Angel Wings A monthly journal for human angels who make a positive difference in companion birds' lives.
A monthly journal for human angels who make a positive difference in companion birds' lives.
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Happy September Angels and Supporters! We hope everyone had a safe and restful Labor Day weekend.
Please join me in welcoming our newest Angels, Tiffani H. and Penny B. A warm Angel welcome to you both!! More talons to make more toys!
We'd like to thank all that made our July Auction a resounding success! Both the donators and the purchasers. By now, everyone should have received their winnings. We do hope you're enjoying them! Because of the great success of our July Auction, we are planning another one for October. We'll have alot of great gift items listed...a little something for every-birdie. The holidays are right around the corner..it's never too soon to start shopping for the bird-lovers in your life. If you'd like to donate anything for the upcoming auction, please contact us and we'll make arrangements to receive it. All donations gratefully accepted and appreciated.
As always, we appreciate your support.
~~ Lynn Williams
The yams are here! Made with the freshest yams, our yam muffins are going to make that picky bird beg for a taste.
Dinky & Gaby Love Their Greens!
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Angel Tip by Laurie K.
Don't let your fresh leafy veggies go to waste! Wash and dry well. Put them in the oven on a cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for approximately 30 minutes (or until well dried. Oven temps will vary). They can be added to things like eggs, bird bread, mash, some of the fresh fruits and veggies. They can even be added to the seed mix. Store in a Ziploc bag. Works great on kale, spinach, mustard greens, basil, parsley.
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Baby Diana, 7 weeks old,
a "Roseanna" baby Ekkie
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~Organic is Better if Possible~
Any organic flour which can be found in any health food store, or, if you are one of the lucky ones, in your grocery store. I like to mix my flours so that I have a combination of grain flour and legume flour.
1-1/4 cup flour
Mix flour, baking powder, and any other dry ingredient until thoroughly mixed. Make a well in the center. Pour milk, eggs and extract into well and mix. Add melted oil. Make sure the oil is not hot. Add 1 small to medium acorn or butternut squash pulsed in your food processor. Mix well.
Cook in a lightly greased pan or griddle. I use extra virgin olive oil. Slightly lower heat than you would regular pancakes. This batter is very dense and most probably will not produce the tell-tale bubbles to let you know when to turn over. Depending on the ingredients, I cook approximately 5 to 7 or more minutes per side.
I do not like to substitute fruit juice for the milk, as the fruit juice tends to make the pancakes burn if not carefully watched.
You can experiment around and substitute raw fruits and veggies like broccoli, red or green bell peppers, apples, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale or collard greens or shredded coconut. I always pulse the veggies or apples using my food processor. Do not liquefy. Small chunks are very much appreciated. You can also put a peeled, quarter sized raw ginger root in your veggie or fruit when pulsing. Be careful not to overdo the ginger.
Be creative with your combinations, but always keep in mind that if the pancake does not taste good to you, it will not be welcomed by your parrot as they have very discriminating taste buds too.
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We are here to help, because we care about your bird!!
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Parronting a Parrot|
By Susan Kesler
Raising parrots is much like raising children. In fact, children and parrots are very much alike in many ways. Both go through different stages in their lives. From babies they grow into toddlers, from toddlers to youngsters, from youngsters to adolescents, from adolescents to teens, and from teens to adults.
They each have mood swings, throw temper tantrums, are demanding, push their limits, break the rules, and can make you wonder why you wanted them in the first place. Children and birds can also be loving, sweet, want to snuggle, make you smile when you're sad, make you laugh when you want to cry, be your friend, give you a reason to get up in the morning, and make you wonder how you ever got along without them.
Come and spend the day with me and my flock and I think you'll see how much caring for birds is like caring for children.
Our day always starts with a wake up call. I go through the house singing, "Wake up, wake up you sleepy heads, get up, get up, get out of bed." Some of the birds wake up with a song and a smile, while others are grumpy and try to snap at me. This is the time of day when the birds are most vocal. Sometimes the chirping, chattering and yelling is almost deafening. When every bird is up and awake, it's time for baths. Some go willingly to the bathroom for a shower, some prefer I mist them in their cages, and the rest do everything they can to avoid the water all together!
While they are preening, themselves or each other, and drying their feathers, I head to the kitchen and start breakfast. We usually start the day with a warm cereal of some kind. Today I chopped apples, peaches, and grapes for the larger birds, and the smaller ones get bananas and raisins in their mash. Some come into the kitchen to eat, while others are happy with breakfast in bed. There is always one bird that demands to be spoon fed. While they are eating I try to clean the kitchen. I usually get about half done before I have to break up a squabble.
After breakfast it's off to the playroom. There is a jungle gym and ropes to climb for the acrobats, blocks and balls for those that are not so brave, and of course, no playground is complete without a swing. There is some bickering going on over who is going to play with what, but they soon settle down. It's pretty quiet now and every bird is quietly chewing wood into toothpicks, swinging like Tarzan on the swing, or trying to figure out how to get that bell out of the ball.
This is when I have a break. I get a nice hot cup of coffee, sit down with the paper and hope I can finish both before some bird is screeching about an emergency, real or imagined. Some days I can, some days I can't, but every day I try.
By now playtime is over and it's time for a snack and a nap. Each bird gets a scritch on it's head and a small bowl of seeds. I blow them all a kiss before they tuck their beaks under their wings. I always get called back once or twice before they are settled down.
