A blog about my beautiful budgies.
28 October 2014Posted by on
The other day I heard a loud clunk. When I looked up, Phineas was on the floor of his cage looking a bit confused.
He had jumped on his ttmss swing & the perch section gave way. Poor boy. That was his bedtime swing & his all round chill out, best perching position.
I checked his swing to see if it could be repaired in any way, but the plastic hole that holds a side of the perch section had a gap in it. I decided that a replacement was needed. In the meantime, I gave him the toyboys ttmss swing. They do not use their swing nearly as much as Phinny uses his so I thought they would not miss it too much. Phineas had his bedtime swing back. He was pleased & order in the universe had been restored.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
You can see from the photos above that the replacement swing is very colourful. A perch on the toyboys’ swing had a hairline crack in it so I merged it with Phinny’s swing.
After an internet search I found the same swing but the cost of postage was extortionate. I decided to go for a slightly different swing. When it arrived, I put it in the toyboys’ manor. As yet it has not been touched….
22 October 2014Posted by on
How to avoid taking your medicine
They say that ‘prevention iz better dan kure’. For this post, I translate that saying into, ‘freedom iz better dan kapture’. The single most important thing you kan do to avoid taking your medicine iz to ‘Stay Free And Avoid Kapture‘. Once I am free of the Manor and able to go where I please in the rest of the world ¹, then it’z all bets off…. No medication today!
A tip to avoid kapture in the Manor iz to go to the far reaches where the human’s short featherless wings can’t reach. This tip also works out in the rest of the world ¹, where a safe place iz on top of the Manor which iz too high for the human’s short featherless wings and short legs.
Bezukhov 1 Human 0
If you have fallen at this first hurdle and have been kaptured, there are still other ways to avoid taking your medicine. My main method kan be summarised thus: ‘Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle… wriggle like the wriggliest wriggly worm would wriggle‘. In essence, to keep moving means your beak iz never in the same place for longer dan a millisecond, thus avoiding the medicine-loaded firing implement ². A kunning plan, doncha fink?
Bezukhov 1 Human 1
Sometimes, the human in question, will attempt to use a kloth of some sort to kontain you. This kan be a challenge. I find this next method quite effective, ‘Rotation‘. It’z a subset of wriggling really, but deserves its own mention. Wriggling in a rotating way means that when the human adjusts the kloth to find your head, it’z often facing away from the human, thereby making administering of medication impossible (unless the human is a kontortionist which my one izn’t). The human will then have to temporarily put the medicine launching device ² down in order to use both hands to adjust the kloth to get you in the korrect position but this iz another opportunity to wriggle.
Bezukhov 2 Human 1
14 October 2014Posted by on
Phineas came into our home on this day, 2 years ago. He was, we believe, around 10 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in January. As we do not know the exact date that he came into this world, we will celebrate the date he came into our lives.
Happy adoption-day, darling Phineas.
We love you lots!
12 October 2014Posted by on
5 October 2014Posted by on
One of the medication’s (Lactulose) I have to give orally to Bezukhov is like a syrup. Unfortunately, the combination of my lack of expertise in administering medication by syringe/dropper & Bezukhov’s propensity for wriggling, has resulted in the sticky syrup landing on his feathers & not in his beak.
Ignoring Bezukhov’s desperate desire to leave my grip, I usually try to wipe as much medication away from his cheek & chin feathers before letting him go. The medicine is very sticky though & remains on his feathers.
What he really needs is a best buddy who can preen the goo away…
4 October 2014Posted by on
As reported in my last post, it appeared that Bezukhov’s weight had dropped in the days following his x-ray & blood test.
My scales showed that Bezukhov had apparently lost 6g in a few days. I rang the vet but she had already left for her holiday. Another vet rang back. I explained the situation that Bezukhov had lost weight & was too weak to eat to gain more. I had been offering Bezukhov as many different vegetables as possible to try & entice him to eat. Cucumber was the vegetable of choice. That seemed to be all he wanted to eat & though that was better than nothing, it would not be enough to build him up. The vet prescribed some Emeraid Omnivore which is a critical care formula for feeding to birds. If that did not help, then once again, hospitalisation may be an option.
Once my budgie-sitter had arrived, I dashed off to the veterinary hospital to pick up the formula. It is a powder to be mixed with warm water. If I say so myself, it looks like & smells like a rather appetising porridge. Apparently some birds will eat it directly out of a bowl…. but not Bezukhov. Naturally. So, out came the syringe… Unfortunately I am still not very good with administering medication by syringe/dropper. A big lump of porridge landed on his beak. Another on his head. Despite being ill & weak, he could still wriggle.
That night both he & Cagney retired to the manor quite late.
The next day, Sunday 28th, the main aim was for Bezukhov to eat. He ate some seed in the morning. He was still obsessed with cucumber. When he ate some cucumber I offered some seed & he usually had a few at that point. He also ate a little fennel. He preferred to be out of the manor but slept most of the day. I weighed him again but the scales were a bit flaky, returning a value between 37-40g. Had he lost more weight or stabilised?
2 October 2014Posted by on
After Bezukhov’s initial euphoria of returning home from the vet, things were not so good.
