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  1. Timber will shell peanuts, but that's about it. I have to crack almonds and others for him. I'm not sure if he can't do it (doubtful) or won't do it because he's lazy (probable).
  2. Very nice! And very kind of you to help the rescue out as well.
  3. Timber likes playing fetch too, with me being the fetchee.
  4. I'm not really ahead of you on this one. From seeing them at bird fairs etc., my assumption is that they are called foot toys because they are things the bird can hold in with one "foot" while they chew. Maybe someone who really knows will come along and set us straight!
  5. That's funny! I remember Gladys...
  6. Good to see you Breezy! Hope you find time to post more about life with your TAG (that's what I have also).
  7. Ha! Funny video. I've always loved cats because they have so much personality.
  8. I've always wanted a Bengal. I remember seeing a video of one jumping from the floor to the top bunk of a bunk bed with ease. I can see why you could never trust them around a bird. I don't trust my two fat, lazy, unpredatory Maine Coons around Timber alone either, but they can't move with the speed and agility of a Bengal.
  9. So glad you found these babies to bring you some comfort! They are beautiful and will bring you much joy I'm sure.
  10. Very nice! Pretty cat too. Is that one of your Bengals? It may take him awhile, but I suspect Alfie will "take" to them eventually. He'll get past the "if I land there I will die" soon I'm sure.
  11. Don't know why this tickled my funny bone, but it did!
  12. The purpose of this forum (in my opinion) is to share our triumphs AND our sorrows. Most of the forum members have furbabies as well as fids. There is no reason why you should not share your loss with like-minded people. As for me, thinking of the ones I lost brings fond memories. I firmly believe I will see all my loved ones when I cross into eternity (human and nonhuman), so I see it as a temporary parting, not a forever goodbye.
  13. No. I've been wondering too, but hesitate to contact them when I know things are difficult.
  14. Hard as it is to do, the advice I've always been given is to show no reaction when Timber bites. I really don't think he understands how damaging his bites are to me. Several have told me that the more reaction you give them, the more likely they are to repeat the behavior to get a reaction (reminiscent of small children). So, when Timber does give me a bite, I do what Luvparrots suggested. I say "no bite" to him sternly then clean up the blood trail and my sorry self without further fuss.
  15. So sorry for your loss! I have two cats remaining out of four, having lost two (one 18, one 19) last year. They do become family members and best friends.
  16. Yikes, I've had some pretty serious bites from Timber as well, but none that did permanent damage. Some have taken a few weeks to heal completely, but they did heal. I pray yours does also.
  17. What a great relationship you have with your girl!
  18. Or my pepperoni, or my bacon.... funny!
  19. Yes! especially when you have worked for months to get them to trust you enough to get on your arm. I'll never forget the first time Timber dropped his head, pushed his beak against my stomach and let me scritch his head. It took so long to get there, and I'll never forget that day.
  20. Same here. I try to hit the wet stuff as soon after it hits as possible. I am always amazed at the amount of dry crud surrounding the cage each evening though. For a bird who only weighs about 1/2 pound and doesn't seem to eat that much, where do all these bits and pieces come from? It's a puzzle
  21. LNCAG that's where the red palm oil idea comes from. Dave said that the red palm fruit is a staple in their native diet. You can't get the fruit here (or I haven't found a source).
  22. This isn't a meme, but I thought I'd post it here since this thread is active. I know someone has posted it here but I just saw it again on facebook and it still made me laugh. A lot of truth in it! 13 Ways to Really Prepare Yourself for Getting a Pet Bird Are you thinking about getting your first pet bird? This 13-step guide will emotionally and physically prepare you for what it’s like to live with one. If you follow this, you will have a fairly good idea what it’s like to have one of these lovely creatures in your house. 1. Take a big bite of carrot. Chew it up well, but don’t swallow it. Now go out to your dining room and spew it all over the wall. Leave it there until it dries. Get a sponge and a scraper and scrape it off the wall. Repeat daily! 2. Go to the bird supply store. Buy everything you need for the month. Then with the leftover money, go to the grocery store and pick up a five-pound box of macaroni, some parmesan cheese and some margarine. These provisions should last you about two weeks, and it’s about all you’ll be able to afford after all that money you spent at the bird supply store. 3. Take a newspaper to the bird supply store. Place it in the bottom of an empty birdcage. Read it while it’s laying on the bottom of the grate. This is how you will be reading the newspaper from now on. 4. Get some pelleted diet, some chopped up vegetables, borrow some bird poop from the bird supply store (they’ll look at you funny, but they probably won’t charge you for it), some parrot feathers, pieces of bird toy parts, some wood chips and some almond shells. Combine in a one-gallon container. Throw some of it on the floor. Now clean it up. Throw more of it on the floor. Now clean it up. Repeat at least twice a day. 5. Get a screwdriver from your toolkit. Make some gouges in the paint on the wall. And while you’re at it, use it to rip one of your lampshades and smack up a couple of picture frames. 6. Make sure you know the meaning of all of these terms: Cloaca, preen gland, PDD, PBFD, calcium to phosphorus ratio, polyomavirus, E.N.D., and boing. This task involves a lot of research. At least you'll be on your phone for a good reason. 7. Measure out a cup of flour and place in a sifter. Move about your house and lightly coat all surfaces with the flour. Now dust all the surfaces. Repeat at least three times a week. 8. Look up some wild parrots on YouTube. Turn the volume up on your phone to full blast and place it right next to your ear. Repeat at least three times a day for 45 minutes. 9. Take some of that bird poop you borrowed from the bird supply store and place it on a spatula. Now reach over your shoulder with the spatula and rub the bird poop on the back of your shirt. Let dry and then go grocery shopping. Count the number of people who either stare at you or tell you that you have bird poop on your back. 10. Do a little dumpster diving and collect odd items like water bottle caps, pieces of raffia, tree branches from bird-safe trees, pieces of cardboard and old plastic clothesline. With these items, attempt to make an interesting toy. You have 8 minutes. You may begin. 11. Save the wild parrot sounds onto your phone and set them as your 6 a.m. alarm. Make sure they are on the loudest setting possible. Repeat every morning for the rest of your life. 12. Get some bed sheets. Now take that screwdriver and make various beak-shaped holes in them. Take some of that bird poop and smear it on the sheets. Launder and repeat at least twice a month. 13. Find a reputable bird veterinarian and make his car payment for him. Repeat at least once a year for each bird you intend to get. Do these exercises for as long as you can. If you can keep this up for at least six months without losing your mind, you just might be ready for a parrot 😂😍😋
  23. Timber is a cardboard fanatic too. I'll admit to not worrying much as long as I get the tape and gummy stuff off!
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