Okay, now it's time to make toys for the birds. I sneak out to my workshop and begin cutting and sanding, drilling and painting. Today I am making toys to keep my own birds occupied. Tomorrow I will make toys to send to less fortunate birds in a sanctuary in Colorado, or an avian rescue in California. Birds are very intelligent creatures and need toys to stimulate their minds and keep them from getting bored just as children do.
I hear screeching and screaming coming from the bird room and I know they are saying, "We're awake, can we get up?", and "We're awake, can we come and play?" They know it's time for our walk, and they all love it when we go outside. I take two birds at a time, it's all I can handle at once, and we start our fun-filled adventure in the great outdoors. We walk the quarter mile of fence line and say "hi" to the wild critters that are about, flap our wings, and enjoy the fresh crisp air.
When all the birds have had their time outside it's time for dinner. Just like children they all want something different and they all want it now. So it's more washing and peeling, and grinding and chopping. There's fresh fruits and vegetables, some beans and legumes, some peanuts for some and walnuts too. Some want theirs with rice and some would rather have pasta.
When dinner is over and they have eaten their fill it's back to their cages for some quiet time while I attempt to clean up the mess made today. One by one each of the birds wanders out to see what I am doing. This is the time I try to spend a few minutes with each bird separately, to reinforce our bond, and to let every bird know that they are special to me.
Next on the agenda is cleaning the cages. The old paper comes out and new goes in. The food dishes are washed and fresh water is put in their bottles. The cages get a quick wipe down every day and a thorough cleaning weekly.
It's getting late and almost time for bed. I hide a treat in a paper sack under a toy in each cage. The birds really enjoy searching for their treat. It's like the foraging they would do if still in the wild. Like most children some take themselves off to bed, some want to be carried, and one always wants to stay up, "Just a little longer please." When all the flying and fussing is through they all want their goodnight kisses. "Night night", I say as I turn off the light. As I'm closing the door I hear some bird saying "night night" to me too.
Well, after spending a day with me and my feathered kids can you see how parronting a parrot is much the same as parenting a child?
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"Christmas" in April|
at Mountain Spirits Bird Rescue
By Stacey Baker
When I first joined PTA, I read that sometimes, Angels got to make deliveries. I never really thought that "I" would be one of the Angels making a delivery! When Lynn asked me how I felt about making a delivery, I was pretty excited, but didn't really know what to expect. I was very fortunate to have another "Angel", Diane, and my two smaller "Angels" Joel and Sammi to help make the delivery.
We arrived and Charlie and his wife, Sue (the folks who run the rescue), along with several members of their bird club, were there to greet us. As each package was opened, so many comments were heard! Every person who was opening a package looked at the label to see which state it was from. They could not believe how far apart we "Angels" are spread out! They also could not believe the quality of the toys that were sent.
There were so many presents, it DID feel like Christmas, and we got to be the "Angel Elves". But, there was something else...we didn't realize WE'D be receiving a gift that day too.
Our gift was not a monetary gift, nor was it a package tied up with a pretty bow. Our gift was being a part of Parrot Toy Angels, representing the organization by doing an Angel delivery. It was a gift, because it made us feel just like a gift makes you feel...thankful, happy, amazed, and it even brought a few tears to my eyes. Watching each person's face when they opened a package, was a true gift. To see the smiles, and hear the laughter warmed our hearts, to say the least. For a group of "Angels" to be so far apart, it surely felt like we were all in the same room that day! I am still in awe of everyone's creativity and generosity. I am so proud to say that I am an member of this group!
Some of the birds there were hardship stories, some just needed a little "help" learning better manners. Some of the birds will live with Sue and Charlie because they have been through so much already. While we were there, many of the birds stole our hearts!
I just want to thank you all again for your generosity! It made our delivery an awesome experience! Kudos to our head Angel, "MS", who makes all of this happen for so many different organizations!
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Featured Fid ~ Blue-throated Macaws
By Shelly Bohannon
The Facts They are not a forest dwelling bird, but live in the savanna of the Beni Department of Bolivia, nesting in "Islas" (islands) of palm trees that dot the level plains. Their colours are vivid with turquoise-blue wings and tail, and bright yellow underparts. They have a large black bill, a long tail, a bare black-streaked white face, and a pale yellow iris. They can be separated from the similar-looking Blue-and-Gold Macaw by the blue (not black) throat, the blue (not green) forehead and the lack of contrast between the flight feathers and upperwing coverts. In the wild these species often compete over nesting-holes, with the Blue-throated Macaw typically losing due to its slightly smaller size.
They are not a forest dwelling bird, but live in the savanna of the Beni Department of Bolivia, nesting in "Islas" (islands) of palm trees that dot the level plains. Their colours are vivid with turquoise-blue wings and tail, and bright yellow underparts. They have a large black bill, a long tail, a bare black-streaked white face, and a pale yellow iris. They can be separated from the similar-looking Blue-and-Gold Macaw by the blue (not black) throat, the blue (not green) forehead and the lack of contrast between the flight feathers and upperwing coverts. In the wild these species often compete over nesting-holes, with the Blue-throated Macaw typically losing due to its slightly smaller size.
Fatty Liver (Hepatic Lipidosis)
Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
What is hepatic lipidosis?
Hepatic lipidosis is a disease in which large amounts of fat are deposited in the liver. It is most common in budgies, cockatiels, Amazon parrots, Quaker parrots, lovebirds, and cockatoos. It is a very serious condition, and death may occur if treatment is not started early in the course of the disease.
What causes hepatic lipidosis?
What are the signs of hepatic lipidosis?
How is hepatic lipidosis diagnosed?
What is the treatment for hepatic lipidosis?
References and Further Reading
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