November 2009 The Coastal Bend
Companion Bird Club and Rescue Mission seeks to
promote an interest in companion birds through
communication with and education of pet owners,
breeders and the general public. In addition, the
CBCBC&RM strives to promote the welfare of all birds by
providing monetary donations for the rescue and
rehabilitation of wild birds and by placing abused,
abandoned, lost or displaced companion birds in foster
care until permanent adoptive homes can be found.
There was lots of good food and good company at the
October meeting. Thanks to all those who brought
the delicious desserts! And thanks to all the members
who attended and brought their feathered family
Join the feast! We are having our annual
Thanksgiving Dinner at the November
General meeting. The club is supplying the
meat. Bring a side dish of your choice and
If possible, RSVP to Marcia at MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
firstname.lastname@example.org If you aren’t able to
RSVP, please attend anyway! Sharon Taylor and Baby
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Baby, my 17-year-old Goffin Cockatoo, has
Don’t miss out!
a personality that far exceeds her light-
weight body. As the smallest species of
Cockatoo, Baby is about the size of a pigeon
or dove. Her soft, snow-white feathers
reveal pale yellow highlights beneath her tail
and a few pink markings around her beak
and head. Her pointed head crest, similar in
shape to a redbird or blue jay crest, pops up
mainly when she’s frightened or angry.
Baby’s eyes have a bulging, white-ringed
appearance similar to other Cockatoos and
when she turns her gaze, they appear to
swivel like the eyes of a chameleon. Her
Have a Happy Thanksgiving dark colored irises reveal a glimmer of
lighter brown color, so it’s likely that Baby
(and don’t forget a special treat for the
is a female.
Baby can say a few words, such as “Hello,” Cockatoos are highly endangered in the
“Hello Baby,” and “I love you,” but she wild, where they occur only in a small part
does this only when she’s in the mood to of Indonesia. I often suspect one of the
talk. Baby loves attention – demands reasons they’re endangered is that Goffin
attention, in fact -- and will often step onto Cockatoos probably attempt to attack
the hand or shoulder of nearly anybody she predators, including large predators. Baby
meets. She loves getting petted and will has single-handedly taught my cat and dog
raise her wings to allow people to stroke her to avoid close contact with my birds.
entire body. I keep her wings clipped
because she weighs very little and is prone Just as she readily expresses anger, Baby
to being swept away by the wind, if taken also expresses joy and happiness. She can
outside. Baby seems to have a much larger dance in sync with music, changing her
compliment of flight feathers than my other rhythm and moves to match the tune. She
birds, which include a Blue-front Amazon, a rivals the best dancing bird in any YouTube
Quaker, a Sun Conure, and a Blue-crowned video, and also attempts to sing along to
conure. Patsy Cline and Rolling Stones songs. Very
often, Baby “laughs” when people around
Baby has lived with me for about 9 years, her begin telling jokes or laughing. Her
after wearing out her welcome at a previous laughter often seems to arise before others
home due to a biting incident. She doesn’t begin laughing, making it seem as though
bite often, but can inflict very serious injury she understands the punch-line of jokes.
when she does bite because she’s got an
extremely sharp beak. She usually gives fair Thankfully, Baby has never exhibited the
warning that a bite may ensue, by raising her dreaded Cockatoo habit of feather plucking.
head crest. When the crest goes up, you have Her worst habits consist of her temper
to keep your fingers, face, and other body tantrums and destructiveness if allowed too
parts well out of the way. But most of the close to things you value. For instance, Baby
time, Baby refrains from biting. will gladly remove jewelry without undoing
the clasp. This includes earrings, necklaces,
Baby is very intelligent and displays a wide and watches. She has also bitten through a
variety of emotions, including joy, curiosity, couple of mouse cables and can remove the
flirtatiousness, nervousness, jealousy, and keys off a computer keyboard quicker than a
anger. She can throw a temper tantrum person could do it. She likes to chew on
rivaling that of a two-year-old, jumping up wood, and this is not limited to bird toys.
and down and weaving her body from side She’s the most likely of all my birds to chew
to side while screaming raucously. She can on furniture, walls, and other items.
deliver ear-splitting screams.
Baby also tends to be a messy bird. At least
In occasional jealous attacks made on my half her food dribbles from her mouth as she
other birds, Baby has demonstrated that chews, making me think that nature’s main
birds must have indeed descended from purpose for parrots and Cockatoos is to feed
dinosaurs, probably from a T-Rex. Goffin the animals that live on the forest floor.
