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Date:8/1/2014 1:56:33 AM
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Feel free to give Tweet a piece of your beak anytime you want! He has not been allowed near me since that day. All of us are flighted except him, and the Cuddler is going to keep him clipped so us smaller birds will always have a means of escape if he should get aggressive towards us.

Here are the pecan tarts I promised you! We made a double batch. I have another treat, too - the birthday girl wanted chicken and dumplings for her special meal but the Cuddler didn't get around to making them until tonight. (I thought she should make caique and dumplings but she said no!) I do love the dumplings, and the chicken, and the bits of carrots and celery in it!

The kids never got their portraits taken. The Cuddler came down with another bad cold this week and didn't get much of anything done. Hopefully they will get them taken next week.

You should see my babies - they are getting so big! The 3 oldest have their eyes open already. In another week or so they'll go to the breeder's for handfeeding and life will get back to normal for me.

Butterball laid six eggs and Apollo was doing a really good job of sitting on them, but last weekend he took a couple days off and stopped sitting and the eggs got chilled and didn't start hatching when they were supposed to. After a few days the Cuddler declared the clutch lost but didn't throw the eggs out because Apollo had started sitting again. Today the Edible One told her to get rid of those eggs, so she went to get them, but Apollo got all fierce and wouldn't let her touch them. Rather than lose a finger, she left them alone. A few hours later, she heard a tiny cheep-cheep-cheep from their nestbox - one hatched after all! Good old Apollo knew he had a baby in the process of hatching and made sure the eggs stayed safe! This is the first time Butterball and Apollo have ever managed to incubate an egg all the way to hatching. Since there were six in the clutch, we think this egg was probably #3, so there's a chance the next three may hatch too!

Butterball doesn't act like she's going to take care of babies any better than she took care of eggs, so poor Apollo is doing all the work. If more hatch and he needs help, my older babies will go to the breeder's early and I'll take over some of his.

The BW says thank you for the birthday wishes! Her mom ordered her a plush doll from Japan that she wanted. They wish they knew when it was arriving but the Japan Post tracking page is in Japanese. Duh!

Saturday is the fall orchestra concert, then next week is decorating and getting the tree, and the week after that is baking week. I can hardly wait! I hope you can come help me supervise and be another taste tester? In the meantime, I'd love to cuddler with you and wait for the first snow! Here's a big beaky kiss for my sweet man!

Love,
Annie
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