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30 May 2012 @ 08:49 pm
Cope, budgies, bluebirds and stuff  
I have a few pics to share this time around. First up is a nice screen capture I got of Cope in Mass Effect 2.

Jonathan Cope looking sweet

Cope looking Sweet. Not as in cool but as in gentle. He really is a nice guy and I love this scene because he looks so caring. Yes he has a few scars. This is near the start of the game and he had just been brought back to life. I should photoshop it and try to give him his real hair.

Schleich vs Safari budgies 01

That blue budgie toy is new. The yellow and green ones are by Safai, the blue one is my Schleich. More pics after the cut.



Before that, I put stickers on my keyboard because the letters were rubbing of and Chris couldn't use it. But now after months of having them on here the stickers are sliding around and I don't think they'll stick anymore. They got gunked up underneath. Perhaps I should just super glue them on. F is gone and R, G, h and B are sliding off all over the place.

Schleich vs Safar budgies 03

I'm surprised how much bigger the Schleich budgie is and that it is more detailed. Scheich is kind of a crappy company and Safar makes better detailed toys. But I guess the exception to that is with budgies.

Schleich vs Safar budgies  04

Even the feet are accurate on the Schleich. I'm picky about parrot feet.

Growing babies

I took this pick on the 19th. There were five babies in the box.

Almost ready to leave

I took this one today. One baby is missing. Perhaps it flew away. But these are going to fledge any moment now. Probably tomorrow.

Unknown Nepenthes hybrid

An unknown hybrid I got from JCal on the plant forum. I don't know what this little plant is other than it has ventricosa in it. But I like it already. I wonder what it will look like when it gets big.

I think Henrietta is broody. She's been really mean to the other hens and walks around all puffy and makes aggressive displays even at me. She'll never attack me but still I don't like it. When she does that I just pet her and pick her up. But yesterday and today she sat on the nest for hours. Today it was all day. Rhode Island Reds aren't known for being broody so this is very odd. I wonder if it's a side effect from her having been attacked by that dog? But if she is broody she's welcome in the house. That means a quiet chicken for 28 days that won't be getting in trouble by jumping the fence.
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draconisthanosdraconisthanos on May 31st, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Cope looks like himself (minus the glasses) here and seeing this makes me wish ME3 had 2 player coop. Cope & Owen...in the future.

It would be funny to have a small army of these budgies. hehe

The Blue birds are so so cute. I was happy too that they went for a 2nd clutch.

Desthagirion on May 31st, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Yeah in this scene he's kind a close. He really does need his glasses.

Indeed. I want to paint them in my favorite color mutations.

It's still early in the year. I wonder if they'd make a 3rd?
earthmother45earthmother45 on May 31st, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
That last picture you took today of the four bluebirds is wonderful. It should be in a photo contest.

Hmmm, I hope Henrietta settles down. I don't know much about chickens or their behavior, just what you and kabuldar have talked about. If she is broody and quiet, does that mean she is going through some kind of female cycle for a month?
Des: Henriettathagirion on May 31st, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. They're so cute at that stage.

Being broody means they sit on a nest for a month because they want to hatch eggs. If you want to raise chicks this is a good time to buy fertile eggs because you can place them under a broody hen and she'll hatch and raise them. But that's unusual is that Rhode Island Reds aren't known for bring broody. This is the first time she's done this and the only thing that's changed was she was attacked. I know my Black Copper Marans are prone to being broody especially Omega. Last year she seemed to go broody all the time. In that case it was bad because she would hog the nest and no one else could use it.
earthmother45earthmother45 on May 31st, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
I would be saying she is broody because of the dog attack, too. It just makes sense. Something must have happened or "snapped" in her that day.

So broody means a female maternal feeling of wanting babies and wanting to raise them. And some chickens have this instinct and some don't. Am I getting this right?

I can see why you love chickens so much . . . what individual personalities they have . . . just like people. And sometimes so comical!
Des: Henriettathagirion on May 31st, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, the word "Brood" as a verb means to sit on eggs to warm them. Chickens lay eggs all the time about once a day when they are young. It slows down with age. No male is needed. But to actually sit on eggs to hatch a family has to be built into hens and not all breeds have that. Some hens are more broody than others like silkies and Buff Orpingtons. I've noticed that the friendlier cuddly breeds tend to be more broody. I want a buff orpington actually because they are big and friendly. I hear they make great cuddle chickens but not so good for egg laying because when they are brooding they don't make eggs anymore. So it's a trade off of what you want in your birds. Here is a pic I took of Henrietta laying an egg on her indoor nest during Christmas.

Henrietta Christmas Nest

She only uses this nest and is our only "indoor" hen. She sits for an hour and makes an egg. But lately she's been sitting for hours so yes she's broody. I don't mind having her inside longer. Yeah chickens are wonderful birds and they all do have very different personalities.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on May 31st, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I have the Schlieh budgies! I haven't seen the Wild Safari ones anywhere yet. Heh, usually I think Schlieh is the more detailed manufacturer :-D Some of their models, especially the horses, can be so hit or miss.
Des: Phage Grabbedthagirion on May 31st, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
The Safari ones came in those tubes with a bunch of other mini toys. I got the Birds pack and the Pet's pack. I bought both just to get the budgies. Well I don't know about horses since I'm totally not into them, but as far as other animals go and especially dinosaurs Safari is better, though neither can stand up to Papo's quality.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on May 31st, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
I like Cope's face there. The budgies are cool too. It's nice that at least one of them has the right number of toes!
The little birds are growing well!
Des: Flying Budgiesthagirion on May 31st, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah he looks very friendly.
Like you I'm always happy to se accurate budgies with the right feet.
Yeah, they'll be flying soon.
kabuldurkabuldur on May 31st, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
I like the look of Cope's eyes in this one.

I wonder what happened to that other baby bird? Four is a good number to bring up.

Hmmm...sounding like Henrietta is broody to me. We will see what happens!
Des: Henriettathagirion on May 31st, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
He's very calm there.

Yeah, I hope it wasn't anything bad. Yes that would be the same number that fledged last time.

Yeah she's acting broody.
actipton80actipton80 on May 31st, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
He definitely looks better there than in the creation engine.

I have that blue Schleich budgie and a green one too.

I love the bluebirds. I don't think anything is using our box right now. The wrens built a dummy nest in it, but we knocked it out.
Des: Phage and Peepthagirion on May 31st, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah for the Mass Effect series you can't really tell when you're creating them because that's when they look their worst. So what I do is play the first mission so I can see the cinemas and see what needs to be changed. I had to play the first mission three times before I finally got him like I wanted. They always look very different once in game play.

That's cool. I don't have the green one. Now that I know they are different I need to get that one otoo.

They're very cute. I wonder if they'll make a third nest after these babies fly away?