I have had Peridot for six weeks now. At times I get frustrated because I want him to do things and don't seem to be making progress. I have to remind myself to go slowly and that we haven't been together very long.
I am still trying to figure out his character. He seems to be a bit of a perch potato. It is a little hard to tell, however, because it got quite cold here not long after he came. I don't blame him for not wanting to be as active when it is cold and drafty. His cage is in a more protected corner and he has a space heater to keep him cozy. He doesn't crawl around his cage much, mostly sitting on a couple different perches for long periods of time. He doesn't even crawl between perches, but flies everywhere he wants to go.
Per is very tolerant of petting. He will let me pet his head and snuggle with him by my face and doesn't mind. If he is not in the mood, he will make it clear by moving away. He even let me stroke his belly. At Thanksgiving, with the enticement of millet, he sat on my nephew's hand and ate and let himself be petted.
While I long for Per to want to come and sit with me, I can get him to join me for a little while by using millet. Once it is gone, he sometimes sits for awhile longer before going back to his cage. He does know I am the Source of Food. When I get home after his meal time, he will let me know that he is hungry as soon as he hears me walk in the door. I have even seen him use his head to point to his food dish to let me know he needed more seeds.
For some reason, one of his favorite perches is the edge of his food dish, even when he is not eating. Food is obviously important to him.
Here are some photos:
Peridot the Budgie rides Gem the Dragon
I am a handsome little man
Snuggling with Mama
Not sure who is cuter, the kids or the budgie
I'm helping Mama with her work