Another mess occurs from Baby’s love of Cuts can lead to infection. Bacteria can
taking a bath in her seed-bowl, during which enter through the break in the skin no matter
she rubs seeds under her wings and onto her how clean the environment is. This can lead
back, and also slings them over her to a condition called “bumblefoot.”
shoulder, which spreads them around the Bumblefoot can be painful, cause swelling,
room. Luckily, Baby never bathes in people- and it will make it difficult for your bird to
food, of which her favorites are bananas, stand and perch naturally. The bird may
chicken, and spaghetti. also limp when walking. Check your bird’s
feet regularly for injury.
In addition to tossing seeds around, Baby
sheds a constant stream of powdery Overgrown nails can cause limping and
Cockatoo dander, and also sheds her under- deformity. This can occur if the nails are
feathers even when she’s not molting. long enough to raise the first joint of the toe
off the surface, or if the nail lays over
Overall, Baby’s intelligence, personality, sideways. Keep your bird’s nails trimmed,
and desire to snuggle make up for any bad or use a perch that will help keep them from
habits and messiness. I’ve truly enjoyed over-growing.
having Baby in my household and feel
blessed by her presence.-- Sharon Taylor Older birds can acquire a condition called
“gout.” This is a very painful joint
condition that requires veterinary attention.
Uric acid levels in the blood have to be
Arthritis is also seen mainly in older birds.
It can be brought about or aggravated by the
use of perches that are improper for the type
and size of bird.
Splay leg is a condition where very young
babies are not strong enough to hold their
Foot and Leg Conditions legs together on a slippery surface. If the
condition isn’t corrected at an early age, it
There are many conditions and injuries that can be permanent.
can cause your bird to have trouble standing,
Babies can also have a condition where the
perching, and walking. These problems are
tendon that normally fits into the groove at
caused mainly by injury or disease. Poor
the heel slips over to the side of the foot.
diet can be a huge contributor to leg and foot
The baby will look like he is walking on the
deformities. For the sake of this article, we
side of his foot. This can be surgically
are going to focus on disease processes and
corrected by pinning until the groove is
large enough for the tendon to stay in on its brought them by boat but there's another
Be diligent and check your bird’s feet and In prehistoric times, the land mass of the
legs regularly. Watch his gait and perching three countries was united in a
to see any slight changes. Most problems "supercontinent" called Gondwanaland.
After it broke into different pieces (starting
can be corrected if caught early on. If you
135 million years ago) there was still a land-
have any questions, consult your avian vet. bridge and the Lories might have spread out
across it. When the rest of the land split
apart into what is now Australia, the
www.rspb.org thousands of islands of Indonesia and the
largest island in the world, New Guinea,
www.avianweb.com they were separated forever.
Lories and lorikeets have specialized brush-
tipped tongues for feeding on nectar and soft
fruits. They can feed from the flowers of
about 5,000 species of plants and use their
specialized tongues to take the nectar. The
tip of their tongues have tufts of papillae
(extremely fine hairs), which collect nectar
Lorikeets have tapered wings and pointed
tails that allow them to fly easily and display
great agility. They also have strong feet and
legs. They tend to be hyperactive and
clownish in personality both in captivity and
LORIES!!!! the wild.
Lories range from coastal areas, like beaches In the wild, lorikeets feed on nectar and
where they hang out in coconut palms, to pollen from plants and flowers. A
high in the mountain forests. Some live in companion lorikeet however requires a
very hot and humid areas and others in special diet, which makes them less than
cooler ones. This makes the birds very ideal for a beginner bird owner. A
adaptable. companion bird's diet should consist of a
nectar replacement diet, which are available
Australia has seven species of Lories, commercially or can be made by the owner.
Indonesia has twenty and New Guinea has There are two main types of nectar
more than any place else with twenty-nine. replacement, namely wet mix and dry mix.
These three places are surrounded by water, These mixes come in powder form, the
and too far for Lories to fly to on their own. former requires to be mixed with water to
So how did they end up so close but so far create a porridge-like consistency, the latter
away from each other? People might have is to be fed as is. If feeding dry mix, plenty
of fresh drinking water needs to be made
available for the bird. If the bird is fed on Do not feed a lorikeet (or any other bird)
wet mix, their requirements for drinking will avocado, onion, chocolate, caffeine or
be reduced, as the feed contains a large alcohol. These foods contain chemicals
amount of water, however fresh drinking which are lethal to a bird.
water should still be made available.
Due to the largely liquid diet of lorikeets,
their droppings are also of a very liquid
nature, making them one of the messier
companion birds to keep.
Companion lorikeets also need their diet
supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables
on a daily basis. A variety of different
colored fruit and vegetables should be made
available. A favorite of lorikeets appears to
be spinach or silverbeet leaves, and will
provide calcium for the bird. Due to the Do You Know This Bird?????
shape of their beak and tongue, rarely will a
lorikeet use a cuttlefish for calcium intake. Here’s a hint- These parrots are endangered.
Other kinds of fruit and vegetables There are less than 1,500 left in their native
frequently enjoyed by lorikeets include South Africa. If you know, or think you
apple, pear, corn on the cob, berries, grapes know this bird, send your answer to Lisa at
(only feed in small amounts as the high iron email@example.com, and the first one with
content in grapes can cause liver damage), the right answer will get recognition in the
pumpkin, sweet potato, and citrus fruit once next newsletter!
a week. Honey is also a favorite of lorikeets,
and can be used as a treat or a reward when
training a bird.
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Hot rolls and Butter
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
This perch just doesn’t feel right. Get up early in the morning and have a cup
of coffee. It's going to be a long day, so
www.flickr.com place your parrot on a perch nearby to keep
you company while you prepare the meal.
Remove parrot from kitchen counter and
return him to perch.
Prepare stuffing, and remove parrot from
edge of stuffing bowl and return him to
Stuff turkey and place it in the roasting pan,
and remove parrot from edge of pan and
return him to perch. Have another cup of
coffee to steady your nerves. Remove
parrot's head from turkey cavity and return
him to perch, and re-stuff the turkey.
How To Stuff Your Parrot on Prepare relish tray, and remember to make
twice as much so that you'll have a regular
Thanksgiving size serving after the parrot has eaten his fill.
Remove parrot from kitchen counter and
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Posted on: November 27, 2008 12:19 PM,
by "GrrlScientist" www.scienceblogs.com Prepare cranberry sauce, discard berries
accidentally flung to the floor by parrot. Peel
This amusing essay is making the rounds on potatoes, remove parrot from edge of potato
the intertubes (as usual) this year, so I had to bowl and return him to perch.
share it with you.
Arrange sweet potatoes in a pan and cover
Ingredients: with brown sugar and mini marshmallows.
Remove parrot from edge of pan and return hostess.
him to perch. Replace missing
marshmallows. Place parrot inside cage and lock the door.
Brew another pot of coffee. While it is Sit down to a nice relaxing dinner with your
brewing, clean up the torn coffee filter. Pry family -- accompanied by plaintive cries of
coffee bean from parrot beak. Have another "WANT DINNER!" from the other room.
cup of coffee & remove parrot from kitchen
counter and return him to perch. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
When time to serve the meal:
Place roasted turkey on a large platter, and
cover beak marks with strategically placed
sprigs of parsley.
Put mashed potatoes into serving bowl, re-
whip at last minute to conceal beak
marks and claw prints.
Place pan of sweet potatoes on sideboard,
forget presentation as there's no
way to hide the areas of missing
"Quinoa Breakfast of
Put rolls in decorative basket, remove parrot Champions"
from side of basket and return
him to perch. Quinoa (pronounced "keen-nwa") is a South
American grain that is high in protein,
Remove beaked rolls, serve what's left. Set calcium, and phosphorous. Probably the
butter out on the counter to soften -- think most nutritious grain in the world, it is an
better of this strategy and return it to the excellent food for parrots, either sprouted
refrigerator. and served raw, or cooked, as in this recipe.
It is available in most health food stores as a
Wipe down counter to remove mashed bulk grain.
potato claw tracks. Remove parrot from
kitchen counter and return him to perch. 1 cup quinoa
2-3 cups water
Cut the pie into serving slices. Wipe Corn kernels
whipped cream off parrot's beak and place Chopped carrots
large dollops of remaining whipped cream Raisins and/or dried apples (unsulphured,
on pie slices. found in health food stores)
Whole slices are then served to guests,
beaked-out portions should be reserved for
Boil 2 cups of water, add quinoa. Cook for www.calypsoparrot.com If you are looking
10 minutes, then add veggies and dried fruit. for parrot Christmas ornaments, this is the
Cook another 5 minutes or until the quinoa place to go. They’ve also got lots of t-shirts.
