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That’s right birds like to get drunk and once we get a taste of it we become instant alcoholics.  Consider our size compared to a human and you can see that it wouldn’t take much to get us to a joyous stupor.  This may seem funny in theory but is not the solution to your human boredom or entertainment.

As you know owning a bird can be very similar to having a toddler around the house and it is your responsibility to keep us out of trouble.  You wouldn’t feed alcohol to a baby would you?  Not even a sip is ok for our feathered friends. Birds under the influence can get into all kinds of trouble as their judgment is impaired.

Allowing your pet to fly drunk is like having a pilot take off in a jet after leaving the airport bar.  You wouldn’t want to be on that plane so consider this when you leave you beverage sitting around.  Birds have been known to fall of their perch, misjudge landings or simply drink their selves to death.

IWild Berriesn nature wild birds have found their selves in danger when they came upon the bright fermenting berries.  You may have seen this yourself if you have a Holly, Pyracantha or other berry producing plant.  You may look outside your home and see the lethargic birds just sitting all over the ground while the cat sits there licking its chops.  Not only is the bird in a drunken state of mind but the thoughts of a marinated lunch is more than a cat could ask for.  The problem is not so much the berry but the fact that the berry may have just tipped over the over ripe stage and cause the berries to become toxic.  I must warn humans that these berries are never ok for humans to consume.

This brings us to the close of week 3′s “What in Z World Contest” the photo is not a wine opener but the foil cutter that often accompanies the wine opener.  Debbie you were about to win because you were the closest but Carys Jones took the prize with her description of what it was used for.  Congrats Carys!  Be sure to go to our Contact Us page and send us your address to so I can send you a prize for taking the time to play.  Your info will always be kept private.

If your ready to play this weeks “What in Z Word” click here —- > Fly me there! and I will get your there fast!

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If you guessed that they are extremely dusty you are right!  The Cockatoos, Cockatiels and African Grey’s have a special and additional feather dander called powder.  This gives them the nick name as Powder down Birds.

The most shocking thing that Hello had to get use to when I first came to the farm was the huge cloud of dust that flies everywhere when I shake off.  She has had several other types of birds but never a Powder down Bird like me.

If you plan on getting a bird be sure to grab a feather duster.  You will need it as we love to spread the love all around.  Just remember the reason we work so hard at being beautiful is because we do it for you.  We want to be the best looking bird on the block.

There are several things that can be done to knock a portion of the dust down.  One is frequent cleaning around the cage. Don’t have carpet in the room that the cages are in.  Hardwood and tile floors are more common in bird areas.  Consider an air purifier and be sure to change the filter in the HVAC unit often.  No really often!

The easy thing to do and most bird’s love it is Bath Time!  Hello lets me take a bath about every other day.  I love to hide my head under my wings as the water falls on my back.  I look like the headless cockatiel!  Rahhhhhhh!

The Feather Duster at Cockatial Confessions

This brings me to this past weeks contest winner at “What in Z World”Sherry Simpson you were correct with it being a feather duster with no feathers.  Be sure to go to our contact page and submit your address to me so I can send you a prize.

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We Got These Peacocks!

Hello always dreamed of pulling up in the driveway and being greeted by all types of animals.  Currently when she takes a walk around the farm she has two dogs, a cat and guinea fowl to accompany her.  It seems only natural being the pet lover that she is that she would have hopes of adding a peacock to the bunch.

Yoda the PeahenEnter Princess Yoda!  The peahen came first to the farm. Her age is unknown but she has a green neck and seems afraid.  She got her name simply from her first day at the farm.  She spent the morning making a honking sound.  The sound reminded Hello of a small truck coming down the road and honking the horn.  She decided that it sounded like a Toyota and however from that we ended up with the name.

Hello knew the male would be here soon as she was waiting for him to get old enough to leave his mother.  Hello had been to another farm where she seen a couple of peafowl.  The owners were kind enough to offer their male peacock to come live on our farm as two adult males would fight.

Echo as a baby hanging with his MomHis name is Echo as he has the same honk as Yoda but with a little bit more.  Echo was born white just like his Mother.  As he gets older he will change colors and be grand like his Father.  His tale is not so long now but when it is full grown he will be about 6 foot long from head to the tips of his tail.

Hello wanted the peafowl to free range on the farm.  This will allow them to roam around the farm without being confined to a pen.  She started by keeping them in a pen for about 2 months and feeding them treats.  One day she allowed them out of the pen and they walked around just a bit and returned.  The next day they flew off and up high in a large tree.  The next morning they were gone.  Hello was sad as she walked out to the barn for one last look.

