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Tales from Quarantine – Thirty-Five Second Tour (8 of 8)

Moriarty puts his tour guide hat on & shows us around his quarantine cage:

 

Tour Itinerary

0:01: Begin on diagonal perch

0:05 Dried grass

0:08 Ladder

0:13 Platform perch

0:18 Perch where mirror is

0:24 Food bowl

0:25 Swing

0:27 Diagonal perch & platform perch (again)

0:28 Diagonal perch (again)

0:30 Middle of cage (flying area)

0:32 Conclude on perch where mirror is

 

Don’t give up the day job, Moriarty!

Moriarty

 

Tales from Quarantine – Olympic Rings (6 of 8)

As I rearranged Moriarty’s cage, he had new toys to play with.  It was good to see his curiosity in action & to see him exploring new things.  The Olympic rings have been a successful addition.

 

Moriarty

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Dried Grass (5 of 8)

During quarantine, I introduced Moriarty to dried grass.  It was one of the few things that kept him quiet for a few minutes!

 

Me? Quiet?

 

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Shiny Things (4 of 8)

Moriarty is a fan of shiny things.  This was apparent quite early on.  He was often playing with the bell at the bottom of his chewy toy & the bells on the bottom of his swing.

His mirror gets a lot of attention which is probably expected for a bird that was on his own.

I suspected he would appreciate the disco ball, which he does!

I love my disco ball!

 

I love these shiny bells!

 

I love this bell!

 

Cor, what a handsome chappy!

 

Moriarty

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Crinkled Paper (2 of 8)

It was obvious very early on that Moriarty liked lots of stimulation.

His home was the Ferplast Canto which has rotating seed pots incorporated into the design.  These were not being used & were turned outwards.  I decided to swivel one back around & fill it with crinkled paper.  This has proved to be a hit!

 

Curly paper in seed pot

 

Tales from Quarantine (1 of 8)

Moriarty coped with quarantine (Oct/Nov 2020) well but it was clear he needed lots of attention.

When his previous owners brought him in, & the cover was raised, there he was, swinging away, seemingly not bothered about the move.  That first sight of him made me think he would take most things in his stride.  As for the elephant in the room…. yes, he has a similar colouring to our dearly departed Bezukhov but in real life perhaps a greener shade.

Moriarty’s foot

His cage originally had 3 cement perches & a cement platform perch, along with a wooden perch & a wooden platform perch.  I replaced the cement perches with a variety of wooden ones (there is nothing wrong with cement perches but ideally they should not be the main perches & not used as a roosting perch).  I did notice a small red/orange spot on the underside of one foot which might have been the start of an irritation – it disappeared quickly.  You will see from the photo posted here that the toenail on his short, forward toe angles inwards.  The odd angle has not caused any noticeable problems.

As far as toys, he had a lovely swing with colourful, wooden beads, a mirror, a chewy toy with a bell at the bottom.  I should note that the swing has two bells at the bottom – it was quickly apparent that he loves shiny things!  I added some more toys, such as the rings, the disco ball (ultra shiny!) & a paper rope toy, along with some dried grass for further stimulation.

 

He was not scared of hands so though not tame, was not worried about me entering his cage to make all these changes.  In fact, he had quite a bite on him but I think that may have lessened with the introduction of more toys to keep his beak busy!

The seed situation was curious as he had one of those gravity seed fountains mounted in one of the cage gaps for the incorporated seed bowls.  Though he would perch on it, I never once saw him eat a seed from it!  He had millet, so was not starving but at times when there was no millet, he still did not eat the seed.  (It had an area underneath that collected the husks so I could see if he ate any).  Given his love of shiny things, I put in a stainless steel bowl with seed & he immediately took to eating from that.  Knowing he was eating the seed mix, I could start rationing the millet!

 

I also put in a water bottle along side his water fountain in the hope he would use it.  During quarantine he never quite understood it was for drinking water, but was fascinated watching the bubbles go up the bottle as I pressed the water end.  He also got quite attached to the shiny spout, often having long chats with it!

