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Old 05-18-2017, 03:45 AM
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More Than I Can Chew

So I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew. Not really, but it sure felt that way at first. I've mentioned before that a really good friend of mine is a breeder, and is actually part of a network of breeders. She breeds several small species from budgies to quakers, and has other people who breed some larger parrots that she hand feeds. Well, her husband has a large family reunion this weekend out of state, and she asked if I would house sit and watch her flock for her. I said sure, no problem. I did last fall when they got married and went on their honeymoon, and it wasn't that bad.

Huge difference. Spring is baby season. I still have to house sit and go over to feed and water her flock there, but this time I have a ton of itty bitties at my house to feed too. My sleep schedule is so thrown off right now (I got babies a couple days ago), from trying to adjust to not only their feeding schedule, but to feeding as many babies as I now I have, that I am sitting up at almost 3 in the morning, wide awake, cleaning stands and making bird toys. On the plus side, my parrotlet babies are almost completely weaned. They only ask for a hand feeding once every other day or so. Even Zombie is almost weaned. And my other pair of parrotlets are now on eggs, so that is pretty exciting.

I will say, all of my visitors are pretty cute. I have quite a variety.
- 10 American Budgies
- 1 English Budgie
- 3 Kakarikis
- 5 Brown Throat Conures
- 5 Linnies
- 1 Cockatiel
- 1 Lovebird
- 2 Cinnamon Green Cheeks
- 1 Yellow Sided Green Cheek
- 1 White Bellied Caique
- 2 Catalina Macaws

The brown throat babies we pulled from the nest just before I brought them to my house, but I must say they are the easiest babies I have ever hand fed. They took to hand feeding right away, excellent feeding response, just great little birds. Budgies are the worst. They are just awful little birds to feed. I thought so when I bred them too, and nothing has changed. I just love the macs. They are just starting to fledge, so I spend just as much time trying to get them to stay still as I do trying to feed them, but they are adorable, and such cuddle bugs. They are just darlings.

It was quite a jump going from feeding 4 babies to over 30, but it was a fun jump. It is a nice experience too. I will say, just from what I've gathered from the difference species so far, there are some I would consider breeding, and some I wouldn't. I honestly don't think I could stand the sound that the cockatiel or the caique make all the time. I think the caique is a fun little bird, and I wouldn't mind having one once weaned, but I don't want one before it's weaned. It would drive me nuts. On the other side of that, though, I love the noise the linnies make. It sounds like they're laughing and that is adorable. I suppose I should get back to cleaning playstands, then maybe get an hour or two of sleep before I have to get up to start feeding babies again.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:06 AM
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Re: More Than I Can Chew

Warning, Warning, sleep deprived Human on the Horizon!!!

No great deed goes unrewarded (although, it may feel more like punished)!

This to shall pass! But what a reminder it is to just how much work it is to be a wonderful Breeder!
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:52 AM
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Re: More Than I Can Chew

Sleep deprived? Oh yes, but how often do you get the chance to play with babies all day, without the long term commitment of actually setting up that many pairs of breeders? It's sort of like being an aunt. Have them stay for the week, get to play with them, and about the time it's done being fun and starts being work, send them all back home.
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You will get your reward in heaven for sure even if it is a bit like being an aunt lol.

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Old 05-18-2017, 09:32 AM
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Re: More Than I Can Chew

Oh wow, how exciting!! Aside from the sleep deprivation and all the extra work, I bet it is so much fun to experience different species. Kudos for all the help you've been, I'm sure it will not go unappreciated!
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:33 AM
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Re: More Than I Can Chew

Quote: Originally Posted by plumsmum2005 View Post
You will get your reward in heaven for sure even if it is a bit like being an aunt lol.

Do you know what is coming next? Yes, of course, PICS! please?


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Re: More Than I Can Chew

The chance of a lifetime! Sleep is terribly overrated!
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:43 PM
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Re: More Than I Can Chew

Babies!

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Old 05-19-2017, 08:44 PM
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More babies!

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Old 05-19-2017, 09:03 PM
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Beautiful, all of them!


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