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Elmo was given a bit of wire from Richard’s arduino set and what did he do? He promptly took it to his nest. Uh oh. Does this mean that Elmo’s going broody again? Check out the video:

I’m not sure I can handle Elmo being broody again. The first time (in July) was an utter shock and we were transfixed in his nesting behaviour, but Elmo was very demanding and kept chasing me to remove me from the area where his precious (fake) eggs were, since I’m the competition and all.

I think we won’t encourage his nest building behaviour. … But he’s adorable when he does it. … I’ll let you know what we decide. :)


Off with the wire!


What an adorable couple! :)

Elmo’s broody saga: Elmo is broody!!, Moody Broody Elmo, Broody day three and Eggless Elmo.

Elmo wasn’t too happy with us on the weekend because we took his nest and eggs away. I know, “How can you be so cruel?!” is what you’re all saying, but we had to because Elmo was becoming far too protective and territorial. After a day of sulking Elmo is back to his normal self – although we did find him trying to nest on some peanuts today! Poor boy. I guess after 10 years of being childless his parental needs have really come to surface.

Here’s a very sweet video of Elmo building his nest:

And here’s a not so sweet Elmo attacking me when I peeked into the bedroom nesting area:

Ok, I admit it, I loved the attention from him but it did get a bit ridiculous with Elmo trying to chase me away from every spot I was in. Here he’s peering past Richard’s computer to see if he can get to me at my desk:


Note the pale pillow in the background which was my barrier on the sofa to protect me from Elmo, however, Elmo simply jumped onto the backrest of the sofa and marched right over to my side and attacked me! I just couldn’t win with him!

While we are happy to have Elmo back to his normal self, we do miss seeing his very loyal and dedicated behaviour towards the fake eggs.



I have to say that although we’ve only had Elmo for two years we thought we’d seen everything – but this broody behaviour of his really surprised us!!

Elmo has calmed down a bit, however, I have to put a big cushion barrier on the sofa to stop him from attacking me when I sit there. But at least he’s not following me around trying to chase me off.

Georgie still hasn’t laid any eggs and is now not showing any signs that she will. Maybe she thinks that Elmo has stolen the show so why bother being broody when Elmo is already doing it? If only we could somehow combine the two – make Elmo and Georgie fall in love then they could be broody and moody together!

Elmo has tucked the harness into the nest around the eggs and has a few feathers sticking out too. I think it is so funny that he’s not afraid of them now and sees them only as nesting material. I bet you anything that after his broodiness he’ll be scared of them again!

So yesterday I reported that Elmo has gone all broody on us. We are still unsure what to do now because his behaviour has changed quite a lot. He’s over-protective, moody and angry.


Proud daddy on his eggs

When we left this morning for work we put Elmo’s nest and his fake eggs in the bedroom so that he didn’t get frustrated about being seperated from them during the day (usually his nest stays in the living room). Richard kept an eye on him on the webcam and he saw that Elmo spent most of his day sitting on the eggs. Sweetheart!

Upon our return Elmo hopped off his nest, walked past me into the living room and helped himself to the peanut jar on the sofa. He didn’t say a word to me – not a coo or a dance in greeting. Now that’s a first!!

After he’d had his fill of peanuts he then proceeded to attack me. And this he did the whole time I prepared and tried to eat my dinner. Elmo was relentless! He ran after me as I walked about the flat – attacking my feet – and when I sat down to eat he jumped onto my lap and attacked my hands. He would not give up! In the end I had to put him back in the bedroom so that I could eat my dinner in peace. When I let him out he wasn’t too pleased with me at all and began his hate campaign against me. I think that now that he’s gone broody Elmo thinks the whole flat is his and is trying to chase me out.

We’re worried that he’ll cause himself harm with his obsessive attacking – we’re not sure if we should take the eggs away from him or let him sit on them for a few days to get it out of his system. I’m inclined to let him sit on them for a week. I don’t like the idea of pulling them just when he’s getting started, however, I don’t like to see him stress out about my presence. Short of me actually leaving the flat for the week (there’s some really nice hotels in the area!), there’s nothing I can really do to stop him from attacking me. If I interact with him and try to push him away he just gets even more aggressive. Richard will just have to keep Elmo occupied whilst I’m around.

I think I’m painting a rather negative picture, however, at the moment Elmo is not bothered with me as I type this up at my desk. I hope that once he realises that I’m not going anywhere – and if I don’t look or go near him – he may calm down.

A weird thing about Elmo’s broody behaviour – it seems to have made him rather fearless!! As reported previously, Elmo is scared of feathers and the harness, however, now Elmo thinks they are both excellent nesting material!! What a funny boy!



OMG!! OMG!! Elmo has gone broody!!

The other day Elmo took a liking to Richard’s new mobile phone cover. It was very funny to watch because he was very interested in the cover but he wasn’t try to mate with it. We didn’t understand what he was doing – gently pecking it, fluffing out his belly feathers. It was a new behaviour for us to see.


Today he did the same thing to the cover and I thought “It’s like he wants to nest on it.” I mentioned this to my husband and I asked him to put the two fake eggs we have in Elmo’s nest to see how Elmo reacts to them.

