Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

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Conversations with a peg

Dalai likes talking to the peg:

 

 

 

A pretend peg

A favourite perch is the wooden peg.  For some time now, years in fact, a peg has been positioned on the inside of the Manor landing platform.  Sitting on it affords good views across the room. Its most attractive feature is most probably that there is only space for one bird to sit on it at a time.  It has been used by all: Atilla, Raspy, Cagney, Bezukhov, Phineas & Thomas.

There is one disadvantage of this peg.  To me, that is.  When the landing platform is lowered, the peg has to be removed as it is redundant & just flops there, taking up space.  During recent turbulent times when the landing platform was raised & lowered many times an hour, it occurred to me there must be a more efficient way to deal with this that could satisfy both myself & the toyboys (current Manor occupants).

Enter The Natural Bird Product Company (http://www.naturalbirdco.co.uk/)

When I broached them about this dilemma, they agreed to make a smaller version of one of their existing designs.  And here it is!

Dinky perch: length 10cm, stem height 6cm

Dinky perch: length 10cm, stem height 6cm

This new dinky T-shaped perch mimics the qualities of the peg inside the manor but when the landing platform is lowered, turns into a useful perch.  Of course there has been some avoidance of this new perch by Cagney & Bezukhov, but I can say now, a few weeks after its introduction, that it has been accepted, & here is the evidence:

(Click on photos to enlarge)

Perch of preference

Bezukhov has a favourite perch. He often sits on it when they have their outside-Manor time.

Is it on the custom-made play gym?  No.

Is it the fancy-shaped natural wooden perch curling up from the top of the Manor?  No.

Is it the rope perch trailing round the side of the manor?  No.

It’s the teething ring.  Yes.  A simple baby teething ring is his favourite perch.

Cagney is partial to the wooden peg too.  Why do they prefer the cheapest perches?!

Mirror under the Manor

Atilla can be an independent girl when she wants to be.  She likes to keep tabs on the mirror under the Manor & often requests the HNS to ferry her there & back.  However, shockingly, I am not always available to attend to her every whim, so I rigged up a perch & peg system connecting the manor door to the stairway, giving her a pathway to the mirror. 

It did not take long for her to make use of it….

Chilling out in the Ferplast

The last two weeks, Bezukhov has spent a lot of time in the Ferplast. 

Both Cagney & Atilla go in the Ferplast but they tend to be brief visits.  When Bezukhov has been going in recently, he spends quite some time there, almost like he is chilling out & taking a break from the rest of the world (lounge).  He often confides deeply with the peg & also has long (meaningful I am sure!) chats with the mirror on the swing, as you can see in this video: