Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

2018 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2018.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

Search terms related to moulting:

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai

budgie losing feathers on head
budgie pin feathers on head
parakett pin feathers
budgie blood feathers on head
my budgie has a lot of blood feathers on his head

Search terms related to randy budgies:

randy budgie syndrome
what to do with a randy budgie
what does sperm with a lumps in it means — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome
budgie rbs biting
sperm in hand — Bird related??
how do i treat randy budgie syndrome
how to help with randy budgie syndrome
lumps in seman — Bird related??


Many of the other random searches are related to health problems, with questions about droppings, medication & lumps.  It feels sad that people have birds with issues, yet encouraging that they are seeking information & answers.

Interestingly, there was a search for Trill Toppers, which landed on an old post: How to thank a budgie or budgies.  I may be wrong, but a quick internet search indicates that Trill Toppers are still unavailable in the UK.  This means many generations of budgies are growing up with no knowledge of Trill Toppers.  Is this a good thing or bad?

As I have claimed before, it appears that WordPress filters out the stranger search terms, however, one in particular did get through.  I will leave you with this & let you muse how it managed to land on this blog & more importantly, did my blog provide an answer?

word ladder tea to pot



2018 Review – Countries

During 2018, this blog has been viewed by 82 countries.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from the United Kingdom & the United States of America, followed by Australia, then Canada.

We then have:

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov, Dalai & Tweety Pie

South Africa
New Zealand
Isle of Man

Not forgetting:

Denmark, Belgium, Morocco, Italy, Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Serbia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malta
Hong Kong SAR China, Bahrain, Norway, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Latvia, Portugal, Jordan, Thailand, Finland, Brazil, Iceland, Egypt, Bangladesh, Brunei, Israel, Armenia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Nigeria, Croatia, Macedonia, Honduras, Kenya, Myanmar (Burma), Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Albania, China, Guatemala, Oman, Nepal


I hope all these visitors, from all these nations, enjoyed looking at my very beautiful birdies.  Hopefully, the many poop photos has not put any off of visiting again. 🙂


2018 Review – TOP POSTS

So, 2019 is here.  INow is a good time to reflect on the popular posts of the last year.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2018:

  1. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

  2. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

  3. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

  4. Cage Portfolio (December

  5. Introduction: Stages 6a, 6b, 6c (November


Positions 1, 2 & 3 are posts that are regularly in the top five.  Posts at positions 1 & 2, lead by a substantial amount.  New additions have crept into positions 4 and 5.

Unusually the two posts that have dropped out have been popular for some years, but it appears that in 2018, viewers are not so interested in the welfare of spider plants (Poor spider plant) or have concerns over the noise their birds make (How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet?)!

What will happen in 2019?  And what posts will attract most viewers?

To celebrate the achievements of the top two posts in 2019, here is a throwback picture of Amazing Cagney & Randy Phinny:

Phineas & Cagney landing on playgym


2018 review – Two halves

The year 2018 was rolling along in a pretty ordinary & uneventful manner, when halfway through, Bezukhov left us.  So, it was a year of two halves.


The first half

After doing my routine reviews in January last year, I wrote an important post on emergency evacuation.  It is always a good time to link back to that post – click here.  February was the calm before a snowy March with the Beast from the East & the Mini Beast.  April most probably had lots of showers, but definitely had moults May saw the introduction of new ‘furniture’ with their triangle platform.  June saw us celebrating Bezukhov’s birthday… but our happiness was to take a dive as we entered the second half of the year.


The second half

In July Bezukhov left us to join his friends over at rainbow bridge.

It took awhile to recover & return to something resembling a routine.

Eventually, in October I wrote a series of posts reviewing flock relationships.  In November, Dalai was not quite himself & we have since been keeping our eye on him & monitoring his health (look out for an update post on this).  December returned a little more to normal with news on poops & a prize.


In summary, we suffered a major blow to the flock but we carried on & we continue to carry on.  As always, I hope the coming year will be kind to us & I hope it will be kind to you all too.

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

Bezukhov, Dalai, Lennie & Perry


Remembering Bezukhov this Christmas

This is our first Christmas without Bezukhov.

Please join me in a reflective journey over the 8 Christmases we shared.  I have selected some photos taken during December of those years……




Cagney & Bezukhov













Hoping you are having a wonderful time over at Rainbow Bridge with your best mate Cagney, girlfriend Raspy, leader Atilla & friends Thomas & Phineas.


Social media, feasting and a prize!

I joined Instagram recently (@onesweetiepea) & took part in the Instagram challenge #12daysoffolksy.

Folksy is the home of British Craft, where you will find thousands of beautifully designed creations – all made by clever hands crafting away across the UK.  They set up an Instagram challenge to help promote Folksy, promote its sellers (& others!) & to have a bit of fun!

I am a new Folksy seller & you can imagine that some of my items are inspired by birds or bird-related (link to my shop is at the bottom of this page).  Naturally, I used some of the chosen themes to ‘promote’ my birds!  Day 10 was ‘Feast’, so I posted a picture of Dalai, Perry & Lennie feasting on red millet:

Dalai, Lennie & Blurry Perry


I was delighted to find that they won a prize for the best animal-themed post for Day 10!  They had more red millet to celebrate!

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have recognised the above photo from a previous post in 2017.  (Click here to see that post).  The slight sadness in this is that the red millet was in celebration of Bezukhov’s 7th birthday & you can see him in the photos in the original post.  So, I feel he deserves a mention too, given that had he not had a 7th birthday, they would not have had that millet & therefore the photos would not have been taken & the prize not won!  So we give big thanks to our dearest, departed friend, Bezukhov.

You can also see in the photo that Dalai had his troublesome feather!


Rust coloured poops

Whilst Dalai’s health has been scrutinised, there was a day of strange coloured poops that demanded attention.  These were not Dalai’s, so must have been Perry or Lennie’s.  They occurred during the day on the 17th November & were a distinct rust colour:

Rust coloured poops!


Needless to say, this worried me!  Fortunately, both Perry & Lennie looked fine & their behaviour was normal.  Overnight, their poops were fine & I have not seen any that colour since.

I can only assume that something was consumed that resulted in the strange colour.  They do have bird-safe chewy toys with orange & red coloured strips of palm & also a toy with those coloured wooden blocks, so perhaps they were the offending items.  Either way, all seems to be okay now.



Update on Dalai


Following on from my last post on Dalai’s health, he finished the 10 day course of antibiotics (3rd-12th November).  During that time I monitored his droppings & they gradually improved.  He continued to be unsociable, preferring to be in his cage on his own.  He had moments when he wanted to come out but was only out briefly & mostly wanted to just stretch his wings.

He carried on with his moult, losing a tail feather & further wing feathers.  He had lots of pin feathers on his head.  I felt that he wanted a bath but did not want to bother coming out to have one, so a few times I held up a sprig of wet basil & he had an awkward bathe in the wet leaves, as he was trying to do it whilst balancing on his swing!

He had a set-back on the morning of November 16th when his poops were just white splats with no dark bits.  However, by the afternoon they recovered.

The vet provided AviPro Plus, a probiotic to support their gut.  I put this in Dalai’s & Perry & Lennie’s water from the 20th-30th November.  Dalai’s droppings improved & as a bonus, Lennie’s did too (they have always been a bit… not right!)

Dalai ready for F10 nebulising

On the 23rd November, after a further consultation with the vet, she confirmed that videos I sent showed Dalai was definitely tail bobbing (there was slight evidence of this earlier).  We decided to give them all medicine for chlamydia (I refused any invasive tests & also did not bother with the fecal test as a negative result does not necessarily mean they do not have chlamydia).  Whilst awaiting the medicine (it needed to be ordered), the vet suggested I nebulise Dalai a couple of times a day with F10 SC disinfectant to help with any respiratory problems.

The first ‘steaming’ session was on Friday 23rd November at 2pm.  Dalai was difficult to catch in the Silver Villa & when I did grab him he screeched & screamed!  He never did that when the vet grabbed him!  He was not best pleased when he found himself in the travel cage, under a cover, with a bowl of hot water.  (To be clear, the water was outside the cage).  I did this again on the following occasions:

  • 24th November – 10:30
  • 25th November – 10:30, 17:00
  • 26th November – 10:30, 17:30
  • 27th November – 10:00, 17:30
  • 28th November – 10:30
  • 29th November – 10:15

Each time Dalai screeched & screamed when I grabbed him.  After the last two ‘steamings’, he seemed a bit brighter & livelier.  After his steaming on the 28th, he stayed out for a bit & even gave Perry’s head a little preen.

The medicine for chlamydiosis (Ornicure) arrived yesterday, & treatment has commenced.

In the meantime, here is a slideshow for the poop aficionados amongst us.

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And some prettier photos:


Remembering Raspy: Seven years on

Seven years ago today, our beautiful Raspy made her way to rainbow bridge.



Still in our thoughts.

Love you always my dear girl.




Happy 2nd Adoption-day, Perry & Lennie!

It was two years ago on this day that I brought home these two beautiful, blue birds.

I would like to say they are maturing beautifully, but they are still rascally rascals!  Lennie is still pursuing Dalai & still gets worried that he is missing something!  Perry is still pretty laid back which is great because if he was not, life as Lennie’s cage-mate would be challenging!

Lennie & Perry


Happy adoption-day, my blue rascals!

We love you lots!