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Mama has always wanted a grey, the time was right and she found me in an ad in BirdTalk. I came here at 12 weeks of age.

My hatchday is March 24 2004.

If you would like to see me in action, talking, whistling, dancing and being my crazy self, you can find on youtube. Search for Poirot African Grey, or the user name PringlePoirot

I have movies, here on the BC, "I'm a Grey Penguin," and others.
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Hi! My name is Poirot

I am a Congo African Grey from Y, CA.

Mr. Fluffy to Kelly, Baby Boy, Penguin, Baby Pie or Penguin Pie (He made these ones up himself.)


I joined the channel, 11 ~ 23 ~ 06


11 years old   M

Congo African Grey

This list could go on for a very long time, but I've narrowed it down to:

Oatmeal, papaya, popcorn, cheese, egg, millet, carrot kiss, ( juice,) and any tasty fruit or fruit juice. I almost prefer drinking to eating.

Going on rides in the car and being taken on walks in my carrier.


Sitting on the window sill watching people go by and calling them if they ignore me.

I love to sit in my cage for quiet time, when no one is around and have a wonderful rope perch/swing above my cage, when I'm out.

I'll sit quite happily on a knee when it's available.

I enjoy testing and retesting forbidden areas. You never know when you can gain more ground to call your own. Oh, why can't I have the phone?


Cookie sheets (they are terrifying) and gift wrapping paper, or wrapped gifts. Even gift bags are, "so (s)cary." Otherwise that's about it.

I won't eat nuts or seeds except millet.


She provides me with an environment that keeps me busy and tries to keep me well socialized, though I love telling visitors,
"Bye, bye," only a couple of minutes after they've stepped inside. I'll even say it to a stranger who is holding me. At least I don't tell them to be quiet anymore.


Flying with anything light enough for me to carry, either in my foot or beak, letting it go in midair, or reaching my destination, triumphant that the object is still with me. Then it gets a good beating before being tossed to the floor.

When I bathe, I have two bowls, one inside the other. I surf on the inner bowl, by lifting it all the way up on it's edge, jumping onto it and splashing back down into the water.

I am determined to eat the phone.
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Grab each day by the beak and proceed without caution!.

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  Hi Poirot
That's OK about the avatar. After all you have been there for every other one, and two baby birds take a lot of time and attention. Would love to see a pic or two if they ever stay still long enough. The July milonga will no doubt be about Independence Day, so even just a firework would be good enough, but your creative mama will come up something wonderful I am sure.

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Panther #245623 for BOTM!.

06/28/2015 02:31.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Well, it's me again coming to beg your talented mom to create an Avatar for this month's milonga. It is a Renaissance Faire, so anything she cares to do would be wonderful.

I sure do like that pic of you peeking out from under the paper towel. It looks like fun!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Panther #245623 for BOTM!.

06/24/2015 11:28.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/30/2015 09:22.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/28/2015 08:20.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/26/2015 07:23.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/25/2015 02:32.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Memorial Day long weekend. I again must say I am sorry for missing yesterday but Momma Deb had to visit a very talented Indian Ringneck named Max to clip his nails for his Momma. Problem is to get there was a very long drive across country. Needless to say Max looks great, and to make up for the nail grooming he received a Chuey's Chewable Bird Toy Creations, round peg boards to play with.
Max's Mom had contemplated adding another fid to the household. However after talking to my Momma she has decided to keep on loving Max and an pass on adopting another Parrot. Max is quite spoiled, and very well cared for and love. I doubt he would have been any to happy to see another Companion Parrot moving in on his home territory.
The conversation over lunch drifted to the topic of Parrots of course. Max's Mom had recently watched a television commercial telling people to Adopt! Don't Shop! for a Companion Parrot. She had never seen the commercial before and it caught her off guard, but also made her begin to think. She does not recall the name of the Rescue other then it was in the USA. How wonderful it would be if Rescues could come together to finance, through donations and Corporate sponsors television advertisements or magazine advertisements encouraging Adoption of Parrots over buying from a store/breeder/bird Mart etc. Companies advertise to cause consumers to purchase brand "A" over brand "B". I am certain it would work on potential owners of Companion Parrots in like manner. If even one Parrot was adopted from each Rescue what a difference it could begin to make.
Parrot ownership ( ugh, I dislike that term) is a privilege, not a right. When the World begins to realize this truth, we Parrots will begin to gain the respect we rightfully deserve. Our friendship can not be purchased, forced from us or bullied out of us. We are wild flying Creations that were meant to spend our days being Parrots, not a cage ornament or room accent. While on FB today I saw someone's cool off-handed comment to a Parront who has just lost a fid. Suggesting she buy another to replace her baby. It is sad to think this person is someone who has a bird. Love from a Companion Parrot can not be purchased with all the money in the World. You have to earn it, on our terms.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Please share with us one or two of the hurls you encountered when first bringing home your fid(s). Also how about some of the best, most touching moments as well. The greatest over-coming moment when you just knew you and your Fid were happily bonded for life!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/25/2015 07:11.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/22/2015 08:40.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kiddo
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/19/2015 09:12.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/16/2015 11:21.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Poirot~
Thought I'd fly by, say "Hi!" and tell you a bit of triumphant news; I have successfully flown to my mom's hand on command a number of times now! I'm so proud of myself. Honestly I got sick and tired of seeing the little 'Tiel Millie land on mom's outstretched hand and then get all sorts of lovin', even sometimes getting to leave the birdroom with mom which is what I so much want to do. It took wanting to beat that bird to the scritches and privileges that got me to finally take off and fly to that waiting hand. Now I fly at mom even when her hand is not out; she has to be quick about getting it up so I won't plow into her head or something. (Who's training who around here?!!) I'm hoping that having learned this little trick I won't lose my wings this summer. Surely mom wouldn't want me to forget how to come to her, which is highly likely if the scissors take the flights off.

I wonder how things are with you, if you're spending any time in the aviary, if your feathers are not a temptation to your beak, if wood is not considered an edible substance, and how you and Pepper are getting on these days. The other day I heard your sweet voice for nearly an hour as your recordings were on repeat and I got to hear you talk about pa-pa-pa-payaya! and Spoon! and 'be right back'. Art, Saber and I were all paying close attention to your every word, believe me. Art really likes it when you whistle; gets him going like crazy!

Hoping the weekend ahead has all sorts of adventures in store for you. Something tells me you'll make sure something exciting is happening every now and then at the least.

K*>x<*P

Come visit me, Kelly *v*.

05/15/2015 11:21.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically;
beautyofbirds.com/rescue.htm--has an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided.

birdchannel.com/bird-adoption/bird-rescues has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc

www.rescueshelter.com--has lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/15/2015 10:12.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Milonga Saturday with today's BOTM blog. The questions are tough ones, but ones that every responsible Parrot owner needs to ask themselves. The Companion Parrot crisis is growing at an alarming rate. All one need do is go onto any on-line site that sells Parrots to see the mass number of unwanted adults for sale, or visit any credible Rescues site to view the "for Adoption" profiles to get an idea of the numbers available in need of loving, forever homes.
The ideas shared by your Parronts are greyt. Filled with lots of helpful ideas, and insights. We all can contribute in one way or another. The variety is endless. Those who can speak to groups can arrange visits to schools, community groups, church groups where ever people gather togetehr to talk about their Parrots, their care and what is truly involved with having a Companion Parrot. You'd be surprised how easy it is once you start to talk about the love of your life, US!
As Finnegan's Momma has said, many Parrot Clubs already do visitations & social information displays. If you are a member of a club that doesn't, suggest it, and volunteer to help by attending with your Fids. There are a lot of areas in the USA, Canada and abroad where Parrot Clubs do not exist. Perhaps you could begin one, by posting notes at Pet Food Stores, Bird Stores, Veterinarian offices and other places people will see them. Finnegan's Momma has offered to assist anyone wishing to start up a club and it is an awesome way to connect not only with fellow bird-lovers but to out-reach into the community.
Cori and Boo Boo's Mom, as well an many others have the more direct approach of one to one information sharing, taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves to educate others in proper care and feeding. This is one opportunity we all can take part in. My Momma uses every chance she gets. Sometimes the information is not happily received but often times the listener will go away with a gem of insight they might never have received in any other way.
For the very creative and talented, Dixie and his flock have until recently both educated and enlightened audiences with their tricks and antics that catch the attention of all, leaving a wondrous opportunity to educate listeners to the care, training, and requirements of Companion Parrot Parronting. What better way to keep someone's interest then to show them what us Parrots are capable of? I am certain Dixie's Momma Rose would gladly help with some pointers for someone interested in starting to train their own fids to perform. Not only do the Parrots have fun, but you can reach a large mixed group of people this way!
Do you enjoy writing? Offer to write an article or more for your local newspaper, Parrot Club as a hand-out that can be left in Pet Food Stores etc willing to give them to new potential owners, the possibilities are endless.

