Wednesday, September 19, 2012
So I have a new project, something I've never undertaken before. I have aquired a fledgling spotted turtle dove. I am calling him "he" simply because he has such a fierce little temperment, but I will be tickled pink if "he" is a "she" simply because she's so fiesty! Anyway, he must've fallen out of the nest, or been pushed. I have no idea how old he is, he's not fully adult-feathered yet and he can't fly. I am raising him with the idea that at some point soon he can join the doves in our back yard. When he's ready.
He's even a weight-loss partner....Monday he was looking peaky and not enthused with the food I offered (which was bird porridge made of soaked canary seed blended up) so I did a quick walk up to the specialty pet store. More than a mile and a half in double-quick time just so I could get home and offer the poor little creature something he'd hopefully find more appetising. :)
He is gaining about ten grams a day, preening his feathers, and loves to sit on my shoulder. I've been feeding him a hand-raising bird food that is like mush. Well, all afternoon I've been picking dried mush off my face, throat, ears and hair since he likes to snuggle in real close. My daughter was here earlier and he adored sitting in the hood of her pullover, cuddled up under her ponytail. Warm as toast.
Sweet little bird, not really beautiful right now but he will be soon. My little messy chicken will be a pretty dove one day soon. :)
As for the nutrition...well, it's coming along nicely. I've upped the veggie consumption and it helps the hunger pangs. Walking every day this week except one, and even on that day I did a mile and back to the store. I've slacked off on the water and have to get that pumped back up.
Our last two kids graduate high school tonight and tomorrow. I can't comprehend how fast the time flies!