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He found me one day when I was visiting my local pet store. He was friendly and outgoing, and came right to me, scurried up my arm and snuggled right into my neck. I knew I had to take him home with me..

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Hi! My name is Riley - Happy Springtime Everybirdy!

I am a Sun Conure from Buffalo Grove, IL.

Riley Cyrus, Brother Beelo, Devil Bird

5 years old   M

Sun Conure

grapes, popcorn Avi Cakes and P E A N U T S!!!!

on his pal David's shoulder, hanging from his tie and sitting on his forearm when he's reading. Anywhere David is, Riley wants to be!

anyone messing with his food, Dad leaving the room, and any time I spend with my other bird, an African Gray named Dorian

He always has time to play with me and scratch my head, he takes great care of me and he never (well, almost never)gets mad when I "occasionally" decide to scream!

All of his habits are quirky! The head bobbing, hanging upside down - just being a Conure!.

The Sun always shines with Riley in our lives!.

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  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? Well, it looks like luck is on our side today! Our county was supposed to get 10 plus inches of snow from late Saturday night thru Monday 1pm, but it's been down graded to 3-6 inches...tho it's snowing pretty good right now! Luckily, it looks like the g-kids will have a 2 he delay instead of A cancellation...all snow days have been used & any more missed days must be made up at end of school year.
Today, we will finish the Parrot's Bill of Rights.

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS (Pt 2)
7. PLEASE DON'T PUNISH ME.
Just as I don't always understand ur peculiarities, u may not understand mine. I don't TRY to get in trouble - remember...a house is NOT the jungle. If I DO screw up, don't yell at me & NEVER hit me! I have very sensitive ears & I may never trust u again if u strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us. (Why in the world would u not be zygodactylous like us?) Even more importantly, we don't learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves; we learn through patience & love.
8. SPEAK MY "LANGUAGE".
I know u get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I don't do these to annoy u - I am probably trying to tell u something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely, or sad). Learn to speak MY (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!
9. SEE ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
I am a unique & feeling being. No two of us are alike. Please don't be disappointed in me if I don't talk like u wanted, or can't do the tricks that ur friend's parrot can do. But if u pay close attention to me (& I always empathize with u, whether u know it or not), I will show u a unique being who will give u so much more than talking & playing. Give me a chance to show u who I am; I think you'll find the effort worth it. And remember - I am NOT an ornament; I DO NOT enhance ANY living room decor. And I am NOT a status symbol - if u use me as such, I might nip at your turned-up nose!
10. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME.
Above all, PLEASE remember that u are my Special Person. I put all my trust & faith in u. We parrots are used to being monogamous (no bar-hopping for us!) So please don't go away for long periods or give me away. That would be a sadness from which I may never recover.
If that seems to be asking a lot, remember - u could have learned about my needs BEFORE bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isn't a fair reason - you made a commitment to me FIRST! And if u think that u must leave me because u might die, provide for me forever after u leave. I may live to a ripe old age but I can't provide for myself. Remember I'm in a small cage amongst people who are NOT of my blood.
AWE SHUCKS! Blog too long & cut off! Will finish last part tomorrow & continue with first aid - poisoning & toxicity. See u tomorrow sweetie!
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Tia

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03/02/2014 05:40.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? Congrats to my BBFF Snowflake for winning BOTM! She will be an amazing queen!

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. by Stewart A. Metz, M.D.
1. GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE U BRING ME HOME.
I am NOT a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs, which u may find it hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well-being. And please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle...it will jeopardize his survival & well-being, & that won't be a party for u either!
2. GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE.
I am used to flying through rainforests or savannahs. I have given up this great gift for ur pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings & exercise. And o need toys for my amusement & wood to chew...otherwise, I might confuse ur home with the forest & its trees.
3. GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET.
I need a wide variety of fresh & nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seed alone. Take time to learn what mynneeds are.
4. LET ME HAVE A "SOCIAL LIFE".
I am a gregarious flock animal...but I am NOT one of u. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with u, & with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with u every day - no matter what it schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling creature. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in u, & count on ur predictability in looking after me - EVERY DAY.
5. LET ME BE CLEAN.
I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers won't seal if they become oily & worst of all, I may become ill if my food & water is not always sanitary.
6. I NEED MY OWN DOCTOR.
U may not understand my physiology & therefore u may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And it may be too late when u do, because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle, where there are lots of predictors). And I need an avian vet - a specialisy (no HMOs for me please). If u can't afford one, perhaps u shouldn't have taken me home.
I will send u the 2nd part tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
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Tia

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03/01/2014 01:48.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? WOW, did this month fly by! I can't believe this is my last day as ur BOTM queen! But I'm very happy & excited for my dear friend Snowflake, who will be my successor! First thing tomorrow, I will hand over the castle keys, & take her by the wing & give her the grand tour of her new home for the month!
Tomorrow, I will send u the first part of A Parrot's Bill of Rights. It's like a parrot owners manual, short version, with a bit of comic relief added in! Today, I will finish A Parrot's Prayer. I have to warn u, the second part is as heartbreaking as the first, & will leave a lump in ur throat.

A PARROT'S PRAYER (cont.)
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the macaws, cockatoos, amazons & conures that are stripped of their vocal cords for screaming; their sensitive beaks cut back to prevent biting.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all birds that end up for sale in pet shops or breeders like used merchandise, unwanted & frightened in strange surroundings with nothing more than the familiar sight of bars on a cage.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the neglected birds that are sick with infections from filthy conditions & malnourishment that may never recover & know what it is like to feel healthy & be playful.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the misconceived parrots who were beaten, stabbed, blinded & burned for just being a parrot.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For every african grey, cockatoo & macaw that punishes itself by maiming their bodies & plucking their feathers & for those who have lost all spirit of life & sway their head low from side to side slowly into insanity.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
We ask humbly of you dear Lord to look upon all of your magnificent feather creations, protect them from evil & harm caused by man & to bring forth an awakening in the human heart & make it a kinder, gentler world for all captive birds.
AMEN.
Written by Sally Brooks

Every time mom reads this, her eyes fill with tears & she holds me a little closer & gives me extra kisses. As much as she loves me, she just can't imagine people being so despicable to do these things to these wondrous & magnificent creatures! I know that everybirdy's moms feel the same way...especially the moms that have rehomed birds and rescues, who have given a home to broken & battered birds...& God bless each one of you! I hope u have a great day, & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
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Queen TiaMaria

