Puddings & Toyboys

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Bezukhov introduces himself to Dalai

The next task was for Dalai to get to know Bezukhov & Phineas through the cage bars.

To help this process along, I positioned a perch on the outside of Dalai’s cage, for visitors.  I also tweaked the perch arrangement inside his cage to make it easier for him to come up to the bars & meet his new (hopefully) friends.  Unfortunately, Dalai was unnerved by the changes in his furniture & confined himself to the far corner.  Fortunately, that corner had millet & water.

For two days I watched for Bezukhov & Phineas to make their move, but very little was happening.  The nearest Bezukhov got was to the window perch.  Perhaps Bezukhov needed a little coaxing; he can be shy, plus he is used to being Cagney‘s wingman in such situations.  On one of his visits to the window perch, I encouraged him to get on my finger & I slowly moved him closer to Dalai’s cage.  Bezukhov found some courage & jumped on the perch to check out Dalai!  You can see this early encounter in the video below.  You can also see that he seemed to take comfort that my finger was close by as a safe place to retreat to when he felt unsure.  Dalai’s jump towards him was clearly too much too soon & Bezukhov flew off!

It was the beginning of several visits.

 

 

The Four Corners

After Dalai’s 25 days in quarantine, I brought him into the lounge to be with Bezukhov & Phineas (8th April).  I decided to position his cage at the opposite side of the room to them, mostly because there was more room for me to carry on with the taming process.

All parties were shell-shocked.

The silence was eventually broken by some tentative tweeting.  Bezukhov & Phineas seemed almost united in their joint confusion.  Gradually they went about their usual business, which in Phinny’s case included a quick hand jive.

Dalai also began to mooch about his cage & behave as normal.  Here here is, settling into his new location:

 

Here are a surprised Bezukhov & Phineas:

 

With Dalai in one corner of the room, Bezukhov in the other corner on the playgym, Phineas in the third corner in the Manor & myself in the final corner working, I noticed we managed to independently cover the whole room.  Three lively but unreciprocated conversations were going on (possibly four if you include me talking to myself!)

 

Introducing little Dalai

Since Cagney’s passing in September, it has been on my mind to increase the flock.

Enter little Dalai.

Little Dalai

Little Dalai

 

He was re-homed 4 weeks today on the 14th March.  As with re-homes, little is known of his background.  He was approx. 5 months old & was originally with a hen who had died leaving him on his own, hence, I guess, the need to re-home.  His owner had named him Rama.  I decided to rechristen the little one, but wanted to retain his roots & came up with Dalai Rama.

He was housed in a round cage that I did not want so he was transferred to my travel cage.  Once home, I quickly finalised the set up of his quarantine cage (folding cage) – I had waited until I saw him in case that helped decide what toys to put in.  As he was younger than I imagined, I chose toys that I thought would be more suitable for a youngster.  Once all was set up, I managed to transfer him from the travel cage to his new home (at least for the next 4 weeks) & left him to settle.

With luck, Bezukhov & Phineas will welcome him!

 

A Spontaneous Sleepover

Having recently posted about the musical cages situation, somehow, a few days later, they all ended up together in the Manor.  It was getting late in the evening & they were beginning to snooze.  In fact Cagney & Bezukhov retired to their usual bedtime perches in the loft area.  Both Phineas & Thomas stayed on the perch a level below.  Would they be sleeping overnight together??

20130613_153548_sh2120130613_144110_sh21As it got later, I partially covered them, ready for bed, but I left their front door open in case any of them changed their minds, but no, they were all settled.  When I finally went to bed myself, I quietly closed their door & wished them goodnight.  Naturally, I set my alarm to go off extra early so I could assess the situation as soon as possible the next morning…

Did they manage to sleep together overnight in the Manor??

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Switching cages

Since young Thomas has emerged from the Ferplast, we have been playing a rather complicated game of musical cages.

Initially, I let Thomas roam about on his own, without the others to distract him.  He generally settled on either the Manor where the toyboys tried to woo him or on Phinny’s cage where Phinny generally ignored him.

After awhile, I let Phineas out.  He seemed a bit put out that Cagney was showing interest in this new, young whippersnapper.  Whilst he was civil to Thomas, once any serious flirting got underway between Thomas & Cagney through the cage bars, he was not quite so magnanimous.

Letting out Cagney & Bezukhov & therefore having all 4 out at the same time proved a little chaotic.  Thomas, being new to being out, was getting stressed at all the comings & goings.  He tried to eat seed in the Manor but Cagney kept trying to kiss him.  Not to mention Phineas trying to stop Cagney from kissing Thomas.  At one point, Thomas was in the Manor alone, so I quickly locked him in to give him time to collect his thoughts & also to eat some seed in peace.