grain is clearish and has a tiny tail sprouting
from it. You may have to add a little more www.animalden.com You can find all kinds
water if it gets too dry too quickly. Let cool. of pet gifts here. They’ve got lots of parrot
Serve. You can put almost any veggies or art and jewelry.
fruits in this recipe.
www.krittersinthemailbox.com These folks
This recipe comes from the kitchen Parrot. have tons of unique items. Too many to
Lovebirds adore this grain and even the describe!
most stubborn eaters will be tempted! Add a
star of anise at the end of cooking to further www.thefind.com This site is pricier and
entice them. more upscale. They feature jewelry, art, and
*You can buy the Quinoa at HEB. I’ve tried
it. www.parrotparrot.com www.cafepress.com/parrot Lots of items
here, but my fave was the “Crazy Bird
Looking for the perfect gift for This is Frankie, a four year old DNA'd
your bird-lover? female cockatiel and her birdie condo.
Try out some of these websites for unique
gifts for that person you know who loves
site has lots of vintage parrot items. Great
for the collector.
Frankie is a very friendly bird who LOVES MEETING
to be on your shoulder and is happiest when
she is with someone. She comes with a November 2, 2009
beautiful, large cage, many toys etc. Frankie
is looking for a new home where she will Members Present: Joan Latham, Marcia
get LOTS of attention and handling. We are Schultz, Jim Harmon, Debbie Clanton,
looking for a special home for her and are Sherrie Long, Belinda Wait
taking applications for her adoption. Go to
our website www.cbcbirdclub.com Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm.
and download an adoption form. Print it
out, fill it in and either mail it (P.O.Box Officer Reports:
6023--CCTX. 78466) or bring it to the
meeting on Nov. 19th. Home visits will be Vice President-an email was sent to the
scheduled as the adoption process goes members with the correct date of the feast.
forward. For more information, call Joan It appears to have been incorrect on an
241 6243. Please get your applications in earlier email.
Secretary-minutes from the October meeting
were approved as written.
Membership-still the same.
Treasurer- balance $20,327.64
Mart Director-aprons have been ordered for
raffle workers for the next mart. He will
check into red and blue tablecloths for the
raffle table, the pricing for billboards and
GAG GIFT EXCHANGE FOR signs for the mart.
DECEMBER Committee Reports:
There will be a White Elephant gag gift Rescue-a four year old female cockatiel has
exchange at the December meeting. been taken into rescue. Her name is
Participation is voluntary and the price limit “Frankie” which is short for Francesca. She
is $15. We will draw numbers and you can comes with cage, toys, and other supplies.
open a new gift or steal one from someone
else! Sounds like lots of fun! Hospitality-Joan will be at Petco Saturday,
November 14th. We discussed the menu for
Remember: Positions in the club the November feast. It was decided that at
will be opening soon. Think the December meeting we will have a White
Elephant Gag gift exchange. Gag gifts can
about taking a more active role. be purchased by members who wish to join
the game. Participation is not required.
There is a $15 gift limit.
Old Business: None thanked everyone who volunteered at the
mart and helped make it a success.
* December meeting will have refreshments
and White Elephant gag gift exchange. Secretary- minutes were approved as
*Drawing for 100 dollar bill will be held at
December meeting. Treasurer-Sherrie Long reported a balance
of $18,041.92 in the bank as of September
*Time to start thinking about board 30th. Mart profit appears to be
positions that will be available in December. approximately $2,754.03.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 Membership- membership is still, 30
singles, 30 families, 5 commercial, and 12
Rescue-nothing to report
Newsletter-Lisa asked members to please
continue to suggest ideas for articles and
feel free to submit pictures and articles for
Hospitality-our November 19th meeting will
be our “feast.” The club will provide turkey,
Got a silly bird? ham, dressing, and gravy. Members are
asked to bring covered dish of some kind.
Send your picture to Lisa Mason at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Old Business: Club shirts can still be
ordered. Payment is required at time of
New Business: Board meetings are now
REGULAR MEETING being held on Monday nights. They are held
MINUTES on the first Monday of the month in the
same place we hold regular meetings.
October 15, 2009
Meeting adjourned at 7:45
Meeting was called to order at 7:09 pm.
Club members visited with each other.
Opening: Joan welcomed new members
who stood and introduced themselves. She Raffle was held.
Next Bird Mart May 29th 2010
Note: Cindy is in Paris for 2009
Next Bird Mart May 29 2010
Next Bird Mart May 29th 2010
Pop Quiz: When is the date of the next bird mart?
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