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I did not fall off the face of the earth, life has just kept my busy. Sorry!
The ride to the vet was, to me, quite stressful. I had to strap Houdini's cage into my car and whatnot, all the while making sure I didn't break anything or freak him out. He was pretty calm and curious, hopping to the branches in his cage where most sunlight would hit him. Even at the vet's place he was super relaxed. He took some moments to adjust to the new space around him, but he swiftly began making his funny call that drew chuckles and laughs from the nurses :^) what a charmer!
The vet checked him out. Houdini bit him a few times, but nothing too serious (I would bite too if some giant hand would grab onto me and poke me). The vet agreed on the sex, Houdini is indeed a male. He couldn't find anything out of the ordinary, so he just gave me a worm cure (I don't know if that is the right word) to make sure he didn't catch anything while he was flying outside. The vet guessed Houdini is an adult bird, though it's impossible to tell exactly how old. Also, he was supposedly a little on the skinny side, so I've been given permission to bring out the sunflower seeds!
It's been a few weeks and he's completely settled. He's still quite shy around me, but then again I've had to catch him two times in the past weeks to give him his medicine (which was... quite an achievement). He'll go into his cage on his own when it gets dark out, which is convenient. So far he has warmed up considerably to Pacha, my budgie, allowing her closer each time. He does eat from my hand every so often, though he remains suspicious and will only take one bite before shuffling further away (or he will take whatever I'm holding out for him and fly off).
I've tried providing him with a bath each day, which he really enjoys. He's quite picky when it comes to food (I tried offering him millet, but he fully ignores it in favor of mixed parrot seeds), but he'll kill for a grape or a piece of tangerine. Lately he's started being a little pest by flying straight for your face and whizzing over your hair. I swear I can hear him snickering to himself when he's settled on top of my hanging lamp (and out of reach). He's quite a bird alright!
And hey Catalinadee, have you ever been to the Keukenhof? It's a lovely place, though October might be a bit late into the season because most flowers will have blossomed by then... Have a great time exploring the Netherlands!