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Feb 15 14 4:10 PM
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Feb 16 14 11:25 AM
Wooden Bird Cages
were stationed in Panama (1960’s) and my Dad was the XO at the Marine Barracks.
(He later became CO). He decided to make these beautiful parrot cages, to house
the beautiful parrots who decided to join our family. We let them fly during
the day, but at night, my Dad wanted to corral them so they wouldn't get into
any "trouble" with the monkeys or the neighbors.
went to the woodshop that was part of Special Services, and passed his
certification test to use the equipment. Special Services was the group in
charge of building the morale of the troops and dependents on military bases.
decided to use dowel rods to make the bars on their cages. He ordered maple
wood for the frame and maple dowel rods from Maine (mail order), and we had to
wait about 6 weeks to get the wood.
wood finally arrived, and my Dad ‘went to town’ building beautiful cages. Everyone
came by our quarters to see the cages. We had an impromptu cage party, which
pleased my Mom because she loved to entertain. Dad promised a few other people
he would make them cages, too.
went to bed for the night. The next morning when we woke up, our beautiful
maple cages were saw dust and the birds were flying all over the house, eating
the furniture, "pooping", screeching, and just having a grand time!!!
We "gringos" didn't understand parrots love to chew wood~~ especially
fine maple wood from Maine!
we the ‘talk of the town’ when the local people found out what happened. The
"locals" called my Dad "Major Parrot" as a joke, which my
Dad took quite well.
That was the last time my Dad used the wood
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