Pigeon Tales

July 14, 2014

Fifi and Oliver and their new Love Life and Johnny is quite ill

From the

Diary as of 2/26 – 3/16/2014

2/26  Amanda laid her second egg #2 in her new little house.

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Sandy in front of his new house…

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Sandy needs a bit of fresh air apparently – maybe he left a little fart…

Pina did not lay – as usual in the meanwhile – so I gave her a plaster egg immediately this morning.

2/27   I am so glad that we have all these other feathered angels. I don’t know what I would do without them. Jimi has left me with such a big hole in my heart.

2/28   Today is the last day of this terrible month and I hope that it is getting better during the next one.

3/1   Betty should be off her plaster eggs by this time now but she does not show any sign of leaving. I wonder whether she will stay on the same eggs for another incredibly long period.

3/5   Fifi has laid a new egg #19 which really surprises me. But I am very very happy that she sees Oliver as her new mate now. Oliver has also adopted the house very quickly and he is very much in love with Fifi. Oliver is a very large pigeon. He is still very young (you can see this in his face) and just like Jimi a very gentle pigeon. Possibly this is Fifi’s preferred personality type and his appearance of course. Some pigeon ladies seem to be fascinated by machos though and accept being chased all the time. Oliver is tall with incredibly long legs, surmounting any other pigeon here. Both are making a very lovely couple together.

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3/6   Pina is back on her nest.

3/7   Fifi laid her second egg #20 and she and Oliver are taking their turns on the eggs as if they had done this for a long time already. I am quite sure Fifi is Oliver’s first mate. He is still very shy and has the lowest place in the balcony’s hierarchy although he is such a large pigeon but this will change some time in the future. I am sure that he will not always be the underdog.

3/9   Pina did not lay – so I gave her the usual plaster egg. I really wonder whether this is now some kind of “organic birth control” without any pharma products simply because I take off the stress of egg laying from her immediately after she has gone to her nest again. Maybe the impulse of egg laying is suppressed in a natural way because “there is already an egg”. I have no clue. One thing I know – Pina is much more relaxed and less stargazing since she has stopped to produce eggs. Nothing else has changed. She still has that 28-day-cycle-going-to-the-nest. Before that she has that cuddling and loving period with Rudi. So absolutely no changes here either. She also produces that smelly package of poop short before and after she has gone egg sitting that hens normally produce. Isn’t this funny? I wonder whether other people can make the same observations…?

3/10   Amanda should be coming off her plaster eggs by now but apparently she likes to sit on them a bit longer.

3/12   Betty should be laying the first egg but not yet….

3/15   Same with Maggie – she is also late with egg laying – better so!

3/16   I am still mourning my darling boy Jimi badly but slowly I can wake up without a wet face and without thinking all the time about him and which role he played in my life. It’s 4 weeks now that he died a much too early death. More and more I think that he was not just a very dear bird but something very special, really special. So many things in my memories are making sense now. Btw – the very Sunday (I still hate Sundays) short before Jimi died a white pigeon appeared on the balustrade of our balcony. I did not see her but my partner did and told me. Isn’t that strange? As if an angel was sent to accompany him….

Today was dreaded Sunday again and I was so sad again and felt very depressed. I went outside to clean up the balcony as I do each morning and found Johnny (Jimi’s son)  sitting on one of the fern pots like a little bundle of misery. He had not appeared for breakfast for the last 3 days and I was very worried. Today I just could grab him and he did not even try to escape. I brought him inside and put him immediately into a box. Remember he was the one who had bad symptoms of PMV 2 days before Jimi’s death but he managed all the past weeks to survive, came each day to feed here. He flew like a kamikaze but somehow he succeeded in landing here. Sometimes I could only close my eyes watching him how he jumped on the little stool outside on the balcony and then down and landed on his belly with legs sidewards stretched. At one of these opportunities where he was inside feeding I could grab him and give him some extra vitamin B-complex pill and told him that he should come here when he felt too miserable. So he did today. He had not appeared for several days and I already thought that something might have happened to him and was very worried.

Now he was here, safe and in good mood. So instead of sending me a message in my dreams Jimi sent me his son to take care for, telling me that I should stop crying and instead doing something more reasonable. Now I WAS sure that Johnny was Jimi’s son because his face looked exactly like Jimi’s and also his character was the same. A very friendly and gentle pigeon and I hope so very much that he can get rid of this virus completely. I am only sad that he was left by his wife Chica who was probably too worried about her own well being and survival. Unfortunately this is only natural in the animal world where everything is about survival. I can only hope that she is doing well. She was one of the most beautiful pigeons we ever had on the balcony and Woodie’s last daughter before he decided to retire and live here with us together with his wife Maggie and sit on plaster eggs.

