Thought I should give you all an update about my 3 boys. Last time I wrote on here I was in a bit of a pickle because I had recently introduced Oscar my English budgie to the flock and Reggie my little silly pet boy had fallen crazy stupid in love with him. I asked for advise, and thank you all who replied! I didn’t want to go against the advice given (to separate Reggie from Oscar and Buster for an extended period of time to let him cool off) but I also didn’t want to take that drastic action without giving it one last go. I had them separated, and I decided I just wanted to give them one last try as I was working from home that day and had hours to watch them. I am so glad that I did this!! I let them out and the craziness continued, Reggie was all over Oscar, and Buster wasn’t allowed a look in. However, after a couple of hours this all relaxed and Reggie had calmed down.
After that afternoon slowly everything started to get better and there would be initial silliness and then reasonable calm. It’s taken many weeks, but we are now at a point where I haven’t used the divider in their cage for over a month (I was putting it in and keeping Oscar and Buster together, and Reggie on his own during the day and at night) and there is a new relationship that’s formed between Oscar and Buster. I have to owe a lot of this happy outcome to Miss Penguin – she’s our penguin on wheels toy – as she has kept her man happy and distracted. I wouldn’t usually want to encourage a relationship between my boys and an inanimate object, however she has served a fantastic purpose without becoming an infatuation. Often I will catch Reggie chatting up Oscar, feeding him etc, and then he will hop to the floor and .... er..... continue the affections with Miss Penguin. I can keep her available to him all day whilst he is out, and he will visit her boudoir, and then continue to either play with me or play with the other two without being too aggressive or obsessed. The only issue I have with this is that if she’s not out on the floor, he will jump on to the box where she lives and shout until she come out to play. This isn’t great but in the last few weeks I’ve noticed his desire to court her has lessened and she can remain out of site for longer.
Something that I have found so lovely to see, is the relationship that has formed between Oscar and Buster. Previously both Reggie and Oscar were little gits to him, and would shoo him away for no reason other than playground bullying. Now however, Oscar has started to really enjoy Busters attention, he puffs up his head for him and even does the most adorable fast head bob that I’ve never seen him do for Reggie. They will often hang out together, usually running about on the floor with Buster running excited rings around Oscar. It’s so so cute to watch and see them all happy. We still have an issue that they can only really play in pairs, R & O, R & B, B & O and if the other tries to join in they are usually shooed away, but as this is happening equally between them all I do not worry. Usually Reggie is annoying me anyway so Buster and Oscar can hang out in peace.
I’m currently looking for a larger cage for my 3, I feel confident that I no longer need the dividing cage and I want to give them some more space.
So that’s where we are, a dysfunctional, functional trio of boys! I’ve included some photos since my last message, I’ve also included before and after photos of Oscar and his tail. He went from a scruffy ground dwelling rat to my beautiful perching prince and I’m so pleased he looks so handsome
Sorry its a long one again!