Birds make great pets.

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Most people think birds are hard to take care of, messy, loud, and a bunch of other negative things. And the truth is, yes they are if you don’t raise them right. But if you take care of them right, they can be the best pet you’ve ever owned. This article will discuss cage sizes for the variety of sizes and strengths of different species.

For smaller birds, such as finches and parakeets, it is ideal to get a twenty-one inch by twenty-one inch cage. The spaces in between the wires for the cage must be small enough so the bird can’t get through or get stuck. If you get your bird’s wings clipped, which you should not do with finch type birds, the wires should be horizontal on at least two sides so the bird can make their way up the cage.

Medium birds, such as cockatiels, lovebirds, and other species that are around this size. The ideal cage size is twenty-four inch by twenty-four, or at least twice the size of the bird’s wing span. As well as the small birds, if the wings are trimmed, the cage should have horizontal bars on at least two sides. The space in between the bars should be small enough so the bird will not get their head stuck.

For big birds, such as conures, amazon parrots, and pigeons, they should have as big of a cage as possible. Just as the medium birds, the cage should be twice the size of their wingspan. It should be big enough to where you can put toys, forging supplies, and perches in the cage while still having enough room to where the bird can still stretch and roam around freely.

For larger birds, such as macaws and cockatoos, it is best that you only have a cage for when there is no one home or for when they sleep. These big birds aren’t recommended for people who have not owned a bird before. They should spend most of their time outside of the cage.

Football Fights Back!

DHS Football

After the football team ends up with 4 wins and 5 loses how do they keep going? With many players injured and out for the rest of the season you might think they would give up. Well, they haven’t. With one game left before playoffs, they plan to play their best.

Although many would argue switching from 11-man football to 8-man football is easier, Desert has proven time and time again that no matter what the conditions are, you have to fight for your place in the lights, especially when the cost is many of the players on the team.

Ethan Santacruz played at least 3 games with a bad neck before he was pulled out of the game altogether. Tyvon McBride ended up in the hospital after one hit during the game and he is barely getting back to school now. Both Hector Salazar and Payton Anton have received many concussions. Another player, Brandon Guy, got injured in the first game of the school year and by the end of October he was ready to play again. But, what he didn’t know was that at his first game back he would dislocate his shoulder twice and be out for the rest of the season. Eben Ramirez will be getting hip surgery soon for getting injured during summer conditioning.

Although the Scorpions have had many players injured, they have not stopped fighting. After losing 66 to 0 against Laguna Blanca they came back for a win a week later against Desert Chapel 58 to 20. These Scorpions play some rough teams but they’ll always start off the next week with a better attitude. They have not given up!

7th Grade Scoop

Desert Crest/LogoWe asked a number of 7th graders at Desert Junior High what they thought about school and this was the response that we got.

Question- What do you think about switching classes?

“I like switching classes because, if you don’t like a teacher you don’t have to deal with them for 7 to 8 hours.” -Nya Childs

“It’s okay, I like switching classes.” -Jaren Garner

Question- Which do you prefer Junior High or Elementary School?

“I prefer Junior High because it’s easier to make friends and you are overall just free.” -Kimberly Aguilar Cortez

“Junior High because, it is more understandable and overall really fun and easy.” -Kaidence Borba

“Junior High is better due to the fact that you have more responsibility and there are more classes.” -Jailey Ferror

“Elementary School because we were the oldest.” -Piper Danks

Question- Do you think you have more homework compared to last year?

“This year we have gotten more homework.” -Keono Smith

Some disagree with this statement. Summer Espitia thinks that this year we have gotten very little homework compared to last year. In fact a big percent of the 7th graders believe we had more homework last year at Branch.

Over half of the 7th graders like Junior High better than Elementary. We personally think that Junior High is the better option. GO SCORPIONS!!