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Hi! My name is Sam says HAPPY EASTER!

I am a Timneh African Grey from Waxhaw, NC.

Sammie, SamIAm

9 years old   M

Timneh African Grey

Cinnamon Toast(no sugar!), cashews, peanuts, apples, grapes, lettuce, peppers, oatmeal & CORNBREAD although I request it, she doesn't always comply! Hmph!!

On top of my cage when inside the house & when she takes me outside on the back deck getting my suntan!,

Getting misted. Hey, buddy, let me tell ya what I'd like to do with that bottle!!!

Something about her scritches that I just can't get enough of!

Sam likes to swing from his piñata & tear it up with his feet as well as his beak. I had to move his piñata because Sam broke most of his tail feathers off acting like Tarzan!.

When you're happy & you know it, stomp your feet!!.

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  Chipper Here...
HAPPY EASTER!!!

Today is a gorgeous day! We all went to the amusement park today. There will also be an Easter egg hunt that we are going to participate in. We are all having a great time.

Thank you for all your votes and support you gave to me for BOTM. Have a blessed Easter! Leaving a vote for you too.

*Come check the gallery to see pictures of our wonderful day at the amusement park!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/20/2014 01:26.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having the most wonderful Easter ever! Things got busy around here so I have to keep it short today!
We are cooking a ham but we are not really going to have a sit down dinner since mom and Ian are working. Dad is in Montana somewhere! Everyone will eat when they can!

Mom finally got herself an MP3 player. Her's broke months ago and she just can't stand the "Leisure Suit Larry Lounge" music anymore! She found all the music files and started loading songs on the MP3 but when she looked, the songs were not there! It took my genius mom about half and hour to realize that Jennifer had her MP3 player plugged in also so mom put all that music on Jennifer's MP3 player! Boy is she going to be surprised!hahahahahahaha Mom is such a dork!!

Happy Easter!!
With love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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04/20/2014 12:34.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
We are just passing through to wish all our friends on BC a very Happy and blessed Easter. Hope your day brings everything you want with it; grace, sun, and love is what we're hoping for. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/20/2014 08:30.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Chipper Here...
We're having a wonderful day!!

Today we visited Kakadu National Park. It is so beautiful, we are all enjoying it. Everybirdie is having a great time.

Thank you for your votes for BOTM. Hope you are having a good weekend! Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/19/2014 05:48.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom made our Easter bread yesterday, which is pretty much an all day affair. There are so many eggs in it, it takes forever to rise. She also did the hard custard, so it's in the fridge. She decided to do deviled eggs and dye the egg whites this year, so they are in the fridge as well. This way, people will eat them and she won't end up with a dozen hard boiled eggs. Last night she found a fish fry at a local church, so that's where she got dinner. It wasn't as good as the place she usually goes, though.
Today mom worked the Easter Egg Hunt at the museum. Guess where they put her? Yep, Bird Hall with a trainee. It was fun, the kids were so excited and the touchables were a hit, too. Everyone who stopped got a plastic egg with an owl shaped eraser inside.
Now mom is making the wedding soup for tomorrow. All in all it's going to be a good dinner, we think. We will get a sample of pasta and veggies, and maybe some salad out of it. Falco won't eat any, but the rest of us will enjoy the treats. Hope you are having a good day, warm, sunny, and filled with love. Happy Easter! Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/19/2014 12:32.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Sam of North Carolina-LaLo of Illinois
What fabulous weather we are having, 73 degrees with sunshine today and tomorrow! Dad has been very busy prepping many boxes full of toys, to be shipped on Monday, it is a lot of work, but he loves to give to parrots! I wish we could always feel the joy and happiness that has inundated our home recently! Dad's health has improved a lot, and us birds are all very happy, love conquers all! Have a nice day, and give my love to all in your sweet home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from your pal LaLo

PS~Rest in Heavenly Peace Mr Lupe, you will be missed here on earth...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/19/2014 07:29.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi SamIAm
Nice sunbath today, but the neighbor came over and talked to Mom for half of it. I didn't squawk at him which surprised my mom a lot, but he is pretty big...even bigger than Dad. I didn't even want my nutriberry, so Mom brought me back inside after 30 minutes because she knew I was uncomfortable.

