25 August 2016
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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.
Bezukhov with bent tail
Dalai (with bent tail) & Phineas
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 2015
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Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot. Many times a day, every day.
Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:
Blue regurgitated 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.
Phineas chewing the blue munch ball
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 2014
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New chewy toys
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.
Bezukhov & Cagney sleeping behind chewy toys
Phineas modelling chewy toys
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 2013
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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 2013
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Cagney preening behind the chewy toy.
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.
7 April 2013
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Who knew that simple wooden lollipop sticks would be so popular? Both Atilla & Raspy were great fans of them. For most of their lives they would be happy to chew away until just a tiny splinter remained. Forget about expensive toys…. just give them a wooden stick! It could keep them quiet for ages.
They were introduced to the sticks when young but used to play with them more than chew. Hours would go by with them just hanging on them, doing the splits, grabbing one away from the other & of course having a nibble.
Here are some videos of them:
The chick-like nibble would soon turn into full blown adult hen destruction & the sticks would not last long. No matter… I always made sure I had them in stock. 🙂
23 November 2012
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This day, last year, was a very, very sad day indeed. Our Raspy left us. At the time it felt far too soon for her to go & 12 months later it still feels that she was with us for too short a time.
She is often in my thoughts. Recently I have been remembering how, when I sat on the (popular) poang chair, she used to spend ages chewing my sleeve, my jumper, my trouser leg, or the chair itself. Many times I would sit for longer than I intended as I did not want to distract her from her obviously very important mission. 🙂
How I miss that girl.
Bezukhov & the little cardboard box
The iodine block is popular here. They have one in the Manor & one in the spare cage. There is also another one that had fallen off its holder that I put on top of the spare cage. I popped it in a little cardboard box that conveniently holds a lot of the dust from where they scrape it. It has been in the little cardboard box for some time now, always being nibbled so gradually getting smaller & smaller. The box itself has been in various places, mostly the top of the spare cage & also on the tank on the window ledge.
So, why is this talk of an iodine block in a cardboard box under a “Remembering Raspy” post?
Well, my girl Raspy used to tip the block out & then fling the box over the side.
That was her little routine. I would hear a thump & look over to see her triumphantly looking at the box on the floor. Naturally, I would pick it up, pop the iodine block back only for her to dispatch the box again.
Since her passing, the iodine block has stayed in the little cardboard box & the little cardboard box has never gone flying.
Raspy Bella – tosser of the Little Cardboard Box
Atilla is up to her old tricks again. I know that she likes my baggy, green t-shirt & the navy blue one – she likes to go up the sleeve & come out by my belly. I tend not to wear those t-shirts if I have work to be getting on with. Yesterday she attempted the same with my light blue top, only this top has 3/4 length sleeves that are not so baggy.
After a little perseverance she managed to squeeze her way in, work her way up to my armpit & then emerge by my belly. Then there was no stopping her…. she wanted to go in again… & again…. & again…. It was like a fairground ride where she was the only one queuing.
I showed her a short cut though, where she could come out on my chest.
Here is a video. It’s a bit long as she decided to retrace her steps at one point.