Baby, the one footed pigeon :)
Baby is now 40 days old.
He now has the ability to stand on one foot. It's very funny
because he hides his other leg under his feather, switching his
weight slightly so his body is centered on top of his only
remaining leg. So when you first see him, you think you are
looking at a one legged bird :). He can stay in that position
all night and sleeps that way (?? Go figure). He appears to
favor standing on his left foot, which I guess would make Baby a
lefty, like his Daddy Mr.181. :))))
Pigeons and baths
Baby is now 43 days old.
It was a very hot day today so I decided to offer Baby a bath. I
filled his favorite bath plate and set it in front of him in the
back yard. I expected him to run to it right away but he did
not. I decided to show him and basically went in the plate with
my hand, as though my hand was going to take a bath. He
immediately followed and stepped in the water. Not wanting him
to get me wet when he starts going crazy in there, I slowly
stepped back. Baby also got out of his plate. So I had to go
back with my hand to get him to again follow "me" in.
He did. I did not back off this time and found that he bathed
himself with much joy, while I was near by, standing watch. Once
he got started he really got into it. Finally I was able to
slowly walk back and sit down on the near by chair, observing
him. What is interesting in the way he takes a bath now is that,
unlike most birds I have seen, Baby seems in no hurry to walk
out of his water once he is in it. Today, not only did he stand
in the water for a long time, but I actually saw him LAY in his
water. He crouched down, a bit sideways and allowed his feathers
to "soak". Seems he would have marinated in there for
a long while if it was not for a crow suddenly sending a loud
call near by, which spooked Baby. He promptly got up and ran out
of the bathtub like a bat out of hell LOL. Then he proceeded to
take a sun bath, laying on the floor in the sun, leaning on his
side, spreading his wing, fluffing his feathers up so the rays
could get to his skin and almost napping, trusting that I (who
was sitting there) would keep watch for him :). Funny.
He can tell the difference
Baby is now 44 days old. I
notice that although he tends to be friendly to most people,
Baby most positively can tell me apart from everyone else. He
knows my voice and probably face features and trusts me, while
he can be somewhat careful with strangers. Pigeons have very
good eyesight so why should it be surprising that Baby can
Playing it safe
Baby is now 45 days old.
Took a chance and allowed Baby to the front of the house with me
today, while I was eating dinner on the outside table. He hopped
to the ground and had some fun exploring, foraging in the grass,
picking up all sorts of items such as twigs, dried leaves, small
rocks, etc... He'll pick them up, play with them for a few
instant and then drop them. I suspect a nesting instinct and
also a desire to familiarize himself with his surrounding. He
also must be instinctively looking for food (although to this
day he has never eaten anything off the floor). Baby was a bit
nervous and a couple of things really scared him: Mr.181's
truck, which can get loud for a small pigeon and a motorcycle
that rode by and really spooked him. Now I forgot to mention
that Baby, when in an unfamiliar environment, will stick closely
to me. For example that day he never wandered past a 3 feet
perimeter, me being the center :). As soon as the motorcycle
went by Baby panicked and flew up and straight at me, landing on
my lap. Sorta like a kid who runs to his mother. Cute!
The pigeon dance
Baby is now 46 days old.
It seems he is filling up a bit. His shape is less lean and
becoming a bit rounder. I am starting to notice white flecks in
his leg feathers. His underwings are almost white :). This
morning Baby did the pigeon dance for the first time. It was
quite a sight and I got a real good laugh out of it. When I
opened his cage Baby rushed out, as always and flew on the
floor, in the same predictable pattern he uses daily. but today
he decided to dance for me. he started flapping his wings
non-stop like crazy, resulting in his little feet lifting off
the ground on and off. All the while he was hopping from one
foot to the next, back and forth. He flapped his wings just
enough to get lifted a hair off the ground, but never more than
an inch. This pigeon dance lasted a good 30 seconds, then,
satisfied by his display of splendor, Baby walked into the
kitchen and (as always) flew up to his favorite shelf. Guess
next time, I'll try and do the pigeon dance with him, just to
see his face! Haha!
Pigeon? Or duck?
Baby is now 47 days old.
