We started out by rescuing a finch from outside our window ledge. We then decided it needed a mate. Little did we know that they would fall in love with each other. It was truly amazing to watch them nurture their young.
Nina Maria is less than 1 year old. I got her on December 4 of 2010. It was a gift. My pet loves to run around and go crazy when I let her have her fun out and run.
Farrah is a 4 year old Sable Ferret (Fuzzbutt). We got Farrah from a lady who was rescuing ferrets. She was very timid and not very friendly.
Sassy is a 3 month old Calico Hamster, who adopted us. She came right over to us when we were looking for a hamster, climbing up the cage for me to pick her up. She likes to sit on my keyboard when I'm online.
Norman is a 2 and a half years old Jersey. We were visiting a local farm to buy some homemade cheese and went on to the barn to see the calves. My husband fell in love with Norman and went to ask the farmer if he would sell him.
Zeka is a 6 year old lion-head rabbit. She like to lay in the grass and eat carrots. She also likes to be groomed a lot. She just poses all the time and doesn't go anywhere, which I personally think it is very cute!
I love my horses and mules and I am always taking pictures of my pets. Sunday afternoon, Krystal was feeling really good and she rolled in the sunshine!
I needed more plastic plants for my aquarium, but they are $3.00 to $6.00 a piece. Too expensive! So, I bought some "dollar store" foliage for $1.00 and washed them before I put them in the tank.
Jake is our 1 1/2 year old domestic hamster. We got our hamster when we went to visit our local pet store and my son begged and begged me to get him.
Daisy is my 8 year old BLM (Bureau of Land Management) standard donkey/burro. I got her 2 years ago, as a rescue. She was living in a 12x12 foot pen for two years, I couldn't leave her there!
This is Spud, my 2 month old cockerel chicken. His breed is a Dark Brahma. I hatched him out early last spring along with his only sister. This breed grow slowly and take longer time to mature then any other breed I known.
Equal parts white vinegar and water works great on cleaning bird cages and leaves a fresh scent. Most importantly it is safe for parrots.
Weasie the Weasel is 1 year old or so. She is a ferret. This lovely woman found a person who could not keep her and put it on freecycle.org and I found it and took it.
Amongst the many pets I have, there is a sulfur -crested cockatoo, a rescue bird, who is a real joy. He came to us in extremely poor health, nearly dead in fact He had been fed most of his 4 years of life on dry dog food of all things.
Bacchus is a 10 month old giant, white rat. I adopted him, and saved him from being snake food. He likes to play with his toys, and snuggle with me. He loves to eat and play.
This is my very best friend. His name is Weed Smokin' Gigalo and, NO I didn't give him his name. His birth "parents" did.
Spike is 4 years old and a Little Corella Cockatoo. I got him at Christmas time. I had just lost a beloved cockatiel and was hoping for another one to love.
Here is a picture of my little brother with his pet chicken that he named Stormtrooper.
Roaring Wind Lightning aka Beanz is ten years old and a POA (Pony of the Americas). I bought him six years ago. Beanz loves to go to McDonald's, Burger King, the Car Wash.
Sudburri is a 4 year old Chinchilla. I got Sudburri at a pet store.
Cleaning the parakeets cage is not fun. I try to do it every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. I take everything out and apart and wash in hot soapy water. I love my parakeets, Sky and Bonnie.
This is Tiny. I don't know how old he is, I got him from a pet store recently, and they couldn't tell me how old he is. He is a Purple Claw Crab, due to the very large purple claw that he uses for pinching.
Tinker is a 15 year old Moluccan Cockatoo. I Adopted him from ParrotsR4Ever Avian Rescue for my wedding anniversary on Nov. 1, last year Tinker likes to shred newspaper with my husband; he thinks that all newspaper belongs to him.
<img src="/images/articles/winner.jpg" width="72" height="77" align="right">Jilly Goat is about 8 years old. She is mostly Angora. Jilly was given to us from a friend about a year ago. She loves being petted, eating, and playing with her pal, Itty Bitty (another goat).
