17 October 2015
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As mentioned previously, since Cagney’s passing, Phineas has barely missed a beat regarding his daily regurgitating & hand-jive activities.
My right hand is the preferred location for jiggy-jiggy, as are the fingers & thumb. Phineas is under the impression that because he is attached to my right hand/fingers & thumb, that everyone else is interested too. This means he has to protect my hand from possible invaders.
Over time, he has become slightly less territorial over my fingers; he can regurgitate with someone sitting in the background without having to keep stopping to warn off that other presence. My hand, with the associated activity of the hand jive is a different matter though. When he is ‘in the mood’, he has to make sure no one comes within a certain radius of my hand. The more ‘in the mood’ he gets, the more protective & territorial he gets. Because of this tendency to aggression I usually engineer a hand jiggy-jiggy session in the cage. This has two benefits. The first is that he is more likely to finish ‘the job’ without having to keep stopping to warn off others. The second is that whoever shows an interest is less likely to be thumped.
Sometimes, when Phineas is extra-hyper, & slamming against the side of the cage to warn off would-be competition, I cover the cage over so he can concentrate on the deed.
Unfortunately, we now have an added complication in that Bezukhov has moved in with Phineas, albeit just being overnight stays. I dare not allow relations with my hand whilst Bezukhov is in the same, confined vicinity. This means that when Phineas wants to boogie-woogie, this either has to be done outside the cage, with Bezukhov locked in, or in the cage, with Bezukhov locked out! Usually Phineas wants rumpy-pumpy first thing in the morning after a long, jiggy-free night. Like I say… it is an added complication…
23 July 2015
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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.
22 June 2013
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Fortunately, on this occasion, the blood spilt was mine! (Not fortunately for me of course, but I would rather “take the bullet” than any feathered kid.)
Phineas can sometimes get a bit over-excited & starts to bite. I am still seeking a cure for this, but in the meantime, when he is in biting mood, I try to remove my thumb from the equation.
The wound was quite bad but to be fair to Phinny, there was probably a little broken skin already & he pounced on that & was able to do maximum damage. It would not stop bleeding so I resorted to putting a plaster on it which Phineas kept trying to pull off!
13 August 2012
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Atilla has been spending a lot of time on her ttmss swing. Her lump is gradually getting bigger. I think she feels comfortable on that swing. She has started to sit leaning forward with her head underneath the mirror part. The position looks odd but it must help her feel more balanced.
New position on ttmss swing.
I discovered recently that permission is still required to clean the ttmss swing. Silly me thought she might not have the energy to fight me for it, so the other day when she was the other side of the Manor, I whipped it out, turned my back (out of sight, out of mind?) & started cleaning it. I furtively looked around & there she was by my shoulder on the outside rope perch… she then put one foot on my shoulder to get to the ttmss swing. Oh…. she’s still territorial….. I’d better put it back quickly……
The cleaned ttmss swing was swiftly returned & I held out my finger to her to escort her back, which she graciously (I thought) accepted. However, no sooner had she settled on it & checked it was all in working order, she attacked my thumb with a “DO… NOT… TAKE… A…WAY… WITH…OUT… MY… PER… MISS… SION… FIRST!!!”
I got the subtle hint.
That is me told.