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Oslob Whale Shark

A photobombing Whale Shark as I was about to Surface

 

Three hours south of Cebu, the humble municipality of Oslob started gaining popularity because of the famous gentle giants once more famously seen in Donsol, Sorsogon: The Whale Shark (Rhyncodon typus). The whole family decided to finally see this majestic creature of the sea despite my earlier apprehensions of how Read More

MINISO: Muji + Uniqlo + Daiso

Tai Ping Street

While in Chang Sha, China, I had to opportunity to take an evening stroll in one of their famous shopping streets: 太平街 Tai Ping Street. There were many stores that lined this small street and this was very reminiscent of my high-school days when I went for China study tours and visited shopping streets much like this one.

Uniqlo
I came across a very brightly-lit store that first caught my attention and strongly reminded of what Uniqlo would look like. In fact the logo of the store felt similar to Uniqlo. With curiosity set, I head over to the store and check what they have to sell.

Going in, I find out that they have a lot of interesting items which make for very good gifts or even useful stuff which you can buy for yourself. Among the items would be bluetooth speakers, pillows, earphones, lotions, and even baby products.

Muji

What I found interesting with the products sold is that it felt all very minimalist. There were no fancy designs and these felt like items you could layout on a table for a hipster minimalist shot. Flat and solid colours dominated the items and like Muji they sell household items for organizing. The biggest differentiator from Muji? Price.

Tai Ping Street

Daiso

Although places like Daiso fit a very fixed pricing scheme but the affordability of these items makes it feel like this is a thrift store. Their prices are practical for what seems to be very good quality products.

Miniso China

 

Made in Japan

If there is any common ground for all the three brand names that I pointed out, they are all from Japan and so is Miniso! It must explain the whole feel and consistency of the products minus the expensive prices of Muji. Something like Muji would not survive in Cebu.

Finally, if you did notice I actually chose those three brands because they coincidentally can form the name Miniso: MujI-uNIqlo-daiSO. But frankly I would easily say as well that this is like a much more beautiful version of CD-R King. I wonder if CD-R King would be strong enough to become a mall someday?

Oh well, I just do hope Miniso will open their doors to Cebu although I’ve heard they’re open in other parts of the Philippines.

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 imagine my disappointment when I saw only 2 eggs. 🙁 Oh well, the books did say they lay 2-5 eggs. I can’t help but feel like I must have done something wrong or lacked in providing nutrition that might have caused Bonnie to lay only a few eggs 🙁

Day 59, April 23, 2017 Sunday

  • Routine check and just when I thought that she’s done with laying eggs (it’s now 6 days since the first egg was laid) and WOW! Three eggs! Maybe Bonnie is not yet done laying eggs just yet. 🙂 Can’t wait to check on them again in the next few days. I do hope all five eggs come out

Day 62, April 26, 2017 Wednesday

  • Four eggs! It’s still adding up! Just when I thought we’re done Bonnie still adds one more! Woohoo!

Day 64, April 28, 2017 Friday

  • Awhile back I was able to read somewhere that one of the signs of females about lay eggs is when you can see that them making one huge dump. Like something you know a normal lovebird wouldn’t do. Peeking into the cage I saw exactly that: ONE HUGE DUMP. So when I peeked into the nest box It was a delight to see 5 eggs! YES! She did very well! 5 eggs total!
  • Now comes the hard part, hoping all 5 eggs will hatch. It has been 10 days since I saw the first egg. I will guess that within 15-20 more days the eggs will start hatching.
  • Also did egg candling, 4 out of 5 are sure fertile, the 5th one I think is the newly laid one, will check this one in the coming week.
  • Got home to the news that Clyde flew away…

HATCH DATES:

Day 79, May 13, 2017 Saturday

First hatch

Day 80, May 14, 2017 Sunday

Second hatch

Day 82, May 16, 2017 Tuesday

Third Hatch

Day 84, May 18, 2017 Thursday

Fourth Hatch

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 serious about the nesting activities because when I peered into the bird cam there was no more leaves left on the cage floor! They’ve stuffed it all in the box!

