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Hi Every birdie! Squeaky's mom is working with two web designers to build a new and improved but similar bird club for us to play on since our beloved BC will be deleting our Bird eClub sometime this year! We need your support! So start nagging your parronts so we can stay together!
Basically, the more parronts that sign up, the cheaper the initial set up fee will be and also the annual fee to join the site. For more information and to sign up to participate please visit my page 28415 and leave an email address. Or you can email my mom, Sunny, directly at our email nubinskis@aol. com. She will send you all the up to date information that has been sent so far and she can answer all your questions. She also told me to tell you that all ideas and suggestions are most welcome. She also is hoping to find some parronts that have some expertise in working with advertisers and who would volunteer to get advertisers for the site. If that happens, costs would be next to nothing or maybe even nothing for all of us to play together.
So send your parronts to my page 28415 or email us to get information, leave suggestions and to sign up!
Hugs and Love to all! Squeaky, Picabo & Scion
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Hi! My name is Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE AngelGirl BOTM 224627

I am a Budgerigar from pittsburgh, PA.

paddy and piddy

7 years old   M

Budgerigar

millet, 24 herb salad, parsley, broccoli and harrisons mash

on top of the curtains, picture frames and their playstands. paddy cake also likes to admire himself in the mirror

being alone

she keeps us safe , happy and healthy

their playstand is covered in small cat toys that chirp and beep and they spend hours playing with them.

a lot of heart in a little body.

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  yesterday our mom was gone all day because she took the g-son to the community township festival where they had lots of fun things for kids to do. g-son built a truck out of wooden blocks at one booth and then won a 5 foot tall inflatable alien at another booth. then mom tried to dunk our township commissioner in the dunking booth but couldn't do it. they had a petting zoo full of ravenous goats, sheep and pigs so mom went in to feed them and soon found out why no one else went in since all the animals jumped up on her vying for the food. then they left the festival and went to game stop where mom bought g-son a video game for his birthday. next out to eat and then back to the festival for fireworks. by the time mom got g-son home and and then came home it was really late so no blogging for us yesterday.

today mom ran to the grocery store and was only gone about 1/2 hour. while she was gone i somehow managed to get my foot hooked into my wing and was panicking. dad was home and saw this and frantically got my foot untangled from my wing. when mom came home after hearing about it she immediately trimmed my nails and sure prays it doesn't happen again. i am pouting now and holding my leg up

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09/21/2014 04:44.58 PM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY TGIF DAY

today we saw a red squirrel fighting with a grey squirrel. it looked like they were dancing. no shiver me timbers for the next few days at our house. tomorrow its going up to 80. YEAAAAY.

WELL LAW SUITS ARE PENDING BECAUSE OF GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION BY RANGE RESOURCES (one of the many fracking companies). they have agreed to pay 4.15 million in fines for violations and contamination of our drinking water.. they are still using the outdated open water containment of the poisonous waters allowing leakage and access to wildlife. at least the other FRACKING Compaines have switched to above ground storage tanks and are building safer fracking sites. no fracking should be allowed by them until they update and comply. it seems it is easier to pay the 4.15 million in fines rather than do anything about their leakage. a big THANKS to our esteemed governor for giving all these fracking companies the green light to come into our lands and poison everything. (we are being sarcastic)

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09/19/2014 05:56.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
HAPPY HUMPDAY

TODAY WAS A FUN DAY BECAUSE WE GOT TO MEET MS FALCO BEAK TO BEAK AFTER HER VET APPOINTMENT. SHE SURE IS ONE PRETTY GIRL. AFTER FALCO AND HER MOM LEFT MOM WAS DEBATING WETHER SHE SHOULD TAKE DOWN THE HUMINGBIRD FEEDERS SINCE WE HAVENT SEEN ANY HUMMERS FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS. WELL ABOUT 4 MINUTES AFTER FALCO LEFT A LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD SHOWED UP AT ONE OF THE FEEDERS. THE NECTAR WAS PRETTY OLD SO MOM WAS SCRAMBLING LIKE CRAZY TO CLEAN THE FEEDER AND REFILL IT SO THE LITTLE HUMMER WOULD GET A FRESH MEAL. THE MALE HUMMERS ALL WENT SOUTH A LONG TIME AGO BECAUSE THEY ONLY COME NORTH FOR ONE REASON AND AFTER THEY HAVE DONE THEIR DEED AND EATEN THEIR FILL OF BUGS AND NECTAR THEY HAVE NO MORE REASON TO STAY. THE ONLY ONES LEFT AT THIS POINT ARE YOUNG ONES AND SOME STRAGGLER FEMALES FROM THE NORTH. MOM WILL MAKE ONE MORE BATCH OF NECTAR IN CASE ANY MORE SHOW UP IN THE ENSUING WEEKS. IN THE PAST 1 OR 2 HUMMERS HAVE SHOWN UP AT THE END OF OCTOBER AND WE WANT THEM STRONG FOR THEIR LONG FLIGHT SOUTH.