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05/09/2015 09:17.41 AM Report This Comment  
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Hi everyone, Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog for this hot, sunny Friday. Your responses have been very enlightening, informative and up-front. The subject of unwanted Parrots and euthanasia is a sensitive, and loaded subject. Like all other questions I have asked, this one too has no wrong or right answer. Regardless of the answer one gives, the truth is we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot Epidemic. In 1990, The USA passed a Wild Bird Conservation Act - Banning imports of CITES listed birds, eliminating the world’s largest market. This seems to have been the catalyst for breeders to grab up all available Parrots and force them into for-profit breeding programs. What is it that causes mankind to crave to dominate everything within reach?
A great number of Companion Parrots found in rescues are by-products of this influx in captive bred birds. The ban on importation has done very little to curb the capture of Wild Parrots both in Central and South America, Africa and other continents through out the World. Wild Caught Parrots arrive in the USA and Canada via Europe. The European Union is the greatest importer/exporter of Wild Captured Parrots. That "imported" Congo Grey in the store is likely a bird stolen from it's flock in the wild. In many nations there are still legal "capture-limits" in place, allowing Parrots to be caught for the pet-trade market. A very high percentage of these still end up in the USA. All this adds to the pressing problem of an already over-loaded market filled with unwanted Parrots needing new homes.
Some have suggested building extensive free-flight aviaries where these Parrots could live out their lives as closely as possible to being free. However, there arises a question of potential risks to native Parrots or wild-birds species from avian diseases such as PDD, PBFD and others. Many of the deadliest diseases are also very difficult to diagnosis in living specimens. Although it would be ideal if the unwanted Parrots could be housed safely in aviaries that afforded freedom, there again arises the question of finances, both for the building of these flights,and for maintenance, staff to care for and protect them from harm. and on-going medical care.
No matter how we look at the situation there are no definitive answers to the growing problem. No matter how many laws were imposed, there will be people who go around them. In every area of society there are those who live above the laws. The answers lie within us, the bird-loving populous, to educate potential owners every chance we get, to mentor new owners if possible, and to refuse to be quietly on the side-lines when issues of abuse or neglect comes up.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION; what can YOU do to help the UNWANTED Parrots? How can YOU start to educate others in proper care and training of a Companion Parrot?

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05/08/2015 05:49.14 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this awesome sunshiny Thursday. As there are no "right or wrong answers," they are all amazing and honest. Clearly Government involvement with us bird's lives will spell MESS. Somehow when the law-makers get togetehr to "fix' a problem they tend to create a whole pile of new ones, often worse then the original problem ever was. We are of a common agreement that hoarding is a secretive and often undetected situation. It occurs in every community across the globe.
As Pearl and Silver said the number of Companion Parrots is less important then whether they are well cared for, feed and cleaned. Whether one has one or one hundred fids to care for, the bottom line is "how well are they cared for? How many care-givers are looking after them?" Sad as it might be there are great homes with one Parrot and awful "house's of horror" with one. Just as human parents come in bad and good, so too do Companion Parrot owners. A stay at home Parront can easily look after a large flock, giving each time, cleaning, feeding and loving them all. It must remain a personal decision where to draw that line as far as numbers go. One person can become over-whelmed by one Parrot, where someone else can handle the ins and outs of daily life with fifty. We all need to be honest with ourselves, being truthful about how much we truly can handle on an on-going daily bases. Face it, all Parrots can become a handful at times, just like human children.
The general consensus is that placing regulations on Parrot ownership at best will be a band-aid approach to a difficult to manage situation. Cori and Boo Boo brought up a generalized truth, " many hoarders take in the animals and birds in the first place because they don't want them to be killed or abused. For some reason just keeping them alive they feel they are doing a good job without any thought to the quality of life of the animals.Then what happens, these people may become ill and no longer able to care for the animals and no one helps them because no one knows they have so many and then the animals start dying and at this point the people won't accept what they have done."
Parrot Rescues are busting at the seams with unwanted Parrots being surrendered. Some have been forced to turn away Parrots for lack of place. This problem continues to grow as our present "throw-away" society dumps off anything they deem, "difficult, too much money or work" without any clear solution. Many of these displaced Parrots are sold or given away to anyone who will take them. The former owner doing no screening, no educating, rather just glad to be rid of the "problem."
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: With many credible Rescues over-filled should they CONSIDER euthanizing sick, overly-aggressive Parrots to make room for others to enter their facilities? What other possible solutions could be employed to protect the unwanted?

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05/07/2015 09:26.51 AM Report This Comment  
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Happy, healthy Hump-day to everybirdie. Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I am hopeful that everyone has read the comments posted on my page about the need for education and laws to restrict and control Parrot over-breeding and one day end the need for rescues. Your insight and shared comments are greyt and very down-to-Earth factual. I must agree that the ideas are great but the how-to is getting into the way. The need for and application of Owner educational classes was commonly agreed,but where would one begin to make this thought a reality? The fact that there are definitely many very qualified educators on Common Parrot behavior makes it a possibility, but to make the need obvious to those in change of our laws and by-laws would be a difficult task to under-take. The current animal welfare act seems to fall short where Parrots and domestic exotics come in. Unless the "animals" are in definite distress from abuse, obvious neglect of care MOST if not ALL investigators know very little to nothing about Companion Parrots.
A point at hand; was the case a while back when someone visiting saw our frother SKY who has a damaged wing that was broken years ago but due to his abuser's lack of care it was left to mend on it's own: thus it is deformed, and Little Angel my plucked, but very happy and healthy fister who has almost no feathers. The visitor reported them and investigators visited. They were going to pressure to have both Sky and Little Angel removed from our flock and euthanized. Heck, killed more correctly. When word went out to our BC family, the OSPCA was bombarded with texts, emails, and calls. These same investigators did not know a Cockatiel from a Budgie, but made the assumed decision that both Parrots were unable to enjoy a quality of life. Point being these two persons were responsible for deciding the welfare for two Companion Parrots, yet made very incorrect assumptions. So, before any new laws to protect us could be implemented, those currently responsible for enforcing them would need extensive training on what is and isn't acceptable behavior and husbandry for hundreds of very differing species of Parrots.
As Dixie's Mom Rose brought up, when someone must spend the whole day just cleaning and feeding the Fids, then it is obvious the number is too many to properly keep. As others also pointed out, there is a fine line between keeper and hoarder. The only difference being the keeper does their best to care for, clean, feed and water everyone everyday, and is willing to pay for Veterinarian care, while the hoarder becomes over-whelmed with sheer numbers, the cost of food, amount of work involved and burns-out leaving no one to care for the suffering Parrots.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what types of regulations should be put into effect to prevent the hoarder-syndrome? Besides limiting numbers kept, is there a way to prevent it in the first place? Would anyone with more then a specified number having inspections help?

