I am inclined to agree with him.
He does not help matters though, & does still insist on some boogie-woogie-ing with Atilla. This makes him extra hot.
I have been spraying water on them to cool them down during this mini UK heatwave.
The last couple of evenings have been hectic. I feel I know what it must be like to run a creche.
The good news is that puddings & toyboys have not been bothered by any loud bangs from fireworks.
The bad news is that the toyboys are naughty boys! Cagney is obviously the most naughty, but Bezukhov has not been far behind. Cagney has been relentlessly pursuing Raspy for a kiss & has even jumped on her back (how disrespectful!) Raspy is NOT succumbing to his “charms”.
Last night Raspy was in & out the Ferplast & I was up & down opening & closing the Ferplast cage door, either to lock her in or let her out when she wanted to stretch her wings. Surprisingly, for most of her time in the Ferplast, Bezukhov kept her company. Bezukhov was pestering Raspy more than usual, but that’s allowed as he is her boyfriend but she still “squiggled” at him to get out of her face… off her tail… & off her back….
Cagney appeared a little lonely not having his mate to run around with, but it was his own fault for not leaving Raspy alone! He still gave attention to Atilla but even there he was naughty, force-feeding her regurgitated seed that landed up all down her face, neck & back. He’s been such a handful!
Several times, yesterday evening, Bezukhov & Raspy boogie-woogied in the comfort & relative privacy of the locked Ferplast. That incensed Cagney as he desperately wanted to join in. At one point, when Cagney was chasing Raspy around the Manor, I managed to grab him & lock him in the Ferplast on his own. There was a collective sigh of relief in the Manor. I did not have the heart to lock him up for long though, as he was pacing/flying & squarking like mad. As soon as I let him loose again, he made a beeline for Raspy.
The end result was bedtime in separate cages: Atilla & Cagney in the Manor & Raspy & Bezukhov tucked up in the Ferplast.
If there were medals awarded for Best Synchronised Budgie Boogie-Woogie-ing, the Puddings & Toyboys would win hands-down…. or rather wings-down.
Usually it is Cagney & Atilla who start off proceedings. There will be a bit of faffing about & Atilla will shake Cagney off her back several times but that never deters him. When they get going, Bezukhov & Raspy get amorous too. The noise levels at this time go through the roof!
The best-case scenario is for Bezukhov & Raspy to finish first, at which point, Bezuky may go over & sit on top of the Manor, above Cagney & Atilla & scrutinise their progress.
The worst-case scenario is if Cagney & Atilla finish first & then it is highly likely that Cagney will want to move onto Raspy (with no questions or discussion or please or excuse me). This inevitably results in a fight between Cagney & Bezukhov. In fact, it’s the only time they do fight so you can imagine me willing Bezuky & Raspy to finish The Act first!
Due to various concerns about Atilla’s health, I had arranged a vet visit for this afternoon.
With the previous vet visits in mind, I thought it would be best to separate the Puddings & Toyboys otherwise there would be complete chaos. My plan was to let them out in the morning, remove seed from the Manor in the hope the boys would go into the Ferplast for seed, at the same time, so I could lock them in there. As it happens, the night before, Cagney went into the Ferplast for a nosey & Bezukhov followed him in. This seemed an opportunity too good to miss, so I closed the door behind them!
Oh dear. As soon as the boys realised (pretty quickly) they could not get to their girls they started jumping around going crazy! To Bezukhov’s credit, he did stop for a few moments to have some seed, but Cagney (he of the biggest appetite of all) could not think of food. To calm them down I wheeled them into my bedroom, like quarantine days, & hoped that with the girls out of sight, they would settle down. They did not! They called & jumped around up until bedtime when the cover was over them & lights were low. They slept well but as soon as it was time to get up, they were jumping around again!
How did the girls cope without the boys? Well, they seemed fine! Atilla initially looked confused that she could get from one end of the perch to the other without a Cagney on her back! They circled around each other a bit but then went & had supper together. It was the first time I had seen Atilla eat more than a few seeds as Cagney usually feeds her. They both settled down to sleep on their swings.
The boys were still jumping around & shouting – not settled at all. The girls seemed quite laid back & had a long, leisurely breakfast together. Atilla was looking well-groomed again (difficult to keep feathers in place when Cagney is crawling all over you, I guess!) Strangely, since getting together with the boys, they have been far quieter than usual. However, this morning, without the boys, I noticed they were more vocal again, shouting & even having little tantrums. It was like old times! I even noticed a tender moment when they gently touched beaks – Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam came to mind.
Mr Exotic Vet peered into the Manor & immediately Raspy started flapping about. She clearly has a good memory. The plan was to catch Atilla first. Unfortunately she bombed out the big cage door past Mr EV (room was already budgie-safe, windows closed etc.) She is not the best of fliers & crash-landed in a few different places (poor girl). At one point she was on my finger & Mr Vet said to keep her there whilst he got Raspy.
Oh dear. I was trying to calm Atilla down, talking softly to her, as she was a bit stressed, but in the background Mr EV was chasing Raspy around the Manor. When he caught her, she growled the whole time her toenails were trimmed. I did not realise until after, but she bit Mr EV. He told her off once she was safely back in the cage. I did offer Mr EV a bandage for his finger but he declined, saying not to worry, he had another 9 fingers & thumbs.
Anyway, then it was Atilla’s turn & she growled just as loud as Raspy. Mr EV gave her a good prod & poke & then popped her back into the Manor. The indignity of it all!
Mr EV pronounced both girls fit. He said that the 9 eggs Atilla had laid would have placed strain on her body & it may take a little longer for her to recover fully. It is possible that when she does, she may start laying eggs again. It is very important I carry on with the liquid calcium.
After Mr EV & his assistant disappeared, I half covered the puddings to help them recover from the ordeal. After a short time they started preening & having a little shout which indicated they were ready to return to normality. Of course “normality” these days includes two little Toyboys.
Enter stage left… two Toyboys desperate for their Puddings. The boys were wheeled back in… The girls came out onto the landing platform to greet their long-lost loves… The Ferplast door was opened & Cagney shot out like a bullet & nearly knocked over Atilla in his haste to get to her! Bezukhov followed close behind. Lots of kissy-kissy ensued…. Followed by lots of jiggy-jiggy!
Raspy & Bezuky’s reunion…..
Atilla & Cagney’s reunion only the camera came first for Atilla…
Ahem….. lots to catch up on!
All the activity must have tired them out. For the first time ever, I saw Cagney snoozing during the day. I had to do a double take to make sure he was really sleeping! Bezukhov retired to a bedtime swing for a snooze. Atilla was head under wing on her ttmss swing & Raspy was dozing on the swinging perch. I have put them to bed earlier this evening & they have not complained. 🙂