love Cori

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09/17/2014 06:16.51 PM Report This Comment  
  HI P's
IT WAS TOO COOL TO GO OUTSIDE TODAY BUT IT DID WARM UP AND WAS 64 AND A NICE SUNNY DAY. DAD HAD LUNCH WITH HIS VETERINARIAN FRIEND AND FALCO AND HIS MOM ARLENE STOPPED BY AFTER THEIR VISIT WITH THE VET. FALCO IS VERY PRETTY AND I WAS SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO MEET HER BEAK TO BEAK. SADLY THEY DIDNT STAY LONG.

HOPE YOU HAD A HAPPY HUMPDAY

LOVE BOO BOO

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09/17/2014 06:15.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
it doesn't usually get cool like this until October. i hope this doesn't mean we are in for a super long winter. winters already way to long. with all the rain we had you would think the ground would be moist but everything is dry as a bone so mom was trying to water some of the shrubs that are really wilting. its important that they get plenty of water in the fall because once the ground freezes they don't get any water at all. mom had planted some shrubs called beauty berry because they get these tiny purple luminescent berries in the fall and are quite pretty and the birds also eat them. well when mom went to water them today something had cut off all the branches with the berries on them and they were laying all over the ground. mom can't understand why someone would do that. it wasn't a deer because a deer would eat it and not leave it laying on the ground so it had to be some nasty neighbor or kid. didn't see the little bunny today but will continue to watch for him

love Boo Boo

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09/15/2014 10:39.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Florida, Kentucky and Missouri are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for welfare. people are calling this unconstitutional. it is ok to drug test people who work for their money, but not for those who don't. if you can afford to buy drugs then you can afford to buy your own groceries!!!!!!!.

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09/13/2014 05:37.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
Breaking news: A massive pesticide company has just asked the U.S. government to increase the legal limit for its bee-killing pesticides by 4000%.

That’s right. Four. Thousand. Percent.

Bees are already facing a massive global die-off. This could be a death sentence for millions more bees. Bees fill a crucial ecological role as pollinators and are essential for agriculture, and are responsible for every third bite of food we eat. In other words: No bees, no farms. No farms, no food.

because of this we have come to the conclusion that all CEO's of chemical companies are space aliens intent on the annihilation of all life on earth as we know it. just watch any alien space movie and you will see we are right!

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09/13/2014 02:26.44 PM Report This Comment  
  What happens when weeds and insects evolve into superweeds and superbugs? And refuse to die when doused with Monsanto’s toxic poisons?Enter Monsanto’s dump “More On” Strategy. More herbicides. More insecticides. Each one more toxic than the next.

Consumers hold the key to ending Monsanto’s “Moron Strategy.”
We do it by forcing states to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. Which in turn will force Big Food to replace GMO ingredients with non-GMO alternatives.

It isn’t just Monsanto that’s escalating the “Moron Strategy.”
Dow’s new GMO corn and soy varieties are engineered to withstand massive amounts of a new herbicide concocted from a combination of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and 2,4-D, one of the chemicals used in the deadly Vietnam-era “Agent Orange” herbicide.

The EPA has already approved the new “Deadly Duo” herbicide. And the USDA—over the objections of more than 50 members of Congress and hundreds of thousands of citizens—is expected any day now to approve the crops it will be sprayed on.

Why approve this new “Deadly Duo?” Because the millions of pounds of glyphosate and 2,4-D herbicides already being sprayed on GMO crops aren’t working anymore.

It would be great if the FDA and USDA would protect consumers from the madness of Monsanto’s “Moron” Strategy.But instead, our government agencies are intent on protecting only one thing: "CORPORATE PROFITS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In fact last year, the FDA actually raised the limit of glyphosate residue allowed on your fruits and vegetables—despite several new studies exposing glyphosate’s toxicity. According to one of those studies, glyphosate is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”

Only a moron would want to use more, not less, of the “most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment,” right?

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09/09/2014 05:20.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
Are Pesticides Lowering Our Intelligence?
fascinating research originating from Harvard’s School of Public Health. Published in Lancet Neurology, assessed five chemicals and metals known as “neurotoxicants” which are substances that are toxic to the brain and nervous system. The researchers analyzed the effects of a group of pesticides known as “organophosphates.”

After assessing the effects of typical organophosphate exposure in children aged 0 to 5, the Harvard researchers found that this class of pesticides caused a collective drop in IQ of 16,899,488 points. Because brain functions develop sequentially, the full effects of early neurotoxic damage might not become apparent until school age or beyond.

