286 (reserved
June 24 2010
All of Zumo and Kaida's babies are inside. We often find the
babies lying on their backs sleeping away. With how warm it is
here in AZ, they are already in a cage and out of the brooder.
The oldest Green cheek is wearing a flight suit already!
June 16, 2010 Tonight is the night
to pull in the last two babies of Zumo and Kaida's. These oldest
two are doing great, and are already wanting to come out of the
brooder to see us!
11, 2010 The first of Zumo and
Kaida's babies are inside with us. These babies have been
reserved by Sue P, Megan, Lisa H., and Jean. Typically, babies
are just 2 days apart in age. Look at how much difference 2 days
makes in development!
June 10 The oldest babies
have gone home, and we only have two Green Cheeks from this
clutch left! They are almost weaned, and can't wait to come meet
their new families!
We have started to bring in Zumo &
Kaida's clutch, and there was a surprise in the box waiting for
us! There are actually four babies instead of three! One had
been hiding back in the corner, and had been totally overlooked.
Band 274 ( for
Band 275 (for
These first few 24 hours have definitely been an interesting
experience. He chomped on bits of seeds and pellets on his trip
home. At first he seemed a little nervous in his new cage, but
began to warm up and explore it a little, while I showed him
around where his food bowls and water were. I offered him some
mash, but he seemed terribly disinterested. So, I pretended to
eat some and he became curious and started eating it. His beak
was so messy afterwards we started calling him "Mashbeard the
We put up his sleep cage in a great little dark and quiet spot
in our bedroom, and last night he slept on top of his little
hut, which he seems to love. This morning I brought in some
mash and fresh fruits/veggies, and he didn't really seem
interested in the mash (again) and only picked out bits of corn,
but munched on his fruits and veggies. I am a little
discouraged that the mash I made may not have been right and
thats why he isn't interested, but I will keep offering it twice
We got his flight suit on twice today! I haven't really mastered
the hold, I am worried about snapping his neck or vertebrae the
way he struggles, so I mostly just plop him in the suit and
gently, but quickly pull his wings through and he doesn't even
get much a chance to react. He *really* hates it (for now!). The
first time he couldn't stop obsessing over it for some time, but
the second time he forgot about it when I offered pellets and
He went to his first vet appointment and the vet said we were
incredibly lucky with how tame and healthy he was. (she said his
heart and lungs were the best sounding she had heard in some
time!) She did a very thorough exam and gave us a few
pointers. He even cuddled with me before she came into the room
(under my chin) and was very sassy and quite a show off when she
was done with the exam.
When we got home we took a shower with Oliver and I have *never*
seen such a strange look on a bird! He sat on his shower perch
and just dripped and spread out his tail and wings and closed
his eyes as if he were in heaven. He make cute little beak
grinding noises most of the time and seemed to enjoy it very
much (at least I think!) Afterward I got a towel and heating
pad and patted him dry and kept him warm until his feathers were
back to normal. I don't feel very comfortable using a hairdryer
for many reasons (the loud noise and possibility of Teflon, plus
I hardly use one myself). He still seems disinterested in the
mash (and sprouts I made) this evening, so we'll have to see how
it all goes. I hope things will get more into a rhythm as time
I do have one big concern though... I am unsure if it is due to
the new environment and possible lack of complete and long sleep
last night, but he will eat some food and then fall asleep for a
little while afterward. In fact he seems to take a lot of short
naps and I don't know if this is normal or not, or possibly just
him catching up on sleep. I have read that birds do sleep in
the late afternoon before waking again to forage before night.
Is this part of that cycle? I probably should have mentioned
something at the vet's office. I feel like he should be eating
and playing more.
As for a few neat discoveries.. we have learned that Oliver is
left footed and his favorite color seems to be red, and also
that the red on his breast is actually in the shape of a perfect
Thank you Beth and family for the wonderful job you have done!
-Brooke and Ryan
273 was our little
disabled bird. She ended up flying from Phoenix, AZ to a
wonderful bird home near Columbus, OH. Here is the email we got
when she arrived safely.
Peanut arrived just fine yesterday. The guy in cargo was all
worried, he said he hadn't heard any sound at all and wanted me
to look before I left. My heart sank. But what he wasn't
listening for was the sound of seed being devoured.... She was
calm as could be, sitting on her food dish and chowing down.
Once we got home Sunny helped me get her out and into her new
home. I thought he'd be furious, but he was just super
curious. I got them both a plate of your/my 'special mix' and
they both chowed down. It was so cute, Sunny tasted the plate
then Peanut did. When they were done we sat on the couch.
