Pigeon Tales

April 6, 2014

Hermine is recovering and Pina is furious

From the

Diary as of 1/1 – 1/15/2014

1/1   NEW YEAR!

When I checked our new patient, Hermine, today I realized that the swelling had come down drastically and also the green parts have become smaller. I also realized that the wing was definitely not broken but also saw now that there WAS a bite from something that must have been bigger than a cat: definitely 2 puncture wounds which I could not see yesterday due to the swelling. I put her on Baytril this evening.

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Hermine is a young pigeon, maybe 1/2 a year old but she has a good weight – 330 gr. Her condition is good – she made a lot of absolutely perfect little :poop: during the night and during the day. So everything she needs is peace, medicine, food and drink. She is a real sweetie. But again – how on earth did she find us on the 13th floor!!? That really puzzles me because she is definitely not one of our balcony flock.

I would say that the prognosis is good at the moment. And this is a big relief for me because I could not have kept a disabled pigeon here…

The irony is that Droopy, the other pigeon with a wing injury,  is missing since yesterday. I hope she will turn up eventually.

1/5   Hermine is doing very well. Despite the antibiotics she is making good :poop: which means that her digestion works well still.

1/6   Droopy is still missing. I really woder what happened to her after she came here for so long.

1/7   Today Hermine received her last Baytril. In the evening  I started her on Bene Bac (pro-biotic) just in case.

1/8   In the morning I gave Hermine her first Calcivet (extra Calcium) portion and in the evening Bene Bac again. Will continue this program during the next 3 days.

1/9   Our pijjie gang is behaving spring-like and they are all doing well.

Hermine’s bite seems to heal without any complications and she has started to sing in the morning two days ago. How sweet is that? Yesterday evening – when I put her to bed – she opened both her wings and did a slight helicoptering as if she wanted to tell me that her wing will be alright again. I was a bit worried so far as it is drooping still. This weekend we are going to let her out of her box in a controlled environment to see whether she will be able to use her wing normally again. Since 2 days she is off Baytril and I give her pro-biotic and calcium.

Rudi is working like crazy again to prepare the NESTS for Pina again. Yes – he has to work on TWO because Pina cannot decide which one she will prefer. Poor Rudi – but on the other hand this is a perfect exercise for him – he is very beefy. I have calculated that when I cut 6 cardboard rolls into stripes and Rudi uses every one he has to fly up to the cupboard 120 times. No wonder he is such a muscleman!!! This is mostly going on for several days – now you can calculate also…

1/10   Rudi seems to cope with the presence of Hermine – because he does not show big interest in her but then she is only a baby and not a competitor or a danger for his home.

At the moment Pina is very jaleous because of Jimi and Hermine though. She takes any chance to attack him when he leaves our bedroom to go outside. And when she sees me talking to Hermine she is getting really angry. She even tried to bite me into my naked heels today, running after me like a little poudle and I had to be very careful not to step on her. Btw – it hurts when she is in one of her jealousy rages, using her beak like a rapier and I have my hands full to change this into a game so that she calms down again. My poor little baby is very possessive for fear of losing her Mommy. Oh my…

1/11   Weighing day for Hermine again:  320 gr – so she has only lost 12 gr. I am very happy about that because I feared that due to the antibiotics she might lose her appetite.

Pina has finally decided which nest she would take and I gave her a plaster egg after she had not laid in the night.

1/12   Yesterday we let Hermine out of her box for the first time to see how she was able to use her wing. I closed our little entrance “hall” with a piece of cloth so that she had some space to move around. At first she was very reluctant to leave her box and it took several minutes until she jumped on the edge. Then she did a little helicoptering and flew right around the corner into the kitchen. We could hardly react. Quickly I closed this area for fear that she could hurt herself but she landed on the laundry basket without problems. While she was flattering you would not have realized that she had problems with her wing ever. I thought she had enough exercise for the first time and guided her carefully back to her box and she jumped deliberately into it.

Today we did the same. I was still a bit worried because Hermine is dragging her wing still very much but when she flew up to the ceiling and then tried to land on my jacket which is hanging quite high in the wardrobe and flapping her wings for quite some time to keep her balance I was surprised that she could do so without problems. So I assume that some nerves of the wing muscles have been damaged and that this is the reason why she is dragging her wing still while she is standing in her box as well as moving around on her feet. From time to time she seems to remember to hold her wing in the right position though. Also she did some helicoptering today while she was outside to train her muscles. Good sign – isn’t it?

Tomorrow I will give her more room for exercises with the mosquito net. We did this with Gino and in other cases also. It is always very difficult here to give sick pigeons some room while we have Pina and Rudi here. They both are not specifically amused about our new guest. But now I know that this will be only a matter of time. I am grateful that Hermine will recover again and I know already that I will miss her. She is such a sweetie!!!

1/13   Today was Hermine’s free flying day in the bedroom and she mastered it with bravery. Look at that cheeky little creature – higher you cannot fly:

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1/15   Another day for Hermine’s training. She is doing really well, exploring everything she can and I am sure that she will be out again soon!

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April 3, 2014

Two new Squeakers in the Gang, Jimi is Egg sitting and a new Patient

From the

Diary as of 12/16 – 12/31/2013

12/16   Nothing special. They are battling about nest material. It’s always so funny to watch who is going to win most of the cardboard stripes. Everybody tries to get them quicker than the other…

12/17   Micky was the first to start the new breeding cycle: she laid her first egg #37. The others are late already.

Woodie and Maggie are cuddling. It is so sweet to see them sitting tightly together on the nest and “talking” to each other very softly. So it won’t be long until Maggie is laying again.

Bathing day for Pina and Rudi. As Pina did not want to fly out – for several days now – I thought I might give her a nice bath so that she does not get bored. She could hardly wait until I had the water in it. I put the bathtub on the floor and she jumped into it although there was no water yet. It always looks so funny when she does this and then looks at me with such a reproachfull look in her eyes as if she wanted to say: ” hey, hurry up Mommy – don’t be always so slow – I want my bath!!!”  That gives me always a good chuckle especially when she makes splish-splash immediately with nearly a somersault…

Btw – Rudi had his bath in the late afternoon after 3 °clock when it started to get dark already!!! It was ice cold but he loved it nevertheless.

12/18   Pina flew out today after she had preferred not to do so for about 2 weeks. Apparently she did not feel like it but today she went out for an hour or so. I was relieved to see her this happy.

Maggie laid her first egg #33.

12/19   Micky laid her second egg #38 and so I could exchange them with the plaster eggs.

12/20   Maggie laid her second egg #34 and as usual perfect little eggs. Also exchanged them by plaster eggs.

12/21   Jimi and Fifi are still together. Much longer than I anticipated. I am so happy for them both. The weather is unusually mild so Jimi seems to enjoy the time outside.

12/22   Jimi and Fifi are still heavily cuddling and grooming each other. This is really very nice after Jimi left his wife alone so long during the last breeding cycle. But then he did not feel very well. Now it is completely different.

Micky has canker. I saw her vomiting once last week already but it stopped totally. So I thought that it was nothing. This morning though she sat on the edge of the large food box and vomited heavily. So I snatched her, checked her mouth, discovered the red colour inside and gave her a Spartrix.

12/23   Finally  Fifi laid her first egg #13 and it is perfect as usual.

Gave Micky her secoond Spartrix in the evening.

We have 2 new squeakers in the gang. I don’t know who the parents are but we named them Norman and Herbert. As usual they are mobbed by the others and more then once I have to intervene when they are attacked too heavily. Norman is really funny because he squeaks his soul out of his little body when someone gets near. He was very skinny but now that he has learned to come inside and to find lots of food here he is doing very well.

12/24   Jimi took up his turns of egg sitting. He comes inside though during the morning in order to enjoy his peace in our bedroom while the gang on the balcony makes the usual chaos.

12/25   Micky seems to be totally okay again besides that she is stargazing quite heavily again. But when she finds a place inside where she has her peace = when Rudi is sitting on the eggs she stops again. Poor Micky – she is getting into stress very easily but then she is naturally already a very nervous bird and always was. I hate it when she needs to be handled because she always makes such a fuss but a few minutes later she behaves as if nothing had happened.

Fifi laid her second egg #14.

The weather is still quite unusually mild and due to the forecast there is no real winter in sight currently. I have never experienced so much light at this time of the year. Normally the days are grey and dark. But this year everything is different. My chrysanthemes are growing like crazy and I don’t really like this because the winter is coming in some time. There is always winter here and very cold. And this will kill the new shoots again. Bummer…

12/26   Today is a typical winter day: cold, wet and dark. And the pijjies seek shelter on our balcony of course and are pooping as usual: much, wet, smelly.

