18 October 2015
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After the recent trauma, it was nice to see Bezukhov have a proper BATH! Yes, you heard me…. a BATH! A real bath, not a misting, a bath. I am pretty certain it was his first bath!
It was nice to see the Thomas bath being used properly – I like to think Thomas saw this & is proud that his name is connected with such a spirited activity.
Even nicer that I managed to film it.
It was also nice that Phineas was so into the dill that he let Bezukhov have a bath without disturbing him.
7 September 2015
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The Thomas bath is often in use but not as a bath. I usually put something leafy in with water to entice either Cagney, Bezukhov or Phineas to have a bath. They may go over to it & nibble at whatever goodies are there, but never have a bath. Recently though, Bezukhov had a paddle.
That day the bath had dill. It was a rare moment that Phineas was not guarding his dill (all the dill, wherever it is placed) & Bezukhov took the opportunity to put both feet in the water. He had a little shake, as if to imitate having a bath but in reality only his feet got wet. Anyway, I took the hint – it was time for a celery misting.
This misting, a few days ago, was enjoyed by all. I let Cagney & Bezukhov have their go before I let Phineas out. Both toyboys were eager; Bezukhov started dancing in the wet celery leaves before I even started spraying water over them. Cagney, who can sometimes go ages without a bath/misting, was also keen. I felt that he wanted to wash his recent vet & hospital visits out of his feathers.
Once the toyboys had finished, I let Phineas out for his turn. He was a bit confused as he was torn between having a wash under the spraying water or eating the celery. He managed to do both (video below).
1 January 2014
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Would you believe it?! This is the 500th post on this blog! I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on these last few years of blogging.
Bezukhov & Cagney
Thomas & Phineas
The blog was started not long after the Toyboys entered our lives. Atilla & Raspy were already well-established, respected puddings. Their lives were to change dramatically when Cagney & Bezukhov arrived. Surprisingly (given recent events) their introduction went well. The girls were not territorial over the Manor & the toyboys seamlessly entered their domain. Initially, both girls were quite taken with Cagney (naturally, as he was later to be named Mr Popular) but it did not take long for Raspy to switch her allegiance to the more subtle but more engaging Bezukhov. They became a devoted couple, chasing each other & flirting. It was lovely to see.
This left Cagney with Atilla to woo. He took this task on with aplumb. Atilla was a hard nut to crack. He eventually did wear her down though & she became as devoted to him as he was to her. Interestingly, Atilla & Cagney were the first to embark in carnal activities. Though Raspy was keen to explore such areas, Bezukhov was rather shy & took a little coaxing. Of course once they had succumbed, there was no turning back, & ‘synchronised boogie-woogie-ing‘ became commonplace.
Not long after I started the blog, Atilla provided me with rich content, when she unexpectedly began to lay eggs. She laid 9 in succession. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have provided her with a nest box & dummy eggs, to try & halt the process earlier. It is pretty certain that her later hernia was triggered by the excessive egg-laying.
It was some time later, that Read more of this post
14 August 2013
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Although I have been reporting on lots of bathing activities, during the hottest part of our mini UK heatwave, The Thomas Bath has not been touched. I suspected that bathing would be too much of an effort. To encourage them & hopefully help to cool them down a little, I thought we would combine a bath with a misting.
I decided to spray water across the corner of the ferplast, over the bath. Phineas is familiar with mistings so knew what was coming when I emerged with the yellow spray bottle. I started spraying over the bath & he quickly cottoned onto what was happening & went straight for the bath. What was funny though, was that he kept coming out the bath to peck at my fingers on the spray bottle as if to say, “Don’t stop, but hang on until I get back in the bath“, as then he would run back across the top of the cage to the bath. He did this many times. His behaviour really made me chuckle!
Eventually, I put down the spray bottle & filmed this comical & demanding little grey man:
As an aside, during mistings, my puddings used to approach the spray bottle – Atilla more so than Raspy. In fact, Atilla used to want to peer down the nozzle! I had to keep my eye on her as I do not think she would have forgiven me had I sprayed a jet of water into her eyes. The toyboys have always steered clear, although when out of my hands, the spray bottle did hold some fascination.
Just so you know I have not been neglecting the toyboys in
quarantine my bedroom, they have been getting mistings too. Because of the heat, once again, I think they felt it was all too much bother. However, on one occasion they did both get a little wet & here is a half decent photo I got of Cagney:
Cagney during a misting
12 August 2013
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With guidance from Thomas, Phineas has discovered bathing. We have since discovered that The Thomas Bath can hold 2 bathing budgies at the same time. You will need to watch to the end of this video to see evidence of this:
By the way, if you are wondering why there is not more water in the bath, that is because…. there was. Initially. However, Thomas did a belly flop into it & half of the water slopped out onto the floor. 😀
10 August 2013
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After Phineas had experimented by dunking his tootsies in The Thomas Bath, Thomas gave some more coaching. He encouraged Phinny by demonstrating how not to fear the water & to embrace it:
With such a good teacher, Phineas soon started getting the hang of this bathing business:
And now having more of a dunk:
As you can see, Thomas was guiding Phineas throughout the whole session. I am hoping he told Phineas that bath water is not for pooping in, but I suspect in all the excitement that that crucial piece of information may have been omitted.
1 August 2013
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Thomas has not been shy using The Thomas Bath. His frequent & dexterous dunkings have not gone unnoticed by Phineas.
One day, I was most pleased to see Phineas, the novice, tentatively try the bath out.
First one foot in the bath & the other on the edge…..
Phineas with one foot in the bath
Then two tootsies in the bath!
Phineas with two feet in the bath
Thomas appears to be giving him some instructions, possibly telling him not to panic & to take deep breaths. 🙂
Thomas loves taking a bath.
If he could, I am sure he would have a bath every day. The others do not take a bath so this is good evidence that how to take a bath must be in the genes. I am sure some birds can be shown & encouraged but in Thomas’s case, this was not necessary.
In honour of Thomas & his clean ways, I have christened the new bath The Thomas Bath. 🙂
As I alluded to in the previous post, there was a toe incident… henceforth known as Toegate.
I was in the kitchen when whatever happened actually happened, so I can only speculate, but blood was spilt. Phineas hurt his toe. 😦
I was alerted by Thomas flapping in his cage. Only Phineas was out, both lads were locked in. When I entered the
crime scene lounge, Phineas was on the Manor. The first thing I noticed was that he had a wet belly. This suggested he had fallen in the (new) bath attached to Thomas’s cage. There were splashes of water up the side of it which confirmed this but alarmingly there was also blood. I also detected traces of blood on the bars of Thomas’s cage. On closer inspection, I could see that Phineas had blood on his toe.
Blood in the bath water
Traces of blood
Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, I imagine that Phineas was roaming around on top of Thomas’s cage when Thomas nipped Phinny’s toe. In his surprise, he most probably fell into the bath which probably set Thomas off on his flapping fit & Phinny back to the manor.
Fortunately, there is no lasting damage to Phinny’s toe. The bleeding stopped very quickly, leaving a little dried blood on his toenail.
It is possible I am doing a disservice to Thomas here, by stating he nipped Phinny’s toe. If this really is the case, I doubt it was done in malice but more out of curiosity.
2 October 2012
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The other day I found a butterfly in my kitchen. It was fluttering about, unable to find the window & the way out. I managed to get it into the bird bath & then let it free.
I checked online as to what species it was & found it was a Cabbage White. It probably found someone’s cabbages to chew holes in…