Here are a few photos of Chica:

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The first time when Chica appeared on our balcony…

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Chica with her sister Micky…

 

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Chica settled in…

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Chica was our little water princess – whenever she had the opportunity she took a bath – here with her mother Maggie

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Chica with Pina and Emily

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The ladie’s club: Chica with Pina, Maggie, Emily, Lotti and another one…

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splish splash….

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Chica with her sister Micky and Fifi…

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When Johnny had settled down in his box he ate like a piggy. Unbelievable how much he ate – yes he can eat by himself which makes things much easier. And what’s really good is that the virus apparently had no influence on his digestion i.e. he’s making perfect poops. Prognosis is good at the moment.

 

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May 31, 2014

New PMV Cases, Betty left her Plaster Eggs after 114 Days and Chica has disappeared!

From the

Diary as of 2/8 – 2/13/2014

2/8   Today Roberta came in with severe PMV symptoms. She was totally unoriented and groggy. Before I could actually react she was gone again.

2/9   You would not believe it: Betty has left the plaster eggs and this was my opportunity to finally clean out the nest and make everything new! Betty sat on the same eggs for 114 days!!!

Roberta came again and tried to get inside. But she disappeared again when I tried to lead her inside. Oh my what can I do? I have no place for quarantaining a bird. I am so sad. What’s going on here? Do we have to face another PMV epidemic here?

2/10   Lucky and Betty are cuddling publicly!!! This is really a change. Betty was always so very shy and hardly ever cuddled with Lucky outside their house or somewhere else. She must have had a very prudish family.

2/12   Betty already laid her first egg – it is #9.

2/13   Johnny, the mate of Chica, has also PMV. He was showing heavy symptoms when he came in for feeding. The usual – unfocussed pecking of the seeds. I am totally sad. But I realized that he managed to actually eat some of the seeds. Chica has disappeared though – she did not appear since several days although she did not miss a single day having her meals here and sitting on my knees. I fear the worst. But it could also be that she left with some others to save her own health. Freddy has disappeared also and some of the younger birds. Maybe they sensed the oncoming problems and escaped. I really really hope so. What makes me believe this is that I could not detect any symptoms in any other bird.

I will miss Chica dearly. She and Johnny were such a lovely couple and I am so sad now that this happened. Chica was one of the most beautiful pigeons here and so very gentle. I hope that she is doing well. I am heartbroken that she is gone. Chica was Woody and Maggie’s last child (before they were “put” on plaster eggs) and had always slept on our balcony during the night for a long time before she left to look for a partner for the first time.

This was Chica with her sister Micky (from an earlier batch and Gino’s mate):

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After a bath:

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She was our little water rat…

 

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Chica and her mommy Maggie

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Chica right in the middle

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wet T-shirt party….

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Finally!!! Chica has a partner – Johnny – Jimi’s son

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isn’t he handsome????

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look at her – how happy she is!

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May 12, 2013

Rudi and Pina had a Bath, Jimi ate 90 Peas

From the

Diary as of 2/23 – 3/5/2013

2/23   It is still very cold and below zero during the day but the pijjies feel something – were going crazy today.

Jimi continues to improve and I played with him the spider game again. He continues to behave less distant. What a sweetie. Fed him defrosted peas for lunch so that he has some fresh greens.

2/25   Gave Jimi Calcivet again – this should help him with his development.

2/26   Maggie laid her first egg #15. Jimi continues to improve. We have to be very patient though.

2/27   Emily laid her first egg #106 and it was awful as usual. But at least it came out in one piece.

2/28   Jimi ate 90 peas in the evening! Oh my!!!

Maggie laid her second egg #16 – it was perfect as usual.

3/1   Jimi continues to increase his weight and I am very happy about this:  429 gr now.

Emily laid her second egg which is #107 now. Well – as awful as always but now she has peace again for a while and me too.

3/2   Nothing special besides that Jimi slowly indicates that he will be ready soon to go.

3/4   It’s bathing day again: Rudi and Pina had a wonderful bath today. Apparently it was necessary – lol. Pina could hardly wait to jump into the warm water and Rudi followed immediately. The both splished splashed full-heartedly so that even the carpet got some bath as well – will dry again…

Jimi ate 90 peas for supper again!!!