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05/06/2015 09:21.28 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everyone, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I musts ay that your responses are very educational, thought-provoking and hitting that old nail right on the head. We, Companion Parrots are definitely at the mercy of humans once we enter the world of captivity. It is so sad to think of the horrors many Parrots suffer from hatching to an early death in the name of profits. Sam shared a very compelling account of just such cruelty and suffering, and was an eye-opener to the realities around the Parrot Breeding Industry. Sadder still is that one of the USA's leading Parrot food producers has one of the worst kept breeding facilities. Parrots of all sizes, cramped into dirty, dark and over-crowded buildings. Bred and kept solely for testers of their newest pellets, and profits from their offspring. Just like our dog and cat foods, all products are tested on living creatures for quality, effectiveness for what it was made for, i.e. breeding formulas, maintenance etc. and over-all health after specific periods of usage.
We all agree that something needs to be implemented to control the breeding and mass production of Companion Parrots. Parrots seem to be brushed under the table when laws are debated for "Companion pets" with the focus on dogs, cats and livestock taking the forefront. It is shocking to learn the number of Companion Parrots from Budgies to Macaws that are abused, neglected and abandoned nationwide annually. Most of the better well-managed Parrot Rescues are at capacity, some being able to add facilities to handle the overflow of the unwanted being surrendered. Most are struggling to take care of those in their care as finances are slow at coming, but the Parrots keep arriving, many needing extensive Veterinarian care due to neglect or blatant abuse by former owners.
If Bird-only stores were licensed to sell Parrots, and General Pet Stores were no longer allowed to do so with the addition of mandatory staff attendance of seminars and proper training that they passed on to potential buyers some control might begin to arrive on the breeding of mass numbers of birds yearly. However it is erroneous to believe that all birds sold in Pet Stores come from "Parrot-mills". Many are purchased from reputable breeders who produce carefully planned clutches.There are both good and bad Pet Stores, including Bird Only stores.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; If the governments of your country were to impose laws for keeping Parrots would you willing attend classes on Parrot husbandry and training? If the new law(s) were made for ALL OWNERS not just new owners would you support these laws willingly?
Dog and Cat by-laws normally limit the numbers per household. Those above these limits needing to apply for a "Kennel-License", do YOU think owners of Companion Parrots should also have limits and require special permits to own above that limited numbers? DO YOU think licensing ownership could improve the situation for unwanted Parrots?

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05/05/2015 07:43.30 AM Report This Comment  
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Good Monday morning to all my BC friends and their awesome Parronts. Your blogs are amazing, they bring tears and smiles of joy as you share your thoughts and opinions with everyone. I love reading them and I am keeping them on file as they are that inspiring. I truly hope everyone is taking the time to read the blogs. They are so filled with honesty, open thoughts and powerful ideas. Certainly in the end we all will be empowered to become Ambassadors for Companion Parrots. Some very intense facts are being brought up that can help bring about a change. Most agree that the weight of responsibility should fall upon the shoulders of the breeders who produce the innocent chicks who may one day be abandoned on the doorstep of a Parrot Rescue.
As many as there are involved in the breeding of Parrots, we must not loose sight of the truth that there are some really great, very knowledgeable and devoted individuals selling baby Parrots. As with anything that involves the potential to make money, the bad often takes the lime-light over the good. Research has revealed that some of the worse offenders are not "back-yard" breeders but facilities owned by Nationally known Parrot food producers. My research has shown that the average "breeder" becomes involved as a hobbyist and remains involved for an average of five to seven years. There remainder make up two very different groups. Group one, a smaller group are those who are devoted to their Parrots, spending money on quality foods, correct caging and Veterinarian care. They make little if any profit and are motivated by their love of the birds, and a desire to create awesome companions. The educate buyers,and will take back any unwanted bird at any point in their lives. Sadly, the second Group makes up the "commercial" breeders. Budgies are often reared in large pens where babies are netted out at predetermined periods. Large Parrots are kept in pens with little to do besides reproduce. Cockatoo males often become so stressed they maul or kill their mates, something unheard of in the wild. To stop this, beak mutilation is used to remove the powerful bite potential. When someone is willing to keep their Parrots in these conditions how willing will they be to educate owners? Stiffer control laws employed by Governments may correct the over-breeding and abuse, but they must be enforced to do anything to help the problem.
Stores should be required to provide "per-purchase" classes for new owners. How many Pet Store staffers actually know much about the birds they sell?
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Do you think making and enforcing laws for "breeder-facilities" would help the problem of unwanted Parrots? Would it be " feasible" to require ALL PET STORES that sell Companion Parrots to HAVE to provide MANDATORY per-purchase educational classes? Should those involved with the sale of Companion Parrots be required by law to take classes or do a written test to show they are knowledgeable about them?

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05/04/2015 08:51.18 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie once more with today's BOTM blog. I want to thank everyone who stopped by, especially those who have shared their past with us.I hope every parront will take the time to read these interesting and heart-moving accounts of how their fid(s) joined their lives. We Parrots are all so unique and individual both in our personalities and in our relationships to our human caregivers. What I hope to do this month, as the days pass is to begin an active, open discussion about s wonderful, fascinating and sometimes difficult Parrots.
Whatever means we took to join our now forever homes, as varied and interesting as they all are, the one factor that remains common is, "none of us were born to live within the human environment." Sharing our days with humans was not a consideration when we were first created, and often times this factor brings with it untold challenges, conflicts and joys for both the owner and their wonderful, independent and awesome companion Parrot. My hope is that dialogue we can share these moments, thereby helping one another grow, over-come and expand in our relationships with one another.
We will look at, and talk about various Parrots and their loving Parronts, how they came together and how they have over-come problems; road-bumps along the way to developing that mutual trusting relationship. Even those who arrived into their families as weanling babies had obstacles that had to be faced and worked through. Since no parront has arrived yet at that place where never a new challenge or problem shall come along, we can help one another to forge through these birdie-barriers with renewed confidence.
My Momma Deb has over forty years of bird-related involvement, yet daily things come up that are a "first" for her. As a writer Advocate for Flockcall.com she is able to share her day to day observations with others in the hopes that someone will gain a tiny morsel of wisdom that will help them with their own Companion Parrots. I have been a challenge to her. Although only two years old there was and still is a communication problem; a language barrier that has slowed my transition to my new home. The problem is not my failure to learn English, but her lack of knowledge of another language which I grew-up with. Momma Deb has had to re-think her approach to these several times, and after many hit-miss attempts has worked out a solution to our understanding. It is this sort of thing that I want to have us share with one another. What works for you might just work for someone else.
Please, feel free to continue to write about how you came to be in your current Companion Parrot home. TODAY'S QUESTION: is simple but important: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGE YOU, the PARRONT, had to overcome with YOUR new fid? and HOW did you OVERCOME IT?

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05/02/2015 09:52.36 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here. I am May's BOTM candidate and wish to ask for your participation in this month. I want to talk about US. The BC birdies, our flockilies and our homes, and most of all how we got to be there. Now, before you decide that isn't fun, just wait and see. There are so many BC birdies, and each of us have our very own past history. We all began somewhere, but today we live and are loved exactly where we are at this very moment. The question is "How did you end up where you are?"
This is my story which many of you already will recall. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2013. I was purchased as a birthday gift for my former owner who was turning sixteen at the time. She had exact requirements she wanted in her new friend. She wanted a girl, and it had to be a blue-Crowned Amazon. The search was on for a baby to fit these requirements and after extensive on-line hunting her Mom found me and my sister for sale from a breeder several provinces away.
At three months old I arrived in Toronto, Ontario and met my new owner and her family for the very first time. It was instant love and I moved into their home and hearts right away. I was like a little sister in this family of three.
Because I am a rescue, My new forever Momma Deb does not know all that took place beyond here, except for the information that was shared when I was surrendered to my Momma Deb. I was obviously well loved, and spoiled. I would lay for hours on my back in their hands, snuggled and kissed and I loved it. My hatchday is April 13th, so on that day we had a party, and there are photos of me with a birthday cake and hat on. Sadly on April 23 of 2014 I fell or some how broke my leg while my owners were away at work and school. When they arrived home they found me laying on the cage floor, with a clean break. I had broken my leg bone in half, and was unable to climb or stand.
I was taken to a Vet who examined my leg and confirmed it was severely injured and would require surgery to put pins in to aid in healing. Unfortunately due to communication problems and lack of finances they were unable to do this operation then, when it would have fixed my broken leg. They tried to help me, as best they could, by taping in with Vet wrap but unfortunately did more harm then they realized. In desperation I was given to my Momma Deb who promised to do everything she could to help me. My parents gave Momma Dr "Z"'s name and number, where I had gone that first evening. He agreed to see me, and do what he could. When Momma Deb removed the wraps at his advice, she knew it was not good. My leg was dying because of incorrect wrapping. Dr "Z" operated on my leg and was forced to amputate it at the hip. THANKS to all our BC friends who helped pay for this surgery I am alive and healthy today.
"HOW did you get to be in your home?

