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Post by AJPeter » Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:51 am

Has something frightened him? Billie makes little squeaky noises when she sees a spider or fly and we had a lot of fruit flies this summer but thanks to the tip of Apple cider vinegar they eventually got the message. GO HOME! Billie was very good tonight she went in almost straight away, and although l watched TV she did not murmur.

I had shepherds pie tonight my favorite, that was spell checkers word l would have used Favourite. Dismal day today, no walk because l went to church this morning. Well l have been very fortunate Billie has not laid .an egg, but must wait for December and January to be out before we are out of the woods/ I found a luggage strap which when l first showed it to Billie she went ballistic, I think she thought it was a snake so l found it lurking in a drawers so l put it on the floor to see what she would make of it, she was eyeing it up so l pushed it under the table out of sight. That will be my secret weapon to stop her going onto the floor!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:19 pm

Good idea, I use my nylon "feather" duster to keep my little minky off things. Glorious weather here, always is on Armistice Sunday. Favorite is the American spelling, I believe, like center, color, and behavior. Well, look what they did to the Cocker Spaniel! #-o
I had a very silly reply to my helpful one, so I've told him/her to do some research, why ask for help then insult the helper?.
Trump has climbed down somewhat, but now his Iron curtain dividing Mexico from the rest of the US has become a fence, oy vey! x_x

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:25 pm

I still would like to give the man a chance to prove himself. Parrots is in some interesting articles, cage cleaning, and I was just about to write some more when the fuse blew! I think the computer gets too hot l have the tower in a cubbey hole and a blanket l wrap around myself to keep warm my have got draped over the computer. It blows a 13 amp fuse every month, still wont have top put up with it after Feb I might get a new all in one then with Windows 10 installed I have a Surface pro 4 tablet but the screen is a bit small.

Where was I? Oh yes Parrots, Sulphites in dried food, sulphur is added to prolong shelf life, an article on encouraging parrots to talk, quite a good read. Northern Parrots cat is in, l wish they would do willow sticks Billie likes to chomp her way through them at night. The only place l can get them is Pets at home, maybe l shall have to make up an order.

Billie was singing along with some Johnny Cash songs, l had the volume up loud, made me wonder if she is deaf.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:49 pm

Wilko usually has bundles of willow twigs. I have found the liberta voyager 2nd generation online, Fifty pounds cheaper than NP!, I got their catalogue today.
We used to give the dogs sulphur for their coats and for keeping them cool in hot weather, it isn't exactly toxic.
Had a she dog of a morning, when I went to pay for my shopping in tesco my card was declined, and two ATM's declined it too, I did all my yuletide shopping online yesterday, and the bank stopped my card because they thought it was "fraudulent activity", they kept me waiting 30 minutes to get the bar lifted!, stress!
Now I'm scared to order the new cage in case it happens again!. It was very cold and damp today, I told Sanjay he is very lucky to be warm and dry inside, I feel sorry for his wild cousins sometimes. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:37 pm

I had a card declined when l was in ASDA l had to leave all my shopping rush home and get a credit card to pay the bill.
Also Santander refused a credit card transaction for £1500 because it was an unknown trader and yet a MBNA card for the same trader to-pay pay £3000 went through. What with an update l paid £9600 in all for my Compact Theatre Jubilee organ . Recently one was advertised for sale used £1600. There was only 6 made.

After reading about cleaning cages in Parrots, l scrubbed all the wooden perches the cage looked quite bare without them poor Billie was wandering around in a daze, but as l put then back in one was very fiddly and she managed to land a bite on my finger, blood every where, still hurts.

This evening l was surfing the net from Firefox and l picked up a bug, but sorted it out myself by restarting Firefox in safe mode and deleting the page that was giving me all the trouble, now everything hunky dory. #:-s

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:37 pm

All sanjays perches are wood with the exception of two plastic and two small toenail file ones, I take them all out at least once a month and soak them in soapy water and rinse them in very very diluted lemon juice water, then I dry with kitchen towel and pop them on a radiator to dry thoroughly. But the cage itself is just too much now I have no help, it's way too high and way too deep, with far too many dirt trapping crevices. The Voyager will still give him the width for flitting and flying, but it's shorter, and because it is square it will be easier to reach the back bars. I will be able to assemble it ok, but I dread taking the big one apart, it will probably take me several hours, then I will pay the council to take it, and the packaging from the voyager away.
So I'm not fussing too much about cleaning, just doing the daily wipe downs etc, as I hope to order the new one tomorrow. Daddi had thousands in the bank and we spent big, this cage was 400 quids for instance, we bought a new cooker, washer dryer and fridge freezer all in one day, did our cards get stopped?, No!.
Naughty Billie, fancy biting the hand that feeds her!, Sanjay tut tutted when I told him. =:)

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:44 am

I do my best at cleaning but Billie is a mucky bid she poops all over her cage. Recently we have got a routine as l get the dishes ready she calls me when is about to poop but is she is not on the wing of the cage l use a perch and put her up there she gives me a dark look [-x But when she poops clear of the cage l give her a round of applause and tell her what a good girl she is, but when she does not l just say rude words at her.

My Pavilion Vista computer kept blowing a 13 amp fuse but l accidentally put an old one back in the plug and it is working no there must be something packing up inside, still there is only 6 months to go and MS withdraw their support. I have a Surface pro 4 laptop as a replacement but the screen is a bit small.

The last cage which Billie came with l put out with some help from a friend and it was gone within half an hour, it was the same with a 32 "TV half an hour later it was gone. The 32 " TV l gave Emma was 8 years old in January and it is still going strong. This is her fourth TV in two years, she bought a microwave which has stopped working, she says she is unlucky with electrical items.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:02 pm

Maybe she has gremlins, because I have, guess what? My boiler died again today, the circuit board melted, the guy begged his boss for a new one, but No, it's costing more to repair than what a new one would cost!.
The good news is Sanjays new cage and cover are being delivered tomorrow by an overnight express company, garden feathers had sold out so I ordered from Ideas 4 pets, still cheaper than NP and Scarletts, three free toys included!.
Argos are delivering a halogen heater this evening, they cost 10p an hour less than fan heaters, and reviews are very positive. I can regulate the heat too, and just have it on low,
I know as much about computers as I do about mechanics, absolute zilch, as long as they do their job that's all I'm interested in!,
Sanjay isn't messy, thankfully, but he chucks bits of food around, they all do, he actually goes loo before leaving his cage, and doesn't go again until he is back inside, considering the nasty green slime that comes out of the bigger parrot species, I don't find his do's offensive at all. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:41 am

The Landlord owns my boiler and he pays for an annual check and any repairs needed. We have a communal wash room,
with washing machine and tumble drier a dry or a wash cost 70p. Emma had a £1 door mat stolen from her front door and years ago l had a Christmas wreath stolen half an hour after l nailed it to my front door the thieves even steal off the rotary drier, Nasty lot around here.

What will you do erect the cage first and take down the old one, remember do not do the crews and nuts up tight then you can move the cage about to get it to fit together, after you can do the nuts up tight.

We get our windows washed every fortnight and the gardener cuts the grass and trims the hedges all in the service charge. #:-s

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:33 pm

Phew! Four Hours!, some of the screw holes were devils to line up, Sanjay had fun exploring his new abode, and the space!, goodness, the palace took up a lot of room, at the moment himself is happily ensconced, he had trouble sussing out his new coop cups, the palace is a problem, daddi screwed in a couple of screws really tightly, and I'm struggling, it's absolutely filthy in places you wouldn't believe!, glad to see the back of the monster, to be honest. The new toys which came with it are muchly appreciated too, he was eyeing them up as soon as I unpacked them.
Anyway, my washer dryer is economical, and cuts down on ironing, the grass gets cut sort of regularly and the shrubs pruned, cleaners weekly, windows once a month, service charge pays, annual gas service and free repairs too.
The halogen heater is great but blindingly bright, I only needed one bar on. Better get on, I don't want the old cage in my sitting room all night!. :ympeace:

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:43 am

Well done! Can you move the palace intact outside? Somebody might see it and take a shine to it and carry if away whole, have you thought of selling it on Amazon? I think Billie is lumbered with this cage, it is easy to clean the plastic tray and base are a doddle, it is only the bottom of the bars that are difficult to clean. Maybe Poop off will do the trick l must get some more.

A long time ago a neighbor had some chickens in an old hen hutch and she bought this new one and pushed the chicken inside and then set light to the old one as the flames went out she let the chickens come out and they made a bee line to the old hutch site and sat in the hot embers! Is Sanjay willing to give up his old home? When l bought the is cage for Billie l was worried she would not move but as soon as it was erected she went inside and l slammed the door shut and with the help of a neighbour put the old one out intact (Without its bowls and perches) and half an hour later it was gone!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:26 pm

Goodness no, it wouldn't have gone through the doors!, those two screws weren't screwed in too tight, they had rusted in! And now I have doubts that it was a genuine Liberta, the boxes said it was, but it didn't have a certificate, or little Liberta "badge" on ths cage, the bars were thinner too, the quality nowhere near as good as this one, yet daddi paid Liberta price for it.
I phoned bulk collections at the council today, the woman said someone will have to come out and give an estimate because it ain't furniture etc, I told her there was no problem with the last cage!, that was a corner cage too. And she said they won't take the cardboard packaging from the new one!, again, they did last time!, I will see what the guy says when he comes.
Boiler is working nicely, the guy who came was the one who attended that leaking one upstairs in March, he said it had been leaking since the night before, and he was very angry with the Croats, The halogen heater hardly touched the cost of electricity!, Very very cheap to run.
Sanjay didn't want to come out today, he was very reluctant, sat on the open door making fizzing noises!, and couldn't wait to go back in, so methinks he likes it, and that is a huge relief!, :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:55 am

WD40 is good for rusted in screws. Frees them in 10 minutes, Councils can be so obtuse the metal cage must be worth a bob or two in scrap metal, maybe a dealer would take it for nothing, Billie and I sat in the gloom this morning I turned on the gas fire and was sitting in the dark when she squeaked so l uncovered her, gradually if got lighter, When l did the seeds l put the sprouts on top and she came down to eat her breakfast and catching my eye she carefully lifted each sprout up and dropped it on the floor! She did eat some.

I broke the tag on the zip and went through all the boxes looking for a split ring, l found one eventually but she watched me intently, especially the plastic eggs. l could hear her saying "That's where you hid them!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:08 pm

Split rings are very handy little gizmo's, they have hundreds of uses. I did think of contacting a scrap metal dealer, but it's powder coated iron, so I wasn't sure. The love affair continues, he is so enamoured he doesn't go straight for his fresh rations anymore, but bizzies about the cage, playing with toys, clambering and flitting about!. I bought a rainforest cover, it's very thick, but as it entails pulling the cage out to put it on, I'm still using the black cotton king size sheet, folded in half. Some folk leave the cover on the cage and just fold it back, but it would be heavy to wash, so he's got another sheet on a curtain wire around the sides and back, to protect the wallpaper, like before.
Storm Angus forecast for tonight, batten down the hatches!! :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:21 am

People asked me in Church did l; hear the storm last night? "No!" I reply "I did not hear a thing sleep like a log beside l am going deaf and cannot hear my neighbour's noise any more unless it us very loud. There is another storm coming Monday night. So Sanjay like his new cage, is it smaller? Nobody was worried about the cage l put out some idiots think that metal is metal and must be worth a bob or two, besides the old cage had home made perches and odd stainless steel bowls, so l think it was a cast off then. I bought a Hamster cage to carry Billie to the vet and l fashioned a perch out of an old perch which itself was fashioned out of a broom handle, but the vet took it out and l did not get it back so the next time l took Billie down she had two proper twig perches and the Vet ignored those!

I use Fleece blankets l bought from Kleenex they were quite cheap a double cost £35 and a single £20, they keep her nice and warm on cold nights, as soon as l go into the LR in the mornings I turn on the gas fire. I refused to have central heating because of shingles and sorus and other allergies. I was looking at a cotton black out cover for Billie's cage £200 they can stuff that!