12/27   The sun is out again – oh miracle. And the pijjies are tortured by spring feelings…

12/28   Feeding chaos again. I had to laugh today because little squeaky Norman ate that much that you could see his little crop bulge like a belly. This reminded me very much of Gino when he once was that hungry baby.

12/29   Norman and Herbert are still here and eating with the others. But they don’t squeak any more – they are “grown up” now – LOL. They don’t know yet that one of the worst nights will arrive soon…

12/31   Betty is still sitting on the same plaster eggs: now since 74 days!!! This is an absolute record in our pigeon gang. My only explanation is that she is afraid that one of the other pijjies on the balcony could occupy her house which has once been Emma’s house.

We have a new patient: Hermine, a juvenile maybe 1/2 year old, heavily moulting with an injured wing.

This morning when I fed our balcony gang I realized that there was a new pigeon with a wing problem. First I thought it was Droopy – the one with an old wing injury and drooping wing but doing fine with it since more than a year now. The new wing injury came inside and ate together with the others. Later I realized that she was still on the balcony, trying to hide from the others. It was not Droopy. So I took her in – she did not even try to escape really and I put her into one of my boxes to give her the opportunity to get a bit used to us.

Later I examined her, realized that her right wing was injured – there was some fresh blood – but I could not feel a broken bone. Besides some fresh blood though there were also parts on her right side just beneath the first joint of the wing and on the wing itself which were already garishly green from the bruises.  So the injury was not quite fresh. I cleaned the injured part of the wing as good as I could and disinfected the whole area with peroxide. Afterwards I applied an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin).

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I am not sure whether this was a bite from a predator – to me it looked rather as if the bird was trapped somewhere and injured himself by trying to free himself. I really don’t know. I could not see any puncture wounds but then the whole area was so swollen that no details were recognisable. Due to the first signs of canker in her mouth I gave her a Spartrix. I am not sure though whether I should really put her on Antibiotics as the injury was not new. Have to wait until the swelling has come down to make a decision.

I am dreading tonight when all the rocket noise is starting.

(Tonight WAS dreadful with all the noise. To me it sounded as if we were in the middle of a war. Terrible. We closed the windows, put the shutters down and went to bed at 11.30 out of protest. While my partner fell asleep soon despite the noise I could not sleep of course. I went outside several times to check on the birds and of course they were quite in panic. Poor pijjies. We had a thick fog so you could not really see very much but the noise was deafening nevertheless. It went on and on until past 1 °clock. Thank heaven it is nearly over. Some idiots have not realized yet that silvester night is over and still are shooting rockets and make a lot of noise. Hopefully this is ending soon. It drives me nuts and makes my heart beat like crazy)

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March 31, 2014

New update will come soon…

Filed under: PIGEON — pigeonwriter @ 5:05 pm

I am way behind posting but I had to deal with too many things so that my posting is very much delayed. But I will continue soon again….

February 21, 2014

Gino has overcome his Trauma and Sandy tries to overtake the Balcony

Filed under: behaviour,Betty,birds,coupling,Fifi,funny,Gino,Jimi,new egg,PIGEON — pigeonwriter @ 8:03 pm

I am far behind my posts again because many things happened in the meanwhile. But I am continuing in chronological order although it is very hard for me at the moment to write about Jimi after we have lost him. But these stories must be told because I love the birdies all so much and in some way remembering the stories of the lost ones is comforting …

From the

Diary as of 11/29 – 12/15/2013

11/29   Gino is his old self again and literally shovelling the food into his mouth. What a little bugger but apparently he still has a trauma from his babyhood where he was left by his parents – I assume that his mother died and his father – QuakQuak – could not support him alone. So it was the time when the snow came and the big cold when he nearly died if he had not come to us for help. Last year it was just the same – when the snow came Gino became sick with canker. So this means for me that he has a trauma connected with snow. None of the other pijjies became sick. Poor little baby…

11/30   Betty is sitting on the same plaster eggs now the 42nd day! Apparently she is not willing to start a new breeding cycle at the moment. What a clever bird. She probably thinks why should I leave my comfortable and warm house when it is cold outside and Lucky apparently thinks and feels the same as he takes his turn on the eggs as usual.

12/1   I forgot to tell about Jimi: since the temperatures dropped he leaves earlier – early in the afternoon instead of in the evening and he then takes his turn on the eggs again to give Fifi the opportunity to fly a few rounds. But he does this only if the weather is okay. If it is too ugly he stays inside until the evening. Fifi does not seem to have a problem with this. She often comes inside for a quick snack and goes straight away back to her plaster eggs. Isn’t this cute?

12/4   Today Jimi went out early: at 11°clock already. Apparently he wanted to give his wife some more freedom to fly around etc.

12/5   Jimi is regularly now taking his turn to sit on the eggs. And Fifi is happy of course. Instead of having a quick snack now and then she finally can rumage the buffet again. Btw – she has become quite self confident and defends “her” place on my knees against anyone who has the privilege of eating there instead of with the rest of the “mob”.

12/9   Nothing really new besides the fact that the weather is quite nice.

12/11   Rudi has started to work like a berserk again: collecting nest material = cardboard stripes. I hardly could keep up with him cutting new ones.

12/12   Pina is on her nest in the evening. Wonder whether she will lay during the night but I don’t believe so. Will check in the morning. If she has not laid I’ll give her a plaster egg immediately to keep her stress level down.

12/13   As assumed Pina has not laid – so I put a plaster egg under her little belly. Now she is content again.

12/14   Fifi is off her plaster eggs and heavily cuddling with Jimi again. So their love life functions as usual and I love to watch them sitting either on the roof of their house, grooming each other or both together inside.

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12/15   Sandy and Adele are still nerving. Since weeks they try to overtake the balcony and build their nest there. And although I like Sandy and Adele for their self confidence I cannot allow them to stay here. I have to chase them off but they come back again and again instead of investing their energy in looking for a new place – sigh. They are a beautiful couple and their babies were gorgeous but they cannot stay. Sandy’s red daughter Amanda tries to nest on the balcony as well – so you see they want to start a new dynasty. But only over my dead body!!! So I probably still need a lot of perseverance to “convince”  them to look for their own home. But it is truly hard work and I am not very successful. These little buggers know quite well that I would never hurt them so I  believe they are laughing about me behind my back…

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Loki and Lotti are trying the same again. For a while they were gone and only came for feeding but now they are back – apparently they have lost their nesting place again – and try to nest on our balcony again. Oh my – why the heck do they all want to stay here???? We are full already!!!!

After Fifi has finally left her plaster eggs as well Jimi is staying together with her again outside. So regular family life is taking place again and it is a joy to watch them cuddling together on the roof of their house. They stay there more or less for the whole day as Jimi does not want to fly out for whatever reasons. He also does not want to come inside in order to spend his time in our bedroom – he rather stays together with his wife. So their relationship has NOT cooled down as I feared.

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February 10, 2014

Betty is sitting on the same Plaster Eggs since 38 Days and Gino has Canker

From the

Diary as of 11/23 – 11/28/2013

11/23   Feeding time – this morning the usual chaos in my livingroom again but I truly don’t mind. I love watching them how they line up neatly and tug their little heads next to one another into the wooden food boxes. And then  you hear only “tuck tuck tuck tuck” besides some chitter chatter when the beaks touch the wood of the food boxes. I REALLY HAVE TO MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT THIS. Looks sooo funny but I need more light not the terrible darkness we have at the moment…

11/24   Jimi is still always the first I let inside because he hates all the chaos and wants his peace. He then waddles into our bedroom where he has his own place and his food bowels. He is always the one who needs time for everything and he hates to be in a hurry. After eating he flies to his place on the bookshelf and stays there until late in the afternoon. Poor Fifi is alone for the whole day but apparently she can cope with this because she can come inside to eat something any time and does not need to leave the (plaster-)eggs for a longer time. Strange behaviour of Jimi – isn’t it?

He does not want to fly outside – maybe it’s his tumor, that is still in his chest, that disturbs him but on the other hand he is eating with very good appetite and his poops are perfect. He loves to listen to classical music that runs for the whole day and loves to be in our presence. So he seems to be absolutely content and happy.

Already as a child Jimi was different – he preferred to be alone rather than together with the others. In the late afternoon he indicates that he wants to leave, takes a long drink from the warm water bowl which I always prepare extra for him (he loves warm vinegar soup – lol) and then flies to his house, greets his wife and settles down for the night. And Fifi seems to accept his behaviour. Well – this is obviously the agreement between them: she has a house, regular meals and drinks. And love from time to time… Just like a marriage contract. Funny – isn’t it?

11/26   Betty is sitting on the same plaster eggs since 38 days now!!!

