Jewel

I haven’t shown you my girl Jewel for awhile.  Besides my daughter and I, she is the only female in the house, except maybe a fish or 2.  🙂  Chester and the cats are all males.

Jewel is a Congo African Grey Parrot who has lived with me since she was 6 months old and ready to leave the breeder.  Her hatch date was July 31, 1996 so she is now 16 year old.

I could not have squeezed everything I wanted to do in Africa in the 4 short weeks I had available to me, but seeing African Grey Parrots flying free would have been something that I would have loved to see.  That would have meant traveling to the Congo and less time in Kruger, but with more money and more time, that would have been included.  Of course, I also wanted to include Victoria Falls and the Cape Town area and . . . .  well, you get the idea.  A year of travel there might have covered everything.

Anyway – back to Jewel.  🙂  While I was away, both Jewel and Chester had to adapt to a new schedule.  My daughter Angela adapted her schedule also – so they were all working with change.  At some point when I was gone, Jewel plucked a few feathers from around her neck.  She didn’t pluck enough to see bare skin unless she put her head back, but you could tell there were some missing.

The hope was that once I got back home and we all settled into our normal routine, she would stop and let them grow back in.  At first, she actually plucked a few more, but after that she has left them alone.  All the feathers are now growing back at the same time and are probably itchy, so I have been spraying her with water at least once every day.  This softens the covering of the feather.

I took a few pictures of her yesterday and you can see the new feathers coming in on some of them.

The day started as usual with the morning walk with Chester, so I took a picture of the morning sky over the Red River.

October 7th - Morning Sky
October 7th – Morning Sky
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th

The new feathers kind of look like porcupine quills.

Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th

I’ve never seen a picture when the inner eyelid has been closing.  Her eye looks pretty strange.  🙂

Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th
Jewel - October 7th
Jewel – October 7th

We had our Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday and as always, I ate too much.  Angela and I have enough leftovers to satisfy us for awhile.

Unfortunately, the rain began to fall last night and is continuing all day today according to the forecast.  The leaves are now soggy and will have to lay on the lawn for a bit longer.

Drop by at the Boma on Africam – I’m sure I’ll be there.  🙂