Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monthly weigh in - December 2015

The last weigh in post of 2015!

I know December is not quite done yet, but I felt like posting this now, before the year is officially over.

Last month we saw a dip in Piper's weight, which was explained in the November weigh in post, this month his weight came back up, averaging 55g. He's also fully back to his old self, chirping when faced with something he loves or dislikes, being cuddly, yet still managing to get a little lovebird mischief in from time to time.

This month has seen no weird weight fluctuations, everyone was pretty normal. Some of the smaller Pois might have gained or lost two grams from their average weight from last November, but that is not something I worry too much about, especially since we have been a little less diligent about weighing them in December - while I try to have at least three different measures in a month and try to spread these out, for various reasons, we've only weighed them four times this month and all towards the end of the month.

So I guess a resolution for 2016 is to be more consistent, but we will see how that will go.

Average weight (in grams) for December 2015:
Piper - 55g
Shade - 118g
Joey - 127g
Petey - 139g
Zuri - 126g
Pixel - 124g
Léa - 316g

Updated table - average weights for each bird per year:

Year Piper Shade Joey Petey Zuri Pixel Léa
2009 54 111 124 128 112  -  -
2010 56 115 126 131 124 115  -
2011 59 117 127 131 130 121 303
2012 57 116 128 132 128 120 307
2013 57 116 127 136 128 120 313
2014 57 117 128 139 130 121 316
2015 56 118 127 140 127 122 318

Throwback Thursday

This older picture of Pixel is one that always makes me smile, if not laugh. She was yawning, but it looks like I captured her mid-song. Again, one of my favourite pictures of her and it was taken in June 2011.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The watch

Keeping an eye on everything that is going on in that room.

I also quite like this picture of Joey.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

The acrobat way forward

I think she prefers moving in an upside-down position while on this rope, rather than right side-up. This may be because of her size/weight and the rope being a little lose, she looks less stable than the smaller birds when standing on the rope. Either way, she doesn't let anything stop her from going where she wants to. 

A Christmas present

Being totally unoriginal, I'm using the same title for this blog post as I did for a very similar one last year.

The Boy decided to get me another painting of one of the birds for Christmas, which made me very happy. Since we are going in the order in which we got each bird, it was Pixel's turn to be immortalized in painting form.

He went with the same local artist as all the other paintings, Frank Van Boxtel. I don't think I ever mentioned him in any of my other posts, a big oversight on my part, for anyone who is curious to see other pieces of his work, have a look at this website -

Here is a picture of the painting (again, not doing it fully justice) -

And here is the picture on which this painting was based on -

The Boy said that generally Frank will look through pictures and will give an option of two for him to select for the painting but this time around, he selected this picture from the get-go - I guess it does show her belly well, and there is no yawning or self headscratching involved!

Finally, as I've done with all other posts showing off paintings of the birds, here are links to the previous ones:






Sunday, December 27, 2015

Zuri and the net

He was moving pretty fast on this thing - surprised I managed to get a picture of him where he is somewhat in focus!


She looks somewhat surprised.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015



Her new standard pose for pictures - "the head scratch".


The little one

One of his many nicknames.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Appearing larger than he is...

Hi there!

Friday, December 18, 2015



While Pixel won't yawn for the camera lately, it appears that Shade has no problem doing so.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Going for the leap...

Taken just before she jumped (rather than flew) from the net to an adjacent swing.

Throwback Thursday

I guess I'll stick to the theme "one of my favourite pictures" I have had going these past few weeks, in regards to TBT pictures. This is one of Piper's, taken in May 2012. This is typical Lovebird - small bird, BIG personality.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Where are you going??

Following me around, not interested in playing but insisting to fly to me to perch on my shoulder. Me backing away to try and get him to be interested in the toys was not working; he was back on me a few seconds later.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday

This may very well be my favourite picture of Joey - it even was used as the base image for the painting we had done of him! I took this one on his hatchday (March 14) back in 2010. He was turning five then, hard to believe he's already ten...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015


...and caught preening.


It's getting harder and harder to take a picture of her without her scratching. I miss the pictures of her yawning!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Today's TBT picture is of Zuri. This is one of my all time favourite pictures of him and features quite a bit of yellow, which I love. I apparently took this on Christmas day in 2010.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


It is all about the side glance...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monthly weigh in - November 2015

On November 5, I had noticed that Piper wasn't himself. He was quiet and not very active, which worried me. He had been fine up until that evening, so I decided to weigh him.

And sure enough, his weight was off.

Had it been daytime, we would have likely rushed to the vet. However, there was a simple explanation at hand and it turned out to the be the problem.

While Piper does eat his fruits, veggies and pellets, he still eats seeds. Recently, we have experienced trouble finding the regular seed/nut mix we give to the birds so we had to try something different. The Boy bought a bag of this different food and started to give it to the birds. To be honest, if I look at the weights I got at the very end of October, Piper's was slowly going down (but was still within normal) - turns out, he wasn't a fan of the new food and, having taken a closer look at it, it did look like the elements in the food mix were too large for him. So, on November 5, the Boy went to get another mix I knew Piper had eaten in the past and that made Piper happy.

All that to say, having a record of Piper's regular weight, as well as being able to see when things started to go bad and being able to match it with an actual change that happened in the household meant we were able to find a solution.

So let's get to the actual data.

Average weight (in grams) for November 2015:
Piper - 54g
Shade - 116g
Joey - 126g
Petey - 141g
Zuri - 127g
Pixel - 122g
Léa -  315g

Updated table - average weights for each bird per year:

Year Piper Shade Joey Petey Zuri Pixel Léa
2009 54 111 124 128 112  -  -
2010 56 115 126 131 124 115  -
2011 59 117 127 131 130 121 303
2012 57 116 128 132 128 120 307
2013 57 116 127 136 128 120 313
2014 57 117 128 139 130 121 316
2015* 56 118 127 140 127 121 319

*For 2015, data from January to November is included.