Pigeon Tales

April 27, 2014

Jimi plays Couch Potato and Hermine is free again!

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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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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

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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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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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December 19, 2013

Weighing day and Moulting Mode and new Tricks by Pina

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From the

Diary as of 9/12 – 9/24/2013

9/12    Today everybody is going crazy: Gino is chasing Micky, Woody is chasing Maggie and Jimi is chasing Fifi. They are all in mating mode and adding a huge chaos to the balcony life. I really don’t understand why they are always getting this crazy and therefore wasting lots of energy.

I am used to Gino chasing Micky around when they are in coupling mode. They always come running inside, through the whole appartment into the bedroom and then coming running out again or flying like the bats from hell. You can only duck your head and jump aside – otherwise you will be run over. But I did not know that Jimi is doing the same. Poor Fifi was chased the whole day – both hardly got something to eat and this is happening while the weather is really awful, cold and wet. As I said – I don’t understand why they are wasting that much energy.

9/13   Lotti laid another egg on the floor of the balcony. When will she stop doing this. It hurts me when I have to take the egg away and destroy the nest. But I definitely cannot let her breed here.

9/14   Today was Rudi’s weighing day. I haven’t done this for a long long time. The scales said  418 gr. This was less than I expected because he looks heavy because of his body structure – lol. So I need not worry that he might need a diet – oh my.

9/15   Maggie laid her first egg #27 and also Fifi laid her first egg #7. The other ladies will probably follow soon.

Today was weighing day for Maggie and Micky. It is always good to know from time to time what the normal weight of the pijjies is. Maggie’s showed 383 gr which is quite a lot. I always thought that she was much lighter. Every time when I grabbed her to give her extra Calcium I thought she must be quite light. Micky was 355 gr which also was a bit more than I anticipated. It is obvious that you can be at fault very easily.

9/16   Micky laid her first egg also – it’s #31. She also lays like a clock.

9/17   The round is nearly full:  Maggie laid her second egg #28 and Fifi hers #8.

Our pijjies are still in heavy moulting mode. The back of the head of poor Jimi is completely bold – my beautiful little koala bear looks ridiculous and his tail consists of merely a few ragged feathers only. He stays on the balcony or inside for the whole day at the moment. No wonder…but as he has a regular family life now with mate and his own house he seems to be quite content.

9/18   It’s not finished yet: today Micky laid her second egg as well – #32

I only wonder what Pina is going to do. She went on her nest this evening and tomorrow we will see whether she picks up her regular egg laying business again.

9/19   When I checked Pina’s nest this morning there was NO EGG. So I gave her immediately a plaster egg again in order to avoid that she would have stress again. Both, Rudi and Pina, behaved as if Pina had laid an egg without any problems and took on their nest sitting turns.

9/20   Everything as usual. It has become much calmer now that all the ladies are sitting on their nests. The chaotic chasing around by the boys has finally stopped.

9/21   I checked Pina‘s nest this morning again: there is was – a new egg! It was strangely longish again but other than that quite okay. It is #82. I replaced it immediately with a plaster egg. I honestly doubt that it was fertilized.

9/22   Betty is late with her egg laying but I am glad about this. The ladies should relax and not be in stress with egg production all the time. Day by day Betty becomes a bit less shy which is good. I don’t like her to feel anxious in our group. She is a valuable member now. Her nest is clean and prepared.

9/23   Betty laid today her first egg #5. It was small but perfect. Maggie’s eggs are huge in comparison.

Drove to our favourite forest today and visited Emily’s and Flea’s grave. The place looked a bit sad because due to the drought during the summer the ferns looked a bit desolate but they will grow again. I planted quite a lot of crocus around the place and I hope that the animals of the forest won’t eat everything so that next spring we will have some colours at Emily’s and Flea’s place.

9/24   Gave them all a bath today again. The weather was really nice and mild and the sun shining. Soon I had my first customers: Lucky of course. And of course he insisted in having his bathtub for himself alone. Even Jimi took a bath although he is not the big bather among our gang but he seemed to enjoy it fully!

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Gino was clever: Lucky did not let him take a bath so he came inside when I called him and he realized immediately that there was also a bathtub which I had prepared for Rudi and Pina inside. Now Gino went into it straight away and had his fun with getting completely soaked. Oh my…

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November 23, 2013

Bad News but Life goes on and Freddy finds a new Mate

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From the

Diary as of 8/7 – 8/24/2013

8/7   MRT scan today. Very bad news.

8/8   I am still quite shocked about the news from the MRT scan – need some time to clear up my thoughts…

8/9   Betty has left her plaster eggs. Wonder what she will be doing next regarding her behaviour towards Lucky.

8/10   Feeling depressed and as if someone has taken everything away. Hard to continue as usual – everything seems to be so meaningless now… I try to concentrate on our birds.

8/12   Maggie and Fifi have left their plaster eggs.

Did I tell you? Freddy who first tried to be Lucky’s new spouse has finally found a mate as well: it’s Quakquak, Gino’s father. Apparently Quakquak has lost his wife and now found Freddy as a new love. I find this quite sweet and another happy ending for our community and pigeonlove.com!!!

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And Freddy is certainly quite a catch:

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8/13   Was in the hospital today. It would have been my Mom’s 85th birthday today. Where are you Mom, I need you so much!!!

8/16   Pina left her plaster egg. I wonder what will happen this time. If she is not laying I will give her a plaster egg again – just like the last time. It is much better for her stress level and Rudi will be content as well.

8/18   The pijjies had a good day today again. It was warm and they had their bath on the balcony. Pina and Rudi flew out several times.

I think Betty will stay in the nest tonight as well as Fifi. I can hear Amanda again begging for food. She is now too old to play the baby still – but one can try – not?

8/19   Oh my – today we had egg day:  Fifi laid her first egg #5, Maggie laid hers #27 and Betty also laid her first egg again #3. I have to be very careful that I don’t lose control otherwise we will have an oops baby.

8/20   It’s Micky‘s turn – she also laid her first egg #29.

8/21   Two days later: Fifi has laid her second egg # 6, Maggie has laid her second one # 28 and Betty also laid her second egg # 4.

8/22   Who would have guessed? Micky laid her second egg #30. Little crazy Micky creates perfect eggs despite her PMV and continuous stargazing.

8/23   As assumed Pina has not laid but I gave her a plaster egg nevertheless in order to reduce her stress level. My poor baby shall feel well and not under pressure.

8/24   The pijjies’ love gives me a lot of comfort and they make me smile and even forget for a short while each day no matter what has happened. Lucky has become very trusting – more than ever. He even fights a little bit with Jimi in the meanwhile who may sit on Mommy’s knee first for feeding. Isn’t this cute? Even Fifi jumps on my knee alone when Jimi is sitting on the eggs looking at me all the time with her intense beautiful dark orange eyes and is making those smacking sounds with her beak so that I have to laugh all the time.

Even Chica (Woodie’s last kid before he and Maggie decided to live on our balcony as well and to sit on plaster eggs rather in the meanwhile) and Johnny (Chica’s mate – looks like Jimi) love to sit on my knee for feeding. What do these pijjies all think???? Well – they know that Mommy has all the goodies for them – ha!

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November 8, 2013

Pina’s Birthday, a Miracle and Betty is limping

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From the

Diary as of 7/21 – 8/6/2013

7/21   It is Pina’s birthday today!!!! My sweet little baby has turned 4 years! Oh my – I still can remember those times when she hardly made it to her first birthday when she was scalped and badly injured by a foreign pigeon who wanted to steal and occupy the nest of Pina and her little brother Peppi. And then came that awful PMV infection where she was sick for many months and where we thought that she would never be able to fly again if she would survive at all. I dearly wish that she will have a long and happy life from now on. Happy Birthday, my little princess! loveFifi laid her first egg #3 in her new house!

7/22   Maggie laid her first egg #25. Oh my – time flies by…

7/23   Fifi laid her second egg #4. She is also creating perfect little eggs!

7/24   Maggie laid her second egg #26.

7/25   Now it’s Micky‘s turn: she laid her first egg #27. I wished she would give her body a longer pause as Pina does.

7/26   I forgot to tell you that we have two new little ones – the kids of Sandy and Adele with breathtaking colours. Amanda – with colours I have never seen in our area:

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Amanda’s sibling is Vroni:

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7/27   Pina is still not laying. After she and Rudi started to build their nest again now for the 3rd time without Pina laying, I thought I might try something different and put one of the plaster eggs into her nest. I had the impression that Rudi became somehow frustrated that he had nothing to “sit on” because he went to the nest and sat there for quite a while as if Pina had laid an egg. And Pina became somehow stressed also because no egg wanted to appear. So why not help them with a simple trick. Since the plaster egg is in the nest they both behave normal again and are very content. Oh my – now I am also a pigeon-shrink!!!

Micky laid her second egg # 28.

7/29   Jimi is totally happy with his Fifi. Did I tell you that I built a wooden house for them also, similar to the one that Gino and Micky have? It took less than 2 hours until Jimi and Fifi claimed it to be their own. They simply loved it. Also Jimi has started to sit on my knee again to have his meals there. He has become even more trustful towards me and defends his seat when anyone else is trying to sit on my knee. Oh my…

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Both are very tolerant when I exchange their eggs for the plaster eggs and have no problem to sit on the fakes. Fifi is also very trustful and always wants to eat on my knees as well. How sweet is that?

7/31   Btw – regarding Fifi’s foot/toes – it healed completely!!! I really don’t know how this is possible with a broken tendon but apparently she somehow can cope with it. Since WEEKS I haven’t seen her curling her toes – instead the toes are perfectly normal and she can walk as if never anything had happened. It appears like a miracle to me and I am dearly happy about this.