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05/01/2015 08:32.56 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy partners; Mikey D once more hittin' the old Trail to California. It sure has been an adventure, dealin' with Black Bart and that band of varmints. Now we can be California Dreamin' , I HOPE!
Mr. Kiddo looks at Sam, "Let's sing Rawhide one more time but THIS time leave off that whip! I'm missing a few feathers from that thing!" Sam's eyes grow big not meaning to have caused any harm. Mr. Kiddo stops his horse as Sam rides over to join him on the trail. Sam rolls up his whip & hangs it off his saddle horn. He & Mr. Kiddo begin singing once again." Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'.." soon they are joined by all the rest of the BC Team as the ole' wagons one by one move into place to be reloaded. Sky & BB ride double into town. "No, Sky"s horse did not run out of hay!!!" Sundancer is tied at a post so BB mounts up & they head back to reload the wagons to resume the trip with the much needed supplies. As the wagons disappears from view of the town a Burro with a cactus on it rides into town & stops in front of the jail. The cactus falls off & The Bird wiggles out,folds the costume up & puts it in a travel case. The Bird saunters into the jail to check on Black Barts gang & to wait with the others till the Beakerton Security officers get there to take the gang to the big house. TB gets a mug & pours a cup of joe out of the big pot on the potbelly stove. "We sure have had a wonderful adventure and we all made it out safely and got those bad birdies back where they belong! Now to get some of that sizzling roast beast and some hot strong black coffee would be the perfect ending to the perfect day we just had." Dixie tells Little Angel as they throw the last bag back up onto their wagon.
With full bellies, they drive down the rutted dirt road. Everybirdie's spirits are light, after such a tough go in the ole' Ghost Town. As night falls Porcupine Crossing lurks on the horizon. "It's been one long day" Mikey D says out loud to Moggie as they drive their team into the open clearing by the swift moving waters. As they unhitch their teams, the riders rejoin them after their cross country gallop.
"The Agents have Bart and his birds in custody. I think that's the last we'll hear from them for a while." Cappy exclaims gulping down a mug of Lizzie's hot coffee. With the mules corralled, and the remuda quietly grazing, the tired Team relaxes by the warm fire.
Kiddo rides in to camp with the rest of the cowbirds and takes a minute to visit with Lizzie by the cook fire. "Lizzie? You can see birds at the Bridge? Is Ms Chuey looking down on us as we continue the trail ride? Does she know that Jesse and Falco have been rescued and are safe again?" Lizzie smiles softly. " She knows!" is all she says.
"We better get us some shut-eye, we'll move out before dawn." Everybirdie is glad to roll into their night rolls. The night watch rides out to keep an eye on the animals, and soon the camp is at rest.

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04/30/2015 07:43.00 AM Report This Comment  
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We are working on an amazing on-line auction for 2015. We will have lots of cool Parrot related items including toys from Chuey"s Chewable Bird Toy Creations, Art work prints and portraits and much more.
We are looking for businesses and individuals who would like to donate a new or GENTLY USED and LOVED item for our auction to help the Parrots at New Wings Bird Rescue and Sanctuary.
If you have an item(s) you'd like to donate please PM us.
We will require the size, quantity of the item, whether it is new or Gently used. Also if you will pay the shipping or the winning bidder is responsible to pay it.
Stay tuned for more details and an upcoming list of available items to bid on. The list will be updated as donations come in!

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04/29/2015 06:44.32 PM Report This Comment  
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Howdy partners, Mikey D here. I sure am relieved that Black Bart is safely behind bars with his band of would-be villains, and all our friends are safe and well. With the rescue of Falco, and Jesse, we are all set to continue our way to sunny California.
"Well, all's well that ends well, and I do believe our showdown with Black Bart and his band of ne'er do wells ended just fine for us good guys." Kiddo tips his hat to the ladies and saunters over to Freckles to mount and head back to the wagons. His grand exit is marred a bit when he trips over something in the road. He bends over to pick it up and realizes he is hold the Hawk's hat! He throws it down and stomps on it a few times and then finishes mounting Freckles and waits for the rest of the team to head on out.
Sam smiles, as he watches Jesse escort Falco out of the General Store & sees Cappy taking a soggy Hawk-eye into the jail. He puts away his knife because he was ready to carve a big turkey hawk into a Thanksgiving Dinner. Or at least, de-plume the varmint! He riders over to join Kiddo as they wait for the others to get ready to head on back to camp. Kaji is so happy that things are (hopefully) done with Black Bart. "Hmmm" he says to himself. "Think I will check out that tunnel before heading back. The tunnel birds did a fabulous job on it!" With that, he heads back to the saloon, and is quickly joined by the other Tunnel Birds who take the short-cut back to their base camp.
Mikey D stops by the Jail House to check on Bart and his would-be-bad guys gang. Cappy is standin' guard with Picabo, Cookie and Pookie. "the Beakerton Agents will be here shortly to take over. We'll leave ya horses and some grub, but you should be up to us at Porcupine Crossing by night-fall." Cappy asks " is it ok to rough up the prisoners a bit? A well placed TOO bite might make them think again before getting into further trouble." Cappy chuckles. Mikey d just grins and waves good-by as he heads on out into the crowded street. He hops up onto his wagon's lazy board, and looks at the empty place Chuey had shared with him. With a tear in his eye he clicks to the team, and turns them out of town, back the way they had come. The othes follow behind, leavin' the excitement of the day behind, as their thoughts turn to the trek still ahead of them.
The smell of roastin' beef sizzling over a crackling fire could be smelt for a clear mile before the Team reached the base camp. A hot meal, strong, black coffee and everybirdie was ready to reload their cargo, makin' certain it was balanced and tied down securely. By mid-day with the sun on our backs we were movin' on down the line. Moggie joins Chuey to drive the team as they take the lead. The trip ahead was goin' to be a tough go, but they were ready for whatever might come their way!

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04/28/2015 08:09.30 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy friends, Mikey D here in the Wild West Ghost Town. I wish to thank everybirdie and their parronts for the kind words shared at the loss of my beloved wife-bird Queen Chuey. I miss her terribly and will forever love her, but I also know she is waiting for me to join her one day on that big cattle range in the sky. She would not want anyone to grieve for her too long, she lived each day to the fullest. Ride free my love till I see you again some day!
Hawk-eye stares wide-eyed at the Smith and Weston pointed his way, and slowly stumbles to his feet. One beady eye on Jesse,the other on the door, he cautiously walks towards the opening. At the last second he has a change of heart and makes a bolt for freedom, right into the chest of one Mr. Sky. Not to be trapped easily, he dives between Sky's legs and makes a dash for freedom.
Cappy, is getting bored guarding Black Bart, he hears all of the commotion going on outside. Not one to sit back Cappy checks to make sure the cell door it shut tight and walks outside to see if he sees anything when suddenly Hawk-eye runs smack-dab into him. Cappy grabs hold of the scruffy bandit as the two fly backwards onto the wooden sidewalk. Hawk-eye grabs for Cappy's pistol, but is too slow as Cappy rolls onto his feet so fast he sends Hawk-eye tumblin' over him into the water trough. Cappy lunges after him, pinning his prisoner in the water. "Now, come along nice-like or I'll show ya how hard a Too can bite"
Jesse stands stunned as everything unfolds. Seeing Cappy haulin' Hawk-eye along to jail, he rushes to where Miss Falco is standing smiling happily. "Oh Falco, you're safe. I was so worried they'd try to hurt you. I had to get free and save you my sweet girl" Jesse holds Falco close, thankful they are once more freed and save. Everybirdie on the street cheers when Jesse walks outside his wing around Falco protectively. " After a group-hug the Team matches the remainin' gang members into the jail house from the wagons, lockin' them away for safe keepin'
"You'll stay here. Beakerton Security officers are on their way here, to escort your sorry tail-feathers off to prison." Mikey D tells them before he turns tail and exits the Jail house. The Bird looks on from the top of the boarding house as Jesse breaks down the door of the General store to get to Falco. The Bird turns & disappears back the way he/she came. Ms BB puts away the few things she has & resumes her walk down the dusty windy trail to the ghost town. She can see birds moving in town but can not make out who they are. BB passes a cactus & it moves to walk next to her. Its The Bird in another costume. He/she tells BB about what has been going on in town, mounts her/his burro, & wanders off into the sunshine.
Sky sees BB walkin' in the distance and rides out to pick her up. "You missed all the fun Sweetheart!" he says as he reins in beside her. BB laughs and climbs up into the saddle, " do you think the horse might run outta hay

