Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Training Your Person: Baths

If you are a parrot, you love water,  especially bathing in it.  So it's very important to train your person to provide you with frequent bathing opportunities, whether it's a shower under spray bottle or a chance to splash around in a dish. In my case, the best chance for bathing comes every evening. One of my people washes the dishes every night after dinner, and it's my job to help him out by sitting on his shoulder while he washes. If I happen to be in the mood for a bath at this time, which I usually am because, I mean, what parrot can resist the sound of running water, all I have to do is squawk and chirp and flap my wings, and my person gets the message that it's bath time. He knows to set a pan of water on the counter and let me jump in.

I find that frying pans and cookie sheets make excellent bath tubs because they give me plenty of room to spread my wings, but I'm not above bathing in a saucepan or even a water glass if that's all that is available.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's My Hatch Day!

Twenty-one years ago today I hatched out my egg, and I've been squawking ever since!  Here's photo of me enjoying a special hatch day lunch. Yum! I love cornbread.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Training Your Person: TV

The best perch to watch TV from is the top of your person's head. Actually, it's a good perch for many things -- watching out for predators, keeping an eye on your other person while she's in the kitchen in case she brings out the seed bucket, checking out visitors you haven't met before, and just generally watching what's going on around you. So it's a good idea to train your person or people to get used to you sitting on their heads. One of my people is quite tall so his head makes a very good perch. I usually sit there when we're watching TV. I just love the TV. It makes all kinds of interesting sounds - especially music. Whenever the theme song of a TV show comes on, I squawk and chirp and whoop right along with it. It's so much fun! I recognize the theme songs of all the TV shows we regularly watch. We parrots have a great appreciation for music.