Yingshiong was singing well this morning. Of course, he did take a break now and then.
At 9am , he was weighed to be 30.8 gm. The milli box was at 20.9, the suri box was at 70.2 (with 3 tweezers and inside a bigger box to minimised escapees) and the cricket box was at 29.6 gm with 5 crickets already zapped and paralysed but still alive and twitching slightly.
The usual exercises started soon after I fixed the ribbons to my fingers. The short recalls and short shoulder recalls were done followed by intermediate recalls and the long recalls. We went back to the fan perch to do his flying to touch target. Then we were at the sofa, kind of HIMB technique to get him used to the ribbon loop around his neck. He was still jittery on that loop so I did not drop it on his neck as much as I wanted to.
The suris and millis were carried over very visibly by me to the PC room to get him to fly to me there. I got smarter this time. After a couple of games of chess in ICC, I decided it would be better to watch GMs and IMs fight it out in blitz games of 3 minutes each. I would be more ready to respond to YS should he called than if I was in middle of a battle myself.
In a while, I heard him calling from the dining area. I went out to say hello to him and that I would be in the PC room with suris and millis and went back to resume watching the games. He called and without walking out, I answered just to reassure him I was in the room with suris and millis all waiting for him. Then I heard the whirl of his wings, and he settled on the fan and called to me. I was delighted. I hold a suri and gave him recall cue. He immediately flew to my finger and got his suri. A few recalls were done with him getting 2-3 millis or a suri.
At 945, I weighed the milli box and found it was at 19.9 gm. He must have many millis.
I was still trying to figure out how to get him to accept the ribbon loop without him flying off and screaming blue murder at me for attempting that.
At 1145am, YS was weighed at 32.0 gm. I was going out, and with a dental appointment so I would be out much of the afternoon. So with shortest of recalls, more as excuse to feed him, I gave him crickets and suris to raised his weight to 32.8 gm.
When I got back at 430, YS was down to 31.4 gm. So much of that weight difference was due to the chitin of insects and the water inside them.
At 6 pm, the final weighing was done. The milli box was at 18.4 gm, or 2.5 gm of millis eaten. The suri box was at 69.8 gm, or 0.4 gms of zuris eaten. The cricket box was at 27.8 gm, or 1.8 gm of crickets eaten. YS was at 32.2 gm.
We were deeper into Plan A with me still trying to figure out how to proceed on with Plan A.
Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .
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MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)
YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"
suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""