Mom would like to thank everybirdy for their encouragement & support for her quitting smoking...it really means a lot to her! She has been "quitting" for the last year or so with not much success! She is sooooo happy that the Lord took away withdrawal torture! Mom could never quit before coz she could never make it past the 3 weeks of torturous withdrawal symptoms. But this time she had no physical withdrawal at all...which is truly a blessing from God!
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02/28/2014 06:15.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie! I meant to be back sooner, but since mom is feeling a lot better, she has been busy! Plus giving me attention is a full time job! It's been over a month & mom still isn't smoking! That's another reason mom hasn't been online much...it's an activity she associates with smoking & the only time she craves one, but it's starting to go away! There is still a lot of first aid info I would like to go over, but first, we would like to share a couple things that are in one of mom's books. Both are very thought provoking & also very true. I will start with A PARROT'S PRAYER, (which is incredibly sad & infuriating!, then A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. Each should take 2 days.

A PARROT'S PRAYER
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the wild caught parrots so savagely netted & swept away from their families while their babies, dumped into burlap sacks, cried out in terror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the exotic birds that witnessed the destruction of all the blessed trees & fled fires in fear from man's thirst to dominate, stripping the land of all its inhabitants, leaving nothing but bare ground behind.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the parrots that struggled through the capture, but died merciless in transport from the stress of overcrowded, barbaric, confinements & inconceivable horror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the survivors that made it into captivity but exist in a nightmare of confinement unable to use their God given wings of flight as they once remembered.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the baby birds bred in captivity whose crops burned or have died needlessly from harshness of human hands.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all captive birds that have been erased from their owner's consciousness & are abandoned to a lifeless existence with only a distant memory of what it was like to hear a gentle voice from someone that used to care.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all those helpless creatures who don't know what it's like to live life as a bird or even to feel the breeze or sunlight but are doomed to darkness in closets or garages, trapped inside covered cages or shackled.

Heartbreaking, isn't it? I will finish the Parrot's Prayer tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen Tia

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02/27/2014 09:25.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 23
Hi everyone, I'm Sandy, TiaMaria's mom. Before I start today's blog, I would like to ask my dear BC friends to pray for my oldest daughter, Amanda. She is 31 & is the mom of my 3 grandkids. She went to the Dr on Tuesday because she was getting concerned about having swollen lymph nodes. The Dr was concerned & ordered a CT scan, which she had done yesterday morning. The results were given to the Drs office & they called my daughter & told her she needs to have a biopsy done. The Drs office scheduled her appt with the surgeon before they even called my daughter, she has an appt to see a surgeon tomorrow, coz they want the biopsy done ASAP. Dr told her they want the biopsy done to rule out lymphoma. We are all nervous wrecks over this. I appreciate any?all prayers for her. Thank you.
Today, we will start discussing POISONING & TOXICITY.
POISONING
Some poisons can kill a bird quickly. Others can cause clinical signs ranging from a mild digestive tract upset to a violent illness. If ur bird is poisoned & u are unable to reach ur avian vet, u should call an animal poison control center. I have the phone #s for two:
(1). ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER -- 1-888-ANI-HELP or, 1-888-426-4435 ($60.00 per case). The $60.00 consultation fee may be charged to ur credit card.

(2). NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER (NAPCC). The NAPCC is located at the University of Illinois. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, & each call is handled by a vet who is specially trained in animal poisoning. There is a $65.00 charge per case, but it could mean the difference between life & death for ur bird. The NAPCC's numbers are: 1-800-548-2423 (billed as a flat rate of $65.00) or 900-680-0000 (billed on a per-minute basis.
SIGNS -- A poisoned bird may suddenly regurgitate, develop diarrhea, bloody droppings, redness or burns around her mouth, go into convulsions, become paralyzed, go into shock or any number or other abnormalities. Tomorrow, we will continue with POISONING, starting with HOME TREATMENT. Hope u had a good day, see u tomorrow!
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Tia

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01/23/2014 11:34.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 22
How are u sweetie? BRRRR! It's a cold day today! At 10am, it's still 3 degrees BELOW ZERO! Supposed to have a high of 5 degrees! My blog yesterday was too long & got cut off. I will first finish up: HEATSTROKE
PREVENTION
You can reduce ur bird's chances of suffering heatstroke by keeping her out of direct sun, providing her with ample supplies of clean, fresh water & not keeping her in a car on a hot day. Interior temps in a car can rise quickly during hot weather, which can cause serious problems for all pets.
For about the next week, starting tomorrow, we will be discussing POISONING & TOXICITY. Today, we will cover CONVULSIONS, as this is a symptom of poisoning.
CONVULSIONS (SEIZURES)
A convulsion, which is a series of violent & involuntary muscle contractions, indicates that there is a very serious underlying medical problem. Convulsions are not a diagnosis, rather they are the result of any number of problems that include head trauma, infection, lead poisoning, some nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, low blood calcium, heatstroke, neurological disease & epilepsy (brain malfunction causing recurring seizures.
SIGNS --In the minutes before a convulsion a bird may appear apprehensive & restless. A convulsion may only affect a single wing or leg or could involve the entire body or affected limb. The bird may also lose her balance & fall to the floor or even lose consciousness. Convulsions usually last only a few seconds, but can last a minute or two. The time interval between them can vary. They may occur a few minutes apart, or they may occur days or even months apart. There is no effective home treatment for convulsions. The underlying cause must be determined & treated to prevent further episodes. Remove objects from bird's cage, such as toys & perches, to protect her from further injury. This. Is an emergency & ur avian vet will want to examine ur bird immediately. Medication is available to control convulsions. However, to actually prevent them from occurring, the underlying cause should be determined.
See u tomorrow sweetie, pleasant dreams!
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Tia