Don't forget to stop by the milonga page tomorrow night between 8PM EDT (5PM PDT) for the "viewing of the hats". The pics of the contestants in the hat contest will be displayed in the gallery for your perusal, and then the voting begins on Sunday. It isn't really a milonga, but there will be food done by Lizzie, and Sam might stop by with the Scruffy birds for a jam session. See you there?

Kiddo

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04/18/2014 06:12.53 PM Report This Comment  
  We Arrived
and it is so beautiful here. We all had a great time on the boat as well. Last night we had a delicious dinner and we danced afterward. Everybirdie had such a good time.

Starting tomorrow, we are going to go visit different tourists attractions. We are looking forward to seeing many beautiful places.

Thank you for voting for me for BOTM. Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/18/2014 10:11.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
I miss you, hope all is well!
Well, it's Good Friday, so mom made the Easter bread dough this morning. She usually does it today because she doesn't have museum or wildlife center responsibilities.
Bree came yesterday and Falco gave her and mom a run for their money! She flew all over the place until Bree finally caught her in mom's lightweight jacket, because the towel wasn't big enough. She left all of us our wings, though, because Daisy still hasn't learned manners with us birds, and mom wants all of us to have an escape, just in case.
I was the drama king, as usual, crying before Bree even got near me with the clippers. Mom thinks I'm so funny! Peppino was okay, except he bit mom pretty hard because she let his head out of the towel. She'll learn in time. We all got Falco's favorite treat, movie popcorn nutriberries, when Bree was done. She always says Millie and Lily are the best behaved, and they never want a treat for it.
Today, as well as the Easter bread, mom will boil eggs for deviled eggs, and make the hard custard that the family calls Easter Cheese. Everyone looks forward to it each year. Hope you are enjoying some sunshine today. It's a bit overcast here, but pretty nice, and it's supposed to hit the 70s on Sunday! I'll believe that when I see it, though. Here's a big hug today for you! Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/18/2014 09:37.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam & aunt Robin, from Ms LaLo
I want to wish all our friends a very Happy Good Friday as we all prepare for the most Holy Easter weekend! With friends and family gathered around us, let us not forget the reason for the Season! We will be having fabulous weather for the next few days, which will be good for all the little Easter Egg hunters! We are sending a basket full of joyful love to you and all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Weekend love from LaLo & the Dallas flock

PS~We would like to try some of Cookie's Babka bread, and TGIF to all...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/18/2014 05:58.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Chipper Here...
Another beautiful day on the boat!
We had such a good time last night and everybirdie enjoyed the movie, Rio 2.

Tonight, we are going to be served dinner and afterwards we are going to disco!!

The disco will start at 7:00 pm EST. The first three birdies to respond, at 7:00 pm EST, not before that time,and blog me that you are here for the disco will get their picture with Chipper. Note: This is only for the birdies that are on the trip. To make it fair only one birdie per flock.

