Really cute pictures, hopefully Cliffy will grow out of his bully attitude, is he just that way with Alkira or with everyone?
I really hope he grows out of it. Itís hard to say if heís the same way with the other two as they are housed separately. During out of cage time, Cliffy does chase them like he wants to be with them (or on top of them), and wants to be where they are, have the toy they have, but Peanut and JoJo just bite back or fly away. Poor Alkira seems genuinely scared. I have multiple food bowls yet Cliffy wants the one Alkira is at. If Alkira sees Cliffy even looking his way, heíll run away so Cliffy can have the food bowl. On the other hand, theyíll feed each other, so itís not all bad. I just want my happy, playful Alkira back so Iím hoping that separating will do the trick.
The double cage arrived and after spending a whole day getting it assembled, decked out and rearranging the room to fit it in, Alkira is back to having his own room. Cliffy is his next door neighbour, separated by a divider. Alkira is already singing again and has slowly started playing with some of his toys again, so I think heís happier. Cliffy on the other hand, isnít impressed with the change in accomodation and keeps going to the divider to try to get it to fall down by yelling at it. He isnít at all stressed out though, so thatís good. Hopefully, when he grows up a bit, Cliffy will no longer feel the need to bully Alkira and they can be together again. Itíd be lovely to see the two of them playing in the huge double cage.
Sorry these pics arenít the best, but hereís the new mansion.
Well, it was bound to happen no matter how hard I wished otherwise. Today we had our first medical emergency. After happily playing and acting normally all day, I got home from an appointment to find Alkira all fluffed up on one of his perches, unable to stay awake, with a bit of a tail bob. As it was already after 4pm, I didnít have much time on my side to watch and wait. The decision was soon made for me anyway because Alkira went to the bottom of the cage to forage and could barely walk. He kept losing his balance and staggering. Thankfully, all the major things were ruled out and the vet believes he has the start of a respiratory infection. She gave him his first dose of antibiotics and sent us home with another 5 days worth. I cannot tell you how worried and upset I was, but as you are all bird lovers, I know you all know that horrible feeling. Iím relieved to report that Alkira is already so much better. Heís been preening, had a bit to eat and is even chirping a bit. Heís no longer all puffy either.
The first pic was taken before we went to the vet and the second pic was taken an hour or so after we got home.
Glad Alkira is feeling better. I know how alarming it is to see a fluffed up bird, and it seems to happen so suddenly sometimes.
The cage looks great, I have one like that also that I originally got for my 2 Linnies but they did not utilize all the space so I put them in a different cage. I think my budgies actually prefer it to the F040, maybe because its taller.