Puddings & Toyboys

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The Overnighter

Since Bezukhov’s flight to Rainbow Bridge last July, Dalai has continued to stay in the Silver Villa, favouring bedtime on his own, rather than having to share with Perry & Lennie.  Possibly a part of this is because he likes to retire to bed earlier than the others.  Bezukhov was always mindful of Dalai’s preferences, whereas Perry & Lennie are a bit more ‘animated’ at a time when Dalai is less appreciative!

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

So far, there has been one exceptional bedtime, that strangely occurred at the end of Day 45 of their recent medication.  I am still unsure whether that was a coincidence!

The evening of the 14th January, Dalai was already locked up but at around 20:30 he indicated he wanted to come out.  Sometimes he would like a last fly before bed.  But on this occasion, instead of going back into the Silver Villa, he went into Perry & Lennie’s cage!  The few weeks prior, he had been spending time in their cage during the daytime (usually in the morning) but this was the first time he went in at bedtime.

Needless to say, I left their doors open for awhile, in case Dalai changed his mind.   He did actually poke his head out the door a couple of times & looked at the open doors of the Silver Villa & seemed to contemplate returning, but twice turned around to go back into Perry & Lennie’s, so it was definitely a conscious decision.

Certainly he upset the apple-cart as he investigated which position he wanted to rest in, including upside down on the ceiling!  Meanwhile, Lennie was still trying to kiss him every two minutes, despite Dalai jabbing him away. Perry was just trying to find a peaceful spot & actually came out on the landing platform twice, seeking calm.

Dalai finally, very astutely, came to rest on the purple swing (he has the same in his cage, though he does not sleep on it), which is not used by either Perry or Lennie at bedtime.  This brought some calm.  I felt confident enough to lock them in & put their cover over.

I stayed up extra late but did not hear a peep out of them, but all the same I still thought it best to get up a bit earlier in the morning!  The next morning, all was well!

Despite Dalai’s overnight stay being relatively calm (after the initial surprise) he has not repeated it.  It is anyone’s guess as why he has not!  For now, he seems happy sleeping on his own in the Silver Villa.

Dalai’s overnight stay 14th/15th Jan ’19

 

 

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Triangle platform

Around the time of retiring the Manor & introducing the New Villa, I came across a triangle shaped piece of cage in a charity shop.  It looks like it was a triangle shaped door but I pictured it as a landing platform.

When it came to the new living arrangements with the two Villas, I set it up to use on the New Villa, resting on top of the main door when open.  It is pegged along one side to the part of the Villa that the door closes against.  The other side rests along the open door, with a tie to keep it in place.

It has proved to be a popular platform, particularly with Dalai who appears to have commandeered it.  From what I can see, a password is needed before anyone else can go on it.  No password?  Then you get beaked off!

 

 

The tunnel and the landing platform

I posted before that I had repurposed pieces of the Manor.  The loft area was transformed into a Tunnel & the landing platform is still a platform.

Both changes/additions were received well & accepted quickly by all.  Dalai was the only one who had initial reservations about the Tunnel but that only lasted a couple of days.

 

As before, I can use the repurposed Manor platform for placing dishes of food & also wet leaves for a misting.  I did not plan for the supporting perch underneath to be used as a perch, but Perry & Lennie discovered it quickly & like it!

 

(Click on pictures to enlarge) 

 

Manor repurposed

As previously posted, the Manor is no more.  However, parts of the Manor have been salvaged, so it still lives on, in a somewhat limited & modified form.

The loft area

The former loft area, the dome-shaped part of the manor, that was typically the bedtime area, has been retained.  It was given a thorough clean & the lock on the top removed due to ingrained rust that could not be removed.  To join the two pieces together, I used cable ties & string.  To keep the shape, I trimmed some plastic perches (I knew I was keeping them for something!) & wedged them across the bottom at both ends.  These two changes produced a very sturdy structure, which can now be placed on top of a Villa & used as a playgym & general hang-out area.

