There is something in our society that is called fame. Fame can be the most wonderful thing in the world, and also can be the most detrimental. Media in any realm will build you up, and with our societies need to break you down, eventually slap you in the face, and wait for your media demise. Lady Gaga named an entire album after the “Fame Monster”. It’s amazing how people feel the need to attack other’s without genuine cause or feeling of remorse when all is said and done. Just because our social construct brings you closer to people in this day of technology, it does not give you the right to demean and insult someone that you do not know. “Knowing” someone is understanding their intentions, and being able to describe their personal character from first hand experience. As bloggers, we put ourselves out there on the main stage with spotlight shining and the world to see. Unfortunately this can be the double edged sword that you don’t expect. Readers will not only critique your work, but will also dissect your grammar, spelling, and basic writing skills. It’s a slippery slope. I believe anyone who has a blog should be commended for their courage, and convictions for putting it out there.
A fellow blogger, and friend Patricia Sund got criticized for her “Chop” concept, and was accused of several things; everything from not knowing her nutritional facts to saying that “Chop” could replace pellets. They also say it’s all grains, blah blah blah, I actually don’t want to get into too many details, because it gives this naysayer critic power. I also don’t want to give her ridiculous statements any validation.
That is anything that can be further than the truth. Now, this happened a few days ago, and she responded to her critics, heck we even had a little dialogue regarding the deal, and I had to add my two cents and tell her how appreciative I am for the “Chop” concept. I being me, stewed on it a bit. I have a very outspoken and protective personality, so I decided to write about it. Sometimes when you are out in the public eye, it’s lonely as hell. People think that they know you, and make assumptions about your person. You may be thinking, “well isn’t your blog just about birds”, well yeah, but there are more people in this world than you would think, who happen to own parrots. My blog has been read across the globe, and it’s kinda scary, and invigorating at the same time. It makes you realize the social responsibility and the microscope that you are under.
“Why would you put yourself out there?”, is what I was asked by a friend that was interested in beginning a blog. “I hope that someone can learn from my mistakes, and skip those wrong steps that I have made in the process. We learn more from our mistakes than we do our successes sometimes, and it helps to learn from others mistakes too.”, is how I responded. It’s great to help people and love what you do.
I know a woman here locally in Washington, that runs a rescue, and she reached out to me via email, asking about “Chop”, and what I thought. I of course raved about it, and told her the story of Dexter, who would eat nothing except pellets, dried bananas, and grapes when I got him. She said she had three of the most malnourished parrots that she had seen in her 15 years experience of working with birds, and wondered if I thought that “Chop” would help. I have never claimed to be a medical expert, so I referred her to the avian vet she was affiliated with. I provided her with all the links and videos to chop that I had seen, and asked her to keep in touch and let me know how everything went. Six months later, I almost had forgotten about her, she emailed me a progress report. “The Military Macaw and two Yellow Fronted Amazons that were so malnourished, are now doing great. Feathers are growing in and they seem to be feeling so much better. With all of the birds that I care for, the chop has been the easiest way to feed them fresh stuff every day instead of just pellets. Thanks again for your input.” is what she sent me. I of course could not take the credit, I just referred her to “Chop”.
I do want to say, I know there are other ways of feeding your birds healthy things, like “mash” and some people cooking for their birds daily. Good for you, I’m sure that your birds are very happy, and are the better for it. However, (I have not seen them) I would appreciate the step by step videos that Pat put together, and all of the hard work she has done to get the idea of birds having a better diet, out there in the world. It’s funny because, she’s not out there to toot her own horn, she is actually out there just trying to do something for birds. The greater good. If your bird could ask “what have you done for me lately”, what would your response be?
Ingredients in this batch of Chop: (click here for blog post and ingredients.)
This was my latest batch of “Chop”, and it keeps getting easier and better with time. It has not only taught me about nutrition for the birds, but also has taught me about some nutrition for humans too. I always say the birds eat a lot healthier than we do, but hey, I’m learning about things more than the meat and potatoes I was raised on.
Dexter and Cooper wait every morning for breakfast, like Oliver Twist saying, “please sir, I want some more“!
Every morning I wake up and uncover the boys, they are ready and waiting for their “Chop” or “Teenie Weenie Beanies”. Some mornings are much more “urgent” than others, they always have pellets, but it’s the “Chop” they want. After all the hard work that goes into one batch, I am glad that they like something healthy. It’s gives me pride they like something that I work hard on. Now I know how choosy Jif moms feel. I kid.
The fact that Dexter will now try new foods, and loves fresh veggies is the remarkable thing. I constantly worried about his nutrition, and the fact he was so picky. It took me several attempts to get him to try it, and understand it was a food source, but when he did, BAM he was hooked. Now he is nutritionally better than the day that I brought him home. It’s amazing how a little extra added nutrition can bring your birds to life. I believe it has a large part to do with the “Chop” concept. If you haven’t tried it for your birds, give it a go, you may be surprised at how with pellets, nuts, sprouts and “Chop” (and Teenie Weenie Beanies, but that’s another post) will help enrich your feathered companions diet even more… and when it works, I will be doing the “told you so” dance.