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04/27/2015 11:39.30 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Mikey D , driving like the wind towards that ole' Ghost Town and a confrontation with Black Bart the notorious robbing, murderin', cantankerous villain of the Old West. With his gang members stowed away in our wagon beds, we drive into the deserted town ready to come beak to beak with our cunning enemy.
Pearl & Silver are wondering eggactly how the tunnel birds are gonna get outta their predicament when they see Cappy wink. Looking around for some way to get out of the predicament they found themselves, the Tunnel Birds realize their time might be up, when Cappy, their leader comes up with a thought to save them all and capture Black Bart. "Well has Black Bart ever encountered a mad Cockatoo Scream?" Cappy thinks and then lets out the loudest highest pitch scream he can manage. He rushes Black Bart with Drawing Blood on his mind. Everybirdy around that Cockatoo screaming drops everything to cover their ears and wince in pain, giving the Tunnel Birds time to react as they were all wearing earplugs.
The Tunnel Birds rush Bart and his birds, grabbing their dropped firearms. Cappy glares at Black Bart, his gun pointed at the leader of the robbin' gangsters." Move i, there's an old cell over in the Sheriff's Office that has your name on it. You can stay there until Mikey D and the others decide what to do with you." Cappy points to the door with his gun barrel. Bart turns signaling his birds to follow him to the jail house. Moving as one for the door, Falco stands aside to let the group pass, then joining the others she follows along towards the jailhouse.
No one has seen Jesse yet, but once Bart and his gang were under lock they'd search for him and set him free. Falco stops as she sees Mikey D and the wagons rushing along the dusty, bumpy road, then out of no where a wing covers her eyes and beak, stopping her from screaming for help. The dark shadow drags her into the old General Store before letting her go. With gun pointing towards her, she turns to see her captor. A scruffy Hawk squints beady blacken eyes at her. His torn jacket covering dusty clothes, and the smell of him makes Falco's nose sting.
"WELL now Missie, whata we here?" the birdknapper says, " bet Mikey D and the others gonna give us what we want to save ya!"
Falco glares angrily, and straightens her clothes out, " How dare you grab me, you rotten dirt-bag"
"Now, now that ain't no way to be behavin' missie" the birdnapper taunts. " you just set right yonder, and keep quiet like, hear me?"
Mikey D pulls to a stop at the saloon, as the others stop and rush for the doors of the stores and hotel to search for hide-a ways. No one realized with all the action that Falco was missing.
"Where's Jesse?"

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04/22/2015 01:16.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Howdy friends, Mikey d here, at Widow's Creek. It seems we've found us a peck of troubles with Black Bart and his gang of hooligans. All the cowbirds are on claw-tips waiting for the signal. When it happens they are all poised for action. Kiddo's fierceness and bravery gives them all a needed boost of courage as Badact ducks a bullet inches above his head. It was all the incentive the BC team needed, as they draw down on Black Bart's gang right there in the openin' at Widow's Creek.
With the echoing boom of Sky's double barrel shot gun, all chaos breaks loss under the saloon in that ole' Ghost Town. Cappy signals his Tunnel Birds who grab the remaining floor boards in their beaks and talons and with one mighty pull splinter them into kindling. Cookie, thinkin' like Kiddo
quotes a Dirty Harry line; " OK punk,Go ahead-Make my day!" The birds bust through the opening guns on the ready to come beak to beak with Black Bart himself, and a group of his dirty-birdie bandits.
"FREEZE!" Cappy yells as he points his gun at Bart, the others cover the remaining gang-members.
At Widow's Creek things are pretty busy. The bullets begin to fly from all directions as good birds, and gang-birds dive for cover. "The action is heatin' up!!!!!" BB is sitten tall on Sundancer's back over seein' the action at Widows Creek & the ghost town saloon. She is ready to ride to either spot to cover there if need be."This is better then cable TV." she yells as the action continues. Sky stands up and takes a fast shot at Badact and two of his cronies.
"Drop 'em, and wings up, or next shot won't miss," Sky fires so close it ruffles Badacts feathers.
"Ok, Ok, enough, it ain't worth it if Black Bart is gonna rob us of our share boyz" Badact drops his gun and throws his wings over his head.
Polly runs in and grabs his gun, as SweetPepper scoops up the other two guns from his friends standin' wings above their ratty heads. Kiddo takes careful aim at one of the other robbers, nicking his wing feathers, makin' him drop his weapon as he grabs his sore wing and begins to hoot and holler jumpin around like a rabbit. The other villains yell out " HOLD YA FIRE!" they come out from hiding places, wings up.
Mikey D calls out to his friends," grab some rope, lets tie these varmints up, we're headin' to town to make a delivery to Bart! " The team quickly secure the ropes and have the bandits hog-tied and loaded on the wagon beds, under the watchful eye of the gun-birds. They move to their teams like lightening and at a fast trot make dust as they move to the aid of their friends in the Ghost Town. BB clicks to Sundancer and moves off at a gallop, making a direct run for the action in town.
The Tunnel Birds have gotten themselves into a fix. They'd forgotten about the back door to the saloon. As they burst in and thought they had Bart covered they too were under cover; the cover of six gun barrels. " I think we got us a BIG PROBLEM!" Pearl whispers to Cappy.
see ya tomorrow,

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04/21/2015 09:56.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Poirot!
Thanks ever so much for that rousing rendition of the hatchday song you performed on my special day. I find it hard to believe I'm now eleven years old. It feels like I should be just six or seven, not two years from being a teenager.

Miraculously I'm still a flighted bird even though I am constantly into things I shouldn't be. I've taken to flying to the top of a pantry-type cabinet in the kitchen and staring down on the lowly humans below. Mom is lucky I'm a good girl about stepping up onto a stick because otherwise a ladder would have to be brought in each time I needed retrieving. No matter how nicely I'm asked, I just won't fly back down to where I should be. Do you fly downward when asked?

The weather's been nice enough on several different days to allow me some time in the aviary. From the looks of the weather widget for your neck of the woods, you've had lots of warm days so I'm imagining you having been outside quite a bit already. I'm sure your feathers have enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Sending love on the wing in your direction~

K*>x<*P

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04/20/2015 04:11.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
SHHHHHHHH!, Mikey D here at Widow's Creek. The place looks abandoned, not a bird in sight. Suddenly, outta the brush Black Bart's mite-infected side-kicks appear, guns poised at the ready. Mikey D takes a deep breath, and steps down from the lazy-board, and nods to the other drivers to follow suit. Cautiously, every nerve on the ready, the BC team moves to join the trail Boss.
"Far enough, now back off from them there wagons" a surly lookin' Raven orders, his six-shooter aimed at Mikey D. " fella's you take a gander and make sure them wagons have the treasure Bart wants."
Cappy and the tunnel birds have broken through the dirt and have slowly pried on the saloon floor until the boards are loose. Cappy is on high alert waiting for the signal. The tunnel birds are all ready to make their move and just wait in silence until Cappy hears the signal to burst through the floor and save Jesse.
"Wow, we tunnel birds did quick work." Pearl whispers to Silver waiting in the darkness," All the cowbirdies are eggcited and scared but more than prepared to do their assigned duties to carry out the rescue of Jesse as soon as the Trail Boss gives the order. They listen for the sound of Sky's double-barrel shot gun. Cookie shakes dust and dirt from his feathers after digging and stands waiting in silence. Dixie and Kallie along with Peepers and Celine all worked hard to move that dirt out from the tunnel they were building to connect to the saloon.They can't wait to save Jesse from Black Bart's clutches.
Mikey D, looks at the gang of thieves, then at the wagons. " Ok, you got everything ya wanted, now let my friends walk outta here peaceful-like"
"NO, Bart ordered us to take ya all hostage and bring you all back to town. You, come with me" he points at Pookie, one of the drivers, we're gonna go check out the loot. If there's any funny-business he's gonna get it. Hear me?" he growls angrily. Mikey D shakes his head, and waits not sayin' a word. He over-hears one of the bandits call the surly Raven, "Badact".
"WAIT! Badact ya sure you really wanta hand over all this treasure to Black Bart? You all kno' he ain't gonna share it with ya!" this gets the bandit-birds grumblin' among themselves. The plan is working. If they can convince these scoundrels that Black Bart is goin' to take everything they just might get them to turn against their leader.
Badact grabs Pookie by the shirt-collar and marches him to the sixth wagon, stoppin' to think for a moment, he then reaches his wing out to pull open the back of the canopy. He stops dead in his tracks as Kiddo jumps up, his gun leveled at Badact's head. The action gives everyone of the BC team time to dive for cover. Kiddo shoots over Badacts head, startling him, " feelin' lucky?" Kiddo yells angrily. Sky jumps out of his wagon bed, shooting his gun into the air, the double barrel echoing clear to the Ghost Town, signaling the Tunnel Birds into action. All chaos breaks loss
MIKEY D