Because early childhood exposure to pesticides through playing on sprayed lawns and eating produce containing the toxins can result in a loss of cognitive skills, the exposure reduces these children’s intellectual and economic potential. the health implications to children (and potentially adults as well, since this study only explored the effects on children) is of serious concern.

After assessing the full economic impact, the scientists estimated that for each loss of one IQ point a person‘s estimated lifetime earnings capacity also dropped by USD $18,000 or €12,000.

The journal Environmental Health Perspectives established a link between pesticide exposures and autism.

With the mounting evidence of the health, social, environmental, and economic implications of our continued use of toxic pesticides, isn’t it time for a total ban of these toxic substances?
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09/07/2014 11:17.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
(stolen from Facebook) (hope you like it)
You and I, we have a thing
I hold your hand you stroke my wing
Some may be scared of beaks like mine
But you think that it is divine
You get my pins I cannot reach
You play and feed and pet and teach
I do my best to learn new tricks
You show patience when I give nicks
Yes, I may nick time or two
But your love and patience sees me through
We've built a bond of love and trust
You've listened while I fought and fussed
Now I know you're here to stay
So I won't bite, I will just play
Thank you for your love and caring
It makes me want to be more daring
To trust a human with heart and wing
You know, I think we've got this thing

today our yard was filled with plumes of toxic fumes as the sewage truck roared away filling the old sewage lines with resin. it came at 7am and never stopped until 5.30pm. the workers assured mom that none of us would have any adverse affects from this. the fumes were so bad mom could actually taste it. the workers themselves didn't appear very smart as they didn't even have one face masks. at exactly 5:30 pm all toilets were allowed to be flushed
love Cori and Boo Boo

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09/04/2014 08:43.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi P&P
Hope you had a Happy Humpday!

our sewage bill increased from $50 a month to $150. they have been working all summer in our area to update the sewage lines and we are paying the cost. tomorrow a note was posted on our door they will be working on our street and we will have no water, do not flush toilets and when the water comes back on it will smell like resin. that can't be good. they also said keep your windows open when you turn the water back on. mom is very worried about our flock.

love Cori and Boo Boo

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09/03/2014 10:28.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~
I hope you are both having a great day! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! It's been a bit crazy around here! I sure hope it calms down soon! I think I like boring days better than crazy days!
My budgie cousins are doing great. Pru it the blue one and she is the ring leader of the group. She loves to climb on toys and swing like crazy! Piper is the green one and Paige is the yellow on. They are all leaning to play with toys and they are much calmer around mom's sister. She spends time everyday just talking to them and they are responding to her now. They never had toys at their old house and mom's sister says they really love them. They seem to love millet too!
Mom is hoping her sister can get a picture so I can see what they look like. I'm just glad they have a good home with lots of toys now!
I hope you both enjoy the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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09/02/2014 01:45.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl,

How are you both? It's Parker and it was so nice to spend some time with you at the Milonga. I had so much fun and hope you did "Too". Your Mommy is so talented because Mom and I both loved her adorable poem! Hope, you, your Mom & Dad and Cori & Boo Boo enjoyed your Labor Day Holiday. It's sunny right now but we're supposed to get more rain later. Mom said it was raining Cats & Dogs last night but I never saw Cats & Dogs fall out of the sky, did either of you? Here's a vote for you cuties. Bye for now.

Love & Winghugs,
Parker
P.S. I love that pink sports car you have!!

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09/01/2014 09:23.57 AM Report This Comment  
  We took our showers and dried our wings.
Now free of dust and other things.
We had a treat of fresh food mash.
It came from mommy's little stash.
We played games of "hide and seek",
of "scritch my neck" and "pet my beak."
We've had some love we've had some play.
It's time to tuck ourselves away.
We'll tuck our heads in downy feathers,
and dream of flight in sunny weather.
Good night to mum, good night to dad.
Oh what a day we all have had!

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08/31/2014 10:44.42 PM Report This Comment  
  we had a beautiful day today and Cori and I both got to go outside. dad fertilized the lawn and was watering the fertilizer into the soil with he sprinklers so mom put me in my cage and took Cori over to the sprinklers to have a light bath. Cori acted like a big sissy and was scared of the sprinkler at first and panicked was trying to fly away and even plopped on the ground but after a while she started to enjoy herself. while mom and Cori were busy playing mom thought she heard a hawk calling but didn't pay much attention because lots of the bluejays in the yard will make the same sounds. i got really scared and started calling mom and she and Cori ran over to my cage and i was sitting on the bottom on my foam rubber pad and then Cori started acting skitterish so mom knew there was a hawk nearby she just couldn't see it. so mom spent the rest of the time on the porch with Cori and me reading and the hawk must have flown away because we didnt hear it anymore. i enjoyed being outside after that.

