A blog about my beautiful budgies.
6 December 2016Posted by on
As usual, we have had all sorts of weather here. It has turned cold but no snow yet in these parts.
However, the other week it looked like it was snowing. The ground outside the back was covered in leaves & the wind was blowing hard, whipping up the leaves & blowing more off the (few) trees. Bezukhov & Dalai were mesmerised by the sight. I was filming Bezukhov on the playgym (a rare visit there) when he suddenly looked surprised & when I panned to the window, where he was looking, I saw all the falling “snow”.
Dalai went over to the window perch to investigate further.
4 December 2016Posted by on
When Dalai came in from quarantine, his cage was placed where the playgym usually stands. The playgym was relegated to the other side of the room. Although it was just below one of their flight paths, they chose to ignore it & it gathered dust.
As it has been months since Dalai has been in his quarantine cage, I decided to move it out & reinstate the playgym to its original position. Before doing this, I spruced up the playgym – the dust was removed, Tweety Pie was cleaned up & I put lots of inviting, curly, chewy paper over it. I did not expect Bezukhov to descend on the playgym immediately as he is wary of change. Dalai had never known the playgym to be in the “new” location so I was not expecting him to blaze a trail to it.
It was not a surprise to me to find it would take 2 weeks for it to be used. Bezukhov landed on there, though I think he was spooked by something & landed there by accident. He stayed there for a bit though & had quite a chat in his old haunting place. Dalai seemed intrigued & flew by a couple of times but did not quite pluck up the courage to land.
Unfortunately, 3 weeks after Bezukhov visited the playgym, he has not been back. Tweety Pie must be feeling quite neglected.
23 November 2016Posted by on
Five years ago today, our beautiful Raspy made her way to rainbow bridge.
Still in our thoughts.
Love you my dear girl.
12 November 2016Posted by on
During their moult, feather dust & dander is more noticeable. Sometimes, Bezukhov & Dalai sit on the perch preening & you can see it drift down & settle below them. I have singled out Dalai in this post simply because the dander he leaves behind on the ttmss swing in the Manor is particularly noticeable because of the dark colour of the perch.
Bezukhov very rarely sits on that swing which is why I know the dander pictured is Dalai’s. Bezukhov prefers the counterpart (hot pink) swing in the Villa.
3 November 2016Posted by on
Recently, we received a lovely gift – a cuddly toy budgerigar!
He is blue & as you can see by his cere, most definitely a boy. His mutation is probably a normal sky blue. He is paler than Thomas was. He is very handsome & has been checking out his new home.
He seemed quite taken with the photos of Thomas showing on the digital photo frame:
Many thanks to our follower, rosebudgie!
1 November 2016Posted by on
Yesterday, Dalai had his first misting.
Since his arrival, Dalai has witnessed several mistings. Both Bezukhov & Phineas have demonstrated the art of prancing about in some wet leaves whilst I spray water over them. Dalai would usually take himself off to the Villa & leave them to it. I was not too concerned because he does take regular baths in the Thomas Bath.
Several factors may have influenced Dalai to try out a misting: they are both going through what seems like a never-ending moult, Bezukhov was very keen to throw himself into the celery leaves, & the sun was shining brightly though it is now clearly winter. Whatever the reason, after he watched Bezukhov have a go, he decided to join in. I think he enjoyed it.
Dalai investigating the celery leaves:
Dalai & Bezukhov preening afterwards:
(Click on photos to enlarge)
27 October 2016Posted by on
This is a short tale about a short tail.
Once upon a time (about a week ago), handsome Prince Bezukhov had two tail feathers. However, Bezukhov was moulting & the tail feathers worried about their future. They were right to worry because one day, Bezukhov’s friend Dalai “helped” him remove one. The tail feather was sad at the bottom of the cage. Some days later, the remaining tail feather dropped out & was reunited with the first one who was now living on the coffee table. They resignedly watched as new tail feathers started to grow in their place. The prince will soon look handsome again as his odd, short tail morphs into lovely long tail feathers. The end.
25 October 2016Posted by on
When we lost Phineas, Bezukhov made it clear he considered the Silver Villa Phinny’s domain. Though Bezukhov & Phineas originally moved into the Villa at the same time, its location was/is the same as the Ferplast, which was definitely Phinny’s home. If you recall, when Phineas arrived, Cagney & Bezukhov did not want him to sleep overnight with them so Phineas had a cage all to himself, at least at bedtime. So it seems that by location, Bezukhov regarded the Villa as Phinny’s.
Bezukhov found it difficult to go in the Villa without Phinny’s presence. He quickly decided that bedtime would switch back to the Manor. Dalai followed him there.
During the day, he avoided the inside of the Villa. On top & around the outside of it was fine, but he was not comfortable going inside. It took a couple of weeks for him to venture inside to drink the water or chew the iodine block but he generally just took what he needed & then got out – he did not linger. Gradually, as Dalai spent time in the Villa, Bezukhov’s visits got longer & over the following weeks Bezukhov began to sit in the Villa & even eat in there. He now appears quite relaxed in there, but bedtime is still in the Manor.
Note: Check out the difference in feet colour between Bezukhov & Dalai.
22 October 2016Posted by on
Phineas was cremated & his remains were returned on the 16th September.
As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla, Thomas & Cagney), I am making a new home for him in the form of a pillow. The inner pillow has been completed. I liked the material with clouds that I used for Cagney’s pillow so I have used the same for Phineas, & added my customary wonky embroidery. Just before I closed up the opening, I slipped in a little paper heart saying “Thank you my beautiful boy xxx“.
His remains now sit with the others, in particular next to Cagney.
20 October 2016Posted by on