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04/20/2015 10:27.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Howdy, Mikey D here, at the camp readying to head into Widow's Creek. Cappy the tunnel-bird champ and his crew are already heading towards the Ghost Town, digging their tunnel quickly under Black Bart's beak, and moving in to place to rescue Jesse from their felonious grasps.
Ms BB rides back quietly into camp, unseen by the busy birds, it isn't until she speaks they realize she is there, " the tunnel birds are gettin' near the saloon! I seen a big pile of dirt outside of camp. Black Bart still has not shown himself. Some of his gang are still at Widows Creek waiting for the surprise you have planned for them. The group have got the horses away unnoticed and should have them here in the remuda any minute."
"It's time everyone!" Mikey D says loudly enough to be heard by all, "OK drivers, carporals act real casual-like, and don't let them know anythings up! Gun-birds, stay safe, wait for the signal, " Where's that feather-plucked rat?" before you come out shootin' and may God be with us!"
"The horses are stashed safely among the herd of cattle and mules, " Peppino reports to the others.
"Everybirdie knows the part they must play to successfully rescue Jesse and keep us and our cargo safe. Black Bart will regret messing with us again." Silver exclaims, as he and Pepper check their weapons.Pookie says "I'm all ready lets start heading out. I've got my rifle along with a night vision scope attached. I never leave home without it." he climbs up into the wagon. Peepers,Celine and the rest of the Dixie flock are all eager to help dig and be tunnel birds!They all grab a shovel to show Mikey D just how strong and fast they can be! Cappy directs the work, as dirt flies quickly out of the tunnel. Kaji takes a quick look of the work and reports back to the others that the tunnel is nearly finished.
"Let's move'em out!" Mikey D calls as he snaps the reins of his team and pulls them out onto the rough, rutted road. Kiddo spins around and draws his gun to show he is ready for Black Bart before jumping up onto the back of one of the empty wagons, joining the others hidden away in the beds of the Schooners. They move along at a slow walk, no birdie eager for what is to come. In the distance Mikey D spies Widow's Creek and can just make out a small figure of a bird watchin' them.
The Tunnel completed, Cappy waits for a few minutes to regroup his team before them head inside to make their way towards the saloon. They check their guns, and follow into the darkness. They wait to hear the signal shot from Sky at the Widow Creek. Then they will bust through the final inches of dirt and bust into the back of the saloon to save Jesse. Falco and Chyna take a deep breath as they wait. Very bird's nerves are on edge, ready to swing into action......
Mikey D holds up his wing, as they pull carefully into the opening at Widow's Creek..
see ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/19/2015 09:56.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here on the Old Spanish Trail. As we push on past Abiquiru we urge the teams into a fast trot, trying to put some distance behind us, and Black Bart. Leaving behind Kaji, Lizzie, Peppino and Zippy to re-stock the supplies, with Sugar, Apache, and Flitzer, agents from the Beakerton Security Company, to escort the wagon and supplies as they hurry to rejoin the wagon-train Mikey D sighs in relief. The day has turned out sunny and warm, and a soft breeze blows bringing promise of better weather to come.
Way out in front of the wagons scoutin' trail BB looks back & sees a mule being led by a horse. The mule has a slight limp. She thinks to herself, as she watches from a long distance, "That will slow down the remuda some. Think I will do a round about & look for track & sign on the sides. Dont need to lose any of our extra mounts & pulling stock to Black Bart." She wheels her mount, Sun Dancer around begins to move off, but stops suddenly and turns. Taking out her binoculars she watches the pair of animals as they move towards the remuda. Then she sees what had caused her to turn around. she hadn't been imagining things, "there's no rider on the horse." BB clicks to her horse, and urges her into a gallop as she covers the ground between herself and the incoming horse and mule.
Pepper and Sweetpepper see BB racing towards the remuda and ride in her direction before they too spot the incoming riderless horse. BB catchs the horse who is walking at a slow pace due tot he limping mule. Pulling on the reins that are looped over the saddle-horn, bringing the pair to a halt. Then BB sees it. A note, tacked crudely to the saddle. Checking out the surrounding area carefully first, she takes the note in talon, as Pepper and Sweetpepper pull up beside her. BB unfolds the note and reads it out loud.
"IF ya ever wanta see your driver Jesse again in the feather, you' ole best be plannin' on meetin us at Widow;s Creek at sundown tomorrow."
Sweetpepper whistles loudly, shaking her head in disbelief. The color drains out of BB's face as the impact of the note hits home. "Black Bart has Jesse for ransom. " She shakes her head slowly, " this ain't good, ain't good at all. I have to get word to The BIRD somehow, somewhere."
Leading the horse and mule into the remuda, Pepper unsaddles the horse and let's it go to graze. The three look at one another for a long minute in silence. " I'm goin' head to the wagons to tell Mikey D, and then go in search of the Bird. We have to try to get Jesse back without handing over everything to that low-life scoundrel. We have only one day to come up with a plan and save our friend!"Miss BB spurs her horse into a gallop, dust rising behind them in her need to get back to the wagon train, and pass on the note to Mikey D, Wagon Master.
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/13/2015 07:25.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hi fellow adventurers, Mikey D here with our Friday post on the trek across the USA with our special cargo. With BC actin' funny again, I sure hope we make it there safely. With Sweetpepper and Kacey's message about Black Bart, the whole future sure looks dark and ominous. Many of ya will recall Black Bart and his gang of thugs from our Cattle Drive last year. HE sure tried his darnedest to side-swipe us cow-birdies, but thanks to Jenny-Lynn and her group of scouts, his plans were squashed like a bug, and the cattle arrived safely in Wyoming.
"Kacey, can ya please go round up the Drivers and Carporals, we best be havin' us a meetin' and make some plans so's we can make it to California safe and sound."
"Sure Boss, be right back." Kacey races off to gather everybirdie for the meeting, while Mikey D paces anxiously. " I wonder what we can do to foil his plans?"
" What's up Boss?" Pearl asks as he and Silver hurry to join him outside the Livery.
"Black Bart" is all Mikey D can reply, as he thinks of a plan for action.
It isn't very long before all have gathered back together, a worried look on every face. A whisper fills the air as the concerned birds try to figure out what's happened.
Mikey D stops suddenly, and jumps onto the back of the nearest wagon so everybirdie can see and hear him better. He looks intently at his friends, he feels a sense of happiness to be with such brave, heroic birds, when faced with such a big problem as Black Bart. He shutters, then slowly he begins to explain what Sweetpepper and Kacey's search has exposed.
"Well, I hate to bring us bad news, but indeed bad news it is. Our Night riders, while watchin' over the remuda outside of town have uncovered Black Bart and his gang of hoodlums. The BIRD has sent back word, that Black Bart has set his eyes upon our wagon train and even now is makin' plans to ambush us along the trail. Accordin' to the BIRD he will attack somewhere between here, in Santa Fe and Abiquiru where we pick up the Old Spanish Trail. If the opportunity fails for him, we will be at his mercy as we begin to travel through hostile and formidable territory." Mikey D stops to allow the news to sink in, before finishing. "we will have to drive hard, every-bird on alert, guns at the ready."
It remains quiet for a few minutes, then a cheer rises from the gathered travelers. " We will beat him at his own game once more!" the BC friends high four one another as they agree to stand together against Black Bart and his thugs, or anybirdie else who might mistakenly think they can steal their precious supplies destined for needy birds in the sunny south-west. Mikey D sighs a relieved sigh as he smiles to himself. These are brave and fearless birds he has along with him on this dangerous trip.
"Ok, let's hitch up and get movin', we want to cover as much distance as possible by sun down.
See ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/10/2015 09:57.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Howdy all, Mikey D here, on the Old Spanish Trail as we head towards sunny California. At the short stop over for rest Norman comes quietly to Mikey D who is sitting by the warm fire, sipping some of Lizzies coffee.
"Boss, there's a short-cut to Santa Fe. If we cut off ahead an' take the El Camino Real Trail, we'll cut off a day's drive then we can head back over to the California Real Trail to San Diego. We might even miss Black Bart by foolin' that scoundrel."
Mikey thinks for a long moment then rubbing his beak, " We'll do it. Ya know the way buddy?"
"Nope, but it won't be difficult to locate the turn. There's markers up pointin' the way."