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01/22/2014 11:55.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 21----No BLOG #20
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover FROSTBITE & HEATSTROKE.
FROSTBITE (HYPOthermia)
Frostbite is an emergency because, in a moderate case, the bird's toes could be lost; or, in a severe case, the bird could die.
SIGNS -- The frostbitten area will be very painful, cold & hard to the touch. After several days the affected area may become very hard, dry & dark black in color.
HOME TREATMENT -- place the bird in a warm environment (85° to 90°F.). U can use a heat lamp or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. Take extreme care not to burn the bird. Warm up the damaged tissue very gradually in a warm circulating water bath. Food & water should be easily accessible to bird. Monitor the air temp to avoid overheating. Determine the cause of the chilling. Watch for signs of shock (blog #11). If it is due to environmental conditions such as power outage or drafts, fix the problem or locate the bird. Ur avian vet will want to examine ur bird.
VETERINARY TREATMENT -- Ur avian vet will warm the bird gradually by placing her in an incubator & administering intravenous (IV) fluids. Ur avian vet will want to examine the bird.
PREVENTION -- Keep birds indoors during extremely cold weather. Most pet birds can tolerate outdoor temps that dip down to 30°F. Cold temps combined with dampness &/or wind will create an ideal environment for frostbite to develop. Birds housed outdoors in cold weather should not be kept on metal perches.
HEATSTROKE (HYPERthermia)
Overheated birds can go into shock quickly.
Heatstroke most commonly occurs if:
*The bird is kept in a cage in direct sunlight where there is no shade or shelter from the sun.
*A bird is in a vehicle with the windows closed or with inadequate ventilation.
*Too much supplemental heat, in the form of a heat lamp or heating pad, is supplied.
*The bird is wrapped in a towel (a common method of restraint) for an excessive length of time.
SIGNS -- An environment that is very warm & a bird that is panting, holding her wings down & away from her body. The bird will also be extremely weak & could go into shock or a coma. Overheating tends to occur more commonly in birds that are overweight, so keep ur bird at its ideal weight. Heatstrokevi?+
HOME TREATMENT -- First, remove the bird from her hot environment & place her in a cool area. Start to reduce her body temp by placing her in an air-conditioned room, in front of a fan, or spraying her with cool water from a misting bottle. Make sure the feathers are wet to the skin. Offer the bird cool water to drink if she is able, or begin to give her a few drops of cool water by mouth. Contact ur avian vet's office for further instructions.
VETERINARY TREATMENT -- In addition to general supportive care, the patient will be placed in a cool, well-oxygenated & moist environment. Dehydration can be treated by administering fluids. The bird should be closely monitored for at least 24 hours.
PREVENTION -- You can reduce ur bird's chances of

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01/21/2014 08:42.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 19
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover CONCUSSIONS & DIARRHEA (I guess we can call it "heads or tails")?!
CONCUSSION
A concussion is caused by a blow to the head & could lead to unconsciousness. This type of injury frequently occurs when a bird crashes into walls, windows, etc when flying freely through the house. Place ur injured bird in a dark quiet place & consciousness occurs, or ur bird does not rapidly return to normal, emergency vet care is critical.
DIARRHEA
Diarrhea can cause dehydration & a loss of nutrients. Diarrhea is actually uncommon in pet birds. Excessive urine is much more common & frequently mistaken for diarrhea. Remember, if the stool is solid & formed, it IS NOT diarrhea. Increased urine will, however, cause the stool to become wet & slightly loose. Causes of diarrhea can include diet (sudden change in type of food or spoiled food), intestinal infection, poisoning, ingestion of a foreign object, parasites, generalized diseases, egg laying or egg-binding, overtreatment with antibiotics & stress.
SIGNS -- The signs of diarrhea are loose, watery & unformed stool.
HOME TREATMENT -- If ur bird has diarrhea, remove any non-food items which she may be chewing. Feed a bland diet of soft fresh foods, such as pasta, rice, beans & cooked oatmeal. U might consider giving Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate in the following doses:
Finches/canaries: 4 drops every 4 hrs
"Budgies": 6 drops every 4 hrs
Cockatiels: 10 drops (0.5cc) every 4 hrs
Amazons: 20 drops (1cc) every 4 hrs
Cockatoos & Macaw: 30 drops (1.5cc) every 4 hrs
Remember, any treatment offered at home will delay more specific treatment by ur vet. This time delay may be very significant if bird has a serious health problem.
VET TREATMENT -- Because diarrhea is only the result of a problem & not a diagnosis vets need to try & determine the underlying cause to resolve the problem. Diagnostic tests, such as stool analysis &/or culture, X-rays & blood tests, may be recommended.
See u tomorrow! THANK U FOR UR SUPPORT!!!
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01/19/2014 07:47.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 17
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover blood in droppings & difficulty breathing.
BLOOD IN DROPPINGS
One of the most common reasons for blood in the droppings is heavy metal toxicosis (we will cover this later), especially from lead & zinc. This toxicosis can cause blood in urine. If u notice this, seek vet care immediately. Blood may also be seen in droppings due to intestinal or cloacal infections, cloacal growths, or with difficulty passing eggs. Dark tarry droppings may indicate bleeding higher up in the small intestine. Seek vet care.
DIFFICULTY BREATHING
Anytime an animal is having difficulty breathing, it must always be considered life-threatening. If in respiratory distress, a bird's condition can rapidly deteriorate. Check the nostrils for blockage. If external blockage is observed, such as caused by mucus, wipe with a damp cloth. Look for any other blockage such as seeds or dirt. The operculum, a small part of the bird's anatomy inside the nostril could be mistaken for a foreign body, so have ur vet examine & remove any suspected blockage. Wheezing rapid breathing, open-mouthed breathing & nasal discharge are obvious signs of respiratory distress. Less obvious signs could include tail bobbing (pronounced up & down motion of the tail), frequent stretching of the neck, swelling around the eye, loss of voice & sometimes a "clicking-like" sound when breathing. Shortness of breath can also be caused by illness. In that case, the bird should. Be seen promptly by ur vet.
HOME TREATMENT
Keep the bird warm, keep the environment calm & relaxed & consider covering the cage to help reduce ur bird's stress level. Also, turning on a vaporizer near the cage for short periods of time or placing ur caged bird (or a stand for a large bird) in a "steamy" bathroom may help ease labored breathing. Call ur vet's office & ask to be seen immediately. Panting or open-mouth breathing could be caused by overheating due to fright, exercise, or environmental temperature. Overheated birds can develop heatstroke (we will cover this). In these cases, the bird may also hold its wings outstretched from his body, pant heavily, & collapse. Allow the bird to remain quiet in a cooler location. Mist the bird with cool water & have bird stand on a cool wet towel. Do not cool the bird too quickly. Contact ur vet to determine if further treatment is necessary.
Tomorrow, we will cover burns.
I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me with my campaign. I am truly blessed to have such caring & wonderful friends!
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Tia