I gave up trying to protect the wall paper ages ago it has a very interesting pattern called Pomegranate splatter! She was sitting on her cage front this morning ready to poop all over the cage so l grabbed a spare perch and shoved it under her she had no option but to climb on it and l moved her to the wing just in time and she pooped clear of the cage but she gave me a really dirty look.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:50 am

Sanjays covers are simple black flat sheets from Primark, cotton. What heats your water if you don't have Central Heating?. I get instant hot water. Anyway, yes, the Voyager is a lot smaller, it's just a bit taller than me and I'm 5'5", and approx 3 to 4 ft wide, about a foot deep, the palace was over 6ft high, about 5ft deep, I could stand inside it. A lot of wasted space, because he never climbed down to the lower half. I procrastinated about downsizing as I thought it would be cruel, and wanted to be fair to him, but he just loves it!, he can flit but not fly, but he gets daily play out anyway, and has a good soar. Finally, I can clean it thoroughly Every day, no lick and a promise, with a half day jobbie every fortnight. We got heavy rain last night and today, but nothing like the storm they forecast. I loathe these dark evenings, it starts getting dark at 15.30, :ymsick:

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 am

WOW! I thought you were unusual now l know it 5.5 high is okay but 3 to 4 feet wide is taking the biscuit and a foot deep is just a porky! I have a gas boiler that makes really hot water it almost scalds me but l mix it with cold and it makes a decent shower, it is on the winter setting which means it constantly switches on boils the water and switches off again, and all l need do is turn the hot tap on and out comes hot water but in the summer l have it on a summer setting and the boiler is off but when l turn on the hot tap it has to run for ages before the water gets hot.

Billie was very hormonal today, going down on the outside of her cage trying to get to the floor but not succeeding. She wanted a lot of shoulder carries, and holds her head up for a neck scratch. But thank goodness she is not chomping on the cuttlefish bone. In the mornings she likes to help fold the covers she holds the middle while l fold in the ends, but she wont let go so l have to waggle he up and down many times before she lets go. This morning she was very good and went up to the wing before pooping clear of the cage.

It is a joy to have a cage that is easy to keep clean, this cage is a bit on the small side but spends all day with it folded out, even when l go shopping she is out. It rained here all day and l could not go for a walk, tomorrow is shopping day l think l will go into Wilko tomorrow sne see what they have got.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:44 pm

There's a picture of his old cage, Liberta Raleigh in Parrots magazine, the cleaning article was a bit like teaching granny how to suck eggs, but he/she forgot to mention how dirty perches can cause eye infections when they wipe their beaks on them after eating.
Tipped down all day here, too, shopping was not a good experience, but that's it for another week. Lidl had (brussel) flower sprouts, and Sanjay likes them. He has discovered he still has a roof to play on, and chucked a cat ball, it landed on the TV cabinet, he flew across, picked it up and flew back to the roof with it in his beak. That's a first!.
I took your advice and e mailed a scrap dealer, he replied, promising to help. So, thanks for the idea.
Wilko had a good stock of seed bars, annoys me they get special Christmas stuff in for cats and dogs, but not for birds or small pets. I have ordered a new wavy mineral perch, Sanjay had one on the inside of his door, and would hop on to it for tickles, it was so worn and tatty I threw it away, he'd had it years, I found a replacement on Amazon, we got the old one from the pet superstore in Henlow. It's iodine and calcium, and he often had a nibble.
Oh, goodness, I Do hope Billie isn't going to start laying again after last years problems, you'd think the suture would have put her off! ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:19 pm

Yes the cage climbing outside is a signal, but she tried it several times today, l do not think she is looking for a nest other signs are missing, no paper shredding, no cuttle fish bone chomping, no sitting on the floor of the cage. However it cannot be dismissed so l have checked her diet again and cut out starch (no bread) and sweet things, She has herself gone off figs she liked the Bursa figs but the recent ones are called honey dew and she does not like them. I cut out corn cobs, but she does love milking a pear, she rips bit off and sticks out her tongue and soaks up the juice.

Wilko wont have any willow sticks until January according to the manager, l bought three wicker balls for her to play with, and put one in the cage for tonight, she does love a play before going top sleep. i-) Have you taken down the old cage or is it still assembled, the dealer might take it in one piece.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:02 pm

As I explained, the Raleigh would never have gone through the doors, and it took several hours to dismantle and put outside, a couple of the screws had rusted in.
The weather is still no better, goodness knows when the rain will cease!. I saw the wicker balls, but they wouldn't last five seconds once Sanjay got his beak on them!. His cage barely needed cleaning today, just a wipe over and change of newspaper lining. I don't know myself! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:02 pm

I saw the Liberta ad for the Palace, but have not found Raleigh yet, what was the name of your new one? It rained here all day too, did my laundry and threw out the rubbish so settled for a nice afternoon in the arm chair, Billie wanted to go to bed at 1.30 so l covered her up but an hour later she was beeping so l partially uncovered her and opened the curtains but at 3 l covered her back again, she was happy with this. :D

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:19 pm

"the palace" was my nickname for the Liberta Raleigh, due to it's humungous size, his new home is a Liberta Voyager 2nd edition,
What an amazing day, out of the blue a cousin once removed, granddaughter of my uncle bob, contacted me for information about my grandparents, she is on Ancestry.com, now I know what my gt grans maiden name was, when my grandparents married, and she has even sent me photos, and photos of documents, the spooky part is that today would have been my mums birthday!.
Sanjays new wavy perch arrived, it's slightly larger than the old one, but he welcomed it like an old friend, it's cuttlebone and iodine, so before he perched on it, he gave it a quick taste test, to see if it tasted the same as the old one!. :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:14 pm

I did some research into my father who was a only child born in 1910 and died 1988, grew up in Epping, My Grandad was a shipping clerk and my grandmother a teacher and related to the Wilkinson's of Gillingham. It is much harder researching the female side. And so l new never bothered. I think my mother is still alive although she would be 96, my parents moved up to Scotland in 1987 to be be near my sister and her children.

Billie was a right pain tonight she started to ask to be covered at 1.30 but l made her last until 3 pm and then l covered her up, but half an hour later she was moaning she could hear me or see the TV flashing l uncovered her but she kept on moaning so l re covered her and after thaty she was very quiet she allowed me to watch my videos with out any more complaints.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:30 pm

Ancestry.com charges a lot of money and cannot be that thorough, or Helen wouldn't be asking me questions!, more photos today and a copy of the 1901 census, all downloaded for printing, but I'm having them done on proper photography paper.
My grandparents married two Weeks before Titanic sank, and as they lived near Belfast, I wonder if they went to the launch.
I gave Sanjays cage a more thorough clean today, washed the covers, and wiped down the back, it didn't really need it, but there may have been a speck of dust.
I contacted the council Again, seeing as the scrap metal guys haven't got back to me, the council are sending someone out between now and Dec 2nd,, it hadn't been passed on!, so, if I hadn't got on to them again, nothing would have happened.
Sanjay played out bit longer today, he wanted to give the feather duster an extra squawking to!, it's guarding a picture frame he started nibbling!, ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:03 pm

When l signed on Ancestry.com gave me a free go and l was able to look up my my da, bu tl never got round to finding out about Mother. Billie eats the wall paper and l had to move pictures out of her reach, when l first showed her a multi coloured strap she nearly had chickens, I put it on the floor to deter her from going down there. she refused the chicken bits from my soup, she also refused a shower this morning. She wanted to be covered up at 1.45 but l only covered the top of her cage and left the front open, she seemed quiet happy with this arrangement until 3.30 then when she called a l covered her completely and watched some more of Gone with the Wind.
My HA set up a text messaging service, l registered but have not heard a thing l might have to phone on Monday. It took 6 phone calls on Wednesday before l found some one in, "I will get them to phone you." Is a favourite put off.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:43 pm

I saw Gone With The Wind for the first time, at the Odeon, Hammersmith Broadway when I was about 12, with my mum. Now I have it on DVD, I love it!, of course the book was different, in the book Scarlett had three children including Bonnie.
One, a boy called Wade Hampton Hamilton, by her first husband, then Loretta by Frank Kennedy, and finally Bonnie.
I expect it was left out, because it was a very long film. Sanjay is still keen to go indoors, but likes playing out a bit longer than he used to. I told him it will be getting dark soon, but he ignored me and carried on swinging on a bamboo blind. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:49 am

I hung some toys where Billie likes to climb down the outside of her cage and this has stopped her wandering, Because l had to leave her while l went to church l decided to give the walk a miss, so we spent a pleasant afternoon together but she wanted to be covered at 1.30 so l started the process by turning off the overhead lights and when she called again partially covering her. She was under the cover with the front open and she was ringer her bell and babble ball and a set of three bells she has had from the beginning, the noise was so loud l could not hear the telly but as soon as l approached the cage she would come out to defend her position, and when l sat down she would go back to the bell ringing. She loves good night kisses and holds her head up until l kiss her beak.
She had a lot of shoulder carries today and would not let me out of her sight without flying to my shoulder l had a job getting away to go to church. I played the organ today and last week l went visiting some friend at their Church and the poor people in my church could not get a pianist so they sang unaccompanied, Shame. We have a table where four men sit and socialize after the service and a woman sat down in Oswald's place so l said to her "What are you doing on the men's table?" She took umbrage and was not in church today so l phoned her an apologized and she said she was not upset.
I never read the book GWtheW, still l am not a great reader. :D

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:29 pm

Overhead light at 1.30? It must have been a dull day!, we had lovely sunshine. Did you know? When Silent Night was sung for the very first time, it was sung to Hans Grubers guitar, because the organ had packed up.
I thought Sanjay would Never go indoors again!, he flew around for hours!, made my tea later than usual, little minky!, but he doesn't get to fly in his new home, so I make allowances.
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Post by AJPeter » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:32 am

Roast Chestnuts any one? Who let the pan boil dry? Yes l boil the chestnuts now the MW dries them out too much.

The over head light is the UV one, l cannot get it higher enough to have 6 inches above her, l am going to try and lower the perch to see if that gives the UV more height. Luckily she does not stand under it very often. This afternoon she held on till 4 pm before l covered her, she was quite cold this morning and sat on my shoulder while l blew warm air around her, she enjoyed that so much she gave me a kiss on the lips as a thank you!

I thought l would leave the gas fire on low to keep her warm tonight, but I have just been in there and it was like an oven so l turned the fire off, just the pilot light, the toys I hung on the outside of the cage to stop her climbing down did not deter her , she knows it is naughty and squeals with delight as she hangs on to the lowest bars.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:46 am

Sanjay prefers boiled chestnuts too. He's been nibbling little bits of bamboo blind, so from tomorrow on, the curtains will be closed, out of sight, out of mind.
He didn't spend so much time outside today, And actually tasted banana!, he used to ignore it. It's set to be extremely cold tonight, so I will leave the thermostat on low, the flat felt very toasty when I got back from shopping this morning, it must have been colder than I thoughts ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:38 am

That is the advantage of central heating, set low over night it would be nice and warm in the morning, but l refused CH because of my skin complaints, how ever the gas fire in the LR does a grand job very quickly and first thing this morning l turned it up so that when l was ready to uncover Billie it was warm in the LR.

I did my weekly shop today and bought some Lychees, Billie likes sampling different things, if she does not them they will be given away as l do not fancy them/ I also bought some egg plant, she has eaten that in the past. I did not clean the cage and floor last Friday and promised myself l would do it on Monday and now it still not done so it looks like Friday!

