Perhaps it is something in the water… or maybe a full moon… or more probably it is plain & simple budgie naughtiness!
The recent routine has mostly been the following:
- Morning – out & about for a fly
- Afternoon – locked in for siesta
- Evening – out & about for a fly & daily bottom paper clean
Now, each evening the same thing happens when I let them out – the toyboys want to swap partners!
The puddings are still adamant they do not want to swap partners.
Both boys hit on their mate’s pudding at the same time & it makes it difficult to decide which pudding to rescue first. Raspy is usually the first to fly to escape Cagney’s advances. She usually lands on the floor at some point as Cagney has far more energy than her. I show her the open Ferplast cage door & she readily runs in to shelter from the storm that is Cagney.
Meanwhile, Bezukhov is being highly arrogant & hitting on flock boss Atilla. Once Raspy has been locked up in the Ferplast, Cagney, after trying to flirt with her through the bars, goes to Atilla but Bezukhov chases him away. If he exits the Manor to chase Cagney away then I quickly lock Atilla up alone. After a short time, I let Cagney in to be with Atilla & then Bezukhov wants to go into the Ferplast to be with Raspy. I let them chill out for a bit with their correct partners before releasing them again.
This evening was slightly different in that Atilla landed on the floor trying to get away from Bezukhov. In fact, Raspy had already landed on the floor. The toyboys were on the floor also, still pursuing their wrong partner. They were all on the floor! Such confusion!
This time I managed to get both Raspy & Atilla into the Ferplast. (Raspy quite likes the chill out zone but Atilla was a bit put out to be away from her Manor). The boys camped outside the Ferplast, waiting not-very-patiently to be let in or for the girls to be let out….