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01/17/2014 11:56.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 16
How are u sweetie? Our good friend TiPaul #40680, is hoping to join the 10K club. I hope everybirdy will give him a daily vote to help him get there!
Today, we will continue with controlling bleeding.
BLEEDING (BODY)
Locate the source of bleeding. If the bleeding is from a broken pin feather, remove it. Donot use popowdered blood clotting material on a feather follicle (Day #14). Cleanse the area gently with a topical antiseptic such as a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, etc. Apply styptic powder, cornstarch, baking soda, flour, or boric acid to stop the bleeding. If necessary, cover the wound with gauze pads & hold firm pressure on wound for several minutes, until bleeding stops. Leave the gauze on. If the cut is on legs or feet, apply antibiotic ointment & bandage loosely. If cuts are on the body, cover with gauze & an appropriately sized sock (cut hole in toe of sock for head & holes for legs). DO NOT bandage over styptic powder. For some sources of bleeding, (such as mouth) u may want to try mixing a solution of powdered alum & cold water. Apply the mixture using cotton balls. Press to the affected area for a couple of minutes. Be aware that birds sometimes will pick at their wounds & as a result, bleeding could restart.
BLEEDING -- INTERNAL
Internal bleeding should always be considered life-threatening. This condition could be caused by trauma, a foreign body, cancer, poison, infection or a bleeding disorder (blood fails to clot normally.
SIGNS
Internal bleeding is evidenced by blood coming from the mouth, nares or vent. Even if the bleeding appears to be intermittent rather than continuous, or if u notice some driedspecks of blood, it sshould be considered very serious. Blood in the droppings could be seen was fresh "red" blood or the feces could appear black, almost tarlike. No home treatment should be attempted, call vet & ask to be seen immediately.
BLEEDING FROM MOUTH OR NOSTRILS
This is. A serious situation requiring immediate attention. Occasionally, blood in the mouth may be due to a beak injury. However, unless u are certain that this is indeed thepproblem & u can visually verify the beak damage, seek vet care.
BLEEDING FROM TONGUE
The tongue contains many blood vessels & if injured, may bleed profusely. Seek vet care immediately. You may attempt to stop the bleeding by applying an alum & cold water mixture by dipping the bird's mouth into the solution.
Next, we will cover BLOOD IN DROPPINGS & BREATHING DIFFICULTIES.
See u tomorrow sweetie, have a good day!
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01/16/2014 10:49.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 15
How are u sweetie? Today, we will continue with bleeding emergencies.
BEAK INJURY
A beak injury is an emergency because a bird needs both her upper & lower beak to eat & preen properly. Beak injuries often occur after a bird has been attacked by another bird, after flying into a windowpane or a mirror, or a run-in with an operating ceiling fan. (i have a bad habit of chewing on my cage bars & have chipped/broken the tip of my beak several times.) Infectioncan set in rrather quickly if a beak is fractured or punctured or partially missing. U may wish to apply a mixture of alum & cold water to reduce bleeding. Keep the bird calm & quiet. It may be necessary to apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding, using a towel or direct pressure. Observe the bird for at least an hour after bleeding stops. If a piece of beak is dangling, it will need to be carefully removed. If blood loss is considerable or if ur bird seems weak & unsteady, call ur vet's office immediately for further instructions. A bird with a beak injury is usually reluctant to eat or drink. This could last for just a few days or a week or even longer. Try offering softer foods, food cut into very small pieces or warmed food.
NAIL. INJURY
Torn nails may need prompt attention in order to prevent further injury. Ragged nails can catch on items in the cage or on items throughout the house. Remove or trim the part of the nail that is injured. Apply styptic stick/powder or cornstarch to the toenail. If the bleeding does not stop, seek veterinary attention.
We should be able to finish up procedures on bleeding tomorrow. Have a great day & see u tomorrow!
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01/15/2014 09:44.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 14
How are u sweetie? Today, we will begin to cover bleeding. This topic will take an additional day or two.
IF UR BIRD IS BLEEDING
1. Always handle the bird gently & calmly.
2. Always observe the bird for at least one hour after bleeding has stopped to make sure that it hasn't restarted.
3. If bleeding has not stopped after a few minutes of treatment, take the bird to vet immediately.
4. If any signs of listlessness, weakness, paralysis or breathing difficulty are noted, take bird to the vet immediately.
5. If bleeding continues, requiring a trip to the vet, try to have another person drive so that u can continue to apply pressure to the bleeding area.
BROKEN BLOOD FEATHERS
Broken blood feathers can cause what appears to be a large blood loss. They are relatively easy to treat. At home, pack the broken shaft with styptic powder or flour. Do not use powdered blood clotting material on a feather follicle, doing so may permanently damage the follicle. (styptic powder, cornstarch, baking soda, flour or boric acid). It is possible that u may have to remove the feather shaft from its follicle to stop the bleeding, or the broken feather could continue to bleed or even become infected. Follow these steps when treating a broken blood feather. This requires 2 people - one to restrain the bird & one to remove the feather.
1. Act immediately & restrain the bird.
2. Using firm pressure & sturdy tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, pull the feather out. To do this, grasp the feather as close to the skin as possible. Be gentle & apply smooth, even pressure. If u are removing a broken wing feather, be sure to firmly hold & support the wing as the feather is pulled out. Ur assistant will need to very carefully apply equal & opposite traction on the opposite end of the wing as u remove the feather.
(NOTE: Bird bones are fragile & there is a risk of causing a bone to fracture. Therefore, consider having an avian vet remove the damaged feather.)
3. After the feather is removed, bleeding from the empty follicle may occur. If this happens, apply direct pressure for 1 or 2 minutes using a cotton ball or ur fingers.
4. Once the bleeding is controlled, observe the bird for at least another hour. The bleeding could recur.
5. Provide supportive care.
6. If blood loss seems excessive or the bird appears weak & listless, call ur vet immediately. If possible, have another person drive so u can watch the bird closely & & help control any bleeding.
We will continue with controlling bleeding tomorrow. Have a good night sweetie!
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01/14/2014 09:30.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 13
How are u sweetie? Sorry no blog yesterday, of course it was mom's fault! It was G-son Sammy's 7rh birthday, AND mom got my sissy tickets to Theresa Caputo's live show yesterday (The Long Island Medium)! It was almost 10pm when they FINALLY got home, plus I demanded some mommy time! She actually did try to do a blog after I went night-night, but she ended up sleep-blogging! She did a short blog but only posted it on my page!
Today, we will discuss:
ANIMAL BITES
