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Day 162: Grooming

In addition to napping, flapping, and regular consumption of choice victuals, maintaining prime levels of prettiness also requires rigorous daily grooming.

For those beings who happen to be extra-pretty, grooming once a day (or once an hour) might not be enough.

Each feather deserves VIP treatment. After all – what if the one feather you decide to neglect one day is the exact one your fans choose to photograph!?

You can also use grooming sessions as a chance to teach your large featherless assistant the proper method of maintaining maximum prettiness (after all, it won’t do for the prettiest bird in the whole world to have an unattractive assistant).

First, you can fluff up your feathers and use nonverbal communication to let others know you are about to start grooming.
First, you can fluff up your feathers and use nonverbal communication to let students know you are about to start grooming class.
Stretching out your muscles beforehand gets you all limber for grooming.
Stretching out your muscles beforehand gets you all limber for grooming.
Grooming requires intense concentration and focus (here you must also cultivate the ability to ignore the popping flashbulbs).
Grooming requires intense concentration and focus (here you must also cultivate the ability to ignore the popping flashbulbs).
It is normal for students to oooh and aaaah when you get to this part of the grooming process.
It is normal for students to oooh and aaaah when you get to this part of the grooming process.
Saving the most complicated grooming maneuvers for last helps students build up their confidence first.
Saving the most complicated grooming maneuvers for last helps students build up their confidence first.
Finally, you can announce that class is over for the day.
Finally, you can use more nonverbal communication to announce grooming class is over for the day.

Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts

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