December 30, 2014
Raising babies has been such a blessing in our
lives. The Lord has brought very special buyers to
us. Our 2 Christmas babies went home, one to Las
Vegas and one to Minnesota. The updates from the new
families brings us joy! Flight suits remain a
challenge for many people. We start all of our
babies wearing them, but they take a while to get
used to them and each person has to keep trying to
make it work. The baby bird is not going to be happy
about it at first. Sounds like Kris is doing well
with getting the suit on and off of Zazu!
Good Morning Beth
We really enjoyed
our time talking
with you when we
came and picked up
our bird. We hope
you had a blessed
After days of
not coming to a
finally named our
newest addition Zazu.
He is doing very
well! My AZ family
fell in love with
him! He is such a
good bird! He is
finding his voice
too (for better or
for worse!). His
flight back up to
Minnesota last night
smooth. That bird
harness was such a
blessing in the
airport! I am
I am about to head
out into our –1
degree temp to find
ingredients for his
mash and pick up
Since nothing is
really ‘in season’
here other than cold
& snow, I will see
what is ‘in season’
at the grocery
What is in his seed
mix so I can make
sure we are getting
I am sure that once
we get the hang of
this mash and
feeding thing, it
will all be old hat.
But until then, I
hope you don’t mind
if we ask you a lot
of questions! :-)
Thanks again! I’ll
send pictures when
we get more settled.
God’s blessings to
Love the name!!! I am so proud
of you all to be using the
The seed is a deluxe small hook
bill mixed with Zupreem pellet.
You can pretty much go to any
store and buy their deluxe small
hookbill and do fine. I would
look for a good brand name.
Sounds like everything in season
is frozen in your neck of the
Beth,Should I do mash for her in
addition to her food of fruits,
veggies, seeds, millet, etc?
She's doing great!! She's such a
sweetheart. She sleeps on my
bedside table wrapped up in a
warm towel because she seems to
like burrowing in something
instead of just standing to
sleep. She makes the cutesy
noises, I just hope they are
happy noises. She also makes
then when she's hungry and I
know to feed her, but then also
does them as I'm walking around
with her on my shoulder or when
I'm petting her.
The “mash” is what I
call my mix of
always have seeds,
pellets and millet
available to her.
When she gets
settled in, you can
omit the millet on a
December 27, 2014
The Christmas babies are in their new homes, but I
hear our pairs breeding. Hopefully, we will have new
eggs laid soon.
December 12, 2014
We have really enjoyed these babies!!
November 30, 2014
For the first time ever, we have Crimson Bellied
Conures in the winter. Our aviaries were moved in
October and that may have been what caused a pair to
lay eggs, but we were shocked to find 2 fertile
eggs. The babies will be ready in mid-December and
We are down to our last 2 babies of the season! All
the other babies are in their new homes. Here are
videos of these 2 last babies that are for sale.
All the babies are growing so
fast! They are about 2 weeks away from going to
their new homes.
you guys are doing well. Thank you
for the test results.. that came
just in time..
named her Wendy
(as in Peter Pan's) our own Wendy
am happy to report that Wendy goes
poop on the toilet when I take her
there saying "go potty" .. ..I take
her first thing when I first take
her out of her cage in the morning
and each time I think she is about
to poop. She is still not so steady
on her feet and on my finger she
didn't have enough hold/grip, so I
am using a sandy perch to hold her
over the toilet with, and it works
like a charm.
Now, I have the challenge on making
sure she doesn't poop on my
furniture or me.. I am not always
fast enough to get to her when she
starts to back up... How can I teach
her not to poop on furniture ?
is eating well.. Likes Corn, Peas
but not carrots She is also not
into fruit other than apples (I
tried Strawberries, raspberries,
peaches, mango, plum, grapes green
next to her seed mixes and the soak
and mix foods I put in front of
weighted her and she was 61gr for
the last 3 days. (so no weight loss
does not bite, and has been on me
almost the whole time... if not
that, she is on her play gym outside
her cage, or perching in the
kitchen. Sherlock is tolerating her
so thats good news (no screaming or
attacking from his side)
and its the cutest thing.. at
night, I peaked under the cover to
check on her, only to see her on her
back, legs up in the air lol laying
on top of the tiny hut like a
mattress.. (I put the hut on the
floor for her to crawl into incase
she gets scared .. its super small
so she literally makes a little
Wendy burrito with her tail sticking
out when she goes in there)
you liked the pictures I send you..
do you like the setup? And did you
spot Sherlock and Wendy ? one on
each side of the couch. Wendy is a
delight, never bites, cuddly.. it
really was love at first site. She
jumped right on my hand. No
shyness.. I love her so much
already.. she is perfection. I could
not have wished for a better baby.
