Friday, July 4, 2008

I wanted to write about Magnus and my husband. It's kind of a funny relationship. ;-)

My husband (says he) doesn't care for "your bird". Yet, I've seen him talking to him when he thinks no one is looking, putting aside something for Magnus to eat, trying to pet Magnus, and other little displays of affection, that are adamently denied.

He did make several outward well known attempts, since (in his words) they "are going to be together for a long time, so we better get used to each other". Magnus, of course, has thwarted every attempt. Apparently, he has enough friends in me and the kids!

It's almost funny to watch my husband try to get Mags to step up. Mags sees him coming, and gets ready for him. Sometimes he nips, sometimes he flies away. Then my husband looks at me and rolls his eyes. God forbid Mike come near me when Mags is on him. He acts like Mike is going to attack him!

The only time Mike is allowed to touch Magnus is at night, when Mags is on the boing ready for bed. That's when they are buddies. Mike will stand there and scratch his neck, rub his head and rub his beak. Mags coos and clicks.

But come sun rise...he actively avoids Mike all over again!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Okay, so I've decided life is just busy and that's how it is going to be. I wish I could post more often, but I just don't have time this season of the year.

Anyway, Mags is doing great. We had a bit of a scare last month, though. He was really, really sick. One night before bed, he was hanging out on his boing and I thought "hmm, what's the matter buddy?" - something just seemed off. The next morning he didn't get up until 8am and usually, I'd have been hearing something from him around six. He didn't come to me, I had to go get him to bring him downstairs. I took him down and put him on top of his cage, and went to the kitchen to get breakfast. Usually, he's right there next to me, "helping" get the smoothie together. I went to the living room and found him inside his cage - right then and there I knew something was up.

I called the vet to make an appointment...first available was the next morning! I was like...yeah, um I need to bring him in today! They are really great at his Vet's office so when I said that, they said to bring him right in. I quick got a sitter for the kids and got there in less than 15 minutes. Dr. Clark could tell right away something was wrong. Long morning short, he had four vials of blood taken, IV antibiotics, sub q fluids, and oral pain meds. We got some abx and pain medication to bring home, and an offer for him to stay at the vets. I chose to bring him home, knowing he'd be much happier than being alone in a cage at a strange smelling place with no one knows there with him. Four hundred and fifty dollars later, we left...

He didn't eat much that day, but was much better the next day. Definitely not 100%, but much, much better for sure. I called the Doctor to let her know all was well and she said she was very happy to hear that, since she got the bloodwork back and the numbers were scary bad. That was about a month ago, and I am happy to report he is back to his perfectly healthy, perfectly trouble-making self. :o)

We went down the shore and Mags came with us. He didn't get to go to the beach, I was afraid the sea gulls would freak him out. One morning we were still in bed and Mags flew onto the tv and said, in front of everyone, "Duh duh duh duh duh DUH! Good Boy!". We all cracked up! Silly boy.

Magnus' new favorite food is watermelon. He just loves it! Drinks the juice, chomps the rind and eats the sweet stuff. We have to fight him off our share, cause he eats his so quick!

We have been riding bikes alot, and of course...Mags comes with us. I wrapped some cotton on the middle of my handlebars, so all I have to do is slap his harness on and away we go. Of course, one night we got home late I completely forgot to take the harness off and he ate it off. I need to get another one, cause he's stuck in the house until I do. Except for when he goes for a ride in the car, I use his travel cage. At least he's not bored...

Oh, I do have a question about his feathers. He had like a dry spot on his face, where his beak meets his head. A little spot, about 8 feathers were gone. Looks like it was dry skin or something. I thought it was maybe from the abx? I teased him, saying he had a "receeding feather line". Hehe! Anyway, the new feathers are growing in, and it hasn't affected any other part of his body. (I checked.) And I made sure he got extra chances to get wet.