This morning Baby made a new sound. He was still trying to
"hiss" (his baby sound) for me but instead a weird
"quack" came out, mixed in with the hiss. If I didn't
know any better I would think Baby is a duck????? How funny. I
wonder when the charming hisshiss calls will disappear and what
kind of sound he will make to great me then... Further more I
wonder when he will start to coo.... Another observation: Since
yesterday Baby has started molting. I am finding more and more
feathers daily, some little ones and then a few big tail
feathers also fell. Will Baby change color? Currently he is a
mix of mainly gray, with a touch of brown and some white well
hidden here and there. I guess we'll have to see. He is spending
a lot of time now being vain, picking his feathers, fixing them
up, oiling them, looking at them. By God he must be a SHE :))...
more wacky kwaky
Baby is now 48 days old.
Last night Baby was very cute, he (or she? It would be nice to
know at some point) was VERY affectionate, talking to me, giving
me little pigeon kisses and being a real doll. He seemed to very
much enjoy my petting him, especially on the head and cheeks. He
now is making a lot more quacking sounds, maybe the start of a
coo? This morning he did the pigeon dance again :).
I have a gut
feeling that Baby is a she. I guess we'll eventually find out,
but although the bird is filling up, it is still looking like a
female to me. The face, beak and mouth area now are very smooth
and pretty. Eyes are still light brown, but I understand they
will eventually become red. So when Baby fly, I will be able to
say my pigeon is flying the red eye HAHA! More and more white
blotches are showing up in the leg's feathers.
Pigeons can't swim
Baby is now 49 days old.
This morning Baby fell into a critter keeper filled with water
(which by the way really really freaked him out). Here are a few
things I learned about pigeons right there and then:
not float. LOL
swim worth a , well, you know what... ;)
feathers are pretty water proof (remember they are oiled, since
the bird have a gland at the top of their tail which
secretes an oily substance that birds use to patiently,
daily, coat their feathers with. Which paid off today :)
grunges. (????? what did I do wrong?)
Well Baby fell in
the water and sank to the bottom, all the while flapping his
wings like crazy but unable to fly out. his feet hit the bottom
and he stretched his neck so his neck and head only were above
water. I immediately came to his rescue and fished him out.
Surprisingly he was not all that soaked. I placed him back in
his cage and for the first time he ran away from me as though I
was the devil himself >8( and would not have
anything to do with me. He resented me for having that critter
keeper there (I guess?), sorta like he was holding me
responsible for his little accident. Hey, I TOLD him to not land
on top of that critter keeper, which was only covered by a transparency
sheet. But pigeons are darn stubborn (outstubborned only by one
other creature in the animal kingdom: Mr.181 LOL). Well I left
for work and when I returned later that afternoon, Baby had
forgiven me and was his loving, quacking self again. Good thing,
because I can't live without his birdy love :)))).
Baby is now 49 days old.
As of today I am no longer hearing his baby "TsuiTsui"
sound. A few days ago a quack sound came out in the midst of the
usual tsuitsui. Within 3 days, I have been getting more and more
quacks and les and less tsutsui. Now the quacks appears to have
taken over completely. In essence baby is still greeting me, but
with this new, lower pitched, duck-quacking like sound. What it
appears to be is the first sound preceding the rolling sound of
a pigeon coo. Another interesting observation: Baby is now
showing off a bit. He will puff up his neck, and make circles,
and fan his tail, too. All of which are, I believe, male
behaviors. I still think he is a she, though. Baby seems
inclined to do all above when I hold my finger up at his head
level and tease him with it :), moving my finger up and down a
bit and left to right etc... Cute.
Baby is now 50 days old.
Well, it's official, no more Tsui tsui. :(, I kinda like that
sweet sound. Baby seems so "quiet" now in comparison,
he used to be quite a blubber mouth LOL!! Today Baby got another
bath and as always, same behavior, except that this time he
soaked even longer and was practically lying down on his side in
his tubplate :). he looked so cute I decided to snap a few
shots, here they are:
hop! Baby goes in
getting quite wet :)
lounging on his side in
(Oh my God, he looks DEAD!)
drying out in the sun
(alive and well) LOL
Baby is now 51 days old
and it's official : He now cooooooes :)). No longer shall I hear
the beloved Tsui Tsui, instead he greets me with a low pitch
purr/coo. Hard to describe, I guess you'll have to get yourself
a pigeon and find out for yourself LOL. He is also changing
behavior some, acting more like a pigeon. For example, he will
spin a couple of times to greet me, then walk up to me and peck
my finger. While spinning, baby will puff up his (or her?) neck
and coo. It's very cute. While I pet him on the head, he will
purr. You can't even hear it but I can feel it with my finger
under the throat, not unlike the way you can feel a cat purr.
