IN FLIGHT a brave new concept

Sheldon Dingle


My dear friend , if you have a parlor
bird or two you need read no further.
This article is not fo r you. If, on the
other hand , you are a serious aviculturist
with a modest to respectable
collection of birds, please pay attention.
I 'm going to reveal a concept
hitherto unknown in the annals of
modern aviculture.
Let me begin by painting a verba l
scenario. You awake one morning ,
have your coffee, then leisurely amble
out to observe your birds. Your man, of
course, has the feeding and watering all
clone by the time of your 9:00a.m.
stroll. With your stick you point out
various adjustments and changes you' cl
like effected before noon . Suddenly,
without warning, you spot a king
parrot a bit fluffed up and looking
poorly. Instantly the bird is sent off to
the local vet and shortly thereafter
word arrives that the bird died from
causes unknown. The word is accompanied
by a S 120 bill.
A week later another bird dies and is
posted . Again , inconclusive reports of
damaged liver, some E. coli , etc. Now
you're a bit worried. Birds shouldn 't
be dropping from the perch . The next
bird that looks ill is treated by the vet

and returns to the flock after a week
and S490 worth of hospitalization. It
had a bacterial infection .
So far you have two dead birds, one
convalescing and about S800 invested
without much return . You still worry
about the total collection of some 200
birds. You recoi l at the thought of
taking each bird individually to the vet
for a check up. What to do?

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