That evening, I attempted to give him his first lot of medication (orally) & also ‘nebulised’ him whilst in the travel cage. He could not get out quick enough & immediately flew to the manor & ran around, almost manically. He did not seem so bad. However the following day, events caught up with him. He had been anesthetised for the x-rays. He also had a blood sample taken.
During the day he looked particularly sorry for himself. He had another seizure. He also fell off the perch at one point. He had become wobbly. I put seed & millet everywhere he might go, plus I followed him around, offering food. The electric blanket went over the manor & the floor padded. During the night I got up to check on him.
The following day, Friday the 26th, it was clear he was too weak to de-husk & eat his seed. He could manage millet seeds but only a few. He was still wobbly. When he attempted to preen he would lose his balance. He really needed some food inside him so I decided to crush pellets & mix with liquid (apple juice & aloe vera). He would not eat this from my finger or a pot so I attempted to syringe some into him. It was all very concerning.
In the meantime, when Bezukhov was out of the manor (though sick he still did not want to sit in the manor all the time) I kept Phineas locked up as he is not very sensitive about the needs of others. Cagney was fine with Bezukhov though I could see he was a little annoyed that Bezukhov was not playing, or responding to him like he used to.
The next day, Saturday 27th, I needed to speak to Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV). By now she also had results of the blood test & confirmed that the treatment outlined is what we should continue with. I told her that he seemed worse. She said that after his ordeal, it would take time for him to recover. She also suggested that I weigh him, if possible. On the Wednesday when she weighed him, he was 46g. If he was 41g or less then more worry would be appropriate. At that point, hospitalisation might be an option.
Unfortunately, she was then due to go on holiday. Not long after that phone call, I weighed Bezukhov in the travel cage. According to my scales he was 40g.
Cue worry overdrive…
1 October 2014Posted by on
As previously posted, Bezukhov has been moulting. Moults can take a lot out of a bird. I was not too worried when Bezukhov appeared a bit grumpy & lethargic. It was after all, the moult. Or was it? After awhile, I noticed his poop changing & somehow his lethargy seemed too pronounced. A few times he also looked like he was vomiting. He did not bring anything up – it looked more like he had an obstruction or irritation. My concern was enough to take him to the vet.
On Wednesday 24th September, Bezukhov was seen by Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV). She had previously seen him over his random seizures. Since his last visit to her on the 20th May, I made a note of any other ‘episodes’. In total, he had six over four months, of which two were proper ones & the others were minor that lasted a second or two.
Given Bezukhov’s medical history & his current state, Ms EHV wanted to take x-rays & a blood sample. With a heavy heart, I signed the form for him to have the x-rays. She arranged for the x-rays to take place about an hour later & suggested I go home & pick him up later. With an even heavier heart, I returned home, Bezukhov-less.
In my absence, though being watched over by the budgie-sitter, Cagney had temporarily & voluntarily moved into the Ferplast with Phineas. Phineas must have been over the moon with those few hours with just his adored Cagney.
A short time later I received a call from the vet saying that Bezukhov had come round from the anesthetic. Cue a huge sigh of relief from me. When I picked him up later that day, Ms EHV gave me a run down of what she had found. It was already written down & covers a whole sheet of A4 paper. In short, his condition is “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.
Though it is not confirmed he has Chlamydia Psittaci (this was not detected in his poop sample provided in July), it is apparently a known cause of liver & breathing problems. His treatment plan takes this into consideration. It is worth noting that liver disease can cause seizures because toxins are not filtered.
Treatment is as follows:
Nebulise with F10 solution up to 3 times a day (for Air Sacculitis)
- Milk Thistle & Aloe Vera to be administered, either directly or in water (for liver)
- Lactulose twice a day (for liver)
- Ronaxan once a day for 45 days (for Chlamydia)
I was told the Ronaxan is the most important of his treatments. Check-up in 4 weeks time. Results of blood test to be available in a few days.
Though it all sounded very daunting, I was just delighted to be bringing Bezukhov home. As I brought him into the lounge, there was a chorus of chirping. He clearly was also relieved & happy to be back home.
Note: Chlamydia Psittaci can be caught by humans so I was advised to take care & also to not allow anyone on chemotherapy, the elderly or very young to handle Bezukhov.
20 September 2014Posted by on
It has been some time since I posted on Thomas’s sad return to the fold. As with Raspy & Atilla, my plan has been to make a personal pillow for his remains that reflects a little of his personality, rather than keep the bland & hard bamboo pouch supplied.
One reason for the delay in completing this has been my need to find a piece of fabric that accurately reflects the bright blue colour he was. Perhaps I have been a bit fussy but nothing seems to be quite right. If it is the right intensity of blue, it is the wrong shade… & so on.
Anyway, recently I finally completed his inner pouch. This is a very simple design. I used white, as he had a white face & added some blue embroidered writing, saying:
27th April 2013 (adoption day)
to 27th January 2014
I think I have decided on the design for the outer cover. It is difficult to encompass everything I want to express in such a small item but hopefully the care taken & time invested in creating his final ‘home’ will show, at the very least, that he was loved very much.
18 September 2014Posted by on
It is moulting time again.
Certainly for Bezukhov.
Overnight he lost 3 spot feathers. He looks a little lop-sided now. He has also lost 3 flight feathers. During the day more & more feathers have fallen. He gives a little shake & they drop around him. By yesterday evening, his belly was already looking ruffled & tatty. Poor boy.