Chapter 40 (1/2)
The two came to the supermarket, trying to find a cage for the new prey.
Unexpectedly, it was a bit difficult because no one in the whole building kept birds.
And this bird is so big that you can’t keep it even if you find an ordinary birdcage.
Finally, Lu Qiming brought a large plastic storage box and used a knife to cut many slits two centimeters wide on it, acting as a rough birdcage, and shut it in.
The purpose of catching it is to raise it, so the first thing to do after closing it is to feed the bird.
Jiang Miao Miao brought over the unused half bag of rice, and Lu Qiming poked the bird’s head with a knife handle to wake it up and handed the small paper cup containing rice grains to it.
The big black bird didn’t even look at it but rolled its round eyeballs to observe the surrounding environment. When it realized that it had lost its freedom, it flapped its wings and screamed piercingly.
“Does it not like rice? Let’s try something else?”
Jiang Miao Miao suggested.
Lu Qiming nodded and took all the things that he thought could feed the birds, such as mung beans, dried corn kernels, millet, and red beans, and put them into paper cups and sent them in.
Four or five cups were lined up in front of the big black bird. It arched its pointed beak but was not interested, continued to croak, and even hit its head against the cage in an attempt to rush out.
Jiang Miao Miao was terrified, “It’s over, It doesn’t eat anything, what should we do?”
Lu Qiming said with a cold face:
“I don’t think it’s hungry enough yet, so just leave it alone and let it bump. If it’s too hungry, it will eat it naturally.”
She was dubious, left the birdcage in the supermarket, and followed him back to the room.
While making dinner in the evening, Jiang Miao Miao couldn’t help but go over to take a look.
She saw that the big black bird had already been bumped to the ground, the cage was full of bird feathers and bird feces, and it was dying in the corner.
She shouted at once.
“Lu Qiming! Lu Qiming!”
Lu Qiming, who was carrying drinks by the shelf, came over when he heard the sound, “What’s the matter?”
“Look at this bird, is it going to die?”
If they really can’t raise it, then don’t waste it. Quickly boil hot water, scald the hair, and add a good dish to today’s dinner.
Lu Qiming leaned over to take a look and poked it with a chopstick.
The half-closed eyes of the big black bird suddenly widened and then began to thump and bump into the cage.
“It’s not dead, it’s very good.” He put away his chopsticks and said ,
Jiang Miao Miao was very worried.
“It didn’t touch the food, it didn’t drink the water, and it kept bumping into the cage. It won’t last a few days.”
“Birds are wild things. They are wild and difficult to tame. They are different from pet dogs who get close to people when they see them. Just wait.”
Although she was worried, she had no choice but to ignore it temporarily.
Before leaving, she put some food in the cage, hoping the bird would eat some. Unfortunately, the big black bird was rebellious and only wanted to be free. It didn’t even look at those beans and millet.
The so-called knowing yourself and knowing the enemy can win every battle.
Now they don’t even know what kind of bird it is, so how can they raise them well?
There is a small library in the hotel. Jiang Miao Miao walked in with a flashlight that night, hoping to find materials to help her.
She doesn’t know if she was lucky, but she actually found it.
In a thick hardcover encyclopedia of birds, she found a bird very similar in shape to the great black bird.
The breed is a famous-the crow.
This is the crow? A crow drinking water?
Jiang Miao Miao, the baby in the city, was an eye-opener. Still, after careful comparison, it seems to be different.
The book says that crows are medium in size, generally about 50 centimeters in length, and weigh about 500 to 1,000 grams.
But the body length of the big black bird was 100% more than half a meter long, with a pair of big wings, and its weight was estimated to be more than three kg.
However, the appearance of the two is very similar, and there is almost no difference.
Humans vary in size. For example, she and Yao Ming don’t look like the same species. Could this big black bird be the Yao Ming of the crow world?
(Yao Ming is a retired Chinese basketball player who played for CBA Shanghai Sharks from 1997-2011)
Everyone who chooses pigs knows they have to pick fat, as do birds.
It’s big, the eggs laid are big, and the birds hatched in the eggs are big. The mother is tall and has a nest. This is not a casual remark.
Um… is it a female or a male?
Jiang Miao Miao tried hard to remember, but couldn’t remember, so she went to ask Lu Qiming. The other party also looked at a loss.
No matter if everything is difficult at the beginning, they have a good start, so what are they afraid of?
The night passed, and the first thing Jiang Miao Miao did when she woke up in the morning was to grab Lu Qiming to see if the bird had eaten.
Fortunately, the big black bird stopped hitting the cage, and the blood on its forehead had clotted. The wound didn’t look too serious, and it should heal soon.
Unfortunately, it switched to another method of protest.
When their faces approached the cage, they heard a “poof,” and the bird feces splashed out.
With sharp eyes and quick hands, Lu Qiming pulled Jiang Miao Miao out of the way, unable to hold back anymore.
“This damn bird!”
