Monday, August 24, 2015

New toys and food


There is a big summer sale going on at drsfostersmith.com - definitely worth checking out! I ordered 17 lbs of the zupreem pellets that all my babies eat.. for the same price as the 10 to 12 lb bag at Petco! I also got new toys, three new comfy perches, nutriberries and poop-off cleaner. Here are some pics from tonight.. as you can see they don't need much warming up to new toys.







Thursday, August 20, 2015

How many is too many?!


Look at all my babies! These photos are from the SECOND time I let all the conures out together. Of course, Willow the Amazon, stayed in her cage while these babies were out. I don't let Willow out at the same time because of the size difference. I've seen way too many "accidents" happen with bigger birds vs smaller ones. Yikes!

All of the conures are doing really well thus far with interacting. Charlie (nanday) seems so super interested in our newest baby, Olive (nansun). Olive doesn't want anything to do with Charlie though. Typical woman game! lol Hoping they eventually become good friends.








Bird Room


The "bird room" at our new house is the most anticipated project that we have going on. Now that the rest of our house is freshly painted (with no VOC paint) we can finally paint the bird room. I have picked a light orange color by Benjamin Moore - not a peach - but more orangey. I figured it would go well with the nice jungle feel of greens we will have in the room. Some other projects going on.. My hubby is building a holder for the brown painter's paper we use on the floors - the holder will be like a paper towel roll - and will allow the brown paper to be rolled out like a red carpet! This will make cleaning and changing the paper a lot easier in the future. We are also making the same kind of holder for the Glad press n' seal that we use on the bottom grates of the cages.

I started making and buying some toys to hang from the ceilings (only on spots that will be over the brown paper.. we don't need a poopie stained floor)! Kevin and I are hoping to figure out a way to add more light in their room since there is only one window. For this, I have a really awesome idea but have to speak with our friend who is a contractor to see what his thoughts are! More details to come soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Willow, the Blue Fronted Amazon

Willow was not camera shy at all tonight! I love this girl. She peacefully laid on her back tonight while I trimmed her nails. We cuddled close and her sweet scent was strong for some reason. That is when I decided to bust my camera out and capture her true beauty! I am one lucky mama! Hope you enjoy these shoots as much as I do!
















Monday, July 13, 2015

Saffron and Olive

Yay! Finally named. Saffron (sun) and Olive (nansun). As I am a huge foodie, I searched a cook book to come up with both names. They are doing so well with adjusting to their new home and new parents. We visited the vet on Saturday and both received a clean bill of health. We are still quarantining these babies from my other flock members until the 30-45 days is up. I cannot wait to introduce them all!
I asked some questions to our vet about Saffron's patchy skin. He is missing feathers from his head and neck which I can assume was plucked by Olive. Since they've been with us, I haven't seen any plucking or feathers on the bottom of their cage. The doctor wasn't too concerned. I also asked the doc about Olive's line down her belly. I feared this would be liver or weight related. Both conures were a great weight! The vet said the way Olive's meat is around her keel bone, is whats causing the line down. Again, nothing to be concerned with. Both fecal tests came back normal which was some more great news for us!






Monday, June 29, 2015

Two New Flock Members

My husband and I picked up these two gorgeous babes from a seller in Connecticut. I saw a post on a conure group through facebook that the birds were needing to be rehomed. Although I do agree it is wrong to breed hybrid mixes, this nansun hybrid really caught my eye. At first I asked if she would sell him or her separate from the sun conure, but she had insisted that these two were bonded. I couldn't imagine breaking up a bonded pair, so I spoke to my husband about taking them both. Now having four parrots is a bit crazy, but having six? I am not sure what goes through my head sometimes! :) We took the 2.5 hour drive home from Connecticut and set up their cage right away.

Right now the sun and nansun are being quarantined from the rest of my flock. We have a vet appointment on Wednesday evening for both of these new conures. I've noticed their nails were very overgrown, which I fear the quick has grown out too far. Their wings were clipped at one point and a bit uneven so I clipped them again to start a fresh regrowth. The nansun has a missing nail on one foot, so it is more of a stub. The nansun seems to be a bit malnourished so we are working on both of their diets. They were very hungry when we arrived home, and they did very well on the ML Zupreem fruitblend pellets. I am interested to hear what the vet says. We plan to keep these two quarantined for 60 days. There has been a lot of hand washing and clothes changes between handling all of my birds.

As some of you know, we just moved into a new house. It has it's own bird room, and we have a very large basement (with windows) that we are planning to renovate for them. The floor will be tile and there will be a sink located in their room, which is WONDERFUL. Some more great features will be a roll out paper floor for underneath their cages, ropes & ladders from the ceiling, and even more surprises to come. I think these two will be very happy to join my other conures.

Are any of you wondering, "hey, she didn't mention their names?" Well.. I will tell you this - I really am not sure of them yet! These two conures have had three previous owners from what I was told, and they were guessed to be about 6 years old. I do know that the two previous owners had different names for them, and I think because they are now in a forever home, that we can decide on two names to stick to! The nansun we seem to be leaning towards using a male name, as we do not know their sex. I cannot stop saying "she" when referring to the sun conure, so a female name would be more appropriate to us. I will hopefully have an update with those names soon!

Enjoy some pictures below. These two came with a gorgeous new cage, and many toys to be bought for them! Thanks for reading and following our blog!











Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The New Home


It has been eleven days in our new house and I've noticed ONE difference with the birds. Willow talks more than I've ever heard!! I always tease Kevin that we must have a ghost living with us that speaks to her all day lol. She comes out with these words, and says things over and over no matter who is around. Other than that, the birds have been quite normal and stress free! They seem to love their new room (as I kept all the furniture and pictures the same)! We used a paint with no voc throughout whole house (except for the birds room) - it had no fumes and no smell. It looks beautiful and we felt so safe using it around the birds. Now that we can move them out into the den, we will be having their room painted in the next week or two. We have a lot of work to do in the bird room and we are so excited to get it done! Will be keeping you all posted on the awesome things to come.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Updated photos: 4/8/15

My beautiful babes are doing so well. We are getting ready to pack our things in the next couple of weeks and I have been thinking about the bird room in the new house. I am going to do a few things to make my life easier... which includes attaching the roll of paper that I use under their cages, to the bottom of the wall.. making it easy to just pull out and cover the floor each couple of days when it needs to be changed. After painting all walls in our new home, we will let it air out before having the birds come. I will apply some type of poster or sticky paper onto the walls in their room so they don't get wrecked with all the raspberry/strawberry etc. that gets thrown around by them!
Pinterest had a few good ideas for bird room setups and hopefully some more ideas come to mind in the next few weeks!
Hope you enjoy their new pics below! Willow sure is beautiful with those wings spread open after her shower this past weekend.