The sheer volume of work at the Bird House is overwhelming if you stop long enough to think about it. And if something odd comes up, and you have to cope with that along with your normal routine, well, you just deal with that as well as everything else. Just producing enough food for close to a thousand birds every day is mind boggling to me.
Food Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdqrGJybsCQ
This is a week’s worth of mealworms. It never occurred to me that there are people in this world in the mealworm business. And apparently they do just fine. The Cincinnati Zoo uses a LOT of mealworms.
To the Cincinnati Birds, these plates are 4 star meals with vitamins and supplements sprinkled on like garnishes. If you don’t mind what the plates actually entail, they are beautifully composed. This is serious cuisine to the birds here. They get more food than they require with plenty to spare and these guys chow down! Steve believes in “more than enough” so that everyone gets all that they need. If there is none left when the plate is retrieved, it wasn’t enough food and the amount is adjusted. These are just a few of the plates going out in the afternoon to a couple of the outdoor exhibits. This is just a fraction of what the Bird House produces in a day.
This is the fruit mix used for a variety of birds. The staff makes a container of this fruit mix the size of a small trunk every other day.