Angelina is 5 years old. She is a Standardbred - she wasn't fast enough for the track. I adopted her from www.adoptahorse.org, the Starndardbred Retirement Foundation.
My pet's name is Buddy, a ferret. He will be 7 years old on the 4th of October. I bought Buddy when he was 4 months old from a pet's store in Ottawa. When I saw him in the cage, I knew he was coming home with me.
My guinea pig lily climbed into a shoe in hopes to retrieve a carrot. She loves her carrots.
Everyday Life in Steinhatchee, FL. Although there aren't as many horses there now as there used to be, you will still see quite a few. There is no place in the little town that horses and their riders aren't welcomed.
My husband and I have two parrots and I am constantly looking for ideas to make my own bird toys for them. I have come up with several ideas for those of you who have parrots and want to make your own toys. Parrot toys are expensive and end up getting destroyed anyway.
If you have parrots, which I do, I find that the toys and treats are very expensive! What I started doing, at the suggestion of my breeder, is to look in the hamster/gerbil/rodent section at Petco/Petsmart.
In the wild a bird will hide any signs of illness for as long as possible. If a bird is ill, and the other flock-members know it, they will kick the ill or injured bird out of the flock, because they know that one ill or injured member will be a threat to the rest of the flock.
Well papa was so lonely because a fox had eaten his partner, so, we had to get him a new lady. Wow! It was love at first site. Here are Dewey and Daisey May.
Mali is over 6 years old. She is a Uromastyx. My daughter bought it while working at Petsmart. She thought that she looked sad always hiding under a rock. She likes to eat dandelions! It gives me new purpose to 'WEEDING' now!
<img src="/images/articles/winner.jpg" width="72" height="77" align="right">This is just a funny account of having to administer medicine to my Moluccan Cockatoo. I knew when I picked him up at the vet, that I would have to give him his medicine twice daily.
Tater is a 1 and a half year old Red Eared Slider. Tater likes to Play in the garden. My landlord doesn't love it but Tater does. She is my baby and I look forward to having her for the rest of my life.
When baby parrots are born, most of them are fed with a syringe by the breeder to make the babies bond to the human touch. It is recommended that you continue to feed your adult parrot in this manner occasionally.
Alvin is a Chipmunk. We just recently moved into a campground for the summer. This little fellow greeted us within days of arriving. He is the camp unofficial welcoming host. My husband John, decided to name him Alvin.
This baby was found in the bush, near a friends farm last summer, all by itself his mother had been killed by a hunter. He loved to go for walks on a long lead.
Precious is a 1 year old Ferret. I adopted her through Kijiji.ca from a woman who adopts the litter when they are young and trained them. By the time you adopt the ferrets they are litter trained and they do not bite. They like people.
Mama is a 7 year old Leopard Gecko. I adopted her and her sister from a woman who didn't want them anymore. He likes to eat worms, and bask in the sun
Scooter and Rascal are 7 year old Ferrets. Scooter was Adopted from a boy who could no longer keep him. We have a little dark colored girl ferret named Rascal, who was purchased for my daughter. Ferrets are such adorable pets, smart and very amusing!
When it comes to clipping wings and trimming nails and beaks on pet birds, my vet recommends that you bring the bird in and let the vet do the dirty deed.
It is recommended that you feed your bird a variety of vegetables for optimal health. I keep a gallon-size plastic zip bag in my freezer for this purpose. I add to it as I have bits and pieces of different items that I don't have enough to do anything with.
Imogene is a 2 year old part boer, part not too bright! She was born on our small 20 acre ranch. She likes to eat and get into trouble.
My children and I saw these goslings by the river yesterday afternoon. I couldn't get an exact count, but there were about 25-30 of them. You could tell they were used to people being around, because they didn't run away while we were there.
The Kook is a 6 year old Budgie. I got her at a pet store in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and we have been best friends ever since. She enjoys throwing all of her toys off of her cage, along with her food. Then laughs when I have to pick them all up.
Frankie is a three month old Chinese Water Dragon. Frankie was a birthday gift from my father. Frankie spends most of his days on the large tree branch in his terrarium, often diving below into his water pool. He also spends a great deal of his day having staring contests with our cat!