He is such a chatterbox - when there is lots of activity, like he's competing for attention. If all the kids are talking, all excited, he just has to chime in. It's like listening to someone talk in their sleep. You can almost make out what he's saying, but not quite. Anyone else have a Timneh talk at 6 months?

Okay, that's all I have for now. Hopefully, I'll get my pics up soon so I can get them up here! He's so cute, I hate not having any recent ones! Enjoy your holiday this weekend, if you celebrate. :o)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Good grief.

I don't know if anyone is still checking in, its been so long...but thought I'd post a nice update about Magnus anyway.

He is super sweet and he thinks he is one of the kids, although I think he is a pig in grey feathers. He flies really, really well. He lands on our heads, which I discourage and now he will actually land on my shoulder instead, after I remind him.

He goes with us for car rides, to the park and on errands. On Memorial Day he went with us to the farm and for a horse/buggy ride. (I got great pics and will post a link as soon as the pics are uploaded.) One time, on the walking path at a park, he was flying above me (on his harness) and came down to land. A poor old man was walking with his wife and shouted "That bird is attacking that woman!" I couldn't help but laugh!

He is quite the chatter box already! Lots of times he mumbles, and I listen to hear what he's saying, and on voices - he has quite a few different sounding ones. I think I hear things like Pretty Birdie, Hello, Come here, Step Up and Good Boy. Twice he said something clear as day (and I wasn't the only person who heard him, so I know I'm not making it up!). I will try to get a video of it to post. He seems to be the most chatty after a bath, or while the water is running, and later in the morning after hes eaten and done his daily rounds to all his "spots". The boing - which is his favorite spot to hang out - is in front of the living room door, which leads to the enclosed porch to the front door. Every time someone goes toward the door, I say "Watch the door!". Well, one night someone opened the door and before I got a chance to remind them Mags was on the boing, he said "Watch the door!" The other time he was in the bathroom, which is connected to the room with our computer. I was out of his line of vision and he said "Whatcha doin?". I know it sounds crazy since he's only 6 months old, and I was going to ask if its possible, but I've heard him, so I know it is! Oh, and once I was in the computer room, and Magnus was downstairs. I heard the baby crying, and I went to get up but realized she was asleep in my lap - it was Magnus!

His favorite foods are dried pasta, cheerio type cereal and corn bread. He does not like anything too cold.

I'd love to say we are doing lots of training, but we're just not. It's been busy and hectic. I will say though, that I think he is getting plenty of training just by living. He knows where his boing, sphere and cage are, and will go to them a good percentage of times when I direct him to. He also comes about 8 of 10 times when I call, unless he's doing something particularly naughty or interesting, and can't be bothered with boring ole me.

He's not a big chewer, not to say his wood toys aren't picked at - they are, just not as much as I thought, I guess. He prefers foot toys, and things he can peel/pick apart. His three favorites are his toothbrush, a pacifier and some twisty screw/washer type toy. Oh, and paper. He likes to rip apart paper. He also does a good job foraging. He has a couple foraging toys he likes, and does well with. Plus, I wrap stuff up in a cupcake holder and hide it places he goes. It's fun to watch him find them.

He's not too fond of my husband. Got better after I was gone for two days, though. Doesn't mind 3 of the 5 kids, could take them or leave them. Unless they have food, of course...then he loves them! He likes to antagonize my six year old - swipes by his head as he flies past! And he loves the baby, they are best buddies. He sits behind her and she shares with him. He gives her sweet kisses all the time and is so, so gentle with her. It's cute.

Also, he escaped from his cage for the first time! I guess he didn't like being in there... Usually he doesn't spend much time in his cage, except for every once in a while he gets a little awnry so I stick him in there to calm down. And he goes in if I cook - good thing I don't do that often! LOL Otherwise, if he is behaving, he has free reign in the living room. - he has his cage, his stand, his boing and his sphere that he has access to.

