I was just wondering how you and the flock were doing. We just had our coldest night down in the twenties. For me this means I become a grumpy bear ,that hates being cold.
I checked the flock and was confronted with a lot of fluff. So out comes the heat only lamps for those extra chill times. We use reflector and white ceramic bulb. with only 17 birds and only 2 of them handicapped, Apollo and Teddy, we can snuggle a few more into the indoor flight cages and only use one flight closest to the heater in the aviary.It is time to cuddle for the winter!!!
DeDe of Tweedle -DeDe our very first Budgies now approaching 10 to 11 years as they had no bands when we brought them home and they have graced us with their presence that long, was the first down for a nibble of oat groats and a drink of cold water. The flight was the first to send up the check in call, rapidly followed by DeDe and then Teddy to say all OK, but hay Dad how about some warm soft food for breakfast!!!! Sooner than later, please. Birdy music Christmas carols and full spectrum cage lights are on and I am dreaming of those very expensive LED lights at Windy city Parrot!!! As our current old lights have a tendency to turn themselves off and Dad says I did it again and forgot to turn the lights on!!!!
As I was snuggled deep in the bed with the heat discs for extra warmth. We were listening to my current favorite CD series borrowed from the library. It is about Alaska and Kate Shugate, a native with a homestead way out in the hinterlands and away from the" Rez". Dana Stabenow (SP?) writes about history and culture very acurrately. Kate is an investigator/P I, who helps the local law solve local issues on and off the "REZ". She lives alone with Mutt, a part wolf, part husky 140lb dynamo that all of the locals respect and supply with treats When they visit places in town. Dogs are allowed in when they behave as this is wilderness and a persons well behaved dog is a first class citizen!!! A young bull moose made the mistake of having breakfast near Kates cabin and so became the meat stock to cut and freeze for a number of families, including Kates grandmother who is one of the elders of the local native association. She unexpectedly arrives to help Kate prep the 400 hundred pound moose, which they complete in 3 days and pack in the cash up on legs to avoid the local bears raiding the larder.
The story continues and draws one deep into the culture of the area as one snuggles deeper in the bed covers with my favorite plush from Alaska, Mutt, already dressed in her harness and ready to pull the sled when needed. Visions of the Ididarod endurance race across the north country, enter my mind. There are at least 9 adventures to keep us company for a while.
So the point of all of this is to encourage everyone to purchase or borrow one or several Kate Sugate adventures to learn more about Alaska and the pioneer citizens of this desolate and beautiful area where only the very toughest survive with the blessings of Mother Nature the Creator and guardian of the people, trees and animals, many of whom live a subsistence life in the snow country.
In turn I feel grateful for our wide spread TB community. Half of us are digging in to winter!!!! While in the southern hemisphere folks are preparing for the searing heat in places like Australia and New Zealand. Many Blessings to you all!! Jo Ann and flock