Mikey D heads off to talk to the drivers, wakin' them up for a brief discussion of the change of route. Before long, everybirdie is made aware of the change and Bon Bon who had ridden in to pass the "all clear" message, has headed off to get Finnegan and Sugar and the Beakerton Agents moving off towards the El Camino. As the very faint light of dawn touches the sky, the teams are already hitched, and shifting anxiously in their traces.Mikey D jumps up onto his bench, taking the reins in wing and with a shout and a crack of the whip over their back into the air, the mules lean into their harnesses, and the wagon train is on the road once more. After a quick three miles, the El Camino turn appears ahead, and Mikey D directs his team to switch routes. The road is a simply dirt trail, and perhaps in places no more than a footpath. Heavily used by cattle herds it is pitted with ruts and turned up sod, making for a very jerky and rough drive.
Norman rides up to speak to Mikey D in the lead wagon. " Boss, I'm riding ahead some to check the road". With a tip of the hat, and a spur to his mount, he trots off over the hills ahead. Mikey D watches Norman disappear and wipes the sweat and dust from his face. Just as he clicks to get the team moving a little faster, he hears a loud scream and a crack, that echos like thunder. Pulling back on the reins, he stomps down on the wooden brake stick to bring his team to a halt. Once stopped he ties the reins to the bench and springs down as fast as he can move.
"What happened?" he yells as he hurries back among the stopped wagons. Then he sees it. the fifth wagon has tipped to the side, dumping cargo and supplies on the ground. He rushes to check that Buddy and Pedro are ok. Seeing them working to unhitch the team he races to offer help. Sky and Cappy also hurry to their aid. " What happened?" Mikey D asks bewildered. Then he sees it. The right rear wheel is split into pieces, causing the wagon to tip over. "Thank goodness you both are ok."
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/07/2015 12:08.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here with today's update on our Mission to deliver supplies to California. Mule trains were the norm in the early to late 1800s. Due to their sturdy, rugged nature, and incredible intelligence mules became extremely popular as farmers, freighters and cartage companies began to see their incredible worth and value. Unlike horses or oxen who required large pasturing and tired easily, the Mule, could work long, grueling hours in dry, sparse areas and tended to do very well with less or poor quality water. Not saying that they could survive indefinitely under these conditions. Mules are stockier, more muscular and have powerful front structures better adapted to weight pulling, making them able to bear up to four-times the weight that a horse can.
Mules are less temperamental than horses and easier to train for any type of work. Mule's skin is harder and tougher. It can withstand extreme temperatures better than a horse and can go longer without water. It has harder hooves and is more sure footed on rocky terrain. A mule needs only 4-5 hours of sleep a day and goes just over 3 mph or about 50 miles in a day. So it is easy to see why stealing mules became a priority to "highway-men" thieves who preyed on wagon trains and lone riders. The mules often fetchin' them more cash, then the contents they carried in the wagons.
Some of histories famous Highwaymen included, James Ford, Ford's Ferry Gang, river pirates and highway robbers. Robert H "Three-fingered" Birch, Birch Banditti of the Prairies, and The Prairie Bandits Gang, famous for attacking wagon trains belonging to freighting companies. The American West was filled with legend and adventure, as up-right, honest men turned to a life of robbery and killing. Raiding the trains of wagons being an "easy" income for the ruthless. It became a necessity early into the 1800s to employ Security Agents for protection, and all drivers and Carporals worked with a long-riffle at hands reach. One of the most famous Security Companies was founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, who started the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. As robbery along the various trails ran ramped, agents were hired by freight companies to give protection along the routes. In certain situations the US Army Calvary was sent to ride escort with the cargo wagons to their destination. Shipments of gold, ammunition and other precious cargo, such as the first ice-boxes ( refrigeration units) heading to California were watched over by soldiers lest they be stolen mid-trip.
The wagons and teams would be on the trail for twenty-hours a day with only two brief stops for food, and rest for the mules and teamsters. They needed to make Santa FE by sundown Tuesday, and over 140 miles left to cover, there was no other choice. As Mikey D talks to the drivers he smiles to himself. They are ready and willing to make the push to cover the distance ahead." What a great group" he says " see ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/06/2015 09:32.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Easter from Mikey D
Happy Easter to all our BC friends and families. Hope each of you have a very special day today, as we celebrate the Risen Savior. Easter is always a special time, as it also heralds in the spring, with sun, greening grass and the birth of flowers long dormant under the snow.
The wagons arrive at the camp, Kaji and Lizzie and their helpers have set up along side a clear running river. The perfect spot to graze the herd, and fill up on some of Kaji and Lizzie's awesome grub. Kaji takes a look at the beef that is simmering over the fire. It smells heavenly. Lizzie is busy making sure the bread is rising, and she pauses to stir the first pot of beans.
"I know those birdies are gonna be super hungry when they pull in" she says to Kaji. "And we will have a feast for them, that is for sure! "
Kaji nods, and checks the next fire with even more beef."Yup," he thinks to himself. "Can't wait to sink my beak in some of this!"
The smell of beef and bakin' bread fills the air, making beaks water as the drivers and Carporals tend to their charges. The mules remain hitched to their wagons, a feed-bag placed over their long satiny nuzzles filled with oats, barley and a little molasses for extra energy. The remuda is corralled quickly within the make-shift fences. The air is grey with the dust stirred by the one hundred sweaty mules. Though Pearl and Silver had never worked with mules before they are eggspert with horses so they were quick to adjust to the team on wagon #2. Kiddo and Pookie arrive last, in wagon number ten. They quickly tend the team, before rushing to the river for a long, cool drink of clean water. Driving the last wagon is tough work, the dust stirred by the previous ones making it difficult to see and breath.
As the Hungry cowbirds and teamsters dive into the hot meal, Miss Ronnie, Lucy Blue and Lizzie dish out baskets of fresh, baked bread and butter to the camp. Timmy and Toby ride into the camp with Susan to bring word from the Beakerton Security Agents that the trail ahead looks great, clear of fallen trees and no signs of troubles layin' in wait. Picking up a basket of hot bee, beans and bread, they gallop back down the trails. Apache and Finnegan standing watch on a hill top, see their riders comin' and begin to work their way back into the camp they'd set up earlier.
Pulling an old map out of a leather bag, Mikey D rolls it out onto the ground, studying the land shown ahead. His hopes is to reach Santa Fe by mid day Tuesday, to pick up the original Old Spanish Trail to California. To succeed will mean drivin' late into the night, sleepin' for a few hours of shut-eye then movin on again. It's gonna be difficult for the newly trained teamsters, workin mules for twenty hours a day is tough business for anyone, but these newly trained drivers will be pushed to their limits to keep that hurried pace. Sighing he packs up the map and begins to wander from team to team explaining the plan.
See ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/05/2015 08:05.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
How's it going in your neck of the woods? Hope all is well, and you are enjoying the same kind of lovely weather we are. It is supposed to cool down again next week, so I am trying to get all the sun I can.

Do you think you could talk your talented Mom into doing a Springtime avatar for the milonga page? The milonga will be on the 11th this month. We wanted it early to allow time to get ready for the Derby in May. The theme is Spring, so anything flowers would be fine.

