A baby red factor African Grey birdie entered the lives of Oscar and her mom Pauline recently. While Pauline doted over the wee one for days and weeks (to Oscar’s dismay), the Twitter and Facebook flock waited with bated breath for pictures – and of course the announcement of the name of this little cutie.
After a few weeks of naming deliberations and anxious online excitement, we were introduced to Ruby! Welcome Ruby!
Here’s baby Ruby as an upstart 🙂
Ruby finding her feet and showing off her little red feathers.
Ruby demonstrates to mom and all that she’s becoming a big birdie, learning to climb and perch!
Ruby joins her flock in the living room, enjoying the comfort of her blankie while Oscar keeps a watchful eye over her.
And last, but not least, the one photo to be used on Ruby’s 16th Hatchday – probably at her prom party 🙂
We’re so happy to welcome you into our social media flock Ruby! You’re going to be causing havoc with Oscar and Keito in no time!
Oscar’s dad used to launch eggs out of the nest box so fast that it took me a long time – and several failed attempts, to finally rescue one.
After incubating Oscar’s egg, the fun began! During hatching, Oscar had a job breaking out of her shell. After 55 hours of struggle, and me and hubby taking shifts to sit with her and gently chip little bits of shell away, Oscar finally broke completely free of her shell, and entered our world and lives as a wee, pink little baby!
Hand-rearing proved difficult too as Oscar’s crop wouldn’t empty, but we got there in the end. Oscar is now a beautiful 6-year old treasure that’s just a wee bit special to me 🙂
Oscar is best buds with Keito, her Canadian Pionus friend. They go on virtual adventures together, and have been known to get into the moonshine often! Keito of course is a bad influence, being a Canuck via South America and all, ha ha.
Ladies and gentlemen, Keito and Oscar are now taking the stage for another sold out performance as The Tipsy Chicks!
Oscar often has some explaining to do when she gets home from these adventures and mom see’s her beautiful, pure white feathers covered in mud and foliage. Such debris tends to stand out when you’re white! Such happenings cause Oscar’s mom to worry just a little bit about what her sweet, innocent Oscar is up to on these ‘excursions’.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring