The various misadventures of my birds: budgies Oliver, Horatio, and Alice, and Beatrix the cockatiel. With pictures.
Alice falls asleep while protecting her virtue from Horatio. Or defending the food dish. Or possibly nesting. I have no idea what she does in that corner with her butt facing the wall, but she spends a fair amount of time there. (The other day she was twittering while in this position, and it was SUPER cute because her butt fluff was moving as she twittered.)
I don't have the internet for a week and you get a new budgie? HE IS SO CUTE! what made you want to get him? (no doubt I'll find out by scrolling back a few pages) he looks a lot like yuki since he's so fluffy and puffy like she is :') he's wonderful. I love the color of his feathers and how they contrast with his cere. he's beautiful. I hope Alice is nice to him but doesn't end up loving him over Horatio or something hehe. meeeep he's so cuuuute!!!!
Thank you! He’s just the cutest little guy. My partner saw him in the budgie bin when we went to say hi to the conures, and just fell in love with his coloring—my bird addiction is apparently rubbing off on her, lol. We’ll see how Alice takes to him. He’s very young (only about six weeks), and calls to Alice and Horatio like they’re his parents. Hopefully she has some kind of maternal instinct that might make her want to be nice to him!
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She is gonna kill me with the cute.
I know, right? Sometimes I wish she were big enough to hug. Then I remember that she’s already done a fair amount of damage to our furniture just being the size she is, and how much worse it would be if she were, say, three feet tall.
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I weighed Ernest today. 50g! Is that even healthy?
Do you know if he’s an English/show type budgie as opposed to an American/wild type budgie? I think the English/show type tend to be more popular in Europe, and they tend to be quite a bit bigger than American/wild type budgies as they were bred for size. If he’s an English/show budgie, he’s probably fine! Otherwise, you might want to take him to the vet—he could just be a larger-framed budgie and could still be healthy at that weight.
Beatrix relaxes on the coconut boat. (While I was at work, she kept getting on it and then not being able to get down, so she’d call and call and call my partner for help. After multiple instances of this in one day, my partner had about lost her mind by the time I got home.)
Budgies are aggressive little bastards. I had a pair that were toe-biters, too.
They really are, especially the hens! Alice doesn’t discriminate—she bit Horatio in the toe once, hard enough to make him bleed, when he was annoying her by standing on top of the cage and twittering right over where she was trying to sleep. Of course he loves her, so he immediately forgave her (or he couldn’t figure out why his toe hurt, because he’s very cute but not very bright).
She LUUUURRRRVES you. I usually get my face-pressing right under the nose.
She’s so snuggly! I cuddled her on and off for about an hour. She kept wandering a few steps away on the back of the couch, then coming right back and mashing her face into my face. She does the nose thing, too—sometimes I think she’s trying to stick her whole head up my nostril. Her favorite places to put her face are my eye sockets—I have deep-set eyes and her little head fits perfectly in there, although I do sometimes get paranoid she’ll take a chunk out of my cornea if something startles her.
They bite so much harder too!
And they go right for the feet! As mad as Beatrix gets at the budgies, she’s never done anything other than posture and hiss at them, but Alice bites at her and Horatio pulls her tail. So rude!
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My little budgie weighed 30g the last time I done her and my cockatiel weighed 100g, he always seems self conscious about stepping onto the scale though. Lol.
Alice is really the only one who’s okay about stepping on the scale—she kind of gives me this, “Do I have to?” look, but she does do it. It took a couple of tries to get Horatio to do it, including once when he did a spectacular dive onto the floor and waddled off while squawking in a terrified fashion, but he did do it, and it was less traumatic than when I had to towel him and set him in a little container to weigh him. (I always imagine Horatio must feel a little silly when he puts up such a fuss for something that turns out not to be a big deal. He’s such a drama queen.) Even little Oliver, who’s never seen the scale before, was braver than Horatio (although he wasn’t really crazy about getting off my finger and onto the scale)! Beatrix kept running up my arm away from the scale, but eventually decided the scale wouldn’t hurt her and reluctantly stepped onto it. What a silly bunch of birds I have.