HAPPY TGIF DAY

love Boo Boo

ps i m so excited about the milonga tomorrow. i not think i will sleep a wink tonight

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08/29/2014 10:50.12 PM Report This Comment  
  we had a beautiful day today. dad fertilized the lawn and then put the sprinkles on to get the fertilizer into the soil. mom took me outside in my harness and held me near the sprinkler which goes back and forth. as the first wave of water started coming down i got very scared and tried to fly away and plopped too the ground. mom then picked me up and held me tighter so when the next wave of water came it landed on me. i kind of liked it. i dried off immediately because the sun was so bright.

then Boo Boo starting yelling from her cage and mom thought she had heard some hawks nearby (you can't always tell because some bluejays will imitate hawk) and when we got back to the porch Boo Boo was sitting on the bottom of the cage so we know she did spot one.

HAPPY TGIF DAY



love Cori and Boo Boo

ps don't know if we will be able to sleep tonight because we are so excited about the milonga tomorrow

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08/29/2014 10:23.49 PM Report This Comment  
  ANIMAL SABOTEURS
See that bushy-tailed rodent chattering in the tree outside your house? It could be preparing to take down the electric grid.

Last year around Nashville, Tennessee, more power outages--2,257--were caused by squirrels and other creatures sharpening their teeth than by bad weather. This spring, a squirrel knocked out power for 23,000 people in California's Marin County, and last year one took out the water system in Tampa, Florida. Saboteur squirrels have turned out the lights at a sewage treatment plant, an airport, a hospital, a university, even a baseball game.

Animals monkey-wrench by chewing, touching wires together, or tripping switches. They almost always die in the process. But there are plenty of replacements. This spring, a raccoon snuffed out the lights for 5,700 households in Opelousas, Louisiana. In Holton, Kansas, snakes in a substation knocked out power citywide twice in five days.

"Wild animals are anywhere and everywhere and you can't predict what they will do In March, a rogue rat shorted out the cooling system at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The greatest havoc, is wrought by crazy ants, who have colonized electrical appliances across the Southeast, shorting out burglar alarms, computers, and televisions. When their wriggling bodies bridge the circuit and they electrocute themselves, they send out a pheromone, calling in reinforcements. In a Waco, Texas, apartment complex, crazy ants took out 90 of the building's 150 air-conditioning units.

They're not doing it on purpose, of course. But if animals were trying to destroy civilization, this is how they'd go about it.

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08/28/2014 01:00.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi chuey
Well, just a few more days until you take over the Castle.

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08/26/2014 12:19.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Another reason to love bees: they might be able to help us fight cancer.

While venom isn’t usually known as a friendly thing, new research shows that venom from bees, snakes and scorpions could potentially be used to fight certain forms of cancer. While you wouldn’t go and inject someone with a dose of venom, which could have lethal effects, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that if they isolated specific proteins in the venom, these could be used in a safe way to block tumor growth.

“We have safely used venom toxins in tiny nanometer-sized particles to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in the laboratory,” study author Dipanjan Pan of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a statement. “These particles, which are camouflaged from the immune system, take the toxin directly to the cancer cells, sparing normal tissue.”

Previous studies have shown the potential power of venom, but because of the potentially very dangerous side effects of venom injection — damage to nerve cells, for example — that power couldn’t be properly harnessed.
The toxins in question are peptide toxins. The researchers made a synthetic version in the lab, then injected it into the tiny nanoparticles. “The peptide toxins we made are so tightly packed within the nanoparticle that they don’t leach out when exposed to the bloodstream and cause side effects

When the nanoparticles with the toxins attach to a cancer cell they can either slow down or stop the cancer cell growth, which can ultimately stop a cancer from spreading. what we are interested in are the cells responsible for metastasizing and having the cancer cells grow back,If we can target better using this technique, we potentially have a better cancer treatment.”

Now that they’ve figured out how to synthesize venom and put it in nanoparticles, the next step is to test it out on humans, in the next three to five years.

