Sunday Politics


In the UK, Sunday morning media is typically reserved for discussion of the political events of the previous week.

Despite politics being a thorny area, I will attempt to raise the subject, with the proviso that no one view/side is favoured, but that this is just a discussion in the the wider context.  So, on we go….

Generally, I am not into politics, but in the last 18 months, UK politics has turned into a soap opera with lots of conflict, twists & turns, (back) stabbings & frequent cliffhangers.  It is probably not surprising that I can compare the dramas & antics in my flock to the goings-on in the UK parliament.

Recently, Dalai‘s behaviour has reminded me of the politician Jeremy Corbyn (currently leader of the opposition); he struts around like he is the leader of the country… but he is not.  Dalai may think he is the leader but quite frankly, he does not have the overall well-being of the flock as his motivating factor.  I am sure there are many parallels with Jeremy Corbyn (or most politicians!) here.

Which politicians are the others like?

Lennie is like Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) – lovable (questionable regarding the politician) & entertaining but prone to making gaffes.  Would you really choose Lennie to be a diplomat between two clashing sides?  No, thought not!

Bezukhov is like Jacob Rees-Mogg (back bencher) – polite, loyal & respectable & whatever your views on his politics, surely no one can be against such admirable qualities?  Ergo, Bezukhov is a jolly good chap who does not seek drama or hysterics to get his point across but relies on sense & good manners.

I have a problem finding a politician for Perry because he is liked by all!

Even good-natured Bezukhov has his detractors: Phineas did not like him because he thought he prevented him from getting closer to his beloved Cagney & Lennie can be rude to Bezukhov for seemingly no reason.  Politicians by their nature will have supporters AND detractors.  So I have failed to find a politician to match Perry’s character.  Still, 3 out of 4 is not bad.  In an election, that would be a majority & therefore enough to win, form a cabinet & run the country so that is good enough for me!


The Three Musketeers

It has been a couple of months since Raspy’s untimely passing. 

Atilla, Cagney & Bezukhov have been coping well in her absence.  I believe the transition from 4 to 3 was made easier by them knowing that Raspy had passed on.  I like to think that soon after she took her last breath, her spirit was released & she flew around the room & gave her sister, her boyfriend & her Manor-mate a kiss before making her way to the Fields of Millet, Wild Grass & Swinging Perches.

Raspy’s presence was quite “challenging”.   She was the only one with the guts to stand up to Atilla.  For Cagney, Raspy was a challenge to woo – a tough cookie who never cracked.  She was, of course, totally committed to chubby chops himself, Bezukhov…

Bezukhov is lucky to have his mate Cagney to run & fly around with.  Their friendship in that respect has not changed at all.  However, there are times when Cagney is busy canoodling with Atilla, & Bezuky can look a bit lost, as if he’s thinking, “I used to have a lovely girl to canoodle with….”  At those times I try to give him some extra attention.  He is always ready to talk to my fingernail & has quite animated conversations.  I also hand feed him pellets. I would hate for him to feel left out. 

He is still fond of Atilla & tries to converse with her but she either ignores him or goes to give him a thump (no change there then).  It is nice that her behaviour towards him has not changed.  Occasionally she allows him to eat from the same seed pot as her, or even sit next to her on the perch.  When this happens it is almost like a signal to Cagney to not chase Bezuky away, but just let him be & I will see all 3 of them sitting comfortably together on the same perch. 🙂

Evening shenanigans

Perhaps it is something in the water… or maybe a full moon… or more probably it is plain & simple budgie naughtiness!

The recent routine has mostly been the following:

  • Morning – out & about for a fly
  • Afternoon – locked in for siesta
  • Evening – out & about for a fly & daily bottom paper clean

Now, each evening the same thing happens when I let them out – the toyboys want to swap partners!

The puddings are still adamant they do not want to swap partners.

Both boys hit on their mate’s pudding at the same time & it makes it difficult to decide which pudding to rescue first.  Raspy is usually the first to fly to escape Cagney’s advances.  She usually lands on the floor at some point as Cagney has far more energy than her.  I show her the open Ferplast cage door & she readily runs in to shelter from the storm that is Cagney.

Meanwhile, Bezukhov is being highly arrogant & hitting on flock boss Atilla.  Once Raspy has been locked up in the Ferplast, Cagney, after trying to flirt with her through the bars, goes to Atilla but Bezukhov chases him away.  If he exits the Manor to chase Cagney away then I quickly lock Atilla up alone.  After a short time, I let Cagney in to be with Atilla & then Bezukhov wants to go into the Ferplast to be with Raspy.  I let them chill out for a bit with their correct partners before releasing them again.

This evening was slightly different in that Atilla landed on the floor trying to get away from Bezukhov.  In fact, Raspy had already landed on the floor.  The toyboys were on the floor also, still pursuing their wrong partner.  They were all on the floor!  Such confusion!

This time I managed to get both Raspy & Atilla into the Ferplast.  (Raspy quite likes the chill out zone but Atilla was a bit put out to be away from her Manor).  The boys camped outside the Ferplast, waiting not-very-patiently to be let in or for the girls to be let out….

Not a fan

As we all know, Raspy is not a fan of Cagney.  Often, she does not even like him sitting on the same perch as her.  The good (or bad?) thing is that Cagney does not take this personally & if truth be told, I think he thinks her chasing him away is a good game!