3/5   Today Gino got his bath and he enjoyed it thoroughly. What a joy to watch him. He is such a clown and you can clearly see and hear when he is happy.

Tomorrow will be the big day for Jimi’s release when the weather is fine. This afternoon he showed us that he had power again and was able to take difficult flight maneuvres by landing on the top of the bookshelf. Also he  “told” us that he wanted to leave by using his voice often and looking out of the window with that longing in his eyes. Again I told him in the evening before I gave him his good night kiss and when I held him tight to come back immediately when he was feeling bad again. I will miss him so very much but I hope that he will come every day again to get his meals here and say hello.

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April 29, 2013

Emma laid awful Eggs and Jimi has a PMV Relapse

From the

Diary as of 1/28 – 2/1/2013

1/28   Emma laid her first egg#104 and Maggie as well. Hers is #13. While Maggie’s egg was perfect Emma laid quite a bad one again.  There was a bit blood INSIDE the egg. But at least it did not break. The shell was a bit thin but it came out in one piece.

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1/29   Jimi came late in the afternoon  – which he sometimes does – and I thought he wanted to eat as usual (which he did the day before) and then would leave again. He did not want to eat though  but only sat in the sandbox and gave no sign that he wanted to leave again. So I knew something was wrong. I put him in one of the boxes I am always using for sick pigeons and where Rudi and Pina are also sleeping in. I intended to keep him inside to see how his poops would look like in the morning and check whether he would eat and drink something. He drank some water but did not touch the seeds at all. His poops looked terrible, all mushy, dark brown-greenish with urinates around and a larger water part (see photos).

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poops after first night

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poops after second night

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As he did not want to eat this morning either I gave him millet cereal with joghurt and applesauce for lunch and another portion this evening. His digestion was low, he was very calm, a bit puffed up and perched most of the time on his little saucer. His feet were warm so I refrained from giving him extra heat for the moment which might have been too much for him. His poops were still looking the same – shitty!

I wondered whether this was a sort of PMV relapse because the poops looked exactly like those of Pina and Willy when they were in the middle of a full PMV infection – not the spaghetti poops – but the mushy stuff they made from time to time.

I did not want to give him antibiotics unnecessarily when this could be resolved with propolis and probiotics. When I gave him the cereal for lunch the tube went easily into his crop. So there was no obstruction from the tumor which I feared first.

1/30   This morning I gave Jimi Propolis (on a homemade pellet and Bene Bac (probiotic).

Emma laid her second egg#105 and this time it was better. The shell was strong but very rough and there was no blood inside the egg. Maggie laid her second egg #14. A perfect one as usual.

1/31   Jimi is still sick but doing a bit better. His poops were still looking like those typical PMV poops – spaghetti-like and a large puddle of water additionally but at least the colour was better. Today he started to preen himself and he showed more interest in his seeds but did not eat any. I was still tube feeding him though to give him extra fluid and easy digestion: millet baby cereal with applesauce, polenta (corn semolina), joghurt and 2 drops of organic rapeseed oil, for breakfast, lunch and supper.

Look at this sweet chap:

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Pina is such a treasure and angel. For quite a while she sat in front of Jimi’s box again, apparently to comfort him as she does with any sick creature, bird or human. I love her so much for her kind heart!!! Btw – Jimi is Pina’s uncle.

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In the morning, while Gino was still on his hanging pot outside, I played with him again. So funny, as he learned the fencing game from me and Pina, he loves to play with me exactly the same way  and is really disappointed when I have to go. What a sweet little chap.

2/1   I think I have good news and am quite sure now that Jimi has the same PMV relapse in a mild form as our Pina and Micky. Other than the ladies with stargazing etc. he has it via his digestion. The poops from the night looked completely different and rather like the typical PMV – spaghetti poops. Also the colour has changed from that very dark olive green to rather light olive green. The quantity told me that he digested everything I gave him yesterday evening. So no slow crop any more. During this morning he made even better poops, more formed, not so much water again.

The poops he made before did smell only a tiny bit and only after smearing them a bit on the paper – now they are not smelling at all or are smelling normal.

Jimi also looked different today – not so tired any more and he had interest in his seeds again. I cannot say how much he ate after his cereal this morning but a few definitely went into his crop. I think in a few days he wants to leave again. Yesterday he just wanted his peace and nothing else. I know him. He was like this already as a baby.