He does a good job entertaining himself, but loves to be with me while I'm chopping up veggies/fruit. (He's a sneaky little theif, too!) He also enjoys irritating the cat...little bugger!

Well, that's all for now. I'm sure there's something I've forgotten. I hope to be better about posting, but its just so nice outside! I'll be back to update this post with pictures as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Definitely overdue for an update! Just seems I don't have much time for the computer lately. ;-)

Magnus is great! He is quite chatty and if his parrot chatter is any indication of how much he speaks human, I am in trouble!

He lands fabulously now - he has a few landing spots and he knows where they are. I coax him to come to me and he does, nine times out of ten...landing perfectly every time. Sometimes he flies to me without me calling, which is fine. That's why I wanted to keep him flighted so he got to make some decisions on his own. I just am discouraging him from landing on my head! If I hear him coming, I hold up my finger and he lands there no problem, then I tell him "come to me, good boy!" so he starts to learn the connection between the words and his actions. We've not started any formal flight training just yet. Soon, though.

He tells me when he's ready for bed, too. If its getting close to bedtime, and someone is on the steps to go upstairs he goes right to them for a ride up there. We went to the vet on Thursday morning and she said he needs to go to bed closer to 7 (he'd been going by 9). I am going to am for 8pm. The other night he went to bed at 11 because my husband couldn't get him to go upstairs, (I wasn't home) and he was definitely grumpy the next day.

The vet visit went well. She started out seeming a little critical of the fact that I ordered a bird "on the web", but as she heard the answers to her questions and actually saw Magnus her opinion changed. She was very, very impressed by the breeder and how she raised him. She even wrote down her name and website, and told me to make sure I told Sherri how happy she was. She was thrilled that I did my homework and let him stay flighted, gave him a sepatate sleeping cage, encourage foraging, etc.

Sherri was right about how he plays! He makes me laugh. He has a Beady Ball attached to the arches on top of his cage and likes to attack it. I've seen him flip upside down a couple times, screaming at it. This afternoon, my husband was like "Get him! He's stuck! He's stuck!" I just laughed - he wasn't stuck, he was playing. It took a while for me to convince him, but he really was playing. It was funny!

He has this foraging treasure chest and I put some dried pasta (which he loves!) in it and he got it open the very first time he tried! I was amazed! He didn't even bother with the toy, until he saw me put those snacks in there. Little bugger!

He really enjoys foraging. I wrap little pieces of nuts or pasta or whatever up in unbleached cupcake papers and tie it with string, putting it around the cage or on top of the fridge for him to find. He goes crazy! Loves it, no matter whats in it.

I also made this foraging mix in a bowl. Dried bananas, mango and strawberries, goji berries, pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, dried pasta and alphabets, and sprinkled with some herbs - he loves it! It's good for when I'm going out, to keep him occupied.

He does great in his Aviator Harness, too. Yesterday I took him out in the yard, and he was so busy watching the birds, and listening to them chirp. He walked around on the grass and perched on the fence. He also flew a little, and didn't have any problem - although, I do want to get a longer lead for him to go further and fly more. (No outside pics, sorry!)

Friday, April 4, 2008

First things first, his name is Magnus. :)

I've been a bit busy, this is my first chance I've had to update.

The trip to get him went well, overall. There was a traffic jam on the turnpike though - a dumptruck smashed into a concrete wall that poured over onto a road below. It was pretty backed up for quite a while...

We found our way to Cargo City and went right in. I told them I was there for an African Grey, a bird. The guy was like "An African bird? I didn't know Africa has birds." When he came out with him, he was like "Oh, I thought it said BIRO". I was like ??? Whatever. They had my bird and they gave him to me, that's all that mattered.

In the car, we talked to him for a minute, then my three year old convinced me to let him out (it didn't take much convincing, I will admit). So he came out and everything was okay for a minute, but then he made a honking sound that I knew meant he wasn't happy, so he went back in, and we were on our way home!

