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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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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June 30, 2014

One of the blackest Days: Jimi went to the Rainbow

Filed under: birds,bite,broken beak,documentary,Fifi,INJURIES,Jimi,new egg,PIGEON,sad — pigeonwriter @ 11:02 am

This is the update of an entry I dreaded most. That’s why it took me so long to write it down and there were some other, very unpleasant events with my complaining neighbours since the last update. I had to get my thoughts in order again…

From the

Diary as of 2/14 – 2/17/2014

2/14   Betty laid her second egg #10.

2/15   Maggy laid also – it’s egg #37. As usual a perfect little egg. As well as Micky, her’s is #

2/16   Today is one of the blackest days in my life: JIMI IS GONE. He flew over the rainbow. My darling boy, Emily’s and Pete’s son, was called to join his parents in heaven. It is a nightmare or worse than that because I will not wake up again from this.

Jimi was doing very well in the last few weeks. He was healthy and in good mood. During the last week he was heavily cuddling with Fifi again and appeared so very happy that I did not suspect anything at all. Yesterday morning he came in together with Fifi for breakfast. They jumped on my knees and were happily feeding together. After that they left together, flew up to their house and continued cuddling and grooming each other. A picture of utmost harmony.

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I was busy myself and had some work to do inside. Short before lunchtime I heard some tumult outside, saw Jimi flying from his house to the balustrade, apparently chasing some other pigeons and then he went back to his house. In this very moment I realized – when I was looking upwards – that he somehow was gaping for air and his head was dangling downwards. I immediately grabbed the ladder, grabbed Jimi who closed his eyes in this moment – forever. I held a lifeless bird in my arms. It took me hours – so it seemed – to realize that he was really gone. My beautiful angel bird was gone…

In June he would have been 6 years old.

I cannot tell you really what I feel. It is as if I have lost a child, as if someone has torn my soul and body into pieces. There was so much love between this bird and me, a very special bond. When he looked into my eyes I had the feeling that he knew any thought I had in my head. He understood every word I was telling him. He knew before I was telling him, be it some trivial things or how much I loved him. And he loved me. There was something unearthly about this. Since he had returned to live on our balcony (when his mother Emily had died) the bond became more and more intense.

Jimi was not really a pigeon whom you could cuddle like a real pet – he did not like to be touched besides when he was sick. But he was extremely trustful and sometimes perched on the bed just beside me watching tv or on the carpet near me like a little poudle.

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When he was not feeling well and this happened many times he came inside and stayed in our bedroom and even sometimes spent the night inside until he was feeling well again. Fifi – his mate – accepted his strange behaviour – she always knew that Jimi was not far away. Now she is mourning, calling for him all day long. I feel so helpless.

When Fifi came last year to us, with a nasty injury from a bite, they both fell in love with each other. Jimi was so happy.

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It was the second time that he found a mate here in our home.  And when I built them their own house on the balcony life seemed to be perfect for them. Finally Jimi had all the luck and happiness he did not have for so long. He was only 1 1/2 years old when he caught PMV. He recovered completely but had several severe relapses, when he could not eat by himself any more and where he came home to seek help each time. And then he had this terrible fight after recovering from a PMV relaspe just the very day when we released him.

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Apparently some bossy pigeon had taken Jimi’s home and Jimi fought for it.  He was injured so badly – his whole face covered in blood – that he nearly died. His upper beak was broken, his lower beak and chin completely chewed up with various holes and then the whole mouth was so swollen that he hardly could open it. With his last energy left he came home to seek help. After many weeks of healing process and staying inside he recovered again and so met Fifi.

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Jimi always was a lonesomer somehow. He always rather stayed with us than socializing with other pigeons. He already was like this as a baby. He never flew around much but was rather perching somewhere where no-one did disturb him so my thought is that he might have had a weak heart from the beginning – just like humans sometimes. And now, after all these bad things that happened to him, it was finally too much for his little heart.

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Jimi left for the rainbow, peacefully without pain, flying now with his mother and his father, a beautiful angel with a heart that will never stop beating again for his loved ones and helping Fifi to get over these hard times. I promised him to take care for her as long as she needs it…

2/17   Woke up during the night several times. Felt that pain and could hardly breathe. My partner woke up as well, feeling his heart pounding heavily with the first thought about Jimi being gone…

Today we buried our beloved feathered angel Jimi besides his mother Emily and Baby Flea in our favourite forest. My heart is broken because Jimi left without the slightest pre-warning and I do not understand yet what has happened. I am currently in a state of shock and feel like being ripped apart…

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April 27, 2014

Jimi plays Couch Potato and Hermine is free again!

Filed under: birds,bite,Fifi,INJURIES,Maggie,Micky,new egg,PIGEON,Pina,release,rescue — pigeonwriter @ 9:13 am
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From the

Diary as of 1/16 – 1/21/2014

1/16   Our little Hermine with the bite on her wing makes good progress.
Now that all the swelling is gone and most of the bruises healed I could see that no bone was damaged although she is still dragging her wing. She was VERY lucky.

Her flying exercises in our bedroom show me that she will completely recover again. She is a little rascal and I swear if I knew not better she could be the female twin of our Gino: same voice, nearly same colour and always those triumphant howls when she achieved something new – such as flying up to the bookshelf and landing on top of it just 5 cm below the ceiling.
Just as Gino she is very communicative and singing the whole day. What a sweet personality!

She only needs a bit more time to exercise and we are waiting for dry and mild weather to release her…

Now look at Jimi † – our couch potato and his favourite napping place in front of but BEHIND the large window in our bedroom:

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(Oh – how I miss you my darling boy ♥♥♥♥♥)

1/17   Micky laid her first egg #39 and Maggie as well. Hers is #35.

1/18   Had to cut Rudi’s nails again – especially the one that grows in a circle horizontally. I am always afraid that he might entangle himself somewhere if I don’t do it because it does not get worn as usual. But other than that his feet are in good condition despite the string injury.

1/19   Micky laid her second egg #40 and Maggie did so too. Egg #36.

1/20   I am a bit sad today: we released our Hermine this morning after she tried desperately to get out of her box. I did not have the heart to confine her any longer. The weather has dried up a bit – not so foggy as it was during the last days but quite dark due to the high fog.
You should have seen her when I put the box on the balcony and opened the cover. Hermine flew immediately on one of the hanging pots and did her triumph dance. She was soooooo happy. I will miss her terribly. She is such a cheerful pijjie and sang nearly the whole day. Even Rudi liked her and sang together with her each morning before we let them out of their boxes.

At the moment she is still around, making friends with our other balcony pijjies. So my hope is that she will come for breakfast or dinner regularly.
Fly safe little Hermine ♥

As I could not predict how long her wing would be drooping still and due to her exercises inside where she showed us that she could fly perfectly we did not have the heart to confine her any longer. Some time later she appeared again as if she wanted to tell us that everything was okay. What a sweet pijjie!

1/21   Fifi laid her first egg today – it was #15.

I was a bit nervous this morning because the weather had turned into an ugly rainy day again and Hermine had spent her first night outside. But she came with the others to take her breakfast and she ate with great appetite. I was very relieved! In the afternoon she appeared again to eat her supper together with the others. What a relief. Everything was perfect.

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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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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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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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