11/27   Gino came in this morning with that typical sad look where I know immediately that something is wrong. He did not start eating instantly as he usually does, was quiet instead of doing his usual chit-chat but sat on the edge of the cardboard wall and started vomiting heavily. So I grabbed him and after a thorough check and a look into his mouth I knew it was canker. There were no yellow nodules to be seen but his mouth was bright red on one side instead of his usual pink. So I gave him a Spartrix pill and prepared quickly Pina’s box to put him inside. I also gave him a warm water bottle and soon he settled down and looked quite content, knowing that Mommy would help him. He did not vomit again but his poop looked like that typical canker poop, dark green, mushy-slimy – yuck!

11/28   After apparently a good night sleep Gino looked much better in the morning. I gave him another Spartrix pill and he then indicated that he wanted to go out again. I let him and he flew immediately to his house where he and his wife Micky greeted each other with so much joy, dancing around each other and being happy that their world was okay again. It was so sweet. The day before Micky had come in for a quick snack several times – apparently she knew exactly where Gino was and did not seem to feel nervous about his where-abouts at all and that he did not take his turn on the eggs. Now everything was okay again, Gino went straight into his house to sit on the eggs and Micky could fly out again. What a happy couple!

And here is one of the rare photos I have of Lucky and Betty:

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January 17, 2014

Rudi is working like a Berserk and Jimi loves Vinegar Soup

From the

Diary as of 11/1 – 11/22/2013

11/1   I am still pissed off because of the damage on my little car. Hopefully the insurance will handle this with generosity – ahem… (they did not!!!)

11/2   Fifi, Maggie and Micky should have been leaving their plaster eggs by now but they didn’t. I can understand – it is nicer to sit in the house than having to run around outside although the weather is still quite nice!!!

11/3   Gave Jimi his vitamin pill and the ladies got their usual extra calcium.

11/4   The weather is still unusually mild and I just love it because my balcony still looks like a garden with some plants blooming still.

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The pijjies of course love this too and they perch on various places to collect some sunshine.

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Jimi seems to feel a bit better again but his tumor is still there. Poor baby – I really hope that this is coming off soon. It’s been too long now. At least his beautiful head and face is restored again from the moult.

11/5   It would be Pina’s and Betty’s time now to leave the plaster eggs but they did not either. What’s up with these ladies? On strike???? In fact I am glad about this delay because any additional day is better for the body and to sit on eggs is so relaxing – isn’t it?

11/6   Pina got her extra vitamin pill today.

11/7   Maggie finally decided to leave her plaster eggs and is cuddling with her Woodie again.

11/8   Now Micky and Fifi left her plaster eggs also. Everybody is copying the other – why are they always doing the same at the same time? Competition? Jealousy? Very funny!

11/10   Calcium and vitamin day again: Betty and Pina got their calcium and Jimi his pill. There is a pause – regarding calcium – for Micky and Maggie because they do not sit on their eggs any more and I don’t want to stress them uneccessarily with catching them for their syringe. I have to wait until they sit on new eggs again.

11/12   Maggie, Micky and Fifi should have been laying by now but there is no new egg yet.

11/13   We have chaos time again: Micky and Gino are in mating mode, Woodie and Maggie are in mating mode, Jimi and Fifi are more or less (rather less) in mating mode and Pina and Rudi are in mating mode as well. Betty is still sitting on her plaster eggs but then she did lay later than the others. Chasing mode is now the program and you can certainly imagine what this means especially when 20 more hungry mouths want to have breakfast at the same time in our livingroom!!!

11/14   Rudi is working like a berserk. He carried every little cardboard stripe I had cut on the closet until Pina sat on a heap of cardboard stripes, orderly put in a circle, like the princess on the pea – lol. Unfortunately I have no photo – should think about it the next time. It is really funny and very sweet. I am always amazed by Rudi’s incredible condition. It is not easy for a bird of his size and weight (420 gr) to fly vertically from the floor to the top of the closet just beneath the ceiling. And this much more than a hundred times!!!! But he does not stop until he has snatched the very last stripe for his princess.

11/15    Okay – Maggie, Micky and Pina decided that it is egg laying time: Maggie laid her first egg #31 and Micky laid egg #35. Pina went to her new nest but again she did not lay so I gave her a plaster egg anyway to keep her stress level down.

