The Big Rig Macaw and Owner, Larry
St. Patrick’s Day is the birthday of a very special Harlequin Macaw named Muggsy. Happy 32nd Birthday, Muggsy!
Muggsy travels in a big rig with his owner, Larry whom my husband Greg met at a truck stop in Texas. Greg mentioned to Larry that I’m a blogger and asked if I could call him, and he agreed. Fascinated about this beautiful bird my husband met, I contacted Larry and learned about the amazing Muggsy.
I had read about macaws and already had a list of questions of things I was curious about, including these:
“Larry, does Muggsy scream at you every morning to wake you up?
“No, he says, “Daddy, I love you. Big potty.”
“Do you use cast iron cookware in your truck? I read that one overheating accident can take out a whole feathered family. Does the same go for a Harlequin Macaw?”
“No Teflon at all. Stainless steel or cast iron.”
“I can tell, Larry, that you are a caring and devoted person because a Harlequin Macaw needs two to three hours a day for human interaction, mental stimulation, and exercise.”
Larry has worked with Muggsy for years and has taught him phrases, two of which are “Grapes, please,” and “Corn, please.”
Muggsy eats fresh vegetables, and Larry makes homemade (at home and in the big rig) meals for him. Larry has a full-size refrigerator and a microwave in the truck. He sees that Muggsy gets healthy meals.
The bottom part of macaws’ beaks are hollow inside. They lap water, eat the skin of nothing, and like to eat bone marrow. Every day Muggsy gets an ear of corn, a four-egg omelet, and fresh vegetables. He likes sweets (eats an oreo cookie a day).
Curious what the weekly menu of a macaw is? Check out Muggsy’s favorite foods:
- cantaloupe (he sucks the juice out of it first)
- fried chicken – wit the skin peeled off
- homemade meals
- fresh vegetables
- an ear of corn
- pepperoni pizza
- oatmeal raisin cookies
- raisin bread
- Macadamia nuts
- dry roasted peanuts
- sweet potatoes (but they have to be cooked because they are arsenic)
- 1/2 plum
- 1/2 peach
- grapes, and apples (seeds have to be taken out)
“Will Muggsy receive birthday treats?” I asked Larry.
“He always gets a hard candy and a cupcake with sprinkles on top.”
Thank You for Visiting Kitchen Hospitality!
Link Parties Today: Full Plate Thursday