Morty is full of hot air – Turbo Jet (Vacuum) Air!

Greetings to all my favorite parrot friends! Alexa is in a mood after she rolled under the couch. She blames me for her clumsiness! Good help is hard to find these days!

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Recently, I received an interesting letter from a parrot owner.

Dear Morty,

I live in a three bedroom home and have ten parrots. I work 12 hour shifts and when I get home I am too tired to clean. It seems like every bird has the habit of throwing their fruit, veggies, seed, and pellets on the floor! When I go into their room at night, it is a filthy mess. I cant even get near their cages! Is there anything on the market that could help me? PLEASE DON’T TELL ME TO GET A VACUUM CLEANER! I have three. I am looking for a piece of industrial equipment. Price is not a problem.

Messy House

Read Morty’s hilarious reply on Beneath the Cage Grate page.

Beneath the Cage Grate: Dear Messy House

Morty is challenged to adequately respond to a letter from a stressed-out parront who’s trying desperately to keep up with the mess caused by their determined food-flinging flock!

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Catch up with Morty in our August issue coming out next weekend, and get ready for more wisecracks and witty retorts from everybirdie’s favorite birdie columnist, Morty!

#WhatMyBirdKnowsAboutMe

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Thank you to everybirdie who responded to our Hashtag game: #WhatMyBirdKnowsAboutMe !
Tiel Lover  Tiel Lover – @tiellover
My birds know that I would do anything for them and that they can count on me to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. Well maybe they don’t know all that, but they do know to come to me for comfort when they’re scared or don’t feel well! #WhatMyBirdKnowsAboutMe #TheRoost
Sherri Moorer Sherri Moorer – @SherritheWriter
#Whatmybirdknowsaboutme is all of my novel ideas BEFORE I write the rough draft. @TheRoost10
and,
Captain Bubbles Captain Bubbles -@CaptainBubbs
Replying to @SherritheWriter and @TheRoost10
@wazzupzack & I sure do. She bounces EVERY idea off us! Her latest was three and a half years in the making. I came two years ago and helped with the last 2 books in the trilogy. I even stole the cover for my wallpaper. (And I do love aliens!)

Marianna & Sunny  Marianna & Sunny – @Bella3592
Replying to @TheRoost10
#WhatMyBirdKnowsAboutMe #TheRoost mom makes up the corniest songs for me and dances & claps for me too… I’ve got her well trained as my jester
Chelsea  Chelsea -@ChelseaDyes
My birds know when I walk by the door in the mornings that it’s me (not my BF) even though I could be tiptoeing , they start going off screaming 😂 or when I get that one day off of work and forget to cover them they know how to wake me up #whatmybirdsknowaboutme #Theroost

#MyBirdTaughtMeTo

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Here are our responses to our inaugural Hashtag game: #MyBirdTaughtMeTo …  Thank you to all who responded!

❤️Elvisbird❤️  @elvisbird_dean -Jun 22

Today marks 1 year since Elvis flew away. I miss him everyday. With his craziness and funny antics, he taught me to love and appreciate birds. He led me to Twitter where I found wonderful friends who love their birds as I do. #MyBirdTaughtMeTo 
Tandi (Tandz) Glaser  Tandi (Tandz) Glaser -@Takkiewax
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo appreciate the uniqueness of each individual and to treat each need with respect and tolerance #TheRoost
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Tiel Lover Tiel Lover -@tiellover
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo slow down and be present in the moment. There’s nothing like giving a bird a head skritch to pull one’s attention away from oneself and outward onto another living creature. No feeling sorry for oneself around a bird! #TheRoost @TheRoost10
El Groucho El Groucho -@BaldspeccyRob
Replying to @tiellover @AviaryEquinox and @TheRoost10
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo increase my pain threshold! Also to laugh at myself more and to enjoy moments of daftness. #TheRoost @TheRoost10
pollitokawai 🦕🦖🐳🐥🐧🐵🐷🐸🐝🍄 pollitokawai 🦕🦖🐳🐥🐧🐵🐷🐸🐝🍄
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Replying to @tiellover and @TheRoost10
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo love and be kind and patient to a living being who takes time to warm up to me
Oscar and Pauline Oscar and Pauline – @paulineporter16
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo Be naughty and get away with it
Julie Atwood Julie Atwood – @jmatwood
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo look carefully for non-verbal consent.
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#MyBirdTaughtMeTo dance sexy.
Traven Dunn Traven Dunn – @TravenDunn
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo be in a good mood even early in the morning.
TupeckRappingParrot  TupeckRappingParrot – @TupeckParrot
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo swear like a gangsta rapper… we really hadn’t intended this to happen. 😂🙈 Oh we also taught her patience… LOTS of patience.
Caspar von Sader Caspar von Sader – @MutinusTitinus
#MyBirdTaughtMeTo Screech ‘Fly like an Eagle’ by the #SteveMillerBand. #TheRoost

Welcome Ruby!

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 🙂

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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, a Love Story

by Pauline Porter – @paulineporter16

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.

Oscar still in egg
Oscar still in the egg

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!

Oscar new born
Oscar a half-hour old

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 now

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!

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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’.

Keito has video evidence, hee hee!