Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Synchronized foot resting

Lennie & Dalai



Mini Beast from the East!

We have had more snow!  As previously reported, we had the Beast from the East, but this was followed up at the weekend by the Mini Beast from the East:

“Following a brief spell of warmer weather, a fresh cold snap nicknamed the “Mini Beast from the East” was forecast to bring another covering of snow on the weekend of 17 and 18 March.”  Read more here.


You would think that Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie would be bored of it by now & in fact they were a little blasé about it, apart from Bezukov.  Bezukhov shouted at the snow a lot.  So much so that I was surprised he did not lose his voice!

Here are some videos of Bezukhov:


Here are some photos:


The eagle-eyed among you will notice there are no photos of Lennie.  He did go to the window perch several times for a closer look at the snow but he was too quick to get on camera!  To balance things out, here is a photo of the rascal that is Lennie:



Happy 2nd Adoption-day, Dalai!!!

Dalai came into our home on the 14th March 2016.  He was, we believe, around 5 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in October.  As we do not know the exact date that he came into this world, we celebrate the date he came into our lives.

I had to double-check the year he arrived as I feel like he has been here much longer!  Here he is admiring himself in the mirror:


Happy adoption-day, Dalai darling.

We love you lots!





A snowy blue moon

As posted yesterday, we have had snow, which is pretty unusual for these parts, but we also had a rare occurrence of Perry having a bath so there must also have been a blue moon!

I only have one photo as you have to be very, very quick to catch Perry in the bath!

Perry in the bath


Lennie had a thorough dunking though:



Then he fed Dalai & had a preen:


Followed 20 minutes later by another bath:


I am surprised there was any water left at the end!


The Beast from the East!

We have had snow, courtesy of the Beast from the East.

“At the end of last week the UK became a victim of the northern polar jet stream, which has twisted its direction unexpectedly, drawing in cold air from the east.”  Read more here.

It has caused disruption but fortunately Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie are safe, well & warm.  They have been surveying the phenomenon but to be frank, after a few days, the novelty has now worn off!




The Denisov Bell

Some time ago, I invested in a stainless steel bell*.  It is a tubular bell with a nice tinkly ring to it.  Over the years, it has been largely ignored, despite being put in various positions & having beads & chewy paper tied to it.  It took Lennie to rock up, for the bell to be noticed.  Because of the attention he has given it, the bell is now known as The Denisov Bell, after the curious & brave Lennie Denisov.

Lennie first came across the bell when it was in the Silver Villa.  I imagine he was attracted to how shiny it was.  Gradually, he would inch nearer to it until he could touch it & then he wanted to see what was inside it.  Unfortunately, Dalai was often near & although he did not play with the bell himself, clearly did not want anyone else to!  (See video below).

Seeing how much Lennie wanted to play with the bell, I swapped it with a chewy toy from his cage.  He was delighted to find it in the New Villa & he could play with it to his heart’s content!  (See videos below).  Fast forward several months & the novelty has worn off!  I am thinking of temporarily returning the bell to the Silver Villa to see if that will reawaken his interest.

Lennie discovers the bell in the Silver Villa:


Lennie playing with the bell in his own home:


Lennie & his bell


*  Non-stainless steel bells can rust, causing serious health risks to your bird.  This is why I got rid of bells on toys & replaced with safer alternative items (click here for related post)  & also invested in the stainless steel bell.


Remembering Phineas: A cursory interest in kale

I found this draft post that I wrote some time ago in 2015, in the Cagney/Bezukhov/Phineas era.  I thought it would be nice to publish it under ‘Remembering Phineas‘….

Off & on, I have offered the Toyboys & Phineas kale.  Nice, curly, green kale.

Cagney & Bezukhov initially showed interest as it is green & leafy.  They would even go as far as to nibble it so the smell clearly did not put them off (unlike mint).  However, a little nibble is all they would partake of before apathy set in & it was completely ignored.

Phineas has also shown an interest in the curly green vegetable.  He also has a nibble but his nibble is larger & more sustained than the Toyboys, almost to the point that I have wondered if he actually likes it.

(Click on photos to enlarge)



Bezukhov’s misting

I have been remiss in giving mistings.  Fortunately both Dalai & Lennie are happy to have baths.  Perry will have a bath when there is a blue moon & equally Bezukhov will have a bath if he really, really needs one.  Neither Perry or Lennie have partook in earlier mistings which may have further reduced my motivation to give them.  However, a few days ago, I gathered together some celery leaves & the spray bottle & a misting was given.

As soon as Bezukhov saw the yellow spray bottle he knew what was coming & started to fluff himself up.  He definitely prefers mistings to baths & went straight to the celery leaves to roll about under the water that I was spraying.  He also went to the Thomas bath & had a dunk there as the spray from the water bottle was also going across that.  All in all, he had a good wash!  Dalai very briefly joined in.  Perry & Lennie looked on in bemusement from afar.

Here are photos of Bezukhov after his misting:

Here he is having a thorough preen:

I must resolve to do more mistings, even if only Bezukhov is interested!


Remembering Thomas: Four years on

Four years ago today, our beautiful Thomas made his way to rainbow bridge.

Handsome Thomas


Still in our thoughts & still missed.



Preparation for emergency evacuation of your birds

Being a paranoid parront, I would like to post advice on how to quickly & safely evacuate your birds/pets in an emergency.

There is already plenty of good advice already written on the internet, so I will post some links. From what I have read, the key is PREPARATION because if there was a real emergency you would likely be stressed yourself & less likely to think straight, so anything that helps you (& your birds) through the ordeal can only be of benefit.

The following link is well written & has some good ideas. Their main ‘trick’ is use of a pillowcase to catch up birds & also keep them safe: www.birdtricks.com/blog/how-to-evacuate-parrots-when-you-only-have-seconds/

This link also has some good points: www.beautyofbirds.com/evacuation.html

Personally, my plan would be to get my flock into the small travel/hospital cage (I also have an even smaller carrier if I have time to consider separating them). I have prepared a canvas bag that has in it: food (seed & millet); seed pots & water bottles; reminder note & headlamp.  The reminder note is so I can grab any medication that may be in the fridge.  Every time I receive a new order of seed or millet, I refresh what is in the emergency bag & date it.  At the same time I check the headlamp still works in case the batteries need changing.  A point to note is that I have chosen a canvas bag with long handles so if need be I can hang it around my neck if I need my hands!  The emergency bag is kept on the shelf underneath the Silver Villa.


The travel/hospital cage is kept underneath the playgym so that is also in close proximity.  I actually decided to keep it close in case Bezukhov has a major seizure, however even if this were not the case, it would still be handy to keep there for other emergency reasons.

For some reason I cannot remember (!) I have two pillowcases draped over the back of my futon that is directly in front of the new Villa, so they are handy if needed.  Alternatively, they could be folded up & kept with the spare/emergency cage.

My mother lives nearby so if need be, I can walk to hers & deposit the flock there for safety.

If anyone else has any other advice/tips/tricks/ideas then feel free to share here!

Perry, Lennie (hidden at back), Dalai & Bezukhov