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Hello from Bellingham!

Hey everyone! Long, long time but I think I finally have the time to start keeping up here again For those that don't know me, my name is Jenny - I used to mod here, from way back to the start! I went AWOL when my life spiraled a little out of control and I finally have things back on track. Since I left, we moved across the country try again, my husband has a new job, we bought a house in Bellingham, WA, and I had a baby! It's been a lot of ups and downs - he has an airway disorder and has had to have surgery and multiple tests, he's highly allergic to cats and dogs, so I had to rehome my 2 cats and our dog, and one of my snakes decided to escape his cage and the cats killed him

But on the positive side, I was able to quit my job and now I'm home with my son and my birds! Now that we no longer have the cats, I was able to move my macaw out of the bird room into the living room so she's a full time member of the family again! I have also added chickens to our family and raised them as pet quality, so my 3 gals outside run up for snuggles and pets whenever I go outside now

So my pets currently are Goober (8 year old severe macaw), Loki and Kaiko (8 and 6 year old lineolated parakeets), Cleopatra (3 year old Kenyan sand boa), and Mary, Sarah, and Winnifred (1 year old black australorps chickens). My current projects are finishing building an upgraded chicken coop, constantly upgrading the baby proofing of my macaw's cage so she doesn't eat my baby, and learning how to expand and grow my mini-farm! We have 3 apple trees, a plum tree, just planted a cherry tree and some blackberry/raspberry canes, I made a new veggie patch for zucchini and cucumber, and have to figure out what I want to grow in my garden bed!

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Welcome back Jenny, you were here before my time but I'm glad to see you back and letting us know how you've been.

I'm sorry to hear your little guy has an illness that causes much concern. It sounds like you live in an amazing area with you able to plant some fruit trees and plants and a garden which is always more healthy for you and your family. I know I'm not the only one who would love to see any pics you'd like to share of your flock and critters. We love pics here!
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Hey Jenny! Awesome to see you here again I'm sorry you've had a lot of downs, but I hope the ups can outweigh them!
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Thanks guys! I don't have any good pics of my chickens all grown up but here's a teenager picture of Mary



And the girls in the old coop

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Daisy, I think once I can get a good night's sleep I'll forgive all the bad that my son has caused hahahaha I love him to death but man, having to give up the cats was really hard! I raised them both from babies


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YAY! I'm so glad to see you back on, especially with all the recent changes!



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I still don't think I'm going to have a child because if somebody asked me to choose between my animals or my kid I'm afraid I'd choose the wrong one! It proves you're a great mom though and that your son comes first He's adorable too!

Your chooks have a really cute coop. I'm hoping to finally get my silkies in the next year or so. I'm currently building an outdoor building for my parrots and I need a new budgie aviary/shed as well as a turtle pond so right now the animals I currently have are coming first but phew! I really love chickens, they have the best little personalities

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Thanks, Abby! Still trying to get the hang of the new tapatalk feed shenanigans hahaha I'm only on mobile now so it makes things interesting!

Daisy, chooks are awesome, silkies are so cute! My girls are SO sweet and I'm so excited to get them in their new coop - it's one I can walk into, so I can love on them more easily! I wish I could let them free range, but our neighbors have dogs and I don't want to risk them hopping our fence and getting hurt. The new coop is 7 ft x 4 ft so they're getting a good deal more space to explore too! I picked the Aussies because they are such good layers, I get 3 big brown eggs a day! Down the road I want to get a silkie or maybe a crested polish or something - I have my good layers, now I need a big ol doofus of a bird to balance the flock hahaha



Choosing to rehome the cats/dog was super super hard. But the allergist warned us that if we didn't it could settle in his lungs and cause asthma, possible anaphylaxis, etc. but if we rehomed the cats and removed them from Logan's environment he could outgrow his cat allergies by the time he's 2-3. Same with his dog allergy, but that was much more mild. Our pup went to a family with 4 older kids (all boys) and 5 acres, so she gets run ragged and plays with the kids all day until she's exhausted - she loves it! The cats went to another mom I know who recently lost her cat, her 3 year old was crying and still trying to find her kitty the cats have really settled in, they sleep every night in bed curled up with her husband and her daughter has given them new names and carries them around all day. So I'm super sad to see them go, but I'm really glad they went to new homes that are wonderful and whose owners are willing to keep in touch with me. We are hoping in the next 3-4 years to test Logan again for allergies and if he's clear get another dog - I really want him to grow up with a dog for a best friend, it's so important to have an animal they can love on!