DAY 48, April 12, 2017 Wednesday

  • Okay, a few days have passed by and although I quite missed Bonnie and Clyde, their activities have become routine to me. I feed them, change the water, and check on the nest box. Sometimes I wonder if I’m even doing this right.
  • Nothing too different to note. Bonnie and Clyde are still active and the nesting material still rests in the box. I should be happy that everything is indeed very normal as opposed to being problematic.

DAY 49, April 13, 2017 Thursday

  • Remember when I bought some fertivit and placed it in the water container? Well I don’t like storing them in the big container because this really stinks (like something out from a dirty comfort room). So I opted to replace the water feeder with the smaller one (my orange ones) so I’d expect these to be consumed quickly so I can replace the fertivit water regularly so the old one doesn’t stay too long.
  • There’s a bit of a problem though, I suspect that they’re not drinking from the small container. Maybe it’s a familiarity issue sort of like how parrots get scared of new home decors.

DAY 50, April 14, 2017 Friday

  • Oh gosh! Just when I thought that they were drinking from the fertivit water, I checked again and saw that black ants are all over the water container! The ants have finished the water in a matter of a day. I should’ve used some bug spray or ant chalk. I remember how some chicks die because red ants end up eating them.
  • After I’ve cleared them off I decided to spray the base of the cage stand as well as the wire connecting from the bird cam to the outlet. The ants were pasing through this route. Perhaps if I had finches, these ants would’ve become food.

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 lot of food. The water dispenser is also half empty so I would like to believe that it’s also being consumed.
  • The newspaper layering the floor looks like it’s wet. Hmm, rain in Cebu despite the summer time. I was expecting it would be much warmer before we left Cebu.
  • One last good look I see that Bonnie is just at the entrance of the nest box, nipping at a strand of the palm leaves I left with them before I flew off. Bonnie seems like a good candidate for a mother. I do hope she already is one by the time I’m back.

Day 43, April 7, 2017 Friday

  • Some observations I made while looking at the surveillance is that Bonnie is frequently entering the nest box, far more frequent than she did before. Normally when I do random checking of the surveillance I would see them preening and grooming each other. This change of habits seem to be implying something.
  • Tomorrow I’m going to be meeting my uncle and hopefully we’ll get to discuss about Aviculture. Just an idea: who in the Philippines is responsible for initiation of captive breeding for population restoration of certain species? I envy the conservation and restoration that was done for the Bali Mynah and Bald Eagle.

Day 44, April 8, 2017 Saturday

  • Tomorrow I shall finally go home. I’m missing my birds dearly (even if they don’t miss me at all) and I happily chatter with some friends about how my birds are easily viewable through a real-time camera I installed in their cage. Just when I was going to show the stream to them I capture the video just in time for their copulation! This is the first time I have recorded footage of my birds ever copulating!
  • Okay I know I shouldn’t be too excited about this because there’s still a chance that the egg laying won’t happen immediately and if it does happen, it’s not guaranteed that it will be fertile. Nevertheless, it’s finally happening! Almost 50 days into the keeping of this avian couple and I’m seeing signs of breeding. Yey!

Day 45, April 9, 2017 Sunday

  • Though I won’t be home till much later in the evening, I’m still very very excited to check on the nest box and see if there are eggs already.
  • The footages show both Bonnie and Clyde actively coming in and out of the nest box while chewing on whatever remained of the palm leaves I initially placed in the cage.
  • Also, this will be my first observation of such but I saw that my dear Bonnie was chewing on the cuttlebone! The breeding signs continue to show. This will be one interesting summer. Should I hold off purchase of an un-weaned chick and await the birth of my first clutch? We shall see.

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 cockatoo in the near future.
  • Andro’s shop also had a free-flighted African Lovebird. Just free, no ties, no cages, just free to fly! All the more I’ve become hungry for a freeflighted companion. Sigh, the freedom of birds unrestricted.
  • Guess what else was shown: Fancy Pigeons! Pigeons being one of my favorite birds, it was interesting to see all these new varieties that I’ve never seen before. I never knew that the fantails were short fliers and were not going to fly too far.  Who knows, if I had my own garden or lawn, I would prolly have some of these fancy pigeons there.
  • The community event was interesting, it’s nice to connect with like-minded people. I am once more reminded that this craft is not limited to certain types of people. The community showed all folks from all walks of life who are interested in birds.