So I am quite optimistic that Jimi will be his old self  again soon. What a clever boy that he came immediately back to his mommy when he felt bad. But then I had asked for his promise to do so the last time when he was sick!!

It is strange that our pigeons here (the ones from the balcony) do not seem to suffer from the ailments other people are so often describing. Worm infestation apparently is not a problem here and coccidia neither, at least not in a pathogenic form. I am relieved about this. I don’t want to have more patients. It’s been enough. Maybe it’s the regular good food and clean ACV water that helps them to develop an intact immune system. My greatest wish is that this will stay as it is. There is nothing more sad than a sick creature…

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April 27, 2013

Worried about Micky – Chica and Johnny try to conquer the Balcony

I have to apologize again – had several emergencies with our pigeons so the posting had to be left behind….

 

From the

Diary as of 1/15 – 1/27/2013

1/15   I am really worried about my poor Micky. She is still stargazing heavily and frome time to time she seems to be a bit confused even. Watching her closely. She is flying sometimes like crazy in circles but she always manages to land safely. I cannot keep her inside in a box as I would like to.  She would feel even more stressed. Micky always has been a very difficult patient and even more difficult to handle.

1/16   Micky laid her second egg #14 – another perfect one. Our little princess Pina laid also an egg, her first in this breeding cycle, it is #72

1/18   Pina laid her second egg #73 and it is perfect again. So calcium supply for Pina is enough.

1/19   Chica finally has found a partner. After she tried to get Rudi and did not succeed she even tried to make eyes for Gino. But Gino has Micky as his mate and besides running after any female he is not really interested. So Chica chose Johnny. It is a very nice couple and I wonder whether they will stay together. Johnny looks like Jimi, is only a bit smaller. The only downside currently is that they both try to stay on the balcony as well. That cannot work!!!

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1/21   Emma is off her nest and cuddling with Lucky. Oh my – now it is calcium time again every day until she lays.

1/22   Maggie is also off her plaster eggs.

1/23   Chica and Johnny are becoming more and more aggressive towards Emma and Lucky. I have seen Chica fighting with Emma several times. This cannot be tolerated! This is much too much stress for Emily so I have to grab my old weapon – the water sprayer. It hurts actually but there is no way that they can stay here. They bring only chaos to the group and the peace is gone. They try to conquer Gino as well and want to own his hanging pot which he uses as sleeping place. Poor Gino has to fight off two: Chica and Johnny. This is really unfair. They also fight with Woody and Maggie. Woody and Maggie are Chica’s parents. So there are also problems. Can you believe this? Fighting against all and everyone. This must be stopped.

1/24   Chica and Johnny are stubborn. At least they have learned that they cannot sleep on the balcony. I hope that they will find their own place soon because this all adds a lot of unnecessary stress to all inhabitants.

1/25   Bought a new plastic box for Maggie and Woody. They definitely need a new nest, one that is not getting wet. It’s a similar box like the ones I use as hospital boxes – only much smaller. I put it at the same place where the “temporary” nest was and closed the lid. Only when I put the lid off the box they were ready to inspect the nest more closely. They were not used to a “cave nest” as Emma and Lucky have one, or Micky and Gino. It was simply a small basket which I had placed on a bucket, filled with dried moss and hay. The place was not so good although right beneath the balustrade there was always the danger of rain coming in so that I had to place a large glass plate on top of the balustrade to keep the nest dry. This was not the best solution.

When Maggie and Woody have become used to the new box I will put back the lid on top of it so that no rain can come inside.

1/26   Very cold weather still. The pijjies are in bad mood and very hungry. Chica and Johnny were both very aggressive again, trying to occupy one of the hanging pots near Casa Gino and poor Gino had to fight both of them off all the time. Not easy for our little boy but he is so brave and I try to help him as often as possible.

Micky is still stargazing heavily and not feeling very well. Only when she is inside and perching on the closet she is doing well. But I cannot leave her alone inside when Rudi is not sitting on the nest. This causes problems. It is really hard to see her so confused. She also flies in circles sometimes or is landing in circles. This reminds me of her active PMV infection. But she still manages somehow to cope with this all. Her appetite is very good, her digestion also works perfectly. I hope that she will feel better soon as well. Poor little Micky – she’s had enough problems.

1/27   Today Pina flew out with the others again. I am so happy. It was slightly warmer and I had the balcony door open for a split while I was cleaning up so that she could go out if she wanted and she did. During the last days she definitely did less stargazing and obviously felt a lot better than before. I am really very happy. What a clever girl she is – she rather stayed inside while she felt insecure due to her PMV relapse than risking her health.

