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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
High Wire Act

By Laura Doering, Editor of BIRD TALK and
Join in on Laura'sfun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK in Wayward Feathers.

My flock’s cages are housed in what used to be a back porch but is now an enclosed utility room. This room has windows running on all sides, and Ollie and Gracie seem to really enjoy the view of our backyard. Ollie and Gracie are also fully flighted. Last year, I decided to see how they’d do being let out of the cages when I’m home to supervise. So far, things have been going great. When I take them from the living room back to the bird room, I fling them in the air and let them fly the rest of the way to their cages. I try this twice a day so they get in some daily exercise.

They especially like to take short flights from their cage tops to the laundry line. Ollie is much heavier than Gracie (conure vs. ’tiel), so the laundry line sways when he lands on it. He’s like a circus performer determined to stay on the tight rope and defy gravity. I liken this laundry-line-landing to a wild parrot landing on a thin branch. After watching the neighborhood wild parrot flocks land in trees over the years, I’ve noticed that they, too, often try their luck on the outermost, most wobbly branches — no doubt a part of play for them. I am curious to see what a wild parrot would do if he came across a blouse drying on the end of a branch. Would he be tempted to snip off a button or two like Ollie?

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