I looked in Wilko but could not see anything in the pets counter that she did not have, so she went short. This afternoon she became most insistent I covered but I kept saying no but relented at 3 pm. But she kept complaining under the covers but l told her l could not hear her with the head phones on, and she gave up moaning, I wanted to write some in my book and managed 500 words this afternoon, and stopped at 3.30 pm and came in here until it was time for my evening meal. Steamed veg and a quarter can of corned beef, quite filling.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:00 pm

Corned need is filling, and I love corned beef hash. Your book?, I'm intrigued, as I am a published author/journalist myself.
The council guy came, it will cost £55.00 quids+ 11quids VAT, because he said, it's a skip jobbie, but he also said they Will take the cardboard from the Liberta Voyager.
They can wait.
Sanjay was late having his playtime, the guy was 45 minutes late getting here, in fact, Sanjay was so peckish, he flew and landed on the tray, to check out his fresh rations, and got very fizzing excited for me to hurry up and serve them!, the drawn curtains did the trick nicely too.
I had chicken casserole, I never eat potatoes nowadays, so it was just chicken and root veg, plus leeks, I adore leeks, my step mother made leek puddings when I was a child, because stepfather was a Geordie, and it's a traditional thing up there. She served them with steak and kidney or mince, no wonder I was 2stone overweight when I enlisted!, ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:09 pm

I have no intention of looking for a publisher, if you like l will leave it to you on my will, it is about the imaginary people you invent when a child, for when l was six l was very lonely, there was Christopher Robin, Scotty, a stuffed black dog on wheels, Piglet, Golly, a black golliwog and me. Three of us were stuffed, we had amazing adventures together, thinking about that later in life led me to create Thems. So a book took shape "The Sky Children Chronicles." Imaginary characters who are no longer thought about float up into the sky and carry on their adventures up there, but one day 13 found their was way back down again and became Really Real, others who were Real Really joined them after 5 days and became the Goodly.

The first book l typed at the rate of 1000 words a day, and was sub titled Thems. The second book The Goodly, became unfinished but was also typed at 1000 words a day, the first book is about 600,000 words, the second book about 360,000 words. There were several sequels, "Anthem" by Cobweb a character in the first two books, she is 11. Patents Pending by Stringvest (12) hardly got beyond the title page. "The bad and Ugly" by Kickstart also 12, these last books were written after they had grown up, the sixth and last book is "The Reals" By themselves after they had grown up, which l am working on now, I started to write in 1992 after l had a grant to buy an electric typewriter, which became a word processor which became a computer.

Today l love reading through the books writing or amending them every 5 years or so, they are not children's books
too much innuendo!!

Billy was helping me tonight as l wrote on the Surface pro 4 she kept grabbing the pen, it was not until l covered her up l noticed she must have pulled the stylus out. And after long search and a lot of heart ache l found it ~x(

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:40 pm

Sound amazing!, I've Never paid for publication (vanity publishing), just send a synopsis to a few publishers.
Well, I think I've cracked it, our re use centre collects scrap metal, I contacted them and sent a pic, and it is looking positive, it won't cost me a penny!.
Sanjay actually rode on my arm today!, I went to stop him destroying something and somehow he ended up sitting on my bent arm!, so I walked across the room and back, he then made a noise which sounded like an expletive and flew off!, after that, I was public enemy number 1 again, sigh.
Never mind, we will be bezzie mates again tomorrow. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:58 am

Sanjay is getting there, Billie found her way down to the floor today, and it was not from the outside of her cage, she flew to the back of my swivel chair and then onto the floor I watched her carefully but after strutting around and making a lot of clucking noises she flew back to her cage.

Billie had a wonderful shower this morning climbing down the clothes horse and standing in deep water that covered her wings, at one stage she was trying to get lower and the water came up to her neck. Where can l buy water wings for parrots? She could not break the Lychee stone but ate most of the fruit, and she at a lot of the aubergine, she also ate most of the apricot, but l think she has gone off pears.

Several times today she climbed down the outside of her cage chortling with glee, I keep on saying "Naughty!" This afternoon she wanted to be covered at 1.45 but l kept saying 'too early' but l relented at 3 and partially covered her, and she was quite happy pottering around the bottom of her cage and at 4pm she called for the cover and went straight to sleep, not a peep out of her while l watched TV.

She has had an exhausting day/

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:21 pm

Gosh! What a bizzy little person!.
It happened again today, on to my arm for a few steps, then he tasted my flesh! I said "ow!" And he flew off. He never draws blood tho'.
Re use are collecting the old cage on Dec 7th, I will give them a tenner towards the charity. They may get something for it from a scrap dealer.
I haven't tried Sanjay on Lychees, but I'm not sure if the stones are safe, I will probably remove them, just in case, I personally, love Lychees, the grandchildren love Lychee jelly and Banana jelly from the Asian stores.
My daughter tells me, Asians are refusing to have their children vaccinated, because they reckon there is pork gelatin in the serums!, I'm going to look into it, because I do not believe it for one second.

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:22 pm

These rumours can get out of hand the worst race riot Birmingham ever, had occurred when a rumour started that an Asian had raped a Black/Caribbean woman, the riot was just an excuse to loot shops,and the rumour turned out to be false but not before several people had died.

The Lychee stones are too big for her to crack, the same with the apricot stones. She started to shred a rope perch l thought it was an attempt at making a nest, but l found a rope perch that was coiled and about a yard long, l hung it from her door and it just reached the carpet,when l had put it into the cage last year she was afraid of it and l threw it behind a book case. but today she got on and climbed down the rope until she could fly to the ground.

She does like a change around gone off pears but was noshing a chunk of swede. Last week cranberries were all the rage now she hardly looks at them. Today was chicken soup for my lunch and l save her the chicken bits but she turned her nose up at them. But she does like cheese again.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:00 pm

No, it wasn't a rumour, according to the nhs site pork gelatin Is in the MMR, Childs flu, and Shingles vaccinations, but there is a less effective alternative apparently.
My cousin Helen is having an ancestry.com DNA test done, should be interesting.
I gave the cage a thorough clean today and washed the covers, threw away old broken and tatty toys.
Lychee and apricot kernels Are toxic, so it's a good job Billie couldn't eat them, Sanjay perches just inside his cage when I'm sorting his housework and food out, he just loves it, and he has discovered he Can fly across!, so it's win win!, :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:28 pm

Fly across what, his cage? Thanks for info about apricot and lychee kernels, l throw the old ones out, she likes the fruit.
but she has definitely gone off pear. Tangerine segments were all the rage but these are now forgotten she enjoyed the swede l put up, but has gone off raw carrot. Grapes are out too. Pomegranate is still in, she ripped up a cabbage leaf but whether she ate any in any one's guess. She did not eat the shelled chestnut so l gave her an unshelled one but as soon as she got inside she dropped it, we ll never mind l like chestnuts.

The figs from Cypress only get a taste she prefers the soft dried ones, dates are a no no so l eat them l also eat the left over cheese, I'm not proud. Cranberries are on the drop list. Shall not buy any more. She never liked strawberries or raspberries, went off blackberries so l stopped giving her any. She likes apple.

Maybe your cousin is related to some one important I was always told we were related to the Astor family who owned hotels. It will be soon Christmas card sorting day and posting some although most go to church family and we have a post box. :))

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:14 pm

Yes, he can fly across his new cage, just short haul tho'. Sanjay likes soft dried and fresh figs, he dislikes dates, as do I, the cloying sweetness puts me off, the fresh ones on the vine are much nicer, but you must wait until they go translucent.
There'd been a nasty pong in the communal hall for over a fortnight, then it was my kitchen too, so I'd been going through everything and using Jeyes Fluid, thinking I had a dead rodent, it was the house next door, privately owned, their drains were blocked with wet wipes, Anglian Water came today and cleared them, and because we are so nosey, I went out and asked, isn't it funny, when you get older you just Say things?, I am blatantly nosey with age!. =:)

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:38 pm

Absolutely, two weeks ago l was very rude to a lady. After the service we sit and have a chinwag over a coffee or tea and biscuits. 4 of us men sit on one table and this lady came and sat down in Oswald's place. So l said to her "What are you doing on the men's table?" She was extremely upset, and did not come to church the next week so l phoned her and apologized for being so rude. She was in church yesterday.

I have a friend in Florida we email each other daily and Joan is older than l and we have been talking about alert buttons, she has one she subscribes to but there is no national health over there, the poor dear is suffering from macular degeneration and her eye sight is slowly failing.

This morning l was so busy writing Christmas cards l did not go for my walk and as Billie wanted to be covered at 1.30 pm she got her wish and l went for my walk, l do think l should pander to her wishes but one has to be careful about female parrots too much day light and they start to lay eggs.

I had a nasty smell in my kitchen last year l could not find where it was coming from eventually l tracked it down to some water that had got trapped behind the coaming. :ymalien:

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:57 pm

When my late Mother I Law was in sheltered housing she had a fall, and rang her alarm for the warden, she lay there all weekend before she was found, the warden had left and the new one didn't start until the Monday when she was found, a key safe and mobile phone do a better job.
Lidl had some purple sprouts on the stalk today, so I cut the stalk into three and hung a third up in Sanjays cage for him to sort out, he was very territorial today, wouldn't leave the open door of his cage, and kept making fizzing noises and darts at my hands, he doesn't bite or hurt, but little gentle stabs with his beak, then when it's all done, and he's back inside, he makes a noise that sounds like "thank you", funny little person! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:50 am

I get grunts from Billie as a thank you, she slept all yesterday afternoon until this morning and everything was going well she went to the top of the cage and pooped off the cage. I was so pleased l gave her a round of applause but l think that spooked her because as l turned to go the kitch she flew at me and bit me on the neck,and then flew back to the cage.
I just looked at her sternly. She knew she had done wrong, especially as l would not let her ride on my shoulder, it was all forgotten when l got back from shopping. I bought some papaya and cut a slice off and hung it up, she was onto it straight away and enjoyed it.

She wanted to be covered up again at 1.30 pm it is hardly worth uncovering her at 7 am however l would prefer her sleeping all day than to laying eggs! She was very good there was not a peep out of her as l watched TV with headphones

I had a friend in London who was in sheltered accommodation and she had a fall in the kitchen just before Christmas and lay on the floor for three days. Their only excuse was they could not get staff over the weekend/ Key safe is a good option l have a friend who gave me the number of her key safe but l lost the number, but l do not want to go and visit her
she smells, don't we all?

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:47 pm

I try not to!, Sanjay loves papaya, the seeds are his favourite but he scoops the flesh into his beak too. I am tired of these dark evenings, the days are so short, roll on the Winter Solstice!, when I worked from home, and did the graveyard shift, I would finish at 5 am, then sleep until 1300 hrs, in the winter I felt as though I wasn't seeing Any daylight!, but the pay made it worthwhile.
Tomorrow is my annual Boiler Service, And the re use guys will Hopefully collect the old cage, I hope they don't refuse at the last minute. Cards to post to my Christian friends on Friday, but I'm not posting parcels until around the 16th. My daughter sent a photo of Jack in angel costume, school play, surrounded by Asian angels, I said to my daughter it might have been worse, he might have been cast as a fairy, ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:19 pm

I was up late this morning and after a shave and a shower, l got Billie up and running that took 30 minutes, she refused a shower and so l had breakfast, I have porridge every day, :x porridge, l put raisins lashed lashed with dried cranberries but for Christmas l add mixed peel, yummy. Lunch was cheese on toast and a fruit salad with fat free yogurt, that tastes like fresh cream. Some hope. For dinner l have steamed veg and a quarter can of corned beef.

Billie wanted to be covered at 1 pm so l have decided to let her have her way in the hope that it will avoid eggs. And so l went for a walk but all too soon the day was ended, l shall be glad when the days get longer. I am waiting for the first Christmas card from a neighbour before posting mine to my neighbours. Our church has a pillar box and sorts the cards into a rack, we make a contribution towards postage. Do you have gas fires as well? When l have my annual check they want me to turn off all the fires hours before they come, so l use the halogen heater.

My Surface pro 4 laptop stopped working. It froze, the last time l left it for 24 hours and it work again. But l wanted to use it today so l phoned "Knowhow." I have a policy with them it costs £10 a month but phoning them cost money too but the guy was of no help but he wanted me turn it off and on again and after that it worked. I hate computers. :ymalien:

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:19 pm

Ago, when these flats were bedsits, there were gas fires, but in 91 when converted to flats, the gas fires were removed and CH installed, I love my little Halogen heater.
In my bedroom, which was the "back parlour" in 1907, I still have part of a gas lamp pipe, in the wet room there is an Edwardian curtain hook!.
Everything went very smoothly, George the gas engineer came in excellent time, and the re use guys turned up 5 minutes later, and cheerfully loaded the old cage into their van. Oh the relief!, I'm not good at stress these days.
After a fortnight in his new abode, Sanjay Finally got around to asking for his squirts (shower) today, And I got a tickle and kissy session from him, but I must remember not to put my reading glasses on my head, because he whips them off and chucks them!.
I dislike porridge, but I have never been a breakfast person, even as a child, it makes me feel nauseous, I'm usually ready for something late morning, when my tummy has woken up. The packs of chicken and vegetable casserole mix from Lidl last two to three meals, cheaper and healthier than beef or lamb, Sanjay has a sliver of chicken. He also likes a piece of cheese on toast!, this is a new fancy on his part, Worcester sauce included!.
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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:11 pm

Our HA upgraded our flats ten years ago and took out all the gas fires and boilers to install central heating but I refused CH and so kept my gas fire and a gas wall heater in the bedroom.

