Rebel, our Golden Retriever, introducing himself to Liberty and
Justice, two of our 4th of July babies.
And always watchful, he lets me know if one of the babies gets
down on the floor.
Its hard here to tell who is the most curious.....
Dinnertime at The Beak....
is Jeb, one of our Ringneck babies, fixing his own breakfast....
Experience below the birth of a Severe Macaw:
For those who have never experienced the birth of a chick,
perhaps a little background on how God and Mother Nature
orchestrate this phenomenon. When a fertile chick is developing,
it occupies approximately two-thirds of the egg. As the time for
hatching begins, the chick draws down and forms an air pocket in
the egg, now the egg is half chick and half air pocket. The baby
chick has developed a large muscle on the back of his neck and
as it begins to breath from the air pocket, the carbon dioxide
exhaled causes an involuntary spasm in the neck muscle which, in
turn, throws his "pipping tooth" (a small triangular projection
on the tip of his beak) against the inside of the egg shell.
This regular tapping on the inside of the egg shell can be heard
by just holding the egg to your ear. Next comes the "pip," the
first little break in the egg, then the tapping is combined with
chirping as he works his way around the egg. Within 24 to 48
hours the chick will have completed the process and new life is
Rarely do we get to see what goes on inside the nestbox. Our
thanks to Julie and Dan Stuart for this beautiful picture.