Two month hiatus
3 January 2016
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Phineas is randy again.
Towards the end of October, Phineas lost the urge to do the jiggy-jiggy hand jive. Along with this, he also stopped regurgitating. This coincided with his moult. Last year, the hiatus lasted around 5-6 weeks. This time it lasted just over two months. He broke it on the 28th December with a jiggy-jiggy that he progressed, with a flourish, to the final deposit stage. Since then, he has begun regurgitating again & is demanding more of my attention.
Phineas is back to his version of ‘normal’. It is early stages but this appears to mean that ruffling of cheek feathers is now not acceptable. When he started letting me ruffle his feathers, I looked for an opportunity to do this each day & so we developed a routine. Now, when I try to do this he does not respond – he just moves his head away. It is entirely possible I may have to wait until his big moult next September/October before feather ruffling will happen again!