Lera recently moved into the big cage.She loves to hang out on the grapevine perch.She’s getting along well with the other budgies. Here she is checking out Ozzie (our little welcome wagon).She even ventured out. Her flying needs work. But then, she only has two fully grown flight feathers.Here she is with Cooper.Until she can keep up with the others, she seems happy to spend time on the play gym.Her first day with the flock was a busy one. It may have actually been too exciting. The next day she was fluffed up and slept a lot. I was worried she was sick (no more sick budgies!). But I think she was just stressed out from the move. We kept her warm and quiet and she rallied back the next day.It’s been fun watching her coming out of her shell to interact with the flock and play with the toys. She even nibbled some broccoli after watching all the others chowing down on their florets. What a cutie she is!
Ozzie turned 2(ish) today. The birthday boy was not into posing with his cupcake. This is the best we could do.Here is Ozzie with his birthday presents - a chew thingie and mirror rings. The budgies feasted on lettuce (Ozzie’s favorite).Except for Emmy – who was more into destroying the lettuce. Good thing Ozzie ate his fill before she started flinging it around the cage.
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: