Susan brought these cute little toys to my attention. What child (or adult) wouldn’t want one of these as a holiday gift? The birds come single or with a cage and they can chirp, sing and repeat phrases. Best of all – no poop!Of course I had to get one. Cooper checks out the competition…
Meet the newest member of the flock! I think we needed something positive to focus on after we lost Gordie, so we decided to adopt a new little one. Gordie definitely inspired us to provide a loving home for unwanted budgies. I wish we could take them all in…
Harry found him on Craigslist*. We’re not sure how old he is (the previous owner said they had him for 6 months and that they had purchased him from Petco). He isn’t banded and his wings are grown out, so who knows? His cage looked like it had never been cleaned (ugh), so we loaded him up in our quarantine cage and spirited him away.
Harvey is very nervous when we approach the cage and flips out when we put our hands in to change out his food and his water. Another taming challenge! He’s been calling to the other birds and I can’t wait for them to meet him. It’s nice to know another lonely bird will have a flock, and I’m glad the other budgies will soon have a new friend. Perhaps Cooper will take a shine to him…
*Harvey was the first budgie (not from a breeder) that was available on our Craigslist search. I think we are fated to have blue birds!
Look what arrived in the mail!A package filled with treats and toys for the budgies from my wonderful niece Surena! Here is Alfie with the disco bell. Alfie loves his bells! This is a favorite of the boys (who love chatting up their reflections in shiny surfaces).Here is Lera with the hypno wheel. She was playing with it, but every time she saw the camera, she would turn around and pose.The seed sticks were a big hit as were the dried greens. Above – Cooper. Below – Sunny.They started squabbling over the sticks, so I put them at the bottom of the cage where they could all snack together.Here is Alfie again (with the ever present food on his face). Alfie is always first on the scene when food enters the cage.
The budgies loved their gifts! The flock has been a little quiet since Gordie left, so the care package was definitely a welcome surprise. Thank you so much Surena!
The holidays are coming… what better way to make your table festive than with budgie salt and pepper shakers?
Quail CeramicsFrom Garden Feather Bird Supplies?Bone China salt shaker from Madelyn’s Attic on Etsy.???Plastic shakers from Barb’s Vintage Finds on Etsy.Silver plated shakers on eBay.Asprey’s silver pepper pots (1906) from The Antique Boutique.Sterling Silver shakers by Sampson Mordan. Only $4,670.48 on eBay! Definitely an item for Cooper’s wish list.Here is Cooper with our shakers by Flights of Fancy (thanks Craig!).They also come in green/yellow and green/white.
One year ago today we brought home this adorable budgie. We found her on Craigslist. She was a bundle of energy. Lots of climbing of the cage walls, rolling around on the bottom of the cage, twisting and turning upside down – a little acrobat. Unfortunately, she was also terrified of us and would flip out whenever we got near her. It took months to get her used to my hand being in the cage. And even longer to get her to step up. Today she will step up, but will hop off if we move our hands. We’ve only managed to get her out of the cage on our fingers on a few occasions. She’s still a work in progress…Emmy is our biggest budgie (I think she has some English budgie in her). She’s so soft and fluffy. I love her whipped cream tummy and the fact that she has one white cheek. She’s also a funny little nut. Except at bedtime, when she chases the other budgies. We’re not sure if she’s afraid of the dark, or just wants to be rightnext to the other budgies. Here she is with her boyfriend Ozzie (Emmers and Ozzers) – who puts up with her shenanigans.
Puck standing proudly in the pet grass, being worshiped by some besotted human.On Feb 20th, 2013 an individual then known as QA2 suddenly noticed he was stuck inside an eggshell that was getting tighter by the minute; with the determination that was to characterize his future personality, he heaved back and smashed that shell to smithereens. Two months later he came to live in Muncie, IN, was rechristened PUCK, and proceeded to rule.
Budgie pride. Like every modern budgie, he has computer skills.Puck has his own account at Amazon, where he orders his favorite millet sprays and stone ground oats from the human part of the store.He is madly in love with a certain plastic penguin-on-wheels named Rosina, and takes care to bap her on the head first thing every morning. After a month here, he said his first words, “My name is Puck.” Apparently, he had been paying close attention. His repertoire is extensive now, half what his human has taught him, half what he decided to imitate on his own. Imagine her surprise when he said, “Are you serious?” for the first time! The sound he imitates best is the rattle of a loose glass flower on his personal venetian mirror.
Puck doing what budgies do, at his play station. Note venetian mirror.
Puck has done much to forward the well-being of budgies everywhere; since he has come to live here, he has met dozens of people who never had seen a bird living indoors as a pet, and in all modesty, he would have to admit he has made some conquests and conversions. His human ruefully notes guests, best friends even, often rush to greet Puck before they take off their hats and greet her! It’s that unbeatable combo of looks, charm, ace flying skills and sparkling conversation. He has also inspired considerable art* and poetry; his human speaks to him in nonsense rhymes, such as: You are a yankee doodle and chicken noodle. May the earth open and swallow her if he didn’t come out with “I am a Yankee Doodle” on the 4th of July this year!
Puck sitting on his Auntie Cathie’s nose. I love his composure.
In addition to being a genius and budgie ambassador to the world, Puck is extremely helpful around the house; his favorite sound is the roar of the vacuum cleaner, so he voluntarily assists with that chore several times a day, since millet shows up all too well on a burgundy carpet. He loves running water and attends his human at dishwashing and shower time. Loves to help cleaning the kitchen floor because not only can he play with his human’s toes, he gets to eat the millet she pops out from between the tiles- if he’s fast enough. For some reason he doesn’t understand, she doesn’t approve of that practice.
The day Puck discovered he was a Hoosier.
* Portrait of Puck painted by painted by Anyes Kadowaki Busby.
Puck’s days are busy, attending to his chores and duties, but in the evening he likes to cuddle up on his human’s chest, right over her heart. He thinks he’s a tough guy, but she thinks he is her darling budgie, her sweet Puck, and the light of her days!