 

 

Introducing Morty Moriarty!

Please welcome our new addition to the flock, Morty Moriarty!

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!

Moriarty

 

 

Blue newbies – the early days

Spearmint Perry & Lennie Denisov came to our home on the 14th of November 2016.  They had been in a busy cage of about 10-12 budgies. Though I specifically got two so they had company during quarantine, I thought it still might take some time for them to adjust to the quieter surroundings.  I hoped they would also become friends during quarantine.

They were indeed very quiet that first evening; both sat together on the perch in the corner.  Fortunately, the perch they chose to sit on had the millet spray by it, so they were able to eat something without having to be particularly brave.

It did not take long for Perry & Lennie to relax into their new cage.  They were relatively quiet at first, but tucked into the millet quickly & had a tentative explore of their new home.  I initially put seed in a dish on the floor of the cage as that was how they were used to feeding.  I was happy they were eating but it was quite a few days before I actually saw them drink.

 

Gradually, they started checking out different things.  They found the little white dish with tonic seed.  They found the central chewy toy which provided (& still provides!) hours of beak action.  That particular toy was a success – the raffia could be chewed & pulled out, the paper string could be chewed & the little knots untied & beads could be played with (before they fell off!) & wooden blocks could be climbed.

 

It took them a bit longer to work out how to use the swing, but once they did, they used to sleep together on it of a night.

Perry & Lennie snoozing together on the swing

Perry & Lennie snoozing together on the swing

 

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Blue Birds

Please welcome the new additions to our little flock!

Blue birds

Blue birds

 

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. 🙂

 

Twenty-five days in isolation

Dalai on day 2

Dalai on day 2

Dalai resting

Dalai resting

Dalai likes the honey stick

Dalai likes the honey stick

Dalai discovers his swing

Dalai discovers his swing

As soon as he arrived, on the 14th March, little Dalai was promptly put into quarantine, i.e. my bedroom!

He looked young & healthy, but quarantine is important.  The theory behind doing quarantine is that the stress of the move & change of environment may trigger an underlying illness, that may endanger the rest of the flock.  The standard time for quarantine in this situation is 4 weeks.  We managed 3.6 weeks.

Quarantine is usually a good time to spend taming your bird or building a bond, without distractions.

Though Dalai was clearly uneasy about the changes, it did not take too long for him to tolerate my hands moving around the cage, changing seed/water & cleaning things.  He always took himself to the opposite side to where I was working.  It took him longer to get used to me sliding the bottom tray out to change the paper & he seemed surprised that this strange event happened every day!

I spent time with my hand in the cage & gradually moved it towards him but he indicated he was not comfortable with that.  Even if I held something tasty like millet.

During quarantine, Dalai developed his own eating routine which I found difficult to cope with at first – he tended not to eat until around 5 pm, at which point he could spend over 20 minutes eating seed without pausing once.

His previous owner had given me some seed that he had been feeding him.  I started mixing my own with this to transition him over.  He liked millet, especially a new spray & not a half-eaten one.  Because of the long hours of not eating, I bought him honey sticks that I remembered he had in his previous home, in the hope of enticing him to eat during the day.  He liked those too.

The last time I had bought a honey stick was probably when my girls, Atilla & Raspy, were still around.  I noticed some odd coloured poops from Dalai & after some panic, decided these were caused by the quite garishly coloured honey sticks (the egg one is bright yellow!)

Those days in isolation, with just me for company, must have been difficult & strange for Dalai.  He coped well though & found interest in the cage; his red mirror, the chewy toy, & after 3 weeks, the swing.  He also took an interest in activity he could see outside the window.  He was fairly quiet but did have the odd loud tantrum so I knew there was nothing wrong with his voice.

He also showed signs of being a clever boy as he was drinking water from the hamster-style water bottle as well as the open dish.

Here is a video of my little man during quarantine – eating, tweeting & noticing activity outside the window: