Pigeon Tales

August 14, 2014

Johnny injures himself badly and a new limping Pigeon

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It has been a long time since I updated this diary. So many unpleasant things have happened and I had to take care for extra issues. The storm has calmed down a bit so I try hard to follow up on the diary (some details will be reported later):

 

From the

Diary as of 3/17 – 3/31/2014

3/17   After Betty had started a new breeding cycle and laying her first egg #11 now Micky laid her first egg# 43  and Maggie did the same – egg # 39.

3/18   Betty laid her second perfect little egg #12 and I exchanged both now for the plaster eggs. Better soon before I forget. We cannot have any new babies here on the balcony. (check out all those numbers I am logging!)

Did I tell you that Fifi (Jimi’s widow) has a new mate. Yes he, Oliver and Fifi are a couple since quite a while now and they are living together in Jimi’s house and are very happy. So I am too! I need to take some new photos. 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. He is tall with incredibly long legs, surmounting any other pigeon here. A very lovely couple.

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3/19  Micky laid her second egg #44 and Maggie hers # 40. OMG – if I look at all those numbers and imagine only half of them turned actually into babies – it would have been a nightmare for everybody. So what I am doing here is real NATURAL BIRTH CONTROL and I do not have the impression that the pijjies are depressed because of this.

3/21   Gave Lotti extra calcium today because she will be layig soon.

3/22   Lotti laid her first egg in her new home on the balcony: egg #1

3/23   Calcium day today again for: Maggie, Betty, Pina, Micky

3/24   Lotti laid her second egg #2. Amanda is overdue but this is good. I am always glad when they take more time in between laying. Exchangd the eggs of Lotti for plaster eggs. Lotti must have had enough babies in her life. Time for relaxing now. That’s why I gave her and Loki a new home on our balcony.

3/27   Amanda laid her first egg today – it’s # 3.

3/29   As supposed Amanda laid her second egg #4. I wished so very much I could let her have babies – they would be so beautiful with Sandy as their father. But this is impossible. It’s my responsibility not to give in to this.

3/31   Time for some update about Johnny, Jimi’s son:

I had told you that I have taken him inside after I found him on the balcony in a very bad condition (see post here: https://pigeonwriter.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/new-pmv-cases-betty-left-her-plaster-eggs-after-114-days-and-chica-has-disappeared/).

His PMV had become worse so there was no way that I could let him out again. Since more than 2 weeks he is in now and he is making good progress. Every day a little step in the right direction. First his eating capabilities became better, started to pick much more controlled and since a couple of days I let him out in our bedroom after making it “safe” with a large moskito net which I mounted in front of the plant and things which could be dangerous. After his first tries flying ended mostly quite hazardous it became better each day. So we are sure that he will recover completely soon.

Yesterday though he was so agitated and tried with all energy to escape through the net, did not stop flying round after round in the room, landing on all kinds of objects he could grab that I decided to grab him to put him in his box to calm him down. It became a wild chase and I was worried because he was panting heavily – the result was that he somehow came down at the bookshelf and I realized that he had injured himself and was bleeding badly. I still do not know really what happened – it happened so quickly. He had a real hole in his side beneath his left wing. I poured lots of peroxide over the wound so that the bleeding would stop. I also pressed some tissue paper on the wound and the bleeding stopped soon. Thank heaven. The poor bird was in shock – so was I. Our bedroom looked as if a massacre had taken place. Blood sprinkles everywhere!

Johnny calmed down soon and I put him in his box. He seemed to be okay after a while. This morning when I took him out to check on his injury I could see that the hole had already closed partially. “Only” the skin was torn open. What a relief! I disinfected the wound once more and poured some holy ashes over it. This would help to close the wound further and heal the injury fast. Oh my – what an evening. He will be confined to his box for at least the next 2 days. I think he knows quite well that he had done something very stupid. I have big pity for him because this will take him back for at least a week.

Today some very small pijjy came inside with the others for feeding, limping heavily. I managed to catch him but could not detect any injury at all. Nothing seemed to be broken so I assume that he bumped his leg while chasing the girls and put some DMSO on his leg. This seemed to help him a lot. The birds are all crazy at the moment and no wonder that the one or other accident happens. But I really don’t want more patients.