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08/25/2014 09:31.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Magpies are often maligned as pests, but they’re actually quite interesting birds that are usually overlooked for both their beauty and their intelligence. Here are six interesting facts about magpies.
1. Magpies Don’t Like Shiny Things — They’re Scared of Them
Magpies have a reputation as thieves out to steal your shiny jewelry or take ornaments from your garden, but new research shows that objects that are shiny probably repel magpies who don’t much like the look of them. The myth seems to have built up without much science to back it up, but the truth could actually be useful. Magpies are capable of wrecking crops by digging for grain, berries and other food, so along with other bird-scaring measures, the use of shiny materials in fields might help keep the magpies away and our crops safe from being upturned and trampled.
2. Magpies Will Eat Almost Anything, Including Bird Eggs and Chicks
While their natural diet is quite broad, including insects, mice and other small rodents, grain, berries and other fruit, magpies have been known to steal other birds’ eggs and even young chicks.
In addition, they’ve adapted rather well to suburban living and will often eat leftover scraps and other food bits put out for them, though for their health it’s probably better that you give them proper bird food so as to ensure they don’t eat anything that might be poisonous.
3. Magpies Are Closely Related to Crows, Jays and Ravens
Though they may look quite a bit different at first glance, magpies belong to the bird family corvidae, a group that includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws and jays, as well as lesser recognized members like treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. As such, they are among the most intelligent family of birds recognized by modern science. Which leads us to our next fact:
4. Magpies Recognize Themselves in Mirrors
European magpies have demonstrated the remarkable ability to recognize their own reflections in mirrors, something that was once thought to be a defining characteristic belonging only to humans. This might not sound that amazing, but out of countless species tested, only four ape species, bottlenose dolphins and Asian elephants have demonstrated this ability.
Scientists tested the magpies by placing a colored mark on their necks (which did not hurt or cause skin irritation). Then when placed in a cage with several mirrors, the birds were filmed scratching at their necks after looking at their reflections. With everything else controlled for, this could only mean that magpies had recognized themselves in the mirrors, and not just that, but had differentiated between what was their normal physical state and their now marked plumage.
scientists believe that self-awareness in birds and certain mammals may be an example of convergent evolution, which is where unrelated species evolve particular characteristics through different means.
5. What is a Group of Magpies Called?
There are several names given to a group of magpies,

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08/23/2014 09:35.00 PM Report This Comment  
  The free range farming label is one of the biggest marketing scams of our time. consumers who are opposed to the idea of factory farming switch to buying free range eggs, as they are under the impression that these birds live happy healthy lives with the freedom to roam in lush green fields, flapping about in the sunshine and pecking in the dirt. this vision of a free range hen is just an illusion. statistics show that the vast majority of free range hens live in overcrowded cramped conditions and never get the opportunity to feel the sun on their backs, or grass under their feet.The legal requirements for free range hens in the United States only stipulates that hens are given access to the outside, with tiny doors that do not even legally have to be open.
In practice this means that the majority of free range hens never actually go outside and instead live their entire lives in huge, cramped, squalid conditions which lead to feather loss, illness, disease, injury and depression.

Free Range and Factory Farming Practices are Almost IdenticalAs well as considering the lies told about the living conditions of free range hens, it’s important to look at the standard industry practices as well.All eggs come from hatcheries where male chicks are considered to be a byproduct of the process and are crushed alive at just one day old. Females have the tip of their beaks burnt off to prevent pecking injuries to each other and are then crammed into huge crates and sent off to their destination farms, with millions dying in transit due to starvation, dehydration and injury.
iDespite not being housed in individual cages like factory farmed hens, free range egg layers are kept in extremely cramped conditions with as many as 20,000 hens being raised in a single barn, each having a space the size of an iPad.

There is nothing humane about conditions these hens have to endure during their lives, and it is time we started lifting the lid on the myth of free range farming. It is factory farming with a pretty label on the packaging, certainly not a welfare standard consumers should be feeling happy about.

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08/23/2014 09:26.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Flitzer
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. ~Wings Up~ --Flitzer

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08/23/2014 05:41.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~~
How are you guys? I hope all is well. I got to hear my budgie cousins on the phone the other day! They were doing the sundowning and they sounded so happy! Mom's sister rescued them and they are now living the good life! They are Pru, Piper and Paige. They are blue, green and yellow budgies who needed a home because their family moved away. They have not had much contact with humans so mom's sister is spending time just talking to them everyday and letting them get use to her. I can't wait to see a picture of them!! I bet they are almost as cute as you guys are!
Have a great night!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/22/2014 03:49.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Random Animal Facts
25. A human brain operates on about 15 watts.
26. Warmer weather causes more turtles to be born female than male.
27. African buffalo herds display voting behavior, in which individuals register their travel preference by standing up, looking in one direction and then lying back down. Only adult females can vote.
28. If a honeybee keeps waggle dancing in favor of an unpopular nesting site, other workers headbutt her to help the colony reach a consensus.
29. Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times every second.
30. The claws of a mantis shrimp can accelerate as quickly as a .22-caliber bullet.
31. A single strand of spider silk is thinner than a human hair, but also five times stronger than steel of the same width. A rope just 2 inches thick could reportedly stop a Boeing 747.
32. A supercolony of invasive Argentine ants, known as the "California large," covers 560 miles of the U.S. West Coast. It's currently engaged in a turf war with a nearby supercolony in Mexico.
33. The recently discovered bone-house wasp stuffs the walls of its nest with dead ants.
34. By eating pest insects, bats save the U.S. agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year.
dancing frog
35. Fourteen new species of dancing frogs have been discovered in 2014, raising the global number of known dancing-frog species to 24.
36. A sea lion is the first nonhuman mammal with a proven ability to keep a beat.
( guess they haven't watched any of the parrots dancing ganga style on u-tube)