July 4, 2014 The
previous 6 babies are almost all home with their new
families. We are on our final 4 of the season, and
they are so entertaining!
Click here to meet them.
June 26, 2014The
last clutch of the season is inside with us being
handfed. There are 4 babies available from Rhett and
Click here to meet Rio!!! Rio is a year old and
was handfed by us!
June 7 VIDEO
to see the babies in a feeding frenzy before they
eat. These are their baby begging noises that are so
sweet when they are begging. This insistent chirp
goes away as they wean, but they all are begging for
handfeeding formula in the early morning hours.
My kitchen is in chaos as the babies have learned to
fly. Commotion equals fun though!!!
Would you believe that this baby went as far
north as one can go to live with a lady in
We got up to
50 degrees yesterday right now Sophie
crawled in my shirt and is contentedly
making the little beak grinding noises. I am
able to get the flight suit on and off too
without too much difficultly. It's a
pleasure to have her in my life : )
Band 355 Went
home with Jennifer from Tucson.
This lil boy went to Kristine in
Tucson who said he got very nippy with her.
I emailed her multiple times and offered to
trade her a baby from my current clutch for
him and that we would retrain him. I did not
hear back from her. I so wish she would have
let me help her and him.
Band 357. She
flew all the way to Wisconsin!
Click here to see what a doll band 357 is. He
falls asleep while enjoying a neck rub!
are going very well.
and her assistant LOVED Roxy!! Her
weight was great and they thought she
and well socialized.
for raising such a wonderful little
Click here to see the babies after breakfast
time. You can see how young band 358 is in
this video taken on <ay 25, 2014This tiny
girl went to a couple who bought a Green
cheek from us 5 years ago! So excited about
the home she gets!
May 11, 2014
All the previous babies have gone onto their new
homes and we are bringing in new little cuties.
These 4 are reserved, but there are 2 more babies in
the nest box that are not. These are Crimson Bellied
Conures. As many of you know, parrots will sometimes
go and kill their babies if they feel threatened
while in the nest box. We just had new air
conditioning put on our home and due to the crane in
the sky, I picked these babies up a bit early to
make sure that mom and dad did not hurt them. They
are changing quickly!!! As families have sent
us emails describing how their babies adjusted to
their new homes, I went in down below on this
journal and added those emails. In our short break
from the bird babies, the horses kept us hopping. We
had 3 horse babies born here at the Ranch. Praising
God for them! Here is
a very clear video of one of the miraculous
here is another!
I also am fortunate to get fun
emails from baby bird buyers from years gone by.
This is Band 330, named Abu who belongs to Teri.
April 1, 2014
Olivia's bird flew home to her in CA today!
On Thursday, Amy gets her baby! Very excited for
these 2 families who have waited a long time. We are
feeding 2 more young Crimsons and 3 Yellow Sideds.
Two of the Yellow Sided Green cheeks are available.
One is band 351 and can be seen in this video. It
was taken today while my oldest taught piano and I
was teaching Algebra 2. Jess had the younger
siblings of the piano students and was playing with
Click here to meet 351.
I also videotaped the babies eating their mash.
Click here to hear their sweet noises.
March 25, 2014
The Crimsons are in their new homes. It is
interesting on the feedback on them. All of them are
doing well and are thoroughly loved, but some of the
families say that their babies are devouring the
mash and some say that their baby is not eating much
of the mash but wants to eat specifics out of it and
the seed. Via individual emails, I have helped with
diet, one baby went through a nippy stage and flight
suit questions. All in all, I think these 4 babies
got themselves great homes and I am thanking our
Lord! Of the 4, only one stayed here in AZ. The
other 3 all flew on airplanes to their new families.
