In the last week, George has started preening Sky. Sky has never preened another budgie or been preened by one.
Yesterday, we noticed that Sky was preening Blithe, as though he had decided to pass the knowledge on that preening is great.
I managed to get a photo of Sky preening Blithe, it’s not a great photo as I had to be quick!
The other budgies seemed to be just as astounded as we were.
For any new people that have started following my blog, I thought I would write a post about all my birds and the home that they share with us.
All of my birds are re-homed from people that could not look after them for one reason or another.
They all fly free, all day long in my front room.
They have cuttlebone, iodine block, mineral block, aviclens in their water most day, calcivet twice a week and aloe juice once a week. I put chewables all around for them.
Generally, birds do not come to me as fresh young chicks and some of them had more than one home before they got here. I am more interested in their happiness than any form of training. The oldest birds I have re-homed are Billybob and JoJo, they both have feet that do not grip well as their cage and branches were for bigger birds. JoJo also cannot fly, so we adapted her cage with lots of ropes and platforms. Billybob and JoJo were around 7 when they came to me.
Current birds and ages are:
Sky 9 years 2 months
Billybob 8 years 6 months
JoJo 8 years 4 months
Hector 6 years 11 months
Roswell 6 years
Custard 3 years 5 months
Basil 3 years 4 months (Basil is behind Roswell)
George 3 years 4 months
Blithe 2 years (the white bird on the left)
Here are their surroundings:
Roswell, Basil and Blithes cage
JoJo and Billybobs cage
George, Hector, Custard and Skys cage
JoJo’s safety sponge on the floor in case she falls out of her cage
Rack on the wall and playground
Playground by the window
The big swing and soap-dishes on window
The big mirror
external Seed troughs
As I have posted before, Custard has a liver condition and as a result his beak is overgrown.
Last month, we took him to the vet for a beak trim and file.
A few days ago we noticed that he might need another vet visit. However, last night I realised that he’s given himself a trim!
He’d been spending lots of time at the iodine block and cuttlefish, grinding away with his beak.
So, it turns out that he’s escaped a vet visit for the moment. Clever boy.
His beak looks a little stronger than last month too, so hopefully the hepatosyl and aloe juice have been helping him.
Custard on 8th November
Custard on 13th November