I have to be careful about what food Billie has she is not allowed bread, or toast, no sweet things Corncobs are out, grapes too at this time of the year (egg laying) the poor thing flies to the floor and has a quick look around before heading to my slipper and climbing up my leg for a little neck scratch, Thank goodness she is not hormonal, and she has not touched the cuttle fish bone for ages. This morning l got her up too early and she got her own back by flying at me biting my neck and flying back to the cage except l ducked and all she got was a beak full of hair!

However she is becoming a pest with wanting to be covered as soon as the sun starts to shine into the LR about 12.30
I could make her wait which would lengthen her daylight hours and lead her to think it was spring or go along with her.
Its the devil or the blue sea. After I had covered her today l had my lunch and then went for a walk, came back and watched the end of Mad Max.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:29 pm

It's all rather sad, isn't it?, only having her company for a few hours. Our weather has been gloomy, heavy fog too, maybe it would help if your weather was the same.
Sanjay is back on the pomegranate, he went off it for a while, I suddenly realised today just how big he is, I think that huge cage deceived me into thinking he was smaller, and his tail is the longest it has ever been, I held a ruler next to it, and it was just over 12", pretty incredible, but true. Yet according to statistics an IRN should only measure 16" from top to tail, trust him to be different! :-j

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:24 pm

When l first got Billie she had a bigger cage and her tail measured 17" but now it is down to 15 " But Alex are known to have long tails. Billie has been very hormonal today, chomping on the cuttle fish bone, going onto the floor, she even tried to masturbate on me, l told her "Not today thank you!!" Yesterday at 3 pm l ordered from Northern Parrots and it came today at 10 am! Very good. I also ordered more sprouting seeds from Garden Feathers do not want to run out over Christmas.

Billie managed to last out until 2 pm when l partially covered her and when l got back from my walk completely covered her at 3 pm. She moaned at me as l watched the TV with headphones in the dark so l told her shut up and got to sleep" And did not hear another peep out of her.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:56 pm

What did you order from NP? The cuttle bone?, much cheaper if you go on amazon.co.uk.
Where Do the weeks go?, Friday again, already, so tomorrow I will give the cage a thorough clean, and wash the covers, I've been diluting Zoflora disinfectant, according to their website it's perfectly safe to use on bird perches etc, and I love the smell of the Hyacinth and the rose ones. Not that parrots smell!, unlike rabbits, Guinea pigs or hamsters.
Cards to post Monday, it's stoopid isn't it? All the fuss that's made for just one day,I prefer the simplicity of the Solstice.
Jack and Isabel nagged my daughter into putting a tree up over a week ago, I can just imagine Sanjay and a tree!, and what he'd do to the decorations! :shock:

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:10 pm

A pump misting spray which is brill, cost £12.99, a large refill bottle of Poop off £29.99, some home made biscuit on special offer £14.99, a couple of foot toys,

Today Billie sat on my shoulder and nibbled my ear, l know what she wanted but l said no to masturbating. But she is still hormonal but not as bad as last year when she sat on the bottom of the cage all huddled up and bleating, however she has been chomping on the cuttlefish bone, so l moved her cage to the other side of the room. At least l can see her when l look up, Also l put a rope perch inside her cage the last time l did that a year ago she hated it, but now she just shrugged her shoulders and put up with it.

The home made biscuits were thrown out of the cage so l picked it up and broke a piece off it and pretending to nibble it saying "Yummy" and gave a portion back, and she started to eat it. :D

I use F10, diluted in a spray too. I use Zoflora down the drain. I would not use it on Billies cage or perches, have you sought advice from IRN?
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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:38 pm

The advice given on the Zoflora website re pets, actually comes from a qualified vet, and I always dilute it as per instructions, my drains get Jeyes Fluid.
Santa will be bringing jelly pots for Sanjay, he hasn't had them for ages, and he loves them.
Gave the cage a wipe down with flash gel water today, it wasn't too bad, but quite a bit of dust came off, washed the covers too, the back curtain had passion fruit spatters.
Fingers crossed Billie comes out of this broody phase soon, and it doesn't get any worse. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:46 am

Yes thank you for your concern, since l moved the cage she has been a lot quieter, sometimes when she eats too quickly she gets indigestion, and squeals but my soft talk does wonders for her. Parrots is out, some interesting articles and letters.

In a way where the cage is now turns out to be a better position darker at night and does not pick up the flicker of the TV
but the other side of the coin is that she cannot see out of the window, however she flies to the back of my swivel arm chair and sit on it so she can see out of the window, and unless l have noticed that she has pooped on my chair l get it on the back of my shirt! Yuk!

I tried Billie with Jelly but she hated it. And she is not keen on the home made biscuits from NP Tough! The pump mister works beautifully but l think l could have got one a lot cheaper from the gardening centre. L-)

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:10 pm

I had a hozelock pump sprayer years ago from a diy store, I think a lot of the things from NP etc are over priced, I've ordered a jar of jelly pots from a company called "Tweeters" parrot supplies, and it was substantially cheaper than the others.
Sanjay isn't as close to the window with his new cage, but it doesn't seem to bother him, he certainly interacts with me more.
Thanks for the heads up on Parrots magazine, mine should be in the shop around the 21st.
It's a lot milder here at the moment, and the sun shone today, more like spring than winter :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:07 pm

We had cloud and drizzle all day, no sun, our HA finally repaired the security light outside mine and Emma flats it was pitch black but as l never go out at night it did not bother me except my church asked to play the watch night service on New Year's eve.

Billie hates the cage where it is but it has not stopped her chomping cuttle fish bone but does not fly at me trying to bite my neck. She likes me to rotate the swivel chair while she sits on the back, every time she comes round l say "Give us a kiss darling" and she holds her head up for a kiss.

Baked potato veg and a beef burger for dinner, lovely, l might have that for my Christmas dinner. Shopping day tomorrow, will have to get extra because the Tuesday after Christmas is a bank holiday and no buses. Hope we get some decent films over Christmas.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:31 pm

Well, I have a goose crown and a bottle of Tokay aside for the Solstice, also "Miss Saigon" DVD, and a nice thick paperback, just in case it's another "Sound of Music" type of fare on TV.
I gave my back copies of Parrot mag to an Asian lady who works in Wilko's, as her son has recently acquired an African Grey. She was ever so grateful.
Sanjay has been up to no good!, I noticed a couple of nibbles taken out of the wallpaper just above the picture rail this morning, as the paper is dark purple I bought a match pot of emulsion in the same shade and managed to disguise them with a few dabs.
I swear prices have been surreptitiously hiked, my shopping was dearer today, and it was just the usual stuff.
It was a nasty day weather wise, damp and steel grey, but I managed to get home ahead of the rain. I brought a cuttlebone back, so himself was quite happy to go back indoors as soon as I said "sorted", :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:33 pm

Yes they do put up the prices at Christmas, my bill is usually £60 but was £98 today, but l did buy extra because Christmas is longer this year and although l think the supermarket will be open on the bank holiday (Tuesday) I am fairly certain that the buses won't be working. I do not mind walking to the supermarket but l am not lugging a full shopping trolley all the way back on foot.

Now the cage is in its new position you can see the blueberry splatter on the walls, l told Gordon who came today that it was something l was going to keep. I have flock wall paper and Billie bites the flock off. :ymdevil: She likes me to partially crack Walnuts, almonds, and Brazils. She has gone off pears, figs, cranberries, papaya, carrot, and l have not tried anything new.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:09 pm

Little miss fickle!, my wallpaper isn't flock, thank goodness, but it is vinyl and has "glitter" in the pattern. Blueberry juice wouldn't show!.
The back cover prevents a lot of mess, when he has passion fruit it catches the juice and seeds he shakes off his beak, stops it from getting on the wall, furniture and carpet,.(it always manages to miss the plastic mat!)
My daughter scared me with talk of a postal strike next week, my postie knew nothing about it, and according to t'internet it's just post office staff, and doesn't start until the 19th, by which time my parcels will have been posted. But I feel sorry for folk with PO accounts, after all, Monday is pension day. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:11 pm

And of course those on benefits will feel the pinch. Billie manages to throw food well clear of the plastic mats surrounding her cage, But her poop hits them! Had visitors today, Billie was covered but she tweed she wanted to come out and she sat on the cage but suddenly she flew at them so l put her back in the cage but then l let her out and she sat on the arm of my chair, when it was time for the, to go she happily went back into her cage..

The Southern Railway strike could escalate and cause misery across the country for Xmas,

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:28 pm

I fail to see how holding Joe public to ransom has ever helped a strike to succeed. These strikers should remember how easily they can be replaced, it's an employers dream, with so many people unemployed.
The post office strike hasn't featured on the news yet. There's No way Sanjay would approach visitors!, he hides from them, ;)

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:20 pm

Like downstairs cat Maximus he runs away when l call his name. Its the parcels part of the post office that is going on strike, The London Docks called one too many strikes and now look what happened Containers, the same in ship building destroyed by strikers, l can for see a time when British Railway has no drivers or guards look at the Docklands railway, even signalmen will be out and that means with sat nav navigation train won't rely on copper cable that are constantly stolen. At least in the future trains will run on time with no cancellations. Unions destroy work place, coal mining.

Having said that l think management in this country stinks, RBS,

I moved Billie's cage back to its old place, because finally l gave the plastic tray a good scrub, she was ever so pleased.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:13 pm

Maybe I should have posted my parcels today instead of tomorrow, ho hum.
Sanjays fruit jellies arrived today, banana, strawberry and mango, he has a banana one, and soon took a few nibbles.Weekends are when I tackle a good scrub, well, not a scrub exactly, a washdown with hot soapy water and the tray etc gets a good sort out, this cage, so far, doesn't seem to trap dirt as much as the old one, the coating is smoother, which makes it less easy for stuff to stick to it, and there are no deep crevices for it to get trapped in. Looking at the TV guide for the Christmas and new year period, there is nothing which excites me, Maigret, that was quite interesting last year, and Agatha Christie, but the films they're advertising look quite dire, sigh.
To think, I buy a licence to watch this drivel!, and only one channel. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:18 pm

When you get to 75 you get free TV that is if they do not abolish it, so why worry, do what l do fall asleep watching drivel. I very nearly missed going to the party watching drivel and falling asleep. But it was not worth the £10, people we never see or not very often were the first in the queue! Much colder tonight. Good. Don't forget Parrots.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:47 pm

I will call in the newsagents on Monday, but it usually comes in on a Wednesday.
Those people remind me of that poem "the church mouse", can't remember if Auden or Betjeman wrote it. ("and never come to church at all, except for harvest festival")
Our post office will be open on Monday, I checked when I posted my parcels this morning. Someone said I should just send gift tokens or money, what? To a Three and Five year old?, that wouldn't go down very Well!, my stepmother sent my daughter pajamas year after year, no play value in pj's,
Anyway, the shop had some reduced blackberries, and Sanjay demolished them before he even looked at the passion fruit, he hadn't had them for quite some time. I've a while to go before I qualify for a free TV licence, but I've found a website where I can watch films for free on my tablet :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:09 pm

My time is so limited, after cleaning Billie at 8.30 am which takes about 30 minutes, its watch TV news and take my pill Mebervine have to wait 30 to 60 minutes before l eat. Read the Bible and ask Billie if she wants a shower, it seems to be every other day then cook breakfast, then play the organ for about an hour, watch more TV, then have lunch am supposed to take another pill but usually forget, then its the News followed by a walk for an hour and write for about an hour on my tablet, followed by dinner and again l forget to take a pill then write emails and play computer games before bed a 9 pm!

