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Old 01-18-2020, 09:25 PM
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Valiant Valentino!

We have had our budgie Val for just under a year now. He has grown into a lovely big fat robust bird who just loves to sing all day long, tease the crap out of poor old Fang by pulling on his crest (bad bird!), play with Lilly (good bird!) and steal Lilly's food (bad bird again!) He is not hand tame but generally if he's out of his cage at bedtime he will let me catch him without too much fuss and pop him into bed, and doesn't seem to mind me stealing a kiss when I do.

He's had a few breakthroughs with trust in the last few days too! Just the other day I had some leafy greens in one hand with Lilly providing a great example for him that it's OK to trust mum when she has yummy food on offer. I know what you're thinking, Lilly being genuinely helpful for a change? Val came over for a few tentative nibbles before Lilly reverted to type and chased him off.

This morning however Val was determined he was going to follow Fang wherever he went, up to and including sitting on my hubby. Sorry the picture quality is not good coz I had to act fast, but here is Val jauntily perched on hubby's hairy leg. He also sat on the back of hubby's armchair and for a moment I thought Val would perch on his head too but that was when Lilly decided she had seen enough!

God bless you Valentino the Valiant, you are one brave little birdie

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Old 01-18-2020, 10:06 PM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

You had me at "He has grown into a lovely big fat robust bird who just loves to sing all day long, tease the crap out of poor old Fang by pulling on his crest"

That is the best description ever! He seriously sounds amazing! haha
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:10 PM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

Awesome update!! Soooo cute
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Old 01-19-2020, 04:48 AM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

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You had me at "He has grown into a lovely big fat robust bird who just loves to sing all day long, tease the crap out of poor old Fang by pulling on his crest"

That is the best description ever! He seriously sounds amazing! haha
Why thank you noodles, yes Val is pretty amazing. It’s a pity he’s not tame because he’s so lovely and plump you just want to pick him up and snuggle him, but we love him just the way he is. We went without having a budgie for a good 10 years or more before we got him and had nearly forgotten what it’s like to have that almost constant happy chirpy chatter in the house. He really does spend most of his day singing at top note. In fact the only time he’s quiet is when he’s doing his best ninja impersonation and sneaking silently into Lilly’s cage to eat her food. I have to keep chasing him outta there coz I’m pretty sure if he eats too much of her powdered nectar he’ll get gout!

He is your typical pushy little budgie and while he’s worked out that Lilly is mostly all bluff and bluster he does unfortunately tend to push Fang around a bit. I frequently have to lock Fang is his cage so he can eat in peace without the two tiny terrors hassling him. I’m fairly sure Fang is sick to death of having to deal with the pair of them
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

Aaaa, the joys of a Home that has been taken over by Birds!
May he continue to open-up...
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:38 AM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

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You had me at "He has grown into a lovely big fat robust bird who just loves to sing all day long, tease the crap out of poor old Fang by pulling on his crest"

That is the best description ever! He seriously sounds amazing! haha
Why thank you noodles, yes Val is pretty amazing. It’s a pity he’s not tame because he’s so lovely and plump you just want to pick him up and snuggle him, but we love him just the way he is. We went without having a budgie for a good 10 years or more before we got him and had nearly forgotten what it’s like to have that almost constant happy chirpy chatter in the house. He really does spend most of his day singing at top note. In fact the only time he’s quiet is when he’s doing his best ninja impersonation and sneaking silently into Lilly’s cage to eat her food. I have to keep chasing him outta there coz I’m pretty sure if he eats too much of her powdered nectar he’ll get gout!

He is your typical pushy little budgie and while he’s worked out that Lilly is mostly all bluff and bluster he does unfortunately tend to push Fang around a bit. I frequently have to lock Fang is his cage so he can eat in peace without the two tiny terrors hassling him. I’m fairly sure Fang is sick to death of having to deal with the pair of them

This sugar bowl popped into my head when I read your description of Val---go to 38 seconds if you can't watch the whole thing lol --it's his cartoon self in sugar-bowl form lol---It is from Sword in the Stone (Disney)- Noodles is like Archimedes the owl as well lol.

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Old 01-20-2020, 05:47 AM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

Tee hee, the sugar bowl analogy is quite apt. Although I have to say I've seen Archimedes' expression on Fang's face a lot when the other two are pestering him!

This is a video of Val DESPERATELY wanting to eat Lilly's food, he gets a taste before Lilly shoves him off the dish. He can see how close I am to the cage so then he acts all like "No mum, I'm just eating this nice healthy broccolini here, honest!" Towards the end of the video he gets himself into such a state of desperation that he completes a full somersault around the perch, rather than get caught eating of the sweet forbidden nectar. He's a funny little bloke!

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Re: Valiant Valentino!

In the first seconds I thought: "What? Two budgies? Martina has one budgie afaik" My thoughts when I noticed one of them is Lilly: "Purple crowned lorikeets are the budgie size?" I knew they are small lorikeets but I've just understood how really small. This made I started love them more.... I wanna a PCL*!
*I wanna but not too quickly
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:27 PM
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

Rozalka that video isn’t the best quality due to the very bright light outside that washes out a lot of the colour, so the easiest way to pick Lilly apart from Val is tail length. Lilly is only about two-thirds of Val’s size now (tail not included) and I actually think Val is now the dominant bird in our flock!
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Re: Valiant Valentino!

Mum I really love broccolis! Sweet nectar, naw not me was looking for more broccoli! Look I do tricks! Tricks for broccoli! Too cute!
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