Thanks,
Kiddo

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04/04/2015 02:41.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
YEEEEEHAWWWWW, we're headin' on out today. The wagons are packed, the loads tied down securely in the beds of the Schooners. The sound of bawling cattle can be heard from outside the city of San Antoine. The dusty roads now turned to thick sticky mud after the heavy rains overnight. With the crack of whips, the stocky mules fall into place on their line-ups as traces are fixed into place,and lines are double checked.
Chipper and Moggie ride into the midst of the wagons looking for Mikey D. "BOSS, we're all set to get movin"" they tip their stetson's and spin their horses to race back to the herd of mules, horses and cattle waiting to fall into place in the wagon train to California.
"SPOT!" Cookie yells out from his wagon. "Getta move on, we're set to move out" Spot grabs one final bag of grain and tosses it into the back of the wagon, food for the mules ont he trail"
"Ready," Spot leaps into t e driver's seat and pulls the reins free of the brake. Cookie, steps onto the long wooden handle, keepin' the team from startin too soon."
"OK, Let's go, mover on out" Mikey D yells, lettin' out a sharp whistle, followed by the crack of his whip into the air. The ten mules lean forward intot heir harnesses and the heavily loaded wagon lurches forward. 7000lb for cargo begins it's slow trip towards the southwest. The other wagons start to pull up into line, leaving the distance of two wagon lengthens between each one. Outside of town Pedro yells out to stop for a moment. The others tramp down onto their wagon's brake, as Buddy the driver pulls back on the lead traces with all his might, stoppin' the head-strong animals from continuing. Pedro jumps down, running out in front of the team, grabbing the lead mules by the head gear.
Finally stopping, he runs towards the rear pair of mules, and points to a damaged coupling. He works on it quickly, and leaps back onto the wagon bench beside Buddy. Buddy stands up, using his wing to show he's ready to move onwards, he snaps the reins, and the wagon starts to roll again.
As the final wagon leaves the city, the remuda is gathered up close, and started off following up in the rear. Chipper, and Susan race after a few stray steers, moving them back into the herd. The herd walks along calmly, the out riders keeping them bunched up and moving slowly. Kaji and Lizzie had started ahead the evening before, accompanied by Bon Bon and Parker, Beakerton Security Agents to set up the mid day stop over and get the grub cookin' before the heavily laden wagons arrive. The wagons creak and rumble as they travel along the muddy ground. The sun rises hot, drying the road quickly into a cloud of heavy dust. The smell of sweaty animals and dust hanging thick as fog as the BC team covers the first ten miles of territory.
The dust cloud shows on the horizon a good hour before Kaji and Bon Bon and the others see any signs of the convoy of wagons cresting a distant hill top.
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/04/2015 11:10.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello, Mikey D here with our Good Friday BOTM post. May you each have a wondrous, and blessed Easter weekend, and enjoy the blessing of family and friends. As preparations continue for our departure I must warn ya all that things will be tough out on the trail. Mules are rugged, strong and determined, but at times can be stubborn. Now some might say that Mules aren't actually stubborn, rather head strong and set on doing things their way.
Before we head out we need at least two more teams to bird-wagons. The Carporal is required to care for the team, to harness them in the mornin' and release the team into the pasture corral in the evening. He or she also makes sure each mule is healthy, checkin' for hoof damage etc daily. The driver is going to do just that, drive the teams on the trail. Drivers work from two positions depending on the terrain and pace the train is moving. On rough, steep or dangerous parts of the trail, the Driver sits on the lead reins between the two rear mules for better control of the animals. On flat, safer ground the driver can sit up on the wagon bench and control the team from there. Driving can be dangerous at times, especially descending steep embankments to rivers and down hills. The Corporal is called upon to " ride-the-brake" in these precarious positions to slow the wagon and teams downward movement.
We will also be moving one hundred head of cattle and extra mules along the trail to California with us, so riders are needed to keep watch over them day and night. Because of the valuable nature of our cargo Finnegan and his Beakerton Security Company agents will ride along for protection. " Blackbart has been kickin' up trouble along the trail lately, and we don't want to get caught unprepared so polish them guns and saddle up your trusty mounts, we move out at day break"
In a separate post I will post on MY page the list of drivers and carporals, as well as the security agents so we know who is taking charge of which wagon and team of ten mules. Remember you can still be added to a position but some have already signed up so it'll make it easier for us to get on our way with some organizin'. I trust you will enjoy our interactive adventure this month as we learn a little American History, and deliver the load of Nutri-berries and treats to our feathered friends on the Southwestern coast.
"Kaji, I see you and Miss Lizzie have all the provisions loaded up and ready to go" Mikey D exclaims happy to see things fallin' together so quickly.
" Yes sir Boss, we have everythin' ready for sun-up' Kaji replies with the tip of his stetson hat.
"We better check that we have a few extra crates of shoot on board, just in case we gonna need be usin' it" Mikey D adds before heading into the General Store to secure more ammunition.
Finnegan hurries across the dusty road from the hotel, " Mr Mikey D, our agents are ready to move out.
See ya tomorrow, Mikey D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/03/2015 11:36.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here with today's BOTM post. I am happy to see so many of you have already got your bags packed, and your trusty steed saddled up and ready to go. It's going to be a difficult, sometimes grueling month getting these precious Nutri-berries and Birdie Treats across hostile and dangerous ground to those hungry beaks in California. We begin our journey from San Antonio.
This whole Adventure began when I received a message by Telegraph asking for my assistance to move ten wagons filled with a treasure more valuable then gold. I knew it was dangerous, but with the help from my BC friends, we'd safely reach our final destination. After your awesome Cattle Drive experience the BC cowbirdies had become expert horse-birds, bulls-eye gun-birds, and well, I just knew we could handle this job. Blackbart, that dirty scoundrel had disappeared from the West for a short time, to reappear robbing the wagons en-route to California. Now for a little history of the trail we will be using.
The Old Spanish Trail was primarily a horse and mule route linking the Southern States to the Pueblo of Los Angeles (changed to San Gabriel by the Spanish). The trail evolved from a network of indigenous trade routes and exploratory routes that crossed the modern states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Forged in 1829 by Hispanic traders, the Old Spanish Trail was the first successful Hispano trading effort. This overland trail linked the burgeoning ranch economy of the pacific communities to pastoral villages of the inter-mountain Southwest. In the early 1800s, the Old Spanish Trail was a vital economic trade route that linked the South and California. The trail symbolized much more than just a line on a map; it became a conduit for change throughout the vast, arid, expanse of the American Southwest. Its origin did not owe allegiance to nationalism for the trail was neither Spanish, Mexican, nor American.
After the civil war the "Prairie Schooner" was introduced. Usually painted blue with white canvas tops that were said to resemble sails from a distance. The wagons were built for hard use over tough terrain. Unloaded, they weighed 4,000 pounds. They had five feet ten inch diameter spoked rear wheels and four feet ten inch front wheels both with thick, wide, iron tires. The beds were twenty-four feet long and four feet six inches wide with sides that were five and a half feet high.
The Beakerton Security Company will ride with us for protection. We will need twenty strong birds to bird these wagons in pairs. Each wagon has one driver and one Carporal, together these birds are known as Teamsters.
Once we have our teamsters in place we'll head out at dawn for a month of fun, and serious challenges.
See ya tomorrow
Mikey D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/02/2015 09:11.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here to introduce myself to you and our upcoming BOTM campaign. Most of our BC family will remember my beautiful wife-bird Chuey and her BOTM Cattle Drive. After giving my campaign greyt thought I have decided to step back into the history of the United States. It was made easier for me when I recently received a message that the Beakerton Security Company asking for help with a special, secret mission.
It appears that that rascal Black Bart has popped his head back up this time robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains owned by the Beakerton Security Company. Our mission is to take a special load of Parrot Treats from Texas to the sunny state of California by Mule Train. The convoy of wagons will leave Texas and travel through some mighty dangerous, formidable territory. That is where you come in. i need your help in driving these ornery sometimes stubborn long-eared mules, in driving our herd of cattle and replacement horses and mules, and most of all guarding our precious cargo of Nutri-berries and other treats safely to those hungry beaks in California.
Most of you have your saddle horse already, so you'll "ole need be catchin' it up, and pack your saddle bags fer our "Wild West Adventure." Might I add you'd best be polishin' yer guns too, with Black Bart and his band of dirty low-down scoundrels on the lamb you just might be needing it pretty soon.
Now for a wee bit of history on the Wagon Trains of the USA.
By 1836 when Texas gained its independence San Antonio's population had fallen from a peak of around six thousand in 1800 to under one thousand. When Texas became a state in 1845, two very important factors revitalized the city and the surrounding area. The US Army arrived and soon established a series of ten forts to the west of the city, and the second influence was the US Postal Service who began the slow process of building roads across the state into adjoining states.
Mules had advantages over both oxen and horses. Bred from a female horse and a male donkey, the animals were about half way in size between the two. They were strong and sure footed. They lacked the free spirited nature of horses and were, indeed, creatures of habit. A good CAPORAL, the name given to the person in any wagon train in charge of the animals, had only to crack his whip in the morning for the mules to line up not only in front of its assigned wagon but even its assigned place within the team, which could consist of between six and eight animals. Unlike oxen, they did not rely entirely on foraging for the food but had to be fed from foldaway troughs at regular intervals. Their skin could withstand a lot of chafing from pulling heavy loads but was not water proof. They did have one huge disadvantage over oxen. The Oxen interested thieves not at all while mules were highly prized plunder.
See ya tomorrow
Mikey D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/01/2015 07:15.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Poirot!
Happy Hatch Day buddy! Hope you have an awesome day!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney PumBaa& Max say Happy 4th of July.

03/24/2015 09:48.34 PM Report This Comment  
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