Sunny groomed then Peanut groomed. Sunny 'groomed' me and
Peanut wanted in on that too, but I did draw the line there (for
now), I don't want Sunny getting possessive with her yet. And I
was careful to keep Sunny 'higher' than her, I don't want to
bruise Sunny's ego... :)
So we had a great first evening, she shipped well and is such a
happy healthy bird, the love and attention you put into your
babies just shines.
thank you !
And another email came in
that was very funny!
I thought you might enjoy a copy
of Peanuts report card for the 1st quarter.
Student Name: Peanut (aka Zooper) ID number:
Band 273 Math Excels, counts her seeds and
fruit perfectly History Quick to learn from past
mistakes and successes English Quick to learn phrases such as
'step up', 'step down', 'come here' Mimicking Enjoys mimicking silly noises and
really enjoys it when you mimic her.
Already trying to mimic words and
the 'sing song' of phrases Toilet training a work in progress.... flight training very boisterous little creature,
knows what she wants and how to get
there quickly foot training just last week learned how to use
her foot as a 'hand' and
is excelling quickly.
Still having some issues co-ordinating
the beak/foot ratio
but learning rapidly.
Interestingly enough, she uses the
broken leg as her 'hand' for food.
A good sign. bathing Loves it, just give her a cereal
bowl and stand back.
very similar to a motorboat. Outdoor Play Loves the outdoors, very eager to
explore her surroundings.
Got to ride on a motorized boat in
the pool last week ! Other: Peanut plays well with others and
is so quick to learn. She is a darling little student to have
in class. She is a sweetheart with all people and delights in punking out other students (birds). Not afraid to stand up for
herself, yet not afraid to give and receive some serious pin
feather grooming. A bit overjealous at feeding time, will dive
Band 271 (reserved
I just wanted to give you an update on 271. We named him/her
and he's doing great! I have been putting his flight suit on
have had no problems getting it on him. He doesn't like it and
grumbles but he tolerates all of it really well. He is great
with my son
and the rest of us too.
The vet was really impressed with Sweetpea's plumage and
health. He went
on and on about how we "hit the jackpot" to find a breeder who
so experienced and diligent with diet, hygiene, and
socialization. He was
very impressed that there are no stress bars on the feathers or
poop. He said that is hard to do and you don't see it often.
Thank you so much for doing such a great job! We love him.
May 27 All the Green Cheeks are starting to want to fly!
Band 274 (reserved
Band 275 (reserved
You can tell I am running when
my daughters are the ones updating the nursery pages! Anna made this
movie that combines one of the families that visit us weekly with their
enjoyment of the baby birds.
Click here to see
(This is Lisa) When we first
bring the babies inside, they are really timid of people and of
hands reaching into the brooder or cage. But, after about a week
or so of them being with us, they are waiting at the cage door
to be brought out and played with. You can see on Band 271 how
happy he is to be held and scratched!
They are also very reluctant to
accept our syringe of handfeeding formula because they are used
to the hen's food. One day this weekend, we went to a horse show
and so the babies missed their lunch time feeding. That night,
they were all very hungry and desperate for food! So now, they
have become much better eaters, and feeding time is so much
easier on us...we don't have to fight them to eat the whole
time! Here is a picture of me with my stallion, Warrior, at the
Band 272 (home
with Di in Flagstaff)
Beth and Family,
We named it Mango (Yellow Sided Green Cheek). and it is
doing so good. We have had baby Mango for four days now.
Today Mango flew to Arden for the first time, landed on
her shoulder and completely surprised her. Arden and I
look at each other and said, "She flew!" even though we
don't know the sex yet. We were getting her dinner ready
and waiting for the temperature to cool down when Mango
flew to her. Then we started playing games with Mango
flying to us, and she just kept flying to us. It was
really exciting. Mango really loves her mealtime
with us, gets really excited and practically jumps in
the food dish. She is getting stronger all the time,
better with the flight suit each day (wears it at least
twice a day) and likes our shoulders. Mango totally
loves to snuggle and be with us. It was really amazing
to watch a baby bird get its wings going and all excited
about flight, it would just start flapping its wings and
not got anywhere and just had to flap and then all of a
sudden the time was right and it just took off. Its like
seeing the first steps of a toddler, it is so cute and
so sweet. And then it just wanted to keep flying. Arden
said it flew up to the ceiliing and around and then back
to her but I didn't see that, but I believe it. Arden is
like the bird whisperer, she just glows everytime
she holds Mango, I thinkg she alway needs a bird, she
must of raised birds in the pre-existence!