Baby part pigeon, part human, part cat (and thoroughly confused
Baby is now 52 days old
and is experiencing his first mishap. Well, I guess second
mishap if we count falling out of the nest LOL. I came home Sunday
night and found his right cheek slightly swollen (??).. Mmmmm...
Not sure I like the look of this. He probably got a hold of a
bug, being that he loves eating mealworms so much he might have
gone after an ear wick or something and maybe got bit? As a good
mother should, I find myself worried more than I probably
should... Better keep an eye on this.
pigeon swollen cheek
Baby is now 53 days old
and looks lopsided with one cheek twice as big as the other. He
is acting completely normal so it might be reasonable to assume
this is not a virus or some other nasty exotic disease. Yet the
cheek is more swollen today than yesterday (is that normal?). He
is eating well and as lovy-dovy as always, allowing me to touch
the swollen area, indicating the area may not be tender at all.
I opened his mouth to take a look in there but it was hard to
see anything. I don't think the inside is swollen much if at
all. Poor little Baby, he looks so pathetic with his swollen
cheek... If he was a betta I would know what to do... but no
such luck with pigeons (just yet). Maybe I should find a bird
vet just in case. If any of you who read this know what is wrong
with my bird, email me asap.
Click on photo below to see large version.
no, I'm not a hamster!
mom, I have an aoui
on drugs LOL
Baby is now 54 days old. I
decided to put some ointment on his swollen cheek, which has
neomycin and sulfas in it. This ointment was prescribed for my
dog Poopie when she had her majorly serious botanical abscess,
and it healed her. So I figured, what the heck let's give it a
try. I was extremely careful in the way I applied it and Baby
got none in his eye or mouth. Baby is very cooperative and will
not move while I massage the ointment into cheek (making sure to
work my way under the feathers). A first dose was administered
on the 20th (evening), two more doses today. Tonight I noticed a
good improvement with less swelling. :)
Baby is now 55 days old.
Right cheek is almost back to normal, corner of lip still a bit
swollen. All in all I see a 75% improvement in the last day and
a half. It has been very hot here in Southern California, with
temps reaching upper 90 to 100F. So I decided to keep Baby
indoors, cause I don't think the heat will help a possible
infection :(. I have a theory that baby either ate a bug that
bit him in the corner of the mouth (inside) OR that Baby was too
hot outside in his cage (while I am at work I have to leave him
in his cage) and might have been trying to get out by sticking
his head in and out of the bars, looking for an exit. This could
have caused bruising/swelling. I have never seen Baby restless
in his cage. Usually he loves returning to it (for he knows
fresh food is awaiting :) ) in the morning when I leave the
house to go to work. So I never suspected he might try to get
out when I have my back turned. However, yesterday morning, upon
placing him back in there, he looked very agitated and was sticking
his head through the bars repeatedly. This behavior puzzled me.
Was he thinking: "OH NO, it is going to be HOT again, get
me out of here!" (not knowing the cage was now indoors and
we keep the central air running for our dogs, birds and bettas
:) ). Or was he simply having separation anxiet? After all
Baby does follow me everywhere I go (or just about) and seems to
prefer to be able to see me. This is especially true when he is
in an unfamiliar environment, he will stick very close to me.
Usually, his cage or the fishroom entry way (where he spends
most of his time, free to roam) are familiar places he feels
safe and likes to hang out at, usually snoozing on one foot or
picking his feathers (he is very vain LOL)... So the anxiety
attack he had yesterday morning took me by surprise. I decided
to spy on him, with the help of my webcam, while I am away.
