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Eric Clapton’s 71st birthday.


Kris was out of his cage (not out of his mind, thank you) sitting on my shoulder as I was on the computer.  I started playing this video of Eric Clapton.

Kris became all excited. I guess Clapton has another fan. So Happy Birthday Eric Clapton. It’s always great listening to you.

Kris doesn’t seem to like his new toy.

Kris doesn’t seem to like his new toy bells that I bought for him a few weeks ago. I tried putting them in his cage where they would be off to the side leaving space in the center for him to fly around (doesn’t do a lot of flying, not too much room, he just jungle gyms his way climbing around the cage).

The spot I had initially installed the bells was perfectly accessible to him. Since he showed no interest in a number of weeks, I decided it was time to move them. After all, Kris has had plenty of time to adjust to the new toy bells. This wasn’t a totally new parrot toy for him. Kris has several other toys with bells incorporated that he plays with. We shall see if these new toy bells are a dud.

New bird seed.

Running out of seed. That’s easy. Stop at the store and pick up new bird seed. No. Not as simple as I thought. The store was out of the type I had purchased last time. Kris had really enjoyed it too. Darn.

Mom decided to experiment with another type of seed that looked pretty good at the time. When I opened the bag I began to have second thoughts. Some of the seed looked OK but there were other pieces that I also would find in my hamster’s food. There also was pumpkin seed and two other types of dried beans which I knew Kris would not eat. The poor bird would not eat much of this at all.

Thank God, I still have a little old seed left and plenty of pellets. Guess who is running out to the store in the morning. My hamsters will be happy, they now have plenty of new food.

Kris did his best to prove me wrong.

Kris did his best to prove me wrong. I know I have previously reported that he did not like carrot. The other day, I had been finely chopping carrots in a mini food processor for a recipe. Kris was out and sitting on my shoulder (he is my supervisor). Suddenly I had this brilliant idea. Why don’t I try giving him a little carrot again?

I put a little chopped carrot along the rim of a small bowl, encouraging Kris to step up and try some. This went over well. He pecked at it, seeming to enjoy it. I don’t know if he liked it better because it was small pieces or if because it was fairly moist or both.

Next time I am chopping carrot, I will put some aside for Kris. Of course, since I’ve put this in writing, next time Kris will ignore it and laugh at me. Aren’t all children like this?

Kris was a bird on a merry go round.

20160126_141623_resizedKris was a bird on a merry go round. I let Kris out of his cage for a little exercise and recreation. This parrot firmly believes in recreation. Kris flew up onto the ceiling fan and proceeded to use it as a merry go round. (Yes, the fan was off otherwise he may have been hurt by the moving blades.) The only movement of the blades was caused by Kris walking on them.

As he slowly walked the length of the blades, his shifting weight caused the fan blades to rotate. I believe the changing balance was what caused movement. Then he would jump from one blade to another, sometimes causing the rotational direction to change. The next new carnival ride will be Merry go rounds for parrots.

Too bad he didn’t dust while he was up there.