Bites can be life-threatening emergencies. Animal bites not only cause the obvious puncture wounds but also the potential for serious internal injuries & fractures resulting from the "crush" of the animals jaws. Serious infections can develop from being bitten or from being scratched. Once bacteria gain entry into the body from even a very small puncture wound, bacteria can spread via the bloodstream & develop rapidly into a life-threatening situation. The first 48 hours after an animal bite is a critical time period
Cat bites are a little more serious. The PASTEURELLA MULTOCIDA bacteria, which is present in cat's mouths & on their claws, can cause death within 24 hours if not properly treated. Anytime a bird is attacked by an animal, it should be taken to the vet immediately.
SIGNS
Sometimes bite marks can be seen, but often are hidden by the feathers. Look for general signs of trauma, which could include blood, matted feathers, "droopy" wing, unsteadiness on the perch or an unusual increase of feathers in the cage or on the house floor.
HOME TREATMENT
There is really no effective home treatment. Call ur vet's office & transport immediately.
VETERINARY TREATMENT
Your bird will first checked for stability, & if she appears severely injured & in shock, treatment will begin immediately. If ur pet appears stable, a complete physical exam will be given first, followed by appropriate treatment, which will probably include administration of antibiotics. Diagnostic tests may include x-rays to examine for bone & internal injuries & a blood test.
PREVENTION
Be careful & use common sense when keeping birds with other pets, especially dogs & cats. If u do have ur bird out of her cage when other pets are around, supervise them closely.
Yikes! What a frightening subject! An equally scary topic tomorrow...bleeding! See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/13/2014 11:52.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 11
How are u sweetie? Today, we will start with: SHOCK:
Shock is a critical situation that occurs when the cardiovascular system fails to supply adequate blood to the organs of the body. As a result, low blood pressure develops & the cells in the body do not receive adequate amounts of nutrients & oxygen. Shock may follow any serious insult or trauma to the body, including bleeding, severe infection, dehydration, prolonged diarrhea, vomiting or poisoning. If left untreated, shock frequently results in death. Birds that are in shock will appear weak, rapid shallow breathing, have fluffed-up feathers & head may be turned with eyes partly closed. If u believe that ur bird is in shock, keep her warm, cover her cage/carrier & transport her to ur vet's office immediately. Be sure to call ur vet's office to give them time to prepare for the emergency. Once ur bird arrives, ur vet will immediately examine the bird, get a brief history & begin treatment. This will include administering fluids to hydrate the bird & oxygen to ease difficult breathing, warming the bird, administering "shock specific drugs as needed & closely monitoring the bird. Once ur bird is stable, diagnostic tests will likely be recommended. These can be very important to better assess the extent of the injuries, offer a realistic prognosis & monitor the bird's response to treatment.
COMMON DIAGNOSTIC TESTS
There are a few commonly performed diagnostic tests that can be especially useful in an emergency situation are:
COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT & DIFFERENTIAL (CBC)
An excellent initial screening test for the presence of infection, inflammation, anemia, blood parasites & protein levels.
BLOOD CHEMISTRIES
Evaluation of chemical components in the blood provides important info that helps to formulate an accurate diagnosis, prescribe proper therapy & monitor response to therapy. These tests look for imbalances in certain biochemical functions, which could point to the possibility of organ dysfunction.
RADIOGRAPHS OR "X-RAYS"
The ability to "see" inside the body is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools available. Bone abnormalities, size & appearance of most internal organs, presence of foreign bodies or soft tissue masses, such as tumors,h& much more can be evaluated with X-rays.
GENERAL SUPPORTIVE CARE
Basic medical care from which most sick birds will benefit, regardless of the illness. This term can apply to care administered both at home & in the vet's office. At home, "general supportive care" should include keeping the bird warm, making sure she has easy access to food & water, keeping her quiet & calm & watching for signs of improvement/ deterioration. In the vet's office, "GSC" could include warmth, oxygen therapy, fluid therapy,x"force-feeding" & nebulization therapy (breathing treatment). This care would also include close monitoring by the attending vet & the trained staff.
Tomorrow, we will continue with med emergencies. Have a great day sweetie!
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01/11/2014 08:01.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? Several birdies told me that they went to Sky's page & read blog #9, & not to worry about resending it. But if anybirdy does want the blog CONTACT UR VET WITHIN 8 HOURS let me know & I'll redo it & send it to u.
Several birdies commented on my awesome campaign pics! Each & every one of the pics were lovingly made by sweet Momma Deb! I'd like to thank her again for my wonderful pics! She will be the best momma-in-law EVER!
We will now begin discussing medical emergencies/problems & first aid procedures. This info is meant to be guidelines, not to replace veterinary care, but to stabilize ur bird until u can get to ur vet's office.
An important aspect of first aid is PREVENTION. Many serious illnesses can be prevented when whenoowners feed their pet birds balanced diets, keep their pet's cages clean & take their birds to their vets for regular check-ups. Most injuries can be prevented by "bird-proofing" ur home, be careful of other pets around ur bird, keeping nails & wins trimmed, etc.
LOSS OF APPETITE
Birds usually lose their appetite when they are sick or injured. Loss of appetite is not a diagnosis, it is the result of a medical problem & serves as an indication that there is a problem with ur bird. Healthy birds have healthy appetite.
Tomorrow we will start with shock.
Have a good night sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/10/2014 10:19.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? A terrible thing has happened...my blog has disappeared! I will redo it tomorrow. If u would like to read it now, it is on Sky's page #224183.
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/10/2014 10:47.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
How are u sweetie? A terrible thing has happened...my blog has disappeared! I will redo it tomorrow. If u would like to read it now, it is on Sky's page #224183.
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/10/2014 12:19.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAy 8
How are u sweetie? Well, the Polar Vortex is finally heading back to the Arctic Circle, where it belongs! The g-kids had a 2 hour delay on Monday & cancellation yesterday & today! There was supposed to be just a 2 hour delay today, but because of these frigid temps, the school buses wouldn't start. They said that at these extreme temps diesel gas turns to gel...but it will warm up enough for them to go back tomorrow...the temp is going up to 33 degrees...it's going to feel like a heat wave! Monday night we had a low of -13 & Tuesday we had a high of -5!
Today we will continue with: WHEN TO CONTACT UR VET.
CONTACT UR VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:

