Saturday, July 14, 2007
Budgie Sunday, meet Freebird
You might remember Freebird from my post Budgerigars in Love awhile ago. In that photo, he is feeding his mate Goldie, but it looks for all the world like a passionate kiss. Freebird is a 'normal' blue budgie.
Where Goldie is concerned, he is a real lover. And there is no better birdy dad for chicks. In fact, when this pair have chicks in the nest, Freebird will even swoop at me threateningly, warning me with sharp calls, and flashing eyes. Don’t worry, he knows me well, and as soon as he sees that I have some greens or millet in my hand, he becomes a good pal again.
Many people think that his name comes from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of the same name. Nope, that’s not it. He actually was a free bird! I won him as a prize from the Bobbie Budgie Radio Show about two years ago.
Freebird’s favourite veggies are grass runners from the lawn, green beans and especially chicory. Thats the green leaves in the photo above. Chicory is very high in calcium, making it an excellent veg for your feathered friends.