The girls' beak bits are off but this little poofle photo from yesterday was just too round not to post.
Now...we made a small management mistake with the beak bits. What we should have done was put dedicated time in watching them all and then put a bit on everyone caught nibbling.
Instead we caught Fliss...then realised we should have done Nancy...and that Ivy was being a dummy too.
Now, this time the curious feather pulling started because the girls were locked up and not fooled by all our entertainment techniques.
The reason it has been difficult is because it's a well-learned historical habit.
Marilyn used to bully but not eat feathers...and unbeknown to us, Nancy used to snack on the fallen bits from Daphne's snapped feathers. It took a while after them becoming a flock of two for Nancy to start yanking at Diddy's trousers, but she did so she got a beak bit.
It worked. And then they started moulting.
Between that time, Ivy and Felicity arrived, and Felicity learned a taste for feathers. First it was Ivy's mini-moult feathers and then Nancy and Daphne's full blown hard-moult feathers became available in droves. Clearly, there wasn't much point trying to stop them eating the feathers billowing about everywhere.
It took a long time for Fliss to realise that the yummy floor-feathers were the same as those attached to her flock mates but eventually she did... still, there was no point her wearing a beak bit when she could snack on floor feathers so we had to wait. Nancy remained a casual user.
But after moulting everything stopped; fully feathered up and happy, nobody seemed to be pulling feathers at all.
And then they got locked in for three months.
No habitual pulling happened until the middle of February. Lockdown was in it's 10th week so you can't blame them really.
Yesterday they'd had their bits on for a month (Ivy had hers 2 weeks) and that's really the maximum time they can wear them because their beaks continue to grow and the bits become ineffective.
So, at max time, we removed them.
And Felicity immediately pulled a feather out of Ivy's arse. Brilliant
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