 

Day 38, April 2, 2017 Sunday

  • I’m flying out today and I’ll be gone for a whole week. With a few hours left I make for whatever time I can have  to spend with my birds.
  • For the first time since I got Bonnie and Clyde, I washed the tray with soap water and also cleaned the cage of stray debris. I lined up the tray with fresh newspaper. It looks a lot cleaner.
  • Since I bought a new food tray, one with a semi-cover on them to prevent seeds falling off into wastage. The food bowl will have to be set aside for now.
  • The expired “fertivit” that I bought was actually a little bit too much for my birds 0__0 the 7G pack was good for more than 10L of vitamin-infused water. Let’s see if this will actually help in the breeding. If I do get them to breed this will be the first time I’ve ever bred birds in my whole life (not counting chickens).

 

Day 39, April 3, 2017 Monday

  • The internet does not seem to be cooperating with me and I’m unable to see my lovebirds. AVICULTURE 101: If you leave your birds with a birdsitter make sure that birdsitter is aware of all important and small details; don’t assume they know what you know.
  • Tonight I sleep at ease knowing that my birds won’t starve because someone is watching over them while I’m gone.

 

Day 40, April 4, 2017 Tuesday

  • It’s only now that I get to see my birds again via video. They are fine and quite healthy. It was a struggle at first because I thought it was an issue with my camera back at home. Apparently it was my VPN getting in the way of my access in the camera server.
  • They’re alive, fine, and quite well-fed. Even then I see the old food bowl being used. My new ones were not used because Ate Jel might have thought it was only secured on the side of the cage and cannot be moved.
  • The cuttlebone seems to have moved from its original position, I know they play around or push it around but I have yet to see a clip of them actually doing that.

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 31-35

Day 31, March 26, 2017 Sunday

  • Okay, I didn’t get to log this yesterday but last Saturday I ALMOST made an impulse buy. If there is one way to stimulate your temptations, Facebook Videos is definitely the best way. After watching some videos of freeflighted cockatiels I head down to the online community and search up whatever available chick there was. Thankfully the responsible breeder told me to be patient and just consider purchase when I’m ready to commit and not when I have a 7 day trip out of the country coming up.
  • AVICULTURE 101: Buy from a breeder and not just from a pet shop, and if you do buy from a pet shop make sure they have carefully considered their breeder suppliers.
  • My temptation tamed, I’m only a week away from my out of the country trip. I need to make preparations.

 

 

Day 32, March 27, 2017 Monday

 

  • Biggest discovery of the week! Apparently we have the moringa plant at our backyard and all along I kept thinking I need to go to the supermarket to buy them. I’m kind of worried because the nesting activity seemed to have stopped. I no longer see them trying to stuff any of the old strips of plant into the nest box.
  • Initially I tried placing some petchay and they didn’t touch it AT ALL. Okay, definitely not a preferred vegetable. I think I need to explore with other vegetables or even fruits. I tried to place a banana before but they ignored it as well. These birds are damn picky!
  • They noticed the moringa branches I’ve placed but I don’t think they’re touching it yet.
  • Just when I thought summer was going to begin because of the extremely hot weather lately, rain and coldness invades the days! So far I see them cuddling up and sleeping in the nest box so I think that’s kind of helping them manage the heat or cold.

 

 

 

Day 33, March 28, 2017 Tuesday

  • When I transferred the cage to the outdoors, specifically at the Lanai, I thought it would be a good idea to place the camera at the bottom. I was quick to realize that the placement on the upper part of the cage provided a much more visible angle. I will have to rely on reflections to see the blind spots.
  • I did an initially clearing of the poop tray but I haven’t really changed the paper lining. I think this will be done just a day before my week-long trip out of the country.
  • Somehow I think I should have a different kind of seed container for feeding because I feel like I see so much uneaten seeds. I don’t know if it’s because they get blown out when they fly around or is it because Bonnie and Clyde are just messy eaters.

