Puddings & Toyboys

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Remembering Phineas on his adoption day

Phineas came into our home on this day, 4 years ago.  

I would like to share a video with you of him regurgitating to my thumb.  It was also during his brief quick, side-step phase.  Some people go, “Urgh”, at the thought of regurgitated food, but I always appreciated what he offered me, & I always thanked him.

Missing you, our little man.

Always in our thoughts.

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Feeding Dalai

Since Dalai has joined Bezukhov & Phineas, I have seen both of them regurgitate for him.

Bezukhov feeding Dalai:

Phineas feeding Dalai:

 

These actions must surely make Dalai feel welcome in our flock!

 

 

Two month hiatus

Phineas is randy again.

Phineas

Phineas

Towards the end of October, Phineas lost the urge to do the jiggy-jiggy hand jive.  Along with this, he also stopped regurgitating.  This coincided with his moult.  Last year, the hiatus lasted around 5-6 weeks.  This time it lasted just over two months.  He broke it on the 28th December with a jiggy-jiggy that he progressed, with a flourish, to the final deposit stage.  Since then, he has begun regurgitating again & is demanding more of my attention.

Phineas is back to his version of ‘normal’.  It is early stages but this appears to mean that ruffling of cheek feathers is now not acceptable.  When he started letting me ruffle his feathers, I looked for an opportunity to do this each day & so we developed a routine.  Now, when I try to do this he does not respond – he just moves his head away.  It is entirely possible I may have to wait until his big moult next September/October before feather ruffling will happen again!

 

 

 

Blue seed?

Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot.  Many times a day, every day.

Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:

Blue regurgitated seed

Blue regurgitated seed

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“What’s going on here?”, I wondered!

A little investigation revealed he had been chewing on the blue munch ball of the chewy toy arrangement on top of the Manor.

Phineas chewing the blue munch ball

Phineas chewing the blue munch ball

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With inedible things, I often tell them to chew & spit but clearly Phinny had not been listening to me & had been ingesting instead of spitting it out.  He moved onto the red munch ball after that so you can imagine how colourful his regurgitated seed looked then. 🙂

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Side step speed footwork

Phineas still likes to regurgitate to my finger or thumb.  There are several locations where he prefers this activity to happen.  One location is on the open door of the Ferplast.  This flat area showcases nicely his habit of interspersing regurgitation with side step speed footwork.

 

 

The Bubble

Phineas blew an impressive bubble the other day.  It came out whilst he was regurgitating onto my finger.  It was so big & strong it stayed on my finger long enough for me to take a photo:

The Bubble

The Bubble

 

Well done, Phinny!

The Bubbler

The Bubbler

 

 

Poopy pictures

When I am working, I sit at the table in the corner of the room.  I have my back to the wall & face the room, with a good view of all the feathery goings-on.

Cagney, Bezukhov & Phineas also have a good view of me sitting there.  This only appears to be of importance to Phineas.  He knows exactly where I am if he requires my attention.  The attention is usually for one of two things: a regurgitation session or a hand jive session.

In the video below, you can see Phinny hanging off the side of the Manor, willing me to go over.  The reason he keeps running off to the right is because he wants me to go to a specific regurgitation/jiggy-jiggy location.

 

You will also notice he flies towards me at one point.  This happens if I am not quick enough to attend to him.  He does repeated flyovers until I succumb to his will.

Over time, I have noticed a gradual arc of poops in my working corner, corresponding to his flyovers.  I have found poop on my papers, on my laptop, around the wall & on my pictures.  I am amazed that of all these poops, not one has landed on me.  Yet.

 

Who?  Me?

Who? Me?

 

2½ hours in the life of…

hours in the life of Phineas.

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As told through the medium of

photo…..

regurgitated seed…. &

regurgitated celery:

(Click on photos to enlarge)

 

 

 

Good morning!

It is not often I get up early enough that the Toyboys & Phineas are still ‘in bed’.  I peer into their cages, under the cover & see they are still in their bedtime positions.  If it is very early they will stay in those positions until it is the proper time to ‘get up’.  Naturally, I tiptoe around the room until they wake.

Most mornings they are already awake.  When Phineas sees me he runs up & down his ladder waiting for my finger to regurgitate to.  Cagney & Bezukhov peer at me under their cover, patiently waiting for me to fold it back so their seed pots are no longer in darkness.

Here is Phineas, up & down the ladder:

Here is Phineas waiting for my finger:

Here is an impatient Phineas & the patient Toyboys:

Phinny's cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

Phinny’s cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

The Toyboys & Phineas have already greeted each other as I always peg up part of Phinny’s cover at the side so they can see each other come morning.

I had noticed before, when I did not do this, that Phinny, on seeing the Toyboys (actually, probably Cagney) would let out this really loud TWEEET!  That was his morning greeting. With the opening in the cover, I do not witness this particular TWEEET so often but think it is better for them to greet each other as soon as they wish, rather than wait for me to uncover them.

 

Well fed fingers

Phineas is still regurgitating to my finger.  He is still blowing bubbles.  This phase is ongoing.  We do not have an end date yet.

The regurgitation session can occur many, many times a day.  Duration of each session appears to be getting longer.  If I wait until he comes to a natural end rather than force him to end as I have things to do [rolls eyes!], this may mean waiting up to 25 minutes.  (I usually  have the TV remote control to hand).

Sometimes he attempts to clean my finger & licks it all over.  Recently, after the licking, he preens my finger.  As you can see from the photos below, more often than not, my finger (& sometimes hand) needs a good wash afterwards.

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A most interesting incident happened a few days ago where Phineas was on top of the manor, regurgitating to my index finger.  I was holding my hand up to him, resting it on the cage with my index finger out but other fingers folded back.  He regurgitated as normal but then tapped on the knuckle of my middle finger.  I unfolded that & he proceeded to regurgitate to that finger.  Hmm… interesting.

Then he tapped on my ring finger.  I unfolded that & he regurgitated to that finger.  It was like he was feeding all my fingers.  He seemed satisfied after doing 3 fingers & then off he went & left me with this:

Three well fed fingers

Three well fed fingers