Birds Die From...
By Debbie Stahre
Home Alone Bird By
Three years ago, I came home from work one day and found several police cruisers and a
rescue squad in front of my apartment building. As I entered the building I found my
apartment crawling with police officers. When I asked them what the problem was, they
relayed the following incident.
The 911 emergency line had received a call from my neighbor. She was concerned because
she could hear a child calling "mommy" in my apartment. Of course, the
department responded fearing there was an abandoned child. They said they had knocked on
my door and the response coming from inside was, "mommy?" They entered the
apartment and searched high and low. But, they couldnt find a child. An officer
standing next to Harleys cage noticed her looking at him. Harley was my Blue Headed
Pionus. The officer said, "Hello." Harley bowled him over by responding,
"Mommy? Ha ha ha!!" She was quite impressed with herself for drawing all this
attention. The officers stated that it was a call for the records.
Auction Raffle Donations Needed
BOAF will have a raffle table at the Spring Auction. Help raise money for the club by
donating bird related items, especially birds. Lisa is putting together another of her
much sought after hospital tanks. She has already raffled off all club birds. Can you help
by donating one? Even a normal grey cockatiel baby would be greatly appreciated. Call Lisa
at (603) 622-3874.
If you dont have birds or bird related
items, how bout donating some food for the kitchen! Chille and American Chop Suey
are always popular. Or, bring a dessert item. Being a chocoholic, I recommend brownies but
cupcakes or other baked goods are fine. Call Denise or Don at (603) 893-8870.
Secretarys Report: Meeting
of February 9, 1998
Presentation: Australian Birds by Karen Herman
The meeting was called to order at 7:55 pm by Denise Bourgault. The first order of
business was a presentation showing the unique sandblasted glass pictures available to
BOAF members through Pet n Coat Junction. Illustrated was an illuminated African
grey carving mounted on an oak base. Other sizes and styles (including mirrors) are
available as are carvings of other animals.
The carvings can be in the form of plaques to be used as awards at the fall show for
top prize in each class.
Pam Ellis described her suggestion for a BOAF fundraiser. She will find some Beanie
Babies at reasonable prices and buy them for the club. BOAF will auction or raffle them at
higher prices to make a profit. Since the initial investment is small, we decided to
Karen Herman gave a fantasic slide presentation and description of the Australian birds
raised in her aviary One Flight Up. The presentation on feeding, actually applies to all
birds. If the light had been brighter, this report would be longer. More details will be
provided when I get the notes Karen promised.
After another great raffle (no, Lisa didnt win the wine this month) and the 50-50
drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 pm.
How I named My Birds by
Linda A. Pytko
I have a four-year-old female White Capped Pionus. I got her while she was still being
hand fed. It was quite an experience. I took my time naming her I wanted the name
to be her and to reflect her. Well I didnt have to wait very long. She constantly
groomed herself and scratched herself as the pinfeathers were coming in. So I named her
Scratch. And appropriately so because she is an itch. She gives me moments of tremendous
laughter and fun.
I also have an eight month old male Blue Head Pionus. Right from the get go we had
problems with his flight feathers breaking and bleeding. I had to learn first aid real
quickly. I shudder to mention the vet bills and the nights I sat up with him because I was
afraid he would break another blood feather. He flapped his wings all the time! Well,
anyway, because of all the problems with his feathers I named him Quille (the e is
The first time he spoke I was so startled. He asked me, "What are you doing?"
Obviously, he was copying me. Now, he has quite a vocabulary. It includes all nice words
except one. Ive made a point of not using that word anymore, especially where he can
I have a two-year-old male Dutch Blue Lovebird who is so sweet and has a very nutty
personality. Thus his name is Pecan. He follows me around the house like a little tramp
Charlie Chaplin. I doubt that Ill ever use him as a breeder since he is such a
perfect pet. He has never bitten me even when I was hand feeding him, clipping his wings
and toenails or doing something else.
I have other birds, but they are not pets. [Ed. Question: Do people name the birds they
raise but do not consider companions or pets?]