 

 

Day 34, March 29, 2017 Wednesday

  • I have always been thinking that adding Moringa twigs and leaves would help with the nesting and hopefully breeding. However it came into my head that I think I can possibly add some new stuff inside….but what?
  • After trying I finally decided to add some palm leaves. The general idea is, I’ve seen parrot species (cockatiels, budgeriars and other hookbills) easily drawn to palms and palm leaves. Let’s see where this goes.
  • After reading something in the community facebook group about a pair of Macaws taking six years before they finally laid an egg, I’ve come to accept that I might not have a breeding pair anytime soon. This truly is  game of patience and commitment. I will admit though I can’t help but wonder if I’m a bad pet owner because they haven’t bred yet 🙁

 

 

 

Day 35, March 30, 2017 Thursday

  • I see some bird seed mix still in the bowl but there’s a whole bunch of sunflower seeds that are spread on the bottom tray. I think I should place some kind of solid plane that will have the sunflower seeds land on them when the couple are trying to chew on them. I don’t think they’re intentionally throwing it on the tray.
  • A little observation before I left the house, I see the two (Both of them), trying to stuff in the palm leaves into the nest box! The choice of leaves was right 😀 Also, I think they do enjoy chewing it up.
  • In the afternoon when I got back, I see that all sunflower seeds have been eaten. I was right. They were not intentionally throwing it out.
  • The water feeder is working just fine and after a week I’m finally refilling the water, they’ve consumed it all. I think I should start adding vitamins, I wonder what vitamins I can add to the water feeder.

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 26-30

DAY 26, Mar 21, 2017 Tuesday

  • Almost 10 days since I last cleaned their poop tray, you see bird keepers, you have to have commitment and daily check on your birds if you are going to be taking care of them. Birds are not the neatest of pets when it comes to poop and although there are mentions of potty-trained birds, I have never actually seen a potty-trained birds. They will poop most frequently at where the perches will be located. They will poop in your nestbox, heck they will even poop in your food bowl! So constant cleaning is a must.
  • Truth be told, this is a chore but it’s the kind of chore that feels satisfying right after you see a completely fresh looking environment. Thankfully now that I’m located closer to the garden, I don’t need to throw dirt and other stuff to the trashcan, I can throw it directly into the garden where other birds can feed on the leftover seeds which fall off the food bowl (seriously these birds are wasteful or maybe I need a deeper food bowl?)
  • What happens when your birds still don’t lay eggs? You become impatient. You might even consider buying more birds. Trust me when that desire to buy more birds come? Don’t give in. Trust me, it’s like shopping more to solve your anxiety from incurring debt on your credit card from–you guessed it– shopping.
  • Didn’t bother them anymore, after a quick check, they’re back in their nest box and back to sleeping.

 

 

 

Day 27, Mar 22, 2017 Wednesday

  • I think I kind of messed up their body clock. Because they’re now located in the study room, with the aim to have them become familiar with my presence, they get exposed to light so early in the morning when I need to work in the wee hours of the morning, let’s say 2am in the morning.
  • When I turned on the lights they were supposedly still resting but I’m guessing the presence of light really coaxed them to get up and stretching. Interesting thing about birds, when they step out of their resting state you will see them stretch their wings to the back, stretch to the sides and finally ruffle themselves up. After a flurry of these activities, they are off to whatever they want to do.
  • I think that their frequent grooming and active curiosity around the cage means they’re not (yet) bored and depressed. When keeping psittacine species, one has to constantly ask, “How can I keep these very smart avian friends busy and interested?” They are not your typical ibrd that sits around the whole day and do nothing, they are smart and curious and you gotta keep them stimulated. Also, it’s a good excuse to shop for bird toys for them. Yeah, I just wanna buy them more toys. So this is what a parent feels like.