When returning to the house something caught her eye.  It was Echo looking down at her from the top of the garage.  He was so glad to see her that he jumped down and ran to the barn to see if she had left a treat behind.  She promptly locked him in.  That evening he honked for Yoda.  You could hear her honk back from very far away.  It took her two days to make it back home.

Peacock and PeahenYoda and Echo have now reunited and are living in the barn.  The door stays open but the peafowl have made it the safe haven and don’t come out very often.  Echo got caught outside the barn one night when a large snow storm came up.  There wasn’t anything that Hello could do because he perched way up high in a tree.  She worried all night but sure enough the next morning you found Echo safe in the barn.

Hello put a mirror on the floor because most birds love to look and will not stray far from their mirror image. It works well as they tend to stay there much of the day. Echo is slowly changing color and you can see he has a short tail now. It will take about two years for Echo to look as wonderful as his Father.

Welcome to the farm Princess Yoda and Echo I am sure we are going to hear a lot about you guys.

Echo's Father

Echo's Father

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What in Z World? (Week 2)

I was flying around the house again and came across this weeks item.  I took a close up of it to see if you know what it is.  Add your guess in the comments.  Be sure to subscribe to the site to see if you won.  This weeks picture is:

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Humans, Dogs and Boxes?

I want to squawk about something!  These humans are crazy!  They love boxes!  They look at big boxes and talk to little boxes.  My human (The one I hired to clean my cage and feed me) talks to a little box all the time.  It even calls out to her.  She will come running around the corner grabs it and says “Hello”.   It stops yelling out when she does this.  Sometimes it will call her and I think she is mad at it because she will pick it up and say….”I don’t think so”.

The crazy thing is the humans don’t talk to the big box.  The big box just talks to the humans and they sit there for hours just looking at it and listening.  Sometimes they watch the big box talk on the little box about what the big box is saying.  The other day all of the sudden they started yelling at the big box and that puzzled me.  They yelled “go, go, go”.  I found it very exciting but the box never moved!  The humans jumped up and down.  Some got mad and others laughed at the mad ones.  The box was never afraid it just sat there and talked and flashed its colors.

Gracie watching the Big Box!

I have a new problem now. I think the dogs are teaming up with the humans.  I have yet to see a dog talk to a little box but i have evidence that the dogs are now teaming up with the humans.  A reader shared this photo of Gracie watching and listening to a big box. Then the craziest thing happened … I started getting pictures where the dogs were dressing up like humans.

Here are two pictures from readers that have their team shirts on!

Here is Haley in her favorite team shirt!

Then you have Zeus…….aka Sir FURcrest!  Sorry Zeus your team lost but you still look great in that shirt.

I believe that we should do our best to watch out for the boxes in our lives.  Maybe humans should consider turning off the big box, putting down the little box, stop typing on the medium box.  Get your dog out of the closet and the two of you go for a walk…..Z Bird.

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Smokey and Z Bird

Smokey wanting me to come outside and discuss the Groundhog Day events!

The saying goes that if  Punxsutawaney Phil (a groundhog) sees his shadow on this day then we will have six more weeks of winter.  Something is bugging me about this whole thing.  I read today that he has seen his shadow 99 times, 15 times no shadow and 9 times no record.  This dude is OLD!  He would be like 123.  That’s not his shadow he saw…. that was death chasing him! The oldest reported wild groundhog lived a whopping 6 and a half years.  I don’t know about this Phil guy.  

Have you ever heard the story about how the goldfish died and the parents just swapped it for a look-a-like?  I think we need to keep an eye on that group there in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  

I also read Phil actaully lives in the Punxsutawney Library in a climate-controlled home.  He thrives on a buffet of dog food and ice cream.  Sometime before Feb 2nd Phil is “placed” in a heated burrow underneath a tree stump that is on a stage located at Gobbler’s Knob.  Phil is pulled out somewhere between 7:20 and 7:30 am in front of a many as 35,000 people.  This whole event wasn’t that popular until Bill Murray starred in a film back in 1993 named Groundhog Day.  

Now it seems several states are jumping on the event and bringing out their best groundhog.   Ohio has Buckeye Chuck whom did not see his shadow and Staten Island Chuck also reported no shadow.  Texas couldn’t produce a groundhog so they settled for an armadillo named Bee Cave Bob.  This is the first time Texas has depended on Bob’s prediction but they do claim that he has been right 98.6 percent of the time.  If  this is his first time  Bee Cave Bob weighed in how do we get these numbers? 

Here at the farm I nominate me (Z Bird) as the official weather forecaster extraordinaire.  I am always 100 percent correct and I say it’s going to be a long winter!!!!!  

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