He opened the cage, grabbed it by the neck and took it out, opened its mouth forcefully with his fingers, picked up a paper cup, and poured food into his throat and eyes.
Jiang Miao Miao said in surprise:
“Is it really possible to do this? Will it hurt it?”
“The injury is what it asked for.”
In one breath, Lu Qiming poured half a cup of rice into it, confirming that the bird had swallowed it all. He only heard a few dry coughs when he was about to let go of it. The bird opened its beak, vomited all the rice it had finally swallowed, then turned its head and slapped it on the back of his hand fiercely.
There was a bloody gash in his hand immediately, and the pain was so painful that he reflexively let go of it.
The big black bird didn’t fly around but rushed into the cage with flapping wings and closed the cage door by itself.
Lu Qiming: “…you come out if you have the ability!”
The big black bird burrowed into the corner and turned its butt towards him.
He was so angry that his face turned blue and white. Jiang Miao Miao was very worried about his injury, held his hand and blew, and asked:
“Does it hurt?”
There is a thin layer of calluses on the woman’s fingers, which is the trace left by the work in the past six months.
The wind she blew, with the coolness of mint in the toothpaste, dispelled his anger.
Lu Qiming shook his hands and said:
“It’s very likely that it’s not ready to be raised. Let’s kill it and eat it, and catch two more that are easy to raise another day.”
Jiang Miao Miao also had this plan.
It’s okay to be disobedient but also bite them. How dangerous it is.
After closing the cage, the two returned to the room, briefly treating Lu Qiming’s wound, and started working.
After finishing today’s work, it was Jiang Miao Miao’s turn for lunch.
She gnawed on a piece of ham sausage and came to the front of the cage. While eating, she wondered what kind of bird soup would be better.
The materials in hand include fungus, shiitake mushrooms, dried bamboo shoots, tea tree mushrooms, dried shrimps, kelp, sea cucumber, abalone, etc.
By the way, there is also ginseng with a price tag of fifty-eight thousand.
How about using ginseng stew to supplement everyone?
Just do it.
Having made up her mind, she planned to boil water, kill birds and pluck their feathers.
Unexpectedly, when she turned around, she found that the big black bird in the cage had been staring at her without blinking, and there was a look of longing on her dark face.
Jiang Miao Miao looked at it and moved half of the ham sausage to the left.
The big black bird’s head turned to the left.
A few minutes later, she excitedly pulled Lu Qiming down.
“I know what it likes to eat, look!”
Lu Qiming stared at the cage intently. The big black bird was eating a ham sausage, pecked it off with its mouth, and then swallowed half of it in one bite.
“It has a good appetite. It has already eaten three. It must have been starving before.”
Jiang Miao Miao said.
“Does it only eat meat?”
“It can’t be raised.”
“We don’t have any meat to eat, so what do we feed it?”
In order to eat meat, raising a meat-eating bird is not superfluous.
Jiang Miao Miao said: “We have a lot of ham sausage, several large boxes, and a lot of canned food, so it doesn’t matter if we share it.”
“It eats four ham sausages a day, and if you raise ten such birds, you have to eat forty ones a day. How many days can you feed them with that little stock?”
Lu Qiming said: “I don’t think you should raise any birds. It’s a waste of time and energy. It’s better to catch one and eat it. It’s more convenient.”
What he said made sense, but when the big black bird ate obediently in the cage, Jiang Miao Miao always felt it was a pity to give up like this.
“Why don’t we try raising it first? Maybe it will be willing to eat something else in the future.”
Lu Qiming said, “Anyway, I don’t care.”
When he sees the wound on his hand, he gets angry and wants to stew it in soup.
Jiang Miao Miao hurriedly said: “It’s okay, I’ll come, you don’t have to worry about it from now on, just wait and eat.”
This proposal is quite acceptable. Lu Qiming nodded and went upstairs to wait for lunch.
Jiang Miao Miao breathed a sigh of relief, and after watching him go away, she looked back at the bird in the cage.
The bird had finished eating the fourth ham sausage and opened its mouth to want the fifth.
She wags her finger.
“You can’t eat any more, you are a bird, how can you eat more than a human? Be good, have some rice.”
She pushed the paper cup over, and the other party turned its head arrogantly and pointed its nostrils at her.
Jiang Miao Miao: “…Little Ancestor, can I beg you?”
The big black bird looked at her for a while, lowered its head, and reluctantly took a bite.
She was elated, saw hope, and started feeding more actively.
Lu Qiming waited upstairs for a long time without any food, and Jiang Meimu was also starving, so he went downstairs with it, wanting to see what Jiang Miao Miao was doing.
Before entering the supermarket, he heard a familiar voice.
“Little baby, take another sip, hey… it’s great!”
“There’s only one last bite left, open your mouth, ah.”
“Great, you are the cutest.”
Lu Qiming: “…”
Jiang Miao Miao caught a glimpse of him and showed off to him by shaking the empty cup in her hand.
