Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

An out-of-season treat… again!

About 3 weeks ago, we received a very welcome parcel of wild, seeded grass (click here for post).  This was a major surprise as it was out-of-season.  A few days ago, we received an even bigger surprise in the post – more wild grass!  Although the parcel was addressed to Dr Phinny Fog he very graciously shared the contents with Bezukhov.  Given that winter is virtually upon us, that must surely be the last of the grass?


Thank you, rosebudgie & the Sharing Sausages!


Remembering Raspy: Four years on

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


Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear girl.


Whole again

A few months back I reported that during the tussle of catching Bezukhov for his every-other-morning medication, his tail snapped (click here).  A few weeks ago, I came across a strange looking feather on the floor.  It took a few seconds for me to realise it was the stumpy part of his tail that was left behind.  I reunited it with the upper part of the tail that snapped off.



The Silver Villa

Previously, I alluded to Bezukhov & Phineas having a new home.   The new home (in waiting) is the Liberta Oregon cage.

The reason I decided to buy (yet) another cage is because since Cagney’s sad passing, Bezukhov has moved into the Ferplast with Phineas.  As much as I like many aspects of the Ferplast Piano 6 cage (& it has been popular with all who have lived in it) it is an awful cage for catching a bird – as detailed in my post ‘Medication & the Ferplast‘.

Ideally, they would have both lived in the Manor but it seems it is not suitable for bedtime.  I suspect this is because at bedtime, they need to sleep at the highest spot & in the Manor this means the loft area (domed part).  The loft area itself is quite small, compared to the rest of the cage & I believe this makes it difficult to share with Phineas.  In the old days, the loft area comfortably housed Atilla, Raspy, Cagney & Bezukhov at bedtime so it must be the combination of the size & Phineas.

So, assuming the Manor will no longer be used for bedtime by Bezukhov & Phineas, & Bezukhov’s medication regime is long-term, I felt that a new cage to replace the Ferplast was the way forward.

Liberta Oregon bird cage

Liberta Oregon bird cage

After much deliberation, I chose the Liberta Oregon cage.  A pet shop about 40 minutes drive away actually had it on display so, unusually, I was able to see it ‘in the flesh’ before buying.  On the shop floor I also simulated chasing Bezukhov around it!  It has a flat top, so no confined dome area to cause problems at bedtime & more importantly, has a large front door to facilitate a more evenly matched chase.  As with all cages there are some design issues but I will address these another time.  For now, it had what I was looking for.

So, cage bought, delivered & assembled.  It was introduced to Bezukhov & Phineas on the 16th October.  I decided to ‘go for it’ & when they were both out of the Ferplast, I did a straight swap; new one in, old one out.  I arranged the furniture in the new one as near enough to the Ferplast as possible.

Predictably, they gave the new cage a wide berth.  The manor was now the place to be.  However, I took the opportunity whilst Phinny was jiggling away on my hand, to gradually move my hand (& him) into the Silver Villa.  He was too wrapped up in his jiggying to notice, but when he finished the job, he found he was in his new home.  What to do?  Find a way out of course!  On his way out, he found some millet by the door so had to stop & eat that, as witnessed in this video:


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Remembering Cagney: Preparing his new home

As previously posted, Cagney was returned to me in a tasteful, though bland, bamboo pouch (click here).  As with Raspy, Atilla & Thomas, this will be replaced with something more fitting.  So far, I have created the inner pillow.  I used some very nice material with clouds & added my customary wonky embroidery.


I still have to make the final cover but will take my time deciding how best to do this.  For now, I needed to have something more charming…. to reflect a little of his personality.


Phineas having a paddle

I would like to say that Phineas had a nice bath the other day… but it was more of a paddle.  He certainly got his feet, belly & bottom wet.  You can see how he got on in the videos below.


Watching Phineas, I could not help but think that he had forgotten the finer points that Thomas had originally taught him on how best to use the Thomas Bath.  Still, he looked like he enjoyed his paddle & at the very least, he had lovely clean feet, clean bottom & clean belly that I am sure Thomas would have praised him for.




An out-of-season surprise treat

Less than a week ago the postman delivered an unexpected parcel.  As he handed it over, he said, “The name is different but I guess it will make sense to you“…  Sure enough, it was not addressed to me but to Dr Norman Bezukhov.  On closer inspection I could see it was from follower rosebudgie’s sharing sausages!  What could it be?

It was wild, seeded grass!

On the last day in October!

It was almost like a miracle.  It looked so green & fresh.

Surprise parcel

Surprise parcel


Bezukhov & Phineas have really appreciated this gift.  Because they have both been spending a lot of time in the Ferplast, I have been pegging it up in there over the last few days.  Here they are enjoying it:

Thank you, rosebudgie & the Sharing Sausages!