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Thank you for all your support and votes for BOTM. Have a great day and remember to check our gallery to see pictures of our activities. Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/17/2014 03:02.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom had 2 tours this morning, one with Kindergarten kids and one with fifth grade. I like the pulling a train with your teeth analogy for the K kids, thanks, Cookie's mom! Mom always says it's like herding cats. They were pretty much all over the place. The second group was more fun for mom, they were from a rural area in PA, so knew a lot of the plants and animals they were looking at already. Mom likes the PA natural history tour, because she can go almost anywhere in the museum and talk about the state. If one area is crowded, she can move on. Tonight Bree is finally coming for the birdicures, so mom and her sister will go out early for dinner. They should get back in plenty of time.
I hope you are having a lovely day filled with sun, warmer temps, and lots of love. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/17/2014 11:54.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Thursday Sam, from your pal LaLo
It is a very nice day here, albeit a little overcast! We are just loving the Spring time so far, what a treat it is after that weird Winter! Not a lot planned for today, just hanging out and enjoying our lives, have a nice day and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/17/2014 08:47.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom meant to share this on Monday, but forgot. Remember when she was at the parrot class on Sunday? Well, she learned something new there that all of us should be aware of. You know that zinc is toxic to birds, but did you know that there is zinc in those rubber balls, footballs, and all other soft rubber toys? Mom didn't know that! No more of that stuff in our cages for sure.
Today mom did the mammal nursery and the groundhog that's out in the first RVS cage. The groundhog is looking pretty good, should be gone soon. There were several squirrel babies in the mammal nursery as well as one injured adult possum. Many of the squirrels are still being hand fed, but a couple have their eyes open and are eating on their own now. It seems so soon!
Hope you are having a nicer day than we are. It got down into the low 20s last night, and it's slow to warm up today. The sun is out, but it's still really cold. I hope you get lots of love today, too. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/16/2014 11:22.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Chipper Here...
What a beautiful day we are having for our trip. Everybirdie is having such a good time. There is an activity planned for each night on the boat.

Last night, there was music and refreshments, just a time of fellowship for all of us to get to know one another better. Refreshments will be served all day today as well.

Tonight, we are going to see the movie Rio 2. There will be fresh popcorn and drinks for everybirdie.

**Did you know?? Ringneck doves are available in over 40 color mutations.

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Thank you for your continuous support and your votes for BOTM. Leaving a vote for you too!

Have a great day!! Remember to look in my gallery to see the pictures of our activities!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/16/2014 09:44.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam!!
Mom was on vacation for 8 days but went back to work on Monday..Ugh.. Aunt Dede came in from California.. That's my pal Lyzo and Luca's Mom..They went up North Fl to visit Jason (moms boy) They had fun and went to a steak house for dinner and met up with another birdie mom that they met a few years ago. Sounds like they had a good time! :) How have you been? Paulies been picking his belly and Peetie chewed his tail feathers off! Ugh.. Mom picked up some of that stinky smelling feather in that Dixie's mom sent her to sample last hormonal season.. haah! She is hoping it works like it did the last time.

Hugs, Mango

Ps.. Thank your mom for the beautiful e-card~ xo

Come visit me, Callie*, * Mango*, GREEN* I have a video!!, Peetie Thank you for Hatchday wishes & BOTD! Yay!!, Paulie* & Little Angel Peep! Loves Willie! 4/28/12.

04/16/2014 09:19.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy hump day Sam, from LaLo
I think old man Winter is just trying to scare us, but after what we all have been through, IT WON'T WORK! We will only have time for a few notes today, we got a million things to finish, plus the usual cleaning, you know the drill! Is everybody ready to celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday, dad loved it as a young man, the church, Easter dinner, and that joy has carried through to adulthood! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Much love from LaLo Dallas

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/16/2014 09:03.17 AM Report This Comment  
  We are now leaving...
for our trip. We will be traveling for the next few days!

*There were so many birdies that signed up so late that we need to take two ships. There will be two pictures shown of our ships. If you signed up and your picture is not on the first ship, look on the profile tomorrow night or Thursday. All birdies that signed up are included on this trip. I am very happy to have so many of my BC friends joining me on this adventure.

Did you know that there are over 300 species in the dove family?

