Fowl Happenings!

April 5, 2013

Sometimes it gets pretty fowl around here.  And lately, it seems like the fowl have declared war.

Case in point… our Bourbon Red tom turkey has decided he’s one tough turkey.  Every time I go into the pen with him and the hen, I have to carry a broom to fend him off while I fill up the feed bowls.  Isn’t there some kind of adage about not biting the hand that feeds you?  Seems to me that should carry over to a winged assault as well.

But I’m not the only one suffering from a fowl assault.  Just take a look at this:

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Our House is a Parrot Playground

February 20, 2013

Granted, not every small farm has a parrot on the premises.  In fact, most of them probably don’t.  But part of our rural life includes a parrot in the house.

If you’re not familiar with them, parrots are intelligent creatures.  Some breeds are smarter than others, and some can talk more than others.  And like every other set of creatures in this world, the intelligence and abilities varies within the breed as well.

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On the second day of Christmas. . .

December 20, 2010

On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me. . .

picture of two llamas

The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas. . .

picture of parrot with santa hat
The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

 

New style, Cost of two llamas: $400

Classic style, Cost of two turtle doves: $380

Looks like the new choice is still more expensive than the classics!

Total to date:
New Style – $1,220
Classic Style – $433

Stay tuned for Day Three!

 

On the first day of Christmas. . .

December 17, 2010

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known Christmas carol.  What gets a little confusing is most people think it’s the twelve days BEFORE Christmas, but it’s really supposed to be AFTER Christmas:

“Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.” –  The Voice

Then there’s the whole deal about the crazy presents. They’re definitely from a different era.  I mean, who wants this laundry list of gifts?

  1. A partridge in a pear tree,
  2. Two turtle doves,
  3. Three french hens,
  4. Four colly birds,
  5. Five gold rings,
  6. Six geese laying,
  7. Seven swans swimming,
  8. Eight maids milking,
  9. Nine drummers drumming,
  10. Ten pipers piping,
  11. Eleven ladies dancing, and
  12. Twelve lords leaping.

Some of them sound intriguing, but others are a little questionable.  And how much did all that cost? 

I decided to mix things up a bit, and do part of the days before Christmas, in the popular style, and part of the days after Christmas, in the classic style.  And while I’m at it, a little comparison of the cost for the two sets of gifts.  Is the classic true love more expensive, or is eccentric country more costly?

So let us start at the beginning, day 1, always a good place to start!  We’re mixing it up eccentric country style, so here we go!

On the first day of Christmas
my true love gave to me –

picture of parrot with santa hat

The first day of Christmas!

… A Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

Cost of African Grey Parrot: $800
Cost of Resin Fairy Statue: $20

Old school, cost of partridge: $3.00 for a Chukar Partridge Chick
Cost of Pear Tree, 7 feet tall: $50

Looks like the classic style would be cheaper, at about $53.  But although the new version comes to $820, parrots are like MasterCard, priceless!

But then, I love eccentric Christmases!

Why would you do that?

December 11, 2009

If you’ve been reading this blog very long, you know I have an African Grey parrot.  She’s a corker, and always getting into some kind of trouble.  With the emotional level of a 2-year-old, and the intelligence of a 5-year-old, you can just imagine the escapades!

A while back she took it into her head to fly into the den.  I’d went out to the mailbox, and evidently she was trying to see where I went.

African Grey Parrot on shelf.“I know you went out this door! How’d you get back in here?”

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I rather surprised her because I went out the back door and came back in the front door.  That’s when I heard her calling, and discovered her sitting on the shelves by the door.

African Grey parrot pretending to be a statue on a shelf.“I’m just a little statue.  I belong here.  Really!”

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Of course, sometimes she gets herself places she’s not sure how to get out of.

African Grey parrot looking down from shelf. "Where do I go now?"“How do I get down off of here?”

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The Farmer thinks she goes a lot of places just because she likes it when I pick her up and carry her back to her cage.  For whatever reason, there’s no getting around the fact parrots like to go places.

There’s also no getting around the fact if you have a parrot, or any other pet, you get attached to them.  Parrots are intelligent, inquisitive, funny, challenging, and a lot like a little feathered toddler tearing up your house.

That leads into my question, “Why would you do that?” 

It’s like this.  Yesterday The Farmer and I were in town.  We started out at the jeweler’s (no, not for any expensive trinkets – they can solder glasses back together and I was tired of my more-than-usual cracked-pot view of the world).  Since it was going to take a while for the repair, we decided to walk over to the pet store (any excuse will do). 

They have an African Grey parrot at the pet store named Richard, and like our silly parrot, he absolutely loves to have his head scratched.  Naturally, I oblige him whenever I get the chance.

While we were there, I picked up some food for OUR African Grey, and that got me and the pet store owner talking about them as I was checking out.  About their antics, and the things they say and do.

And THAT’s when she told me about a phone call she’d got that morning.  It seems someone had their house broken into, and in the process of vandalizing / burglarizing the house, the creeps killed their African Grey parrot.

And I really have to wonder, “Why would you do that?”

The parrot was in a cage.  It couldn’t hurt them.  There was no need to kill it.

However, the parrot’s owners think it was some people who were upset because they wouldn’t let them hunt on their land any more.  So that’s the deal?  If someone else doesn’t let  you use their property the way you want to, you retaliate by breaking into their house and killing a beloved pet?

What next?  If you don’t like what someone does, get even madder and not only break into the house and kill a pet, how about a person?  Where does it stop?  To paraphrase Yoda a little, it’s a steep and slippery slope once you start down the darkside.

A defenseless creature sitting in a cage.  And they killed it out of spite.

Why would you do that?