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The Daily Dispatch: October 12, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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our bird in full health and beauty --which is the visible sign of health — you must confine him to bread soaked in water (no milk, remember,) hemp-seed, or hemp and canary mixed; a bit of hard biscuit, or crust dried in the oven, is healthful; dates, nuts; in fact, any dry or ripe fresh fruit in moderation. He has Paddy's taste for a good boiled potato, which may be indulged. His favorite part on an apple is the core, from which he picks out the pips with evident relish, undaunted by Sir Fitzroy Kelley's opinion.--For orange and lemon pips, also, he has a penchant, even for those of the Saville orange which we might suppose too bitter for any living thing to eat. Never give your bird animal food in any form, and you will not find him suffer from dysentery, lose his feathers in patches, or pluck them out, as parrots often will, in the uneasiness produced by a vitiated state of the blood consequent on improper diet. The last point, a very important one, cleanliness. Both perch and ca