Today he seemed OK when I put him in his cage and has spent all
morning in one spot, napping. Hardly an anxious bird's behavior
LOL. Did he figure out he is now cool and does not need to fear
being stuck in a cage in the heat? Could he be THAT smart? The
answer my friend, is floating in the wind (with baby's molting
feathers LOL). Meanwhile I am still spying on him to see what
else he does when I am not home hehehehehe...
Pigeon Kung Fu?
Baby is still 55 days
old LOL. Well, something very interesting happened tonight so I
thought I'd add a log to tell you about it. There are still a
lot I do not know about pigeons in general but Baby is giving me
a crash course. Tonight he demonstrated his martial arts skills.
It was quite impressive. I saw a side of Baby I have never seen
before: The MAJORLY belligerent side. Well, Mr.181 happened to
stand too close to Baby who was chilling in his usual favorite
hang out spot (but personally I think Mr.181 teased Baby while I
was not looking, cause he is a trouble maker LOL) and man that's
all it took to turn a fuzzy cutsy little innocent birdy into a
raging man killing machine LOLOLOL. You should have been there
to see it! I just could not believe my eyes! Baby charged, ran
to Mr.181 and started pecking at him like a raging mad man (ooops,
sorry, mad bird) all the while making the most ungodly sounds I
have ever heard! Boy WAS HE PISSED! Mmmm... I may have to
reconsider my opinion about Baby's gender. She might be a HE
after all! LOL. Meanwhile, Mr.181 never stood a chance and got
his fannies kicked in less time that it took me to type this
while laughing my head off. As an experiment, I asked Mr.181 to
back away from the shelf, which he did. And I walked to Baby who
immediately calmed down and became submissive. He allowed me to
pet him and gently pecked my hand (kissed). To be honest, I had
no idea pigeons can be so ferocious and I had never heard Baby
cry his "ATTACK" cry before. It was a loud sound, and
quite intimidating... Mr.181 is OK, he just lost a few feathers,
but I think mainly it is his ego that suffered most. ;).
Meanwhile, there is no doubt that Baby can tell me apart from
pigeon (and his brand spanking new palace)
Baby is now 56 days old.
Tomorrow, Baby is going to see his first veterinarian. I wonder
what he is going to think about the whole ordeal... Mmmmm... But
that's another story for another day (tomorrow, to be more
came home with a brand new HU-MON-GOUS home for Baby. It took
over an hour for Mr.181 (Dad) and me to put it together but it
was time well spent, as the resulting pigeon palace is worthy of
a KING. My God, if this is not the most spoiled rotten pigeon
this side of the Mississipi, I don't know who is!! Having wasted
no less than 2 hours daily for over 2 weeks now trying to locate
a suitable medium sized aviary for Baby, I finally decided I
would give up my futile search and roll up my sleeves. Since no manufacturer
out there seems to think that pigeons do deserve some nice accommodations
(people suggested I put him in a rabbit wood cage - AS IF!!),
and since the rest of the manufacturers who build semi large
cages only cater to parrots (sorry, not my favorite birds, anything
that could bite my finger clean off, should stay in the jungle
LOL) I had to use all the creativity the good Lord has given me
(He was especially generous that day LOL) and come up with an
alternative solution. So off I went to my local et supply
wholesaler and after careful sizing up of the task at hand,
opted to purchase two identical HU-MON-GOUS dog crate (each big
enough to fit a small pony LOL). When Mr.181 say them he looked
at me like I was crazy: "Are you nutts? He said. This is
never gonna work. It will be too flimsy and collapse.".
See, my idea was to take the two cage, remove the top of one,
the bottom of the other and attach them together to create a
cage twice a high.
I shrugged off
his lack of Faith (pun intended hehe) and just said: "Don't
worry, it will work". So here we are at 9:30PM, both real
tired cause we had a long day, a bit grouchy but working for his
highness the pigeon :). By 11:30 we were done. And do I need to
say that IT WORKED and very nicely at that hehehehehehe... The
result? A huge cage, about 3 feet deep, 4 feet long and almost 6
feet high (of bird living space). Now THAT is worthy of Baby.
Add to this a few natural perches of different sizes, his
favorite shelf (where he likes sleeping), and as an extra sweet
bonus: A SWING. Of course the person at the store looked at me
kinda funny and said" Yu know, pigeon don't swing. Well,
this one does LOL. Baby gave his new swing a test drive this
morning. I had to place him on it, but once on he was there for
a whole hour (until I took him out of his outdoor's cage to put
him in his indoor cage for the (hot) day. He spent a good amount
of time pecking at the toys attached to the swing (yeah, you
guesses it it is a PARROT swing - once again no swing for
pigeons, but parrots, well they had walls filled with toys and
swings and perches and.... Psssssshhhhht!).
Well, you are in
luck cause I took a minute to snap a few candid shots this
morning of Baby's first swingin' times!
his highness on his royal throne
hey! check out my new tail!
are you giving me the finger?
is this eatable?
how about that?
"cause it don't
mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing!!!"
came to deliver our new stove today and Baby did not want to let
them near. It is very obvious to me now that he can tell me
apart from anyone else. Even Mr. 181 is barely tolerated. Today
Baby pecked him again. I think it is because Mr.181 approaches
Baby with his finger but then fails to make immediate body
contact. Baby sees the finger as a threat when it does not pet
him and just stays there in front of his nose (are you
threatening me?) LOL. After about 25 seconds he will charge and
peck it hard to make it go away. I have noticed that if Mr.181
pets Baby then Baby will not peck him. So I think a lot has to
do with how you approach the bird :).
new feathery hat :)
Baby has decided
that my head makes a perfect pigeon landing strip. Of course, my
scalp begs to differ. LOL. As if having a large bird land on
your head was not bad enough, Baby then proceeds to slip off and
frantically pedal to get back up on the top of your cranium.
Makes for a good scalping LOL. If I have a couple of hair left
in the end, I'll be in luck!
Baby is now 2
months old. Life is starting kinda tough for the little pigeon.
First he falls out of his nest and off a 2 story high roof :(,
then, barely 6 weeks later, gets a major bacterial infection
inside his mouth. I gotta say this bird is darn lucky I found
him! So my last log left it at Baby's cheek being still swollen,
and having located an avian vet I decided to take the bird in
ASAP. None of us who were researching this weird condition could
find a precedent in this pigeon beak infection on the net, so we
all came back empty handed (and quite puzzled). Not knowing what
I was dealing with I opted to not take any chances and to bite
the bullet with a large vet bill. (I think all my teeth did
shatter when they gave me the tab >8 ).
Baby has a cute
carrier (made for cats but works GREAT for pigeons!), and he has
been transported in it before and does not seem to mind it a
bit. So off we went, the three of us, me, the pigeon and the cat
carrier :). When the vet saw the pigeon she commented that he
was not afraid at all and that she had never worked on a pigeon
that was tamed before. This was to make her job hellish because
Baby was not intimidated and unlike wild pigeon who usually are
frozen in fear (thus giving the vet the advantage), this pigeon
was rebellious and didn't want to hear about the vet catching
him or prying his mouth open. It was quite a struggle. She had
to wrap him tight in a towel and still he was doing 360 degree gyrations
with his head (birds can do that ;P) and getting him to stop and
open his mouth was not a walk in the park. But in the end, he
had to give in and she showed me the inside of the mouth cavity
and what looked at me as a hu-mon-gous abscess, filled with
white puss covering the whole right side of his mouth. Yuk. I
felt so sorry for my poor bird and glad that I came to the vet
(note: I was a LOT less glad when they gave me the $135 bill
So after a few
tests it was determined that Baby has a bacterial mouth abscess.
Lots and lots of nasty bacteria and where they all came from, I
don't have a clue. Neither did the vet for that matter. She just
said that a trauma to the area could have caused it (maybe when
he fell from the nest?), or maybe a foreign object (any bug he
might have grabbed could have done it) or ????
The vet had to
clean the area and it was not a pretty picture. Baby's little
mouth corner had partially disintegrated and was bleeding. Also
his lower beak looked like it was no longer
So I was sent
home with antibiotics and Bettadine (there had to be some betta
in this story LOL) and was given strict orders to: "Wrap
the bird in a towel twice a day, pry his mouth open, put the
antibiotic directly on the top of his tongue (WHAT?) and then
take a cue tip, dip it in Bettadine and clean the inside of his
mouth making sure to get rid of any puss (YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING,
I think the vet
was high on drugs or something!