11/16   Now it would have been Betty’s turn to lay new eggs but she is on strike so far. She seems to love her home much more than producing babies and probably thinks that the eggs she is sitting on are enough. Probably she knows exactly by now that there will be no babies and she is enjoying her peace in Emma’s house. (It will always be Emma’s house). And Lucky seems to enjoy his time on the plaster eggs also. Apparently he has become lazy as well.

11/17   Micky laid her second egg #36, Maggie hers #32 and Fifi laid her first egg now #11.

11/18   Today we drove to the forest again and visited Emma’s and Flea’s grave. There must have been some creatures digging at the place because we detected some holes and the moss I had put additionally on top was thrown aside. I only hope that not all of the crocusses will be eaten by mice and that something will bloom next spring.

11/19   Fifi laid her second egg #12. Normally I am exchanging the eggs when the second has been laid. This time I will wait a few more days before I exchange Fifi’s eggs to see whether they are fertilized. Due to Jimi’s strange behaviour I doubt that they are because I have not seen Jimi coupling with his wife once. But I may be wrong of course.

Jimi is always the first I let inside each morning because he hates all the chaos created by the others and rather wants his peace. He then waddles into our bedroom where he has his own place and his food bowels. He is always the one who needs time for everything and he hates to be in a hurry. After eating he flies to his place on the bookshelf and stays there until late in the afternoon. Poor Fifi is alone for the whole day and sitting on the eggs but apparently she can cope with this because she can come inside to eat something any time and does not need to leave the (plaster-)eggs for a longer time. Strange behaviour of Jimi – isn’t it? It was different at the beginning of their relationship but now he leaves her alone for the whole day.

I must admit though that it looks very comfortable how he is perching on our bed – much nicer than outside:

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Jimi does not want to fly outside – maybe it’s his tumor, that is still in his chest, that disturbs him but on the other hand he is eating with very good appetite and his poops are perfect. His movements are completely normal and he has no difficulties to fly up to his house. There have been other times where he was terribly weak. But currently he is doing very well. He loves to listen to classical music that runs for the whole day and loves to be in our presence. So he seems to be absolutely content and happy.

Already as a child Jimi was different, a lonesomer.  He preferred to be alone rather than together with the others. In the late afternoon he indicates that he wants to leave, takes a long drink from the warm water bowl which I always prepare extra for him (he loves warm vinegar soup – lol) and then flies up to his house, greets his wife and settles down for the night. And Fifi  – she seems to accept his behaviour. Well – this is the agreement between them: she has a house, regular meals and drinks. Just like a marriage contract. Funny – isn’t it?

11/20   Vitamin day: Pina and Jimi got their special vitamin pill (a vitamin B-complex) again.

11/21   Pijjies were very hungry again and could hardly wait until I let them inside. Temperatures are quite low now but still no frost.

11/22   Today Jimi decided to go out a bit earlier than usual – he took a long sip from the warm vinegar water bowl and then flew straight onto the roof of his house, greeted his wife Fifi and settled for the night. What a special character!

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December 26, 2013

Egg laying Time and Jimi plays Easter Bunny

Filed under: birds,coupling,documentary,Jimi,Maggie,Micky,moult,new egg,PIGEON,Pina,Rudi — pigeonwriter @ 9:00 am

From the

Diary as of 10/14 – 10/31/2013

10/14   Soon it will be egg laying time again. The males all work hard to fil the nests with new nesting material. Woodie, Gino and Jimi are in a kind of competition who’s gonna have the most of the cardboard stripes. It is very funny to watch them…

10/15   Maggie laid her first egg #29 and Micky her’s too, egg #33. In both cases the eggs were pretty small. Strange…

10/16   Today Fifi laid her first egg #9. Unbelievable that this is already the 5th breeding cycle that they are here.

10/17   Maggie laid her second egg #30 and Micky her’s, egg #34. Again both eggs were quite small. Does this have any significance? Probably not.

Today I gave Jimi extra calcium because he is moulting heavily now and gave Pina her first Vitamin B complex pill. I hope that this will solve her feather problems – missing feathers in her face.

Look at poor Jimi – he looks like a little vulture now:

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10/18   Fifi laid her second egg #10. Also she was laying small eggs but she is so young still.

Pina went to her nest in the evening. I wonder whether she will lay this time again.

10/19   Pina did NOT lay. So I put a plaster egg into her nest so that she does not get into stress. This way their family life works as if everything were as usual. Pina is content and Rudi is content as well – he apparently loves to sit on eggs – lol.

