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I thought I should have a page here for myself. Most of my B/C friends assume I'm a Mom when we first meet. In some respects, I am a Mom, but I'm really a Dad. I'm the Dad of All the Birds. In addition to our companion birds, I enjoy breeding exotic finches. This cage holds two breeding pair of Cordon bleu finches: a red-cheeked pair and a normal pair. The photo shows one of the nests they have built (in the upper left hand corner). Both pairs have set up nests..

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Hi! My name is Dad of All the Birds

I am a Finch from Morris, CT.



6 years old   M

Finch

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  Busy days
We have been having our kitchen redone. We finally got water back in the kitchen sink. Been having to do all the water chores from the bathroom sink and washing bird cage trays in the bathtub. Good to have the sink back. New oven and microwave is hooked up too so I can start cooking again instead of having prepared meals nearly every night.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

04/14/2014 07:26.24 PM Report This Comment  
  this and that
Zena is all done with her meds. Everybirdie has survived the kitchen renovation. There is still plastic separating the new kitchen from where Tessa's cage is situated, but the rest of the plastic is down.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

04/03/2014 04:59.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Busy days
Zena gets antibiotic drops on her eyelid and corner of her beak twice a day. Not so much fun for either of us! She is a good patient though.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

03/24/2014 05:59.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Finally made the top 5 in quizzes
Finally made the top 5 on the quizzes! Hooray! Curious though that although I have taken over 200 quizzes, the top 5 page says I only have taken 2 quizzes. Well, you can't have everything, I guess.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

03/14/2014 05:48.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Vacation
Back on March 11th. Will miss the birdies, but good to get away.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

03/01/2014 05:29.11 AM Report This Comment  
  kitchen rennovation
Birds don't seem overly upset with all the banging in the kitchen. The area is completely sealed off with plastic so no dust or other debris is affecting them. Birds are adjusting but it is tough for us with no kitchen! We'll be away for part of the time and by the time we get back, a lot of the work will be done. Tessa seems to enjoy all the commotion the most for some reason. She's been whistling at all the people working here!

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

02/27/2014 07:01.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Happier bird
The Dybowski twin spot finch seems to be enjoying the company of our two budgies. He is in a divided cage with them and he seems much calmer than he usually is.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

02/21/2014 06:46.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Musical cages finished
My wife and I cleared out the kitchen in advance of the renovation and all the birds are situated in their new, temporary spots. It is a bit cramped maneuvering around, but it will work while the construction is being done. We cut down on three cages. The cordon bleu finches moved in with the Gouldians along with one male owl finch. They are all fine together in the larger aviary. The Dybowski twin spot finch went into a split cage with the budgie breeding pair. He is by himself on one side of the cage and the budgies are on the other. The budgies are completely fascinated and the twin spot doesn't seem to mind. I'm so used to a pattern of giving breakfast to the various birds that I was confused this morning about what I was doing!

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

02/17/2014 06:09.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Guys
It is a beautiful sunny day today. Not sure how warm it is, but atleast we have the sun to enjoy. It seems like a long winter this year, lots of snow in our area. We are doing our own renovating and know all about the mess and work involved with getting everybirdie out of the way.
Not too much news from our part of the planet. Winter makes it a slow, and more laid back lifestyle but not too log from now spring will be here again, and we'll be outdoors working in the gardens.
Must fly, have a greyt Thursday and talk to you again soon.
Jesse

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02/13/2014 09:12.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello guys
I hope your Sunday is going well, and that you are enjoying the day to the fullest. It is wonderful to think that spring isn't too far away. Everybirdie gets sick of winter but i just think about the spring, every winter night the sun is out a wee bit longer and before you know it, spring is here, it all the ucky bugs and heat...heheheheheh
Take care,
love Jesse

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02/02/2014 09:29.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Interesting
There are two pairs of zebra finches in one cage and one pair, male and female were both sitting in the nest together last night. Haven't seen that before. Interesting.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/27/2014 06:45.12 AM Report This Comment  
  zebra finches
The zebra finches are sitting on a new clutch of eggs. Maybe this time around we'll have some new birdies around here!

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/22/2014 06:51.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Gracie
Our Gouldian finch, Gracie passed away this morning. Gracie was my first bird. She was very old for a finch. We'll miss you Gracie.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/14/2014 06:23.31 AM Report This Comment  
  the zebra finches
Still sitting on the eggs. One egg was tossed. I suppose if the eggs were not viable they would have tossed the ones that are left.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/13/2014 06:11.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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 09:48.33 PM Report This Comment  
  I'm here
BC says I haven't been active in 10 days. Not true. I'm here!

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/09/2014 06:55.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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 09:52.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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 10:15.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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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01/02/2014 10:30.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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 10:37.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Zach
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

I hope u & ur family have a very Happy New Year!

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01/01/2014 08:27.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy New Year everybirdie and everyone
Happy New Year to all my BC friends and birdies. All our best for a happy and healthy New Year.

Come visit me, Zeus (ORB) : in Memorium, Dad of All the Birds, Tessa, Zena (Zena Warrior Princess) & Zachary.

01/01/2014 07:32.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Daddyo!
Dec. 21: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

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.

Every birde settle in, it’s a long way out to Uranus. Who giggled?? 2,870,990,000 km (1,783,331,755 miles, Yes that’s in the billions!) to be exact. There are snacks in the storage bins to munch on.

Uranus, the first planet discovered in modern times, was discovered by William Herschel while systematically searching the sky with his telescope on March 13, 1781.

Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. At the time of Voyager 2's passage, Uranus' South Pole was pointed almost directly at the Sun. This is the only planet in our solar system to be so inclined.

Like other gas planets, Uranus has rings, 13 of them in fact. The brightest is known as the Epsilon ring.

Like Jupiter's rings they are very dark but like Saturn's they are made up of fairly large particles ranging from 10 meters in diameter down to fine dust.
Uranus has 27 named moons ranging in size from 789 km to only 5 km.
Well it’s a long trip back. We all have time for a nap before we are home.

Ms BB

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