Goober is doing great, she's adjusting to being in the living room instead of being closed in the bird room now that the cats are gone. I'm super excited to have her part of our day to day again! We were trying to let her on her play stand but she learned to crawl on the baby fence we had around it and get out on the floor, so we couldn't let her out if the baby was awake. Now she's not out of the cage as much but she's in the middle of everything all day - I think it's going to be much better for her! I'm also working on her scissor beak, she developed one out of nowhere, little stink! But now she has her own space right by the window so she can watch the birds outside at my feeders and watch the baby play. She wants to murder him, but hey - she wants to murder everyone she meets except my husband now so no surprise there hahaha



The Linnie's are doing great too - they're still in the bird room but they're not tame and have each other and a big window to watch the world outside so I don't worry about them as much they just do their thing!

I'm working on saving up to get a white bellied caique, we talked about doing it this summer but we're thinking about having another kid next year so I think we are going to wait until 2018, that way both babies are over 1 year old and I can figure out more baby proofing lol


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That new coop looks lovely! I'm sure they'll love it and getting a goofy chook sounds like a plan to me

I'm glad you managed to find good homes for your fur-babies. I really do hope that he can have a dog in the future, they enrich our lives so much and I am thankful for my family for raising me around them. I can't imagine life without one. I went 6 months after Shep before getting Candy and that 6 months was terrible and lonely. Could you get a dog that doesn't shed too much? Like a 'hypo-allergenic' dog? I know there's no such thing but maybe for the future that would be a good option I know it's not always convenient though. Do you think you'll have cats again or just a dog?

Goober is so cute. She looks like a little dinosaur! What does she think of your son?

I'm sure you've said years ago that you wanted a caique. I am hoping to get a pair of black caps when my bird room is finished. I've got most of my aluminium cages now! I think a caique would also be a fun bird for kids too
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Goober is fascinated watching Logan but if he gets close then she goes into attack mode lol she pretty much only lets my husband interact directly with her anymore, he can get her out of her cage and hold her but even he can't touch her. We're also going into spring, so that certainly doesn't help! Thankfully, Logan doesn't seem to be bothered at all by her screaming and loud noises, so all has been going well.

As far as future furry pets, I don't know if I'll get cats again. My dad and brother are also allergic, so it limits family coming to visit. And if I get cats again, I need a bird room. If I stay cat free, I can have the birds in the living room and a bigger part of the family, plus one less bedroom when we get the next house lol so I think we will just have the birds and a dog. I've definitely looked at the hypoallergenic breeds, it's just going to depend on his allergies. He's already been to an allergist, so once we are ready I'll have them test him again because if he's all clear i'd love to try and get another Doberman or a pit bull. Really, what it will come down to is just hitting up all the local rescues for a 2-3 year old dog that's great with kids and other small animals without being too high energy, so breed is going to be secondary to behavior. I definitely don't want another puppy - it's fun but I want a chill, low key adult dog that'll let the kids play a little rough and keep them company. Around the time we are getting a dog we are also going to be getting a new house, ideally on 5 acres so I want a dog to "herd" and "babysit" them a bit in the yard, which is why I'm thinking a pitters since they're such good nanny dogs with kids. Basically, I have a lot of wants but it's so far in the future (3-4 years) we aren't too fussed right now. The plan is just pick 2-3 dogs that fit the bill and let the kids pick one - they sure as hell aren't going to the shelter with us to look at ALL the dogs hahahaha


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Thanks for all the pics and details of your flock Jenny! It's nice to see more posts on here.
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Going to shelters can be lethal, I want them all! I don't think you can go wrong with a pit-bull, unfortunately BSL has ruled that out in the UK and any bully breed cross is a pit bull

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Going to shelters can be lethal, I want them all! I don't think you can go wrong with a pit-bull, unfortunately BSL has ruled that out in the UK and any bully breed cross is a pit bull


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Welcome back your parrot is so cute and that coop is so pretty.
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It really is. Jack's dog Diesel is what could be described as a pit-type and he came from a Blue Cross shelter about 9 years ago emaciated with burns down his back and cigarette stub marks on his head. He's absolutely beautiful and he's the only one of their dogs I could trust with anybody (I don't trust him with food though, he's the master of opening the fridge/pantry haha!). If anybody tried to take him away I would be more than happy to punch them in the teeth! He's incredible. Deed not breed!

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It really is. Jack's dog Diesel is what could be described as a pit-type and he came from a Blue Cross shelter about 9 years ago emaciated with burns down his back and cigarette stub marks on his head. He's absolutely beautiful and he's the only one of their dogs I could trust with anybody (I don't trust him with food though, he's the master of opening the fridge/pantry haha!). If anybody tried to take him away I would be more than happy to punch them in the teeth! He's incredible. Deed not breed!


Seriously! Where I lived in AZ, almost every dog we saw at the vet clinic was a pit bull. Downside of that was there was a bunch of irresponsible breeding n such, but it really gave me a whole new perspective of the breed and how inherently sweet and good natured they are. The only thing I saw aggression wise in them that was common was with other dogs and could be protective of their people - oh nooooo, something most dogs are prone to! Lol honestly the German shepherds that came in as the second most common were the biggest pains in the ass - so barky, mouthy, and aggressive



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