We now are feeding 2 more Crimson
babies that will go to Tristan and Katie. We are
also feeding 3 yellow sideds, and only one of these
is reserved. Here are pictures of all the babies from
Going to Nicole
I hope all is well with you
and your family. We are doing
great Jude (345) is wonderful.
She is doing great and we are
figuring out each other well.
Flite suite is going a lot
better now woo hoo!
I have a quick question for you.
The kids and have a cold sore
throat, sneezing, and runny nose
kind of cold. I have read a
thousand different comments on
weather Jude can get it from us
or not. Some people say yes,
some people say no way. I'm
confused and don't want her to
get sick. But I also don't want
her to feel unloved lol. I
figured with your years of
knowledge you will know about
this and be the best answer.
Thank you so much for your time
Nicole Jude's mommy
(for Amy in Ohio)
came to work one day with me last week
and had a blast meeting new people and
playing with their glasses and hair. He
wore his flight suit and got to explore
the greenhouse with me.
He's learned to turn in a circle and to
wave his foot now! Very smart little guy
and so eager to learn. It took him only
about two days to learn to wave. I'm
teaching him to raise his wings on
command next. He loves to sit on the
PVC/sisal rope stand I built for him,
and we're also working on teaching him
to go there to poop.
longer squawks at bedtime and he's even
quiet in the mornings! I'd been prepared
to never sleep in again, but he really
only rarely makes loud sounds. He still
just loves to bathe and get himself
totally soaked. He's a feisty little
thing, so full of personality. He's been
such a pleasure. Thank you again so
Pippin is doing great! He has
brought so much joy and cuteness
to the house. I have a few
questions though. Firstly he is
very quiet I know GCCs are quiet
but they are still conures
shouldn't he be a little louder.
He loves being out but has not
played with his toys at all did
he have any particular favorite
I could try? Lastly he eats his
mash like a champ but has not
touched his pellets his poo has
gotten really watery. I know
they are the right kind what
should I do to get him to start
eating them? Lastly, he hates
his flight suit (as was
expected) what can I do to make
the time he spends in it more
fun, so that he will grow to
like being in it. Thank you for
all your help I has been a
wonderful experience getting
Pippin from you guys.
Flew to MN to be with Gretchen
is doing awesome! Play play play eat
eat eat talk talk talk.
love her and so does my female green
cheek Winnie. I do let them together
for bits of time but it is clear to
me that Winnie thinks this is her
baby.... I have them in separate
cages but they can still see each
other. I know I want baby to bond
Thank-you for such a healthy well
went home with Melanie
Band 351 Flew to WV
to be with Hope
you for having us to your warm,
welcoming beautiful home yesterday.
We enjoyed meeting with you, your
family, and your amazing animals.
Happy Easter! Pickles had a very
quiet ride home and was eager to
play when we arrived. All of us
enjoyed him and his antics and he
tired soon as he began to slowly
rock back and forth with closing
eyes. He slept well while we had a
ball making "parrot mash" which he
is enjoying as we speak for his
breakfast. God bless!
March 16, 2014
All of the first clutch of Crimson Bellied conures
are in their new homes. If you all have questions,
please email me or call me and ask. I did make a new
video with some tips for you. I also want to stress
that the babies are needy of you. YOU are their
flock. But they also need time in their cage and
time alone. They need to have time to eat. I feed
the mash on the bottom of the cage on a piece of
paper and they all love it. Try to feed in the same
way that I do at first until your baby settles in.
Make sure you have corn, fruits, peas and they love
the sprouts too.
Here is the video.
|March 4, 2014
One of our baby buyers asked what I meant
when I said to use adding machine paper as a
toy, so I showed it in
this video for you all. Band 343 was
found hanging from the pull cord on our
kitchen fan tonight. Babies are very busy
Nestbox update!! There are 5 babies doing
well in there. Thank you for praying for
Below is an
update on band 343 who flew to OR!!
I was on your website and noticed Phee
(now short for Phoenix), hanging from
the pull-chain on your fan. I laughed
out loud as this really fits her
personality! She is really quite a
little princess and a little character.