My son fed him snacks through the slots on the side of the carrier and sang Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all the way home, to "help him feel safe". Which, apparently worked, because he was calm for the ride.

When we got home, I put the carrier inside his cage and he came out right away. He had a couple flying adventures and I had to hold my hand up so he could land, or the kids would point him to the huge sphere I made, hanging in the living room. He needs to work on his landings, though. I think once he gets used to where its safe to land, he'll be fine. I will have my husband hang a few more hooks around so he has a few choices.

We've been doing well, I think. He wakes me up (much, much earlier than I'm used to, I might add ;) ) and he poops, eats and plays on me while I get on the computer (although that doesn't last long). Then the kids come down and he plays with them, and/or goes on the cage. I'm really impressed that he can entertain himself the way he does. We've gone out both today and yesterday in the afternoon to give him some peace, and when we come home, I say hello, scritch him a bit and open the door to his cage. Then he just plays on top. He does let me know when he wants me though, calls out and twice, he flew over and landed on my head!

I've had to stop wearing my wedding ring, because he wants to chew it. It's the only piece of jewelry that I wear (well, wore...) and he's started to take an interest in my glasses.

I am surprised how gentle he is, and how smart...already! Before he takes anything from my hand (toy or food) he will look at me and make a questioning noise, like "is this for me?". When he steps up, he is very cautious - checks out how steady his spot is first. I love when he wakes me up in the morning by stretching his wings out and looking over at me, and doing it again and again until I talk to him. Very sweet!

He plays all over his cage, but generally likes to stay towards the front. On top of his cage is a tray with all kinds of little plastic things - old bristle blocks, lids, blocks, etc. He really seems to like digging around in there.

I just love the soft cooing sounds and noises he makes. He definitely has alot to say! He took a shower today, and was super cute - he kept trying to catch the water with his little talon!

We are making lots of progress in only a short time. I would never leave him alone in the room with my cat, but we are at the point where the cat can at least be in the house while the bird is with me. He doesn't seem interested in him, unless he flies or flaps, or drops something and then he just comes to attention and watches him for a second or two.

He makes a sound like a bicycle horn sometimes. I asked some bird people and they think he might want some warm mushy food, and that seems to be it. I've actually planned on offering him something warm (oatmeal or something) before bed, and he likes it. Then my daughter reads him Five Little Monkeys and puts him to bed. It's cute. :)

I'm sure I forgot something, but that's all I have time for right soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Well, his trip is halfway over...he is in Atlanta now, waiting for his flight to take off to Philly. Take off is scheduled for 12:15, about the time I am leaving for the airport.
Our Baby Grey Bird is coming home TODAY!

He is in the air...right now...on his way home, as I type this. He left at 7:30am and I am tracking his flight on Delta's website. :) He has a lay over in Atlanta for three hours, before his flight to Philly. He should land here around 2:14pm.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Two more days!!!

Just got an email from the breeder - flight lands at 2:14 on Wednesday!

Today we were busy getting some last minute things done. The kids put the sleeping cage together for me, while I made a hanging sphere. I just used three hula hoops and wrapped them in sisal or cotton rope. I ran out, and will use vet wrap on the missing pieces until my order comes in and I can finish. I am waiting for some ss washers to secure my perches, they will be here tomorrow morning. Right before I left for a few days, my last toy order came in so I think I am set with everything we'll least for a little while!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

We have a date!!!

My Baby Grey is tentatively/weather permitting scheduled to come home on Wednesday, April 2nd! We are all very excited!

I talked to the breeder on Monday, and heard cute stories of our Grey swinging circles on his rope swing/perch, yelling playfully. And how he got out of his cage and knocked boxes from the top of the steps, all the way down! Cute little bugger. :)

I can't wait to meet him!

I am going away until Sunday evening, but expect lots of posts the coming week!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

No news yet...

