Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born

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When you are a young feathered being raised in an interspecies flock, you may at first struggle to grasp and claim your rightful place in the flock pecking order.

After all, the ones without feathers are undeniably larger than you are in every way.

Plus they act like they know better than you do about when and how much you should be fed.

But there is one thing you have that they don’t have.

This is the thing that will forever mark them as “beta” flock members under your “alpha” leadership (hint: it starts with a “W” and is covered with aerodynamic FEATHERS).

Oh I am so warm and comfy here on Mom's shoulder.
Oh I am so warm and comfy here on Mom’s shoulder.
Even though on the inside I feel like the flock "alpha," I can't help but acknowledge how much smaller I am than my flockmates (even when I puff out all my feathers).
Even though on the inside I feel like the flock “alpha,” I can’t help but acknowledge how much smaller I am than Mom and my other featherless flockmates (even when I puff out all my feathers all at once!).
I guess being the flock "beta" isn't such a bad trade for getting 24/7 Mommyguard services.
I guess being the flock “beta” isn’t such a bad trade for getting free 24/7 Mommyguard services.
But still, something in my logic doesn't quite add up. I may be small, but I feel.....
Yet still, something in my logic doesn’t quite add up. I may be small, but I feel…..
POWERFUL!!!
POWERFUL!!!

Author: Shannon Cutts

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Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise & box turtle mama. Pet & people blogger.

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