I watched the Fellowship of the Ring and recorded it, l had the trilogy recorded last year but lost it when l upgraded to Tivoli, l did not watch the Hobbit as l have 1 & 2 recorded, still waiting for part three to be shown! Billie has gone off Blackberries and grapes, but she still likes pomegranate.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:46 pm

Goodness! What a busy day you have!. The daily "do", when Sanjays cage gets a lick and a promise takes me about 30 minutes, weekend clean takes about an hour, I only take my prescription only pain killers when I need them, I have to be so careful, after the way medication affects my liver, I have been pain free for a few days, but my GP says it's just "remission", it doesn't mean the problem has completely cleared up. Personally, I think this mild spell has helped.
I never watch Tolkien, it doesn't appeal to me, but I love Harry Potter movies, the special effects are brilliant. Sanjay doesn't shower as frequently as Billie, it's usually once a week with him, :-\

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:46 pm

"What's that funny smell? Oh its all right its only me!" We had a bad accident this afternoon, Billie likes to help cover her cage and she was sitting on top of the door when the blanket caught the door and shut it on her feet, the sqwarking and yelling that went on l thought she was dying, She came up and sat on the threshold, lifting one foot the and then the other and blowing on them, she let me stroke them and l kept saying l was sorry so she helped me cover the cage.

As soon as the sun comes round and shines in the bay window is her signal that it is bed time. And it was 10.30 this morning!!!! but I made her wait until l had got back form church, and watched TV in the afternoon she started to moan so l uncovered and that is not what she wanted however when l covered her again she kept quiet as l watched TV with head phones and the lights turned off.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:14 pm

Poor Billie, we have to watch for toes and tails, my daughter accidentally slammed the car door on my finger once, oh the pain!, and I almost passed out.
Sanjay couldn't wait to get back indoors when he saw passion fruit!, it's a bit messy, but as long as he loves it, and it's good for him, who cares?.
When I was a child and we visited my Protestant grandparents in Ulster, church was mandatory, when we visited my stepfathers family, Catholic Mass was mandatory, what deception!,
Anyway, town will be packed tomorrow, with people panic buying, one parcel arrived safely yesterday, and the parcel force one is due to be delivered by Tuesday,
Sanjay absolutely loves the tubular bell daddi bought for him, he's been giving it some teddy! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:18 pm

Billie was giving her tubular bell and babble ball some welly this afternoon when l would not cover her on demand, and later this afternoon after an hour or two covered there was this wail coming from within, so l turned off all the lights and told her it was her fault for going to bed so early, however she seemed to be satisfied with the turn off. There were no more peeps.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:03 pm

The second parcel arrived today, borne triumphantly by a very excited Jack, but he cannot open his pressies until Wednesday.
I bought lychees from Lidl, unsure as to whether Sanjay would like them, so I put wedges of kiwi, which he adores, on the same skewer, he tasted the lychee, thought about it, then went back for seconds thirds and fourths!, the kiwi had to wait.
When I got back he was sitting forlornly in the dark, the vibration from giving the bell a good seeing to, had made the UV bulb go off!, I've wedged a bit of blu tack between cage and light holder, to keep it steady. @-)

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:32 am

We had a beautiful touching scene this morning, l had put my hand in her cage several times to take out bowls but on the last one my attention wandered and she bit me on the wrist. I told her she was a naughty bird and she came to the top of the cage and l scolded her again wagging my finger under her nose, then l got on with the cleaning of the cage and l felt something touch my arm and she was sitting on the door and looked up at me, as soon as she saw me looking she held her head up for a kiss, and l told her she was forgiven.

I went shopping this morning and bought some pears to see if she wanted to try them again and she did, also lychee. She likes to try and crack open the apricot stone but she cannot. Like a child in a pram she throws things out of her cage wanting me to thrown them back in again.

Prince George is already opening his, and I told Billie she will have to wait until Christmas day for hers, but she has gone off parrot sticks from Wilko just because l have a stack of them. She likes Banana, but only eats a little.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:15 pm

Prince George would!, besides his mummy's side of the family are Jewish and probably celebrate Hanukkah. I take stones out of Sanjays fruit, toxic, and I wouldn't dare risk it.
My parrot magazine wasn't in on Monday, so I will pop in on Friday to collect it, these extra bank holidays are a pain, anyway, my goose crown is defrosting, and we shall be up first thing to welcome the sunrise, just think, from tomorrow the mornings and evenings get lighter! :))

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:33 pm

I told Billie that from now on she will have to go to bed later, but she managed to last out until 2 pm and then partial cover until 3 pm so I was quite pleased with that. For the last three days she has refused a shower, but when l sat down to play the organ, she came down and started to splash me and the organ from her swimming pool which is shoulder high on the book case after l could take no more l suggested a shower and she was pleased to accept. She immediately went down the clothes horse and sat in the warm water her wings were under water. I used our new misting bottle and after a while she came up voluntarily wringing wet. But by then l did not want to play any more/

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:51 pm

Spoilsport!, or should that be wet blanket?.
We had a lovely peaceful Solstice, and Sanjay enjoyed a piece or two of goose. The cooking instructions say an hour, but that's way too long, it ends up way too dry and chewy. People cook turkey for too long, they forget that most of the weight is in the bones.
I gave Sanjay a canary seed bar and he demolished it really quickly!, he hadn't had one for a while, he is still crazy about lychees, these are especially juicy. There was a little Wren in my garden this morning, hopping around the hellebores, it's not often I see a wren in the garden. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:12 pm

Yes l have not seen a wren for years, there is a Robin in hedge row behind us, also magpies they are worse than Emma always shouting. If it is not the local cats its the squirrels garden birds are in decline but not more than a mile away parakeets, Ringnecks and Alexandrine parrots feed in the garden. I often wonder how Billie would make out if she escaped, but judging from the local parrot population it cannot be very hard.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:29 pm

I haven't seen or heard of any around here, mostly in the London area, we have herons and crows, jackdaws etc, but no parakeets.
Naughty Sanjay had another nibble at the wallpaper today, I must find something to deter him, he perches on the picture rail.
I was woken at half past midnight by a very loud bang, followed by another shortly after, then one of the Slobodans upstairs showed me a broken yale lock on the main door today, which I reported and has been repaired, someone, probably the immature numpty in flat 1, must have kicked the door open last night, either drunk, or had forgotten his keys. It was lovely and sunny and mild today, I managed to do quite a bit of tidying up in the garden, Sanjay got quite bereft, when I came back in, he was clinging to his cage door :-bd looking quite upset!, I'd forgotten to "call" to him, sigh. I apologised and gave him a fig, and then I was forgiven,

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:16 pm

Billie has a special dance she does when her hormones are running high, she flies to my arm and when l start to scratch her head she butt my hand away and then sways from side to side she likes my hand to just touch her head and then she sways back and rubs her chest on my arm above the elbow and then back again, this happened twice today.

I feel confident that we are are not near the egg stage, she just nibbles the cuttle fish bone from time to time, and has not climbed down the outside of her cage for several days, she has been on the floor last week but she is not looking for a nest site. I was putting the fleece blankets behind the sofa out of site but she attacked me early this year, perhaps she perceived this as being an ideal nest site, so l moved them after folding l put them on a chair.

She does love helping me fold the blankets l take the ends and let her hold the middle as l fold, the trouble is she won't let go, then l have to bounce her up and down before she lets go! Yes they are funny about calls, Billie calls me when l am in the kitchen but if l call back she is happy but if l do not she lets off the Indian death rattle which means if you do not come now you are dead!

I tried to stop Billie biting cables and wall paper by spraying them with Anti-pek. Just be vigilant and say no firmly.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:59 pm

"Oi!" Works better than "no", but today I cracked it by giving him an A4 sheet of sketch paper, he spent ages making a doily, I was tempted to present it as artwork, like those monkey paintings. Might be worth a bit.
Anyway, cage thoroughly cleaned, Sanjay suitably amused. It was rather comical to see him carrying it from place to place, I sent a photo to Jack and Isabel. I must tackle my carpets, whilst there is no chance of anyone turning up unexpectedly, today I was too jet lagged after shopping yesterday, and it's now a Saturday routine to give Sanjays cage a thorough clean, which includes washing his covers, I still don't use the Rainforest cage cover, what a waste of money, I might offer it to the Amazon Grey lady in Wilko. I will ask her what type of cage they have.
Parrot magazine is a bit boring this month, nothing much of interest, never mind, it sometimes contains little gems,
There's a guy next door called William, he talks in a falsetto voice and wears ladies jewellery, works for childrens services, even though he admits disliking kids, anyway, he's good for a gossip,. and is involved with the local church, I don't know what his duties are, but he told me he had to be at the church 7.30 in the morning tomorrow, how strange?, my Protestant grandfather was a church verger, and he never had to go at that time of the morning, I was too polite to ask. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:45 pm

You'll never get anywhere unless you ask. You have to take the rough with the smooth, Parrots does have some interesting article some times. But it is not geared up for small parrots , maybe a change in mag is called for?

Billie has become very hormonal all of a sudden, she flew to the floor and tried to masturbate on my slipper so l lifted her back onto he cage, she has been sitting on the bottom of the cage looking very depressed, it could be the start of egg laying, so l am encouraging her to sleep more, cutting out sweet items and not giving so many cuddles, that first year of egg laying started in January then it moved to December and this year, 2016 back to January.

In her presents she got twin bars of parrot sticks (From Wilko) at first she threw them onto the floor of the cage but later demolished the Xmas wrapper, then the cellophane wrap followed by the bars! If William is a Roman Catholic they have mass very early in the morning, I shall be playing the watch night New Years eve, and the service at 11 am on Sunday. My church is a free church, United Reformed Church, you should have seen them before they were reformed!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas. :D
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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:14 pm

St Andrews is church of Scotland, not presbyterian which was my first thought. Parrots has had several articles on IRN's over the years, but some of the articles are not for laymen, too complicated by half. It was a mild sunny day here, so I shampooed my carpets this morning, when I looked around, Sanjay was bathing in his water container, he was soaking!, saved the use of the squirty bottle.
Well, that's another one done, Easter eggs in the shops next I daresay.
When we stayed with my stepfathers family, it was Midnight mass at the RC church, he was completely lapsed, it was to humour his old dad and siblings.
Hope you had a peaceful day, Sanjay had tinned lychees, they are Huge! And No Stones!, I just rinsed the syrup off. A lot less fiddly than the fresh ones. Today he made "snowflakes" with his paper, and quite a lot of "confetti", not the sugared almond type, mores the pity. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:45 am

Billie's hormones are still high, trying to masturbate on anything, my slippers the carpet, my shoulder, but l put her back on the cage at each attempt. she sits in the cage crouched down in a corner. There is not much l can do to help her, I try and distract her. You can see she is frustrated, she picks things up and throws them. I thought when she flew to the floor she would look for a nest site oh no she made a bee line for my slippers and tried to feed them, she has not worked out how to regurgitate food, thank goodness. Then she fanned her tail and started to rub herself on the carpet, but l told her That is not allowed and put her back on the cage.

She opened her Christmas present and ate most of the twin bars over night, she got extra sprouts this morning.

I thought l would go shopping tomorrow but it is a bank holiday so there won't be many buses. Emma has been away for Christmas and it has been very quiet, l dread her coming back, but when she does l shall have to make the best of it.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:11 pm

I noticed quite a few people with carrier bags today, so shops must have been busy, the buses were Sunday service, which means hourly..All that panic buying for nothing!,
Sanjay loves his new hobby, and leaves very interesting shaped holes in his paper, one looked like a Xmas tree!. Sorry to hear about Billie, its an absolute pain for both of you, I do hope this phase doesn't drag on for long, this time. I wonder if hens get less hormonal with age?.
Another lovely day, almost like spring, but I daresay we will get snow etc next month, spring itself can be quite wet and miserable. Are we the only "old guard" left on these forums? ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:56 am

From the quick tour of IRN it would appear the only person waving the flag is Sanjay's Mummi, what ever happened to the smart Alec's with their sharp criticism? At least the spam has gone/ I have altered my schedule leaving more time to browse and add my two penny worth. It amazes me that people ask for advice and then disappear.