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08/20/2014 04:16.13 PM Report This Comment  
  random animal facts that may surprise you
13. Less time separates the existence of humans and the tyrannosaurus rex than the T-rex and the stegosaurus.
14. There's a place on Earth where seagulls prey on right whales.
15. Owls don't have eyeballs. They have eye tubes.
16. Animals with smaller bodies and faster metabolism see in slow motion.
17. Dogs' sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than humans', but they have just one-sixth our number of taste buds.
18. The extinct colossus penguin stood as tall as LeBron James.
19. Male gentoo and Adelie penguins "propose" to females by giving them a pebble.
20. Azara's owl monkeys are more monogamous than humans.
21. Barn owls are normally monogamous, but about 25 percent of mated pairs "divorce."
22. A group of parrots is known as a pandemonium.
23. Polar bears have black skin.
24. Reindeer eyeballs turn blue in winter to help them see at lower light levels.

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08/20/2014 04:09.54 PM Report This Comment  
  random animal facts that may surprise you
1. A type of "immortal" jellyfish is capable of cheating death indefinitely.
2. Octopuses have three hearts.
3. Butterflies can taste with their feet.
4. Cats and horses are highly susceptible to black widow venom, but dogs are relatively resistant. Sheep and rabbits are apparently immune.
5. Sharks kill fewer than 10 people per year. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year.
6. Wild dolphins call each other by name.
7. Young goats pick up accents from each other.
8. Humpback whale songs spread like "cultural ripples from one population to another."
humpback whales
9. Tardigrades are extremely durable microscopic animals that exist all over Earth. They can survive any of the following: 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 Celsius), -458 degrees F (-272 C), the vacuum of space, pressure six times stronger than the ocean floor and more than a decade without food.
10. Horses use facial expressions to communicate with each other.
11. Elephants have a specific alarm call that means "human."
12. Squirrels can't burp or vomit.

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08/20/2014 04:04.02 PM Report This Comment  
  11 Animals More Likely To Kill You Than Sharks . Sharks are kinda scary. In the water they’re faster than us, can appear from what seems like out of nowhere in an instant, and pack a pretty solid bite. It’s easy to get nervous when you’re in the dark ocean and unsure of who is swimming by with a toothy grin. But sharks aren’t the animals you should be most afraid of. Here are some that are much more likely to cause your demise.if you’re swimming with bull sharks, you’re more likely to die by shark attack at that moment than a cow. But most of us aren’t in the water with sharks as often as we find ourselves next to a cow on a visit to a farm, or at a petting zoo. And we certainly are around bees and ants a whole lot more often than sharks. But if you find yourself swimming in the ocean — or even some rivers — you’re probably nearer to sharks than you realize.f
Mosquitoes:655,000 people killed each year, primarily in Africa, through the little buggers spreading malaria left and right.
Hippos:2,900 people are killed by these mammals annually in Africa. That roly-poly exterior is just to lure you in.
Deer:130 people killed across the US by deer, almost exclusively because they hit them with their cars. That saying “a deer in the headlights” came about for a reason.
Bees:53 people die each year in the US because of an allergic reaction from being stung.
Dogs:30-35 people are killed each year in the US. Fido isn’t always your best friend.
Ants:20-50 people are killed each year in Africa from ants. They may be small but dozens, hundreds, or even thousands stinging you really adds up.
Jellyfish:20-40 people per year die in the Philippines alone, from the anaphylaxis caused by the stings.
Cows:22 people are killed in the US every year from these seemingly docile creatures. They’re fun to pet, but getting kicked in the head… not as fun.
Horses:20 people die each year thanks to our equine friends.
Spiders:6.5 people die in the US every year from spider bites.
Rattlesnakes:5.5 people die from rattlesnake bites each year in the US, which isn’t a whole lot considering how common they are in popular hiking and camping areas.
Sharks:1 person is killed each year in the US and fewer than 6 worldwide are killed by sharks. From 2006 to 2010, there were just three fatalities from shark attacks in the US.

