A blog about my beautiful budgies.
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
18 October 2016Posted by on
Bezukhov is getting better. He is eating a reasonable amount each day. His poops are looking fine. He is chatting again with Dalai & has even engaged in the odd flirting session here & there. He is still moulting though, so looks a bit rough & still likes to have a sleep during the day.
Dalai is also moulting.
During the last week, I have noticed Dalai preen Bezukhov’s cheek feathers. I have only witnessed it happen about 3 times & each time was very brief but I did manage to get one little session on film:
Despite the rather brusque ending, I think Bezukhov appreciated the attention.
After the last few weeks, it gives me great pleasure to see Bezukhov tucking into his seed:
Poops are looking good too:
16 October 2016Posted by on
Recently, I was advised to give Bezukhov water with honey in it to give him energy whilst he was barely eating. I decided to put it in the Thomas Bath as I thought he was most likely to drink it there & it worked because he drank quite a lot of it. The only flaw in the plan was that Dalai decided to take a bath in it….
14 October 2016Posted by on
Phineas came into our home on this day, 4 years ago.
I would like to share a video with you of him regurgitating to my thumb. It was also during his brief quick, side-step phase. Some people go, “Urgh”, at the thought of regurgitated food, but I always appreciated what he offered me, & I always thanked him.
Missing you, our little man.
Always in our thoughts.
11 October 2016Posted by on
We have had a difficult time with Bezukhov. After I posted that Bezukhov had become unwell (click here to read that post), the hopeful signs of improvement stopped. On the 29th September, Bezukhov began a heavy moult. Almost overnight there were feathers everywhere. He lost mountains of small fluffy feathers, several larger feathers, including flight feathers & a tail feather. At the same time, his poops got worse again. He also stopped eating.
He was extremely lethargic & I was sufficiently worried to call in Ms Independent Vet (IV) who visited on the 30th September.
Once again, she suspected the problems were a continuation of stress from losing his friend Phineas, but now with the added complication of going into a heavy moult. She weighed him & he was only 44g, so a loss of approximately 14g in 9 days. His temperature was very high, but otherwise she could not find anything else obviously wrong. She gave him an injection of anti-inflammatory to help bring down his temperature & also antibiotics to guard against infections whilst his immune system was low. I was to orally give him the anti-inflammatory (Loxicom) twice a day for the next 3 days & antibiotics (Baytril) once a day for the next 7 days. She also advised that I steam/nebulise him with F10 as she thought his breathing was a bit laboured. She also gave me Emeraid, so I could syringe feed him to get his weight back up.
Of course giving Bezukhov medicine is a challenge. Despite being unwell he still managed to do his very best to avoid taking anything orally.
I was marginally better at giving Bezukhov the medicine than the Emeraid. Some birds will apparently eat Emeraid when offered as it is a nice smelling (& probably nice tasting) porridge-like substance. I did offer him some on my finger but he refused so I was left with having to syringe feed him. I tried my very, very best to give him the food but he pulled out all the stops & thwarted me at every twist & turn. I managed to get a few drops inside him now & then. Ms IV advised that I give him the Emeraid morning & evening but because I could hardly get any inside him, I added another
battle session in the middle of the day.
Despite my best efforts, Bezukhov got worse.
29 September 2016Posted by on
As previously posted, we have been struggling here because Bezukhov has gone off his food. Though it is the end of the season, follower rosebudgie & her sharing sausages, have managed to find more wild, seeded grass & more importantly, sent it on to us. The deliveries were beyond welcome… life-saving really, because this was food that Bezukhov was enthusiastic about eating.
Dalai also tucked in heartily – possibly too heartily as he was eating far more than Bezukhov. I was worried this limited supply would disappear before Bezukhov came out of his not-eating phase, so I held some back to sneakily give to Bezukhov whilst Dalai was not looking. (Sorry Dalai – I would do the same for you if positions were reversed).
Thank you, rosebudgie & the Sharing Sausages!!!
27 September 2016Posted by on
It was one week ago, with a sense of déjà vu, that I noticed Bezukhov’s poops did not look right. They were sludgy & dark green.
I knew Bezukhov was upset by the change in routine, actually, the change in everything, as evidenced by not going into the Villa (Phinny’s domain). He would go in briefly for water or to chew on the iodine block, but not sit in there. Also, overnight sleeping has switched, at Bezukhov’s insistence, from the Villa to the Manor.
In the days leading up to the discovery, I had noticed Bezukhov was eating more pellets (in dishes on top of the Villa) but it was not until I saw the dodgy poops that I realised he was barely eating his normal seed mix. Behaviour-wise, Bezukhov became very loud. He was constantly shouting & often looking out of the window. Normally he would shout at things outside but each time I looked I could not see anything; he was just shouting for shouting’s sake. Sometimes he would go to one of the five seed pots but would only eat one seed before looking distracted & moving on.