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this was the original condition in June – curling toes

8/3   We had another nearly patient – it was Nermel – with both feet bound together but thank heaven there was no damage done yet – not even a swelling and the job was easy. I don’t know what this little bugger was up to but apparently he had been too curious and went somewhere where he shouldn’t. I hate people who just shake their carpets on the balcony never thinking a bit what consequences this might have. I can only repeat again and again – these string injuries are terrible. They are mostly not only long time healing wounds but pigeons who are unlucky suffer extremely from pain and infections. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR CARPETS ETC!!!

8/5   What else? Berty and Babsi were here again. Berty is the one with only 3 toes left. All others have fallen off. I only could help him several months ago when one of his remaining toes was still bound. Poor little fellow – I wished I had met him before this all happened. He is such a beautiful one – totally black with huge eyes.

Tonight I have to check what’s the matter with Betty’s left leg – she is limping heavily. I very much hope that it is nothing serious and that I can help her quickly. We will see.

8/6   I checked Betty’s leg yesterday evening: it must have been broken some time ago. I could not detect any injury on the surface of the skin but when I felt her bone thoroughly I detected a “sharp” edge where there should have been smooth bone. So I think it was broken but the bone did not align cleanly. It healed but apparently she still had some problems with it. So I gave her some extra Calcium and massaged the leg with DMSO. Repeated this procedure after 2 days with positive results. No limping any more. And another pleasant development – Betty becomes a little more trusting: she even flew on the shelf – sitting next to Pina…

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October 27, 2013

Jimi’s Birthday and Lucky’s new Girlfriend

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From the

Diary as of 6/28 – 7/3/2013

6/28   It is Jimi’s birthday today! He has turned 5 years. What a sweet little bugger and my last baby. The last baby of Emily and Pete who is still here – the others all left.  He had so much to suffer already in these years – I wish him the best luck for the next 10 years at least. May you stay healthy, sweet Jimi.

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soooooo sleepy after a voluptious meal…

6/29   Lucky is doing amazingly well without his Emily. He is eating well. I think that he feels supported by the others who live on our balcony, he does not feel alone. He is chasing the others around and is courting every female that comes near to him. AND there seems to be a new girldfriend in sight. Whether this will work we will see in due time:

Yesterday – out of the blue – a completely new pigeon appeared on our balcony. First I thought it was a squeaker because she was so small and graceful and her cere seemed to be the one of a youngster. She had a white cap and one wing had 2 white feathers, her remaining plumage was a middle grey. Could just be a reincarnation of our Willy!!!

During the night she even slept on the balustrade between the planting containers and today she walked several times into Lucky’s nest while he was sitting inside as if it were the most natural thing to do. I have never seen her and I have no idea where Lucky found her. She seemed to be very young still but so is Lucky. It is a true mystery. She also came in for eating together with the others as if she had done this for a long time. What is going on here? I have no clue! Btw – we called her Freddy because she was so cheeky!

I wonder whether she will stay together with Lucky tonight. We will see…

6/30   Yesterday evening we had another little drama here:
after Lucky had invited Freddy in his nest again and again I was wondering whether they would spend the night together. Lucky normally sleeps always on the edge of a little basket on a podest near the wall. There it is dry and all the planting pots are a protection against the wind. When Emily was not sitting on eggs in the nest she always slept together with Lucky on that basket.

When Freddy tried to join Lucky on that basket it went okay for a few minutes. But suddenly he started to bite and treat her really rough and she flew to the balustrade. A couple of minutes later she tried again and Lucky started to bite her again. So off she went to spend the night somewhere else. I thought we would never see her again. I found this behaviour from Lucky really strange and a bit mean. On the other hand he might have realized suddenly that Freddy was not his Emily and he could not bear her sitting on Emily’s place. I wish him so very much that he will be happy again and accept Freddy as his new mate…

BUT Freddy did appear in the late morning today again. Brave little Freddy!

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Micky laid her first egg #25. It was a bit early or rather she has a shorter cycle than the other ladies. I had hoped that she would give her body a longer pause.

Rudi started to work on the nests! again. Poor Rudi always has to follow his wife’s command and Pina is always a bit capricious.

I am glad that this month is over now. It was one of the worst ones, losing our beloved Emily a week ago. I still miss her so much.

7/1   Tonight Pina slept in the nest. I wonder whether she is going to lay or whether this is false alarm again. She has not laid since April which is good for her body. I wished she would stop laying entirely.

Here are some new photos of my cheeky little princess:

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7/2   Micky laid her second egg #26 and as usual it was perfect.

Pina did NOT lay an egg. She seems to be a bit frustrated and feels a bit stressed because she is stargazing again. I don’t really know whether Rudi is really pressing her a bit or why she feels so stressed. Life is so much better for both when they do not have to sit on eggs because then they can continue to fly together and sleep together.

7/3   Freddy slept on Lucky’s basket for the first time since Emily left us. She groomed him intensely, wiggling all the time and Lucky did the same. But I still do not know whether she will be his new mate. But it looks good for the moment and Lucky seems to be quite content.

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Pina is definitely not laying. She is sleeping in her usual box again besides Rudi. I think both are much more relaxed now and happier because they cuddle a lot and are flying together several times during the day.

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