i want a toy of him

sunlitriddle  asked:

I've been following your blog for a while and really love when you throw down some birb facts. My sister and I are "rescuing" our childhood conure from our father who hasn't been giving him the attention and handling he needs. He's about 20 years old... anyway, do you have any suggested reading for setting up a stimulating environment?

20 years old! That’s a good age for a conure! Here’s to another 10!! I think it’s great that your and your sister are bringing him into a home where he can receive the love and attention he deserves <3 
If he’s hand tame and enjoys being around you guys, I’d suggest at least an hour of time out of his cage every day; but the more the merrier! 
In his cage, you want to give him a variety of toys, as many as you can fit without it being over crowded. Conures are a decent sized bird and should be allowed to get around his cage without flight paths or perches being obstructed with toys. But boy howdy, these birds do need a lot of activities. Which does equate to a lot of toys.

Bells and mirrors are generally a bad idea. Especially mirrors, I’d avoid them completely! Bells depends on the bird…Some birds get really aggressive with their bells, but other birds get along just fine with them. Since a lot of bird toys come with bells, I’d just observe your boy’s behavior with them, and if it seems to bring the angry brawler out of him, you can just remove the bells off the toys.

Foraging toys and shredding toys should probably make up most of what you put into his cage. To be fair, almost any toy can be turned into a foraging toy… They are just fun ways to provide nutritious treats; by hiding the treat on, under, or inside the toys so that he’ll have to look for them and devise clever ways to gain access to them. It’s really great for their brains!
Shredding toys are to keep that destructive, chewy beak of theirs busy. Find textures that he seems to looove putting his beak on, and put them in his cage. Keep him in the busiest part of the house and next to a window so that he’s always got something to look at and people to see. Parrots love being a part of the action, so make him feel as included in the house’s hustle and bustle as you can.
And, so long as your tv is not very old, you can let it play for him. But I wouldn’t leave it on for the whole day if you’re out, since just as it is for people–it can get irritating or overstimulating.

If he gets a lot of time outside of his cage (and if he is in a smaller/’minimum requirement’ sized cage, he really should be allowed ample time outside of it), you can set up a play area around your home office, tv room, or where ever it is you spend the most time relaxing. A lot of hand-tamed birds tend to be quite clingy and would prefer to do nothing else but steal the time and attention of their human flock members–and these birds generally tend to ignore any outside play area. But it’s good to have one set up anyways. This should mimic a similar environment to their cage.

And…that’s about all I can think of for stimulating environments!
If you want to see a really wonderful setup (albeit for parrotlets, but their requirements are not terribly different from conures), I invite you to check out flock-talk’s bird room tag!:  http://flock-talk.tumblr.com/tagged/bird%20room

I hope this helps!! But let me know if I failed to address anything, or if you have any more questions! :D I’ll answer the best I can!! 

(edit: Oh, balls. I meant to send this privately. My apologies!!!) 

Oh man. Man. I think about this a lot, actually. I mean, even when, or no, especially when they’d switch from wooden sticks to actual blades and he’d teach her how to shoot, he’d always, always emphasize the fact this is is Serious. Sure, Emily, I know that weapons are cool to play with, I know that. I totally understand. But these are not toys, you should understand that you can kill a person with these, that eventually you might have to kill or harm a person with these, and it’s not a game. 

I think this is also why you can see emphasizing the non-lethal knockouts in the DH2 tutorial so much, he really wants to make sure he taught her all the alternatives? Because none of this is pretty.

So, the way I see it, 

1) Emily kills Ramsay because she’s angry and is not in the mood for petty revenge like locking him up for months and having him trash the only room she felt safe in for years

2) This is actually her first kill, ever

And hey, she did listen to Corvo when she was a kid and he asked her not to touch his weapons without permission and supervision, and even understood, mentally, with her head but not her heart, why did he repeat over and over that none of this is a game, but it still didn’t fully register, you know? She sees her training sessions as a way to blow off steam, this is why she always looks forward to them and wishes she spent more time “running and jumping”. It’s also as close as she gets to spending actual family time with her father as an adult, so it’s totally understandable that this kind of activity is fun for her.

Stabbing Ramsay in the gut, having him bleed all over her hands and on the floor and then her going through an entire adrenaline-powered emotional rollercoaster of being satisfied and then grossed out and then processing the fact that she finally used her fun skills to take a life - that’s a different story entirely. 

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.