“Look, it ate the whole cup of rice, so I said it would eat something else.”
Being coaxed like a baby, it would eat it. What’s so strange about it.
Lu Qiming looked at the bird in the cage and suddenly remembered the scene when the dog had just arrived home, feeling a sense of crisis.
Jiang Meimu stared sadly at the ham sausages all over the floor, not understanding how it was worse than that black thing.
Jiang Miao Miao was very proud of successfully taming the big black bird, wishing to show it off to Lu Qiming three times a day.
Considering that the cage was too small and the bird was too big. The other party would no longer peck people at every turn. She tidied up a room, locked the big black bird in, and changed it to a semi-stocking state.
The big black bird has a room of more than 30 square meters in this top-level building where every inch of land is now expensive. It has fulfilled the dream of many small white-collar workers before the end of the world. At the same time, it has its own name – Lao Bai.
Like Jiang Meimu’s name, Jiang Miao Miao’s strong hopes are placed in it.
“This bird is too ugly. It will grow white in the future. Not only can it eat meat, but it can also become a beautiful landscape.”
In many movies, when a big scene occurs, the director likes to release a group of white pigeons to set off the atmosphere.
After all, they are people who live in the post-apocalyptic novel. Although they haven’t accomplished any great things, it’s not easy to survive. They deserve to enjoy the treatment of the protagonist.
Lao Bai lived in the room for three days, gradually getting used to the new environment. Its daily diet tended to be regular.
Jiang Miao Miao feeds it twice a day. The staple food is a cup full of white rice grains, with half a ham sausage, a handful of mung beans, and a cup of water.
Seeing that Lao Bai is getting stronger day by day, her reproduction plan is also on the agenda.
It’s time to find a partner for Lao Bai. She dreams of eating poached eggs at night.
But… Should she find a female or a male for it?
Lao Bai was already vicious. If someone more vicious of the same kind was caught, there would probably be murders happening every day.
Still, they have to tell the difference.
This afternoon, Jiang Miao Mmiao pulled Lu Qiming, who was playing a game, to the outside of the birdhouse and opened a crack in the door to have a look.
Lao Bai squatted in a corner to sleep, with a gurgling sound from its nose as if it was snoring.
The two tiptoed in, shut the door behind them, and went to grab it.
Lu Qiming was skilled and acted as the main force. He walked up to it in a few steps. When he bent down to grab it, the opponent suddenly opened his eyes vigilantly, fluttered its wings, soared into the air, landed on the ceiling lamp, and held on to the bulb without letting go.
The light bulb has electricity. If it is electrocuted by a leakage, it would be a pity. She has spent a long time taking care of it.
Jiang Miao Miao quickly raised her hands, put on a harmless gesture, and coaxed it.
“Old Bai, come down, okay? We won’t arrest you, we just want to see you.”
Lu Qiming sneered: A woman’s mouth is a deceiving ghost.
Lao Bai blinked but still didn’t move.
She took out half of the ham sausage prepared in advance from her pocket and shook it in the air.
It couldn’t resist the temptation of food and landed on her arm.
The two immediately gathered together to study.
Feather? They can not tell.
All the crows in the world are black, so you can’t tell the difference between males and females.
Mouth and paws? It was as sharp as a dagger, and a blow to her face could disfigure her.
At first glance, they look more like males, but females are often more aggressive than males in nature, such as female lions and hens, so it is still difficult to distinguish.
In the end, only the genitals remained.
Jiang Miao Miao looked at Lu Qiming, who shook his head.
She had no choice but to take a deep breath and personally pulled off Lao Bai’s tail feathers, observing the bird’s butt close up for the first time in her life.
There is a small hole under the tail feathers, which is obviously used for excretion.
Other than that… nothing???
What about the genitals?!
The two of them looked at each other, very confused.
Lu Qiming thought for a while and suddenly reached out to touch the bird’s stomach.
Lao Bai, who was immersed in the delicacy and couldn’t help but be disturbed, screamed and tried to fly away.
Jiang Miao Miao quickly hugged it in her arms, comforted it patiently, and let Lu Qiming touch it carefully.
The latter furrowed his brows tightly and touched it inch by inch from top to bottom, his expression became more and more serious, and his hands shook a bit.
She hurriedly asked, “Have you touched it?”
He didn’t speak and repeatedly squeezed the bird’s belly with his thumb.
Lao Bai opened his mouth and screamed, and a gray-green egg with fine brown spots fell steadily into Lu Qiming’s palm.
The egg is not big, one-third smaller than ordinary eggs, and it looks even smaller when set off by Lu Qiming’s palm.
But Jiang Miao Miao was still too excited.
After half a year, she finally saw the egg again! woo woo…
The one that can lay eggs is obviously the female bird. The two rewarded it with half a sausage of ham, put it back, and went back to the room to discuss how to deal with the egg.
Since you want to take the sustainable development route, keeping the eggs and hatching them with other eggs to hatch into chicks in the future is the most cost-effective.