I took this picture of Stella yesterday in order to compare her feather growth since her first day with us. Obviously in these past two months all of her mutilation sores and residual blood are gone. Her feather quality has greatly improved, and she's filling in more. I've found downy feathers in the bottom of her cage, but I'm not sure if they are due to plucking or normal molting. It's hard to tell from this picture, but the feathers near her vent are growing in nicely.
I don't know if she'll ever be fully feathered. She's only 5, so there's a good chance that she can be. As long as she's happy, it doesn't really matter.
She's taken a few flights, usually when something scares her, and she's managed to navigate around corners and land relatively well. Her outermost flight feather on both wings is in the process of growing in, so once they are in, we'll start concentrating on flight training.
Here she is, this morning. I placed her on the table, and she found one of my chapsticks -- a girl after my own heart!Now that strawberry season is pretty much over, I can move on to my next fruit obsession: peaches! A local company brings truckloads in from Georgia, and it's something I look forward to every summer. Delicious!Thomas was attempting to do the crossword puzzle in the paper yesterday afternoon. Having been up for 36 hours straight, he was a bit punchy and having trouble with the clues. He started drumming his pen on the table, and Rocky started jamming.
As I do every Wednesday, I went to the local farmers' market yesterday. Thomas was able to come along, and when he's there, we buy more. Our fridge is stuffed with vegetables -- bok choy, baby bok choy, salad mix, arugula, onions, carrots, dill, basil, potatoes, wild berries, and more I'm forgetting.
I've been able to buy the lizards' food here for the past few months, which means they get local, organic food that I'm sure tastes better than their normal store-bought diet. I was cleaning the swiss chard I'd bought, when my greens monster had to come over for a little destroying. I still don't get what Max finds so enticing about greens!!!