Have a nice day you crazy diamonds,
p.s. Let us know the sex asap, see we can start refering
to it with more
Band 273 (disabled
15, 2010 All of Beau's babies
are inside now and are being fed!
May 8, 2010
Our kitchen babies are changing. Band 267 is
in his new home with Casey. Casey has another Green cheek for
her "Mango" to be friends with!
By tomorrow, we will have 3 of Beau
and Rain's babies inside with us. They began hatching on April
9, just like Rhett and Scarlett's.
Band 269 (reserved byStefanie M)
Band 270 (reserved by Rutu)
Band 271 (reserved)
Band 272 (reserved)
Band 268 (reserved by Athena)
Thanks for sharing the Memorial Day Parade video! I
loved watching all the horses, dogs and people
celebrating while having so much fun!
update...Ella, sometimes called Stormie-Ella,
(yellow-sided green cheek) is doing just fine. Her
appetite is excellent. She is feisty and loves
attention. We are enjoying her very much. You know,
paying such close attention to preparing a healthy diet
for her has made me more aware of eating better myself!
I have purposely grown some nasturtiums and offer her
the flowers. I plan to purchase a couple of hibiscus
plants for some variety and color and offer her blooms
occasionally. She loves to shred limbs from my bottle
brush bush, too. I put them in her cage and she just
enjoys stripping the leaves. Otherwise, she eats
sprouts, fruit, 12 grain bread, mash and her seed
mix with a good appetite. I also make the Zupreem
pellets available on the side. I ordered Red Palm oil.
I put a little of that on the seeds but not every time.
And, of course, the apple cider vinegar in her drinking
water several times a week. Thanks again for such an
educational web-site and a great little pet!
April 29, 2010
We took a picture of the babies in Beau's
I can't tell if there are 4 or 5 in there yet. There may be one wee one
buried below their older siblings.
The older babies are being suited up
daily and are on just 2 feedings per day. I STILL do not know
their genders. During our homeschooling time, we each take a
baby and have it on our shoulders or in our laps, so they get
lots of love time. The Crimson Bellies are all in their new
homes and I love hearing how well they are doing.
Band 267 (reserved
Band 268 (reserved by Athena)
(reserved byStefanie M)
(reserved by Rutu)
April 19 One of the four who had
reserved a baby had to cancel out due to allergies. That leaves me with
a unreserved baby in this upcoming clutch. When the sexing comes in, I
will know more, but it may be Teri's baby. The babies love being cuddled
after each feeding. I believe this period of cuddling goes a
long way in making them sweet and trusting of hands.
All 4 babies are inside now. We sent
in the dna samples to sex them. It is fun for us to guess before
the results come back in as to which sex we think each baby is.
After doing this for many years and many babies, I have decided
that the differences between male and females are subtle enough
that I cannot be accurate even 50% of the time. The odds are
against me. It is tough this time because we need 3 boys and 1
girl to fill the requests of those that have reserved babies.
Hmmmm....someone may have to wait on a Rain/Beau baby. There are
now 4 in that nest box!
The flight suit
manufacturer asked us to make a new movie of how to put on a
flight suit. She wanted us to put one on very slowly. Lisa and
Jess did this with a Crimson baby.
here to see it.
Look at the change in them!! God is
awesome when you think of how he designed the birds. The 2
oldest babies have graduated to a cage. The youngest is still in
the nest box. They are still on 3 feedings per day, and loving
snuggles. The babies go through developmental stages much like a
puppy does. These guys are getting to the stage I like!
We are now on our second clutch of
the season from Zumo and Kaida. There are 2 babies inside and 2
more in the nest box. You can see red feathering starting on the
cheeks of these 2 babies. These wee ones are in the brooder
still and are on 4 feedings per day.
Raising birds is very fulfilling and we love
getting the feedback from their new families. Below is an email from
Robert who was worried about buying a baby ne he had never met. You can
see his baby below as band 263. Here is his recent email to me... We do
pray over our babies and that they would bring joy into their family's
home and that they would testify to the greatness of our God and his
Hi Beth, and girls~
Well, your prayers for
her bringing me joy has certainly
She is a little "chatterbox" if I am
not paying attention to her while I
am working on the computer...she
"insists" on jumping from my
shoulder and playing with the keys
while I am typing, as well as trying
to "compete" with the computer mouse...while
I am using it!