Tomorrow I am going to call the breeder to see what the weather is like in Michigan. Hopefully, we will come up with a Homecoming Date!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Quick update...

I called the breeder tonight, and asked her to just tell me some stories about him. (I probably should have warned her before she reserved the baby for me, that patience is definitely not my strong suit!)

She said he is doing well eating, gets all excited about being handfed but quickly becomes disinterested when he realizes its formula and winds up not getting much at all. She said he has recently discovered digging - sending food all over the place! He is utilizing all parts of his cage, manuevering around pretty well. We talked about his toys, which kinds he likes and which ones he doesn't care for - apparently his rope swing is his favorite, so I'm gonna try to get him one for his cage here. She said he vocalizes alot (I got to hear him over the phone :) so she thinks he might be a good talker, since that has been her experience. That would be so neat if he actually does learn to talk! She also told me he is a nice little snuggler.

At this point, I expect to hear from her shortly after Easter with a more clear idea of when he will be coming home.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I thought I had a name...

...but I changed my mind. I don't like Zaki anymore - I like all the reasons and stuff behind it, but not really the name itself. I can't see me calling him that for the next 50 - 80 years.

I love the name Owen. No reasons at all, other than I just like it. :) But I will have to meet him to be sure that's it.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Getting antsy!

I feel like I've been waiting for this baby Grey bird...f o r e v e r!

I checked the weather for this week here and in Michigan, and it won't be warm enough just yet. After whining to the breeder about my impatience, she sent me this:

I will tell you this - he is gonna be well worth the wait! He is really, really sweet and I love to cuddle him - you guys are going to just love him!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

DNA Results are in!

It's a...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Just waiting...and waiting...

I talked to my breeder again the other day and we had a nice long conversation about showering, harnessing and clipping vs not clipping. Oh, yeah...and the weather! (We both want it to warm up soon!) I really enjoy talking to her, she always has such interesting stories about her experiences with birds.

Mainly, we talked about clipping...

I have done alot of reading on it and I had always leaned more towards me not clipping. But recently realized I'm not sure if I ever want him clipped (as in having him come home from the breeder fully flighted).

I just feel bad thinking of him coming to a new home, new people, new sounds and smells and everything else, and not being able to fly after having been able to for the last few weeks. I think it would be scary.

I took as many precautions as possible - ceiling fans off at the fan and the switch so there are no accidental turn ons, every single window has a screen, I ordered a beaded curtain for the doorway to the kitchen (which leads through the laundry room to the back door), I'm getting special stickers for mirrors/windows and will regularly take him around to let him become familiar with where and what they are, front door locked from the inside so no one opens it unexpectedly, none of my kids open the front door without an adult (or the older ones without permission) because we live on a busy-ish street and I'm paranoid, I'm also planning to start recall training as soon as possible...

I think it may seem not quite as overwhelming to me because having young children, I am still in that mindset. I also tend to believe my older kids are a bit more aware than the average kid, because they are used to our younger kids being around and needing to keep them safe (although I would never assume that was the case, and become careless about it - I know ultimately, it is my responsibility).

It's becoming more and more clear to me, I don't want to clip. (Obviously, though, if it becomes a safety issue at any point, I will have no problem clipping to keep the bird - and/or my family - safe.)

My concern, and that of my breeder, was the actual shipping part. She had an experience a few years ago, where an airline employee took an animal out of its shipping crate. Not good. So we did discuss using extra zip ties and putting stickers on to warn people not to open it. (And as was suggested to me, maybe a few with FLIGHTED BIRD and NO FINGERS IN CAGE might be helpful, too.)

I've been thinking about it alot, and there are risks with everything. If we take every possible precaution, I think the benefits of keeping the bird flighted at this point, will outweigh the risks. I'm grateful my breeder is open enough to be willing to do what I choose. Thanks, Sherri.

