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August 2011!

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Yeah! Yet another month has arrived, and now it’s August! August makes me a bit sad because it just reminds me that we only have a whole month left of summer break, and everyone will be back to school or work again! I’m planning on trying to do a bunch of new things this month before my summer break ends so that I won’t have to worry about missing out on any chances to do them.

One thing that I really want to try this month is bringing the budgie boys outside for some sunshine and fresh air. They never really get to go outside, so I’m planning on getting them used being in their travel cage for outside time. I’ll be taking any chance I get to bring them out, especially when it’s nice and warm outside. Hopefully it will be warm enough for me to give them a little mist bath. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m planning on getting another entry done by this Friday for the Healthy Foods for Birds page, and this time it is going to be ย Broccoli! Someone I know requested that I do Broccoli next just for fun, so I’ll be working on that throughout the week.

I still have to get those pictures up of the gifts I got for the budgies when I was away, but never got a chance yet. I’m also planning on giving them a nice fresh food supper tomorrow with a few new foods in it, so hopefully that will end up working out.

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Gone On Vacation

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From the 14th to the 24th, my family and I were on vacation. We stayed at a camp in a very comfortable cabin that was pretty far out in the woods. There was a freshwater lake nearby and lots of things to do like kayaking, canoing, swimming fishing, having campfires, playing horseshoes and a whole bunch of other stuff. We mainly went away for a couple softball tournaments that me and my sister were playing in, but we had a lot of extra time to do other things too. The only problem with where we were staying was the heat. I was definitely not used to a normal temperature of high thirties in Celsius, but having no air conditioning in the cabin was a whole different story. We were just lucky to have those huge fans on in the cabin, that’s all I can say. ๐Ÿ˜›

While we were away, I made sure that there was someone that checked on the budgies daily so that they could feed and water them, and make sure that they were okay. I only trust my grandmother and auntie with my birds, so I asked my grandmother if she could do it. Even though she has a slight fear of ‘flying things’, she got the job done. I was really grateful, because having a bird-sitter is very important to me.

Where we were staying didn’t have much Internet connection, so that was the reason why I couldn’t post on here. I apologize for my unannounced absence. We finally got back on Monday at 4:30 AM in the morning, but I didn’t get to post on here because we took a while to settle back in to our life back home. ๐Ÿ™‚

I brought back a huge bag of millet for the birds, and I can’t wait to give some to them. I plan on making some new foraging toys for them so that I can stuff the millet inside. I’ll post some pictures of the millet tomorrow, but right now I have to catch up on some sleep.

The Cage Chronicles – Finishing Post

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I’ve been decreasingly feeling the need to post any more Cage Chronicles posts because the budgies are almost completely comfortable with being out of their cages now. They went from being scared of the doors of their cage being open, to hopping right out ย when I came over to let them out, flying around, exploring and hanging out on their landing cage in only a few months. I’m extremely proud of their progress and I hope that their comfort levels continue to rise.

The budgies will now jump on the sides of their cages to get my attention when I walk into my room, and when I open the cage door they like jumping on them for a bit, then flying a lap around the room and landing on their landing cage beside their main cage. Koko is still a bit more cage bound and has less flying capability than the other two, so I’m going to work on getting her more active. Like I mentioned before, she needs to build up her wing muscles and grow in a few more flight feathers, so we’ll just have to wait.

I sort of failed to keep up to date with the Cage Chronicles posts so the next time I do something like this I’ll have to remember to do better. ๐Ÿ™‚ School will finally, and officially, end on Thursday which means I’ll have a bunch more free time for posting here and on the bird forums that I haven’t been the most active on.

From now on, I’ll be posting about Koko’s progress alone so that it will be easier for me to keep it focused and up to date.

I’m Getting Closer…

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to figuring out how to teach Kasper to step-up again. All three of my budgies have an idea of how to step-up, but I never really get the chance to interact and bond with them consistently enough to keep them tame. Kasper used to step-up quite easily without any millet or treat to tempt him with. Lately I’ve been busier with other things, and I rarely get to spend as much bonding time with him and the other two as I’d like to. I know that he can get used to stepping up again, but I find that he doesn’t trust me as much as he used to. Since the school year is almost over though, I will be freed up a bit more and I’m planning on spending as much of my free time with them as I can.

I recently bought the 2011 issue of Birds USA and it has really helped refresh my mind about everything from cleaning to training. This makes me even more excited to start training the budgies once again because of all the new techniques I can try with them. Now I can start to work on our relationships and build our trust back up over the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I finished reading the first article in the Birds USA magazine, “The Journey Starts Here” by Pamela Clark, it really helped open up my thoughts about the ‘living skills’ of my budgies and how I was teaching them those skills. In the article Pamela mentions that “Teaching your bird to step up onto your finger is an important living skill.” and since the budgies aren’t very willing to step up for me, I’m determined to work with them and have them stepping up with ease by the end of the summer.

The Cage Chronicles – Day 9

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Yesterday”s out of cage time was pretty fun. The budgies actually didn’t really come out, but they were at the cage doors most of the time. That’s because I was giving them all mist baths. Mist baths are the only type of baths that the budgies will take so far. I’ve read somewhere that budgies (and other birds) love the rain, and that is probably why they like mist baths so much. Mist baths are a lot like rain, so they naturally like them better than normal baths.

Koko, climbing up the side of the cage.

Kasper and Koko like mist baths better than Froot Loop does, but he seems to be warming up to it. Koko just flips out when she starts to enjoy her baths, and I literally mean flip out! She will flap her wings everywhere, bob her head and puff up. I love how cute they look when they puff out their feathers! They look like little walking fluff balls. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to get a picture or video of them taking a bath.

They never get completely soaked, but wet enough to be able to keep themselves clean. Kasper is going through a molt right now and his head is just full of pin feathers, so that’s why I decided to give him daily mist baths. He’s probably the biggest fan of mist baths at this point, they soothe his itchiness and really make him more comfortable after drying off.

Kasper's pin feathers on his face. (One of his cheek dot feathers is growing in)

Something really surprised me though, Kasper decided that it was better to sit right next to the nozzle of the bottle. So he hopped right on my hand and started drinking from it! I kept still and slowly moved my other hand over so that he could perch more comfortably. He left after a couple minutes and then came back every now and then to either drink or get sprayed. I was proud of how clever he was to find the source of the water like that! Even a little thing like that can make my day, and I was very happy afterwards to be able to have another bonding experience with Kasper like that.

Kasper, hanging out on my finger. (He's missing all of his cheek dot feathers now!)

I’ll try to get a video of their bathing time, and maybe photos of wet birds!

Out of (and in) Cage Time – Pictures

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As you probably could tell from my last post, I was busy taking pictures today while the budgies were out and about, and there are also lots of pictures of them in their cage too. I just thought that it was time to show you some update pictures on the progress the budgies are making with growing back their flight feathers. Koko first…

As you can see, there are still some feathers that need to be molted out.

Oh yeah, and if you were wondering, that stuff around Koko’s beak is just from the juices off of her veggies. At least you know who has been really enjoying their vegetables lately! ๐Ÿ™‚

A back view...

Just a quick shot of her being cute.

Check out Kasper's wings!

Kasper was playing with a loose feather that he just finished pulling out of his wing. Can you tell where it came out from? I’m not sure if it was from where his wing looks a bit white, but it seems likely. Koko was curious about the new little toy too, until he dropped it through the cage bars. That’s when they totally lost interest.

The only other picture I have of Froot Loop, he is still a bit scared of the camera.

You can see his wings better in his other pictures that I posted before, but I just had to throw this picture in too.

Hanging out on top together. (They were trying to avoid me here)

And the last picture from today.

I mentioned before that Koko usually ends up landing on the floor or on other furniture when she takes off for flight, and this is just one example of those many landing spots. She landed on the shelf to the right of their landing cage, so she wasn’t too far off. That is a part from a piano for sheet music that she is standing on.

My Feeding Method – Trial Session One

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On the first day of May I remember posting about my new idea of feeding the budgies their fresh foods 0n/near their landing cage in my post A New Discovery. I was supposed to update on my trial of this idea, but I never got around to it. Anyway, that weekend when I planned on carrying out my new idea; it didn’t really work out well.

Kasper looking innocent and cute.

I decided that the best way to do this would be to start with my normal routine first, then just to change the location of their dishes when I eventually got that far into cleaning. I would first replace their soiled papers from the bottom of their cage, and then take their food and water dishes out to clean and refill with fresh food and water. Then that’s when I would place the dishes on or near their landing cage so that the budgies would attempt to eat out of their cage for basically the first time. Well, when I eventually did this and sat down to wait for them to come out for their flight (and now feeding) time; they just waited there.

Kasper and Koko on the top of their "Master Cage". (Notice how Koko's wings are filling out quite nicely?)

Usually when the cage doors are open the budgies come out and fly around for a bit, then they hang out on their landing cage for a bit, just preening and interacting with each other, (Which was when I was hoping that they would notice the food and start eating) but this time they stayed inside of their cage and almost completely ignored the doors that were wide open. I ended up having to coax them out with some millet spray, but even when they got on their landing cage they ignored the food. I tried to wait it out until they caved in and started eating, but after a bit they just hopped back in their cage. This was the signal that they had enough for the day, so I put the dishes back in and just as I did so, the budgies started eating from the dishes.

The budgies' cage set-up, with their landing cage on the top right. (Pardon the emptiness of their cages, I'm still working on making some toys to fill them up)

I guess they really can be picky little guys, especially with their daily routine and normal activities. If budgies can be this particular about their routines, I can’t imagine how well the larger parrots can keep track of theirs’. Just one little change like where their food dishes are located can make a huge difference, and that is why it is important to be able to observe your bird’s behavior and figure out what is causing a change.

The change that was obviously keeping my budgies from eating was the unfamiliar location of their feeding area, so I’ll have to just adjust my converting method so that I can gradually change it to my new feeding method, giving them time to also adjust. Just like it takes time to gain your bird’s trust, it also takes time to make changes to their routine without any abrupt or confusing events.

Froot Loop trying to win over Koko. (Koko is trying to resist the cuteness here)

Although this trial didn’t go so well, I can try a different approach the next time I try feeding them outside of their cages. I think that the content of their food dishes can also be a factor in their decision on whether or not to eat too because if I tried something more tempting than their plain old seeds like I offered this time, they might change their minds and decide that it is safe to be eating from there.

Slowly creeping over to the camera... (This was his first real encounter with a camera up-close)

Hopefully the next trial session will be a bit more successful and we might make some progress.

And... ATTACK!