Thursday, October 11, 2007

Showers

Budgies love bathing. Our budgies are particularly fond of being sprayed with the spray bottle: I spray through the wire of the cage, and Boo in particular, will press his body up against the cage to get as wet as possible, at times. Sutcliffe seems to prefer to drink water droplets off of the cage or eucalyptus leaves (thanks C and B!). I will try to get a photo of this. the "snap" of the camera seems to be off putting, and the webcam is on the interior of the nest box, hence the lack of recent pics. However, here is a cute video of a budgie walking under the tap to get some water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SXxDWiPFmA&mode=related&search=Rudi%20Paula%20budgies%20budgie%20shower. From a gene/environment standpoint, it is also very interesting, as Sutcliffe and Mary ann didn't like this at first, but once they got used to it, actually expect it and seem to make "requesting" noises. Boo has always, always liked it. Like greens, it seems, regular offering over months seems to be what it takes for a budgie to decide if they want to "like" something, or not, but once they do, they really relish it, whether its greens, showers (or hopefully NEST BOXES!).

2 comments:

Carl said...

I hope that the cold showers aren't dampening the budgies' romantic ardor!

Boo, Sutcliffe, and Mary Ann said...

good point! well, it seems that sutcliffe would need a shower in ice cubes before he lost enthusiasm. sadly, mary ann doesn't seem to appreciate what a great little guy he is!

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
Sutcliffe and Maryann in early 2007