Today we had to pick up some nice thick Beech branches for perching from Bath so we made an afternoon of it and visited the River Avon beforehand. This time we not only took me & Sydney but Magic and Oscar came too. They were both very good once Dad had sorted out whose harness belonged to who (let's just say they had to change them part way through the afternoon). Today Stacey came too and she looked after Magic and Oscar while Dad looked after me & Sydney as usual. It was a lovely afternoon and so warm - summer is really on its way! When we went to collect the branches the children all had their photos taken with some of us birds! I even obliged by saying hello to them!
Kenny & Sydney at Bath Marina.
Today our parrents had to go to Bath so they took Sydney and me. We had a short walk by the River Avon and the Bath Marina. Here you can see all the barges in the Marina. Unusually it was a particularly warm day - the weather is really getting more summery! Yesterday they got some more fish including an eel-like thing. I don't like him much - he is a slippery character and moves too quick for me! They also got a couple of Sharks and some Guppies for the tropical tank in the lounge.
It's official! Phoebe is Female. Her results from her DNA test came through today. Not much news on her feather growth as yet but she is taking her medicine regularly which should help. Watch this space!
Today was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon so I took Sydney, Coco, Dad & Stacey to Lacock. It was really nice for Coco as he hasn't been out since last autumn due to the cold (he's not used to it like me & Sydney and his feathers are a little thin in places!). We had a brilliant afternoon except Coco wouldn't stop talking! He must have said Hello to just about everyone we passed, whether or not they were taking any interest (they soon did though when he said Hello to them!). Here are a couple of pictures.....
Yes, we have ben graced with better weather lately and our parents have taken us out to enjoy it. On Sunday I took Sydney to Christchurch, Mudeford and Hengitsbury Head (all places I have visited many times but not Sydney). In the morning it remained a little cloudy and was a bit chilly but our parents made sure we had plenty to eat because we keep warm by eating! In the afternoon, the skies cleared to a beautiful shade of blue and the sun was really quite warm. You can see some pics taken of me & Sydney on this wonderful day out. On Monday we went to Lacock and our parents have posted some more pics. At this point I would point out that it was our Dad that was eating the mini Cheddar and not Sydney (yeah right!!! – but I can’t talk as I managed to eat three!!!). On Tuesday we went back to Lacock to see the bulbs in the Abbey grounds and this time we took Magic with us. Magic was a bit “anti” his harness at first as he hasn’t worn it for a while as its been too cold but he soon got used to it again and really enjoyed his time at Lacock Abbey I think he was cold though (the whimp!!!) as he kept snuggling inside Mum's fleece. On one occassion he went inside her fleece, down her sleeve and popped out the other end!!! Smart move Magic but you forgot your lead was still attached so all you did was tied Mum up!!!
They have just come to a very hard decision and a sad one for us Fids. Coco has started pulling his own feathers out and has got very cage territorial. He will only let Stacey handle him and is reluctant to come out of his cage and has got very bitey. My parrents feel he has matured and is desperate to breed. Sometimes this happens with us Fids and sometimes we are happy to stay true to our parrents and not breed at all. It seems that Coco wants to breed. Stacey has made a very hard decision but one that, deep down, she knows is the right one. She will be truly heartbroken to see Coco go. But, he is ONLY being sold to a breeder for use to breed with AND on the express condition that we can buy back his first baby (this will ensure he really is used for breeding which is what he so desperately wants). Oscar & Magic have said they would like to go up in Stacey's bedroom when Coco goes as some of the bigger birds in the Bird Room can frighten them a bit at times. Stacey also plans to tame her baby Cockatiels in her room and they are similar sizes to Oscar & Magic. Our Dad has still agreed to have them out of their cage during the day when Stacey is at work, when he hasn't got the big birds out! We are not expecting much to happen very quickly though so for the time being things will go on as now.
Well I have to say it, "I feel very sorry for Phoebe". She went down the vets today. She told me she found it strange in the car seeing the scenery rush past while she wasn't flapping her wings - in fact she kept trying to flap her wings in the car (not like Sydney and Me who are used to it!) - she has a lot to learn! Once there she was taken out to a back room by Stacey where they put this mask of gas over her face and then she fell asleep (awww - good thing too). While asleep they took a blood sample from her wing and fitted her with a microchip. All's well so far. Then they took a length of foam pipe lagging and made a collar which they put around her neck. This collar is supposed to stop her plucking her feathers. The vet said to our Dad that he hopes it is long enough but if not, bring her back and they'll gas her down and fit a longer one! So, Phoebe, listen very carefully (I shall say this only once!); you had better not chew any of your feathers or you'll have to go through all this again! You have been warned!! Will it work? Well we all hope so as she will be really handsome with all of her feathers and our Dad says if she grows them, she can go to France in the Summer if she accepts a harness. Personally I hope she wont accept the harness as she will be taking mine and Sydneys place although I'm trying to persuade my Dad that if I promise to sit on Mum's hand, I could go as well - I mean I've been holidaying with them for years now. I do understand why they want to take Phoebe - in case she chews her feathers while they are away but I don't see why I have to stay at home. Only time will tell. Watch this space!!!
My parrents heard today that they have not been chosen for Dotty. Apparently it was felt she would be better off with fewer other birds. Well, I always said she must be dotty to want to come here anyway!!! However my parrents have applied for one of two more rescue birds and they are both Amazons so me and Sydney must be doing something right!!! On a more serious note, our Dad must like Amazons as he says the birds that really cry out from the re-homing list all seem to be Amazons. He has applied for Oscar who is a Double Yellow Headed Amazon and Chloe who is a Mealy Amazon. For those of you that think a Double Yellow Headed Amazon has two heads - don't be stupid!!! What it means is that they have double the amount of yellow on their heads than a normal Yellow Headed Amazon. Dad says he would be happy to give either of them a home but Chloe has publicly declared she doesn't like women!!! However as it is him who is home most of the day and inter-reacts with us Fids, that shouldn't be a problem. Tahla doesn't like women either but Stacey wont stand for any nonsense and managed to pick her up the other evening so if Chloe does come to stay, then I can see a battle of wits developing with Stacey and Chloe! I wonder who will win that one? My money's on Stacey given a bit of time!!! Still Dad says he will be delighted with either of them and, who knows, perhaps me and Syd will have a new friend soon. As they always quarantine first in the lounge, sounds like Mum will be watching telly from behind bars again!!! Watch this space!!!
Author:- Phoebe (on behalf of David Vickery)
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