Returning to normal…

Bezukhov looking better

Bezukhov looking better

If normal means healthy poops & a healthy appetite then I am pleased to report we are most certainly returning to normal.

Since Bezukhov’s recent weight loss, he has gradually been eating more & has become more active.  Phineas also had a phase of not wanting to eat but thankfully that did not last long.

A couple of days ago I attempted to weigh Bezukhov in the travel cage.  I had done this on his return from the last vet visit to get a comparison; at the vet he weighed 38g, at home he weighed 40g though the number was not completely stable.  Two days ago, according to my scales, Bezukhov weighed just 41g – an increase of 1g.  If he was not looking & behaving so well I would still be worried.  At least he was not less.

Here is a video of Bezukhov having a chat with Phineas on the playgym after a celery misting:

Obligatory poop photo:

Bezukhov's lovely poops

Bezukhov’s lovely poops



Three day eating log

After the vet visit, our overriding concern was for Bezukhov to 1) not lose more weight, & 2) put weight on.

Bezukhov not looking well

Bezukhov not looking well

On our return, Bezukhov ate a reasonable amount in the Manor that evening.  The next morning he barely touched his food & worryingly, neither did Phineas.  I held up food to them but they just did not want it.  I suspected that Phinny was now picking up on Bezukhov’s stress, hence his loss of appetite too.  Though they had started eating seed in the new cage (as well as the Manor) the previous day, I made the executive decision to remove the new cage & reinstate the Ferplast (originally replaced due to the medication problems).  I hoped the chopping & changing would not set them back further.  I began the eating log primarily for Bezukhov but obviously keeping an eye on Phineas to note unusual behaviour.

Wednesday, 21st October 2015

Barely ate in the morning.  Moved new cage out & Ferplast back around 13:30.

  • 14:30

Tried to vomit but nothing came out.

  • 15:30
  • 17:00
  • 17:40
  • 17:52
  • 18:17
  • 19:00


Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Throughout the day I checked to see if he would eat vegetables.  He had a tiny bit of carrot, some apple & broccoli.  He did not want cucumber.

  • 08:26
  • 09:30
  • 10:40
  • 12:00
  • 13:27

Threw up a bit of apple on window perch.

  • 14:50

Another two vomiting episodes although nothing was thrown up.  He attempted to carry on eating through the 2nd one.

  • 15:30
  • 16:40
  • 17:07
  • 17:15
  • 17:50
  • 18:20
  • 18:40
  • 19:40

Poop note: I only noticed 3 solid-ish poops from Bezukhov during the day but overnight poops 22nd/23rd were much better.


Friday, 23rd October 2015

  • Overnight poops looking better

    Overnight poops 22nd/23rd looking better


  • 10:50
  • 11:08

Every-other-morning medication at 12:00, though started the chase around 11:30.

  • 12:40
  • 13:40 (very small amount)
  • 15:00 (pellets)
  • 15:15
  • 15:50
  • 16:50
  • 17:15
  • 18:00
  • 19:00


Medication & the Ferplast

Manor with cover that I stand underneath

Manor with cover that I stand underneath

With the manor, I had a routine established regarding giving Bezukhov his every-other-morning medication.  Though the cage is big, the large front door allows me access to all areas.  To stop Bezukhov escaping out that big door, I wrap a sheet around myself & the cage.  Once he is safely contained in my hands, I duck under the sheet, into the light, to administer medication (or more to the point try to administer medication).

Bezukhov would then be returned to the manor where he could take his time to recover.

Since Bezukhov has been sleeping overnight in the Ferplast, things have been tricky.  The Ferplast has some good points but sadly the cage is not designed for catching Bezukhov.  It has two small doors on the front, that only one hand/arm can fit.  If I position my left arm in the left door & my right arm in the right door, I still do not have access to all areas of the cage.  For example, if Bezukhov is at the far left, I am unable to bend my left arm around, which means I have to use my right arm but as it is in the right door, it does not fully reach the left side of the cage.  [Are you keeping up?!]   The alternative is to put the most suitable arm in the appropriate door (left or right) during the chase, but this carries the risk of leaving the unused door open for Bezukhov to cunningly escape through.

Even when I am lucky enough to grab Bezukhov, I then need the other hand to contain him, otherwise he wriggles free in no time.  In summary, a stressful job got even more stressful.

I don't want any medicine!!

I don’t want any medicine!!


So, can I somehow get Bezukhov to sleep overnight in the Manor, particularly the night before medication-morning?  Well, if he was to go in there at a convenient time in the evening & I lock him in, he gets stressed being on his own.  He rarely goes near the Manor in the evening though as he now eats his bedtime seed in the Ferplast.  Phineas generally does not consider sleeping overnight in the Manor & why would he?  He has a perfectly comfortable set up in the Ferplast.  And do not forget that apart from when Thomas was around, he has been sleeping on his own so is used to it.

So, for the time being we are muddling along…




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