Was inspired by Stanley (Quaker) and his
building perserverance. I always kept a supply of twigs, grasses, and other things just in
case my quakers needed something to do. They would carry the supplies around,
occassionally stick one somewhere....but nothing special. Nothing that compared to the
famous Stanley's building web page.
For months now there has been a 9
foot tree for them to play in. For cleaning considerations all the food & water was
kept in the cages and only toys were hung in the tree.
The flock that uses the tree: Mary Ann, adult feral female Cuddles, 5/25/98
hatch of unknown sex TIlly 6/16/98 lilac crowned amazon The room used to be a dining room.
The tree is centered in front of three windows covered by plantation shutters - shutters
are excellent bird ladders but we have the bird stuff backed off to discourage this. On
either side of the tree is a powder coated cage. A larger green one and a smaller white
one. Mary ANn was living in the green one when I brought Cuddles home.
Cuddles was given the smaller white one. Once the birds were introduced THEY
both moved into the white one and stopped visiting the green one. Cages had identical
toys, food dishes, perches...so it was either size or color and they haven't told me
which. Everyone shared the tree, the toys, etc. The very slender top branches have kept
that space exclusively quaker territory - TIlly weight 292 grams is too heavy for them,
and she is still growing. I noticed that the boinnng ( curled stretchy cotton rope
corkscrew) seemed to have been territorially claimed by the quakers, Tilly has an
alphabet/leather knot clump that seems to be just hers and the rest of the stuff is
The slender top branches started to have a shredded appearance like excelsior.
Mary Ann is site forman. She would verbally demand Cuddles to learn how to do this. These
branches are so slender at the top they bend from Quaker weight. The tree top gradually
began to have a spanish moss appearance. Several days ago the pace picked up. Mary Ann is
running the show. Gathering has begun and the boinng seems to be the structural
foundation. In my opinion this is a poor choice as it is hanging on a branch that just
about supports the boing and the quakers. In the last day more tree "fuzz" has
been added to extend this web onto two adjoining - much too slender branches.
I have supplied additional building materials such as small cut twigs, wood
dowels, straws....but they are untouched. I am VERY tempted to move the boinng NOW to a
heavy supporting branch....what do you list members think?? Today, for the first time, I
was TOLD not to approach the boinng.