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Have a great day!! Thank you for your continuous support and votes to help me become BOTM. Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/15/2014 02:16.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Bree didn't get here yesterday for our birdicures, so mom is hoping she makes it today. Mom won't get her haircut until Sunday when Lena comes over.
Mom went shopping in the snow today for Easter dinner. She got all the stuff except for salad makings and the greens for wedding soup. She'll get those late in the week. It is snowing today, but not sticking, so we have hopes the daffodils, tulips that haven't been eaten by the deer, hyacinths, and of course forsythia and lilacs will survive. It's going into the low 20s tonight, but there should be a warmup by Thursday. At least that's what the weather guys said. Today we have mom for the rest of the day, but she will be scrubbing our cages down, which we all hate. Just when you get stuff where you want it, along comes somebody to move it and clean it, then you have to start over again. I say phooey to that! Hope you are having a good day with nice weather. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/15/2014 12:39.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Sam~
I hope you are having a great day! Absolutely nothing of interest going on in my world but I did want to come by and say hello!
We have been doing more spring cleaning this week and it's really not very exciting at all!! Mom scrubbed the sliding glass door and the screen! It's so bright and pretty and I have an excellent view of the flags out in front of the complex! It's always windy around here so they are always flapping! They have red tulips on the flags and I enjoy watching them wave in the wind!
I hope you are enjoying your day and that window cleaning is not the most exciting thing going on!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter from me and Gabbie & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

04/15/2014 11:06.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Sam & mom, from LaLo
It seems like Winter is rearing it's ugly had again at our home, we awoke to 27 degrees, brrr! At least no snow and blow, and it wont last long! Is anybody concerned about hackers stealing personal information! We heard one story about all of somebody's photo gallery being stolen and held for a $500.00 ransom, she never got them back! The whole internet security system has become scary! Have a great day my friend, give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/15/2014 05:50.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Lifespan of a Diamond Dove
The lifespan of the diamond dove is different in captivity than if living in the wild.

In captivity, the diamond dove usually lives about 12-15 years. With proper care, they can even live into their 20's.

In the wild, however, diamond doves only live 3-5 years.

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Thank you for supporting my campaign and voting for me for BOTM. Have a great day!! Leaving a vote for you!

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We will be meeting tomorrow to leave for our trip and we should be on our way by Wednesday.

Here are a list of BC friends that signed up for the trip. If your name is on the list and you cannot make it or if you signed up and your name is not on the list, please contact me today! Thank you!

Kiddo
SweetPepper
Cydney/Sam/Stormy/Princess/Baby Girl
Coconut??
Raffikki
Gus
Kacey
Cookie
Pearl/Silver
Falco/Peppino/Willie
Spot
Zippy/Polly???
Sky??
Peepers/Dixie/Kallie

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04/14/2014 11:03.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Hope mom's legs feel better today. It was great talking to her and hearing you, too.
Mom had 2 trainees today, and it was an all bird day, so she was happy. She had them both get on the camo sheet and the ghillie suit and do the owlet with Martha. She couldn't go in there because there are only 2 suits, so she kind of watched through a corner of the curtain to see that they did right.
They went into the main aviary next, where there are a couple of blue jays, a cardinal and a starling. It's not too crowded in there yet, but they got to do the inside and the outside aviaries. Last but not least, they did the avian nursery. Again, no babies yet, but several cages to be cleaned anyway. Those birds included screech owls, pigeons, doves, a woodpecker, a jay, and a yellow bellied sapsucker. It was a good variety, so the trainees got to deal with a lot of birds. The dove escaped and mom showed them how to catch it calmly and replace it in the cage.
This afternoon we think Bree is coming to trim nails and maybe wings. Mom is still thinking about the wings part, because of Daisy dog. She wants us to be able to get away if necessary. Mom is about ready for a haircut, too, so maybe Lena will be coming over as well. It's not as pretty as it was over the weekend, but it's still pleasantly warm. Hope you are having a good day. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/14/2014 09:44.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Sam & Miranda, from Ms LaLo
We are pretty much going to stay in today and play catch-up, it is a little chillier today, if 37 to 40 degrees can be called chilly! We had several tornados touch down in some nearby towns, but no reports of injury or death, thankfully! Enjoy the start to your week, make it count, as my dad always says! Give my love to all in your home, have a great day, see ya tomorrow...

Much love from Ms Lady Love

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/14/2014 08:57.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Vocalization
Doves are relatively quiet birds. They make a variety of soft, low-pinched cooing sounds. Their cooing, however, may be persistent and repetitive. Many people find the cooing very pleasant.

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*We will be leaving for our trip this week! Looking forward to spending this time with my BC friends!

