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Teeny Things! ([personal profile] teenythings) wrote2014-02-24 10:28 pm
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Long-ass update about everything

I feel like it's been ages since I've written anything in here...

Lots of stuff has been going on. I finally built my computer (mentioned in a prior entry), I'm still in school (only a few weeks left before registration opens up for spring), and I finally got some English budgies. I can't remember if I mentioned my budgies in this journal, but I've had various feathery faces since I was nine. It's been a long-term wish of mine to have some English budgies and they're even sweeter than I'd originally imagined.



This is, from left to right, Apollo, Moonglade, Hector and Suisei.

I also have Jenna and Barnaby. (Barnaby is still quite young. I got him for Kalli.)

I've had quite a bit of luck getting them to fly around and land on a stick:



This is a useful skill because it makes returning them to their cage much easier than hunting individual birds.



This is Barnaby. He's still got his baby stripes. :) He'll have larger head feathers after his first molt, which won't be for several weeks at least.

Alisha and I drove ten hours to get them. I already had Jenna, but getting these guys was a good move as far as she's concerned. She's much calmer than the American budgies and now has some friends more to her speed. I still need to research her original owner--she has a metal band that I should be able to trace her by. I can't remember if the people who partially traded her for a lovebird back when I lived in Colorado Springs said she was 1/4 American or what. She's a touch smaller than the English budgies, but quite a bit larger than the Americans. She's got the big feet and classic feather density, as well as the same eyes.




I love her dark amber eyes. Her feathers make her face look a touch grouchy, but she's a sweet bird. :)

I miss doing doll things but all of my money (of late) has gone towards these feathery monsters. I'm hoping to breed each pair once a year and sell a few of their chicks. As far as I know, I'm the only person in Maine with more than a couple of these birds. (Rather, I'm sure other people have them, but I haven't seen any listings for anyone local rehoming chicks. The nearest place is Massachusetts, which is where I went to get these guys.)

Once the weather gets warmer I'm hoping to map out a custom semi-aviary with my landlord Steve. I won't be able to house them outdoors (and wouldn't want to, even if I could) but I'd love a large custom aviary that I could wheel in and out of the house. It'd be nice to sit them out in the sun during the warm months--I've got bulbs that imitate sunlight but nothing beats the real deal as far as birds are concerned. :)