Puddings & Toyboys

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Bezukhov’s misting

I have been remiss in giving mistings.  Fortunately both Dalai & Lennie are happy to have baths.  Perry will have a bath when there is a blue moon & equally Bezukhov will have a bath if he really, really needs one.  Neither Perry or Lennie have partook in earlier mistings which may have further reduced my motivation to give them.  However, a few days ago, I gathered together some celery leaves & the spray bottle & a misting was given.

As soon as Bezukhov saw the yellow spray bottle he knew what was coming & started to fluff himself up.  He definitely prefers mistings to baths & went straight to the celery leaves to roll about under the water that I was spraying.  He also went to the Thomas bath & had a dunk there as the spray from the water bottle was also going across that.  All in all, he had a good wash!  Dalai very briefly joined in.  Perry & Lennie looked on in bemusement from afar.

Here are photos of Bezukhov after his misting:

Here he is having a thorough preen:

I must resolve to do more mistings, even if only Bezukhov is interested!

 

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Blue Moon Bath

Perry is not adverse to having a bath but they are rather infrequent.  He did have one the other day though & I had my camera handy.

In the first video, see his reaction (0:05) to putting his foot in:

 

 

Perry in the bath

 

 

Bath from below

I got some unusual photos of Dalai having a bath.  I was sitting below where the Thomas Bath is positioned & just happened to have the camera handy to take some pictures from underneath!

 

A few days later Lennie obliged with some similar photos:

 

 

Discovering the bath

Once they were out & about, it did not take long (a matter of days) for Perry & Lennie to discover The Thomas Bath.

Lennie was first…..

 

Followed closely by Perry….

 

 

 

Honey bath

Recently, I was advised to give Bezukhov water with honey in it to give him energy whilst he was barely eating.  I decided to put it in the Thomas Bath as I thought he was most likely to drink it there & it worked because he drank quite a lot of it.  The only flaw in the plan was that Dalai decided to take a bath in it….

 

Dalai

Dalai

 

 

Dalai has a dunk

Dalai finally worked out that a proper bath meant actually getting into the water!

About 2 weeks after regularly sitting on the side of the Thomas Bath & washing his face with water & his body with air, Dalai took the plunge & immersed himself in the water.  Once he discovered how a proper bath should be taken, he had many dunks.

Dalai continues to regularly freshen himself up in the water.

Though Phineas will often keep Dalai company during a bath, both he & Bezukhov have not used the Thomas Bath themselves since Dalai has been using it.  It makes me wonder if Dalai has claimed it for himself…

 

 

 

A proper air bath

When Dalai was still confined to his quarantine cage, he experimented with having an air bath in his water pot (click here for that post).  Once he was free of the cage, he had access to The Thomas Bath.  I had hoped Bezukhov & Phineas would demonstrate how it worked but they were not cooperating in that respect.  Instead, it took Dalai about ten days to discover it for himself & to launch into a proper air bath.

You can see that Phineas appears to be sharing some of his wisdom but I suspect Dalai thought this was just more (hot) air for him to bathe in…

 

 

 

 

 

An air bath

Dalai tried to have a bath in his water pot.  He only really succeeded in bathing in air.  Nevertheless, I was impressed with his attempt.

 

 

Battle for the bath

Bezukhov & Phineas both wanted a bath…. at the same time:

 

Bezukhov tried his best, but Phinny won that particular battle.

 

Remembering Thomas: Two years on

So, it has been two whole years without Thomas.

I have been thinking of him a lot recently.

Phinny’s new need for me to ruffle his cheek feathers makes me think of Thomas.  Thomas often used to fluff up his cheek feathers & tilt his head slightly & that was his cue for someone (anyone – I do not think he was fussy) to preen them.  His subtle signals were ignored initially until one day, when the Toyboys were holidaying in my bedroom, Phineas temporarily put aside thoughts of his own needs & preened Thomas.  It was a momentous occasion, not just because Thomas finally got what he wanted but because in getting that, he showed that Phineas was capable of putting someone else’s needs before him – an amazing achievement for such a young lad!

 

The Thomas Bath was named in honour of him.  He would throw himself in there with abandon & once again, without realising, taught the others of the joy of having a bath.  When I see Phineas & Bezukhov bathing in the Thomas Bath I think, “Thank you, Thomas – what a guy!”

 

Thank you for those lovely times, young Thomas.

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