 

The bottom grid

The Manor is made of substantially heavier material than the Villa.  This meant that the newly fashioned dome lay quite heavy on the thinner bars of the Villa.  Enter the bottom grid of the Manor.  The Villa is slightly shorter in length & wider in depth than the Manor so the bottom grid fits very neatly & securely across the top of a Villa, with a tiny overhang on one side (assuming the other side is flush to the edge)  Because the grid is resting on the two side edges of the Villa, essentially the frame of the cage, it is supported well.  The addition of pegs along the back of the Villa (which are holding up the back cover anyway) ensure it does not slip & for the ‘belt & braces’ effect, ties on each corner further secure it.

The Tunnel

The repurposed loft area is now known as the Tunnel, mainly because you can go all the way through it & out the other end.  The Tunnel is fairly heavy so it does not lend itself to much movement when placed on the bottom grid of the Manor, on top of the Villa (keep up!)   However, for extra security, I placed a couple of ‘thingamajigs’ (the pink plastic connectors of a ladder, seen in this post here) at the back of the bottom grid to be used as stoppers to prevent the Tunnel from slipping backwards.  A peg at the front stops it from slipping forward.  The Tunnel is removed each evening, by simply lifting it up, & placing it on my coffee table; this makes it easier for me to put their bedtime cover over the Villa, with the added bonus that I can easily clean the Tunnel & any perches & toys that are attached.

The Tunnel in position

 

Landing Platform

The Manor landing platform, a location of much activity in the past, has also been repurposed.  I decided to position it on the side of the Villa.  Once again, because it is quite heavy, I needed a strong way to secure it.  The D-rings used for the large Manor seed pots were screwed on to provide a base to rest the landing platform on.  A perch from the far edge of the platform running underneath to the Villa secures the right level & further ties ensure no slippage.

 

End Result

I am pleased to report that all the above changes have been accepted by all Villa occupants, most probably because of the familiarity of the parts used.

Welcome back to the bits of the Manor!

 

 

Repurposing a door

As previously posted, Perry & Lennie had found the way to come out.  Over the following days I noticed they had some difficulty in using the small doorway of the quarantine cage.  That particular cage has doors that slide upwards.  Being a hoarder (!) I remembered I kept the little doors from the old Ferplast.  I used one of these to fashion a small landing platform.  I prized open the hooks enough to slide through the bars & used a rope perch to balance it on, held firm with some paper rope.  It seemed to work well…..

 

 

Interestingly, if Perry came out without Lennie noticing (he may have been chewing on a toy or something), then Lennie seemed to not know how to then come out.  After this happened a few times, I noticed that when on the threshold of the doorway, Perry would wait until Lennie was paying attention, & then fly out, knowing that Lennie would follow him.  Smart or what?

 

 

A pretend peg

A favourite perch is the wooden peg.  For some time now, years in fact, a peg has been positioned on the inside of the Manor landing platform.  Sitting on it affords good views across the room. Its most attractive feature is most probably that there is only space for one bird to sit on it at a time.  It has been used by all: Atilla, Raspy, Cagney, Bezukhov, Phineas & Thomas.

There is one disadvantage of this peg.  To me, that is.  When the landing platform is lowered, the peg has to be removed as it is redundant & just flops there, taking up space.  During recent turbulent times when the landing platform was raised & lowered many times an hour, it occurred to me there must be a more efficient way to deal with this that could satisfy both myself & the toyboys (current Manor occupants).

Enter The Natural Bird Product Company (http://www.naturalbirdco.co.uk/)

When I broached them about this dilemma, they agreed to make a smaller version of one of their existing designs.  And here it is!

Dinky perch: length 10cm, stem height 6cm

Dinky perch: length 10cm, stem height 6cm

This new dinky T-shaped perch mimics the qualities of the peg inside the manor but when the landing platform is lowered, turns into a useful perch.  Of course there has been some avoidance of this new perch by Cagney & Bezukhov, but I can say now, a few weeks after its introduction, that it has been accepted, & here is the evidence:

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Sitting Target

Well I wasn’t sitting…… but I was a target.

There I was, routinely cleaning the bottom of the manor, bent over at their main door, concentrating on what I was doing, when I felt a soft, warm thud on my arm…….

Yes, Atilla had gone onto the landing platform overhead & very kindly pooped onto my arm.

Thank you dear.

Could have been worse…. could have been in my hair.