 

 

Day 28, Mar 23, 2017 Thursday

 

  • I bought a bird cage. Yes, I had no reason at all to buy a bird cage, but I did. I could reason out that it was a bargain deal with the price and the size of the cage, a medium-szied breeding cage. But let’s face it, the temptation to buy another bird is now getting stronger. I’ve recently seen some seller in our community possibly open to selling his cockatiels at a rather low price: 1,000php and this got me now all curious about pursuing the purchase.
  • The thing about keeping bird is that when you do start keeping a sweet little feathered friend, you will often think about what else you can buy for them and since bird toys and treats are not expensive it’s a very subtle addiction that can possibly go out of control.
  • I’m thinking of possibly transferring them to a smaller cage but I feel that they’re so comfortable with this double breeding cage which they are in right now. Sigh, I wish I had my aviary again, I think they’d appreciate it a lot if I had one.

 

 

Day 29, Mar 24, 2017 Friday

  • The  day started quite early so a quick clean-up of their food bowl and refilling it before I was on my way for work.
  • Ever since I transferred the cage to the library, I wasn’t able to spray some insecticide on the floor around the cage so I’m seeing a lot of black ants feeding on their droppings. Hehe, spraying around the cage floor feels like doing some kind of protective spell to ward of unwanted beings. I’m watching too much “The Magicians”.
  • AVICULTURE 101: It helps to have a bug spray on hand, ants and other unwanted insects can prove to be a problem for birds especially when they start having chicks. Ants CAN KILL chicks.
  • It’s close to 30 days of keeping these birds, I think tomorrow I need to find them some names or they’ll forever just be ornaments in the house. I want them to be more family than display.

 

 

Day 30, Mar 25, 2017 Saturday

  • Today is arguably one of the hottest day so far. Since mom had visitors over the house so I was forced to place the bird cage outdoor, specifically at the lanai of the house just close to the router so that I can still monitor them despite being outdoors. I will admit I’m quite scared because this will be the first time that I will have them outdoors ever since I procured my babies.
  • At the top of my head the first thing I feared is accidental escape, but of course I’ve learned that this can only come as a fault that is mine alone and no one else’s fault. So long as I don’t leave any opening carelessly left open then there’s no problem.
  • The second thing that worries me is predation. I don’t know what possible predators that may be out there that just might try to feed on my birds. Cats? (yes we have cats around, from around the neighborhood) Rats? (field rats not them city rats) Snakes? (I’ve seen some around, we live on a mountain) I’ll have to trust their use of the nestbox as a safe haven when these predators do anything to endanger them.

Lovebird BIRD Log Day 21-25

DAY 21, Mar 16, 2017 THURSDAY

  • The birds are still quite scared of my presence. This is getting really hard for me because I have this distorted expectation of birds being interactive with me. Well I can’t blame them, I haven’t had the opportunity to really stay with them and get them used to my presence. I can’t put them in the office either because they’re quite loud.
  • I pretty much gave up with my bird cam. I can’t blame it though because our router range is very weak. (default router from PLDT, our internet service provider). Because of this I’m considering moving them to the other office where there’s an outdoor space. My fear is still with cats and rats which is a real problem here in Cebu.
  • Future bird keepers out there? Don’t expect bird keeping to be as fantastic as you’ve got it imagined in your head. Bird keeping isn’t like Snow white with the animals of the forest. You are dealing with a species that is not human and you have to stop humanizing them. They are birds and you gotta give them the treatment that birds deserve. I think I’m writing this more for myself as a reminder.

 

 

DAY 22, Mar 17, 2017 FRIDAY

  • There’s a lot of things ongoing in Instagram right now that makes me tempted to buy new birds. Is it my impatience in my current pair of lovebirds. Is my lack of detachment and focus on my current pair also possibly due to my lack of names for this pair? Should I “Humanize” my birds so that they become more meaningful to me? Oh but the power of names.
  • Freeflight is also what I want to give to these birds but somehow bird training old practices still seem to show up in my feeds. It clearly shows that for birds that are old and untamed, the only way to do this is to clip their wings. Somehow clipped-wings really break my heart 🙁
  • I tried to stay a bit in my bed while watching them from afar and it doesn’t really take too long for them to get used to my presence. I just need more time with them.. Sigh.. Time.
  • The female started carrying some of the fresh vegetation I added to the cage. It was cute to see her try to drag the whole stalk with leaves and all and she really struggled with it. Daddy bird just kept playing with the beaded rainbow bird toy. Woot! They DO play with the toys! Haven’t seen them play with the colorful rings though.

 

DAY 23, Mar 18, 2017 Saturday

  • I couldn’t stand not having real time access of my birds so I moved their cage to where the router is nearby: the library.
  • The family library is also where I’m mostly stationed at so I think this will mean more time spent with them. Hopefully this will be the opportunity to build the much needed familiarity they need to have with me.
  • Scanning around the bird cam, the female is still active on getting her nesting fixed up while the male one keeps playing around with the colored beads. What is interesting though is how the water dispenser’s content is receding but I’ve never really seen them drink from it. Hmm, is it evaporating or are they really drinking from it? I’m going to guess that placing the water dispenser just beside the perch has somehow helped them get to it easily. Maybe I should’ve chosen one that is more colorful than just white so that they can actually be curious enough to check it out.
  • The cage looks pretty messy with all the vegetation and I’m still not back until Monday. Can’t wait to clean up everything when I’m back.

 

DAY 24, Mar 19, 2017 Sunday

  • Every now and then I can’t help but wonder how my birds are doing. The weather is colder now but I’m quite confident that they’re fine because they are just indoors but heck, I still worry because it’ll be three days already that I’m not able to be there.
  • Getting a quick glimpse of the bird cam, thankfully footage is not a problem because of the much stronger internet connection, I got to see them still doing their own thing. However every now and then they seem to get scared or startled and I think this is probably because of possible human elements passing around but maybe also because I didn’t mute the audio alert every time the camera starts streaming.
  • I wonder if there was some kind of automatic feeder for birds that can be controlled through IP control?  That’d be an interesting hardware, you know sort of like what they have with aquariums.
  • One more night and I’m back to seeing my birds again!

 

DAY 25, Mar 20, 2017 Monday

  • Today’s a rainy day and there’s one advantage to having your birds indoor, the cold won’t bother them anyway! I’m still driving back to the city from the company outing and I don’t think I’ll be back in the house until the evening because of work obligations.
  • Finally home! First thing to check? The birds!
  • Upon checking apparently someone has been feeding them as well, I can tell because you don’t have a lot of fresh new seeds in the bowl after 3 days of not feeding them, although I did fill the bowl good for three days food. I think the help at home somehow took initiative. (Yes I know I should’ve properly endorsed the feeding instead of leaving it be 🙁 )
  • Still no eggs in the nest box but the two are really quite affectionate with each other. Is the summer weather hopefully going to encourage them into breeding?
  • I see a few more videos of freeflighted birds, I will admit my envy and strong desire to raise birds for freeflight. It’s amazing how more people are capable of doing this. It was only around 20 years ago that free flighting was limited to only certain birds and that only a handful had the skill to do so.

Lovebird BIRD LOG Day 16-20

DAY 16, Mar 11,2017 SATURDAY

  • I attempted placing a “toy” in their cage which really was a wooden beads bracelet. After watching a couple of times from the bird cam it seem like that they were still more interested with the colorful paper clip which I used as a wire hanger for the DIY water container I made. It looks like colour matters for them after all.
  • Yesterday I didn’t see any poop land on that floor guard that I made but today after check I saw about two poop marks which proves that the floor guard is indeed effective!
  • Peering into the bird cam also showed them bringing in more nesting material. Compared to before, I found that the nesting material seems to be lined better in their nestbox bottom, I guess it’s important to always provide them with new nesting material options to play around with instead of just leaving them with the existing ones. The cam showed me the female busily chewing on the stalk while sticking out of the nest box. Still haven’t seen her actually do the mounting of nesting material on her rump.
  • Although they are actively preening each other and I did see the cuttlebone being chewed off a little, I still have not seen them actually mate (this sounds so wrong) so until then I can’t really expect any eggs to be well on their way.