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08/17/2014 03:52.31 PM Report This Comment  
  mom was so angry over everything plus dad kept standing there screaming at her she just tossed everything. also thet morning the cat that mom had given some of the chicken to peed on the carpet which he does when he is sick. that also made mom mad. its his way of telling us he doesn't feel well. plus how could mom prove she hadn't dropped the jar and cracked it herself or left the chicken out too long. neither of which mom had done. its now fairly peaceful in the house because mom and dad aren't speaking.

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08/16/2014 10:13.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Paddy and Piddy
Thanks for the hatchday wishes!
Have a nice day~
-Snowwybird

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08/16/2014 06:52.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~
I hope your day is going great too!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/14/2014 12:07.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Paddy and Piddy, Cori and Boo Boo
Wow! I love your new car! I'd ask for a ride, but I think it's too small for a tiel!Hehee!!! Tell Boo Boo I'm glad her foot is better. Also, tell Cori to let her catch the tail once in a while!Hahaha!!!
Our mom wanted to tell your mom how much she appreciated the lovely thoughts on being a parront she sent us! My mom read it to her aunt in NC! It was a lovely thoughtful letter.
You guys stay safe and keep the speed limit!
Luv, Spot and BonBon♥
PS. Are ya'll watching the cattle drive! It's hard work, but we're all learning a lot!

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08/13/2014 07:55.03 PM Report This Comment  
  the reason GMO foods are dangerous is because they have been genetically modified to tolerate extremely high doses of pesticides. many animals refuse to eat GMO foods because they sense something is wrong with it.

5 Surprising GMO Foods
1) PAPAYA 77% of all of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered
2) Corn its not just feed corn- genetically engineered sweet corn, the kind you eat on a cob, hit grocery stores shelves in 2012
3) SOY 9 out of 10 soybeans harvested in the united stets are genetically engineered
4) SQUASH experts believe that genetically engineered squash may have already found its way into the wild by accident
5) SALMON the FDA has fast tracked approval of genetically engineered salmon, created using genes from an eel-like Ocean Pout

even the Chinese have now put a ban on imported corn from the united states which is having a bad impact on american farmers.

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08/12/2014 10:48.20 PM Report This Comment  
  sunbathing is a fairly common activity for many bird species, cormorants among them. sunbathing serves a couple of important roles for birds. First, it helps to spread vital oils along the feathers. Second, the heat helps to drive out any parasites that may be feeding on the bird’s plumage. Dealing with both issues helps to ensure that the bird’s feathers are well-maintained both for insulation and flight. The second, meanwhile, gives the bird a quick meal as it gets a chance to eat the insects while it preens itself.

Not every bird that worships the sun does it in the same way. Unlike cormorants, which stand, many species stay closer to the ground. Pigeons tend to lie on their side with one wing raised. Some doves, on the other hand, sit on the ground and raise both of their wings. Others flatten themselves out on the ground, the same way humans do when we lie out to sunbathe. Another dove species, the peaceful dove, plops down and spreads out, leaving its beak hanging open. the effect can make a bird look ill or distressed, but it’s really just enjoying a few rays.

you can make your yard more ideal for sunning birds by pruning vegetation away from sunny areas and providing a cool birdbath. You also want to make sure that cats can’t get at the sunning birds, since they are particularly vulnerable on the ground.

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08/12/2014 10:39.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cutie
Jetta was here.

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08/12/2014 01:34.19 AM Report This Comment  
  5 Surprising GMO Foods
1) PAPAYA 77% of all of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered
2) Corn its not just feed corn- genetically engineered sweet corn, the kind you eat on a cob, hit grocery stores shelves in 2012
3) SOY 9 out of 10 soybeans harvested in the united stets are genetically engineered
4) SQUASH experts believe that genetically engineered squash may have already found its way into the wild by accident
5) SALMON the FDA has fast tracked approval of genetically engineered salmon, created using genes from an eel-like Ocean Pout

even the Chinese have now put a ban on imported corn from the united states which is having a bad impact on american farmers.

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08/11/2014 09:06.09 PM Report This Comment  
  BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER TROD ON THROWN FOOT TOYS
OR NEED TO CHECK MY SHIRT BEFORE GOING OUT
I DIDNT WORRY IF THINGS WERE POISONOUS OR UNSAFE
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT VETS AND COSTLY VISITS

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I HAD NEVER BEEN POOPED ON
MY CLOTHES CHEWED ON
FOOD STOLEN FROM MY MOUTH
FINGERS BITTEN
I WAS NEVER ASKED "WATCHA -DOIN" FIFTY TIMES A DAY
I HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OF MY MIND AND MONEY
AND I SLEPT PAST 6AM

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER HAD A THRASHING CREATURE
MADE OF ALL BEAK AND CLAWS JUST TO GIVE MEDICINE
I NEVER LOOKED INTO HURTING EYES AND CRIED
OR GOT GLORIOUSLY HAPPY OVER A SIMPLE TASTE OF CHOP
AND I NEVER SAT UP LATE HOURS AT NIGHT ON PARROT FORUMS

