We just passed our two month anniversary since Moonie joined our flock. I blogged about him back in August as some of you may recall.
Clipping his wings during the transition phase of being in this house really helped. Also just letting him do his thing for a number of weeks was essential.
And it was funny how a number of people told me Moonie was a girl. I had no clue. Even the guy who clipped his wings said he is a she. All I knew was that Moonie was really young.
Well, two days after his one month anniversary into our home, I noticed a little bit of blue on his nose area (I forget the actual term); and I was quite excited, immediately posting on my Facebook page "is happy to announce it's a boy!"
Why the excitement over a boy than a girl? Well, this house has 9 beating hearts within and I am out numbered with noise making females. So, having another male around evens it up a bit. Ha ha! Seriously though, male Budgies are very different than the females. They are calmer and easier to "tame".
I should have known from the beginning that Moonie was a boy. His personality and temperment were/are completely the opposite of Misfit's. But I let things be as they were, under the impression he was a she according to the more experienced; and I took his calmness as something due to his very young age. But upon noticing the blue on his nostrils, I began "working" with him, one on one. And we progressed quickly...
Here is our first bit of bird on hand training. He wasn't minding the interaction at all.
A few days later and he was enjoying the higher views from atop my head.
He's quite content hanging on my shoulder in the morning after some breakfast.
And he seems to have no problem whatsoever napping wherever he feels like. Here he sleeps on top of his cage while I am cleaning out the bottom.
I am hoping for further progress over time with him. He's quite comfortable with me providing his cage is not in view. When he sees it, he wants to return to it. He's not stressed at all when he's out and about; but sure loves his home I suppose. The other morning I stretched out on the couch and he sat on my chest for quite some time, just chilling out with me. I thought that was pretty cool.
I've introduced him to banana with success. I place small bits in his food dish almost every morning and it gets eaten before noon. There is a whole list of fruits and vegetables to try with him, and I will little by little over time.
A bond with him is my reward, as it's something very specialBBudgie, and eternal.