Hi everybirdie! We have been out of commission these past few weeks as we settled into school and new routines, but we are back now. Bubbles almost has us completely trained, so I wanted to give you all an update!
So, after several weeks of settling in, Bubbles suddenly began to screech at us. We tried for several days to figure out what was wrong. Turned out he wanted to PLAY! This bird is just toy crazy. He LOVES to play. He lives for out of cage time, which has evolved into nearly all day. If a finger isn't offered quickly enough, he will flop out of the cage or off whatever perch he's on and waddle quickly to his "play area" where his toys are. He's picked several favorites.
There's Rubber Ball:
Little Plastic Dinosaur:
And Prehistoric Anteater Thingy:
Of course he has lots of chewy birdie safe toys, but what he REALLY likes is for me or Alex to set us his little toy animals where he can rampage around and knock them all over like a tiny feathered Godzilla:
This is not even the funniest thing he does. I haven't been able to get pics of this yet, but he has a hanging swing in our living room that he loves. It is a natural woven mat with plastic chains at each corner that attach at the top to a hook. It is festooned with all manner of shreddable, gnawable items. He loves to get on a chain, hang on with his tiny pink feet, and flap his wings to get the mat spinning like a merry go round! He also likes to hop onto the back of his anteater toy and "surf" across the floor using the wing/motorboat action. He is a riot! We've gotten him to eat his pellets by flicking them on the floor- he chases them and pounces like a cat.
Finally, he loves when Alex builds him cities and mazes to destroy:
We just love this little rat to pieces and are so happy he's with us. After a hard day of playing and foraging, he still loves to waddle to his nighttime swing for his bedtime song, and he loves shoulder cuddles any time of day. He's been starting his baby molt, so he's been a bit sleepy lately, but he always is so sweet and playful. We feel so lucky to have our feather friend!
Bubbles sounds and looks like he is a fun time type of budgie. I am so happy he is playing and interacting with you as he matures and becomes totally settled I am sure he will supply you with many photo opportunities which we here will be waiting for.
Just a word of warning, be careful with his rubber ball as he could pull those elastic bands off or ingest some, A small cat ball is a favourite of my guys it has a bell inside too.
Yes, Cathy- he is a fun time budgie! Thanks for mentioning his ball. He only gets it when we are on the floor with him, and he doesn't chew it. We use it to stand his dinosaur on so he can knock the dinosaur off and drag it around by its tail. The ball itself is kind of a prop? We will replace it with a wicker one on our next pet store trip. I will look in the cat section- our local bird section didn't have anything. He would never be allowed to chew it- I would be terrified of a rubber band popping off and snapping his eye!
He really likes to chew natural materials, though- I had no idea how destructive a tiny budgie could be! He works over his jute mat, balsa wood and wicker budgie toys, wood perches, kabobs!
Hey Julie and StarlingWings! Thanks- he is a little terror. My favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch, and I am reminded very much of Stitch terrorizing his model city! It's so funny though- a while ago I came down and found my husband on his belly helping Bubbles annihilate those egg stealing dinosaurs to his hearts content! When I finally said it was birdie bedtime, I picked up Bubbles, kissed his belly... And got a sound peck on the nose for interrupting Daddy time!. His personality has come out so much!
Thank you for our signature, Deb.....
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Bubbles is so cute I want to gobble him up!!! His little personality is really coming through. How neat that Daddy has special play time with Bubbles.
He is living proof that Budgies that are parent fed are just as able to hand tame As the hand fed babies. Good breeders Who choose parents with gentle personalities produce little ones like Bubbles. This is so wonderful to see. I would love to see Bubbles and Daddy time. Remember how the name Bubbles
was in dispute? It is a perfect name for Him. Seeing him play fills my heart with joy!!! Blessings, Jo Ann
Thanks, Deb and Jo Ann! Deb, this bird is perfect for our little family, because we love to laugh. His antics keep us laughing every day!
Jo Ann, those are wise words. A huge difference between Bubbles and our beloved pet store Spiral is that Bubbles knows how to play, chew, forage, and otherwise be a bird as well as be part of our family. He is incredibly tame and gentle. It took a little longer for his boldness to show, but he is so healthy in mind and body! And he is *such* a Bubbles.
One thing I am learning is to stay out of his relationship with Alex! With Spiral, Alex was eight and it was his first bird- he needed lots of direction. Now, I wa finding myself doing the same thing- directing him as to how to interact with Bubbles. After discovering that Bubbles FAR prefers Alex's company to anyone else's, I've had to realize that Alex is using his instincts to relate to his friend, and maybe he even relates better than his old mom! What I might perceive as possibly annoying or tiring to Bubbles, the bird sees as fun flock time with his playmate. For example, I wasn't sure about the Leg mazes- did Bubbles really like being dropped in the middle of a maze to find his way out? Answer: yes, yes he does- especially when millet and best friend cuddles and encouragement are involved! I'm learning the wisdom of "back off, Mom, and let him go!"