Billie is a bit better today, she refused a shower, but came and splashed me from her roof top swimming pool, and she got quite wet in the process. She flew to the floor but was more interested in my slippers, she did not try to masturbate on them or me, but she still crouches on the bottom of the cage. I waited until she was covered before going out shopping, there were no apricots so bought plums. Asda had some Russet apples so bought some for a change. The place was packed but the tills were empty.

Billie wanted to come out for a breather when l got back but soon decided she wanted to be covered and made a dickens of a row as l tried to watch TV with headphones so in the end l gave up and cooked my dinner.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:57 am

That sounds like an improvement!, and wanting her day to end earlier is good, isnt it?. Im not shopping until friday, there should be a few fruit and veg stalls too. Sanjay quite likes plums, he had a whale of a time with his doily making today, its very comical watching him carry and fly with his A4 sheet of paper. My wallpaper is totally ignored.
I feel sorry for any newcomers looking for advice, because we are just lay people, not breeders, and there are questions I cannot answer with certainty. There was a time when members here gave excellent advice.
Another hard frost forecast, but the beautiful sunny days and blue skies make it worthwhile. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:56 am

Maybe those members will return after the Christmas break, my advice is a bit off centre, but it worked for Billie and that is all we have is the experience of how to deal with problems that have occurred in our birds and have been successfully resolved.

Although saying that l am at my wits end with Billie, she flew to my shoulder as l played the organ, she knows l cannot see what she is doing when l am concentrating on the music, she has a quaint way of touching my neck and if l do not respond then grabs my collar spreads her tail and rubs herself on my shoulder, l arranged a mirror so l could see what she is doing but as soon as l look she stands with her hands behind her back and whistles as if she was not doing anything!

I had to put her back on the cage several time before l locked her in. After awhile she gave this little peep and l let her out but as soon as l started to play she flew back and tried to masturbate again. She is covered for 16 hours but she does not sleep all that time because the bottom of the cage is littered with bits of fruit, wood, cabbage leaf, vegs and anything else she can chew up. I shall put her nesting box in with the first egg she lays. This time it has not been so bad with her crouching and bleating with hormonal urges, And this time last year she started to lay, and the year before, if l can get her through January we might not get any eggs this time. :-bd

There was a Lychee nut broken open the first she has manage to open, I put little bits of cheese in her supper plate, along with some banana, orange segments, and apple, she eats most of that during the night. I do not want to give Billie Paper as she will think it is nest materiel, there was a roll of paper hanging up she has ignored it all year but the other day she pulled it all out and ripped it up. It is good to have the cold weather clears out all the bugs but l wonder how the fids who escaped manage?

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:32 am

Where does the term "fids" come from?, just curious. I'm surprised Sanjay is still alive, he chewed through the UV light flex, exposing the copper wire etc today, when I brushed against it I got quite a tingle!, I've ordered another, but This time I will hide the flex behind the back curtain. I don't know why, after 7 years, my little minky just wants to chew, rip and shred anything he can get his beak on!, and as you rightly say, they know when we are distracted or have our backs turned.
Is it wise to give Billie a nesting box?, won't it just encourage her?,.
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Aha! According to google, "fids" is a contraction of "feathered kids", so now I know.
(curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back") :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:09 pm

I think it is an Aussie word, I shall wait for the first egg before she gets the nesting box but as you say it would only encourage her, when she had it before and she became broody and sat in the box all day. I am quite interested in this candle idea of yours, l did not think you would know St Francis of Assisi no skin off my nose and it seemed to help the lady.
It just shows you that familiarity breeds contempt. I used to think Billie stayed on her cage when l was out until l found parrot pooh under the cushion on the settee. I used to fold up the blankets and put them behind the settee but she attacked me when l took them out. So now l fold them and put them on a dining room chair near her cage, in the morning she loves helping me fold the blanket by holding the middle while l fold the ends in/
The cable Billie bit was down to the copper wire, l wrapped it up in sellotape, it was to the UV lamp above her. I remember now.she tried to bite the TV cable but l sprayed it with anti-pek! I was a bit worried that the UV light was too close but l remedied that by moving her perch!

Well found, so it is all right to use Fids from now on?

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:44 pm

As a Pagan, I practice Santeria from time to time, we may not be "Orthodox",but we accept there are many "powers" (not "gods" as such), and St Francis had an affinity with birds.
Anyway, I tried electrical tape, but it blew the sockets, so I had to remove it completely, and switch back on at the box. A new one definitely in order. We used to refer to our dogs as "furbabies" in dog circles, so fids isn't dissimilar.
Crafty Billie!, reminded me of a newspaper report where a burglar did the dirty during a robbery, and got caught by her DNA!.
Funnily enough, when I found Sanjay had escaped just after I got him, I found do do on top of a kitchen cabinet!. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:52 am

Not as bad as Billie, l got her in August 2013 with her old cage, and it was very hot the cage had lots of little doors and l accidentally left one door unlocked, but closed her up and opening the windows to allow a breeze to come in and l went out but when l came back I found Billie on top of the cage enjoying the breeze from the open window!

Mystery solved!

I do not like Google so use Bing for my search engine but they are useless nothing about Kids in Feathers, still it was good to know. Poor Billie she is still suffering from Hormones she still wants to masturbate on me, and insists on going to bed early. Also as soon as she has had a little nosh she wants me to hold her and she climbs down outside the cage and sits there waiting for me to lift her off and then she snuggles up under my hand. As long as she does not lay any eggs.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:32 pm

Aww, bless!.
Ok, I ordered another lamp holder from parrot essentials yesterday, and was asked if I wanted next day delivery, I said no, because I had to go shopping today, lo and behold, the postie left a card, and I've had to ask for a re delivery, (Tuesday ), but talk about efficient, then thought I'd better order a new bulb in case the bulb blew, so I ordered that this morning.
Sanjay is not at all happy, his alcove is dark!, so I've had the ceiling chandelier on. I bought him a raffia toy from Wilko today to cheer him up, if I hadn't been wearing rubber soled slippers yesterday, I might not have been able to!. I bought him some big oranges today, and plums, he has really tucked into the orange.
I hate these bank holidays, they throw everything out of sync, and I lose track of the days. ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:37 am

My stupid pro 4 Surface laptop would not open the link on IRN, so l am using Vista in a hurry, l am playing the organ tonight for the watch night service and will have ot leave at 9.30, I thought l might get a couple of hours shut eye before then. I watched Ben Hur film it always makes me cry!

Bank holiday on Monday. Last night was hell here next door he had his audio turned up really very loud it is a sort of drum beat, Went onto 7 this morning but l managed to sleep through most of it. Thank goodness Emma was quiet.

Billie went to bed at her usual early time, but when l got back from my walk l let her out for ten minutes and gave her a small piece of a biscuit but she had great difficulty in swallowing it, had me worried, He hormones were lower today.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:31 am

I watched Hachi today, it makes me bawl every time!, but it actually happened in Japan in 1935, my dear friend had Shiba Inu's, and hers were just as loyal.
I am looking forward to seeing the 2016 remake of Ben Hur.
Anyway, good news, the postie Did deliver the lamp holder today And the "old" bulb still works!, the difference in Sanjay was remarkable, he cheered up immediately, I have hidden the flex behind the back cover so he can't see it or get to it.
Wishing you, and all our readers a very happy and prosperous 2017. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:24 am

Did Sanjay fly top the floor before to bite the cable? I thought the Charles Heston's Ben Hur was the tops a remake would not be half as good. It is good to have a spare bulb. I know the UV lamp keeps falling over it has three legs but is top heavy, so ordered a spare bulb. I had a tall standard lamp that belonged to Ant with a 300 watt bulb but it stopped working so l bought a new bulb and in the end ordered two they were not very expensive but that was not the problem the lamp had burnt though the holder and l could not get another, l had to throw the lamp out pity really as it was a Retro design.

Emma complained to me today that a Everton a neighbour who has an audio karaoke amplifier had a bunch of alcoholic friends round last Thursday and there was a terrible noise from midnight until 7 am. I slept through most of it but Emma said when she complained to the HA she was the only person toe make that complaint and she did not think it fair that l should complain about her noise but not Everton. I had to agree with her but said she was underneath my flat and Everton was next door but ;agree with her it was not fair and l would make a complaint against Everton on Tuesday. Considering the noise she put me through with her alcoholic friends all night it is a bit rich she should now suffer from another neighbour, That is rough justice!

Yes a happy Christmas to all IRN and Alex and their owners, and a safe 2017

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:19 pm

No, Sanjay Never flies to the floor, ever. The lamp is not on a stand, it's attached to the top of his cage, he nibbled the flex through the bars at the back of his cage. Now the back cover hides it, problem solved.
I like remakes, the effects are superb, and from the trailer, the New Ben Hur looks just as good, if not better.
It's been a wet miserable day, very gloomy, so I am really pleased himself has his own personal sunshine back.
I am fortunate, the immature guy in flat 1 gets "lonely" so he's always out overnight, the Santa in flat 3 is never there, (he could be evicted for "abandonment" if he isn't careful), so there's only us chickens, and the two Slobodans upstairs, and they're quiet enough, in that they never play music or throw parties.
We had a few fireworks, I thought Sanjay would be scared, but he decided to have a sing song, bit like Londoners during the blitz! :-!

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:22 pm

Billie enjoys the UV light but like Sanjay she bit into the cable because it was too close to the cage now l move her cage as far away as possible. They don't understand the dangers cables present Billie found the white plastic covered glass fibre TV cable and started to chew it. I covered it with filler and sprayed it with anti pek and now she has forgotten about it.

I only see Billie for a couple of hours in the morning, come 12 she is fussing wanting to be covered which l do in stages,
she gets the full cover by 3pm. All the time she does not lay eggs is the time to pander to her wanting longer hours covered. But never the less she is hormonal, wanting several cuddles, and neck scratches, but l won't allow her to rub herself on me.

Today has been better l went for a walk around the park this afternoon but it is a lot colder, keep warm.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:57 pm

Today was glorious with sunshine, but chillikins, it's a joy to see the light returning in the evenings. Sanjay was quite whiffy today, so he had a rosewater and glycerin spray, and a blow dry, I didn't want him staying damp for long, it made a huge difference, his colours are gorgeous after a good misting.
I am very pleased for you, in that Billie isn't laying (yet), I expect you're waiting with baited breath and fingers crossed it doesn't happen this year. Sanjay has been semaphoring to be covered half an hour earlier, and I oblige, but come spring/summer it won't be so early, he needs the daylight and sunlight for vitamin D as much as I do. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:38 am

You cannot feed Vitamin D tablets to him so we rely on the UV light, Billie has been less amorous today still wanting a cuddly, two in fact. Shopping today so l bought Emma and Nathan some salt fish that l saw in Asda, Emma told me she had given her 13 year daughter £100 to buy a phone and now was broke but would be away for a couple of days, as she could not afford the heating and lighting. Emma lost custody of her son and daughter 10 years ago and was told if she wanted to get them back she would have to be off alcohol for a year, and they take a hair form her head and look under a microscope, for proof.

I think Nathan her companion will be there but he is very quiet. I bought some Kiwi fruit Billie did not care for it last time, and some more plums she devours them at night in fact in the mornings it looks as if a food processor has chopped everything up! I put little pieces of cheese in a bowl on the floor of her cage along with orange segments. She was asking to be covered at 1 pm and l did but l watched TV until 3.30 it was nice and warm in the LR but so cold in here 46 f. l put the heater on but it is only 52 now.

