My hen story begins off with a marriage that befell a number of years in the past. My important different and I had been collectively for 5 years, and we determined that it was definitely worth the threat to get married. We had every been married earlier than and have been naturally cautious about attempting marriage once more.

So the planning started for a small household marriage ceremony. I made the required appointment at David’s Bridal to buy the robe for the massive day. 

My fiance accompanied me to the gown appointment. As a result of I didn’t wish to embody him within the robe choice, I despatched him subsequent door to a pet store we’ve got visited up to now, Jack’s Aquarium and Pets.

Midway by my appointment, one of many workers got here again and mentioned: “Your fiance says he wants to speak to you proper now.”

I protested as I used to be halfway by attempting on a marriage robe. She replied: “He mentioned it might probably’t wait.” So I reluctantly placed on my denims and went to see him on the entrance of the shop.

Joe: “You’ve got to return see this hen!”

Me: What hen?

Joe: “This hen, his title is Mickey and he’s superb. I would like you to return see him proper now. He stepped up on my shoulder and whispered ‘All Proper’ in my ear.”

Me: “OK.”

So I left my gown appointment to go subsequent doorways to Jack’s Pets and Aquarium to satisfy “Mickey.”

Mickey is a blue-fronted amazon parrot who, at the moment, was 4 months outdated. About an hour later, we have been on our approach dwelling with a brand-new cage, meals, toys and Mickey in a cat-food field.

The primary night time was very traumatic. I used to be frightened that he was sick as he stored grinding his beak. I spent that night time on the sofa with him perched in the midst of my abdomen. As the times went on, we grew extra accustomed to his behaviors, and I feel he bought used to us, too. 

Mickey realized to talk in my voice. To today, when my husband hears “Hey Joe?” he doesn’t know if it’s me or Mickey calling for him!

However the hen story does not finish there. 4 months after Mickey joined our household, a musical instrument — a Martin Guitar, to be particular, grew to become instrumental (pun supposed) in rising our flock.

For the uninitiated, a Martin Guitar is taken into account to be one of many best guitars a musician can personal. On this case it was a 000-28EC, Eric Clapton autographed, Martin Guitar. We had been paying on it for a 12 months and have been about to pay it off. 

As I used to be writing the ultimate verify within the retailer, I instantly burst into tears. This completely stunned me in addition to my husband. I ran outdoors in embarrassment, adopted by Joe.  He requested “What’s mistaken?” At that very second I noticed — and blurted out — “I don’t need the guitar, I would like Fiona.”

Fiona is a Solomon Island Eclectus. Fiona is a shocking, beautiful parrot with a purple head, royal-blue bib, dark-red again and tail and dark-navy-blue flight feathers. She has a shiny black beak and blue feather “eyeshadow” rings round every eye.

I met Fiona at Jack’s Pets and Aquarium the place we had bought Mickey in 2003. She was the hen that was introduced into the shop to exchange the spot vacated by Mickey after we bought him. There was a really pleasant worker named Casey who was their resident hen knowledgeable. After we took Mickey dwelling, we made weekly journeys again to the shop to ask tons of questions on how one can look after Mickey. Throughout these visits, I might cease by and discuss to Fiona, maintain her and purchase her toys and treats. Fiona has the sweetest voice and would at all times greet me with a “Hello, Fiona”. Little did I do know she forged a spell on me.

My husband Joe is a form man.  After I burst out with my plea for Fiona, he instantly responded: “So we’ll get the hen as an alternative of the guitar!”

Thankfully, the Guitar Middle refunded our 12 months’s price of funds so we might afford to purchase Fiona, her lovely white cage, toys, meals, and so forth. 

I’ve by no means regretted buying and selling the Eric Clapton autographed 000-D28EC Martin Guitar for my lovely Fiona. 

She has been a tremendous companion who has taught me a lot about parrots and females particularly. She can be the Eclectus who laid the Golden Egg!

However that’s one other story from the Chicken Cage.

Susan Dugan, 59, lives in Columbus. Dugan is president of the Mid-American Unique Chicken Society. For extra info, go to

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