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Power Couples: Lennikhov

Bezukhov & Lennie

The relationship between these two reminded me at times of when Phineas first joined Bezukhov & Cagney.   Lennie instinctively did not like Bezukhov because he perceived that he was in the way of him getting to Dalai (similarly, Phineas viewed Bezukhov as a barrier to him getting to his beloved Cagney).

Lennie would chase Bezukhov out of the way & most of the time Bezukhov would stay clear but if he was too slow, Lennie might pull a feather or two.  As with Phineas, Bezukhov was extremely patient with Lennie & never appeared to hold anything against him.  In fact, there were times when Lennie would go to chase Bezukhov off & Bezukhov would stand his ground & attempt to engage with him.  Lennie would be surprised by this reaction & actually would respond to Bezukhov & there were many occasions when they did have a flirt.  I believe that if Dalai was not viewed as the ‘prize’, then Lennie & Bezukhov would have been good friends.  It is testament to Bezukhov’s good nature that they did have some good times together.

You can see them flirting in the video on the “Power Couples” post (click here).

In the video below, you can see an interesting exchange, rarely caught on video.  Bezukhov is flirting with Perry & Lennie goes to interrupt but Bezukhov stands his ground, puffs his chest out & takes Lennie by surprise:

 

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Power Couples

Note: I started writing this post some time ago, when Bezukhov was still with us.  I have decided to continue, with some reworking of the text.

It has been some time since I have commented on friendships & relationships within the flock.

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai

On the positive side, all is well & all are friends.  On the ever-so slightly negative side, Perry & Lennie still live separately from Dalai (& Bezukhov when he was with us), though they have outside-cage time together.  When Bezukhov was around, their time together was largely monitored, but since his passing, there is less ‘argy-bargy’ (for want of a better word!)  It would have been nice if they all lived in harmony in the same cage, but I was content for them to have daytime together.

As far as individual friendships, it is & was, as complicated & confusing as ever, though this may well be par for the course where budgies are concerned!

Bezukhov & Dalai were good friends even though they were very different in character.  Bezukhov was easy-going & did not like conflict or court conflict.  Dalai believes he is the leader but whereas a true leader would always act for the benefit of the flock, Dalai, it has to be said, is mainly out for himself!

Perry & Lennie have been living together since their quarantine days.  They too are very different from each other but get on well as cage-mates.  Perry is pretty calm regarding friendships & relationships, whereas Lennie is a bit highly-strung & also can get jealous of others!

When all four of them mixed, we got different temporary couplings:

 *  Strength of coupling

In a series of posts I will attempt to describe each of the couplings in more detail.  In the meantime, enjoy this video of the four of them:

 

 

Lennie’s call for millet

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.

Lennie

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!

 

How we are coping post-Bezukhov

It is 8 weeks since we lost Bezukhov.  I think of him all the time & miss him.

Dalai, Perry & Lennie are coping well without him.  There are some videos at the end of this post.

Dalai, Perry & Lennie

Dalai appears to be ‘top bird’.  He always thought it before, but I think Bezukhov’s presence put a question mark over it.  Lennie still runs around after Dalai.  Perry is easy-going & just goes with the flow & if the flow means that Dalai calls most of the shots, then so be it.

At the time of Bezukhov’s death, both he & Dalai shared the Silver Villa & Perry & Lennie’s home was the New Villa.  Since Bezukhov’s passing, Perry & Lennie spend all day in the Silver Villa with Dalai but come bedtime, things revert to how they were.

I have been prepared for them all sharing overnight but this has not happened yet.  It seems that Dalai still wants his own space at bedtime.  He does tend to retire to bed quite early & has his last feed early too.  Bezukhov liked to get in several feeds before the cover went over but was mindful of not disturbing Dalai.

Perry, Lennie, Dalai & Tweety Pie

As the evening draws in, Dalai usually gives a sign that it is time for his visitors to return to their own home.  He will vacate the Silver Villa & most of the time both Perry & Lennie follow him out, which gives me the opportunity to close up the Silver Villa & then allow Dalai back in alone.  I was concerned that maybe I was unconsciously causing this situation so experimented by not closing up the Silver Villa.  What resulted was that Dalai got increasingly tetchy as his bedtime rapidly approached.  He would beak anyone who sat on the same perch as him & generally made himself unpleasant to be around!  One evening, I heard a shriek as Perry flew out & landed on the plant pot stand.  When I went over to investigate, I noticed Dalai had a blue feather in his beak!  His solo bedtime was overdue!