 

DAY 17, Mar 12, 2017 SUNDAY

  • This is my first time to sleep or rather, stay in bed instead of leaving the house before the sun rises and I think this might be agitating the birds. I mean come on guys, we’re nearing 20 days of getting to know each other and you still find my presence annoying/threatening?
  • I’m not sure if they are just vocalising or are anxious because I’m around but they were REALLY noisy today.
  • It might also be a factor that I turned the cage poistion around to make the camera face along the direction of the window light. When they stepped out of their nest box they were really going crazy and jumping from one end of the cage to the other.
  • Almost 10 days since the last poop tray clean-up, I finally cleared the poop tray and changed the lining. The whole taping the papers together makes the clean-up easier. Removed as well all the stripped-off plants so that I can start giving them fresh plants to tear up and make into nesting. AVICULTURE 101: If you want them to poop on a concentrated area in the cage, situate the perch there.

 

 

 

DAY 18, Mar 13, 2017 MONDAY

  • I won’t lie. Things are getting pretty redundant. It’s basically becoming a routine. I’m not entirely sure if I can keep up with doing this bird log until the 100th day but meh, we gotta try anyway. The boredom comes mostly from:
    • Not being able to train the birds because I want them to focus on breeding
    • Not being able to give them freeflight time because I can’t calmly return them to their cage or coax them with food to return to their cage
    • Not seeing any progress in egg-laying
  • Checking the bird cam gets me to see them preening each other, the usual stuff. I do get to see the female bringing the strips of the vegetation in and out of the nestbox. She’s the only one really working stuff out.
  • Tried to leave a cracker in their food bowl, they don’t seem to be interested, these birds are really picky huh.
  • Coming home quite late, once again I don’t see them in their cage, all settled in the nest-box for the night.
  • The nights are becoming warmer, I wonder if this will encourage them to breed now?
  • Quite interestingly so, a raffle in the local community was tempting me to put in a lot of entries to win that exotic bird. AVICULTURE 101: the  temptation to keep adding to your bird family is strong. RESIST that temptation unless you can commit to care for new addition avian members. I still placed an entry, but this time for the sake of camaraderie rather than intent to win. (If I really intended to win, I would’ve paid for 1/2 of the slot)

 

 

DAY 19, Mar 14, 2017 TUESDAY

  • For tonight I will be spending it in my grandmother’s house to watch over her while my cousins are out on a trip. This means double the feeding dosage in their food bowl.
  • It has been discouraging to see them fly in panic or hide in the nestbox whenever I try to peer in the cage. I blame myself though during those “freeflight” moments. Once again impatience will push me back to square one.
  • Also, found out that the loud screeches and clicking sounds, it wasn’t because of my presence in the room, confirmed via bird cam that this happens in between 630am to 730am as part of their daily vocalisation.
  • Passed by local pet store to buy some toys for my birds. Yes yes I succumbed. I think I wanted to make the cage look more…animated rather than just perches and vegetation. Lame excuse but I also want to give them toys to play with.
  • Since I’m not coming home until tomorrow, these toys won’t be installed until the next day.
  • Checking on the bird cam, they’re probably in the nest box, I don’t see them within range of view.

 

DAY 20, Mar 15, 2017 WEDNESDAY

  • That’s exactly 20 days since I started keeping birds again. What have I learned so far? Well, that patience is an important virtue in this craft. You can’t compare bird keeping in real-life to bird keeping in computer games. Instant gratification does not exist here. Also that hoarding is a real problem and can possibly exist after you have had your first taste of bird keeping. There are a lot of bird keepers, especially if collection is their main objective, that tend to hoard. I’m afraid that temptation grows stronger every time I see a good “deal” when someone wants to sell their birds.
  • The fear I see in my birds is a result of the lack of contact and exposure to human presence. They are always locked up in my room with only my bird cam seeing them. Should I move them to a more human populated area? Maybe. I’ll think about it. The love birds I saw in a local pet shop showed that they did not fear humans in close proximity, it shows that they are acclimatized to such situation as opposed to my own lovebirds.
  • Consistency and timing is really the only way to instill a certain positive behaviour in birds. Don’t insist, don’t be impatient.
  • Oh look! The cuttlebone got really chewed up, is this a sign? Please let it be a sign 🙁
  • So much for patience.