A blog about my beautiful budgies.
11 August 2016Posted by on
Dalai finally worked out that a proper bath meant actually getting into the water!
About 2 weeks after regularly sitting on the side of the Thomas Bath & washing his face with water & his body with air, Dalai took the plunge & immersed himself in the water. Once he discovered how a proper bath should be taken, he had many dunks.
Dalai continues to regularly freshen himself up in the water.
Though Phineas will often keep Dalai company during a bath, both he & Bezukhov have not used the Thomas Bath themselves since Dalai has been using it. It makes me wonder if Dalai has claimed it for himself…
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When Dalai was still confined to his quarantine cage, he experimented with having an air bath in his water pot (click here for that post). Once he was free of the cage, he had access to The Thomas Bath. I had hoped Bezukhov & Phineas would demonstrate how it worked but they were not cooperating in that respect. Instead, it took Dalai about ten days to discover it for himself & to launch into a proper air bath.
You can see that Phineas appears to be sharing some of his wisdom but I suspect Dalai thought this was just more (hot) air for him to bathe in…
1 August 2016Posted by on
Last year, when Bezukhov lost weight, I encouraged him to eat by following him around & offering food at every opportunity. One of the things I used was the little red seed pot.
The little pot is the bottom of a fountain seed feeder. I like the little pot because it is… well… it is little (!) & shallow. It is handy for putting small amounts of food in, like chopped vegetables. I have used them a lot in the past but not so much now as the bars of the Manor are too widely spaced and the Silver Villa has vertical bars.
During the drive to help Bezukhov put weight back on, I would also offer food to Phineas (hence two little red seed pots) in the hope that Bezukhov’s flock mentality would kick in & he would eat too. All this worked in the sense that Bezukhov regained his lost weight but it had the unfortunate consequence of Phineas becoming overweight! At this point I scaled down use of the little red seed pots. I would only offer it to Bezukhov (usually when Phineas was otherwise engaged).
Over time, the little red seed pot has become Bezukhov’s pot. His weight is no longer an issue but I still offer it to him when it looks like he wants to eat in peace. It is ‘our thing’. When Bezukhov wants to eat from it, he usually goes to the top of the Villa door & looks down at my (empty) hands. At which point I get the seed pot & hold it up to him for some one-on-one bonding time.
The only recent change has been Dalai’s presence. Though Dalai is not tame, he is curious. He has noticed this little red seed pot ritual & approached recently when he saw Bezukhov eating from it. I have encouraged Dalai’s curiosity as any way to get him closer to my hand & to see that I am not a threat, is welcome. Twice now, Dalai has been brave enough to eat from the little pot (with me holding it!) Bezukhov still gets his opportunity to eat from it & I do not see that ritual changing any time soon.
Who knew that a little red seed pot could be so pivotal, significant & useful?
23 July 2016Posted by on
As previously posted, Dalai left his quarantine cage on May 11th. That evening, when it came to bedtime, there was a bit of chaos. Dalai did not want to go into his own home so settled on a perch on the outside of the Silver Villa, where Bezukhov & Phineas were already inside sleeping.
He showed no signs of going into any cage – bear in mind he had a choice of his own quarantine cage, the Silver Villa & the Manor. As a last resort, I had to catch him in order to get him to a place of safety for bed. He is not finger tame so the simple act of putting my finger in front of him freaked him out, so we ended up having a mad chase around the room. I eventually caught him (boy, can he screech like he is being murdered!) & popped him back into his own cage.
The following evening (12th May), Bezukhov & Phineas retired to bed as usual, in the Silver Villa. Dalai fell asleep on a perch on the Manor. As it got late, I gave him a little nudge & to get away from me he flew into the Villa. So, that was their first night all sleeping together.
Naturally, I set the alarm extra early to check on them the next morning. All was well but I let them out early anyway. Interestingly, Dalai went straight to his own cage & had a long chat with his red mirror.
The following evenings Dalai decided to sleep in his own cage. It is worth noting that his cage is alongside the Villa & at night I put the cover across both cages so they can see each other. There is a perch in the Villa that lines up nicely with where Dalai sleeps in his cage & either Bezukhov or Phineas will sleep there if Dalai is not in with them.
Since then, Dalai has gradually increased his overnight stays with Bezukhov & Phineas, & we are now at a point where he sleeps with them every night. In fact, he rarely even goes into his own cage any more so I am considering removing it. I still try to get them out early the next morning as I find that Bezukhov gives me the hint by quietly waiting on the platform perch (where the small door opens) to be let out. Dalai is less subtle & when he wants to come out he has a tantrum & sometimes pushes past Bezukhov on the platform perch in order to be out first!
21 July 2016Posted by on
Since Dalai has joined Bezukhov & Phineas, I have seen both of them regurgitate for him.
Bezukhov feeding Dalai:
Phineas feeding Dalai:
These actions must surely make Dalai feel welcome in our flock!
19 July 2016Posted by on
Dalai likes to play with his red mirror:
17 July 2016Posted by on
When Dalai finally came out of his quarantine cage, he was quietly confident. Apart from the first few seconds of panic when I think he did not know how to fly lower than the ceiling, he coped very well.
On that first day, he proved himself to be a great flyer, despite being cooped up in a cage for weeks (possibly months – including his previous home). Though his first landing was on the Silver Villa (a convenient flat top), his first port of exploration was the Manor (see video below – you can see Phineas bending Dalai’s ear whilst Bezukhov keeps a respectful distance).
To either show off how smart he was or to simply have a few minutes to recollect himself, Dalai expertly popped back into his own home at intervals.
It was not long before the Silver Villa was investigated. Here he found seed so he was able to stop & refuel before continuing with his adventures. He also found Phinny’s pink ttmss swing. Whilst he was on there, Phineas felt the need to shadow him from above (see video below). The swing turned out to be a nice place for Dalai to have a snooze too.
Dalai’s first visit to the Manor:
Dalai on the pink swing in the Silver Villa & Phineas prowling around on top:
10 July 2016Posted by on
We had some very heavy, black clouds the other day. Dalai & Bezukhov watched them from the window perch & waited for the inevitable rain:
For all those who cannot hear the words ‘Stormy Weather’ without hearing the song, ‘Stormy Weather’, this is for you: Lena Horne singing Stormy Weather