I so hope it all works out for them. Whiskers is really good at preening. Unfortunately I don't think Joey knows the pleasure. I don't know where the wooden toys came from, Geoff gave me them with the cage. He isn't answering the messages that I leave. I hope he has not taken a turn for the worse.
This beak bopping or beak tapping is the way they play and greet each other. My bird does this to my nose to say hello or get me to play with him. They'll also bop and tap your nails, as a substitute for a beak.
I think there was a bit more than beak bopping last night. As I was taking the cover off there seed and feathers falling out of the cage. There was seeds all over the cage bottom and a few feathers. I have yet to retrieve the feathers from the bottom of the cage, but I did get one of Whiskers's from the cage bars. It looked like a proper war zone. I wish I had had the CCTV camera on them. As I sleep in an upstairs room I didn't hear a thing going on, maybe that's a good thing. I thought everything was going to be rosy as through the evening I saw Whiskers actually preening Joey, although Joey was very nervous about it. A few times Joey Lunged at Whiskers with an open beak. He never made contact because Whiskers is too fast. Whiskers has not been put off because they are at the same stage as when I put the cover on last night, Whiskers trying to get up close and personal and joey keeps lunging. Not a good start one might say. I suppose they are still working out who is boss.
That was my intention Moogie, but Whiskers won't come out of the cage. He can't fly very well. I don't know why yet. The cage doors are open so Joey can come out but doesn't want to at the moment. They are stood side by side on the same perch at the moment, so maybe it will settle down. They haven't had a full day together yet. I'll just have to take some valium or whatever it is.
It took Elf AGES to undestand preening and when he has had enough he lunges a meeko with an open beak,some times it comes to fisty cuffs if one wants a toy the other has got ,,im really sure all will be ok as it is still very early days ...
Thank you Marianne. If Joey behaves as he used to do then there will be no problem getting him back in. It's this other sweet, affectionate budgie I have. He is a lovely budgie just a bit too affectionate for Joey at the moment. Joey has known nothing like it. As it is if Joey goes back in the cage Whiskers is sure to follow. He follows Joey all over the cage.
I have just purchased a second seed silo and a second mirror for the vision cage. I found a few currents in the seeds this morning and had to throw away two lots of seeds. Out come the stainless steel bowls and in goes the silo. I only had one and thought maybe, just maybe they could have a feed at the same time. Dreaming am I? The donations are being put to good use. I am typing this on the laptop in the conservatory so I can watch my friends. I got Joey out of the cage and put him on the gym on top of the cage for a respite. He stayed there for a while what does he do but come on to the top of the cage trying to make beak to beak with Whiskers. You could knock me down with a feather. I think a friendship is in the making. Unfortunately Whiskers will not come out of the cage. i keep trying to get him on the finger but he just scampers off around the cage bars. Try, try again.
Absolutely loving this blog OP. As others have said, please try not to worry too much, it'll all come good, they will end up inseperable,, and you will be the happiest man on the planet enjoying their never ending fun and games.
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