6 December 2015
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The ruffling feathers I refer to in the title of this post, is me ruffling Phinny’s feathers.
I do not mean in a metaphorical way either. Most unusually, in the last few weeks, Phineas has let me actually ruffle his cheek feathers! He is the first budgie who has allowed me to do this.
It started off quite tentative. He was gently preening my finger, then stopped & leaned in to the side of my finger. I moved my finger a little & stroked his cheek feathers. He did not move away. I was surprised. I carried on, very slowly & gently & he seemed to like it. Over the following days, I watched out for the opportunity to do this again. Gradually, my finger movements became stronger & swept a greater area of his cheek feathers & both sides too.
We now have a routine where he preens my finger then I ruffle his cheek feathers. He turns his head to make sure I get the right spots. When he has had enough, he preens my finger again. Sometimes this cycle goes on several times.
This now happens daily. I plan to make the most of it whilst I can. 🙂