A week in, and we’ve got our first show and Picnic with the Parrots. I’ll be helping with the show, since the girl who does the music is very new, and although I’m rusty, I do know what to do, and can help her out.
The show was about the same as I remembered it, with a few exceptions. One, Jimmy is so desperate for attention he kept flying down and trying to interact with the customers, so we have to keep sending him back up. Two, Chi Chi has since come into maturity and mated with Queenie, and does NOT appreciate Queenie being somewhere he can’t see, especially since Queenie is presented with Rexy. So we have to hold him down so he doesn’t go on the attack.
We also don’t have Beauty on display because she’s currently nesting like crazy, so she’s been replaced with Lady, her chick who is a beautiful bird but obviously not used to the attention. It’s only temporary though – she’s going to a new home soon.
Once the show is over, I get to enjoy the picnic. We bring down Rocky and Cindy (which I honestly think is a bad idea, because those birds are mean and WILL bite someone eventually), as well as one of the African Grey’s, the Princess Parrots and several of the Eclectus.
It’s a great hour. The Princess Parrots are a complete menace, flying around and nibbling food. I think half the people wanted to buy a pair by the time they left. Jimmy was on cloud 9, and several other electus had a great time. Even the Grey, who isn’t the most social bird, made a friend in a young boy.
The one hiccup was when Rocky decided he’d had enough and took flight. Thankfully we managed to get him before he bit anyone and sent him back up.
Overall, the day went really well. The picnic is a great addition to the shelter, and when more of the birds grow back their feathers, they can have even more.
Frustratingly, the week after, we had another picnic, and it was a disaster thanks to one ornery customer. To start with, Rocky did bite someone (and the Gang Gang has the strongest bite in the building). Thankfully it was a regular bus driver who realised he’d been foolish.
However, a woman took one look at the birds and started complaining loudly about the birds. About how it’s unsanitary to have them around the food. Now Dail has checked and rechecked, and is within the health and safety requirement for an event like this, however, it’s so new, she doesn’t want to risk an actual complaint coming through this early, so makes the decision to take all the birds out of the area. It means that all the people that came to have a picnic with the parrots didn’t get to have a picnic WITH the parrots. I mean seriously, what did she THINK she was going to get?
(Dail then spent the next week designing a giant banner explaining exactly what this event was and making sure there was a table outside the area if they had a problem. Everyone was very frustrated at this woman).