Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

On this day in 2008, dear Raspy hatched.  I met her less than 8 weeks later with her sister Atilla.  The two young sisters had a big impact on my life.

Here is a video of Raspy on the playgym:

Always in our thoughts.

xXx

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Remembering Atilla on her birthday

Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

On this day in 2008, dear Atilla hatched.  I met her less than 8 weeks later with her sister Raspy.  The two young sisters had a big impact on my life.

Here is a video of Atilla eating some dill:

 

Always in our thoughts.

xXx

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Change of scenery

Perry & Lennie often pop into Dalai’s cage for a change of scenery.

Lennie is the more frequent visitor & will be in & out, but Perry also visits & spends some time ‘chilling’.  Initially, they were wary of moving around the cage, almost like they were uncomfortable that Dalai was not there, but over time they have become more relaxed.

That said, neither have dared to sit on Dalai’s perch at the back on the far right (a twig-like perch, diagonally across the corner).  Dalai did not allow them to sit on it.  Perry accepted this rule pretty quickly & did not bother to attempt to sit there.  Lennie wanted to sit next to Dalai on that perch, but the nearest he could get was to cling to the cage bars near the perch & if his luck was in, Dalai would go over & chat to him.  If Lennie was feeling particularly bold, he would tentatively climb onto the perch when Dalai was otherwise engaged at the seed trough, but he was on edge & never hung around there for longer than a minute.

(Incidentally, Bezukhov was allowed to sit on this perch, possibly because he lived in the cage before Dalai & it would have seemed churlish not to allow him!)

Even though Dalai is not here, Perry & Lennie still do not sit on Dalai’s perch.

Here is a rare moment when Perry sat on Dalai’s swing:

 

 

 

Lessons from the wild?

One day, towards the end of May, I noticed some unusual activity outside the window & when I took a closer look it seemed a baby blackbird was trying out short, circular flights from the tree, each time, making a wider circle.  (I later saw it on the grass, running up to mum & dad requesting food).  As I watched, I said aloud to Perry, that he should do that, to build flying confidence & when I turned to look at him, he came out the cage & had a little fly!  He made about 3 or 4 short flights between the cages, with one particular attempt circling out into the room, very much like the blackbird did from the tree.

Perry

 

Both Perry & Lennie have always noticed what goes on outside the window, so perhaps it is not too far fetched for me to think that Perry saw the young blackbird too & was inspired with its efforts.  (He definitely was not listening to me, as I have been telling him for ages to take short flights to build confidence!)

Perry’s little lump has caused some clumsiness &, I believe, lack of confidence in his flying.  He has always been a little on the lazy side regarding flying, but there is nothing wrong with his wings.  It was lovely to see him go further afield & it helped his confidence as later that day he flew from his cage to the landing platform on the far side of Dalai’s cage (almost to the playgym).

That same day, Lennie also ventured further than he has in a long time.  He was on the peg perch & decided to climb up, rather than down, & found himself on top of Dalai’s cage for the first time since Dalai’s passing.

Unfortunately, a big bird flew past the window which worried him, so he returned home quickly!

Lennie on the peg, talking to Perry

 

Lennie and the Long Perch

Recently, to encourage Perry & Lennie to explore a bit more outside their comfort zone, I rigged up a long perch between the two cages.

As the cages are both the same & alongside each other, when their main, middle doors are open, it lends itself to having a perch connecting across them.  It just needed to be a long perch, which fortunately I have.  Once in place, Perry & Lennie naturally ignored it, but at least were not scared of it.  Extra encouragement was needed, so I pegged some seeding grass to it.  Eventually, Lennie decided it was worth braving this new perch for the treat.

When I saw him jump on the perch, I grabbed the camera & filmed:

 

As you can see there was the obligatory faffing about, a brief chew of the prize, followed by tucking into grass nearer to him!

 

Lennie’s feather problem

During the vet visit on the 16th June for Perry’s ‘turns’ (click here to read), I also asked the vet to check Lennie’s wing feathers.

The last time the vet checked his wing feathers was a year ago when he was already having problems flying.  At the time, it was thought a severe moult had caused the problems.  Since then, Lennie has grown wing feathers back again but also lost some, never getting to a point that he could fly properly.  The feathers he dropped also looked of poor quality.  In addition, we had the ‘crime scene‘ with a suspected broken blood feather.  It seemed appropriate to ask the vet to take another look.

Prior to her physical examination of him, I showed her many of the feathers he had lost.  She identified stress bars & also evidence of chewing.  Stress bars were not too surprising as Lennie is a bit of a worrywart.  The chewing was more concerning & raised lots of questions, primarily, was he chewing because there was something wrong with the feather or was he chewing on a healthy feather & if so, why?

On examining Lennie, apart from his strange feathers & whopping weight (a staggering 73g!) he appeared healthy.  She took some sample feathers for him to be tested for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) which fortunately came back negative.

When the vet returned the following day to check on Perry, as a precaution, she gave them both treatment for (feather) mites, which I followed up on the 13th July.

 

Without further tests, it is difficult to establish the root cause of Lennie’s feather problem.  It is possible he has a psychological issue given he suffers from stress & anxiety.  Even if his feather problem is resolved, his weight gain will not help with his flying ability.  So, this continues to be a problem to monitor…

 


Sample of feathers:

 

Remembering Bezukhov: Two years on

Two years ago today, our beautiful Bezukhov made his way to rainbow bridge.

Always in our thoughts.

Love you my beautiful boy.

xxx

 

Summer Banner 2020

I am very proud to report that though they are no longer with us, Cagney & Bezukhov feature on the summer-themed banner of a budgerigars forum!

There is a competition each season to select a new banner, with the winner voted for by the members.  The following is the winner:

 

The budgies are (L to R):

  • Custard under the umbrella,
  • Feathered Fiends Billybob & Hector under the palm tree,
  • our dear Bezukhov & Cagney,
  • Sansa, Strudel & Spyro frolicking in the sea,
  • Sharing sausages, Marshall with the rubber ring & his brother Ian looking very glamorous in the straw hat.

 

The banner can be seen in situ here: http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.com/ over summer.  Do take a look & have a browse around the friendly & informative forum. 🙂

 

Remembering Bezukhov on his birthday

On this day 10 years ago, beautiful Bezukhov hatched.  I did not meet him & his best buddy Cagney, until 3 months later.  How lucky was I?

Here is a video of him enjoying some millet:

 

Thinking of you, my beautiful boy.

We love you.

xxx

 

Remembering Cagney on his birthday

On this day 10 years ago, wonderful Cagney hatched.  I did not meet him & his best buddy Bezukhov, until 3 months later.  How lucky was I?

Here is a video of him enjoying some millet:

Thinking of you, my lovely, charming boy.

We love you.

xxx