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Riamfada and mash

When I first saw Riamfada, I thought that CAG was a male as the head is somewhat more angular and not rounded as female. The wings end at tail which is female, but again, I thought with clipping, one can never tell.

My wife set eyes on Riamfada and she excitedly said its a girl, to which Jessica happily agreed. Riamfada is a male name, but I readily decided Riamfada can be an unisex name as well. At that time, it mattered so little to me if Riamfada was male or female. Only way to know for sure will be DNA testing.

But for now, I refer to Riamfada as her and she since I got used to it. Still, I could not help noticing how laid back and how gentle she is and in the way I thought a male would be. I first thought that was because she was new and settling in. But I now strongly feel thats her basic nature to be gentle and nice .

Over time, more photos of Riamfada will be taken, and perhaps that will serve to better identify her sex.

Riamfada good feather condition as pointed out by rheadabovewater and her gentle behavour indicated she was well cared for by her former caregiver. She seemed to me to be quite young. Even if she has clear yellow around eye pupil and totally red tail, I feel she cannot be older than 2 years old.

moccasinlanding and anonymous,


Tinkerbell mash recipe was mentioned and the URL included in the last writeup.

I wrote
I thought of getting commercial parrot pellet to get us by while Tinkerbell mash is being prepared. http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/wmikemash.htm

As at this point, the beans and stuff were already soaking over last 24 hours and cooking time will be this evening. I had to accelerate this instead of the 3 day cycle that I did before. But this is for a quarter scale and she needed to eat more than just salad.


Still, I extract that appropriate section on mash making into down below.

But back to the Mike's Manna Mash. For one who never
made it before, you have a good idea as to what you
are getting into when you guessed you may be up to
your eyeballs.

I used Mike's formula as the basis as I could not get
all the ingredients in Taiwan and he did not offer his
kit of the dry stuff at that time I started on it more
than a year ago. Below is the URL to Mike's Manna

I modified the preparation slightly especially in the
process to leach out the proteolytic enzyme inhibitors
using techniques from soybean milk preparation. I also
want the beans to swell and slightly germinate for
better nutritional value.

Assuming your cooking day is on wednesday evening.

(note: I am a bad cook and do not know cup is a précise measure.

The cup I use was a tea cup, and is slightly less than half of

The regular measuring cup. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IN RECIPE BELOW)

Morning of Monday,
1 cup of soybeans
1 cup of kidney beans
1 cup of garbonzo beans
1 cup of pinto beans
1 cup of blackeye beans
1 cup of dry corn
2 cup of Great Northern white beans

Those are soaked in their own containers and washed
and soaked repeatedly until wednesday cooking

Evening of Tuesday
1 cup of red beans
1 cup of green beans
1 cup of black beans

Again, these are soaked and washed repeatedly until
wednesday cooking

On wednesday evening, about 6 cups of sweet potatoes
are cut and sliced into small pieces.

1 cup of barley
1 cup of glutinious rice
1 cup of red rice
1 cup of brown rice
1 cup of oats
1 cup of rolled wheat berries
2 cups of millet

They are all combined with the beans in a large pot
with about 1 1/2 inch of water covering them and
boiled together with a tablespoonful of wheat germ.

Boiling is for 25 mins with constant stirring. Fire
is turned off and the mash is left to cook and cool
for an hour.

A bag of frozen mix vege of carrot, beans, corn is
then mixed in.

That will be enough for about 6-8 weeks for

That mash is then ladled into sandwich bags good for
3-4 days and stuffed into every available space in the
freezer. One bag taken out at a time to thaw in the
fridge for use and given in morning and evening. A
pot of warm water at about 40C is used to heat up the

Cherry tomatoes, mango, banana and carrots are blended
separately , frozen in little bags as per the mash and
a glop of that is used with the mash. That is further
garnished with chopped salad and alfalfa sprouts.

Tink gets also dry food, Nutri berries and an oil palm
date daily as well. Sunflower seeds are given as
treats and bribes and in random places around the
house for her to 'forage about'.

She also gets to join us in a few bites of sashimi,
and a bit of whatever we are having for dinner.

Tinks variation of Mikes Manna Mash is not as complete
as the original formula. But I do think her diet is
adequate enough for her. When I think of what I eat
and what I prepare for Tink, I feel slightly envious
of her.

Hope this can be of help to your fids

(footnotes added later by another email )

But some notes that beginners on mash making may find useful.

Try a quarter recipe first using a quarter of everything. 1 cup of
dry beans or rice can expand very drastically and many cups of beans
and rice give you many many many cups of mash. Heck! that quarter
recipe may be enough for 2 weeks or so. Stirring a small pot is also
going to be a lot easier than stirring a HUGE pot.

The gratification you get from seeing your fid in gobbling that mash
will inspire you to go on to half recipe and finally to the full

I left out the veges (other than the frozen stuff) to minimise the
volume in the freezer opting to add that in later from chopped salad
that I can vary or add new experimental stuff. Otherwise my only
fridge become a dedicated Tinkerbell fridge with no space for my
icecreams and other human goodies that must be kept in the freezer.

