Friday, September 10, 2010

A New Mix for the Budgie-Boys

The budgie-boys are enjoying the new mix they received this week! As a bonus, I have discovered that with access to the organic grocery store and an entire aisle of grains, beans, nuts and seeds, mixing my own is less expensive than buying off-the-shelf mixes.

The custom mixes are supplemented with pellets, sprouts, vegetables and grains.

This particular custom blend includes:

Oat GroatsGolden Millet
Golden Flax Seed
Buckwheat Groats
Hulled Sesame Seed

Hulled Safflower Seed
Hulled Sunflower Seed

In addition to gathering the ingredients for the mix, I picked up some organic pecan and walnut pieces for The Diva, Coco.

The cost of the entire order: $4.29.
The cost of the 1.75 pounds of budgie mix: $3.00.

On average, 2 pounds of store-bought mix for the budgies ranges from $6.99 - $11.99 or more!

And the boys do love the custom-blend mixes. No preservatives, no food coloring and no waste. Purchasing in small quantities and keeping it in a mason jar ensures it is consumed while fresh. Each mix ends up being slightly different.

No matter what, Penske will always be my carrot-man... he loves his orange vegetables!

Coco was not about to be left out...

She received the pecans and walnuts, two of her favorites.
She also had an opportunity to chow down on some Birdie Crock Pot Surprise:

A little special goodie for everyone!

Hey, what about me? !!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Share and Share Alike

In my last post, I shared pictures of the budgie-boys on my hand eating millet.
I wanted to now show a video of their interaction. This will demonstrate how they share, yet also jockey for position and even occasionally posture and beak toward one another.

This type of interaction is quite valuable - not only to support their relationship with me, but also to encourage sharing and relating with one another. I want them to learn and experience that a reward for one is a reward for all.

While posturing, jockeying for position and even beaking toward one another is seen from time to time, these behaviors are not fighting. In the proper circumstances they will not even escalate to fighting - they are part of the interaction and the relationship. We even see this behavior in outdoor birds as they jockey for position and take turns at the family bird feeder.

Birds that are housed together in conditions that do not provide ample personal space, lack opportunities for exercise and do not enable the ability to get away from each other will produce conditions where birds are at risk for developing relationship problems that could degrade into fighting. This is a dangerous situation, as birds can and do hurt one another.

You will see in the video that each bird has their turn (even Penske) at holding their own and receiving first dibbs at the millet. Even Strider, who has been with me the longest and is the most assertive of the three boys, gives it a rest during the video and allows the others to enjoy the millet without his interference.

Of course, Coco makes a cameo appearance in this video as well! She is most unimpressed with the budgie-boys, but intrigued by checking out her dad who is standing on the other side of the screen door to monitor her activities and ensure that she plays in safety.