It is a beautiful day here! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!! Thank you so much for your continuous support and votes for me to become BOTM. Leaving a vote for you! Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/13/2014 11:32.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Sunday morning Sam I Am, from your pal LaLo
It is our beloved Sunday once again, and my flock and I want to wish you all the peaceful grace of Palm Sunday, we will take care of all the everyday routine things, and just enjoy each other's company, it's the most important thing we do! We had big rain last night, but we survived just fine, but more is coming tomorrow, oh well, it is Spring time after all! Please give my love to all in your great family, have a nice day, and I will see ya tomorrow...

Palm Sunday love from Jenny & the Dallas'

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/13/2014 07:38.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Supplements
Your dove should be given a vitamin/mineral supplement to assure you are providing all the nutrients it needs, especially if it is a finicky eater.

Note: Although the directions may tell you to put the vitamins in water, this is not good to do. Vitamins can settle to the bottom or lose its potency. It is best to put the supplement on soft foods or moist fruits or vegetables.

In addition to a vitamin/mineral supplement, doves need a small amount of grit. Unlike most birds, doves swallow their seeds whole and grit helps to digest them.

There are two kinds of grit:

Indigestible grit, which is sand or bits of ground rock. However, if your bird overeats this, it can become sick.

Digestible grit such as oyster shell, ground cuttlebone, or crushed eggshells pass safely through their system and is also a good source of calcium.

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Have a great day!! Thank you for supporting my campaign and voting for me for BOTM. Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,
Chipper

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04/12/2014 10:21.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Saturday Sam Man, from LaLo
We are forecast to hit 80 degrees today, how about that! I hope dad didn't work to hard yesterday, he was moving slower than usual this morning! Lots of Toy Factory stuff got done though! We put a small beef roast in the slow cooker, it should be done by mid-afternoon! I hope your Saturday is all you want it to be, I think ours will be great! Give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Loving you & loving life, Ms LaLo

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/12/2014 09:29.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Want to hear something strange? Mom has an event to attend today with one of the education animals. She kind of knows where the place is, north of here, off the turnpike on a major highway. She isn't sure which exit to take, so she checked MapQuest for directions. This is a rather large shopping center and very upscale, so you'd think it was easy, right? Wrong! MapQuest said they couldn't find it, and try to revise the search. Well, I think she'll end up taking the wrong exit, because last time she went there, that's what she did. It takes her to US19, but too far south. She can suck it up and drive on that road though.
This is an Easter Egg hunt in the shopping area, so she hopes she'll be taking a bird to the event, because they do lay eggs...can't imagine tying in the porcupine, skunk, or possum to the egg hunt!
It's supposed to reach 70 here today, we hope that's true. It is sunny right now, and since mom will be at an outdoor venue, we hope it stays that way. Hope you are having a good day and getting sunshine and scritches. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/12/2014 07:33.41 AM Report This Comment  
  A Healthy Diet (Continued)
PROTEIN

In addition to fruits and vegetables, you need to include protein in your dove's diet.

Insects are a good source of protein, although they are not necessary for your dove. You can either give them live insects or dried ones.

Another good source of protein are chopped hard-boiled eggs. This is important for breeding doves that are raising chicks. Crushed egg shells mixed in with the egg will provide calcium with the protein. Note: Eggs must be cooked thoroughly. Your bird can become sick from partially or uncooked eggs.

You can also give your dove tiny bits of thoroughly cooked meat or bits of cheese. However, this should be given only rarely and as a special treat.