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Johnny (left) and Pina relaxing

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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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July 7, 2014

Mourning Jimi and Fifi has a new Boyfriend

Filed under: behaviour,birds,documentary,Jimi,photos,PIGEON,sad — pigeonwriter @ 5:05 pm

From the

Diary as of 2/18 – 2/25/2014

2/18   The mornings are the worst: first thought after waking is that we will never see Jimi again.

I am still in a state of shock, feeling ripped apart. My face is aching from all the crying that does not stop. We buried Jimi yesterday besides Emily and Baby Flea. This is at least some comfort that he is not alone and we can come back whenever we want to and talk to them…

Everything is still so unreal. Look at them, Jimi and Fifi – this was 3 days ago (the day before Jimi died):

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I am glad though that I have these photos – they are showing that nothing could be foreseen…

2/19   Fifi has laid an egg – it is egg#17 but I don’t think that she will sit on it. But life goes on and the body functions continue…

Micky also laid her second egg# 42.

2/20   I am still waking up each morning crying. These are the worst moments when the memory is coming back that no koala bear will be waddling around the corner any more… During the day it is getting easier when things need to be done and when Pina is playing her tricks again or Rudi is annoyed when the others eat HIS personal food! Fifi is doing well so far. Thank heaven she has stopped crying (this was the worst – to hear her crying all the time). She is eating well and is jumping on my knees whenever she is eating. She also has started to have that funny conversation with me again where she makes those little smacking sounds with her beak. She has laid an egg yesterday but is not sitting on it. I wonder whether she will lay another one. She is even making love with Rudi to the big dismay of Pina of course who is getting very jealous. But what can I do? Fifi is courted by all the other males on the balcony as well. I wonder how this will continue? Of course Fifi will be part of our family as long as she wishes to. I really hope that she is staying here.

2/21   Fifi‘s laid her second egg #18 to my surprise but she is not breeding. I decided to exchange the eggs anyway with plaster eggs and let them in her house for a while. Maybe she loves to sit on them now and then. And it shows any curious visitors that the house is occupied even when Fifi is “on the road”.

Today I thought Fifi has a new boyfriend. A nearly black pigeon was sitting on the roof of Fifi’s house and courting Fifi. But then I realized that he was not calling Fifi to join him but his wife. What a perfidious couple!!! I cannot believe it. They try to chase Fifi out of her home with nasty tricks. I am not going to tolerate that of course. I promised Jimi to take care of his wife.

2/22   I cannot tell you how much I miss Jimi. I am crying each day whenever the memory comes back. I feel totally lost. And it is so unfair. Just when Jimi was feeling so well and happy he had to go. I cannot understand this.

2/23   I am dreading Sundays. They are terrible. They make me cry again. When will this stop?

2/24   Life on the balcony continues of course. Amanda has laid her first egg #1 here now.  I forgot to tell you that Sandy took his beautiful daughter as his new mate. What a wonderful couple. I gave them a new house made from a small plastic box with a real entry and a roof. They have their own home now and they are very happy. Sandy has become very nice and he gets on very well with the other residents now.  Sometimes there is a little dispute here and there with Woody or Lucky but nothing serious. They are all family now. What a comfort!

2/25   Pina went on her nest tonight.

Life can be so unfair soemtimes and although I have learned to accept certain things after a while I am also so disappointed and desperate in others because I truly do not understand the sense behind it. It is simply cruel and unfair.  I am still mourning Jimi a lot and will do so forever because the hole he left can never be filled again but I also feel some comfort in watching the others and their antics.

Finally Loki and Lotti are living on the balcony also. I have tried to chase them off for so long. I have given up. And Sandy – well he managed to stay here as well. After he was left by his wife due to canker he found a new mate: his daughter Amanda. Can you believe this? We have a red couple here now – the only one in our area. I gave them their own house and Amanda already laid 2 eggs. Loki and Lotty will get their own house next week. These buggers have well utilized my current weakness for their own advantage.

On the other hand it has become surprisingly quiet on the balcony now because all these residents now chase off any other foreign pigeon. Which of course is good for me because of the neighbours. Altogether we have now 6 couples living on the balcony!!! Can you imagine? Ahhh – I forgot – Fifi HAS a new boyfriend. Whether he, Oliver, will become her real mate – is too early to say. But Fifi is doing very well. She seemed to have found a way to carry on with her normal life.

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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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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!

Jimi drinking his soup:

 

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