HAS SIGNS OF GASTROINTESTINAL, URINARY, OR REPRODUCTIVE DISTRESS INCLUDING:
*Straining continually, but unable to produce feces or urates
*Choking
*Swallowing a foreign body (ex: toy, cage decoration, bell clapper)
*Any condition that makes it difficult to eat or manipulate food (injury to a foot or the beak)
*A prolapse or eversion (being turned outward or inside out) at the vent or bleeding from the vent
*Egg binding: straining & having difficulty producing an egg
*An overdose of medication or suspected poisoning
HAS SIGNS OF GENERAL ILLNESS OR NERVOUS SYSTEM OR MUSCULAR DISEASE INCLUDING:
*Extreme weakness, lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma
*Seizures (flapping wings while lying in the bottom of the cage)
*A head tilt nystagmus (eyes move rapidly from side to side), staggering, walking in circles, difficulty sitting on a perch, or other problems moving
*Severe or continuous pain
*Sudden inability to bear weight on a leg or use a wing
*Swollen or injured foot due to a leg band problem.
Tomorrow we will finish this with: CONTACT UR VET WITHIN EIGHT HOURS.
Have a great day sweetie, I'll see u tomorrow!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/08/2014 10:15.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 7
How are u sweetie? So sorry no blog yesterday, mom had a medical emergency "ironic, isn't it?!) Her 7 yr old grandson had a horrific nosebleed that mom couldn't get stopped. The specialist (ENT doc) has run every test in the book & cannot figure out why it keeps happening! I've examined him myself!) It's frustrating that it keeps happening & also a relief that it's nothing serious! These nosebleeds come out of the blue, they can happen even if he's sitting quietly, watching TV! At the hospital yesterday, they cauterized his nose...AGAIN! He's doing fine today!
It is FREEZING COLD here today, at 10am, STILL 9 degrees BELOW zero! Tho, this is a heat wave compared to the north-central part of the USA. Grand Forks ND will have a HIGH today of 39 degrees BELOW ZERO!! I can't imagine how cold that is! We heard on the news that it's colder here than it is at the South Pole!!!
The next couple days, we will discuss scenarios & whether to call the vet immediately or whether it can wait. The following info may help u decide which conditions are absolute emergencies & which ones may let u take a "wait & see" attitude. If your bird is sick/injured & u are unsure of the severity, it's best to call the vet's office immediately.
CALL VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:
HAS SIGNS OF HEART OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE INCLUDING:
*No heartbeat
*No breathing (open mouth breathing, tail bobbing while breathing)
*Wheezing or clicking sounds when breathing
*A near drowning
*ANY breathing abnormality after an exposure to overheated Teflon (we will cover this in detail), aerosol spray, or other irritants to the respiratory system
HAS TRAUMA INCLUDING:
*A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
*Bleeding that cannot be stopped (ex: from blood feather, nail, or beak)
*An eye injury or the eye appears enlarged or protruding
*An attack by an animal
*Being hit by a moving object
*Puncture wounds
*Any trauma to the head
*Flying into a window or other object
*A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened & the skin is gaping
*Mishandling (ex: squeezed by a child)
HAS HAD HEAT OR COLD RELATED INJURIES INCLUDING:
*Biting on an electrical cord & receiving a shock or burn
*Burns or inhaled smoke
*Heat stroke (panting,holding wings out away from the body)
We will pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/07/2014 10:45.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 2
How are u sweetie? We are praying that everybirdy makes it thru the upcoming storm(s). We will be having below zero temps & a few inches of snow, but nothing like our friends in the far north-eastern states!
Today's topic is: WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY? A medical emergency is a serious and/or life-threatening injury or disease that requires immediate care. In some cases such as bleeding, first aid at home may be the best 1st course of action. Here are some guidelines on when to call ur avian vet.
CALL IMMEDIATELY WHEN UR BIRD HAS/IS:
*doesn't stop bleeding
*blood in droppings or in regurgitated food
*extensive burns
*collapsed or can't maintain balance
*has been poisoned
*puncture wound or deep cut
*cannot breathe
*straining to pass droppings or an egg
CALL SAME DAY WHEN BIRD HAS/IS:
*lost her/his appetite
*an eye injury
*swallowed a foreign object
*low body temp
*mutilating his/her skin
*loose droppings
*develops a sudden swelling on body
CALL NEXT DAY WHEN UR BIRD:
*is excessively thirsty
*seems to have itchy skin
Bird owners are frequently unsure if a problem is truly an emergency. The best thing to do is to follow ur instincts & use good common sense. If there is any doubt in your mind regarding the severity of ur bird's condition, it's best to treat it as an emergency.
Tomorrow's topic will be triage (first aid priorities). See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/03/2014 12:08.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
DAY 1
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*SCISSORS, NAIL CLIPPERS & NAIL FILE
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*PEDIALYTE or GATORADE
*EYE DROPPER
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*PENLIGHT
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEATING PAD or HEAT LAMP-home use
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 10:59.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 10:16.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello
Are you being a good birdie??