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Have a good weekend!!! Thank you for all your support and votes that you have given me for BOTM. Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/11/2014 11:15.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Thanks for the prayers, mom feels good to hear that so many people care enough to pray for her.
Mom talked to a friend at the museum yesterday who has the same thing in both eyes. She says the shots will stop the progress of the condition, even if they don't reverse it. Mom feels they caught it in time so it's not too bad. She felt relieved to talk to her colleague too.
Polly is doing super, yesterday she hid from mom when mom was ready to carry her down the steps. Mom called to her, then she went downstairs, and Polly came right down after her. She still can't go up, but that's a great step for her. Mom can tell when they walk that Polly is feeling much better, too, because she's walking normally again.
Mom had 7 year olds today at the museum for a dino tour, and they liked it. It is raining today, so the dogs probably won't get another walk. Mom will go to the fish fry tonight to get her and her neighbor fish dinners, though. I hope you are having a good day, getting some sun and warm weather, and seeing lots of flowers. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/11/2014 10:45.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Good morning Sam pal, from Ms LaLo
Here it is again, TGIF everybody, I hope yours will be a good one for you! We were finally able to log on to the BC, but it is slower than molasses in January, more joy! We will have a nice warm Spring weekend with some rain on the way, we need it! Just the usual going on here today, some cleaning, make more toys, and some outside garage and yard work, not very exciting, but that's our life! Have a great day and give my love to all in your home, and all your favorite creatures, see ya tomorrow...

Love ya much, your Ms LaLo

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/11/2014 09:14.31 AM Report This Comment  
  A Healthy Diet
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Although all common pet doves are in the seed-eaters group, there are additional foods that can be a part their diet.

Seed-eating doves cannot tolerate large amounts of high-water-content foods. However, a daily treat of fresh food is fine for most doves.

Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When choosing produce, (one's that are safe for birds) bright colors are the healthiest choice. Example: sweet potatoes are more nutritious than white potatoes, red peppers have more vitamins than green peppers, and red grapes are higher in antioxidants than green grapes. Dark leafy green vegetables are also nutritious.

Some of the most favorite foods of the dove include:
shredded greens, grated carrots, finely chopped broccoli florets, diced apple, berries, fresh corn and peas. Your dove may not like all these foods, but as you experiment with differents ones, you will find that they may be some of their favorites.

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Have a great day! Thank you for voting for me to be BOTM. Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,
Chipper

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04/10/2014 11:43.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I am
Well, I just had mom do as you advised with our images. I will have he post to my page ASAP. Thank you sweet mamma again for for all she does for us birdies! We sunshine and blue skies but still cold and our fire is going. Yeah, I suppose I should let the thermostat alone. That was a tad chilly in our room the other day. I felt such optimism when the temps outside went up to 70 and mom removed all the blankies and comforters from our cages. A beakie kiss, special for you! Love and winghugs, Miranda

Come visit me, Carter-Thank you for BOTD 8/29/11,12+13!, Doo Diligence Thank you BOTD 4/1/14, Cookie Thank you for Making me BOTD 7/31/11,12+13, Charlie-Thank you for making me BOTD 10-29-13, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/13, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-13, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/16/13, Joshua Chico Thank you for BOTD 3/6/14, Blue-Thank you for BOTD 5/19/2013, Moggie Thank you for BOTD 7-1-13!, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird Happy New Year-I laid an egg 12/31/13!, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda Thank you for BOTD 5/13/2013, Captain Darling-Thank you for BOTD 9/18/2013 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

04/10/2014 08:29.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
I think CuBird is jealous of Miranda in her new outfit with such a handsome bird! Hope your mom's appointment goes well. How's nanny?
Our willow has catkins on it, the forsythia looks kind of yellow, although it's only buds, and there are buds on the azalea and lilac. The peonies are starting to come up as well, we can see little red spears near the ground. Spring must be here!!!
After many phone calls and deliberation yesterday, mom has decided to go ahead with the April 24th surgery for her right eye, so she'll have at least one with clear vision. Lens crafters say they can replace the right lens in her present glasses so that's why she made the choice.
Today mom has 2 tours at the museum, then we get her for the rest of the day, YAY! She was going to go shopping with a friend, but decided we're more important. Kind of makes us feel good, you know? HOpe you are having a beautiful sunny day like we are. Even if it doesn't get warm yet, the sun gives us hope! Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/10/2014 07:09.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam buddy, great new pics-LaLo
Happy hump day everybody, I hope it will be a good one for you, we are planning a busy day with dad running all over doing errands, and to Lowes for more lumber to make bird toys with! We are having a terrible time with simply logging on to the BC and staying logged on, after about an hour, we gave up and went to FB to visit! Dad's nurse just left and he and got a good report on all of his vital numbers! Have a great day, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo

