Last night, I did write that the YSM was weighed and placed into the cage after he slept. I wrote that thinking I would do that after I send that report off. So what I wrote was not strictly true. But I claim writer's privilege in repackaging some of the events to fit into that report.
Then just before I went to sleep, I suddenly realised I forgotten to do that. Should I get out of bed, switched on all the lights and trudged out to the fridge, get that YSM and all that work? At 2 am ?
Yup, you are right. I went to sleep, slept very soundly and with only a slight twinge of guilt. I reckoned a bit of deprivation will be good for his character and maybe even good for his soul.
So this morning when I open that door, I was holding his milli bowl to him sitting on his door perch. Kind of token of my sorriness. I was not too sorry so he had only a couple of millis before I snatched that box away.
He came in to sit patiently while I got and had my breakfast. Then his irritation at my deliberate procrastinating mounted and mounted as I leisurely sipped my coffee and had my ciggie. So he started on that 'c h a n n g g' putting me on notice for my tardiness.
At 930 am, I got in to do that weighing. // milli at 26.3// Then YS flew in immediately after I removed the milli bowl to show he was at 31.8 .
We went back into the living room where YS was already waiting on the fan. A wicked thought came over me. That I procrastinate again just to see what he would do. That thought went away almost immediately as I thought that would be too mean to YS. We then went into the play/recall routines. I did have a lot of pleasure into this interactions and never would consider this as work. To call and have him flying to you.
It was not all in silence too. He would go 'chaaiirrr' and launch into flight to me, or he would go 'a r g h h h ' and fly to me. It was fun for him too.
At times, if I was slow in calling, he would fly to me and hover and waited for me to cue and hold my finger for him to perch and get his millis. Or if I signal shoulder, he would land there. As I walked to the kitchen door for long recalls, he overflew me, doubled back to the cabinet top, waited for me to cue, and with a 'chair' flew to me.
All good things would come to an end. So I went back to another cup of coffee and ciggie and he decided the kitchen would be a good place to hang out.
At 10 am, I measured in 38.8 of YSM and placed that in his cage and got some suris. Suris at 70.7
We then did our thing. Me on Internet to be joined by YS now and then to play twirling fingers or recalls.
I had been thinking that if I am not around, Joy might have to look after YS until I am back. She just could not handle the suris, or crickets. I am not sure how many of you can handle suris either.
But she can take a scoop of peatmoss from the smb loaded with suris and millis and dump that into a big plastic box that YS can then eat all he wanted. That way, Joy need not handle the suris individually, and YS can get his live food as well.
I decided to test that out this morning, at least with millis first. I took a scoop of millis from a box of pure millis in substrate of bran/oatmeal. The millis there got regularly carrots and mash.
At 1130 am, that scoop and its box was 102.8 gm and left on the floor of flight room. YS flew in and perched himself on the edge of that box (about size of his bath tub) and helped himself. After 1/2 hour, that was weighed in at 101.9 gm. He seemed to have enough and was on the cage door perch.
I had to leave for lunch and other stuff.
I got back at 530 pm. I went into the flight room with milli box and cued YS to the scale. I was very pleased that he did that. I had this thought that he might be too full to bother with any cues from me. He was at 34.0 gm That scoop of millis was at 98.1 gm and he ate 4.7 gm of millis.
I let him into the living room while I watched news of Bush in Afghanistan. To my surprise, YS announced he wanted training/play by flying over my head to 'chang' onto the glass. That was so rewarding to me. Even though YS had access to live food, he wanted the play with me to continue.
So folks, it definately was not just the food alone. I could not believe the millis in my milli box tasted better than the millis in that big box on his flight floor.
He did his recalls to me with military precision. Call of name, he turned and locked his eyes on mine, at cue of 'come' he launched himself to finger or shoulder as indicated. He performed exactly as if before. That was a wonderful feeling. He was not all that mercenary to me. I knew that from that few days ago when he ignored my wife waving that milli box to come to me even though I clearly had no rewards for him.
630 pm and he was back into flight room. The milli box was at 22.4 or almost 4 gm from morning. The YSM was at 38.4 gm or .4 drop from morning. The suri was at 70.5 gm. So even with unlimited millis from that box on the floor, he also took from the YSM.
He did not fly to scale when cued. But a nice small cricket got him to remember his manners and he tipped the scale at 34.8 gm.
Before I started on this report, I threw away the YSM and measured and placed into his cage 38.9 gm.
I removed the open milli box so he had to take YSM early in the morning if he wanted breakfast. That open milli box will be placed back after training so he would have unlimited access to millis for the day.
Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .
If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust
or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice
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""
Yingshiong songs are in
She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.
You can see that in folders
Yingshiong beady toys
The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.
If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.
For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in