Rudi went out today as well without me pushing him (more or less) to take a “round trip”. It was a bit worrying for me in the last weeks that he wanted to stay inside as well while Pina did not feel well. What a mate! The only thing I feared was that he was going to lose his confidence as well and it would not have been good for them to play the couch potatoes all the time. They need sunlight and fresh air!! Just like humans do!! Now everything seems to be on the right path again and the weather is supposed to become better as well.

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March 6, 2013

Noisy Night, no-fly for Pina and Rudi and celebrating Gino’s Birthday

From the

Diary as of 1/1 – 1/14/2013

1/1   The night was terribly noisy. I checked on the birds several times during the evening – they could not sleep of course. Gino was very nervous. In order to avoid that he flew off in panic when the worst would start I took him in after 8 pm. I put him in his box and placed him nest to Rudi on the sofa in the living room. Now my sweet little boy was safe and could sleep in peace and I as well without having to check every 5 minutes. All the others sleeping on the balcony were used to the awful noise and did not care really.

1/2   Again Pina as well as Rudi refused to fly out. I don’t understand why. I don’t think it is the construction site opposite of our building because the birds should be used to it in the meanwhile. Even Gino tried to stay inside as long as possible these days before Rudi was having the crisis and tried to “beat” him up. It is so funny to see how Gino tries to provoke Rudi all the time by dancing in front of him and “making faces”. At least it looks like this…

1/3   The weather is quite cool again but still no frost. Still neither Rudi nor Pina want to fly out.  Even Woody stayed inside for at least half an hour, as well as Lucky. Strange. I have no explanation. It cannot really be the temperature because they can cope with worse. But apparently they love to be inside from time to time to enjoy peace and warmth.

1/4   Another day where neither Rudi nor Pina wanted to fly out. I could understand why Pina was reluctant to leave the appartment as long as she was stargazing because she might have felt insecure. But I don’t understand why Rudi wanted to stay inside as well – maybe simply solidarity and emphasis for his wife…

1/5   Today Jimi did not show up for breakfast/lunch. This was the first time since his recovery from PMV 3 years ago that he missed his meal. It could be though that he appeared on the balcony while we were having our nap and he lost patience to wait for me any longer. My poor baby!

1/6   This morning I was totally hysterical and in tears because Jimi still did not show up. I already thought that he had decided to go somewhere else and I would not see him ever again. Stupid me – late in the afternoon – who appeared on the balcony? JIMI!!! Oh my, there must have been an earthquake from the bump the huge rock made when it fell off my heart. No my whole world was totally okay again. And Jimi spent even some time inside…

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Pina and Jimi – Pina loves her uncle…

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Pina – my sweet one

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Jimi and Pina dozing off a bit…

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1/7   Micky was heavily stargazing today. It looked terrible when she had her little head between her legs. Strange thing was that she was doing fine otherwise. She continued to fly like a little devil and she was eating well. But at the moment she spends most of her time inside, sitting on the closet or in the bedroom listening to classic music. Apparently she needs the peace and I let her of course. With her symptoms I rather have her inside than outside.

1/8   Micky is down from her nest – which is quite late, 2 weeks over – and cuddling with Gino again.  I am glad when she takes longer pauses between laying because this is another stress of course for her. Especially as she is still heavily stargazing. New stress for her now while Gino is chasing her around. So I am glad when they both come inside and spend lots of time on their favourite perching place on the bookshelf in our bedroom. There Micky can find peace.

1/9   I wonder whether these PMV relapses are happening due to crazy weather changes. There must be also a reason why it rather affects the girls and not the boys. I have never seen Jimi with any symptoms ever again. Also I think it might become rather bad for those who have been very young when they were infected. Apparently this damned virus damages more in a young bird than in an adult one. That’s at least my observation.

1/10   Emily’s breeding cycle should be over soon also. I wonder for how long she will prolongate this time. I hope she will stay on the nest for a longer time. Currently she gets Calcivet 3x a week and other than her ongoing problems with the eggs she seems to be totally healthy. She eats with great appetite and loves to fly around when the weather is okay and joins even the flock sometimes when she is not on the nest.

Pina left her eggs today and is together with Rudi all the time again.

1/11   Cleaned off Pina’s nest and removed the eggs.

1/12   The weather has become very cold again. The temperatures stay below freezing and the pijjies are very hungry. I wonder wether this may be an additional reason for Micky’s heavy stargazing.