But, whether I
like it or not, I have been religiously going over this very
grueling routine every morning and every evening. And let me
tell you it is no walk in the park. I am starting to get better
at it but by God this bird WILL HATE ME by the time this whole
thing is over. I can only imagine how painful this infected gum
must be and how he must perceive me as I pry his mouth open and
proceed to dig into the wound with a huge (to him) foreign
object. Yop. A sure way to win a popularity contest with Baby.
The good news
all in all he
seems to be taking it pretty well
shakes it off and goes right back to eating (???)
I am getting
better at this (I hope)
his mouth is
doing much better, too.
vet said I
can still use the dog ointment since it appears to really
help, but only once a day.
I think we will
beat this thing and one day we will look back and laugh/coo
about it (but that day ain't TODAY). Meanwhile I took some shots
last night to entertain you guys and give you a visual as to
what him and I have to go through each time:
(no mayo please)
hole in lip corner
closing and looking much better now
I don't want to swallow!
after ointment is
Baby, the 282 grams pigeon, managed somehow to take down an
entire curtain divider system that separates my living room from
my kitchen area. I was pleased :). (yeah, right!). Fortunately,
the heavy curtain rod did not fall on his head and Mr. Pigeon is
A-OK. Another interesting thing happening. Baby, who NEVER
wanted to have ANYTHING to do with seeds is now eating them.
This food diet change happened at the same time as the Tsui-Tsui
change into Coooos. It appears that from 6 to 8 weeks, a lot of
changes occur with baby pigeons. He is still VERY picky as to
which seed he eats. I have mixed no less than 4 different types
of foods for him, so he can pick and choose, and he will pick up
seeds, pellets, etc in his beak and toss them right back out.
Only a few select seeds make it in to his stomach (picky, picky,
picky, just like his mommy :) ).
Tonight Baby and
I watched Jurassic Park together. He was on my lap and I found a
sweet spot, rubbing his head right behind his eyes, near his
neck. He melted. With his little eyes closed, he did not move an
inch for the whole time I petted him (over 15 min?). So I
conclude that pigeons like being massaged. Baby likes being
massaged in the back of the head, and on the top of his
Baby and I have (almost) beaten that infection. He is much
better and much more perky. As a matter a little TOO perky :).
Baby is exploring his surroundings more and more, venturing from
his allocated shelf and I am finding him EVERYWHERE now LOL. OK,
so maybe not everywhere, but he is venturing into the living
landing on my flowers, couch (AGHHHHH - there goes the purple
velvet couch), floor.
Meanwhile I have
gotten pretty darn good at my daily pigeon wraps and
administering the antibiotics, as well as the whole bettadyne
cleaning of abscess thingie. This morning it took me only 146
minutes to complete that task (a great improvement compared to
my previous record of 3977740000573480 minutes). LOLOL. No, but
seriously, this morning it was like a breeze: wrap pigeon - open
beak - squeeze meds - close beak - allow pigeon to swallow - reopen
beak - cleanse with bettadyne - close beak - release
pigeon = 3 min!!! YEHHHHHHA! I feel like on these cowboys
roping cows LOL. When I am done I raise both my arms up in the
Baby is completely healed :))
Well, the bit of
puss I could still see on the inside of Baby's mouth was
actually not puss. It looked yellow so I assumed.. But it was a
scab. So when I decided to be a bit more aggressive than usual
this morning while cleaning the area with bettadyne, something
weird happened. A big piece of "flesh" fell out down
his throat (????). I reopened his mouth to take another look and
much to my surprise, the inside of cheek was not pink and
HEALTHY! Not a trace of the infection. I concluded that yellow
"stuff" was just a scab that had finally fallen off
and revealed the (now) healed tissues. To be on the safe side I
checked again the next day but found that Baby was in deed 100%
healed. I am glad I no longer have to put him through the ordeal
of being wrapped and tortured ;) twice a day. Although he seemed
to not be scared of being wrapped in the towel anymore, he did
seem to become more and more of a grouch, running away from my
hands now :(((. What a bummer. Can you blame him? I had, in 10
days, turned from a loving nurturing mother into a mean,
torturing dentist... Agh. But my task is now done and Baby shall
live :) (hopefully a long and happy pigeon life). Let us just
hope he will find it (over time) in his birdie heart to forgive
This has to be
the funniest thing Baby has done to date. He has converted me
into a pigeon luxury cruise ship. We were all hanging out by/in
the pool and Baby was checking out the water but not crazy
enough to want to jump in (of course). As I was swimming with my
head above surface, he decided my cranium would be a great boat,
so he flew and landed on it, allowing me to take him on a great
journey through this huge sea :) hehe. When Mr.181 saw that, he
just about drowned from laughing! Baby did not seem scared of my
moving around and of all the water surrounding him. He would
have surely spent the rest of the day on his new yatch, had I
not eventually dropped him off on the docks (before he dropped
on my head LOL). Maybe I should charge him a fare, next time!
