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Bird For A Day

By Melissa Kauffman

Melissa envies pet birds' biggest problem: boredom 
Editorial Director Melissa Kauffman

Busy, busy, busy. We are all so busy. I heard someone say on the morning news that this country is suffering from an epidemic of exhaustion. I am not surprised at all. Funny thing how bird owners struggle with juggling paying the bills, taking care of their families and homes, and trying to be a good flock member to their bird. These days, none of us seems to have enough time.

On the other hand, because our birds no longer have to work for food in the wild, they have the opposite problem — boredom. Perhaps if we could change lives for a week, like in that movie Freaky Friday, except instead of a teenage girl and her mom  it would be us and our birds.

I wonder how my birds, Carlisle, Natty and Deacon, would handle cleaning the house and preparing the food for a change? Wouldn’t it be fun for me to throw my food everywhere, throw my clothes around, destroy random furniture and yell when no one is paying attention to me? I could stare at the mirror all the time and throw things at the dogs from atop the furniture. I could shriek with displeasure when I want to go to bed and make everyone else turn off all the lights and stop the noise, so I can sleep peacefully. I could give kisses when I was happy with someone and just turn my back on them when I was displeased — or occasionally bite them if I was really displeased.

Sorry, didn’t mean to go off on such a tangent. It was just so much fun pretending to be a bird. We hope you enjoy this issue. Associate Editor Jessica Pineda held an in-house photo shoot for a toucan. That is one amazing bird to be around.

Thanks to all of you who have been giving us suggestions on our website for future articles. I know many of you like the wild parrot research articles, and we’ve included one of them in this issue.

On, it is Camp Birdie time! Starting July 6, 2010, go to and check it out. Make sure you try out the ghost stories. I wrote some of them, and Jessica told me she thought they were pretty unusual. Ah well, guess that’s why I’m also a bird owner. Vive la différence!

 **For the full article, pick up the September 2010 issue of BIRD TALK at your local retailer or by purchasing a PDF download here.**

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On the article "Lost Bird". If there was a way for you to retrieve your bird after that fateful day that they get outside(whether it was through a door or a crack in the window) would you do the training to get it back before it happens? I have written a program to teach you & your bird to find each other.
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