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!
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It’s great to hear how well Dalai’s settling in – and it’s just as well Bezukhov is as patient as he is, having a raring-to-go youngster on his hands/claws!
It’s possible Bezukhov has learnt to be patient through living with Phineas….
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Dalai has settled in so well, you must be happy 🙂
I am just happy there is no blood up the walls! I was prepared for all sorts happening! 😀
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