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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Company Is For The Pet Birds ... Again!

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

Linda is doted on with lots of parrot souvenirs 
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Linda's family brought her all sorts of parrot Ppaphernalia when they came to visit.

A collection of parrot momentos
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Check out all the stuff Linda's family bought her!

Bright and early this morning my second round of summer visitors left for home. In June, my daughter Valerie was here for two weeks. This time it was my brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Linda, who came to visit.

Since they were driving from Florida, they had plenty of room to bring me lots of parrot stuff they picked up at various markets around the Orlando area. Of course I was happy to see them, but as a bonus it seemed a little like Christmas in July for me!

Being a parrot lover, I love to collect parrot stuff, some of which I will share pictures of with you in this blog.
After all the excitement of seeing my family and getting my stash (ha!) I know I have to start thinking about how I'm going to balance my time, yet again, between my visitors and tending to my flock.

In my opinion my birds have been very good about getting a little less out-of-cage time while I gallivant around more than usual.

While my family is here I do my cage cleaning in the evening and fill their treat dishes with goodies the night before. That way, the birds are ready and waiting to just pop into their cage without a lot of time-consuming preparing the next day. 
I always make sure to see that the pet birds have plenty of clean water, good food, toys to destroy and a great window view to keep them entertained when they are confined a little longer than usual.
I've also found that a treat like a chunk of apple or slice of banana will keep them happily busy and quiet. So when we were out shopping I picked up more fruits and veggies, like green beans, corn and grapes and more.

An ice cube in my Moluccan cockatoo Cupid's water dish does wonders for quieting him down when we are trying to talk or watch TV.
I did set up a spare cage in my bedroom for Radar, my blue-fronted Amazon, as she tends to be loud more often than the rest of the flock.

But she wasn't secluded in a back room all forlorn or forgotten. When she did have to spend a little time there she was in a comfy cage with the TV to entertain her! I'd go in often to check on and talk to her, telling her what a good girl she's being.

 All they want is to be noticed and greeted when we come in the door after being gone for awhile. If they feel ignored they'll squawk their displeasure, but go quiet once they are acknowledged. So I would tell each of the birds how proud of them I am for them being so patient and well behaved.

These are things that it's a good idea to think about before you have company come to stay awhile when you have parrots in your home.

Danny and Linda were here for two weeks but the time just flew by (no pun intended).

So it just goes to show that if you have a plan in place before company arrives it can go smoothly for everyone, people and parrots! Even the second time around!
If you have any advice for the rest of us about how you handle your time between your company and your flock be sure to share it below in the comments section.

Oh, and be sure to share pics of any of your parrotphernalia  you may have been gifted with, too!

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Loved the idea of the ice cube to settle a Moluccan Cockatoo down. Plan on trying it with Roxie next time she is in a rare mood.
Carol, Hampton, VA
Posted: 10/23/2010 1:37:22 PM
I enjoy your articles so much. You include your family members and your activities so I almost feel like everyone is my neighbor. It's almost like an avian reality show. Maybe, "Radar Knows Best". Or, "Bachelor Cupid". Please keep writing and sharing the activities of your beautiful birds. I'll keep on reading and smiling. :)
Elba, Bloomingdale, OH
Posted: 10/5/2010 8:31:49 AM
You certainly manage the flock & company well.
Joan, Upper Montclair, NJ
Posted: 9/26/2010 2:31:17 PM
When I need a break or have to go out, I leave a piece of millet for my bird to enjoy...somehow it is very calming.
Joan, Upper Montclair, NJ
Posted: 9/1/2010 11:28:52 AM
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