For some time, the swinging perch (with the mirror) has been a safe haven for the toyboys from Phineas. I hang it from the landing platform & often Cagney or Bezukhov or both of them together, will hop on for some quality “me” time. Despite lots of circling & weighing up of options, Phineas has found it impossible to get onto……………..
………………. until now!
Yes, he finally managed to climb on & was surprisingly calm, despite being so close to Cagney (on rung diagonally below). However, Bezukhov did have to keep reminding Phineas to stay over his side & not go over the boundary, which is I believe, an invisible line going through the centre of the wood, including the air space in the holes.
It is coming up to 3 months since Phineas was introduced to Cagney & Bezukhov. This particular introduction has been a perfect example of not rushing things! We are still taking it slowly. My actions on what to do & when have largely been dictated by the boys themselves. I am keen for them all to live happily together even if they do not become bosom buddies. However, they all appear to actually like each other & any upset is either due to “over-friendliness” or a slight confusion over boundaries.
There has been a tiny, tiny, tiny amount of progress in that Phineas is managing to take his eye off Cagney for more than a few seconds at a time. This opens up a new world for him, not least another friend in Bezukhov & another friend in me (or my hand as that is currently his preferred jiggy-jiggy location, & my thumb as that is his preferred object to regurgitate to).
So, the Introduction is on-going. I have chosen “Patience” as the name of stage 8, the final stage, as this seems to perfectly encapsulate what is needed. And, if truth be told, it is highly possible there will not actually be an end date for the use of Patience.
We seem to have a routine of some sorts. A strange one at that.
In the morning, I pull the cover back on Phinny’s cage first, so he can see the toyboys in the Manor. There is usually a lot of chat between them all. I then let the toyboys out to have a fly & mooch about. Often, Cagney’s first port of call is to go over & say hello to Phineas. Sometimes Bezukhov goes over too, but Phineas usually does a lot of wing flapping when he does. Just when I deduce that the wing-flapping means he is not keen on Bezukhov, Phinny then wing-flaps at Cagney….. & then at me…. & then just for the hell of it….
The toyboys have their quality time together. I think they appreciate this as once I let Phineas out he tends to curtail their activities.
Of course, Phineas needs his out of cage time too & he gets this later in the morning. He knows where his door is now & is out as soon as I open it, & proceeds immediately to the Manor.
There may be some flying about by all of them, usually Phineas chasing Cagney & Bezukhov flying alongside. The toyboys then retire into the Manor loft area. Phineas then goes on prowling duty. He paces back & forth over the Manor roof, watching the boys & getting excited when they say something or move a feather. Strangely, he does not go into the Manor.
Well, he has recently gone into the Manor but his visits are generally very brief. A quick in & out.
The toyboys appear relatively safe in the Manor, even with the landing platform down & the main front door open. They also seem safe when sitting on the swinging perch (with mirror) that I sometimes hang from the landing platform. In this situation, instead of sitting above them on the Manor roof, Phinny will sit on the landing platform above them.
Phinny still needs help to go back in his own cage (i.e., I am grabbing him). If left to him I think he would be a permanent fixture on the Manor roof.
If truth be told, I was hoping they would all live harmoniously in the Manor together. This may still happen but for the time being I am letting them work out their own schedules & procedures.