Gordie moved into the big cage today.He seems to be doing pretty well. He’s been keeping to himself, but has been chirping and investigated one of the toys. He sticks to one spot and avoids the other budgies, but I’m hoping they’ll all warm up to each other quickly.Emmy came out of the cage and bonked into a wall. Eesh. She seems to be doing better flying around, though. It helps to have Ozzie show her how to navigate the room.Emmy moved to the quarantine cage. Just until I finger tame her. It’s impossible to do in the big cage. Ozzie will visit and sleep there (and show her that stepping up is easy). As soon as Emmy moves back into the big cage, it will be Lera’s turn to meet the budgies. Jeez, we have a lot of budgies!
Gordie came out of his cage today to meet the budgies face to face.Here he is with Ozzie (that’s Emmy down below). Ozzie was a little aggressive, so we put him back in the cage.At first, Gordie just sat in one spot. Here he is with Alfie.It wasn’t too long before he joined the others. Here he is meeting the girls. He seemed perkier being with the budgies – following them around and chirping.All the excitement must have tuckered him out. When we put him back in his cage, he went right to sleep. Of course, growing out all those pinnies takes a lot of energy as well!
We moved Gordie’s cage into the budgies’ room.Sunny flew over to check out the new guy.Cooper was next.Gordie was pretty calm about all these budgies giving him the once over.The boys (Alfie and Ozzie) finally came over to see what the fuss was about.Once we’re sure there won’t be any fighting, Gordie will move into the big cage. Hurray!
A while ago something arrived in the mail.
(insert “What’s in the box?” joke here)It was a brand new cage for the budgies! Harry put it together.Cooper “coopervised”.Here’s Cooper deciding if Harry’s work is acceptable.Once she deemed the cage suitable, the budgies moved in.Alfie is never far from a bell.Cooper was not too excited about having her picture taken – she is moulting and doesn’t feel she looks her best. Sunny was too busy taking apart the marshmallow toy to pose.Emmy sitting pretty. The cage has a divider, which is up at present. Until Emmy is finger tamed we have her separated from the others. Ozzie spends his time going back and forth between sides.Which is easy to do when you have your own airplane!
We have a love match! Ozzie has really taken to Emmy. Lots of nuzzling and kisses going on with these two. I’m so happy that Ozzie has finally found a little girlfriend. Now we just have to get Ozzie to tell Emmy to relax and step up so we can have her join the rest of the flock.
Here are Ozzers and Emmers in action:
Even though Emmy isn’t finger tame (or even close to being so), we put her cage in the same room with the rest of the flock. We thought maybe Emmy’s presence would be a bit of a distraction for the budgies.
Poor Emmy – she so wants to be with them, and goes nuts climbing all over the cage to get to them. But the budgies just don’t seem to be interested. Maybe it’s because she’s so young.
Alfie hasn’t moved in with the rest of flock yet. Since we brought him home he’s had a couple bouts with illness. And right when we were introducing him to the other budgies. The poor little guy was vomiting (not the typical regurgitation budgies will do) and listless. I took him to the vet and he gave Alfie a shot to help with the nausea. He also ran some labs. Alfie quickly recuperated and was his usual cheery self the next day.
Everything seemed fine, but we kept him apart from the other budgies in case he had something contagious. Unfortunately, the vet lost Alfie’s labs, so we had no idea what the problem was. Although Alfie seemed completely fine, we decided to keep him quarantined a little longer. This also gave us some more time to work on bonding with him.
A month later, Alfie was sick again (more vomiting, listless, no poops). So back to the vet we went for another shot and more labs. Once again, Alfie was fine the next day. The labs came back normal – the vet thinks that Alfie just has occasional tummy trouble.
As of today, he’s doing great. He’s been more adventurous. He comes out of his cage to investigate and his flying (and landings) are much improved.