I'm creating this journal to discuss or talk about everyday things that happen with Trickee. I couldn't find a right spot in his training journal or picture journal. I decided to add this as a third journal to kind of be an update to see what has been happening. (You can move this if you please).
- Update -
Recently Trickee has been settling into his new cage. He has also gotten used to sleeping in his old one to. Most of the problems I have with Trickee is him running or flying out of the cage. I haven't created and ladder or system for him to get back up, so he depends on me to be there to help him. Otherwise he seems to be settling in fine. I've also over the past week have been adding a few things to make it look better and also to make sure he isn't bored. I have toys outside of his cage to. Like his ball and a few other things that he likes to chew on.
- Cage Contents -
Right now I have a little but enough to keep him busy. But, he doesn't ever get bored anyways. Apparently staring at the wall is like watching tv for him. I have two ladders that come from both sides for him to crawl up and down. He however decided that the one next to his food bowl is his favorite spot. Mostly because it's higher up and he can easily reach over to eat. He has 1 wooden perch which helps him get to his water. He gets water from his water bottle which I change everyday or even every feeding period. I use bottle water because I prefer it over the sink water. I also have tons of it so why not. He just has a normal food bowl with a small perch on it that he sometimes sits on for a while. At the top of the cage there is a small swing that he likes to climb up to and take naps on. Another thing is the string that is hanging from his cage which is a shoe lace. I take it out whenever I leave or am not supervising because I've heard too much of budgies eating cotton or plastic and getting an infected crop. So I don't trust him since I've watched him tear one apart before. There is also millet strapped with velcro over his bowl (to prevent mess). I have also been given a seed net but don't like the idea of it. It's big and scary and would make moving in for him a bad experience. I decided that cleaning it would be more better than making him feel in danger. The reason why I say that is because he is afraid of anything cotton wise. Such as rags, towels, and blankets unless they are there to cover his cage. I also believe he would eat the net too since he likes hanging out around the cage. He also has a weird thing where he likes to face the wall now. As I said above he acts like the wall is a tv. I've tried to add toys to the front and had no luck.
- Cleaning Cage -
I've decided a method on cleaning his cage. It sounds complicated but the only bad part is the standing and scrubbing for about an hour.
 I take him and put him somewhere such as on the sink counter or on the shower bar (because he likes to watch from there).
 I take apart the cage and normally just take the rack I think you would call it grate. The bottom thing you pull out that you put papers on. Also if the complete bottom of the cage is dirty I clean it, otherwise I just leave it. And normally the cage sides and top I rarely clean because It's mostly a waste of time.
 I take all the toys and perches and get super hot water and let them soak for a while. Then I take the bigger pieces and soak them in hot water in the bathtub. (This happens after I get all the poop off)
 I scrub the toys and perches with dish soap using a tooth brush and rinse them well. Then I leave them out to dry.
 I take the bigger pieces and use dish soap and scrub them with a rag since a toothbrush is way too small. Then I rinse them and dry them well.
After all of that is done I piece it back together and then return him back. But in this case I had to refill his food and water. Plus add my made up food containers that I have so he gets food even if I'm in a hurry and can't get out food.
- Human Food -
I think this topic is controversial about giving birds human food. I do however but in the most tiniest bits. I barely ever do it either because most of the food I eat isn't safe for birds (Garlic, onions, and other stuff). He however does get little pieces of bread or types of doughy things. Such as if I get a sandwich. I will give him a tiny piece of bread to eat. He doesn't eat much though because he doesn't get the concept. He eats it like a seed and spins it in his mouth and then realizes it doesn't work and drops it. He did the same thing with leafy veggies until he just start chewing and then swallowing them. He does seem interested in some of the things I eat though. A few months ago he smelled the burrito I made and ran over and tried taking the whole thing (I have no idea why). He only made it away with a piece of the tortilla though. I never feed him any high sugar foods or anything with salt. Mostly just grains like bread or fruits and veggies. I do however have a question about potatoes. I have a ton and have no idea if I should feed him a bit or not. I looked it up and it said only about sweet potatoes.