There is the added bonus of Raspy having more exercise chasing Cagney away.  Also,  Bezukhov can act like a knight in shining armour, coming to his girlfriend’s rescue, though Raspy can look after herself.

Here is the evidence:

Update on bedtime positions

After about 3 weeks of not sleeping on a bedtime swing, Atilla has finally returned to the loft area.  This has meant we are back to shuffling again.

The last few nights she has slept on each swing, the back one, the front one & the round one…. generally whichever swing was available.  Tonight she claimed the front swing first.  Cagney settled on the round swing next to her & Bezukhov on the back swing.  This left Raspy still on her swinging perch & no bedtime swing, only the fixed perch left in the loft area.  I could see in her eyes that this was not an acceptable state of affairs.

Still, I was not too concerned because I thought there was still time for either Cagney to move to the top of a swing or Bezukhov to move to the fixed perch which he sometimes sleeps on.  In the end, Bezukhov got off his swing (I think only for a brief stretch) & Raspy dived on it quickly.  Bezuky decided to squeeze onto the round swing with Cagney but that caused a bit of a kerfuffle resulting in Cagney retiring to the top of Atilla’s swing which is where he probably would have chosen to sleep for the rest of the night anyway!

All is calm.  For now.

Musical cages

Since posting about the toyboys attempting to swap puddings, there have been further incidents.  Twice I have separated the couples, letting Raspy & Bezukhov sleep overnight in the Ferplast.  Last night was one such occasion.  It was all getting a bit frantic.  In the end, I took Raspy to the open Ferplast door & she could not get in there quick enough!  She had no intention of coming out either! 

Meanwhile, Bezukhov was flirting with Atilla, not even noticing that his girl was now in the Ferplast, with Cagney trying to squeeze his beak through to give her a kiss.  At one point, I locked Atilla in the  Manor on her own.  Then I let Cagney in with her.  Eventually, Bezukhov decided he wanted to be with Raspy so I let him into the Ferplast.  By this time, it was bedtime & both couples settled down quickly.

This morning, all was fine when I let them out all together. 

The Ferplast has turned into an essential get-away-from-it-all home!

Evening news: Feed & Swings

Stop press!  This evening, at 20:45 hours, both puddings & toyboys were all eating seed at the same time!

I cannot remember the last time this happened…. or even if this has happened at all.

There are 4 seed pots, so they have one each, but normally eat on some random rota system.  At first Atilla & Bezukhov were eating.  Then Raspy started eating.  Cagney was sitting looking at Raspy & looked like he was about to jump on her pot.  I got him to step up & turned him around to see the 4th pot that he could eat from & would you believe it, he meekly went there & started eating.  There you have it…. 4 little darlings all quietly munching on their seeds!

The last few nights, bedtime positions have been a bit upset.  One evening, Cagney settled on Raspy’s swing.  Raspy sat on a lower perch & the other two sat with her, seemingly providing support that she did not have her bedtime swing.  It was quite late before Cagney moved to his usual position (on top of the round swing) & then the other three were able to settle in their usual places also.

Last night Atilla did not want to sleep on her swing & stayed on the perch which was odd.  This evening, she looked for my finger to take her to her bedtime swing but unfortunately Cagney was sat on it.  She has settled on the perch below the round swing.  I keep checking in to see if Cagney has moved yet….. but as of writing, he is still on Atilla’s swing….

Bad Boy Cagney

Cagney just does not read the signs, take a hint, or take “No” for an answer.

Here he is trying to engage Raspy in a conversation but she is just not interested! 

Here he is, “pushing his luck”, not realising that Atilla just wants to chill out:  (It is possible Atilla may have hurt her wing in that little impromptu scuffle).

Atilla is very tolerant of Cagney.  As for Raspy, I am surprised she has not given him a thump yet!  

Wonders will never cease

Raspy does not have much time for Cagney.

She merely tolerates him.

Cagney, in contrast, thinks Raspy is a “bit of alright“.  Although he & Atilla are a bonded couple, that does not stop him wanting to chat & flirt with her sister.  He is not very good at taking “No” for an answer.  Raspy really does not want him chattering in her ear, or trying to sit next to her or looking at her in a “funny way”.

Bezukhov is aware of his girlfriend’s feelings for his mate, Cagney.  Where possible, he will sit between them.  When it is not possible, he will still sit between them & simply knock Cagney off the perch.

In the evening, I usually offer Raspy seed as she sometimes gets stressed trying to eat during the day because Cagney wants to “join in”.  I like to make sure she has her bedtime feed.

This evening, she was eating from the seed pot I offered.  It was the large pot.  When Bezuky joined her, that was fine as there was enough space for both their heads to be in & out the pot.  Cagney noticed the contented way Raspy & Bezuky were eating & it seemed he wanted to be a part of it.  He indicated he was going to join them.  Several times, Bezukhov chased him away.

At one point, Cagney landed on the pot & knocked his mate off.  I moved the pot away from Raspy, knowing her feelings towards Cagney.  However, she indicated she wanted to continue eating so I tentatively moved the pot closer to her, with Cagney still sat on it, eating.  She calmly leaned in for a seed.  Cagney carried on eating.  She had more seed.  I was stunned…. they both calmly ate from the same seed pot!

It was very nice to see.  It didn’t end in a fight either. 🙂