Feeding the gang several times a day…

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only a few of them – but how orderly!!! lol

1/13   We celebrate Gino’s birthday today although we do not know exactly when he crawled out of his egg. He was about 4-6 weeks old when he came to us midth of February last year as a totally emaciated baby that could hardly fly. So we decided to give him his birthday party today on the 13th because this was a lucky day for him and for us also because he is such a wonderful personality.

1/14   Micky laid her first egg #13 and it was perfect. As usual.

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March 5, 2013

“Sick” Pigeon was not really sick, Rudi bumped his Foot again and the usual Chaos

From the

Diary as of 12/25 – 12/31/2012

12/25   This morning I put the box with the “sick” pigeon  in front of the open balcony door (after I had checked during the night several times to see whether he had still sysmptoms – but there was nothing) and opened the box to see what would happen. Our “patient” jumped on the edge of the box and then flew off. Wow! That was it! Oh my – what a quickie. I was very happy of course and quite puzzled. The poops he had left during the night  showed no signs of sickness at all.

In the early afternoon Gino came in again to get his supper and he stayed inside again. Apparently he wanted to spend the evening and night with us again. What a sweetie.

Maggie laid her first egg# 11.

12/26   Rudi has bumped his bad foot again – he was limping. Checking him out I could not detect anything at all. I cut his nails but he neither had any injuries nor were his pads revealing any pressure spots. BTW – the nail he had ripped out a while ago – remember? – is actually growing again. It comes out quite coarse and much thicker than the normal ones but it is a real nail. I only need to cut it once a month when it becomes too long. Due to the malposition of most of his toes they do not get used off as usual with a bird so I have to help him before he gets stuck somewhere again.

Today Gino spent the night outside. I have no explanation why he wanted to stay with us during Xmas although the temperatures were mild other than he wanted to tell us how much he loved us!!! What an incredibel bird. I love him soooooo much.

Emma laid her second egg #103. Same as the first one, undamaged but the shell very rough. But I am satisfied that she did not have any problems laying. I don’t think though that she will ever have normal eggs again.

12/27   Today in the early afternoon Gino came in as usual after Micky took over her turns on the plaster eggs, went straight to his food bowl in our bedroom and then – instead of flying to his favourite perch on the bookshelf he made himeself convenient on our bed like a little bunny again. Just like he did often when we had him inside still in February as a baby. He looked so incredibly sweet, his eyes closing from time to time and in between he watched tv together with us. Later he went out again to spend the night on the balcony in his hanging pot. What a bird!!!

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exactly like this again – Gino playing Easter bunny

Maggie laid also her second egg #12. Both her eggs were perfect.

12/28   The day was ugly – much rain and the temperatures were a bit lower than the past days. The pijjies were hungry.

Today Sandy tried to spend the night on the balcony again and I had to shoo him away as he brings a lot of noise with him: our balcony residents do not like pigeons on the balcony who do not belong there and are making a lot of noise then – especially Gino is getting the crisis. It simply adds too much stress so I have to shoo him away.

12/29   I am worried about our birds because of the noise these rocket idiots make already from time to time. I hate New Year’s eve and the all the craziness going on. Does anyone think about the consequences this has for all the poor creatures including the pets?  I think I will keep Gino inside in the night of the 31rst.

Bathing day for Gino and Pina.

12/30   Today it was quite windy but sunny and mild for December. In the morning only a few pigeons came to take their breakfast here. They preferred to fly around. In the early afternoon Gino also decided to go on a flying trip with a large group of pigeons and it got later and later. Dusk arrive and I was getting more and more nervous about the little bugger. But finally, it was already 5 pm and nearly dark, he appeared on the balcony, without his usual aw-eeh aw-eeh, went straight into our bedroom to his food bowel. I was really mad at him because he had given me nearly a nervous breakdown but of course I was extremely happy that he came back safely.
He did not eat much and went out again to his sleeping pot. He seemed a bit sheepish as if he knew quite well what he had caused me – LOL. But who could earnestly be angry about this little bugger???

12/31   Pina is still reluctant to go out. She has become very timid and still stargazes from time to time. I am sure one day this will improve again. My poor baby – she loved to fly around so very much but now – on the other hand – I am glad she rather stays inside for her own security.

Gino came in this morning and had a ravenous appetite – I assume from his adventures yesterday. Now Micky is sitting on the bookshelf and enjoys the classical music. And we are waiting for the things and noise to come…

Happy New Year

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