Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Remembering my girls… on paper

Last month I read an article about preserving digital data in the event of it not being accessible in the future (click here for news article).  My first thought was of the vast quantity of photos I have of my birds, past & present.  How awful if, for whatever reason, I could not view the photos.

To put my mind at ease, I ordered a photo booklet with 40 photos of Atilla & Raspy.  This means that when I am old, rocking alone in an old rocking chair (!), completely unable to fathom any new fangled technology, I can just open the book & look at my beautiful girls again.

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(I intend immortalising all of them on paper.  Thomas is next on the list).

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Poor Patient Compliance (PPC)

Previously, I had posted about Bezukhov’s second x-ray.  At the time, a blood sample was also provided.  We had the results of these a few days after.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) said that Bezukhov’s blood results were “largely promising“.  However, she noticed one of the parameters that tells us about the gall bladder and liver function has “steadily increased over the last few blood tests“.  With this in mind, she prescribed two types of medication: one to support the gall bladder & the other to support the liver.

The medicine to support the gall bladder is Destolit.  Worryingly, it is untested in birds; the tablets are made for dogs & cats.  The tablets need to be cut very small (1/8ths), mixed in 0.5ml of water/juice, of which 0.02ml is to be administered.  (It was originally 0.01ml of ¼ tablet, but that is basically half a drop & I found that impossible to control).

Bezukhov still has Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle in the water & that is to continue indefinitely.  The additional medication for the liver is Lactulose.  He had this previously.  It is a sticky, syrupy medicine which is difficult to remove once it gets onto the feathers.  (Cagney did attempt to clean him up but with little success – it took Ms EHV to use the opportunity when Bezukhov was still groggy from anaesthetic to properly clean his cheek & chin feathers).

As for frequency of administering the medication, Ms EHV described Bezukhov as having “Poor Patient Compliance”, (i.e. he refuses to take his medications).  With that in mind, she was not going to prescribe Clavaseptin (antibiotic to support the liver to be taken twice a day).   This leaves us with the Lactulose & Destolit.

Ideally, they are to be taken once a day.  However, as this may potentially be a long-term solution, we agreed that a more manageable once every other day should still be effective.

After much discussion of the above, the new medication regime for Bezukhov began on the 22nd February.

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A bent tail

The other day I noticed the bottom of Cagney‘s tail was bent.  I assume he caught it on something rather than someone else tweaking it.  Bezukhov is not into tweaking tails.  Phineas can be naughty & anti-social at times but he loves Cagney so it seems very unlikely he was the culprit.

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2½ hours in the life of…

hours in the life of Phineas.

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As told through the medium of

photo…..

regurgitated seed…. &

regurgitated celery:

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(Click on photos to enlarge)

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Pea preference

Peas are still popular here.  I usually get sugar snap peas & mix them with other vegetables.  The peas are always picked out first, usually by Cagney.

Cagney & the peas:

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Bezukhov eating a pea:

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Phineas also likes peas but I do not have a photo of him with a pea in his beak, so here is one of him eating celery:

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Remembering Thomas: Pillow complete

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

At long last, I have completed the final resting place for Thomas.

Previously I had reported that the inner cover was finished.  I also mentioned the difficulty I had in completing this housing for Thomas’s remains.  For some reason, it has taken me ages to make decisions on what fabric to use, what colours, what design & what photos.  I suspect the long drawn out agonising was due in part to Thomas being with us for such a short time; we only touched the surface of his personality before his health problems took over.

This was also an ideal opportunity for me to give him a permanent tribute that shows his short time here did not lessen his importance to us.  I did not want to get that wrong, hence, I think, the long time it took to finally complete the work.

My rough designs have been hanging about for some time & I guess it was inevitable someone would use them for target practice (naming no names… Phineas):    Read more of this post

Chewy toy positioning

The chewy toy is still the favoured toy to sleep behind.

When Cagney hurt his leg before Christmas I removed the round swing from the Manor loft area to encourage him to rest his foot more.  In its place I put a short but wide perch.  I left the older, more threadbare chewy toy in its original place but moved the newer one across to the new perch.

When it came to bedtime & Cagney & Bezukhov made their way to the loft area to sleep, they each positioned themselves directly behind a chewy toy, as can be evidenced in these photos:

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The chewy toy is also an ideal place to hide behind:

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

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Strangely, they do not appear to be chewing either of the chewy toys much.  Perhaps they understand that once chewed the toys will be gone forever?  (They do not know that I have spare one!)  Or perhaps they realise that the more they chew the less effective the toy is as a hiding place?

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A smattering of snow

I am a little late reporting this, but just over two weeks ago we had a smattering of snow.

Bezukhov was the only one who went over to the window perch to check out the light covering of snow on the grass out the back.  I managed to take a couple of photos of him & the snow before it melted:

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Good morning!

It is not often I get up early enough that the Toyboys & Phineas are still ‘in bed’.  I peer into their cages, under the cover & see they are still in their bedtime positions.  If it is very early they will stay in those positions until it is the proper time to ‘get up’.  Naturally, I tiptoe around the room until they wake.

Most mornings they are already awake.  When Phineas sees me he runs up & down his ladder waiting for my finger to regurgitate to.  Cagney & Bezukhov peer at me under their cover, patiently waiting for me to fold it back so their seed pots are no longer in darkness.

Here is Phineas, up & down the ladder:

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Here is Phineas waiting for my finger:

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Here is an impatient Phineas & the patient Toyboys:

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Phinny's cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

Phinny’s cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

The Toyboys & Phineas have already greeted each other as I always peg up part of Phinny’s cover at the side so they can see each other come morning.

I had noticed before, when I did not do this, that Phinny, on seeing the Toyboys (actually, probably Cagney) would let out this really loud TWEEET!  That was his morning greeting. With the opening in the cover, I do not witness this particular TWEEET so often but think it is better for them to greet each other as soon as they wish, rather than wait for me to uncover them.

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Well fed fingers

Phineas is still regurgitating to my finger.  He is still blowing bubbles.  This phase is ongoing.  We do not have an end date yet.

The regurgitation session can occur many, many times a day.  Duration of each session appears to be getting longer.  If I wait until he comes to a natural end rather than force him to end as I have things to do [rolls eyes!], this may mean waiting up to 25 minutes.  (I usually  have the TV remote control to hand).

Sometimes he attempts to clean my finger & licks it all over.  Recently, after the licking, he preens my finger.  As you can see from the photos below, more often than not, my finger (& sometimes hand) needs a good wash afterwards.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

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A most interesting incident happened a few days ago where Phineas was on top of the manor, regurgitating to my index finger.  I was holding my hand up to him, resting it on the cage with my index finger out but other fingers folded back.  He regurgitated as normal but then tapped on the knuckle of my middle finger.  I unfolded that & he proceeded to regurgitate to that finger.  Hmm… interesting.

Then he tapped on my ring finger.  I unfolded that & he regurgitated to that finger.  It was like he was feeding all my fingers.  He seemed satisfied after doing 3 fingers & then off he went & left me with this:

Three well fed fingers

Three well fed fingers

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