Billie no longer wants a shower in the bathroom, but if l play the organ she comes down and splashes me from her roof top pool. Yes l have my fingers and toes crossed , l anxious search the tray every morning and thank my lucky stars there is no egg. She has had no nesting material, no sweet food, hoping we wont have to go through another egg laying stint. I move the bowls around every day so she never knows where her seeds are.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:03 pm

A hair strand test is for Drugs!, alcohol is usually a urine test.
I used to give my pregnant, lactating girl dogs Vit D plus Calcium tablets, to prevent hip dysplasia, and to the pups when I weaned them. But sunshine and fresh air helps too.
Sanjay wanted another shower today, so I obliged, he could do with a new spray bottle. The UV bulb from Scarletts was delivered, it looks longer than the other one, but the screw fitting looks the same diameter. Yes, it is definitely colder, I have an appointment tomorrow, so I have got my Aquascutum camel coat out, it's cashmere, and lovely and snug.
Billie is doing well, long may it last! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:12 pm

A sweet thing happened today, l have a large 2 foot square mirror behind the cage and l pushed her cage a bit close to the mirror, and Billie was standing on her cage with her beak on the mirror looking at her reflection but she was fast asleep! I crept about but had to go out when l came back she had one eye open. She wanted a lot of cuddles and became a pest when l started to play the organ with her attempt to masturbate on me, she starts by touching my ear lobe, l say NO! But she does not listen and grabs my collar as she waggles her bottom against my shoulder so l have to put her back on the cage. She waited until l got back from my walk before wanting to be covered.

Emma does smoke Cannabis when she can afford it, she claim it is for her rheumatism. I have got an out break of shingles, will go to the chemist tomorrow to see what he recommends. I have taken some Ibuprofen and an anti allergy tablet. Maybe l should smoke Cannabis! I gave up smoking tobacco 25 years ago.

I hope the UV bulb works. Thank you for your well wishes for Billie, she has not touched the cuttle fish bone for a week, she has given up climbing round the back of the cage and is not interested in the floor all good signs, that she is less hormonal. :-bd

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:42 pm

Sanjay is actually self aware with a mirror, he doesn't think it's another bird. Anyway, Cannabis Does Not alleviate pain, that's just an excuse.
I had a very nice surprise today, Sanjay flew over and perched on my knee!, he sat there for ages too, didn't wuss out at all, I sat quiet and still, didn't want to put him off the idea.
Great news about Billie, and your firm but fair attitude seems to be helping, :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:00 pm

Billie is getting better she no longer crouches on the floor of the cage bleating, but she still wants to masturbate on me all l allow is a cuddle she sways back and forth gently rubbing her chest on my sleeve in one direction and under my hand in the other direction.

That is really good news about Sanjay, now he will try sitting on your shoulder and you will be able to walk around without him flying off. I always think it is so cruel to have a small round mirror, like looking at humanity through a port hole, Billie does not feed her mirror image but she often sings to it.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:04 pm

Sanjay likes my art noveau mirror, in fact, he's a bit of a magpie, as he likes my shiny brass effect light switches too. Today he perched on the chandelier leaning down towards me, I thought "any minute now", but he didn't land on me, I have pierced ears and dangly earrings, so I dread him perching on my shoulder to be honest.
It was a very pretty day, cold and sunny, a repairman came and rang my bell, but the repair had been done Weeks ago, the guy from flat 1 came out of his flat, and he looked dreadful, all the hallmarks of a heroin addict, I suspect he disappears off to a drugs den at weekends when he isn't here.
Still no sign of "Santa", his mail box is heaving with uncollected mail, if it gets any worse I will have no choice but to let the neighbourhood officer (HA) know, he might have died or gone into hospital whilst away.
If Billies attentions are easing off that is great news :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:06 am

I spoke too soon she laid an egg this afternoon great pain she is sleeping now, I put her nesting box back in to keep the egg safe 5 eggs is normal keep your fingers crossed she stop then..

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:50 am

Oops!, won't the nesting box encourage her?.
There is a shelf in my sitting room, and Sanjay has begun perching on it, Also the door handle, he has watched me open the door, and I'm sure he's sussed it out, and thinks his weight will push the handle down, fat chance!.
Billie reminds me of a character called "sid" in the Ice Age movies, in Dawn of the Dinosaurs, he finds three dinosaur eggs, draws faces on them and names them!, then mummy dinosaur finds out.......
Well, short of investing in a bigger, taller cage, Not conducive to laying, all we can do is wait it out, ^#(^

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:44 pm

I did some research on the net, and you are right no nesting box, no nesting material, put the grid back so she cannot get to the floor of the cage, cut down on the variety of food , and cut down on proteins and fatty foods keep up the restricted diet for a month to stop laying any more eggs. Drastically change her cage around and move it to new location, if need be alter her night time to day time and day time to night time. Oh and put the egg on the grid to stop it rolling around,
I might need to contact the vet if l think she is egg bound, there is no sign of a prolapse but the poor thing was whimpering and let out a yell when she passed the egg.

I thought her poops was becoming very runny so l opened a Quicko Well-being pack cost £14.99 and l noticed it runs out in March 2017 so l just go to it in time, it is protein rich but l have only made up 6 days. I shall have to weigh her tomorrow and again in 4 weeks time.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:48 pm

I like the cage she has for several reasons 1/ It has a plastic tray which is easy to clean under the tap. 2/ It fits in my small living room. 3/ She is locked inside at night.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:01 pm

Well, yes, you have yourself to consider, your sitting room is probably smaller than mine.
I hope all your efforts succeed, if last years suture is still in place, then she would yelp!, you never know, it may have put her off b-(

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:01 pm

Yesterday l found a very helpful site about what to do when they start laying, and although l have trolled history today and yesterday l cannot find it. Blast. I was looking at Liberta 2 Voyager today, it would fit in my LR and give her the extra tail room she needs. What was the name of the cage you bought? But l shall wait to see her through this egg laying period.

Putting the grid back in has been very good, she is very easy going bird but she would prefer to have the grid out, her egg sits on the bars of the grid today she turned the egg over. I have cut out most fruit, and a lot of proteins, but she needs the calcium. I have the cuttlefish bone, crushed oyster shell, egg biscuit, and some almonds, l could do with Zocal.

Warmer today, going to be cold next week.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:27 pm

My cage is the Liberta Voyager 2nd Edition, and she will love it, it fits nicely into an alcove, and you can open the top, it comes with a little perch for the top, The metal coating is smooth and really easy to wipe clean, it has a decent door lock And a little child proof lock, so it's doubly secure, and mine came with three free parrot toys.
I have ordered Anti Pek, my little minky has been nibbling the edge of my shelf, so after I've filled the pecks, and repainted it, I will spray it with anti pek spray. It should work on other things he likes to nibble.
I cover the metal grid with newspaper, because it makes cleaning daily a lot easier, and you know how certain stuff sticks and sets like concrete! b-(

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:31 pm

Could you tell how much you paid for the cage and who from? Was it easy to put together? Do you use the seed catchers and if yes do they stop Sanjay's poops? The trouble with paper is that Billie would rip it up, however l could put it under the grid, to protect the pan. At the moment l have lined the bottom of the tray with paper, it is plastic and the mess she makes is easy to clean up, but l wanted to remind her how it was in the beginning. Today if she was working on a two day cycle would have been a laying day and all morning l was checking her abdomen which looked swollen, but lunch time she climbed down the inside of the cage and her abdomen looked normal. I think she was putting on a display just for me?

She is not interested in toys, but she quite likes my home made efforts. When l first got her her tail measured 16" Now it is more like 12" Well she has not laid today. So we will keep our fingers and toes crossed that she does not lay tonight or tomorrow l thought she was sitting on the one egg today, which might mean it was a one off. I know putting in the grid has been a nasty shock to her system she keeps looking through the bars and reading the old stories of the news papers!

I am looking forward to buying the Voyager as soon as she had finished laying, Northern Parrots have one £189.99

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:13 pm

Yes, I paid approx £180.00 as it was reduced from £220.00,I can't remember whom I ordered from but it was delivered by Skyline, the wholesale company, the Next Day!, yes, the instruction booklet is excellent, and you even get a wee allen key and spanner, the seed catcher hooks on And bolts together, and it catches splat. You can go on YouTube and watch it being assembled, as I did.
The fiddliest bit was the domed roof because it has opening bits, I had trouble lining up the screw holes at first, but managed it in the end.
With the perches fairly high, Billie might not go on to the floor, Sanjay sometimes abseils down to see what he has dropped, but his feet Never touch the floor. He sat on my arm today, so I offered him a treat, he spat it out and swore!, nice! :-l

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:23 am

Well the grid did not work. This morning as l uncovered her a second egg was sitting next to the first, l think she was sitting on them, the poor thing looks like a battery hen. So I cleared the paper from the tray I carefully removed the eggs to a safe place she did not bat a hare and then I took the grid out and put her nesting box back in, as l positioned the box she bit me and and wouldn't let go, having freed myself from her beak l used a perch to get her box into position
She went in immediately, then I tried to put her eggs, but she bit me again, so while she was in the box l managed to get them om the floor of the cage by then she was on top of the box so holding her down with a perch l was able to carefully put the eggs inside. She has been in and out, if it makes her broody good then she will stop laying, it might encourage her to lay but part experience says once she starts sitting on the eggs she had finished laying.

However her next day to lay would be tomorrow night and then Thursday and Saturday but l will phone the vet on Friday if that is the case and see what they say. So far there is no sign of a prolapse, but l have the sugar water ready.

Good old Sanjay I would love to hear him swear like a trooper, Billie will adore the Voyager her first cage was about the same size and she would have room to move her tail maybe it would grow back to 17" long. For the sake of a few pounds l will order from Northern Parrots.

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:31 am

For got to mention that Billie's first cage was green, this one is black but l was thinking I would order the Voyager in stone, l think yours is black?

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:10 pm

No, my cage is Stone, his old cage was stone too, it makes it lighter for them. Sanjay doesn't swear in humanese, it's parrot cuss!, today he was on my arm twice, the second time he sidled towards my shoulder but stopped half way when he saw passion fruit pulp in the bowl I was holding, he couldn't wait to get stuck in.
I bought some more tinned Lychees today, with the syrup rinsed off he loves them.
If you put Billie in a new cage she might stop laying because it's unfamiliar, personally I would give it a try, animals only breed if the conditions are right.
When daddi kept tropical fish he used special additives in the water etc and his live bearers spawned because everything was ideal for them.
The Northern Parrots price is still cheaper than £220.00, and I cannot fault the quality. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:45 am

Microsoft have pulled the plug on the old Vista l thought it was going to be April 17 which would have allowed me to buy a new cage , get over that and then buy a new computer, l still have the Surface pro 4 tablet which l shall use form now on.

You are right about the new cage l will get one on order tomorrow, one of the websites recommended Cottage cheese for its calcium but when l looked today it had too much salt so l bought some soft cheese in a tube which had low salt and high calcium, l also bought some Almonds which are high in calcium, I offered an almond dipped in the cheese and Billie said "UGH!" but later l saw she had eaten all the cheese l put in a bowl.

I am rather pleased l put the nesting box back she has been in and out and sits in it, with some cold nights coming up
she will be warmer in there.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:18 pm

Sanjay called me a liar today by padding around the floor of the cage, but only long enough to pick up something he had dropped, then he flew back up with it and hasn't been downstairs since.
He steps on to my wrist nicely now, and has a liitle sit before flying off.
I do hope Billie loves her new cage as much as Sanjay does, and you like it too, we haven't looked back. Won't Billies eggs go off?,
The forecast is a possibility of snow at the weekend, but I have a couple of tubs of salt on standby, I love fresh snow, but when it turns dirty and slushy I hate it, our dogs would gambol in snow, eat it and roll in it, they were like human kids! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:22 am

I suddenly remember that Dummy eggs in USA recommended that l put in all the eggs as soon as she starts to lay as hens count their egg, this being so l put in two extra dummy eggs. She went and banged around and then l saw she had separated the dummy eggs from her eggs.

I ordered the cage, keep you fingers crossed it comes on Friday!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:26 am

It Should do, I'm very excited for you both!.
Dogs count their puppies, and cats their kittens, but it never crossed my mind birds could count!, and you cannot fool Billie!, so whoever wrote that advice didn't know her!.
I found guavas on the market today, and chestnuts, and although he is ever so chuffed to have them again, he has been tucking in to his cauliflower florets, I found a cat toy with feathers and it stops him perching on my door handle!, it makes it awkward when I want to open the sitting room door. The anti pek turned up, but with no hole in the nozzle!, so I took a hot darning needle to it.
You will be busy tomorrow if the Voyager 2 turns up, but being a guy, you will probably assemble it much quicker than I did!. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:34 am

I don't know about that, however if l take it slowly it should go together with no problems, if Be... can do it so can I. Yes we are very excited, Billie is yelling for me to leave the sitting room to her she is covered up with two fleece blankets so it is nice and dark inside her cage but I have the TV on, I'm not wearing headphones yet, but she won't take NO for answer so I have thrown back the covers and lifted the blankets and she suffer that!