Dec. 13: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.
Only 12 more days till the big bird in the red suit comes!

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

You won’t be needing warm coats or rain coats today. Today we are leaving the confines of the Earth’s gravity. We are headed to the moon. Don’t worry, the shuttle is space worthy. I had Geordi La Forge do a level 1 diagnostic on it last night. There are little bags attached to all the perches. That’s in case the artificial gravity goes out.

Humans have left almost 400,000 pounds of man-made material on the surface including more than 70 vehicles. Any birdie want a ride on one of the rovers they left here?
Humans have brought 382 kg of the Moon back to Earth by Apollo and Luna missions. The Moon rocks are now in collections all over Earth. Why bother!! A bird cant play with a bunch of rocks!!!

Look out the right side windows and you will see the first spacecraft to crash into the Moon. It was the Soviet Luna 2 rocket on Sept. 14th 1959 and it was crashed on purpose. Yes, the Soviets were the first to the moon. But 10 years later, in 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

On the same side coming up is the crash site of the USA Ranger 4 in 1962. It too was crashed on purpose.
The first spacecraft to soft land was Luna 9, USSR, in 1966. Yep, the Soviets were first again! Surveyor 1, USA, soft landed the same year. Many more craft have crashed or soft landed on the moon. Some did not crash on purpose!!!

Apollo 11 was the first mission to land humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Keep looking and you will see boot prints and wheel tracks. There are 7 American flags scattered around the moon. 6 of these flags are beveled to be still standing on their poles. There is said to be 1 Soviet flag here that was carried by that rocket that crashed here on September 14th, 1959.
There are also golf balls from Alan Shepard's driving practice during Apollo 14, and Alan Bean's silver astronaut pin.
Here we have the Fallen Astronaut statuette left by the crew of Apollo 15 to honor the 3-crew members that died in the Apollo 1 crew module fire on January 27, 1967.
May we have a moment of silence for
Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Edward Higgins White, II, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Roger Bruce Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander, USN
Thank you.

Out the left side windows you can see the descent stages from Apollo 11 LM-5 (Eagle) and Apollo 12 LM-6 (Intrepid).

Apollo astronauts have left numerous reflectors that Scientists can bounce lasers off of to determine the exact distance from the Earth to the Moon. They were left there by the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 astronauts and by the Lunokhod 1 and Lunokhod 2 USSR unmanned missions.
These are what Sheldon, Leonard, Radgish & Howard bounce a laser beam off of on Th

Come visit me, Ms BB. Waten for the Easter Chicken !!!, TPB&G., Queen Cori (& Boo boo) in the Castle 4-1-14, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Former Queen Snowflake is in the booth & BIG BABYS WEDDING IS ON AGAIN !!!.

12/13/2013 09:39.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Riley
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Dec. 11: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Its Hump Day. What better day to go where we are headed!

I hope no birdie is afraid of heights cause we are off to the highest spot on Earth. Tomorrow will be the 2nd highest spot.

1st up, (yea that’s a pun!), we have Mount Everest, at 29,035 feet above sea level.
In 1856, the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m) was established by the Great Trigonometric of British India. The 29,029 ft that is the mostly widely height accepted was first determined by an Indian survey in 1955.
There have been many other measurements taken by other countries but they are all around the same. When you get that high what is a couple feet!!!

In 1865, Everest was named after Sir George Everest by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India.
Although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners.
There is a lot of conflict over the mountain because the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point.
If you were hatched at the top what country would you call yours???

The first successful ascent and decent of the mountain was made by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May, 1953.
219 Humans have gone to the Human Rainbow Bridge since 1922 when the mountain was first tried to be climbed.
Why climb mountains when you can take a helo to the top like Didier Delsalle did

In May 2005, pilot Didier Delsalle of France landed a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest. That is the highest a helo has ever flown.

Ms BB

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12/11/2013 07:48.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
Irish Potato Candy

30 to 36 balls

¼ cup (½ stick) butter or 1 bag (7 ounces) flaked
margarine, softened coconut ( about 2 ½ cups)

4 ounces cream cheese Ground cinnamon for rolling
softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 box ( 16 ounces) confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Beat in the vanilla and confectioners' sugar, then mix in the coconut. Roll mixture between hands to form walnut-sized balls. Roll balls in cinnamon and refrigerate until firm.

NOTE: Use good-quality, regular cream cheese, not shipped or light varieties.

I want to thank you for all your love and supporting votes for my BOTM campaign,it means so much to me to have you by my side! Wishing you a great day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love,Dixie

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10/08/2013 12:14.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
I am running for BOTM and I am thanking you for supporting me and for all your votes for the month of October!I will be giving you recipes that are Healthy Bird Recipes that you can share with your parronts! I will do a week of healthy bird recipes and switch off the next week to recipes just for your parronts so every other week it will be recipes for us fids and then recipes for our parronts!
CornBread Squares

2 cups yellow cornmeal

1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg with shell(washed)
1/2 cup chunky applesauce
1/2 cup natural apple juice
1/3 cup mixed vegetables
1/3 cup grated carrots
1/3 cup brown rice,cooked
1/3 cup mixed nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degreesF

Mix all the ingredients together,adding more juice if needed. Put in a greased 8x8 pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean. Cool and cut into birdie-size squares. Place any leftovers into a plastic zip bag and freeze.
How have you been lately! I do miss our days on the field!It was the best time ever for me!
Wishing you a great day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love,Dixie

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10/01/2013 07:24.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Last Game of the Regular Season
Alrighty, mighty CJCs! Our last game in the regular season is coming up on Monday! We're playing my frother's team, the White Hawks! I think we can beat these 'toos so let's give it the All-American Conure best and go for it! See you at the stadium!
Coach Squeaky
Go Crackerjack Conures!

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08/09/2013 12:54.07 PM Report This Comment  
  RILEY!!
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Us CJCs have got a game today, so that means it's time for us to GET CRACKIN'!


"Gooooo CrackerJack Conures!!"

~ Riza, warming up her cheerleader's voice.


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That's a warm up throw coming to you from me, Kirby!

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08/05/2013 09:06.41 AM Report This Comment  
  29 - 8
I love those numbers! That was today's score at the bazebol game! Great game, conures! Time to do the happy, silly conure dance - now strut your stuff!

Coach Squeaky

Go Crackerjack Conures!

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07/23/2013 01:08.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Tomorrow: CJCs vs. Kevlar Keets!
We'll have a fun game tomorrow playing the Kevlar Keet team (with my frother Budweiser)! So let's go and have a great time in a hopefully cooler afternoon than most of the weather y'all have been experiencing! And here's a cheer to get you in the spirit!

Go Crackerjack Conures - shake it to the left
Go Crackerjack Conures - shake it to the right
We're a great team
Colorful and mean
We're gonna burn you with our steam
Sizzzzzzzzzle!
Go Crackerjack Conures!

Coach Squeaky - see ya all tomorrow ready to win!

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07/22/2013 02:26.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Bounce Bounce Bob Bounce - Game Tomorrow!
Hey CJCs! We have a game tomorrow with the Rainforest Raiders! A very tough team! So get a good nite's sleep and be ready for the line up tomorrow afternoon!
And remember - let's get out there and have fun but it's also nice to win! hehehe!
Go Crackerjack Conures!
Coach Squeaky

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07/16/2013 06:21.35 PM Report This Comment  
  CJC Game News! - Game Tomorrow!
Good Afternoon to the Amazing, Confident, Wonderful Crackerjack Conure Team!