Betty laid her first egg #7. It was a perfect little egg.

10/20   Today is calcium day again: each pigeon girl gets her extra Calcivet drops and also Jimi for his moult. I have also started to give them vitamins again once a week – we call it soda pop day as preparation for the cold season. It is wonderfully mild at the moment still but winter will come eventually.

10/21   Visited Emily’s and Flea’s grave again in the forest to check out whether it was still okay. A few weeks ago I had planted some crocus around the place and I wanted to see whether the wild animals had digged through the place but everything seemed to be untouched. We will see whether they will bloom in spring – I really hope so.

Betty laid her second perfect little egg #8.

10/22   I am still worried a bit about Jimi because of his tumor/lump in his chest. That thing is huge and I wonder how long it will take still until it falls off. It must be very uncomfortable for Jimi and I think he feels some pain from time to time because he has problems with flying from the balustrade to his house underneath the ceiling. There is not much space to maneuvre though and Jimi is really a large bird. Fifi is much smaller and can do it without problems. But I have no other space where I could hang Jimi’s house unfortunately.

Jimi is eating  and drinking well though – so I probably should not worry too much but he is not flying around. He never was fond of socialising a lot with the other pijjies – already as a baby he rather preferred to be alone or near me to enjoy his peace. Therefore he got the nickname “Jimi – the philosopher”. But other than his problem with the tumor he seems to be quite happy,  having a regular family life with his beloved Fifi, having a house for himself which he does not need to defend against any intruders.

He is always the first to come inside in the early morning and is then walking straight into our bedroom where he has his foodbox with all the goodies, something to drink and the sandbox with grit and sand and his pickstone which he loves so much. There he can forage on everything he loves without being disturbed by anyone. He has a large window with plants outside where he can watch the other pijjies but still have his own peace. He loves to listen to the classical music which runs during the whole morning until he leaves again to take his turn sitting on the eggs. Isn’t this cute???

10/23   Gave Jimi and Pina their Vitamin B-complex pill.

10/25   Jimi has started to play the Easter rabbit on our bed during the morning just like Gino used to do when he was a baby still. He, Jimi, finally discovered how warm and cozy it is when he can perch on the bed. And he suddenly looks so small.

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10/26   All had their bath again today. As long as it is that mild and sunny I put the bathtub outside and another one inside for Jimi, Pina and Rudi. Sometimes Micky prefers to take her bath inside as well – this way she remains undisturbed and the water stays clean – lol. She is very picky.

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Rudi enjoying his bath

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Micky enjoying her bath

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The ladie’s bathing time: Micky, Chica and Fifi

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Chica and Fifi

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Chica drying up on the carpet…

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10/27   Today the weather is rainy and autumn has returned – thank heaven not winter. Last year at this time we had snow already and the temperatures were freezing. This year I have still some of my room plants on the balcony and my nasturtium is still blooming! Even my angels trumpet which I planted this year for the first time (from a little shoot which I bought at the supermarket for 2 bucks and that was just 30 cm high) is still growing – now about 1,2 m high – and has even more buds waiting for  opening. I would never have thought that this tiny thing would even bloom this year after it took till midth of October to open the first blossom. Right now the 6th blossom is about to open. The perfume of these blossoms is incredible – like that of a rose with a very heavy frangrance. I keep this plant behind a net – secure from the pigeons – to their safety also because I know it is very poisenous.

Jimi played Easter bunny in our bedroom again and all the others were very naughty again. We had calcium day today and I gave Jimi one of the vitamin-B-complex pills again. I hope this helps with his tumor. Other than that he was quite in good mood and eating with great appetite and his feathers are growing again. Soon he will be my beautiful little koala bear again!

10/28   Jimi still plays Easter bunny in our bedroom after he has taken his breakfast. Funny how he discovered now something Gino knew from the beginning when he was still a baby: it is extremely comfortable to perch on the soft bed on a warm cover than anywhere else!

Jimi is still moulting:

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10/31   Had a car accident today: after 13 years of not having a single little scratch on my little car some idiot ran with his car into mine because he did not pay attention what was going on in front of him. Instead he had to gawk because there had been an accident before on the crossroads where I had to turn to the right . That stupid idiot bumped fully into my car. Thank heaven there was still the police present who witnessed what this jerk did! I can tell you  I HATE THESE GAWKERS!!!

Thank heaven nothing happened to my partner nor myself – I only realized that I had a little shock and was trembling when we were home.

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