A blog about my beautiful budgies.
Lennie’s call for millet
5 September 2018Posted by on
Lennie can be a bit skittish & wary of me. He does like millet though. He really likes it.
This is handy for taming purposes, but my initial motivation for giving Lennie personal attention with millet, was to distract him from interrupting Dalai & Perry from their kissy-kissy sessions.
I started off just holding a bobble of millet up to him, but now he will fly (more of a jump with the aid of wings) to my hand. He has developed a ‘Millet Cry’ (see video below). It feels like a form of communication. He watches where I am & shouts, “I want millet…. NOW!” Sometimes I hear the battle cry when in the kitchen & when I come out I see him on the triangle platform perch, facing the kitchen door – so he knows where I am even when I am not in the room.
Some would perhaps not want to encourage such bossy behaviour but I like to reward him for wanting to interact with me, even though I know it is the millet he really wants to interact with!
I put a millet bobble (or even loose millet seeds) in my hand & hold it out to him. He will munch his way through those seeds & then inch down my arm as he knows I have another millet bobble in my other hand, behind my back, waiting to give to him after he has finished the first lot of millet.
This routine may happen 2 or 3 times in a row. Whilst we are engaging in our millet game, Dalai & Perry take the opportunity to have a little flirt together. It is not long before Lennie gets jealous & abandons the millet in order to disrupt Dalai & Perry. Abandoning the millet is not an easy decision for him as he gives a few strangled chirps, whilst trying to get as many seeds into his beak as possible, then dashes into the Silver Villa to make sure he is not missing anything!