Matilda is probably over 6 years old now and a Black and White Dominecker Hen. She wasn't 6 months old when we got her in Sept of 2004. Hurricane Jeanne blew her into our kitchen window.
Carlos is a 21 year old Blue and Gold Macaw. My Daughters ex-boyfriend gave him to me. His Aunts friend did not want him anymore. He likes to talk, (has quite a vocabulary) but he especially likes to scare me. He says boo and I pretend he scares me and he laughs.
Odin, the dark one, is 1 and Loki, the white one, is almost 2. They are Ferrets. I got Loki for my birthday and I got Odin as a playmate for her year later. They love to hide their toys from one another, steal my balls of yarn while I am knitting or hide in my yarn bag.
Rascal and Smokey are almost 4 years old. They are Dutch Rabbits. They were an Easter surprise for our sons from my husband. They enjoy chewing on and tearing up a box or paper.
Dizzy is 9 months old and a Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure. I got her in early November 2009. It was an impulse purchase. She likes to steal scabs, eat sunflower seeds, play peek-a-boo, bite, dance, chatter to herself, and coo at the finches in their aviary.
Alex and Alisha are Pacific Pincher and Ecuadorian land hermit crab. I got them last week. They like to bury under objects, sit in the baths in its cage, walk at night all over the crabitat and come out and say "hi." They are great!
This is Sid, Billy, Quinn, Andy. I don't know how old Sid and Billy are, but Quinn and Andy are about 4 months old. They are Society Finches. We got Sid and Billy from PETCO, and they made Quinn and Andy.
My pot belly pig's name is Ellie. She's 8 month's old. I got her from an ad on Craigslist. She likes to chase my dogs and thinks she's a dog.
Scooter and Rascal both are around 5 years old. They are Ferrets! Rascal (the girl) is the dark colored cutie and we got her first. Someone couldn't keep Scooter (the yellow ferret) and so we took him.
Peaches and Cream are two year old Love Birds. I found them on internet in my home town. They kiss a lot, go in and out of their cage and chirp a lot. These are just so darn beautiful, I just had to share with everyone. Are these beautiful or what?
Ben, Henry and Tammy Faye Turkey all hatched in Spring '09. They are Bourbon Reds. I purchased them for pets. They like to stand on the pickup hood and look at themselves in the windshield. Sure does scratch the paint though.
I have been hanging a plastic sandwich bag, open, on the outside of the cage with a 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla in it. It seems to help freshen the area around the cage. Any other ferret freshness ideas?
Dusty was 7 years old. She was a Standard Chinchilla. My son and my husband were at home together due to a school snow day about 7 years ago. To my surprise, Dusty joined our family that day.
Brett is 2 years old. Brett is an Abyssinian guinea pig. Brett came from the pet store. He likes to chew on his tunnel and loves to cuddle. He is my daughter's guinea pig, named after her favorite football player.
Molly is 1 year, and 1 month old She is a mix of a American Smooth haired and Coronet guinea pigs. I got Molly at a great pet store that was experienced and knew a lot about each animal.
This is our beautiful bird, Juju. We think she is about 5 years old. She is a Sun Conure. Conures come from South and Central America. We got her about 4 years ago as a rescue. Her former owners didn't realize how noisy and demanding conures can be.
Vincent Van Goat is approximately 1 year old. He is a La Mancha (earless breed) goat. We rescued him from an animal shelter when he was a baby.
Bing is a three year old Budgie. Initially, I bought Bing as a birthday gift for my husband. Bing was in a bin with close to 50 other birds and it took two employees and a fishing net to catch him.
Izzy is a 2 Year old Three Toed Box Turtle. I bought him two years ago. He likes to eat strawberries. This is his new outdoor pen.
She comes to Chicks, I don't know why, she just seems to like it. She is almost two years old. When she was a baby, taking pictures of her was easy. But now that she is older, she doesn't like to sit still for long, but with a tripod it can be done! Chicks is a Deer Mouse.
We're not sure how old Pheobe is, but we think she's about 3 years old. She's a Sugar Glider.