Roda’s Critter Connection

It was difficult to decide which critters to feature today.  I have a dozen adorable ducklings and 22 baby chicks that have captured my heart and my camera lens!  But, I did take some time away, to visit the botanical gardens, for a few hours of butterfly bliss…

Common Blue Morpho – Morpho peleides
Up Close and Personal
I can’t decide which I like better: the beautiful brown outer wing or the stunning blue inner wing!
Common Blue Morpho


A few other magical friends…


Small Postman – Heliconius erato
Small Postman – Heliconius erato


Sara Longwing – Heliconius sara


Trust in the magic of new beginnings…



Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…








38 thoughts on “Roda’s Critter Connection

  1. That Blue Morpho is absolutely stunning! I’m so jealous you get to go to botanical gardens regularly. Closest one to me is almost an hour away, haha. Thank you for sharing Roda! 🙂

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  2. Beautiful! My girls and I are looking forward to the day these beauties (or the less-colorful versions that live near us) visit and flit around our garden again.

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    1. Thanks, Tom! Question for you… What would be the chance of successfully hatching parrot eggs in an incubator? I was wondering if you thought it would be worth trying.


      1. When i was younger, we (Marla and i) bred macaws… Blue and Gold Macaws, Hyacinth Macaws, and Military Macaws. Often, we would let the parents sit and hatch them. However, we would often pull the first clutch and incubate them ourselves… as pulling the first clutch would encourage them to lay again soon, which they usually did. We still have the incubators, though i have sold all the breeding pairs due to getting older and not being into endlessly continuing with all the work involved. Incubating is not too difficult, but proper temperature, humidity (and egg turning) are very critical. Good incubators turn the eggs for you. At one point, we were getting so many fertile eggs and, at times, some of them (on occasion) had difficulty hatching. I became very good at helping by delicately peeling the eggs to help them get out easier. Where are you able to get parrot eggs from (and what kind)? Personally, i later felt it best to let the parents sit and have them for the first couple weeks after hatching; they (the young) still imprint on humans and have a better chance to be very bird-oriented should one ever want to breed them. Should you want a pet parrot, there are some places around Chicago that have superb rescue parrots that already talk… though they still have to be purchased. 🙂

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      2. I have an incubator that I use for hatching our eggs. It controls everything. I do nothing! Bonus! I have not looked into where to find eggs. I wanted your recommendation first.


  3. Forget the egg idea. Too many things can go wrong if you are not very experienced. They need to be syringe-fed for quite some time and inexperienced people can make mistakes. I had bird-breeder friends in my area that helped me. My advice: Get a handfed baby or young bird.
    My suggested list of preferences:
    1. Yellow Naped Amazon (Definitely what to get if you want a comical talker, but they can be nippy and are not good for handling a lot).
    2. Macaw (Blue and Gold or Greenwing preferably) Hand-fed Macaws tend to very very cuddly, like a puppy; i can hold Scarlet, our Scarlet Macaw, cupped upside down (on her back) in my hands. She talks well too, but nothing like what like the Yellow Nape Tweetie says. Blue and Golds, especially, can oftentimes be great talkers and are very sociable and cuddly! If you get a bird, never let a dog or cat have access to it. Birds don’t do well with bites or scratches.

    Some people claim that their birds talk, but they do not; there are a lot of dishonest people out there. There are a lot of rescue birds out there that one can get (at least there was a while back).
    Below are places where you can look for parrots. The one with a college student selling a young Yellow Nape looks promising (and i’d try talking him down in price). Only buy a bird that was Hand Fed… otherwise it will be wild and may try to bite you.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have a lot of research to still do! I never jump into anything, especially with my animals. I am sure hatching exotics are a bit more tricky than my chicks and ducks!


  4. I guess the larger volume reply by me didn’t post for some reason.
    Feeding a baby parrot from hatching is too risky, i think, for someone who is inexperienced. They need to be syringe-fed and too many things can go wrong. My advise is to shop around and get a young Hand Fed bird.
    Species i recommend:
    1. Yellow Naped Amazon (The bird to get if you want a bird that talks a lot comically. They are flighty — easily frightened — and can be nippy and are not what you can cuddle with; i hold Tweetie every day and exercise her wings by going up and down with her on my hand… but i don’t trust her much more than that, holding-wise.)
    2. Macaw (Preferably a Blue and Gold or Greenwing). They can talk well (especially Blue and Golds, but some just do not like to talk). They can be held and cuddled like a puppy. Scarlet, our Scarlet Macaw can be held upside down in my hands and rocked like a baby. She talks but not near as much as Tweetie, our Yellow Nape; she’s a super sweetie and you can hold and handle her in any way you want… like a puppy!
    Make sure you only get a young Hand Fed bird; wild birds can be aggressive and bite!
    Any parrot must be kept away from dogs and cats; birds do not handle bites or scratches well. Cats tend to avoid big macaws but should not be able to be very near them.
    I’d say get either a Nape or a Blue and Gold. Some dishonest people may claim that a bird talks… but it does not. There may be a good number of decent rescue birds out there if you look around but those will have to be purchased too (usually anyway).

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