With warmest regards

Joy - wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter

earlier emails and photo links on Tink -

Riamfada coming to me has one clear impact already.

I used to wake up reluctantly, hitting alarm clock to let me snooze over and over again. These few days, I work up early. So much so that the kitties harassed me for their early morning kibbles. I even caught myself feeding them before I made myself and drank my own cup of coffee.

The mash cooked and cooled by morning. I placed some in a bowl and entered Riamfada room wishing her good morning. She was reluctant to take that mash. I would be surprised if she took that at first sight and smell. I stuck some sunflower seeds inside the mash so she would get a taste for that. The sunflower seeds are 'human grade' and she liked them.

Soon enough, she seemed to be eating the mash. That will allow me to totally withdraw the sunflower seeds from her diet and using that only for treats and for her 'random foraging'.

I know I last wrote her clicker training to start 2 weeks later. But that was before her interactions with me later that afternoon and night indicated she seemed to totally settled with me.

So later today, her clicker training will start and as her favourite treat was identified as sunflower seeds. I had tried her on pine nuts, and almond still to be tested.

I will be doing what I wrote and described before in

"Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06 (clicker training)

You have read of me long long time ago with Tinkerbell doing that. And later with Yingshiong.

The first part is simple and known as "Conditioning the clicker"

Every time she is given a sunflower seed by me or my wife, the clicker will be pressed first. So she will associate that clicker sound with a good thing.

This will last a week or so before I go into the next stage of "touching target"

I append below a short writeup I did recently on clicker training

"From Muscat and clicker training" in July 08 2008.


From Muscat and clicker training
Hi again.

I am settling into the office as well as into Muscat.

I had been looking into more permanent accomodation here but I needed to make some mental adjustments. Cost of housing here is a lot less than in Dubai. I was shown what was called a 2 bedroom furnished villa in its own combound costing 1000 Omani Rial or about 3k USD /month. In Dubai, it would have been double that. I thought that would be an ideal for me and my wife until I went to have a look.

It was huge, far too huge for the two of us and for my wife to look after on her own. Which meant I would have to do the bulk of the looking after since we do not like the idea of having maid.

True there were two bedrooms, but there were at least another 6-7 rooms which were not deemed as rooms. I wondered how much would it cost to aircond this villa which include a huge spiral staircase going up two floors.

I found instead a 2bedroom apartment classed as a 2 bedroom penthouse with a lovely roof patio that looked over the sea and beach 300 meters away. It was near my present Midan Hotel. But getting the lease and money send to landlord is a unique experience that I hope to successfully conclude soon so I can move out of the hotel. This lease is for 3 months. Leases are normally by the year. But as my wife will join me hopefully in a couple of weeks or so, I just wanted a short lease to stay in while my wife will look for that more permanent place.

I am into too many birdie forums. From time to time, hits onto Tinkerbell webpage are traced by me to where they came from. And then I might write yet again when that topic is poignant to me.

Such as the one below.


I just added


Hi folks,

This is me writing from Muscat, Oman after a couple of months or so in Dubai and after a long absence from here.

Hits to Tink site from this thread prompted me to revisit here.

With some humble comments I like to add.

It will be a big mistake if we think clicker training is merely a 'Palovian conditioning'. In which case do you accept your entire life and education to be another sort of 'Palovian conditioning'?

It will demean your beastie to be nothing but an conditioned stomach and mouth that you go on to teach 'tricks'. If you hold that mindset, then your reality and what you perceived of the reality WILL be fixed as such in your mind.

And you will forever forgo a wonderful and close relationship with your beasties that can be yours.

And just food for your thoughts. If training is just Palovian food conditioning, why did Tinkerbell and Yingshiong persisted in flying to me and overflying my wife when she clearly had food in her hands trying to distract them and I clearly had empty hands when I called them? Surely they should have gone to the food carrier rather than to me?

Clicker is not important and only a tool. But surely you would like to have a good tool. I am sure you can play good tennis with a wooden racket. But wouldn't you play even better tennis with a good graphit racket?

I find the clicker to be iconic for the training.

When I hold a clicker in the hand, my mind focus to the very moment between me and the beastie. And when my beastie saw that clicker in my hand, they focused on the training there and then raising the awareness to a point of sharpness amost akin to Zen type of awareness.

Indeed, I do not need the clicker. But why should I not use the clicker when it seemed to help so much. And when I talk of a clicker, it can be anything that make a consistent sound, which can be a pen, or tie clip.

I wrote even more in the Tinkerbell webpages.

I tried my best to bring the water to the horses, for the sake of their beasties. Horses cannot be made to drink if they choose not to drink.

If you think of clicker as Palovian conditioning, why not? Perhaps you are right and I just completely wrong.

Warmest regards




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