Northern Parrots said Royal Mail will deliver today, Royal Mail say they have signed for the parcel its only a matter of time.

Billie does not eat vegetables sometimes carrot, and a cabbage leaf she will rip up on the floor of her cage. She is quiet at the moment. The lull before the storm egg number 4 is due tonight if she cannot count and indeed from the way she is behaving she can't and will sort of thing.

Mid afternoon break in 20 minutes and I'm starving but weigh myself this morning down to 12 stone 2 lbs, and 38 waist which is good so have to be careful about snacks, too cold for a walk this afternoon, and it is raining.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:18 pm

I have never had a cage delivered by Royal Mail, it was DPD with the first two, and Skypets with this one, for the sheer size of packaging I am surprised, I would have thought Parcelforce at least, the Royal Mail vans are quite small.
It has rained all day here, my daughter reports snow where she is, but Luton is further north than Bedford.
Sanjay is eating his supper, he always has a good nosh before bedtime :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:53 pm

I ordered other things form Northern Parrots to take advantage of the free delivery, these other things are coming by Royal Mail and l thought that was today but nothing yet maybe to morrow the cage is coming from Liberta direct and might be the carrier you said.

Billie is fast asleep by 4 pm, l know she wakes up in the night maybe she is expecting a difficult delivery, but l wish she would got to bed later, she is a bit like me l enjoy 9 + hours a night, we shall have to wait and see if she can count and will stop at 3 eggs plus two dummies, these are plastic which will stop her from chewing them to bits/

We had a bit of snow but it was mostly light rain and cold.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:04 am

Billie can count, l was expecting to see another egg this morning, but there was none! Royal Mail delivered the parcel from Northern Parrots a day late, but no sign of the cage. It might still come, Billie is banging her bell and wanting me to turn off the TV she is covered, l shall ignore her until l am ready she rules my household.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:01 am

It could be late due to the bad weather conditions, and how far they have to drive. Sanjay started pecking wallpaper today, so much for anti pek!. When I say "No naughty!" He does stop, tomorrow is the day everything gets stripped out and cleaned thoroughly. The snow we got was barely there and soon melted away, but today was wet, windy and dull, Sanjay fits around my routine, but I give his needs priority, b-(

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:22 pm

LOL! That's enough/ Just as l submitted my email the cage arrived. One part was too heavy to lug upstairs so l went to Emma and asked her if l could borrow Nathan, "Oh he does not live here any more!" She goes through boyfriends like a yoyo. So I unpacked the cage and took it up piece meal, I found the instructions, a piece of cake. So l started to put it together, when all four sides were up l put in the casters, and started on the top, then l noticed that the door was back to front, Typical! So I had to undo everything turn the front around and do it back up nice and tight.

As l put the top on l found there were not enough holes and discovered the back was back to front so had to undo everything all over again and turn the back around and do it back up by now Billie wanted to go to bed, so I moved her old cage out and put the new one in, checked the bowl to see if l had used all the bolts and found some washers, so l had to unloosen everything and managed to get the swing top free but every time l put a washer on one end the washer on the other end fell off!

In the end l gave up by now Billie was making rude noises under her covers, so l invited her to see the new cage but she was not interested. I took some of perches out of her old cage and found that the bars on the Voyager are too far apart for her favourite sleeping perch to stay in, l shall put some tape round the ends and hope that works.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:51 pm

I found lots of washers After mine was assembled, but couldn't be bothered to unscrew everything!, it hasn't made any difference. Yes, we have to make minor adjustments with new cages, my skypets driver asked if I wanted help carrying it, fortunately I live on the ground floor, but he still would've helped, I just slid it in!.
You can finish off tomorrow, seeing as Billie has already gone to bed, I was fortunate, I had all day, and a nice sunny one to complete assembly, I just found the roof opening panels a bit fiddly.
Sanjay took to it like a duck to water, even though I hadn't taken his old cage apart. I'm sure Billie will be pleased when her worldly goods are in place. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:49 am

What a relief that some else had washers to spare! I put the old cage out by our waste bins and it went by mid afternoon, l kept the perches and small bowls, the perches l put in lower down to make it easier for her to get to the nesting box, l sent you a photo from my mobile phone.

There were no eggs this morning so she has gone 5 days without laying l am beginning to hope that is all. She keeps going in the box and rearranges the eggs. I am looking forward to when she starts to sit on them. Then it will be 28 days to a molt and then back to normal. :-?

Accidents keep on happening in my house l put the oven glove down on a hot hot plate and burnt it l shall have to get another.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:00 pm

It could have been worse, like a chip pan left on!.
Anyway, what a difference a new cage makes, and from your photo, plenty of space for Billie, I'm glad you didn't have the hassle I had, getting rid of the old cage.
I gave Sanjays cage it's thorough clean today, it took two hours, but I did stop for a break, and he flew across and sat on my wrist for several minutes, I never had to train him either, it may have taken years, but he has done this at his own speed, in his own way.
You will find the new cage just as easy to clean once you set out a routine for tackling it, mine took a bit longer because papaya seeds and juice set quite hard, a non scratch cleaner and flash gel weren't enough, I had to gently thumb nail the worst bits. Never mind, I won't deprive him of his favourites just to make my life easier. :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:00 pm

I would not use Flash gel, it tastes awful both for us and for parrots, the seed catches catch poop as well and so far nothing has hit the floor. She is still hormonal wanting to masturbate on me which of course l do not allow. She keeps going into the box and rearranges the eggs, 3 and 2 dummies. The box sits nicely on the grid. But l have noticed that there is not a lot of room to hang things. The old cage had lots of small perches she could sit on to get to the bowls l have not used any of those perches so far she is quite happy if she wants to eat a lot she sits on the edge of the bowl.

You know l hate the idea of training birds, Billie steps up if she wants to sometimes l can hold my hand palm down up but she just ignores me and sometimes l use a perch to get her to step up and she just sits there with a wounded look on her face even when l push the stick under her belly she just rests her belly on the stick, but of course if she wants to step she does.

Poop off us very good at softening dried poop and fruit. But every time she poops on the cage l rush forward with tissue and mop it up, the other cage was easy to clean but this one needs less cleaning. I have a water bottle hanging up which is jolly fiddly but l only have to change it once a week, Does Sanjay have a bottle or open dish for water? \m/

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:39 pm

Flash gel, properly diluted and rinsed off thoroughly does a lovely job. Sanjay has a ceramic "anti splash" bowl for water, I think we ordered it from NP, it's attached to the door, beside his mineral perch. He usually abseils down to bowls and perches on the rim, like Billie does, anyway, Now I know why parrots bite, it's because humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas, a fact I learned from "The Chase", aha! I thought, I must tell Peter.
If Billie hasn't laid another egg since moving house, that's a good sign, she certainly has a lot to think about and suss.
Sanjay didn't sit on me today, but as I didn't need a sit down, he didn't get the opportunity.
As for training, if little feral starlings can perch on me when I'm in town, I figured he would eventually, it's just familiarity and trust in the end. Besides, we have plenty of places for them to perch on, banana DNA or not! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:34 am

Billie likes to abseil down the bars too, yes it is now 5 days since the last egg, but she has gone 12 days once between laying. One thing she likes is a nap mid day, and she wants a lot of cuddles on my arm, she still wants to masturbate on me but her demands are getting less stringent. She often goes into the nesting box and rearranges the eggs. There was a feather on the floor is she moulting?

She devours a quarter of pomegranate but is not keen on bananas. But she was not keen on ground nuts until l spotted her eating both halves. She does not seem to worry when the millet falls down below the grid. Cleaned out the tray today, it really very good just to roll the paper poop and all and bin it. Billie does not like chestnuts so eat them went mad on my diet yesterday in church ate 6 chocolates! That was 300 calories.

Vacuumed the floor today and kept a large panel of plastic carpet saver from Wilko to put under the door as she likes to sit on it. but I threw the small bits out as they ruck up under the wheels, I miss the storage space under the cage but it was becoming a glory hole. She had a glorious bath and spray today, l hope the wallpaper dries out!

I wrote yesterday she does not eat vegetables but the morning the veg bowl was empty. She devoured a mineral block over night, l have been a little worried she might be egg bound but she is showing none of the symptoms of egg binding. Billie sends a :-*

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:08 am

:-* much reciprocated!.
It might be a moult, fingers crossed, they are very good at calling us liars, I bought a tin of pineapple in juice (not syrup) today, the pots of fresh pineapple cubes seem to go off quick. He loves the juice of pineapple and oranges.
Yes, I put broadsheet newspaper on top of the grid, and always have, as you rightly say, it makes life so much easier. Aha!, the DVD of the new "Ben Hur" was in Tesco, Morgan Freeman plays the Sheik, and he is a brilliant actor, it looks quite splendiferous, and the guy who plays Judah actually looks Jewish, not blue eyed and blonde like Charlton Heston, I went off him when he supported the use of firearms.
I am so glad Billie has settled in nicely :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:23 am

Ah! I put the newspapers under the grid in the tray l think she would rip up the news papers and think she is making a nest and start lay again no l will wait until l am sure she has finished laying, perhaps after she starts to sit on these before putting on news papers on the grid'

I tried Billie with pine apple but she did not like it, you talk of pots is this frozen or jelly pots? Shopping tomorrow will go to Wilko to see if they have anything new, if there is enough time l might go down to Tesco as well.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:11 pm

Jelly pots, he only has an occasional nibble tho'.
Well, I wasn't disappointed with the DVD, it brought tears to my eyes, but maybe not for the same reason as the old version does to yours. It is every bit as gripping too,
Sanjay enjoyed sucking the juice out of the pineapple and orange, his little needs are so simple, he is a joy to shop for. If only humans were so easy to please! :ymparty:

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Post by AJPeter » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:22 am

I bought some cauliflower today, it gives me flatulence but Billie might like it as she is eating vegetables again. Did the video show the chariot race well? No more loose feathers, and she rearranges the eggs but does not sit on them, l shall feel a lot easier when she does start to sit, She was sitting on top of the box with her beak resting on the box this morning, that is despite putting in her favourite nesting perch, which l had to wrap some tape around the ends to hold it in position. #:-s

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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:16 pm

The chariot race is absolutely superb, and has some hairy moments!, the ending is very moving and more in keeping with (what should be) the teachings of Christ, it isn't just a repeat or rehash, it's been tweaked in a good way.
Ok, so Billie seems indifferent to the eggs?, maybe she's not very maternal, not all women are, my mother in law springs to mind, terribly British and Rigid.
Sanjays love of passion fruit is undiminished, it's a sure fire way to get him back indoors! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:49 pm

Can't say Billie has a favourite food, she picks them, up or drops them, her plumage is smooth and not ruffled her eyes are clear, her poops look normal, sometime l have a job to find them in such a big cage. She sits on the floor a lot with her tail up, she is indicative of hormonal behaviour. I must weigh her soon, the last time she gave me a nasty bite.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:41 pm

Maybe you're banana flavoured?.
Sanjay got stuck into doily making today, bits of confetti everywhere!, but better than chewing my stuff. The DNA results from ancestry.com are in, My ancestors were Huguenots (French Protestants), whom fled France to the Netherlands to escape persecution in the 1600's, eventually ending up in Scotland then Ulster, it explains the French names in my family, as they passed names down, and my grans maiden name Mc Ghile Moir is Norman in origin, it's like doing a jigsaw! :-bd

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:37 am

Get out

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Post by sanjays mummi » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:03 am

Ditto! :evil:

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:10 am

An update on Billie 2018, she has wanted to nest since August and found the ideal spot on some storage boxes, trying to keep her away is a never ending story. Diet plays an important part in her hormonals, no starch, no sugar, extra calcium, and protein. She has a lot of fruit l find placing whole apples and pomegranates and letting her forage is best.

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