Tomorrow we have a game with the Mighty Macaws team. Now it's been a while since we've played so be sure to get a good nite's sleep and do lots of stretches out there on the field before the game! And with this heat, the keyword is HYDRATE! There will be plenty of water and gatorade in the dugout plus granola bars and saltine crackers! And remember, the macaws is a great team but they don't move as fast or as agile as we do so we can use that to our advantage!

Friday, June 12th, yes- this coming Friday, is the BC All Star Game! We are fortunate that our CJC team is represented by five conures: Popeye, Cookie, Peatree, Martini and Dixie! I don't think any other team has that many players selected for the all star teams! Congrats again to our All Star CJCs! We are all proud of you! Please try to come out to the game and support all of our All Star Talon League players as they play the All Star Beak League! It will be quite a game!

Go Crackerjack Conures and let's have fun out there tomorrow!
Coach Squeaky

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07/10/2013 01:23.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Another Crackerjack Hatch Day!
If you get a chance today, fly over and wish our teammate Chaka (215291) a Happy Hatch Day! Gosh, seems like most of the team hatched in June! hehehe!
And GREAT game last Tuesday! I'm so proud of each and every one of you on the Crackerjack Conures - another AMAZING WIN!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Coach Squeaky

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06/28/2013 01:52.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Way to go, Riley!
Great home run in today's game! And I can't believe we defeated the quakers, breaking their winning streak! Go CJCs!
Have a nice restful week, you deserve it!
High 4- Coach Squeaky

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06/25/2013 04:19.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Next Game is Tuesday vs. the Quaker Little Dragons
Now this is one tough, eggsperienced team we're playing tomorrow so get a good night's sleep and eat a lot of protein!
I won't be talking during the game but I've asked Kirby and Dixie to run interference for me! So let's win this one and show those Quakers what the Crackerjack Conures are made of! Go CJCs!

Coach Squeaky

And don't forget to head on over to the Commissioner's page 249453 and vote for players for the All Star Game! It's coming up fast! Go Conures!

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06/24/2013 01:20.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley!
Thank you so much for coming by to wish me a Happy Hatchday! Mommy didn't come to pick me up from the bird sitter till 8pm and we didn't get home till 11pm, so we waited till Saturday to celebrate. I got to eat ice cream and I got lots of scritches and cuddles!

I'm so happy to be back home with mommy! I was so excited when I saw her. Before she came over to me, grandpa came over and asked me to step up and I did. But then mommy came over and nope, I wasn't going to step up for anyone except her. When she put me down to hold Jester I started dancing and blowing kisses to get her attention.:P I did have a nice time while mommy was away, the sitter was very nice. After two or three days I started stepping up for him. He let me sit with him, and he let me fly around his house. I did have a little accident. One day I was flying around and I landed on top of one of the macaw cages, and Shammy the macaw scratched my toe. :( But I'm okay. I learned a new word! I can now say 'Shammy' (but mom hasn't heard it yet). The sitter had to yell at Shammy so many times, and I picked it up. LOL! :P

In my gallery, you can see the feather painting mommy did for the sitter. It's of his Angel blue and gold macaw, Icarus. She is painted across seven blue and gold macaw wing feathers, and then to make it extra special, mommy put some of the little feathers she got from Icarus over the bottom, and stuck two up in the corner. It took about 5 hours, but was worth every minute. She is really happy with it.

I think Bellatrix told you about mommy's email getting hacked. Well, she made a new email on gmail and it is prettybirdpaintings@gmail.com She tried to email most of her old contacts, but if she forgot to email you, you can just shoot her an email and she'll add you to her contact list. (:

Hugs, Peatree

Come visit me, Dobby, Angel Devynn (RIP), Princess Peatree - Thank you for BOTD!!! (:, Bellatrix, Jester Bean, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP) & Pretty Bird Paintings.

06/24/2013 10:06.31 AM Report This Comment  
  CJCs Hatch Days
Today is Petrie's Hatch Day - 12990

and tomorrow is Peatree"s Hatch Day - 199322

So get on over today and tomorrow and wish our teammates Happy Hatch Day!!!!

Flowers are being sent from the CJC Team!

Coach Squeaky

Come visit me, Scion, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky: Vote Chipper BOTM 257319, Picabo & Angel Alfie (RIP).

06/20/2013 11:29.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Friday, June 21 - our next game CJCs
Coach Squeaky here flying by with a reminder that we have a game tomorrow with the Phoenix Base Flyers at Kevlar Stadium 239836 at 3 pm EST! After two consecutive wins - let's try to make it three! You are the best team in the league and I appreciate you all playing so well and coming out to the games for our team!

I would like to take this time to remind you all that our baseball games are for fun and camaraderie! We must all comport ourselves in a respectful manner and be proud to be Crackerjack Conures. We must always display GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP and we must never squawk anything negative, even in fun, about the opposing team! That is super important! Like my ole grandmammy bird used to squeak, "If you can't squawk anything nice, don't say anything at all!"

So with that in mind - let's go win our game tomorrow! Go Crackerjack Conures!!!!

Come visit me, Scion, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky: Vote Chipper BOTM 257319, Picabo & Angel Alfie (RIP).

06/20/2013 11:00.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Evening, Amazing CJCs
We have a game tomorrow at 3 pm EST at Kevlar Stadium 239836 against the Major League Beaks! They are a fun team to play so let's go out there and enjoy ourselves but of course, we always play to win!!!!!
See you all there!

The game is set
We're ready to go!
So with Crackerjack spirit
We say HELLO!

Go Crackerjack Conures!

See y'all tomorrow afternoon ready to play Baaaazzzzeeeebbbbboooolllll!!!
Coach Squeaky

Come visit me, Scion, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky: Vote Chipper BOTM 257319, Picabo & Angel Alfie (RIP).

06/12/2013 07:10.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Riley
Wishing u a very Happy BELATED 5th Hatchday! I hope u got lots of treats & attention on ur special day!
Hugs & a vote
Tia

Come visit me, TiaMaria, Thank you all for BOTM.

06/09/2013 06:37.42 PM Report This Comment  
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