She has won my heart and seems to
just love me...the neighbors
children (they visit me for candy
and ice cream after
amazed by her. She has been outside
with me on the days where it is
above 70 degrees and sunny for just
a few minutes here and there, on my
She loves to nestle in my hands (I
make my hand like a bird's nest) and
she sleeps there while I am petting
her...she loves that...she shows me
her wings (underneath) very often, I
beleive that is trust and
"flirting", is that correct?
Her coloring is becoming more
beautiful and vibrant, especially
around her eye area (more red and
She eats like a teenager...all
kinds of things, sprouts, apples,
oranges, beans, corn, 12 grain whole
wheat bread, bee pollen and
eggs--shell and all-- ground up.
She is quite the acrobat in her
cage. She has taken her time
learning to "cling" on to my
shoulder while I am walking around
with her. She is a gem, Beth--what a
She has learned to chirp to me and
imitate the sounds that I make every
time I handle her...when I whistle
to her, she seems to be trying to
"understand" what I am doing, or
listening to me intently--she cocks
her head as if in question!
I cannot thank you enough for this
very special bird...she has become
attached to me...if I leave her cage
door open for just a minute, and
leave the room, she has followed my
voice and has come down an entire
flight of stairs to find me!...that
was just a huge surprise!
She just keeps getting better with
time. It has just been two weeks,
and we are already good friends--she
calls to me when I come home...she
is more like a dog than a bird!
I hope this email has brought you
some happiness, Beth--you have done
such an incredible job with taming
Oh, we are so sad. Phoenix had a big, big
storm and Beau's nest box filled with water. The really strange thing
for us is that we have had big storms all February with more rain in
Phoenix than other years, and the aviary has stayed completely dry.
Beau's box was the only one that was filled. He and Rain are fine, but
the eggs obviously did not make it. Zumo looks like he will be the next
daddy to have eggs hatching. His current 3 babies are going home this
The babies are close to being weaned. I am always asked how we
find time with homeschooling, the horses, dogs and birds. We manage by
including animals in the middle of our schooling all day long.
Click here to see the babies
today enjoying some music with my older 2 and a neighbor friend.
February 15 Between Lisa
teaching piano, a homeschooling physics class meeting here and just
plain hospitality, we have a very busy home. Lisa's students and our
visitors know that we appreciate them playing with the babies.
We made a video of handfeeding
tonight. Sometimes specific toys will come under attack! In this
video, a baby goes after a toy with a bell in it. We have another bird,
an Aracari, that does the same thing. No, we don't breed Aracaris.
Click here to see a video of the
February 14 These 3
babies are at a fun stage for us. They fly to us, they can wear
flight suits and go outside with us. They have personalities and
like to cuddle! Two of the babies even took trips outside to
smell the flowers.
I plan on sending in the DNA on these babies today to see what
sexes they are. The oldest baby moved to a cage and is getting
mash for the first time. It is a challenge for them to figure
out that their food is below them instead of coming from the
great syringe in the sky. Hanging millet usually helps this
process. They eat on it and end up following it down to ground
level. This little guy looks very lost in his big cage!
January 29 The babies
are growing! They are now all inside with us. We feed them 4
times a day and everyone is still in the warm brooder. The
oldest is getting close to being put in a cage for the first
time! These babies are all reserved, but Beau and Rain are on an
egg and I hope they make a clutch. These future babies are not
horses are also keeping us busy.
Click here if
you want to see the exciting birth of a foal who underwent a red
bag delivery (placenta previa) on January 26. My oldest (16
years old) is the midwife!
You can still see the ear on
January 15- 20 It
looks like only three are going to hatch, but Sadie (Crimson
Bellied Conure) is now on 2 eggs., too!! Look at how quickly the
1/20/10 Look at how the eldest keeps
the 2 younger ones warm with his wings!
8 Look back towards the
tail of Kaida...do you see a third head? In the second picture,
you can see all 3 babies. Yes, there are now 3 babies! The big
yellow mass is the crop. Zumo and Kaida are doing a great job.
Also, check out the color of the eggs. The yellowish-orange one
is not fertile. Jess was wrong, but she is learning too.
One more baby has hatched and the first continues to do well.
One egg is not looking fertile to me, but we are hoping the
other 3 are still going to hatch. This picture if of baby number
2 on his back the day after he hatched. So funny looking! Mary,
who owns one of our Crimson Bellied babies from 2009, contacted
me and is interested in a female from Zumo. I am excited to hear
Jan 1, 2010
Happy New Year. Our year started off with a hatch. This is the
first baby since late summer. Our birds breed seasonally and we
expect babies sometime early in each year. How fun to have one
hatch on January 1! This baby is reserved by Mary! There are 5
more fertile eggs according to Jessie.