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#1 Siobhan

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

Our dryer recently died (RIP -- it lived a long and useful life) so we had to get another one. This is on the heels of the water heater dying and we had to get another of those. The universe must think I'm made of money. Be that as it may, we have a friend who offered to sell us his used dryer cheap so we went and got it yesterday and this morning we moved the old one out and the new one in. Yes, I mean my husband and I moved them. Sometimes I wish we had a couple of strapping teenage sons. LOL So we plugged it in and it made the most horrible sound. So we unplugged it and took the back off and figured out there was an ink pen stuck in there, which we removed, and it works fine now. The process of moving one dryer out and another in and the taking the back off and all of that seriously upset the birds (who had to remain in their cages since this all occurred in their room) and the bird it most upset was poor Benjy, whose cage is nearest that side of the room and in fact, we accidentally bumped his cage in the moving of stuff. Jade and Clyde both had MUCH to say on the topic of early morning dryer-moving, not to mention the screeching until we removed the pen. Then Greta had much to say when she discovered her basket was not in its proper place on top of the new dryer. I have a basket with a handle, which makes a handy perch, in which I keep various small items I need like the scoop for their food and the brush I use to clean their cage trays and so forth. Greta loves to sit on that handle for some reason. I hastily replaced it and she was happy again. I hope we are finished replacing expensive appliances for a long, long time and so do the birds. They did not approve of the uproar it took to replace the water heater and the electrical work that had to be done first, which also took place in their room. Then to pile the indignity of moving dryers around on top of that was just too much. 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 09:46 PM

I can sympathize, having gone through much the same thing several years ago, when I still lived in a house. The week before Christmas, the water heater gave out; two days later, it was the washer, then the dryer quit later that day. wacko.png One of the (few) benefits of living in an apartment is that if any of the appliances break, I have only to notify the manager, and it will be repaired, or I'll be provided with a replacement, eventually (it took three weeks to get my new stove last winter mad.gif ).  Hope everything will work dependably for you now, and the flock has forgiven you for the disruptions.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:04 PM

I hope so, too! The furnace was new when we moved into this house not quite three years ago and so were the washer and stove. The fridge was my folks' and it's beat up but functional. We don't have a/c and fans are cheap and we have lots of them so if one quits, I'll just dig out one of the others.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:01 PM

Yep, our dishwasher went out a couple weeks ago and flooded the kitchen, and <insert long, boring story> we are now living on a concrete slab until the homeowners insurance company and the dishwashing company decide who is paying to replace all the floors in our house. The insurance company has issued us a check but plans to fight it out with the dishwasher manufacturer to be reimbursed, which is slowing everything down.  And because of this dispute <insert lots of information I don't really understand>, we may be sitting on concrete floors for a LONG time, while contractors and insurance adjusters and repair people come in and out of our house.

 

My birds are distraught over the concrete floors, which just don't look right from a *birds eye view*,  and they get upset over all the strangers coming in and out of our house. When the big fans and dehumidifiers were set up in the kitchen, the birds complained constantly because they had to stay in their cages (I didn't trust them not to fly over and inspect the big fans close up). And when the workmen were pulling up the floors, the birds sat in their cages and yelled "WHATCHA DOING? WHATCHA DOING?" over and over.

 

Sigh. It's going to be a long summer, me thinks. sad.png



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:27 PM

Most of mine turn into plush toys when strangers are around instead of talking to them. 



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 08:47 PM

Ralph usually keeps a close watch on the maintenance men when they come in to work on anything. I think he's making sure they do the job properly and don't touch anything they're not supposed to. biggrin.png

 

Except for the stove, which was replaced in December, the kitchen appliances have been here a while-- long before I moved into the apartment ten years ago. As long as they keep working, they'll stay. The air conditioner comes with the apartment-- a big window unit mounted in the living room wall. That was just replaced last month, a week after the old one died (that was my second one since I've been here, and it lasted 7 years). Ralph supervised the work from his cage, and stared at the new air conditioner for a little while until he was sure it wouldn't bother him.  Sometimes he graaaccks at it when the compressor cycles on and off with a klunk. laugh.png 



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:54 PM

Mine were upset tonight when I cleaned the two small betta tanks. They're 2.5 gallons each, and I scooped the fish into a cup and carried each tank over to the utility sink to clean them and when I carried the tanks past the cages, they all freaked out. Also when I carried them back. In vain I explained that the water was dirty and I was just changing it, like I change their water in their cages every day. They did NOT care. The fish did not need fresh water, they said. We have had quite enough uproar for this year already. They don't approve of my changing the water in the big tank where the snails and another betta live, but it's less disruptive because I use an aquarium siphon for that and don't have to carry things past their cages. It's on the other side of the room and close to the sink.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:32 PM

We had to move all the cages into the living room recently as I'm getting ready to strip the bedroom floors, replace some sheetrock & of course, all the accompanying mudding & painting. The quakers are decidely not happy about the new arrangement as it has severely limited their out-of-cage time. Good news is that with just the two old folks living here, there's not too much traffic in & out of the front door. I've instituted an absolute locked-in policy before the front door is ever opened until things get back to normal.

 

They already start shrieking when they see anything large and/or dark anywhere within eyesight. Should be a blast when we start carting in the sheetrock. I thought about covering them up when we do, but doing that in the daytime just riles them up even more.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:34 PM

The next project on my agenda is to sand and paint the window frames in Ringo's room, which are of course in sad shape thanks to Ringo. LOL She likes to sit in the window and watch the wild birds and isn't particular about where her poop lands. Scrubbing only goes so far. SO ... one day soon she's going to have to stay in her cage for a morning to let me take care of that and thank goodness it's HER room and not the parrots', because she's much more cooperative. She'll play with her toys and talk to me and take her scheduled 14 baths a day in the dish in her cage and be quite content.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:41 PM

Thank goodness it's HER room and not the parrots', because she's much more cooperative. She'll play with her toys and talk to me and take her scheduled 14 baths a day in the dish in her cage and be quite content.

 

Wow, she really is a girl, isn't she?



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:21 PM

One of the restoration workmen came over today with large samples of the flooring for us to pick out what we liked.....which the birds had to complain about.

 

We picked flooring based on which one will probably hide bird poop the best - a mottled, gray slate that won't show bird droppings nearly as much as our old floors did....and the workman gave us a very odd look as we were discussing the decision....apparently he doesn't have too many customers who choose "bird poop" style floors.... biggrin.png biggrin.png



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:31 PM

I did that when I was rescuing birds and lived in MD.

 

We bought a new couch and I picked one out deliberately in a color that would hide the bird poop

 

I can relate!



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

The linoleum in the birds' room was chosen and installed by my mom the do-it-yourselfer, and of course at the time she had no idea that someday we'd be living in that house with eight birds. She's also the one who painted the park mural on all four walls that is heavily devoted to birds and named the room the Birdcage, again with no idea that one day it really would be a bird cage with six parrots and a pigeon living in that room. The linoleum is a green and white marbled pattern. It hides bird poop very well indeed. LOL