Monday, August 31, 2009

Meet our Foster Children (Part 2)

Birds in cages hanging outside the shop which my husband and I criss-crossed the city of Khartoum to find. We were in search of a birdcage for the budgies in our care

Yesterday I posted about our quest to find a birdcage in Khartoum. I left off at the part where I'd arrived at the address I'd been given in town and was waiting as the owner of a shop and a younger man rolled up the steel door. You can read all about this here. Now read on...

Our little birds love being on the balcony of the flat.

I called my husband and together we entered the shop. Apart from many tanks of exotic fish lining the walls, there was row upon row of birdcages hanging above our heads. We had found the shop which sells BIRDCAGES! Whoo-hoo.

My husband asked the price of the cage I picked out for our progenies back home. The shopkeeper told us. SDG300 / US$122. Phew, a bit steep. I made another choice and we were told it costs SDG100/US$41. My husband nodded and the cage was lifted down. Seeing there were no feeding or water troughs or a swing, (which the other cages had) my husband asked if he’d put them in for the price of the cage. The owner said: OK and fitted the necessary accoutrements which make for healthy and happy birds. I asked whether he had a mineral block and a bell but after pulling all sorts of items from a drawer under the fish tanks, I realised he didn’t have these items. My husband said he’d get a mirror from the little cafe/general dealer in our street and we’d have to hunt the bell and mineral block down on another day. He paid for the cage and after thanking him profusely for the birdcage, we bid him farewell. . (I’d shown him the Post-It and asked if he knew the gentleman from 3M, to which he replied, “Yes, my brudder”) Just goes to show the old adage still holds true: It's not what you know that counts, but WHO you know! (LOL)

The wild birds sit on the electric wire above the balcony. They originally came to peck up the seeds that the budgies scattered on the floor. Now I emty the seed trough onto the balcony for them

We came home, washed the dust off the birdcage and set up the food and water trough. There were two plastic perches, of which one broke immediately so we fixed two wooden dowel perches into the cage as well. I suggested to my husband that we do not place the nest from the old cage in the new cage. He was rather reluctant as he thought they needed it. I felt they’d never come out of that nest, especially seeing after we’d uprooted them and placed them in a strange house. We agreed to try them without the nest first.

Note the sparrow weavers and sparrows pecking away at the seed I dispense on the floor

Now I had to get the birds (who trusted me not one iota) from their old bungalow into their new palace. I placed the cage on the kitchen counter top and inserted my hand into the cage. The birds went crazy, fluttering up against the far wire and screaming in protest. I got the blue lady out first who tried to bite me, poor little thing, and into her new abode. Then I scrabbled inside the cage and got the green lad out, He really hooked into my finger but before he could really bite me, I had him installed in his new home.

Billy swings away serenely while Sweet pea clambers frantically up the bars of the cage

They spent a few hours, fluttering about in the cage especially when we entered the room. Eventually they settled in and even have mirror to admire themselves in now. (Mind you, the little female causes a riot when the male tries to get near the mirror. Is she preventing him from looking at another woman? Ha!) Within a few days, these little birds, which we’ve named Billy and Sweet pea, have become much more confident and outgoing. Oh, and hubby and I have agreed that we'll not be replacing the nest just yet...

The birds love watching television and will sit for ages staring at the screen

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  1. A great ending to a wonderful story, Jo. You and hubby are such good parents to those little beauties.

    Glad you found the birdcages --and it seems as if Billy and Sweet Pea are very happy now.

    Thanks for sharing this great story.

  2. Hi Jo,
    Loved the rest of the story.
    My Grandfather used to raise Budgies, and in fact, my parents brought theirs with them when we came to America from England. My Mother taught the bird to talk and he could say over 150 different things. They are pretty amazing little birds.
    Have a lovely day, I look forward to your next post.
    Sunny :)

  3. Oh my Jo, you really made a nice little home for these two. Maybe they will be less shy now. Might be hard to give them back. What a great story.

  4. Thanks for your visit Jo. At first I did call it an Arum Lily,then I had a timely reminder that they were called callas in n.America, which is also their name in Europe so I checked up in my plant books where it said that the Arim lily is much lower growing and retains its cup shape without fully opening. Flower names can be so confusig with all the changs being made because of gene technology and other reasons.

  5. Jy's "precious"... Aanhouer wen. 10/10 vir jou (en vir Grant)!! Het geweet jy gee te veel om om op te hou soek - of anders het Khartoum glad nie voëlhokke nie!

  6. Thanks Betsy, the two little sweeties are cheerful and so much more outgoing now. Hugs Jo

    Hello Sunny, Thanks! I am greeting both by name in the moring and whenever I think of it. Billy cocks his head as if he's listening but Sweet Pea glares at me suspiciously.Crazy lady.

    Gaelyn, yes it was worth all the effort, don't you think? We've already sent photos to their owner in the US who'll be back at the end of Sept. His family isn't though, so perhaps we'll inherit them HA!

    Hi Arija, yes, the names of plants and birds have changed. Quite challenging. Thanks for popping in.

    Dankie Ida! Dit was op die ou einde so 'n blessing om die voelhokkie uiteindelik op te spoor. Nou ken ek EEN woord in the taal/dialek en is vasberade om dit goed te leer. (((Liefjo.)))

  7. Amazing and interesting story.Beautiful birds!
    Happy pet Pride
    purrs and love

  8. Great story and we are glad that your sweet birds have a nice new cage. Thanks for feeding the wild birds too.

  9. such an amazing tale and all of us here at Pet Pride extend a warm welcome to these 2 cuties!!


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  10. Congratulations !
    Awhhh;perhaps with time, they will settle in,get to know you and trust you both more. They sound so scared.
    I love the photo with the wild birds eating seed on the ground near their cage.

    Wishing you much happiness with your kids :)

  11. Thanks Barbara, in just a week, they are much more outgoing, In fact their cage is on the balcony now and the wild birds are pecking away at the seeds on the floor. Our two are chirping and swinging on their perches (dancing) they're a real treat.

    Hi Luna, thanks for visiting. And happy pet pride to you too.

    Hi Wildcatwoodscats:Thanks, I'm a cat person so having these two is a bit different but very satisfying., The wildbirds are out there this minute!

    Hi Magiceye and Bozo: thanks for the welcome. and thanks for the meme where I could post about these little birds.

  12. That was a delightful story. I'm so glad that you've given the birds names and that they've become more outgoing. The owner should be yelled at for mistreating them!


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