Monday, August 6, 2007

The Nest Box is Up, but Unnoticed

The nest box is now completely attached to the cage and ready for business, but not yet noticed by either Sutcliffe or Maryann. I recall that last time, it took Maryann several weeks, I think, to notice it, at which point she hopped happily in and out, and no breeding occurred until we removed our then third budgie Lola (Lola has been given away to a good family--four budgies was just too much).
We put many wondeful fresh grass seed collected on a walk, in front of the nest box, and the couple ate them, but didn't notice the box. Sutcliffe did a lot of back and forth on the perch, and made loud calls to Boo, who did the same in his cage (he also got greens). I wonder if this loud calling is to send the message, "food is here"?

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The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
Sutcliffe and Maryann in early 2007