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Monthly Archives: August 2016
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Since Dalai has joined the flock, bedtime has become unpredictable. Sometimes Dalai will voluntarily join Bezukhov & Phineas in the Silver Villa where they are ready for bed. Other than those odd occasions, it seems that Dalai does not want to go to bed. At least he does not want to go to bed in a cage.
Dalai tends to settle on the plant pot stand that is positioned in front of the Villa. If it gets late & he is still snoozing there, I will give him a prod & he goes into the Villa with the others. However, quite often, Bezukhov & Phineas will join him on the plant pot stand. They may have gone into the Villa for bed but when they see Dalai settled outside, they probably think that if he is not coming in to them, they will go out to him. On these occasions, eventually, either Bezukhov or Phineas will retire to the Villa for a proper sleep & Dalai follows them without much, if any, prodding.
Bedtime on the plant pot stand for three sleepy birdies:
25 August 2016Posted by on
Both Bezukhov & Dalai have bent & chewed tails.
My first thought was that Phineas was the culprit, mainly because his is the only tail that is still straight. Also, if a tail is waved in front of Phinny then he will tug it, to the point that whoever’s tail it is will almost unbalance & fall off the perch. It seemed the likely scenario.
However, over time I have witnessed another culprit…. Dalai! One time, when Bezukhov was minding his own business, I saw Dalai on the ttmss swing below him, purposefully swinging across & grabbing his tail. The striking thing was that this was done in the name of play. Bizarrely, Bezukhov appeared to just go along with it & did not seem to mind Dalai grabbing his tail & almost hanging off him.
On another occasion, Phineas was on the landing platform & was tucking into a slice of apple that I was holding. Dalai noticed this but was torn between wanting to eat the apple too (flock mentality) & not wanting to eat it because I was holding it (not tame) so in the end, pulled Phinny’s tail as if to physically drag Phinny away so no one could eat the apple! This took Phinny by surprise but he was too big to budge so Dalai gave up.
11 August 2016Posted by on
Dalai finally worked out that a proper bath meant actually getting into the water!
About 2 weeks after regularly sitting on the side of the Thomas Bath & washing his face with water & his body with air, Dalai took the plunge & immersed himself in the water. Once he discovered how a proper bath should be taken, he had many dunks.
Dalai continues to regularly freshen himself up in the water.
Though Phineas will often keep Dalai company during a bath, both he & Bezukhov have not used the Thomas Bath themselves since Dalai has been using it. It makes me wonder if Dalai has claimed it for himself…
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When Dalai was still confined to his quarantine cage, he experimented with having an air bath in his water pot (click here for that post). Once he was free of the cage, he had access to The Thomas Bath. I had hoped Bezukhov & Phineas would demonstrate how it worked but they were not cooperating in that respect. Instead, it took Dalai about ten days to discover it for himself & to launch into a proper air bath.
You can see that Phineas appears to be sharing some of his wisdom but I suspect Dalai thought this was just more (hot) air for him to bathe in…
1 August 2016Posted by on
Last year, when Bezukhov lost weight, I encouraged him to eat by following him around & offering food at every opportunity. One of the things I used was the little red seed pot.
The little pot is the bottom of a fountain seed feeder. I like the little pot because it is… well… it is little (!) & shallow. It is handy for putting small amounts of food in, like chopped vegetables. I have used them a lot in the past but not so much now as the bars of the Manor are too widely spaced and the Silver Villa has vertical bars.
During the drive to help Bezukhov put weight back on, I would also offer food to Phineas (hence two little red seed pots) in the hope that Bezukhov’s flock mentality would kick in & he would eat too. All this worked in the sense that Bezukhov regained his lost weight but it had the unfortunate consequence of Phineas becoming overweight! At this point I scaled down use of the little red seed pots. I would only offer it to Bezukhov (usually when Phineas was otherwise engaged).
Over time, the little red seed pot has become Bezukhov’s pot. His weight is no longer an issue but I still offer it to him when it looks like he wants to eat in peace. It is ‘our thing’. When Bezukhov wants to eat from it, he usually goes to the top of the Villa door & looks down at my (empty) hands. At which point I get the seed pot & hold it up to him for some one-on-one bonding time.
The only recent change has been Dalai’s presence. Though Dalai is not tame, he is curious. He has noticed this little red seed pot ritual & approached recently when he saw Bezukhov eating from it. I have encouraged Dalai’s curiosity as any way to get him closer to my hand & to see that I am not a threat, is welcome. Twice now, Dalai has been brave enough to eat from the little pot (with me holding it!) Bezukhov still gets his opportunity to eat from it & I do not see that ritual changing any time soon.
Who knew that a little red seed pot could be so pivotal, significant & useful?