PS~Miranda is a lucky girl...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm at the Derby track as Jenny's valet.., Jockey Jenny~Time to get serious about the Derby!!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Heavenly prayers to the Derby people, Ms LaLo~Ready for Spring & the Derby, love my hat! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/09/2014 03:17.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
I just love your derby pics with Miranda!The two of you are just so stunning together and what a handsome couple you make!
I too was in lockdown this morning and most of the day as my Mom took off to run errands with Nana and skin sis.They got Mom home right when dad was coming around the corner!So Mom came and gave us our snack instead of my dad!
It was a beautiful sunny day here in the high 50's and you could almost smell the spring in the air!
I sure agree with you about not wanting to go to the dentist either!I love your idea of wanting to bite someone or other animals just to get their reaction from it!We all wish your sweet Mom a good Dr.s visit and that everything is OK!
I'm wishing you a greyt Spring day(finally its beginning to look and feel like spring)and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses to you and a big thank you for always being here for me and leaving me a votey for the 10K!
Loving you always and forever,Dixie and Flock

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04/09/2014 02:23.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
You and Miranda look fabulous for the derby! Wow, you look terrific!
Mom went to the retinal specialist yesterday, so we didn't get to blog. Thanks for sending prayers and good thoughts her way. Her eyes were dilated nearly until after 7 last night. They took lots of photos and told mom she has wet macular degeneration in her left eye and dry macular degeneration in the right. She already knew about the dry, because she's had it in both eyes for some years now, but the left one turning wet is a new development, and possibly a harmful one. That kind leads to blindness, so she's hoping they caught it early enough to stop the progress and she can still end life with vision in both her eyes. Right now, though, it seems she has to make a choice: get the right cataract removed and wait a few months to get the left eye done, or get them both done (and not see clearly) in 3 or 4 months. The dilemma is that she will still need glasses, and it's tough to pay for one pair, much less 2 pairs in a 3 or 4 month time period. Still, she'd love to see better. Mom is a voracious reader, 2 or 3 books a week, and she's been reading the same book for a week and a half now. She also does needle crafts, crochets, and sews, so this is particularly frustrating, not having the vision to do any of it. Anyway, that's how things stand right now. Her second treatment is May 12, followed by one in June, then a final evaluation to see if it did any good.
Meanwhile, Polly got her stitches out yesterday and her doc said she's doing well for being only a week out of surgery. Mom cleaned the main aviary, the RVS room, and the outdoor groundhog pen today, so her work load at the center was partly animals, and the rest of her time was spent doing dishes and laundry.
I hope you will all forgive the c/p today, it's too much info to keep typing over and over. I hope also that you are having a good day, sunny like it is here! Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

04/09/2014 11:57.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Doves As Pets
SETTING UP YOUR DOVE'S CAGE

Doves, like other pet birds, need a variety of perches to keep their feet exercised and comfortable. However, they do spend much of their time on the bottom of the cage, as I had mentioned in yesterday's blog. You can remove the wire tray at the bottom of the cage so your dove can walk comfortably. Besides your dove walking on the bottom and pecking for food, they spend a lot of time sitting at the bottom as well.

Doves also enjoy sitting in a nest. You will need to purchase a canary nest or you can make one of your own.

You will not need to purchase anything for your dove to play with. Doves do not play with toys or on a playgym.

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Happy Humpday! Hope you are having a great week!!
Thank you again for voting for me to be your next BOTM.
As always, leaving a vote for you too!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/09/2014 08:02.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks from Chipper,
Thank you sooo much for vote # 4,800!!!
Thanks for letting me know too!
I appreciate your votes for my BOTM campaign.

Your friend,
Chipper

P.S. Be by soon with your blog and vote for today!

Come visit me, Chipper-We Arrived!!!.

04/09/2014 07:40.36 AM Report This Comment  
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