Now that baby just needs to hurry up and come home! I have this nice cage all set up with fun toys, just waiting to be played with...LOL

Oh and I expect to hear what the sex of the baby Grey is this week! Hopefully, the beginning of the week...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

More pictures :)

Here is our bird at 12 weeks old, with his friend, the cockateil. :)

Here are the orders of toys I received over the last couple days...

I'm waiting on one more order (of ropes, chains, etc.) to come and then I'll have everything I need. Oh, I also got some free samples from a bunch of bird food companies and they are starting to arrive. Hopefully, the weather cooperates and our Baby Grey Bird can come home next week! :D

Friday, February 15, 2008

Guess what I got today!

Pictures of an 11 1/2 week old Baby Grey Bird - who is almost ready to come home! Look at him with his little Quaker buddies! :D

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Getting closer!

I talked to the breeder yesterday. I got to hear his sweet little "peep, peep" chirping - made me think of Easter. :)

First, we still don't know the sex because they needed more blood. It will be another week to 10 days because they had to re-test.

Second, he flew across the room yesterday morning! She said he had a nice landing and everything! He was trying to get to his little buddies - the Quaker babies he had been hanging out with. How sweet is that?!

She said he's such a sweet baby, when he does get to hang out with the little Quakers he never picks at them or becomes agressive, even given the size difference. What a good baby! :)

She said he's been refusing his formula recently. He gets all excited, asking to be fed, then doesn't want it when he gets it. He's doing well eating everything else, too - hasn't turned anything down yet.

After begging her to give me an estimate (that obviously, I won't hold her to) , she said about two weeks...depending on weather. It's getting SO close!

I am keeping myself busy getting everything ready - I've been ordering everything I've been shopping for over the last few months and having fun going through everything as it gets here.

So far, this is what I've got:

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pictures, pictures, pictures!

Got some new pictures tonight and I had to share. :)

S/he is 9 weeks old:

Look what we made!

After about 5 trips total to Home Depot to get the exact amount we needed of just the right kind of PVC and connectors, we made some perches. We put four suction cups on the back - and those things aren't going anywhere! The kids and I wrapped them up in colorful vetrap...and they're done! We also made a table perch, so the bird can join us at the table. I have to say, I am quite proud of how they came out. :)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Had a little scare!

So, I totally freaked out a little bit...

I hadn't heard from the breeder for a while, so I emailed her last week and never got a response. I decided to call. All it did was ring, no answer and no machine. I sent a friendly, but obviously panicked, email begging for contact. It bounced back. Up to that point, I had questioned if I was overreacting. But when that happned, I felt justified and started worrying...

But then, some friends online suggested I call back. I did and she answered the phone. I was very relieved to hear her voice! Turns out she was helping her husband with his business over the weekend, her machine didn't pick up because she is on dial up and was on the computer, and apparently aol was having some issues - so the email coming back was on my end. Everything is fine - phew! I felt bad when she was explaining, but she was so sweet about it! Encouraged me to call any time to check in, and she totally nderstood how hard it is to make such an important purchace sight unseen.

She said the baby is doing well - he was sleeping when we talked. He eats well, likes to play and is growing like a weed. :)

I sent in the payment to have the baby dna sexed and should get the results in about two weeks. Hopefully, they come before we leave for Florida! So, what do you it a boy, or a girl?!?

Well, that was my excitement for the afternoon! Hopefully next time I update I will have some new pictures! I can't wait to see how the baby has changed. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

I had been thinking the baby was a girl since it hatched, but I'm not feeling as sure anymore. So I started thinking about boys names and decided on a different name that I like even more than the original one I thought I'd use. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought "Yes! That's IT!". It follows all of the silly name rules I have, plus there are little personal connections - I love when that happens!

It's Zaki, pronounced "zak-ee". It's African for "lion's prowess".