After that episode, I tried letting Thomas, Cagney & Bezukhov out, but not Phineas.  Phinny would go crazy in his cage watching Cagney flirt with Thomas.

Another time, Cagney & Bezukhov were in the Ferplast with Thomas but when Thomas came out I locked both Cagney & Bezukhov in, once again, to give Thomas some breathing space.

Like I say, it has all been rather complicated.  There must be a formula for success that is already in existence.  I need to do some research….

Tempting Thomas out

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.

 

The Jealousy Wing-Flap

Phineas is still obsessed with Cagney.

Unfortunately for Phineas, Cagney quite likes Thomas.

Phineas really does NOT like it when Cagney flirts with Thomas.

He expresses this dislike by wing flapping in a rather intimidating way.

The Jealousy Wing-Flap is not exclusive to Phineas though.  Cagney has also had a wing-flap when Bezukhov has flirted with Thomas.  The last time I saw Cagney wing-flap was on the very rare occasion that Bezukhov had a tiny flirt with Atilla.

With all the flapping chaos, I felt a cold shower would help restore order.  But that will be another post… 🙂   The top of the Ferplast has certainly seen an increase in jealousy wing-flapping since handsome young Thomas arrived on the scene.

Advantage Toyboys

Toyboys taking nap whilst visiting Thomas

Toyboys taking nap whilst visiting Thomas

Young Thomas is staying in the Ferplast.

Both Cagney & Bezukhov originally stayed in that cage during their quarantine weeks.  When they moved in with the Puddings, the Ferplast then became a chill-out cage (mostly for Raspy to get away from Cagney when he was being a little overbearing!) & extra play area.  There are many pluses to the design of the Ferplast cage but one negative is the size of the doors.  All four doors are small.  I have found that sometimes budgies do not like going in & out of small doors & sometimes need some persuading.

However, the toyboys are old hands at tackling the tiny doors.  When I opened one of the doors for Thomas to come out, it did not take too long for Cagney & Bezukhov to find their way in.  Young Thomas has coped very well with his new visitors.

Cagney visits Thomas:

Bezukhov visits Thomas:

So, what do you think?  Friends?  More than friends??  I suspect Thomas is a little enamoured with Bezukhov…

A pet shop

I no longer have a lounge; I have a pet shop.

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My lounge is now dominated by three cages:

  • The Manor with the toyboys (left)
  • The folding cage with Phineas (centre)
  • The ferplast with Thomas (right)

The playgym is temporarily in my bedroom.  It used to be where Thomas’s cage now is.

So, both Phineas & Thomas, after quarantine & staggered introduction, were wheeled in to be with the toyboys.

What a loud welcome Cagney & Bezukhov gave them, though I think most of that was for the return of Cagney’s shadow, the inimitable Phineas!

So, the plan was to keep Thomas in his cage for a little while to let him acclimatise to his new surroundings, the new room occupants & our routine.  I would let the others out so they could make their introductions to our new boy.

Phineas was the first to say hello & was followed quickly by Cagney.  Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Bezukhov was conspicuous by his absence.  He held back in meeting Thomas.  He let Phineas & Cagney inspect the new boy whilst he stayed in the Manor, minding his own business.

The following day however, Bezukhov did go over to Thomas but unlike the others who were very upfront, he did not really show great interest in Thomas himself but in his seed bell that he could eat through the cage bars.  This turned out to be cunning plan.  Thomas chose to eat the seed bell with him.  I suspect this quiet & more low-key approach was a more rewarding bonding moment that all the fuss & furore that Cagney & Phineas were creating…

Staggered introduction

When Thomas arrived he had to go through the obligatory quarantine period, in another room from the others.

He seemed to adapt well (better than Phineas did) but did get obsessed with looking out of the window.  One thing is for sure, his eyesight is very good. 🙂

When it came to introducing him to the others, I decided to go for a staggered introduction by wheeling Phineas in to him first.

I felt a bit mean wheeling Phineas out of the lounge away from the toyboys.  There was lots of shouting going on.  Although the toyboys are not particularly bonded with Phineas, they still clearly see him as a mate as they were quite vocal about him disappearing.

So, Thomas was introduced to my little grey man.  Their cages were put side-by-side.  Initially, both were a little shocked, but they gradually relaxed & became more comfortable.  Over those few days, they showed some interest in each other & would sit close to the other one but to be honest, both were probably still more interested in looking out of the window.  There was a lot of talk between them but I sensed they were both having different conversations at the same time.

Was the staggered introduction the right thing to do?  I am not sure.  Hindsight tells me I should have perhaps persevered with this arrangement a little longer than I did.