Thinking back............ I realized Mr Peeper's did a bunch of things here he had never done in the the first 1 1/2 years of his life. Mr Peepers was removed from the home of a breeder who didn't care for his birds at all.
Mr Peepers never ate fresh fruits veggies eggs or a variety of good seeds or had a healthy diet.
That changed when he came here, I gave him so much fresh organic veggies to munch and he loved them! I sprouted varieties of seeds for him.
He never had medical care from an avian until he came here. The day I got him I didn't even go home with him right away, I went straight to my avian and got him checked over and started ivermectin treatments ASAP!
Mr Peepers had lived in a tiny show cage for a single budgie alone. The cage was filthy with one perch in it and a scummy looking water bottle. There were no toys, no cuttle bone, no mineral perch. He have never had a bath EVER.
Here he had a large clean cage with toys, perches a swing a cuttle bone and mineral block. He surprised me when he would touch or play with the toys, he would also play with toys in SPX's cage. Most canaries don't play with toys at all.
Daily I doted on him giving him attention by talking to him all the time, I made sure his cage was clean changing his water dish a couple of times a day (because canaries are MESSY!)
I made sure he had a bath tub of fresh water available for his many daily baths and he loved to bath! It was fun to watch him, he must have thought he was in heaven!
BATH TIME CLICK HERE!
He lived in a tiny shed/room with artificial light and no windows. Here he would land on a cabinet I have in front of the bay window in the den, he would stand in a pool of sunshine/light watching activity outside the window.
He never heard music at the breeders, here music plays all day in the den/bird room and he loved singing to the music I played.
At first when he came here he never sang, he couldn't sing he could hardly peep as he had such a horrible case of air sac mites that the illness was slowly suffocating him.
After he was air sac mite and feet and leg mite free he could sing and singing was something he did well he often amazed me with his trills and warbles.
SINGING MY BUTT OFF! CLICK HERE!
When my avian said he needed exercise and the exercise will help with his fatty liver disease I figured it was time for Mr Peepers to learn to fly.
There is about an 7 foot span from his cage across the room to SPX's cage this was a good place for him to fly back and forth from. I would place him and some favorite fresh food on top of SPX's cage. He understood this was where his fresh food was going to be now so he had
to fly back to his own cage where he slept drank and bathed and ate his seeds.
At first he flew awkwardly back to his cage trying to figure out how to get from the top of his cage to the inside of his cage but he was smart and mastered that in no time.
In little over a week he mastered flying back and forth to SPX's cage to his own cage with such grace, he didn't fly fast he was careful and calculated but as he grew more assured he started coasting and gliding into his cage with ease while landing safely on a perch like he'd done this his entire life.
He loved flying and flew over to SPX's cage every day several times a day back and forth to help himself to SPX's fresh food and maybe find some stray seeds on the cage floor.
LEARNING TO FLY YAY! CLICK HERE!
He would amuse me by going to the bottom of SPX's cage hunting for stray seeds by hopping/crawling under the newspaper liner. He was quite the character.
I was happy to see him do so many things he never did in his lifetime while he had lived at the horrible breeders.
But then he would sing or fly around the room and hang out with SPX in the large flight cage "Peeping" noisily and I would I smile knowing he must have been truly happy for the first time in his life.
Sorry for the long rambling post.