I'm goooOOOooooog !
Not only can I
bag bettas faster than my shadow (hehehe) but now I can bag
bettas while balancing a large pigeon on my head! I am
seriously considering quitting my day job and joining the Circus
:). Now if I only could get Baby to balance himself on one foot
on top of my head, and if I could then have a betta jump up from
his bowl and land on the tip of Baby's beak, and then balance
himself in that position (all the while flaring), we just might
be onto something... :)).
better hang on to that day job.
It's official, I
now leave Baby's cage open all day while I am gone to work. She
stays inside her cage or right around it. In the morning I lift
up her cage cover and open the HUGE door and she comes flying
out INSTANTLY. She then lends on the floor and starts doing her
pigeon dance (LOL) and then walks around, pecking at anything
and everything, eating the impatient's leaves (no, they are not
poisonous to her). Invariably, she will then fly up to the top
of her cage where she hangs out quite a bit. I leave for work
and when I come home, there she is, running to the window, eager
to come in the house. Once in, she proceeds to fly everywhere,
get into everything and generally speaking, to be a real pain
does not seem to wander off far into the garden. She stays right
under the covered patio area where her cage is. Well, at least
for now. Surprisingly I have not noticed her expending her
horizon OUTSIDE, while inside she definitely IS :(... At night I
lock her inside her luxury condo cage :), mostly for her own
safety, for we have many critters around the neighborhood, such
as raccoons, rats, rabbits, coyotes, cats, and snakes. She
usually sleeps either on her top shelf or on her swing, on one
foot and with one eye open LOL (or so it would seem, for I yet
have to catch this bird sleeping deeply like my canaries did).
nails in mirror may appear longer than they are... LOL. Well,
baby's little nails are feeling more and more like
"Alien" 's claws and she nearly scalps me every time
she lands on my head. I figured, OK time to get a nail trim. I
trimmed her nails once before when she was about 6 weeks sold. I
also used to trim the nails of all my canaries and other misc
birds I have had in the past, so no biggie, right?
I wrap Baby in the
towel and get the nail clipper and (I swear to God) snipped just
the very very tip of the nail (yep, I KNOW that a vein runs
inside the nail so I am EXTRA careful) and Baby looked at me
like "I DON'T THINK SO!" . Crawls out of the towel in
0.1 second and runs away, leaving a trail of blood behind. And
I'm like" OH MY GOD I KILLED MY
BIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!". 16543764975634 "I'm sorry
Baby" later and about 2.3 gal of blood, I came to the
sudden realization that when it comes to pigeons I know didlee
squat. How so much blood could come out of the very very tip of
a nail that appeared to be too long (overgrown) beats the heck
out of me. How can the vein run so close to the end? And since
the nails are jet black how the heck am I supposed to see where
the vein ends? Lesson learned though: From now on I may need to
clip even less, just to take the needle point edge off and no
OK, don't freak,
Baby is A-OK. She stopped bleeding after about 5 min and in
reality she only lost like 10 big drops of blood but still, it
made me feel real bad... Which brings me to my next topic:
They say elephant
never forget. You know why? Cause PIGEONS ARE THERE TO REMIND
I cannot believe how quickly a pigeon get pissed off at you when
you mess up and how it affects its general behavior towards you.
