Seeing as a lot of the members are keenly interested in the welfare and how they get on I am starting a new blog on here. This is to be the start of day one. As you all know they have met albeit through the cage bars. The excitement that Whiskers generated when they were apart failed to materialize when the cages where brought together. Apart from a lot of calling to each other and trying to drown each other out nothing has happened. Today 26/07/2014 nothing much has happened as I had my shopping and other chores to do which left no time for training or introducing. Tomorrow is another day.
I am going to need another avatar now. When I can get a picture of Whiskers without bars running through him the avatar will be changed.
We do have a quite well spoken talking budgie in Whiskers. He speaks a load of gibberish but has a few words namely Whiskers, who's pretty boy, and a huge array of whistles that I have never heard. I have been unable to get a decent recording as you all will probably know point a camera in their direction and all will cease. I intend to set up some sort of sound recording system so I can record at will. It may be a while yet but don't despair.
I think I owe to all the generous people who helped out with paypal, and those who offered by the old method. Of course the forum as a whole. This morning Whiskers has not been quiet since the cover came off. From pinging, banging his cuttlebone to talking. Wow he is a lively one.
Today they met face to face. The video(s) are to follow. Needless to say nothing went to plan and there was surprises on the way. had both cages in the conservatory which was a nice 18oC. That was about 08:45 I had my breakfast etc expecting one or the other to make an exit from the cage. Nope, they both had their breakfast and a good preen. A helping hand is needed here. The plan was for them to meet on the gym on top of Joey's cage. So I brought Joey out on my finger to put him on the gym. He flew off my finger straight to the top of Whiskers's cage frightening the living daylights out of Whiskers. A short spell of jab and peck ensued, neither making contact with the other. After a while of Joey looking at Whiskers and Whiskers just preening himself I intervened once again. Joey did not really want to leave the top of the cage but after a bit of persuasion from my finger he climbed on. As I lifted him off the cage he left my finger again and straight into the cage along with Whiskers inside. Too late they where eyeing each other up. I grabbed the camera and did the best I could with cage bars in the way and Whiskers going sort of mental with a wooden toy. He took a tap at Joey a couple of times then Joey tapped him back. It was bit like a fly weight and Mike Tyson type of taps. I didn't see open beaks so thought it was testing each other. It didn't take long at all for them to settle down and start feeding from the same bowl. So I thought all differences had been settled and it was time to move on. Now the next bit was even trickier, they were in the wrong cage. With the little doors and multitude of hanging toys I couldn't get the birds out of the cage. I removed all the hanging toys and tried to get Joey to step up. No way he had a new friend and wanted to stay. Because of the small opening I had to revert to the perch method which I successfully extracted Joey from the cage, only for him to fly off to the gym on top of his cage. That's OK he is out. Now for Whiskers. I opened every door, opening I could. Would he come out? NO. I finished up taking every perch and everything he could stand on out of the cage. I literally chased him out of the cage not knowing what to expect. He flew as far as my shoulder, picture to follow hopefully. He spent quite a while on there preening the hairs round the back of my neck and pulling the short hairs out as well. This is when I found out that Whiskers cannot fly very well. I tried to get him to step up from my shoulder but he flew off, but could not make the height to the Vision cage which was a few inches above me. He finished up on a window ledge a few feet away but slightly lower. The reason for this I have to find out. His wings are not clipped and he looks to have all the required feathers. Hopefully he just has not had the practice. I managed to get Whiskers to step up onto one of his perches and transfer him to the vision cage. He went in and duly made himself at home on Joey's roosting perch At this time Joey was sat on a perch that I stuck to the wall for him sometime ago, so I collected him from there hoping to transfer him to the platform, no, Joey wanted to be on the gym. I had quite a bit of tidying up to do so I left that way, Whiskers in the cage Joey on top. I transferred the feeding bowl and water silo to the Vision cage. Whilst writing this I have had to keep a good eye on them both as Joey sneaked in the cage without me noticing. I have tried to video the main action, but may have missed some. They appear to be deciding who is going to be boss. Whiskers keeps trying to get close to Joey, but Joey makes a bop towards Whiskers but is far too slow. I'll close here so I can get some video processing done
So funny OP they really remind me of my two ,meeko is so active and playful 99% of the time and before Elf wasn't but after a good month or two Elf started to become more and more active as if he had learnt how to be this way from Meeko,he still has his very quite moments and gets well away from Meeko i think in time the same will be said of Joey
ps where did the fantastic wood swinging things come from-i love them