Storms ahead…maybe

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  Here we are… back to the blogging. The baby cockatiels are growing; the oldest has its eyes opened. One egg did not hatch, so I removed it to give the parents a break. Now they enter the box to feed the young, not having to incubate anymore. Jake and Molly are eating us out of house and home. My husband has been “trained” to donate pieces of his homemade bread, with butter on it please, every time he walks through the kitchen area. We sit down to a meal and Jake and Molly are climbing the cage bars in a state of panic, begging for sweet potatoes, green bean, squash, peas, carrots, anything that’s green or orange. They are good and healthy birds and have been the best parents ever, especially this being their first attempt at nesting. We are proud of them.

Storms are on the way to our area. Torrential rains, winds, severe weather, everything except snow, is forecast. We’ll have to wait and see…the weather people have not rated very good this year or last fall. I usually do our weather forecasting. I’ll look out the window and see what’s on the horizon! Right now it’s cloudy and overcast with a sniff of dampness in the chilly air. How’s that for forecasting?

Looks like it will be chicken and dumplings for supper tonight. The chicken and broth are simmering now. Sure makes the house smell good. Jake and Molly will partake of the peas and carrots, that’s all.

Gotta go for now. We’ll hope to see you back again tomorrow. The second baby chick should have its eyes open and we’ll know how rough the storms were. Take care and stay safe.

~shalom

Cockatiel Arrival

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Hello everyone!  Thanks for returning to the Women’s Window!  What a lovely late winter day! The sun is out, temperatures in the 40’s, and a slight breeze to dry up the fields. Can’t ask for better than that.

We have a special event going on here at my house. My yellow cockatiel, Jake, was getting bored so I bought him a girlfriend. Molly is yellow too and so pretty. Jake was really irate that I dared put another bird in his cage at first, but soon got used to her and they get along just fine now.   I put an empty fudgicle bar box into the cage to give them something to play with and lo and behold, they started nesting!

Molly has laid four eggs and it’s been over two weeks that they’ve gone back and forth in the box taking care of the eggs. Well, we got up yesterday and heard peeping! They have a precious tiny yellow fur ball in the box! I cleaned out the box and my husband held the baby while I cleaned the rest of the cage.

The baby is so tiny and cute…about the size of a cotton ball. We don’t know if all the eggs will hatch or not. Will wait and see.

Two days later…cheeping coming from the remaining eggs! Jake and Molly are such good parents, so far. We’ll see when it comes time to feed them, which will be soon.

This is all new to me, so we’re all learning. We definitely are not going into the bird breeding business! This whole event was quite unexpected and we’re going with the flow for this time. I guess the empty box in the cage brought on the nesting urge, so we won’t do that again. If the babies make it, we’ll sell them to the pet shop. I won’t try to hand feed them, but will make sure the parents are well fed. They should regurgitate their food and feed these little guys.

If anyone has any advice for me, I’d sure be interested. It is a fun adventure thus far.  Join us in our journey to the nest and beyond!