Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Crabby Parrot House

What is wrong with me? I haven't been taking as many pictures lately. I think it's because many of the parrots are going through some molting/hormonal issues and their crabbiness is rubbing off on me. Why would I want to document this unpleasantness?

Beeps is healing quite well from his close call with Max earlier this week. However, he is one GIANT hormone right now. I feel horrible for him since he doesn't understand what's making him act so strange. He'll be perfectly fine one moment, and then his eyes start flashing bright red, unprovoked. I have a few seconds to put him down, or I will be missing flesh. I don't remember how long this lasted last year; I'm hoping it ends soon!

Daphne is going through a major molt and is also crabby. I imagine all of those pin feathers poking through can get uncomfortable! I had her in the kitchen with me yesterday, and she actually took off and flew back to her cage. She's never done that before. And while I'm happy she's feeling more secure in her flight skills to attempt such a maneuver, it was upsetting that she did so in order to escape my presence!

Rocky has been very insistent on ripping the wall paper off of our hallway wall, so we've had to keep a close eye on him. Part of me thinks the damage is already done, so just let him at it (less work for us to remove it later), but I'm pretty sure he shouldn't be ingesting wall paper glue.

Stella is still doing her digging and chipping up wood as though her life depended on it. But her personality is fantastic, luckily.

Neither Max nor Calypso has shown any hormonal behavior. That tallies up to three unpleasant parrots (Daphne, Beeps, and Rocky) and three pleasant parrots (Max, Calypso, and Stella) in our house right now.

We've lost 2 Australian Rainbowfish and an oto so far this week. All of our aquarium values are testing in the right range, so it's a mystery. Thomas did a slightly-larger-than-normal water change last night. We hope this clears up whatever problem might be taking place.

I made Fast Nut Burgers from my favorite cookbook. How have I had this book for almost a year and not have made these? So delicious! And easy, as the name implies. I'm going to try to make this into a "meatloaf" later this week.

Basically, you chop up an onion, 1 c. nuts (I used walnuts), and 1 c. uncooked oatmeal in a food processor (I used a blender but made sure they didn't get too finely chopped). Add in 2 TBSP ketchup, 1 tsp. chili powder, an egg. Mix, form into patties, and cook on a nonstick pan -- 5 min on one side and 3-4 on the other. The author, Mark Bittman, lists all sorts of variations, like here, which means I'll try many of them out in the coming months.

The more I've been cooking, the more I've been enjoying it lately.

Back to work -- and hoping that upon arriving home I'll be met with six pleasant parrots. But I'm not holding my breath.


Beloved Parrot said...

OMG! You use non-stick cookware with all those birds in your house? Surely you're aware of the dangers, right? And now they've found it doesn't have to heat up to 500 degrees; a pan with invisible scratches can off-gas at a much, much lower temperature.

I dumped ALL my non-stick stuff and now I use stainless steel and good ole' cast iron skillets. Believe it or not, I don't miss non-stick at all. Really.

And good luck with those hormonal parrots. I don't have as many parrots as you but sometimes it feels that way. And, like you, if I don't catch those tiny sudden warnings my flesh pays for it.

Mary said...

Mine are molting too a little crabby. The cockatiels anyway. The parakeets are always happy. Send me some of those cranberry muffins! :) They look yummy. (I was just noticing that your tree lined roads look just like ours.)

Beloved Parrot said...

question re Parrot Garden -- that looks like one fabulous place. Is that where you volunteer? If not, have you been there?

I so wish we had something like that here . . . sigh . . .