Why is this girl and her parrot smiling?
They just won Hundreds of Dollars of Free Bird Stuff (a Facebook promotion)
(Deep announcers voice) “Previously on the great birdcage makeover contest, Mitch went to visit Amberly and Jenga to talk about Jenga’s needs and current caged environment. For scenes of that prior episode click here“
Last Saturday I returned with all the stuff. Amberly’s disposition was for lack of a better term was “giddy” like a kid on Christmas morning. Jenga seemed rather pensive but did climb onto my hand and we then walked back to the room with her main cage.
You can see the list of everything she won at the bottom of this page. For those of you who are fearful of changing anything in their bird’s cage because it may upset your bird, the following may be painful – stop reading now and back away from the Kindle.
The following occurred between 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM CST Saturday March 1st.
It was early in the day so we decided to “gut” Jenga’s cage and start fresh – why not? Amberly was a cross between a ninja and Xena, Warrior Princess when it came to redoing the cage (I like to call it Cage-Scaping). Parts flew into her her hands from magic compartments around the room like a Sorceress. She pulled cable ties from some quiver she wore on her back. It was breathtaking.
Jenga to that point had been simply an observer and, something I knew – an aficionado of almonds. Part of the loot I had brought was a bag of Higgins Boca Nuts. While Amberly was moving about the room with the precision of a hummingbird I stood next to the cage and introduced Ms. Jenga to the virtues of walnuts.
A single whole walnut can be a bit intimidating but if I have three in my hand and squeeze real hard at least one will crack. Once she got a taste of the walnut meat, I had a friend for life.
Not only is Amberly efficient, she’s creative. I brought one of our most popular forging toys which was designed by (literally) an Umbrella Cockatoo. Quick story, the maker of this toy was in his workshop before it was one of his toys. Like most woodworkers he had lots scraps lying around the shop which is a U2’s nirvana. He had this one block of wood that had been used on the bed of the drill press and had lots of holes.
The bird hopped over to the block of wood and started cutting channels between the holes and had a grand old time for about 30 minutes, which is how this toy was born. I think it’s a great toy. Amberly made it a greater better super better toy thing. Wow!
Straws, popcorn it’s all a blur but it ended up as a tremendous cage asset. Cage assets are items that promote the physical and mental well-being of your bird’s captive environment. It’s also always helpful to have a second set of hands when installing accessories on a large parrot cage, requiring the two-washer-single-wingnut thing that’s 10 inches farther than your arm will ever reach on the opposite side of the cage.
The entire process was quite fluid and I think the end of the process speaks for itself.
And there were other treats included in this package a steam cleaner, a play stand for Jenga so she could sit at the end of the couch and watch TV with Amberly. We also introduced a large swing, a beak conditioner, some flat perches and other bird cage accouterments like Bird cage crocks for that big ole Cal cage. For a diversion from Zupreem we included a 3 pound bag of Higgins Sunburst Parrot with lots of fruits & nuts to break the monotony of the pellet.
In the interest of full transparency, here’s the actual “invoice”. Amberly is a hard working young woman who deserved it. Congratulations Amberly.
CMO, Windy City Parrot