To our amazement Elmo started to gently peck at the eggs, fluff out his belly feathers and tried to push the eggs under him! We captured the moment on video:

As I’m writing this Elmo is sitting in his nest, all fluffed out and broody. Although the eggs aren’t under him – they’re next to him in the nest – he’s acting as if they are. Which is good enough for him I guess!


We’ve never seen this behaviour in Elmo before. It is very sweet and endearing to watch. Richard tried to stroke Elmo and Elmo attacked his hand! Something he’s never done before on purpose!! We were quite shocked. We’ve decided to leave Elmo alone in his nest to brood.

We have no idea what has triggered this broodiness in him and we’re not sure what is going to happen now – how long will Elmo be broody? I’ll report more about this later.

One thing I love about having pigeons is that they’re always surprising me with their behaviour. I’ve never had pigeons before so I don’t know what to expect. Often I turn to see what Elmo or Georgie are doing and see them doing something so funny or sweet that my heart melts with love for them. It’s amazing!


Georgie having a nap

One such funny behaviour is when Georgie decides to sit down in the middle of the floor for a nap. You’d think she’d want to find a nice secluded spot since she’s semi-blind but no, the middle of the floor is the safest place in her mind!

Not only are pigeons surprising, they’re also very cunning. Elmo seems to like attacking me and today I didn’t have any socks on whilst cooking and Elmo ran up to me and gave my toes a good pecking. Ouch!! He’s lucky I didn’t pop him into the pot for pigeon stew, the sneaky bugger. But Elmo’s most cunning act is to poo on the sofa and wait for me to come clean it up. As soon as my hand reaches down to wipe the poo away with kitchen roll Elmo strikes, viciously attacking my hand. Sometimes I have to ask my husband to hold Elmo so I can clean up after him, because I can see how eagerly Elmo’s eyeing up my hand. It’s all a fun game for him! The other day I thought I’d be clever and held a magazine around the poo so I could clean it in peace, however, Elmo was quick to react and ran around to the other side and managed to peck my hand. Richard was in stitches over the sight.


Elmo preening

Yesterday was another lazy Sunday and although Richard was having a nap on the sofa and therefore couldn’t give Elmo any cuddles, Elmo was happy to stand on Richard and preen himself. He’s just happy to have Richard in the same room, even if he’s fast asleep. I was afraid Elmo was going to wake my hubby up at one point because he was gently pecking Richard’s leg, his way of preening him. Sweetness.

Now that George is getting broody again she’s trying to find a good spot to lay her eggs in. She seems to like the little shelf on the side of the coffee table, however, whenever I put her fleece nest in there she kicks it out. Weird.


Georgie girl is bonded to me and she gets hormonal and broody often. If she’s in one of those moods and I pat her back she thinks she’s getting lucky and dances about in appreciation. Silly girl!

Here she is in mating mode:

What makes a pigeon so special?

As I watch Elmo laying on my husband’s chest while he strokes Elmo to sleep I can’t help but think that we may be one of the luckiest pigeon people out there (uh oh, methinks objections are abound!). Here is a 10 year old pigeon who has grown up with a disability and has been cared for so lovingly by his previous carer that he thinks he’s a person. He craves attention and affection, he is curious as to what we do (if we make a lot of noise he’ll run up to us to see what is going on), and he talks to us, e.g. calling us to his nest. Elmo loves visitors and will coo and dance around them, a sight that always amazes them (unless they have a bird phobia). I don’t think there are many pigeons like Elmo out there, however, each pigeon is special in its own way and it just takes 5 minutes of observation to see this.

Take Georgie for instance. At the moment she is sitting on her two infertile eggs, incubating them with all her motherly attention. She will not want to interact with myself or my husband during this time. I have to admit I find it hard to read what Georgie wants when she’s in this state. Her hormones and moods affect her wildly and I find myself having to take a deep breath as I watch Georgie destroy her clean cage (ripping the newspaper and walking about in the seed and water bowl). She obviously wants something but I cannot pinpoint it and I feel distressed. Most people would not find Georgie endearing in this state.

On the other hand, when she’s not broody Georgie is very easy to be with and extremely loving, and I can usually tell what she wants from the slightest movement. Guests will ask me ‘is she alright?’ and ‘what’s she doing?’ as Georgie goes about doing what’s normal to her (e.g. pecking at the air). Maybe to an outsider it is strange behaviour, but I can tell. And I feel a certain pride in this. Georgie is my pigeon and I know what she wants and needs. It’s a great feeling!

But it’s not just tame pigeons that are special. Today at work I had to force feed a pigeon that has a head shake and cannot feed for itself. Its disease will run its course but in the meantime we support it to help it recover. At first the pigeon resisted us and was scared. After a few days of popping peanuts down and pouring seed down its throat (we have a small ‘scoop’ to achieve this) the pigeon reverted back to a child-like state and started begging for food. It seems that it knows it cannot feed itself and has accepted our help. A small squeak, a wing waggle and vigorous gentle pecking of my fingers are all squab-like behaviours exhibited by this special pigeon. It melts my heart and I cannot help but want to hug it, however, I desire it to get better so that it can fly free again in a wild state.

If you take a moment to observe pigeons you might notice something special in them. I know many people think my husband and I are a bit weird since we choose to live with two pigeons and not a dog or a cat, but nearly everyone who has met Elmo has seen what a special pigeon he is and I like to think that they go away looking at wild pigeons in a different light.