A blog about my beautiful budgies.
Monthly Archives: April 2016
30 April 2016Posted by on
Bezukhov & Phineas both wanted a bath…. at the same time:
Bezukhov tried his best, but Phinny won that particular battle.
27 April 2016Posted by on
20 April 2016Posted by on
As soon as he arrived, on the 14th March, little Dalai was promptly put into quarantine, i.e. my bedroom!
He looked young & healthy, but quarantine is important. The theory behind doing quarantine is that the stress of the move & change of environment may trigger an underlying illness, that may endanger the rest of the flock. The standard time for quarantine in this situation is 4 weeks. We managed 3.6 weeks.
Quarantine is usually a good time to spend taming your bird or building a bond, without distractions.
Though Dalai was clearly uneasy about the changes, it did not take too long for him to tolerate my hands moving around the cage, changing seed/water & cleaning things. He always took himself to the opposite side to where I was working. It took him longer to get used to me sliding the bottom tray out to change the paper & he seemed surprised that this strange event happened every day!
I spent time with my hand in the cage & gradually moved it towards him but he indicated he was not comfortable with that. Even if I held something tasty like millet.
During quarantine, Dalai developed his own eating routine which I found difficult to cope with at first – he tended not to eat until around 5 pm, at which point he could spend over 20 minutes eating seed without pausing once.
His previous owner had given me some seed that he had been feeding him. I started mixing my own with this to transition him over. He liked millet, especially a new spray & not a half-eaten one. Because of the long hours of not eating, I bought him honey sticks that I remembered he had in his previous home, in the hope of enticing him to eat during the day. He liked those too.
The last time I had bought a honey stick was probably when my girls, Atilla & Raspy, were still around. I noticed some odd coloured poops from Dalai & after some panic, decided these were caused by the quite garishly coloured honey sticks (the egg one is bright yellow!)
Those days in isolation, with just me for company, must have been difficult & strange for Dalai. He coped well though & found interest in the cage; his red mirror, the chewy toy, & after 3 weeks, the swing. He also took an interest in activity he could see outside the window. He was fairly quiet but did have the odd loud tantrum so I knew there was nothing wrong with his voice.
He also showed signs of being a clever boy as he was drinking water from the hamster-style water bottle as well as the open dish.
Here is a video of my little man during quarantine – eating, tweeting & noticing activity outside the window:
17 April 2016Posted by on
I have reported before that Phineas likes me to ruffle his feathers. This stopped when he came out of his moult. Every now & then I would test if a feather ruffle was acceptable &, though he would not bite my finger like before, he would gently move out of the way. However, he is moulting again. Feather ruffling is back on the agenda! As witnessed by these videos:
It seems that, at heart, he is a big softy!
13 April 2016Posted by on
Last month I reported that Phineas likes to have two hand jives by ten o’clock. He had begun to moult & had reduced his two jives to one. However, his moult has gradually got heavier & now there are zero jives by ten o’clock. Despite this departure from normal routine, he does managed to fit in a jiggy at some point in the day, whether it is the afternoon or early evening.
Here is the man in all his jiggying glory:
11 April 2016Posted by on
Since Cagney’s passing in September, it has been on my mind to increase the flock.
Enter little Dalai.
He was re-homed 4 weeks today on the 14th March. As with re-homes, little is known of his background. He was approx. 5 months old & was originally with a hen who had died leaving him on his own, hence, I guess, the need to re-home. His owner had named him Rama. I decided to rechristen the little one, but wanted to retain his roots & came up with Dalai Rama.
He was housed in a round cage that I did not want so he was transferred to my travel cage. Once home, I quickly finalised the set up of his quarantine cage (folding cage) – I had waited until I saw him in case that helped decide what toys to put in. As he was younger than I imagined, I chose toys that I thought would be more suitable for a youngster. Once all was set up, I managed to transfer him from the travel cage to his new home (at least for the next 4 weeks) & left him to settle.
With luck, Bezukhov & Phineas will welcome him!