I noticed it 3 times:
clipped baby's flight feathers. She was never as eager
to fly onto my hand ever again after that. Granted this
completely painless and easy procedure was a necessary evil,
so that she would not fly outside of the garden and get
killed by a car, cat, dog, person, hawk etc etc... But she
when I had
to treat her mouth infection. The daily treatment (see
above photos) basically killed my popularity ratings right
there and then. From then on Baby started running away from
my hands when she is walking on the floor and I reach out.
Ironically she will then later come to me and land on my
head or shoulder or even come to give me a gentle peck. But
if I try to catch her she is like "Ah no no no no, I
don't think so!". She figures I am going to catch her
to turn her into a pigeon wrap again and stick bettadyne in
her mouth (can you blame her for hating me?) (SIGH).
clipped her nails last night. She outright went into
killer bird attack mode when I approached her after the
incident to get her on my hand to carry her outside back to
her garden. Boy was she PISSED! And her biting was quite
aggressive (AOUTCH!) and hurt quite a bit.
:(( where is my
sweet baby bird? Well, I try not to hold it against her too
much, although she is becoming quite a handful. If you stick
your hand in her cage to change her water/seeds etc, you will
come back with a stub LOL. She is VERY territorial. But at other
time, once outside her cage, she is friendly and pretty sweet...
Generally speaking I am noticing a tendency to become more wild
and aggressive and less and less trusting though. Having said
that she will let me caress her body, head, back when she is
outside of her cage and does not feel threatened. She still
follows me around and can't wait to sneak inside the house :).
When I lay on the hammock, she stays on my leg the whole time.
OK, I guess that puts it back into perspective. I guess I still
have a great BUDDY BIRD after all :).
pecky! Ooops, I meant "Picky, picky" LOLOLOL
Baby sure is
picky. Of all the seeds offered she eats only ONE (Nops, I do
not know the name of that seed yet). On occasion she will eat a
second type, I guess once she runs completely out of her
favorite seed. Picky, picky with food... I guess she takes after
her mommy ;).
bird (pun intended hehe)
Baby is a weird
bird. I am learning more and more each day and trying to find
the behavior pattern thread. Here are a few observations:
familiar territories: Baby is very territorial and
generally speaking prefers to not be touched, messed with.
She tends to run away and in order to pet her I have to
approach very carefully. She will defend her food plate
(located inside her cage on her favorite shelf) with a vengeance.
Usually a first warning cry will be granted (loud cooooo)
and body language clearly indicates BACK OFF (neck feathers
puffed out, pigeon doing pirouettes on the spot while
bowing). If you persist, baby goes straight into attack mode
and seems to have perfected the art of ripping flesh off
human bones LOL. She will not just peck. Oh no.... She
actually masterfully gets a hold of your most sensitive skin
and then in a swift rotating motion, proceed to TWIST AND
TWIST and rip big chunks off. LOL OK, so maybe she does not
rips your skin off, but believe me, had she been any bigger,
she WOULD. She also quickly has figured out where the skin
is most delicate and easiest to take a hold of (between
fingers, etc...) and most people would back off pretty
quick. Of course I am NOT most people :).
unfamiliar territories: Baby is very docile and clings
to me and wants to be near me and will accept being petted
for long period of times (go figure). Her and I will hang
out on the hammock and she will stay on my leg the whole
time. She then becomes gentle, pecking (kissing) my hand in
the most gentle way, playing with my nails and it is amazing
to see how tender her "touch" can be then. It is a
completely different bird.
Meanwhile I am
implementing a new training to attempt to eradicate the
aggressive flesh tearing behavior. Having tried a few approach
(all failed) I am now experimenting with a new one (successful
with dogs and boyfriends LOL, so why not birds?). Past
approaches have been:
to her attack. She attacks all the same. Did not work.
trying to be
sweet back. She is just as mean. Did not work.
Including pecking her back with my finger. She became even
more mad LOL. Or pushing her away: Did not work either.
METHOD: A spray bottle. Each time she attacks my hand I
spray her. So far it seems to yield some results: She always
gets surprised and immediately backs off for a few (short)
seconds, then will come back and attack again. Gets sprayed
again. And it goes on and on. Well, after about 3 to 5
rounds, she backs off permanently. This is a first. So I
will experiment with this method some more to see if it will
gradually discourage her attacks for good (dream on! LOL).
I'll let you know.
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