Month: May 2017

Lovebird Bird Log Day 51 onwards

Day 54, April 18, 2017 Tuesday I haven’t been sleeping in the house lately because I needed to stay in the city due to some family business concerns. So when I got home I took every opportunity I could to really clean up the cage so that Bonnie and Clyde will have a comfortable home even while I’m gone. Bugging Bonnie to leave the nest box I took a quick peek not really expecting much and then I started getting goosebumps….. AN EGG!! MY FIRST EGG EVER!! (okay technically Bonnie’s) And here I thought I could never breed anything aside from dogs! AVICULTURE 101: Once a month it would be good to wash with soap the bottom tray to avoid bacterial proliferation and growth. Also bird poop attracts  ants. Day 58, April 22, 2017 Saturday Finally back home and haven’t checked on the nest box for the past few days so I’m excited to see if Bonnie laid a few more eggs because I know they can lay but to 5 eggs. However you can …

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 46-50

Day 46, April 10, 2017 Monday I’m finally able to check on my birds properly! I didn’t want to wake them up last night so I checked on the nest box in this morning. Result? No eggs 🙁 Even if there were no eggs I’m just glad that the babysitter was able to keep them healthy, hydrated and happy. I can see that they definitely got busy with the nesting as it’s very clear with the dry strips of palm leaves or at least what’s left of them. The large container of Fertivit is nearly consumed so the water container is definitely good for one week. Day 47, April 11, 2017 Tuesday To encourage more nesting activities I have added more palm leaves into the cage. I also added some more Moringa more for feeding rather than nesting. I do hope I get some eggs very soon. Counting the days going by makes me feel like it’s taking so long for them to breed. Somehow I kinda want to quit logging daily. They really are …

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 41-45

Day 41, April 5, 2017 Wednesday The cold weather here in China made it impossible for me to see anyone keeping birds (save for that one shop that had a very cramped up small cage with a crested myna inside). I wonder how my birds are doing. The quick video view at night revealed that like most nights, Bonnie and Clyde spend it safely in the nest box. My fear of predators doing anything to them is much lesser because they are safely tucked inside. The video reveals a small ribbon tying the cage doors down, Ate Jel is smart and cautious for my dear lovebirds. I sleep assured. Day 42, April 6, 2017 Thursday This is the first time I got to get a good observation of my birds and I can’t help but ask the same question that I continue to ask since day 1: “Are there eggs?” I can only guess. I do see a lot of seed husks on the floor so I’ll guess that Bonnie and Clyde are getting a …

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 36-40

Day 36, March 31, 2017 Friday The sun is starting to shed  light across the outdoor and somehow my birds are now in foraging mode as they leave the nest box. Quite simply I just add a scoop of the bird mix into the food bowl and as soon as I leave they’re already feeding on it. I checked their cuttlebone and looks like I see a chunk chewed off! Is it possible that egg laying will be happening soon? I most certainly hope so.   Day 37, April 1, 2017 Saturday Today is going to be the firs bird show I have ever attended. Though I’m not too keen on competitive and selective breeding of birds to yield desired mutations but you gotta admire the knowledge and expertise in genetics to be able to gain certain outputs. Also present were some big birds like Cockatoos and Eclecti (which were up for raffle but I didn’t win). The Sulfur-crested cockatioo was extremely fond of being scratched, all the more makes me want to buy a …