10 November 2020
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Please welcome our new addition to the flock, Morty Moriarty!
He is a rehome & was dropped off here by his concerned owners who felt he was not getting the attention he deserved. He arrived on Friday the 16th October, with a large cage & a bag of food, toys & accessories. After a little over three weeks of quarantine in my bedroom, on Sunday 8th November, I wheeled him into the room to meet Perry & Lennie.
I have not let Morty Moriarty out yet. Though Perry & Lennie have had a few days with him, getting used to the extra noise, so far they have not gone to visit him. Moriarty is the other side of Dalai’s cage (that seems to be the name for the Silver Villa now…) which is quite a trek given that their health/flying problems have curtailed their movements somewhat.
Perry & Lennie’s cage | Dalai’s cage | Moriarty’s cage
Nevertheless, on the first day, Lennie did venture out onto the top of their cage door & peered across at Moriarty, so I am hoping he will pluck up a bit more courage in the next few days & maybe go into Dalai’s cage to get a closer look.
Moriarty is less than one year old & still has a young outlook. He is very lively. He is not afraid of hands though does like to bite, however, he loves bells, so if he is on my hand, biting, I just steer him towards a bell & he is distracted!
I am looking forward to telling you more about him & also reporting on new flock dynamics which I am hoping will be all positive!
21 February 2017
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When Perry & Lennie arrived, they spent a few weeks in quarantine (click here to read that post). On the 9th December 2016, they were wheeled into the lounge, to the opposite side of the room from their new friends (hopefully), Bezukhov & Dalai.
After some initial surprised chirping, Bezukhov & Dalai quickly reverted to ‘indifference’.
Perry was so shocked, he started panting & was rooted to the spot. Lennie took the changes in his stride. As you can see from the video below, Lennie attempted to calm Perry by chewing his toes:
After a short time, Perry began to loosen up & they both started to settle into their new surroundings:
From the photos below, you can see Perry & Lennie’s new position & also how Bezukhov & Dalai carried on as normal!
Perry & Lennie in the lounge
Bezukhov & Dalai eating corn
Dalai eating corn
Perry & Lennie watching Bezukhov & Dalai at the window
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15 January 2017
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It has been awhile since I posted about the new additions to our flock (click here).
Flock dynamics are still being established. The blue newbies are being let out regularly for exercise & also to get to know their surroundings & new flock mates. At the time of writing, if they are all out together, they are heavily supervised. Bezukhov & Dalai are having to adjust to having two highly energetic youngsters in their midst & quite often need some ‘time out’, or rather ‘in’, i.e., in a locked cage for some peace.
The blue newbies now have names:
Spearmint Perry, otherwise known as Sperry Perry, appears to be the more dominant of the two. He is possibly slightly more mature in character, though next to Bezukhov & Dalai, not in the slightest mature!
Lennie Denisov, otherwise known as Lennie Dennie, is very busy & playful.
Sperry Perry & Lennie Dennie get on well with each other, sometimes feeding & preening the other one. They both enjoy playing with & chewing the toys in their cage.
Blue newbies playing with chewy toy
I am sure they will generate lots of tales for this blog. 🙂
15 December 2016
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Please welcome the new additions to our little flock!
These two beautiful blue birds came into our home on the 14th of November, at approximately 8 weeks old. Last week, after just under 4 weeks quarantine, they were wheeled in to the same room as Bezukhov & Dalai. I am giving them time to acclimatise to their new surroundings before letting them out. Bezukhov & Dalai are also adjusting to having new blood in their midst!
I am enjoying getting to know their personalities & have yet to decide on names. My hope is that all 4 will be happy together. 🙂
17 July 2016
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The three of them!
When Dalai finally came out of his quarantine cage, he was quietly confident. Apart from the first few seconds of panic when I think he did not know how to fly lower than the ceiling, he coped very well.
On that first day, he proved himself to be a great flyer, despite being cooped up in a cage for weeks (possibly months – including his previous home). Though his first landing was on the Silver Villa (a convenient flat top), his first port of exploration was the Manor (see video below – you can see Phineas bending Dalai’s ear whilst Bezukhov keeps a respectful distance).
To either show off how smart he was or to simply have a few minutes to recollect himself, Dalai expertly popped back into his own home at intervals.
It was not long before the Silver Villa was investigated. Here he found seed so he was able to stop & refuel before continuing with his adventures. He also found Phinny’s pink ttmss swing. Whilst he was on there, Phineas felt the need to shadow him from above (see video below). The swing turned out to be a nice place for Dalai to have a snooze too.
Dalai eating out of the first feeder.
Phineas monitoring Dalai on his swing
Dalai finds the other feeder
Dalai’s first visit to the Manor:
Dalai on the pink swing in the Silver Villa & Phineas prowling around on top:
Two weeks after Bezukhov introduced himself to Dalai, Phineas also introduced himself.
Though Bezukhov would visit Dalai, the novelty seemed to wear off after a few days. Nevertheless, Dalai seemed much happier to be around his own kind & would busy himself in his cage & if Bezukhov visited he would go over & have a chat with him.
The only time Dalai appeared troubled was after 8pm in the evening when he would have a brief restless phase. I sensed that at bedtime he wanted to be either with the others or closer to them.
Around two weeks later, when I thought it was time to encourage Dalai to come out of the cage, I decided to move his cage where the play gym was, beside the Silver Villa. This way, when he finally came out, he would not have as far to go to be near the others.
His close proximity finally piqued Phinny’s interest & he introduced himself!
Surprisingly, though Dalai presented his toes through the bars, Phineas was not tempted to bite them. This was surely a good sign!
Then Bezukhov joined him: