One year ago today we brought home this little fellow.And here he is today: Yep – he looks as comfortable with the camera as he did a year ago. Harvey still has not stepped up. His previous owners must have really traumatized him. He will put one foot on my finger. But that’s it. I know one day the little light bulb will go off and he’ll step up, so we keep trying.
Harvey loves Lera and they are fun to watch as they groom each other. He’s a good eater and is very chatty when the lights go out. His toenails grow quickly and instead of taking him somewhere to get them clipped, we did it ourselves. He handled it like a champ.
Happy anniversary Harvey – we love you!
Harvey is sweet and stubborn (and camera shy). He will let us pet his tummy, but only if he’s on the top perch. And forget about stepping up. I’ve tried a wooden perch, millet, everything! He just won’t do it. But I know we’ll get there soon. The little light bulb just hasn’t gone off yet.
In other Harvey news, he loves his dice. And Lera, of course. Like the other budgies, he enjoys his veggies, but fruit – not so much. We’re keeping an eye on his beak (he’s missing a portion of his lower beak) to make sure it doesn’t become a problem. Harvey is very vocal at bedtime. I like to think he’s singing lullabies and telling bedtime stories to the flock.
Look who’s one(ish)!Harvey hasn’t moved in with the budgies yet – but he’s getting there. I’m able to almost touch him. Stepping up is right around the corner, I think. Then it will be time to meet the flock.
Harvey doesn’t really play with the toys in his cage, though he does look at himself in the dice. I haven’t bought any birthday toys for him yet. Once he moves into the big cage and “becomes a budgie” I’ll know what his toy preferences are. He’s not really into millet and won’t touch his veggies/fruit. I’m hoping the other budgies will show him the way.
Happy birthday little one – we love you!
Harvey pooped 76 times in 24 hours. The closest guess without going over was 72. So congratulations to Erin K. – you are truly a professional parakeet poop predictor. Your prize will soon be on its way : ). Thanks to everyone for playing! And thanks to Harvey for doo-ing his part.
How many poops do you think Harvey will make in a 24 hour period?Leave your guess in the comments section below. Closest guess without going over will win these nifty budgie stickers.Check back tomorrow for the answer. Good luck!
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!