She is just downright noisy when we put
her in the sleeping cage at night. If
the light is turned on in there, she
will go nuts! She has to get her 12
hours of sleep at night! We know when
she is ready to go to bed as she gets
really antsy and just won't settle
down. She can't get into that little
crate fast enough and tries to run and
also the princess with food. I have to
sit with her in the morning for about an
hour while she eats her quinoa, brown
rice and lentil mix. I hold her little
glass dish while she eats...it's pretty
funny. She will nibble on a few
pellets in the morning but doesn't
relish them. At noon, she gets her
corn, peas, carrots, orange and bean
mix. Phee has been very demanding with
me being present with food. She cries
like a baby and just won't eat if I
don't sit with her in the morning. We
do give her safflower in the evening. I
will continue to offer her more types of
food but she is very resistant to trying
new things. I will get watermelon and
grapes this week and offer them to her.
She doesn't like yams, kale, apples,
strawberries or most fruit. I made a
smoothie in my Vitamix yesterday and she
tried it. It had purple kale in it and
several types of fruit. She also won't
eat any other seed than safflower. I
bet her food preferences will change
over time. Berries are huge in our
state in the summer, so I am hoping she
will learn to like them.
also a little love-bug and loves having
her head rubbed by her ears and
under her beak. She puffs up and gives
little baby sounds. The areas under the
wings are off limit though but I
continue to touch here and everywhere.
The potty-training is going so well! I
tell her to "go poop" on a newspaper and
she goes almost every time. I then
praise her, pet her and she just loves
it. I am not sure if I will even go
back to the flight suit as this is going
thought you would enjoy an update. We
do love our little Phoenix!
wonderful weekend, Kristin
March 3, 2014
Baby season makes for a very fun kitchen!! The
babies are sweet and flying all over. Here is a
video with just a taste of what a day in our home is
like. Jessie hurt her ankle badly when we went
hiking this evening.
Click here to see the video.
February 23, 2014
It is the last day of the Scottsdale Arabian
Show. Jess and I stayed home from church to
take care of babies and to bottle feed a
Papillon puppy. After the afternoon feeding,
I caught Jessie watching the Arab show on my
ipad while cuddling 7 babies at the same
time. As you can see, there are flight
suits on some of them. The green cheeks are
not yet ready to wear them. I wait until the
pin feathers have come in before we start.
The 2 older Crimson are flying. They are all
four in suits. The Green cheeks are in
We try to keep our families updated with pictures as
their babies grow. I can only put so many on my
site, but they get emails of the babies as they
mature. Love their smiling faces in this group shot!
February 14, 2014
The babies are getting on flight suits already!!
Growing up so fast!
Click here to see. And, all of the Yellow Sideds
are inside now!
Meet the smiling face
of Band 345!
How quickly the babies grow!! I shared more pictures
already via my emails to our buying families, but it
is nice to get at least one of each baby up here!
This clutch is all reserved, but we have many more
eggs in the nest box.
Band 341 This baby
flew to her new home in TX and is named
Hes absolutely so adorable!!!!
We love him hes been snuggling up to us
since we got him.
He water spilt in his carrier so he was
a little chilled.
But we're at the vet right now getting a
wellness check and a fecal test.
Do i send anything to you for the vet
visit? Proof of checkup or anything?
Thank you beth! We love our little
"Rosie" flew to Utah where she lives in
a home that previously owned a Crimson.
They are doing well with her and already
sent me a video of her in their home!!
flight suit today along with the lanyard
thank you. I'm thinking that you fed all
of your birds at once. Whenever we feed
Rosie she squawks like she's wanting the
other birds to join her. also she is
semi potty trained she doesn't mess in
her little nite nest and backs up when
she gets ready to go-- we praise her I
think it won't be long before she is
potty trained. She is such a sweet
little bird. When she gets tired she
just crawled into her little nest and
goes to sleep and we let her sleep all
night long and don't wake her up to
early in the morning.
Best regards, Roy and Linda W
to write then Rosy had other ideas.
