Three years ago, today, we brought little Emmy home.
11/14/1311/14/1411/14/15TodayEmmy is our sweet baby. She still takes the occasional snooze on the bottom of the cage (bum in the air), and she likes to hang out on the bridge or on one of the new platforms. Her favorite place to be, though, is Sido’s cage. When Sido is out, Emmy makes herself right at home.
Emmy is a good eater and does a great job with her mash. She’s very messy and gets it all over her face – good thing she loves to take baths. She, Sunny and Ozzie are still our “Three’s Company” trio. Emmy also likes to run around on the floor with Alfie (looking for stray seeds).
Emmy has come such a long way from when she first moved in. I thought I would never see the day when she would step up. But she is a pro now, and even accepts kisses. Her whipped cream belly is my favorite place to plant a smooch on her. We couldn’t ask for a more adorable budgie.
A little while ago I bought a platform perch for Emmy. Because her left foot doesn’t have much of a grip, she would have another place to rest. The perch was a success. So much so, that the budgies have been squabbling over it. So, I bought another one.The perches come with an attached footie toy (I took them off to give the budgies a little more room). The perches are 4 inches by 4 inches (they come in various sizes). You can find the perches at HappyWings on Etsy.
This batch is veggies. Grated carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, peas, squash and beets. I also bought some organic baby food to mix in. I wanted to give the birds a variety. This batch is fruit. The birds still prefer veggies, but if I mix in some grains, they’ll eat it. Below: apples, kiwi, pear, banana, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries. Also mixed in is some organic fruit baby food. I skipped adding in crushed pellets, because the flock has been really good about eating them.I love mashes! It’s a lot of work to make it in one sitting, but then I don’t have to do it every day. I didn’t put the herbs/greens (basil, thyme, kale, romaine lettuce or spinach) in the mash. I just tear up fresh ones and sprinkle them on top.
Alfie is always first to the plate.Sido enjoys some fruit.Emmy likes to carry globs over to the play gym and eat them there.These birds eat better than we do…
Emmy in November, 2013.Emmy in November, 2014.Emmy today.Emmy has come such a long way since we first brought her home. Last year at this time she was finally stepping up – but would hop off as soon as possible. Now she’s a pro at perching on our fingers. She’s proof positive that patience pays off.
Emmy is still a bit of a homebody. Sometimes we have to take her out of the cage, so that she will fly around and play with the budgies. She seems to prefer coming out in the evenings.
Emmy loves to take baths. And she’s become a very curious budgie. She has started investigating the objects in the room, and has even started perching on our shoulders. She and Ozzie are a cute couple – if Ozzie is out of the cage, she will chirp loudly until he comes back to her. While she and Ozzie are bonded, she doesn’t mind sharing him with Sunny.
Emmy is such a sweet little bird, I just love seeing her little face every day. And kissing her little whipped cream belly!