- he's an "African" Grey ;0
- I'm a Leo :)
- its two syllables, like I wanted
- it has hard consonants so it should be easy for him to say
- Z is one of my preferred letters
- I can think of a ton of nicknames right off the top of my head
- it sounds strong, but its super cute at the same time! :)

Yesterday I went to Home Depot and got some rope to make a climbing net. The kids and I tried to knot it together, but it didn't go well. I have no idea what I'm doing! I need someone to show me, I can't do it from reading directions. Plus, I found out it may be treated with chemicals or something, even though it says its not.

I'm waiting for some updated pictures. I can't wait to see how much s/he has grown over the past couple weeks!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Stories and backtracking...

The other day, my son saw the newest pics of our Baby Grey Bird, and he said to me "Oh, mom! Our baby is a girl!" And I said, "You think so?" He goes, "No, Mom...I can feel it!" Funny, I am thinking the same thing. :) This is the same boy who, upon finding out why birds regurgitate on their humans, said "Aw, Mom...I hope our bird throws up on me!" - with the biggest, most hopeful smile on his face! LOL

Got this from the breeder today:
So far your baby is not shy at all, LOVES to eat and is very insistent about eating right now when he is hungry, and very much enjoys snuggling with his toy you sent. Oh and one morning your baby cracked me up, I have a small toy that is bright beads with a wire through it shaped in a boing (round and round) with a bell on the bottom. One morning as I was fixing formula heard ring ring ring ring and went in and your baby was vigorously shaking that bell up and down back and forth like he was saying, "Come on, come on, I'm hungry!". I think he'll really enjoy toys.

We got a cage in September, back when I was still planning on getting a Blue Crown Conure. It was a great deal I found on Craigslist and couldn't pass it up and I'm so glad I got it, because that's one of the things that contributed to me entertaining the idea of getting a Grey, my dream bird.

I am SO ready for her to be here!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy 2008!

I have a couple things to update about, I feel like its been a while since I've written here. The holidays have kept me busy, then I decided to do some major decluttering of my house, so I spent the last two weeks or so going through every single room - clearing out, donating and throwing things away. I'm almost finished...

First off, I have to say how exciting it is to be getting comments on this blog. :) Honestly, I wasn't sure anyone would even read it! Thank you!

On New Years Day, our local craft store had a sale on everything in the store so my daughter and I went and got some supplies for bird toys. It was fun, and we're looking forward to making some cool stuff. We received a bird toy magazine in the mail and kept it to get ideas from, once we have all the supplies we need.

A few of those toys were actually from the Bird Show we went to in November, but that's what we have so far! :)

I got an email from the breeder the other day, letting us know a picture of him is on their website! It's the one of him opening his Christmas presents - how sweet! I told her we are honored to be published. LOL

And now, just tonight, I got a wonderful surprise in my mail box. :) Note the "big bird" feathers! Here she is, amongst a bunch of Quaker babies:

The first thing I thought of when I saw these pictures, was the game on Sesame Street - "Which one of these things does not belong here? Which one of things are not the same?" LOL The last one cracks me up! Like he's hiding, not wanting to be seen with a bunch of Green Birds or something.

Everyone is very excited about the bird coming home and we talk about it all the time! If we are eating something, we talk about if its safe or not for the bird; we talk about respecting her space and reading her body language. A big topic recently was who was going to go to pick her up at the airport. We discuss what her perspective might be, coming to a new house with new people/sights/sounds, and how we'd want to be treated if we were in a similar situation. We even talk about what movies might be appropriate for her to watch! LOL

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas, Baby Grey Bird! :)

Just got some holiday pictures of our Baby Grey! Look at all those feathers coming in...he looks so soft and squishy! I can't wait to hold him! :)

These were taken today, at four weeks old...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Small update...

I got in touch with the breeder yesterday, she is such a sweet person. I'm sure she's taking great care of our Baby Grey Bird. :) I called at feeding time and actually got to hear him cheeping over the phone!

She said he is growing like a weed and loves to eat - just like his momma and big sister. :) He is rooming in with a baby cockatiel and when they get all excited and hungry, they cheep and flap around together. Sometimes he gets impatient and tries to chomp on the cockatiel's wing while waiting for food! Silly birdie! She also told me he knows what he wants, and he wants it now! (So he'll fit in our family very well! LOL)

She said she took pics a few days ago, just hasn't got them on the computer yet - but she will take some more and send them so we can see how much our little one has grown. I can't wait!

Before we hung up, I got the address to send a Christmas gift from the kids, and plan to package it up and get it out tomorrow, hopefully it gets there before Christmas! We decided on a little stuffed animal for him to snuggle with, a shredding toy and a small foot toy. I hope he likes it! I'm not quite sure what size he is now and hope he's not intimidated, or upset, by anything.

The lady at the pet store we bought the stuff from asked what kind of bird we have and I told her none yet, but we're getting ready for a Baby Grey - she said she has two Greys, and 23 birds total! Plus 11 dogs and scorpions, etc. Gulp!

He's really starting to chunk up a bit, isn't he? :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Baby Grey Bird

This is what the kids have taken to calling the baby bird. :) I think it fell into place because on a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode, Goofy finds a bird and names it Baby Red Bird.

We got a Wii for Christmas, and one of the things you can do is create Mii's (which are little characters you design by choosing body type, height, hair coloring and style, eyes, noses, etc.). We wound up making a bunch of them in the likeness of everyone in the family...including the animals! The cat turned out the best, but Baby Grey Bird is pretty cute, too. :)

The kids want to send the bird something for Christmas, so I'm searching online right now for a gift. I'm thinking something like a little lovey doll, so he can bring it home with him to help ease the transition. But I know the breeder has some of her own that she puts in with "only" birds, and don't want to step on any toes. I am going to give her a call later on to see what she thinks about that...and hopefully, maybe get a quick update on what his little personality might be like. :)

I'd also like to know when we can find out the sex...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

First Photo Shoot...

My baby Grey was pulled to start handfeeding this morning, at about 2 weeks old. I think it is the sweetest thing I've ever seen! Look in the second picture, how the little "elbow" is draped over its "knee" cute!

Originally, I thought I wanted this bird to be a boy - I'd finally get to use a name I've always loved and have wanted to use forever (my husband nixed it for all our boys! LOL).

But for the last few days, whenever I think of the bird, the name Emma comes to mind. I don't know where it came from, either. Needless to say, my "perfect" name isn't sounding nearly as "perfect" anymore.

Even though Emma is not a name I would normally choose, I am totally loving it because I already associate it with my baby Grey. Now we just gotta find out if its a boy or a girl...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Our egg is now a hatchling!

I just got an email from the breeder and our baby Grey hatched last week! So far, all is well and she said s/he looks pretty big. The first time she heard the baby was on the 28th, but going by the size of the baby she thinks it hatched on the 26th.

She plans to pull the baby to start handfeeding at the end of this week, and once she does that she will be able to get some pictures! To hold me over, she sent a picture of one of the babies from the last clutch, who just went home to her new human family. Baby Tia, on the right.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Over the past 5 months I've spent countless hours researching parrots - African Greys, in particular. I took so many notes, I could write my own book! ;-)

After much deliberation, I finally decided to go ahead and get my dream bird! On Wed 11/21, after weeks of searching, I found a breeder with one TAG egg available - due to hatch on or before December 1st. Out of three eggs in the clutch, its the only fertile egg. This was a surprise clutch, the parents just had two baby girls about 8 weeks ago. The breeder plans on pulling their box after this baby hatches, to give them a break.

I'm hoping its a boy, because I have a name already picked out and I'd prefer to avoid the whole issue of egg laying in the future. Although, it really doesn't matter and I'm sure I'll be just as happy with a girl.

The baby should be ready to come home by the end of February, which is perfect timing for me - we'll be coming home from Disney World to a new baby TAG! :o)