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12 March 2022Posted by on
The day had to come. It could not be avoided. My trusty & loyal handheld vacuum cleaner stopped working.
For those in bird-keeping circles, you will know the importance of having a handy & quick way of hoovering up seed, husks, feathers, poop & dander! Not to mention remains of chewing sessions on various materials.
It has already been replaced by a newer model that I hope will also give many years of service.
20 February 2021Posted by on
During quarantine, I introduced Moriarty to dried grass. It was one of the few things that kept him quiet for a few minutes!
5 August 2019Posted by on
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.
1 May 2016Posted by on
Three years ago I posted on the joys of curly paper (click here). The latest recruit is Dalai. He loves curly paper!
He quickly makes short work of what I peg up for him. The floor underneath him is littered with chewed up bits. I thought that curly paper may be the thing that helps with taming. (I say ‘taming’ but I really mean getting Dalai to not be scared of my hand.)
As soon as my hand goes into the cage, Dalai usually retreats to behind a mirror, whether it is his red mirror or the mirror on the swing. Food did not seem to entice him out. Curly paper has. I hold up a strip & let it wave & wobble & gradually his curiosity gets the better of him & he stretches out to chew it. As he tears off the paper, he has to get nearer my fingers. After a few days of doing this, he got to within about 3 inches of my fingers which was a breakthrough, given that he would usually hide. With a little more patience, he tentatively touched the tip of my finger with his beak!
We are now at the stage where he nibbles the tips of my two fingers that are holding what is left of the curly paper. He still does this from the safety of the swing.
I want him to associate nice things with my hand/fingers. I did not think that curly paper would be my ally in this task!
9 August 2015Posted by on
Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot. Many times a day, every day.
Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:
“What’s going on here?”, I wondered!
A little investigation revealed he had been chewing on the blue munch ball of the chewy toy arrangement on top of the Manor.
With inedible things, I often tell them to chew & spit but clearly Phinny had not been listening to me & had been ingesting instead of spitting it out. He moved onto the red munch ball after that so you can imagine how colourful his regurgitated seed looked then. 🙂
16 April 2014Posted by on
Not so long ago, I wrote about Cagney & Bezukhov’s favourite chewy toy that has become threadbare. I have been adjusting the remaining stringy bits to provide maximum illusion of bulk but it was starting to look rather ridiculous when one or other of them attempted to “hide” behind it. I decided it was time to upgrade! Unfortunately, I could not remember where I bought the original one so I had a major internet search ahead of me.
The new one had to be the same as the existing one, albeit in its original form. There are many chewy toys around, made out of similar materials but I inspected the photo of each contender closely as I knew the slightest deviation from the original could mean yet another toy to go in the Rejected Toys box.
Fortunately, I found them! I was so pleased, I bought two! One for current chew & one for future chew.
The new chewy toy has been placed where the threadbare one usually is & the threadbare one has been moved along the perch a bit. I thought that if they were quite close together, Cagney & Bezukhov could each sleep behind one, even if one would be more hidden than the other.
I should perhaps add that the preferred bedtime sleeping spot is ‘behind the chewy toy’ & there is still a rota of sorts on whose turn it is. (Cagney probably sleeps behind it an average of 7 out of 10 times). Having two chewy toys may reduce the nightly bedtime faffing routine.
You can see in the last photo that a section of the new chewy toy has already been chewed off, exposing the knot & the first in-between piece of red string.
30 November 2013Posted by on
Cagney & Bezukhov’s favourite chewy toy is now a bit threadbare. It has faithfully been a place to sleep & snooze behind for some time. The toyboys take turns to sleep behind it of a night, although the rota, to my eye, is somewhat random.
Sadly, the chewy toy is now not so good for hiding behind. Not that this stops them. I think they think it has magical qualities & the position behind it is a safe one, regardless of the state of the toy itself.
Compare the above photos to this photo on a previous post from around 6 months ago.
23 April 2013Posted by on
There are usually positions in the cage that are favourites.
Atilla always claimed the spot with the best vantage point for overseeing all that was going on in the room.
The toyboys current favourite spot is behind a chewy toy on the rope perch in the loft area.
During the day one or other of them will often be found sat behind it. During the night, one or other is usually behind it. Cagney is behind it about 9 times out of 10, but sometimes he shifts over & allows Bezukhov to sleep there.
It is a chewy toy so does get chewed. It fell down the other week as they had chewed through the stringy bit holding it up. I gave it a quick repair & popped it back. It is slightly shorter than before, but still warrants best position in the Manor.