Biggles has discovered the mirror. He is singing and talking to it constantly except when Rose flies over and shouts at him. Not sure if she's jealous of the attention it's getting or his constant chatter is getting on her nerves. They've had a mirror in their cage for ages, so not sure why he's suddenly obsessed with it.
Violet is not enjoying quarantine. She's used to being in a huge aviary with lots of others and I think she misses them. All she wants to do is sit in the corner of her cage closest to the others and call to them. We've been taking her cage round with us, so there's always someone with her. I wonder if work would mind if I take her in with me next week when she'll be alone?
Her foot's pretty much better now, although I think it's still weak. She chooses to sleep with it tucked under her, but most of the time she's walking on it normally.
Rose is now trying to turn the mirror round. Biggles is unimpressed.
Most of the time she is standing normally on her foot, with 2 claws in front and 2 behind. Sometimes, especially on wider perches one of the back claws gets stuck the wrong, way but it doesn't seem to bother her. It's swollen around the main joint, but only slightly darker than normal, and the rest looks fine. I think it is weaker still, as she never stands on just that foot, but it seems to be fully functional. She's grooming it from time to time.
She does spend a lot of time looking out of the cage towards where she can hear the others. She's got a very high pitched call next to the others (is that normal for hens? Rose, despite her name is male-my son named her and doesn't want to change!)
Rose is now chatting to the mirror and chasing Biggles away when he comes near. They're definitely obsessed. Is that a good thing or not? I can take the mirror out.
Biggles had a good fly around the living room last night. He's discovered the top of the bookshelf (which was very dusty) and emptied the old CD rack, and found he can walk all the way along the curtain pole. He didn't really want to go back in, but when I caught him he went straight to eat then fell asleep.
Okayyyy, Rose the man-bird, not Rose the hen. Never mind.
Regarding the mirror, if the mirror becomes the focus for regurgitation ALL the time then take it out. I alternate shiny things - mirror one week, disco ball, CD, big mirrors, little mirrors etc so that they don't become too hung up on any one particular one.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.
I don't think they're regurgitating on it at all; it still looks clean anyway.
Biggles has decided it isn't as interesting as protecting his favourite food dish now... there are 2 identical ones. If Rose goes near, he flies across at her chacking. She gives him a disgusted look and moves to the other one. She doesn't seem to care. They're grooming each other at present, which is very cute.
The older pair (at least 10 years old) are very sleepy and one has been very very fluffed out for the last few days. They're still eating/drinking/chatting/moving fine, but I'm not sure that it isn't a bad sign. It looks almost like you've rubbed the feathers up the wrong way. I'm keeping them in a separate room from the others in case it's something infectious.
My friend's budgie died at the weekend. They don't know why, they'd had him about 10 weeks, and he wasn't very old, just went very still and shaky and then died within a couple of hours. Their other one seems fine. Very sad.
(S)he's called Rose because when we got her he had a pink cere. It's now more purplish than pink, so I think (as did the owner) that Rose is male. I tend to call Rose "she" though just to confuse things. Biggles' cere was RAF blue hence his name, although my son thought of Nigel, which would not have suited him at all.
And I wanted to write about the budgie and the mirror ... I think this is their typical reaction to the mirror, especially if the budgie is alone in the cage. Or his parrot in a cage is more interested than other birds
I've taken the mirror out as he was interacting with it more than Rose. Rose thought it was funny to sit on the cage above it with his tail across the mirror last night, Biggles was not impressed.
He's doing a mixture of sulking and shouting at me, and keeps going to see if the mirror's back. I could swear Rose is laughing at him.
I'm at home all day today so I'll let him out for a fly around shortly.
Edit: I left the door open, but he didn't want to come out. He's now flying towards poor Rose whenever Rose settles. Rose is getting quite cross. He's going up high and divebombing him if Rose tries hiding low, and popping up from below if he sits high. I might need to put the mirror back before Rose retaliates. Rose is normally the dominant one.