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Princess Ventures Out of The Cage

Princess Ventures Out of The Cage

Oftentimes I leave the cage door open for Johnny and Princess, just in case they have the desire to come out. Well, Princess flew the coop! I don’t think she knew what to do with herself as she ended up landing on the curtain rod directly above their cage. Johnny is a bit more cautious than Princess and has absolutely no inclination to leave the comforts of his surroundings, including the presence of Princess. That being said, Johnny started to freak out a bit when he couldn’t locate her. I left the room to tend to other tasks and see if Princess would find her way back home. When I returned, I noticed Princess was no longer on the curtain rod. Instead she was all the way across the room on the couch! She’s obviously making herself around and feeling confident about navigating the room. Princess was so at ease that she started to make herself comfortable! Now that Johnny has Princess in sight, he calmed down a bit. Again, I had to leave the room for a longer period of time. When I came back, Princess found her way back into the cage all by herself, where she joined Johnny and Fang! That sure was one big and exciting adventure for her! She settled down for a well deserved rest. ...

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R.I.P. Jesse

R.I.P. Jesse

Jesse, our Lady Gouldian finch, passed on June 26th. We named him Jesse Pryde because of his beautifully colored feathers. And it just happened that June 26th was San Francisco Pride Day. We got Jesse five years ago. He was such a sweet bird who loved to cuddle with Dan and Serena, the society finches. […]

Jesse, our Lady Gouldian finch, passed on June 26th. We named him Jesse Pryde because of his beautifully colored feathers. And it just happened that June 26th was San Francisco Pride Day. We got Jesse five years ago. He was such a sweet bird who loved to cuddle with Dan and Serena, the society finches. They were a funny little trio. In time Dan and Serena passed and in came Sam and Dean. Unfortunately, these society finches did not share the same affection as Dan and Serena had for him, so poor Jesse was left without any mates. Jesse was aloof toward Olive the canary. Well, I hope that Jesse finds his buddies Dan and Serena and may their spirits soar and chirp happily in the hereafter....

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Johnny & Princess Staying Put

Johnny & Princess Staying Put

After having Johnny & Princess for a week, I felt they were acclimated enough to their new surroundings for me to give them an opportunity to leave their cage, if they so desired. Just a side note, I put in a new 32 inch Bood Comfy Perch inside their cage. The smaller one I installed […]

After having Johnny & Princess for a week, I felt they were acclimated enough to their new surroundings for me to give them an opportunity to leave their cage, if they so desired. Just a side note, I put in a new 32 inch Bood Comfy Perch inside their cage. The smaller one I installed looped back to the adjacent wall and got droopy from their weight. So the 32″ perch helps support it by going perpendicular under and across from it. Johnny and Princess love it! They also use it as a walking bridge from the platform to the loopy perch, which is on the other end of the cage. At any rate, on the day of their proposed excursion I opened the cage door open wide. Johnny and Princess were not interested. I did not want to pick them up as to alarm them so I simply left the cage open. Two hours later, they showed more interest in exploring the cage than leaving it. Day after day, Johnny and Princess do not feel compelled to leave the comforts of their cage. Even when Fang is hanging out with them, all three feels more content with staying put....

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Doves in The Garden

Doves in The Garden

For the past several years there have been a couple of doves that show up in the backyard between the months of April to June. I’ve only documented them via photos since 2014. Initially I thought they were Ring-Necked Doves because they look like them. Elizabeth Young of Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions informed us […]

For the past several years there have been a couple of doves that show up in the backyard between the months of April to June. I’ve only documented them via photos since 2014. Initially I thought they were Ring-Necked Doves because they look like them. Elizabeth Young of Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions informed us that they were actually Eurasian Collared Doves. The differences are that Eurasian Collared Doves are slightly bigger and live in the wild, while the Ring-Necked Doves are a tad smaller and have been domesticated, which means that they cannot survive in the wild. Mainly the doves just hang out in the neighbor’s huge pine tree. They sometimes perch on our fence and have been seen drinking water from one of our bird baths as well as foraging on our garden’s floor. We have suet bird feeders for the neighborhood sparrows, scrub jays, and other cuties so sometimes a few morsels fall to the ground.  Once in a while one of them will fly to the front of the house and hang out on the telephone wire. These Eurasian Collared Doves have certainly piqued my curiosity. Are these two the same pair that stay these few months? Or are they multiple pairs that show up at different times but they just seem like the same pair to me? What is their migration pattern? I’ve tried to look up Eurasian Collared Dove migration in California without much success. Nevertheless, we enjoy their presence when they are here, bid them safe travels, and hope to see them again next year.  ...

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Johnny and Princess officially meet Fang

Johnny and Princess officially meet Fang

I wanted to wait a week for Johnny and Princess to get acclimated to their new surroundings before having them come out and to introduce them to Fang. But that didn’t stop the mutual curiosity between the cages. Fang would sometimes find himself on the far end of his cage and look into Johnny & […]

I wanted to wait a week for Johnny and Princess to get acclimated to their new surroundings before having them come out and to introduce them to Fang. But that didn’t stop the mutual curiosity between the cages. Fang would sometimes find himself on the far end of his cage and look into Johnny & Princess’ space. And vice versa… So the day finally arrived for a new chapter in their lives. I opened the cage door wide open for Johnny and Princess to explore. I did not want to handle them up as to raise an alarm. The door was left open for about an hour and they had absolutely no interest in coming out. I picked up Fang and placed him inside Johnny and Princess’ cage. These three got along so well! I believe that Fang truly likes having other doves around. Although he enjoyed Elvis and Luigi’s presence, they were so much larger. I’m so happy to see this trio get along so well!...

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Cage Remodel For Doves

Cage Remodel For Doves

The cage that was home to pigeons Luigi and Elvis would have to be modified to house doves. In preparation for Johnny and Princess’ arrival, I outfitted the cage to meet their needs. As is, the cage is very basic… Johnny and Princess would inherit Luigi and Elvis’ two large mirrors and three half-logs, but […]

The cage that was home to pigeons Luigi and Elvis would have to be modified to house doves. In preparation for Johnny and Princess’ arrival, I outfitted the cage to meet their needs. As is, the cage is very basic… Johnny and Princess would inherit Luigi and Elvis’ two large mirrors and three half-logs, but they would need more. The first thing that popped into mind was to put in a little deck/shelf for them. I re-positioned Luigi and Elvis’ mirrors so that I could place the deck in a way that they could have a good view of Fang, their next door neighbor. These shelves are made for parrots, so to make them user friendly, I lined them with cut linoleum and covered them with a face towel. Because the doves favored this spot, I secured the towel with a couple of binder clips to keep the towels from moving and shifting. Next, I installed one of those comfy perches for them to lounge on. This would turn out to be their favorite place to nap on. Finally, Johnny and Princess would need a little roosting box for them to sleep, and possibly nest, in. I found one on Amazon that was the perfect size. I secured the box by placing it on on a linoleum lined shelf, screwing hooks on the top and back, and fastening to the box to the cage with cable ties. I also used a extra long cable tie to anchor the shelf itself to the top of the cage as triple security. And Voilà! A box that will not be in danger of falling and harming Johnny and Princess! And there you go…. Johnny and Princess’ new home!...

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