ThunderBIRDS: Week 1

Week 1
Jul. 30 - Aug. 5, 2004
Week 2
Aug. 6 - 12, 2004
Week 3
Aug. 13 - 19, 2004
Week 4
Aug. 20 - 26, 2004
Week 5
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2004
Week 6
Sept. 3 - 9, 2004
Week 7
Sept. 10 - 16, 2004
Week 8
Sept. 17 - 23, 2004
Week 9
Sept. 24 - 30, 2004
Week 10
Oct. 1 - 7, 2004
Week 11
Oct. 8 - 14, 2004
Week 12
Oct. 15, 2004 - Epilogue



ThunderBIRDS: Week 1

July 30, 2004

Left to right: Helijet, Skythrust, and Fireflash.

On July 30, 2004 a friend brought over three baby House Sparrows who where about a week old and needed a new mom. Earlier that day I had gone to see the new Thunderbirds movie, so what better to name them than after the Thunderbirds. I thought of several different names, but most of them had genders set or didn't seem to fit. In the end I chose to name them after commercial aircraft from the original series. The eldest I named Fireflash, the next I named Skythrust, and after much thinking I finally named the youngest Helijet.
I fed them hourly like all my books said. They all did well the first night, though after that I realized that I was going to need some help.

July 31, 2004

I forgot to get a picture of them this day, but my sis managed to take some using her camera phone. I'm still waiting for her to send them to me.I had tried stayed up the night before to feed my new babies, but toward morning I kept catching myself falling asleep for up to two hours at a time. I showed my sis how to feed them so she could be the one to feed them at night. Toward evening Helijet would not eat for up to two hours at a time, so I was getting worried. Thankfully Helijet never went for more than two hours without food, and survived the night.

August 1, 2004

Left to right: Fireflash, Helijet, and Skythrust.

After about six hours of sleep it was my turn again. The babies grew fast. I was seeing changes in about half a day. For a few days I had trouble telling the difference between Skythrust and Helijet, so I'm guessing they hatched in the same day or close to it. They kept switching attitudes and stuff. One day Helijet would be the noisiest and the next day it would be Skythrust. Fireflash was the easiest to identify cause she was bigger than the other two.From the start Pippin, my Green-cheeked Conure, was not happy with these new babies. Before they came HE was the baby. I had to keep him locked in his cage to protect the babies and to protect those who were to feed the babies. It became hard to handle Pippin cause he bit everyone because of his jealousy.

August 2, 2004

Left to right: Skythrust, Helijet, and Fireflash.

At this point their feathers really started to come in. I had to take the night shift because my sis had to do stuff during the day time. We also ended up teaching my mom and one of my bros to feed them because at some points neither me or my sis could feed them. I slept on the couch since the babies were in my room by my bed and with people coming in every hour it would probubly be hard to sleep undisturbed. I after a few days I found a way to get more than just six hours of sleep, and that was to close the curtains to the only west facing window that happened to be right behind the couch I was sleeping on.

August 3, 2004

Left to right: Not easy to tell but I think its Skythrust, Helijet, and Fireflash.

You can really see that they are messy eaters. Food all over them and the box. Lucky it wasn't that hard to clean up their droppings. They would move away from where they were laying, go poop, and then move back. The only problem we had was when we picked them up, they would usually go poop in our hands.

August 4, 2004

Top to bottom: Oh boy, I think its Fireflash, Helijet, and Skythrust.

As you can tell it was very hard to tell them apart. In that picture I can't even be certain which one Fireflash is. We handled them a little, but most of the time they stayed in the box. Thats my hand by the way.

August 5, 2004

Left to right: It looks like maybe Helijet, Fireflash, and Skythrust.

They really started looking like fledglings. They were almost totally feathered except for a small bit on their abdomen. Their flight feathers were almost totally in.


Week 1
Jul. 30 - Aug. 5, 2004
Week 2
Aug. 6 - 12, 2004
Week 3
Aug. 13 - 19, 2004
Week 4
Aug. 20 - 26, 2004
Week 5
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2004
Week 6
Sept. 3 - 9, 2004
Week 7
Sept. 10 - 16, 2004
Week 8
Sept. 17 - 23, 2004
Week 9
Sept. 24 - 30, 2004
Week 10
Oct. 1 - 7, 2004
Week 11
Oct. 8 - 14, 2004
Week 12
Oct. 15, 2004 - Epilogue