Saturday, January 16, 2010
Camera Critters: Budgies
I grew up with budgies, we almost always had a pair. When I moved out, I didn't own budgies for two years or so and then one day, I realized that i missed their constant chattering. So Ernst moved in with his buddy Martin. Martin died, but Ernst is still around, eight years old
Susi came next, with her partner (also already dead) - they were given up for adoption because (gasp!) they were too loud. Hello? Who would think: yeah, I'd like nice quiet birds, so I'll get budgies? Susi's about five years old now and she is Ernst's partner, but likes to flirst with the other males.
Then came Igor
and Anton, adopted out because of the new family dog. They had been with the family for only about a year, the dog must have come as a surprise.
Frida came last, the people brought her to the shelter and told the staff that she had been found. Which may be true, but I do wonder about the cage full of expensive toys that came with her. I don't think she brought those in a suitcase when she flew away. Frida also had a huge growth on her nose, like this - it's called hyperceratosis and it's often a sign that the bird has hormonal problems or nutritional deficits. The growth fell off after some time and hasn't grown back since (but if you have a bird with a similar condition, by all mean see an avian vet to find out exactly what causes it!). Frida had probably been a single bird all her life and she was a social cripple with no idea how to behave and she didn't call or chatter, not one sound. She got aggressive when the others tried to interact with her, but after a while she learned. Now she's vocalizing just as much as the others and plays and flirts with the males, a normal and happy bird.
In the summer, she likes to bathe in a piece of salad (but never in a dish of water, all my budgies refuse that for some reason). Her beak must have been broken once and there's only one half left that grows too long and needs to be shortened, a procedure we both hate. She's a feisty bird who will threaten to bite you as soon as you get near her.
See more feathery and furry critters over at the Camera Critters meme