He often told people that if the house smelled like I was baking, don't get excited, it's for the birds -- and usually that was true.
When Chester first came to us, he was suffering from malnutrition from being on a diet of sunflower seeds.
I immediately started feeding him fresh foods. Pictured is a buffet for Chester, Tiel and Fancy. It consists of "bird bread" made of cornbread, with frozen mixed vegetables, eggs, plus the shells for calcium, milk and mashed up green beans, sweet peas, carrots or sweet potatoes. I heat the bread then top it with fresh celery, shredded colby-jack cheese, matchstick carrots and pecans. There are two seed cups in the cage, one for Chester and one filled with the seeds that cockatiels prefer, but all three of them head for the buffet as soon as I put it on top of the cage every morning.
Every day when I clean the cage, I gather the leftovers and throw them out to the pigeons and chickens so nothing goes to waste.
During the day, Chester gets some of everything I eat, from pizza, to cookies, to salad or hamburger. If I don't hand him some, he'll remind me with an ear piercing screech. The tiels won't take things from my hand like Chester but they usually manage to nibble on whatever I have handed to him. He doesn't seem to mind sharing.
Deidre teases me constantly. "If you didn't feed them so good, they wouldn't live so long." I agree, but I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do what I know is best for them.
During the time I was sick recently, I confiscated Deidre's tv that has a dvd player and put it on the desk in the dining room with the birds. I bought a video, "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." All three of the birds seem to pay attention to the Cherryhead Conures in the video. They seem much more content than when all they had to watch was whatever was going on out in the back yard. I also bought a download from iTunes -- "Music for Birds" This is classical music with wild bird and parrot sounds integrated into the music. It seems to help quiet them, too. So technically speaking, my birds now are the proud owners of a 32 inch flat screen tv with a built in dvd player and an iPad 2.
And I can see Ronnie just shaking his head. "Anything for Chester."