25 June 2013
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The Ferplast is a very nice cage. A good size & roomy; especially for just one bird, in this case, Thomas.
It is possible it is too nice as it has taken Thomas 3 weeks to leave it & venture into the big, wide world (lounge).
We have, of course, been trying to tempt Thomas to come out. Food was the obvious choice: millet and/or fresh seeded grass. Many times Thomas sat in the open doorway eating his treat. Many times Thomas sat on the open door itself, eating his treat, but still turned his back & retreated to the safety of the Ferplast.
It is possible he was intimidated by the others & in fact Cagney & Bezukhov were very quick to go in to visit Thomas rather than wait for him to come out. This meant a lot of the enticing was done whilst the others were locked up. I particularly wanted him to come out on his own as I feared the others would be too excited & chase him, making Thomas panic & possibly crash land somewhere & either hurt himself or put himself off of coming out again!
To see him finally choose to come out was a lovely moment.
He proved himself to be quite the thinker, taking his time before moving forward with his next step/jump/fly. He carefully climbed from his open doorway to the top of his cage. Then he jumped across to Phinny’s cage & slowly & cautiously made his way across. After some deliberation, he then made his final leap onto the Manor & greeted Cagney & Bezukhov.