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER SNUGGLED A SLEEPY PARROT
OR BLEW FEATHERY KISSES ON THEIR BELLY
I NEVER FELT MY HEART BREAK INTO A MILLION PIECES
WHEN I COULDNT STOP THEIR PAIN

I NEVER KNEW SOMETHING SO SMALL
COULD AFFECT MY LIFE SO MUCH
I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE SO MUCH
I NEVER KNEW- I WOULD LOVE BEING A PARRONT

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08/10/2014 09:47.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Add A Little Water To Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds
Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing.
In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard.

The simplest and least expensive way to provide water for birds is in a ceramic or metal birdbath mounted on a pedestal.
As long as the water is clean, and changed frequently, birds will respond. The presence of water, the third essential to bird life in a backyard habit, will attract birds that would not otherwise be seen. In spring and summer, when the neotropical species are in the North, birds such as flycatchers, wrens, robins, vireos, thrushes and even owls will readily come to water, but not to feeders.

A better solution may be to set up a birdbath with moving water that is pumped from one level to another. The sound and motion of water is a great attractant for birds and will draw them in from some distance to drink and bathe.
The ideal water area for birds is a recirculating, multi-tiered pool in which an electric pump moves the water to the uppermost level, which allows it to flow back to the lowest level, and then back again to the top. As long as there are many shallow areas, no more than a couple of inches deep, the birds will use all the levels of water as it flows from one to another. There have been times when as many as 13 American robins or 10 cedar waxwings have used such a bird bath at one time.

Water is not only essential to the survival of birds, but its presence in a backyard habitat will guarantee the attractions of a whole different spectrum of bird species.

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08/09/2014 10:05.22 PM Report This Comment  
  i was all over mom preening her face and belly button tonight. i know where moms belly button is and all i do is lift up her shirt and find it and start preening it. mom kept her shoes on tonight so i wouldn't start preening her feet again. mom says that is close to torture.

Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Next Week Perseid meteors are easily seen with the naked eye.
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky early next week, peaking between August 10 and August 13.
A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your luck at catching some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13. At its peak, you can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place away from the lights of civilization.
If your local weather cooperates, the best night for viewing is looking to beTuesday night— really more early Wednesday morning.
The best viewing hours should be between 11 p.m. and dawn, when the constellation Perseus is above the horizon. Although the meteors appear to come from Perseus, they actually are part of a debris trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which the Earth encounters every August.
To spot meteors, find a dark-sky spot away from street lights. Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky; astronomers recommend looking in whatever direction the sky is darkest for you.
Love Cori
ps: so far every meteor shower thats taken place we have had rain

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08/09/2014 10:00.23 PM Report This Comment  
  When the Spanish explorer Don Juan Manual Ayala visited San Francisco Bay in 1775, the island we now call Alcatraz was little more than a mound of sandstone whitened by the droppings of many generations of seabirds.
For the next 200 years, human use and alteration of the island all but eliminated the birds.
But now, despite the nearly 5,000 people who visit the island daily, the birds of Alcatraz appear to be making a comeback.
The recovery started about a decade ago, when portions of the island were first closed to visitors and birds such as Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, and Pigeon Gillemots steadily increased their numbers along the rocky slopes. Since then, Western Gulls have virtually taken over the top of the island. These ground-nesting birds normally nest on inaccessible rocky sea cliffs or islands to avoid predation and other sources of nest disturbance. Once humans were forbidden from portions of Alcatraz, the birds felt comfortable enough to nest amid the rubble of former buildings.
Alcatraz has also been discovered by several species that probably didn’t nest there in the days before Europeans arrived. During the years when the island was used as a prison, tons of soil was imported from the mainland to allow the establishment of gardens and landscaping. The hardy plants that remain were allowed to grow wild and now cover significant parts of the island. A large colony of Black-crowned Night Herons has become established in the dense foliage of some of the low shrubs. Great Egrets also nest there, taking advantage of the trees that now grow on the protected east side of the island.
Most reference sources attribute the name “Alcatraz” to the Spanish word for “pelican,” which is “alcarez.” And while pelicans frequently visit the bay, it’s doubtful they ever nested on Alcatraz.
A look at the island today, particularly the west side, which is often completely covered with nesting cormorants, may reveal the true source of the name. We know that Don Juan Manual Ayala named the rock for the birds he saw there, but maybe he called it “alcatraceo,” the Spanish word for “cormorant”.

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08/08/2014 10:06.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Piddy and Pattie,
Sent a vote to you and hope u have a good day!

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