Anyway, the first few days when I would
put her mash out she would swalk like
she was expecting other birds to come
join her. Now she is getting more
relaxed and eats until she is done. Or
you think she is done but she just wants
to clean her beek. Then back she goes.
At night I know when she is tired, she
climbs into her little pineapple shape
hut, curls up and soon she is asleep. I
was thinking I would have to cover her,
but we just turn off the lights and she
is just fine. As for her fruit, she
like that too but she can make a mess if
she doesn't like the taste. I don 't
have time to get bored, and Roy is as
crazy about her as I am. We are so
happy to have her....Love Linda
Band 343 flew to OR
and is named "Phoenix!"
Hi Beth, I was on your website
and noticed Phee (now short for
Phoenix), hanging from the
pull-chain on your fan. I
laughed out loud as this really
fits her personality! She is
really quite a little princess
and a little character. She is
just downright noisy when we put
her in the sleeping cage at
night. If the light is turned
on in there, she will go nuts!
She has to get her 12 hours of
sleep at night! We know when
she is ready to go to bed as she
gets really antsy and just won't
settle down. She can't get into
that little crate fast enough
and tries to run and fly in!
She is also the princess with
food. I have to sit with her in
the morning for about an hour
while she eats her quinoa, brown
rice and lentil mix. I hold her
little glass dish while she
eats...it's pretty funny. She
will nibble on a few pellets in
the morning but doesn't relish
them. At noon, she gets her
corn, peas, carrots, orange and
bean mix. Phee has been very
demanding with me being present
with food. She cries like a
baby and just won't eat if I
don't sit with her in the
morning. We do give her
safflower in the evening. I
will continue to offer her more
types of food but she is very
resistant to trying new things.
I will get watermelon and grapes
this week and offer them to
her. She doesn't like yams,
kale, apples, strawberries or
most fruit. I made a smoothie
in my Vitamix yesterday and she
tried it. It had purple kale in
it and several types of fruit.
She also won't eat any other
seed than safflower. I bet her
food preferences will change
over time. Berries are huge in
our state in the summer, so I am
hoping she will learn to like
Phee is also a little love-bug
and loves having her head rubbed
by her ears and under her beak.
She puffs up and gives little
baby sounds. The areas under
the wings are off limit though
but I continue to touch here and
everywhere. The potty-training
is going so well! I tell her to
"go poop" on a newspaper and she
goes almost every time. I then
praise her, pet her and she just
loves it. I am not sure if I
will even go back to the flight
suit as this is going so well.
Just thought you would enjoy an
update. We do love our little
Have a wonderful weekend,
January ended with our brooder once again housing
new babies! I believe in leaving the babies
with the parents as long as possible so they get
good nutrition and the comforts of their nest box.
What I mean by this is that it is as close to how
God designed it as possible and it is thus
good....When babies leave the dark nest box and come
into our brightly lit homes, it can shock their
systems. The lights are on, the heat is electrically
generated, the sounds are different, the beak is now
a syringe, the food is formula instead of parent
prepared regurgitations.....guess you have the idea.
This stress can make black markings on the wings
that are called "stress bars". Feathers tell you a
lot about the health of your baby. Thus, I delay
this process, but not so long that the baby is
unable to adapt to the changes. Over the years, I
have found baby green cheeks need to come in sooner
than baby crimson bellieds. Baby green cheeks do not
like the beak being replaced by a syringe and clamp
their little beaks shut if we wait too long to bring
them in. The babies start in a nest box, are
transferred inside to our brooder and then they
graduate to cages as their feathers mature enough to
keep them warm. Watching them develop is a blessing.
We see them struggle and learn just like watching
puppies. For example, their first attempts at
perching usually ends up with them rolled over
underneath it. Our family has had lots of laughs
watching the babies. Low perches in the start are a
good idea. Babies are also used to looking UP for
food. First they are begging from mom and dad and
then from our syringes. One of their first
challenges is looking down into a dish for food.
Enough rambling, but here are the baby pictures with
them smiling big!! I send out more pictures to the
future families of our babies on our email list, but
I can only put so much on the website due to
bandwidth limitations, but I love sharing the beauty
from our Lord.
January 31, 2014
Many people ask me what we do when we don't
have baby birds? We are busy with our church, music
and other animals. We have about 15 horses and a
neat group of dogs. The horses are all Miniatures
and the dogs range from mutts, but we do breed
Labrador Retrievers and Papillons. Our other website
www.IAMRanch.com. We drive the Miniature horses
and show them. God has been so good to us!
January 29 We
have the best families buy our babies, and I am so
thankful for them. They ask many questions which
shows their desire to be the best parronts
around! I just went through and discovered that we
have been keeping nursery journals for many years
now than I imagined. I used to break up the journal
pages by species, but we have cut back on the number
of babies we raise and I put them all on one page
now. It is fun looking through our pages and
remembering the great families we have met. In these
nursery journal are updates from many of the
families. I heard from Stephanie at Christmas this
year, and she sent me a great picture of her Yellow
Sided! She bought her "Orion" in 2009 and we still
get updates every now and then. Here is Orion
celebrating Christmas 2013! Isn't he adorable??
January 27 The
brooder is out of storage, it has been cleaned for
the new babies and we are ready to bring them in. We
think that there are fertile eggs under Rhett and Scarlett, the parent Crimsons. We do have to be
careful when candling them that we do not worry or
anger the parents. So, we take a quick look and move
on. Out of these 5 babies, 4 are reserved. (Kristin,
Roy, Haley, Marcia). We also have eggs under Tyler
and Millie and our pair named Zane and Sadie. Both
of these pairs have had successful clutches in the
past, but both have also failed. So, it is
tentatively that I mention these babies.
We have 3 Yellow Sided green cheek babies under
Zumo and Kaida. An additional pair, Emmy and Augie,
have eggs under them. All of these babies will be
Thus, if you are wanting a Pamperedpeeps conure,
it is looking like there will be available babies!
The beginning of hand feeding season is always
exciting to us. The season usually ends for us
during the summer and during the winter and fall,
our brooders are empty. We are ready for the fun to
January 14 Greetings! We have Crimson Bellied Conures hatching
in the nest boxes. One family wanted pictures of the
here was my response to them.
I know how excited you
all are, but you are going to have to be
patient for almost 3 weeks. We leave the
Crimson Bellied babies with their
parents until they are about 21 days
old. The reason we do this is to give
them optimum health. Even the best
breeder with the most nutritious hand
feeding food cannot begin to compare to
the job that mom and dad can do for the
babies. They always end up lower in
weight if they are picked up from day
one of hatching. Parent parrots are very
protective and will kill their babies if
they feel threatened. You will see
similar behavior in wolves who will kill
and eat their cubs if they feel
threatened. I promise we will get
pictures, but the fun does not start
got a picture of a cage from
another buyer. She is
excited to have it all set
up and waiting on her new
baby. Here it is. Some
comments for her and for you
all who are cage hunting.
Especially with Crimson
Bellied conures, you will
want a cage such as this
with bars that are powder
coated. If you get a
cockatiel cage that has more
wire-like bars, you will
have big problems keeping
the tail of your Conure in
shape. Crimsons tend to hold
onto the vertical bars on
the sides of their cages.
Their tail rests on the bars
and rubs. The tail will look
beat up if the bars are not
thicker and powder coated. I
love the seed guard that is
on this cage in the picture.
See those nice clean walls?
They will soon be splattered
without protection. I
measure the sides, go to
Lowes and have them cut
plexi glass the size I need.
I use those bigger paper
clip clamps and attach them
with that. This protects my
walls. I also use it to help
keep my floor clean. On
Emma's cage, I took out the
tray on top and replaced it
with plexiglass to make the
interior of the cage
lighter. (Emma is my CAG).
I prefer bars that are about
5/8" spaced. When I first
started into birds, I was
shocked by cages that were
bursting with toys. But,
mine all look like that now.
From watching our birds, I
think they regard their toys
as branches in the forest
that they can peer through
and feel safe and
camouflaged while within
them. One caution is not to
use toys with strings or
threads. I do not use happy
huts because of this. I
can't tell you how many
people's pet die when
tangled up in strings from
toys in their cages. I do
believe that rotating toys
around is good for your pet
and discourages nesting
behavior and territoriality.