This is a behind the scenes look at how the giveaway winner was chosen. Thank you to all of the giveaway participants. The winner will be revealed at tomorrow’s YBR roundup. In the meantime I leave you with some tips for your next giveaway.
The idea was to have a or your own Cockatiels pick out a name from the eligible participants list.
Fold up the name papers into small enough piece to make it easier for Cockatiels to pickup.
Place the Cockatiels next to the folded papers. This is were 2 Cockatiels are better than 1, incase one chooses to fly away.
Allow the Cockatiel to meditate on which paper to pick up. If that doesn’t work, bribe them with special seeds.
Still not cooperating? Perhaps it would be better to move to familiar surroundings. Trick them by placing a small saucer on their cage as though it was their special treat of the day. Step back and give them some room…Hopefully 10 minutes later one will make a move to investigate.
Well hello there my cute feathered friend. Do you need a lift to the saucer? Ouch!! You meaning stop pecking! Fine I’ll go away.
Place a trail of seeds and step back again…Wait for it…The Cockatiel is getting closer and, Dang it! It prefers a seed instead of paper.
Back to waiting another 10 minutes. Tick-tock tick-tock, I got dinner to make birds! “Lady you can’t tell us what to do! I’m my own bird, so step off.” If your stunt Cockatiels are as stubborn and opinionated as these 2 little rascals, then you’ll have to resort to different methods.
This is were Random.org comes in handy. Perhaps that’s were you should have started. Hmm..
Count the participants and without opening/unfolding the papers write down a number on each folded paper.
Nifty Random.org will generate a number for you.
Look for the winning generated number on the pile of folded papers…
Found it. Now really annoy the participants by telling them the winner will be revealed at tomorrow’s YBR roundup. See you then!
Please don’t laugh at my horrible handwriting. I blame it on lack of practice due to keyboard use. Thank you!
Laura of Family Spice is currently running a very nice giveaway. It is open to everyone, yes that includes you non-US resident. A worldwide giveaway! Wouldn’t you love to cook with the world’s most expensive spice? Go see Laura then, http://twrt.me/8fe6xd
P.P.P.S. (What’s a third p.s. called?)
Gina of SPCookie Queen is also running a giveaway. Please stop by to see her “Making your Baking Merrier with a Giveaway” It is open to residents of US and Canada, check it out : http://tinyurl.com/bppx5zs