I finally finished my new Mews with a jump box. I can have two birds in it leashed. With the South Texas heat the way it is this works very well. They can get plenty of sun and jump in their box to get out of the rain.
I always feed a rotating diet of chicken necks, gizzards, quail, rats, venison, etc. I learned that if all you feed is chicken necks and gizzards with Vita-Hawk you can sometimes run in to trouble with Sour Crop. Elia got Sour Crop once and this is how I cured it.
Once I observed her coughing up her meal and not eating. Which is one of the signs of Sour Crop along with a small hard mass in their crop and rotten breath. I gave her plenty of fluids from a squirt bottle and placed her in the giant hood. I waited one day then I soaked strips of rat w/fur in 2/3 parts Pedialite with 1/3 parts Pepto Bismal. I fed this to her a little at a time and waited. I repeated this over the next few days and she got better.
If you feed fur or feather at last 2 or 3 times a week to insure your bird crops up well. You should rarely have issues with Sour Crop. I always re-bag all my quail and rats in serving size. Makes it easier to take a bag out of the freezer place it in the fridge to defrost to feed her the next day.
Tiring = A tough piece of meat and bone that will keep a bird occupied for a long period of time. This usually also has the quality of conditioning the beak and exercising the neck and back muscles, although not necessarily. A chicken or pigeon wing removed at the shoulder, a rabbit or duck head, or a rabbit foreleg with much of the meat removed, make an excellent tirings as they have very little meat distributed over a large surface making it difficult to get ahold of the edible parts. The bird will work and work on a tiring for a period of time. In absolute correct terms, a tiring is from a mammal, such as a rabbit foreleg, and a plumage is from a bird, such as a pigeon wing.
I use tiring quite a bit. I believe it is awesome for conditioning your birds beak and for general manning. I do a lot of duck hunting and have many friends that duck hunt. The all save me the duck wings which I freeze to use as tirings. It takes my birds roughly 30 minutes or more to pick every feather off and all the connective tissue. They’re lucky if they get a total of 20 grams of bone, feather and meat from the wing.
Elia is a jumper in her mews and always has been. If I did not keep her leashed constantly she would be all banged up instead of feather pretty. Pretty I said, not perfect. Well she quickly wears out all sorts of the leashing systems I have used. So I picked up a 33 foot long thin dog lead leash and cut it down to use as her leash. Then Jasmine and I hit the youtube videos to learn how to stitch leather using a hand awl/stitcher. We stitched it into the mews on the eye bolt nice and loose so she has freedom of movement to get to her feed stump, water bowl and her window perch. Just to make sure the stitches hold we zipp tied the top and bottom where we stitched. Hopefully this will work well.
Well my son, AJ, his wife, Denver and my grandkids, Tristan and Liam, came down this June to visit. Damn little ones are growing like weeds. Thank god they got them “Sutton Good Looks”. Of course my ex-wife disagrees and come to think of it so does my wife, hmmmmm. Well they seemed to have some fun and we did alot of cooking while they were here. Not like I need alot of excuse to be cooking though. It is always good to see family just wish Lance would visit. UPDATE: Lance has left the Marine Corp and joined the Civilian work force. Say a prayer for him because civilian life is HELL.
The Grandkids, AJ and Jasmine.
The Grandkids, AJ and his wife, Denver.
Liam and his parents.
Tristan and I got into trouble for rough housing to much so my wife put us both in TIME OUT, damn it has been many years since I had to stick my nose in the corner. But damn if I am pissing off my wife.
Below we took them to the lake and Jasmine and I tried to teach Tristan to swim. I took the kayak along because WATER AWESOME!
Of course once we left the Lake that wasn’t enough for them, so my wife through a kiddie pool out in the front yard for them, while I cooked lasagna in a dutch over over the fire.