Get up early in the morning and have a cup of coffee. It’s going to be a long day, so place your Parrot on a perch nearby to keep you company while you prepare the meal.
- Place roasted turkey on a large platter, and cover beak marks with strategically placed sprigs of parsley.
- Put mashed potatoes into serving bowl, re-whip at last minute to conceal beak marks and claw prints.
- Place pan of sweet potatoes on sideboard, forget presentation as there’s no way to hide the areas of missing marshmallows.
- Put rolls in decorative basket, remove Parrot from side of basket and return him to perch.
- Remove beaked rolls, serve what’s left.
- Set a stick of butter out on the counter to soften. think better and return it to the refrigerator.
- Wipe down counter to remove mashed potato claw tracks.
- Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to perch.
- Cut the pie into serving slices.
- Wipe whipped cream off Parrot’s beak and place large dollops of remaining whipped cream on pie slices.
- Whole slices are then served to guests, beaked-out portions should be reserved for hosts and hostesses.
- Place Parrot inside cage and lock the door.
- Sit down to a nice relaxing dinner with your family – accompanied by plaintive cries of “WANT DINNER!” from the other room
- I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving with their families and birds!
Photo credit: Anna Sloan
Author Patty Jourgensen specializes in avian health, behavior and nutrition and has been working with and caring for rescue birds since 1987.