Friday, November 07, 2008

the bird debacle continues!

oh. my. gosh.

so.... inigo finally started to grow back some of his feathers, (leaving him looking very bed-headed all the time), but we decided to go forward with the larger cage, thinking it can only help if they are happier. so today, i set up the new cage and proceeded to experiment with ways to transfer the birds from the little one to the big one in the least stressful way for all those involved. eventually this approach led to inigo's escape!! so here is this small, already stressed grey bird, flapping like mad through our entire main floor, suprisingly low to the ground, being lunged at by cats, (both had good chances), and me, hurling towels toward it like a maniac...cursing the whole time! i caught him when he flew behind our media computer and got a bit stuck inbetween the cables. thank goodness! so i finally get him into the bigger cage with fezzik.... who starts immediately plucking him again!! ACK!

so i am hoping that it's a reaction to the momentary stress, not a return to the long term plucking... or so help me...

6 comments:

jd said...

Thanks for that story... I needed a laugh on Friday afternoon! (Not that I'm laughing at you... but with you. Are you laughing?)

Liam (and his mom) said...

Ever thought of separate cages? You could have them next to each other so they could be buddies. Maybe that's a stupid thought, as I'm so bird expert.

rachel said...

but after the debacle, how on earth am i going to get just one bird out of the cage and into the next cage!?!!? these birds are giving me an ulcer!! :)

Breezy said...

I don't know anything about birds either...but when I was teaching, the librarian had two birds and each had it's own cage. She sat them next to each other so they could "talk" to one another, etc. I suppose you could just smoosh the two cages together so their doors are open and touching...then, somehow entice a bird to the new cage (or just wait for one to be interested) I would assume it wouldn't matter who moved...that way it's the birds choice so not stressful on them. I'm not sure if that fixes your ulcer problem though! Good luck!

rachel said...

that was one of the ways i tried to get them into the bigger cage. it was a no go!! but good idea... i agree!

syrinx said...

May I suggest a dog?