So things are sorting themselves out.  Reflecting on how things have been, I wonder if myself & Bezukhov were the most strongly bonded, given that the others have been coping much better than I have.

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Tail length

Tail lengths

Someone once observed that Dalai had a long tail.  This has prompted me to measure them & here are the results:

  • Dalai:           13.1 cm / 5.1″
  • Perry:           12.3 cm / 4.8″
  • Bezukhov:     12.1 cm / 4.7″
  • Lennie:         11.8 cm / 4.6″

 

Note that I had to unbend Bezukhov’s tail to get the true length!

Dalai’s tail certainly looks long as it is thin too.  I am surprised that Lennie’s tail is the shortest of the four.

Dalai & Lennie are the best flyers, so clearly Lennie’s ‘short’ tail does not hamper him in his flying ability.

Perry, Lennie, Dalai & Bezukhov

 

Toenails & Grass

I had noticed Bezukhov’s toenails getting long.  Also, Dalai had recently got his toenails caught in the chewy toy a couple of times.  This prompted me to book a vet visit (15th May).  Ms Independent Vet (Ms IV) came with her assistant & agreed that a toenail trim was a good idea.

 

Cleverly, she decided to catch Dalai first.  Given the number of times she has gone into the Silver Villa to catch Bezukhov, I am sure Dalai assumed he was safe, so was taken by surprise when she grabbed him!

After Ms IV had trimmed Bezukhov & Dalai’s toenails she had a look at Perry & Lennie & suggested she do theirs too, which I agreed to.  The two of them kicked up an almighty fuss – this was the first time the vet had gone into their territory so they were pretty surprised.

As luck would have it, about an hour later the postman delivered another parcel of juicy wild grass.  This went a long way to helping them get over the ordeal!

 

Once again, many thanks to generous follower rosebudgie!

 

First wild grass of 2018

The first wild grass of 2018 arrived on the 1st of May.  What a lovely spring surprise!  There was some sadness though, as the grass was usually sent by the legendary Sharing Sausages, but in their absence, follower rosebudgie has graciously continued their legacy of sharing.

 

It did not take them long to tuck in:

 

Thank you rosebudgie!

 

Triangle platform

Around the time of retiring the Manor & introducing the New Villa, I came across a triangle shaped piece of cage in a charity shop.  It looks like it was a triangle shaped door but I pictured it as a landing platform.

When it came to the new living arrangements with the two Villas, I set it up to use on the New Villa, resting on top of the main door when open.  It is pegged along one side to the part of the Villa that the door closes against.  The other side rests along the open door, with a tie to keep it in place.

It has proved to be a popular platform, particularly with Dalai who appears to have commandeered it.  From what I can see, a password is needed before anyone else can go on it.  No password?  Then you get beaked off!

 

 

Moult and Millet

Further to my previous post on their spring moult, Dalai has really been stringing his out.  Granted he did have a break in the middle, but maybe if he had not, he would have got over it all much quicker!

He seems less grumpy now though not quite back to his usual socialising levels.  His flying has improved with him feeling confident enough to make wider & wider laps of the room.  That said, only a few days ago he dropped yet another flight feather; he had just had a fly then went back into the Villa & had a mad moment where we all looked at him wondering what was going on, but it turned out the feather was loose & he was just jiggling about to release it.

 

To celebrate leaving the bulk of the spring moult behind, I cracked open the millet.  I usually only sneak a millet bobble to individuals at odd moments, so they were a bit surprised to see a few two-inch sprays dotted about.  They soon got over the shock & all tucked in.

 

 

Moult City

Moulting has been going on here, off & on, for the last month or so.

Dalai started to lose feathers first but then recovered quickly.  I thought that was it but probably due to the changeable weather we have had, Dalai has started moulting again & has some pin feathers & is currently a little grumpy.  Here he is with his latest pin feathers:

 

Perry has lost some feathers but apart from one or two pin feathers on his head, does not appear to have suffered much.  Here he is with a few pin feathers:

Perry

 

Lennie displayed some impressive pin feathers on his head but he got through his moult fairly quickly:

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Through all the confusion over whether it was the right time to moult (or not), Bezukhov made the decision to moult & stuck to it so his spring moulting journey has been more steady than the others & fortunately, not extreme like in Autumn (the Extreme Moult Experience).

Here he is with his slightly longer moult:

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