Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Update on the Blue Newbies

It has been awhile since I posted about the new additions to our flock (click here).

Flock dynamics are still being established.  The blue newbies are being let out regularly for exercise & also to get to know their surroundings & new flock mates.  At the time of writing, if they are all out together, they are heavily supervised.  Bezukhov & Dalai are having to adjust to having two highly energetic youngsters in their midst & quite often need some ‘time out’, or rather ‘in’, i.e., in a locked cage for some peace.

The blue newbies now have names:

Spearmint Perry, otherwise known as Sperry Perry, appears to be the more dominant of the two.  He is possibly slightly more mature in character, though next to Bezukhov & Dalai, not in the slightest mature!

Spearmint Perry

Spearmint Perry

 

Lennie Denisov, otherwise known as Lennie Dennie, is very busy & playful.

Lennie Denisov

Lennie Denisov

 

Sperry Perry & Lennie Dennie get on well with each other, sometimes feeding & preening the other one.  They both enjoy playing with & chewing the toys in their cage.

Blue newbies playing with chewy toy

Blue newbies playing with chewy toy

 

I am sure they will generate lots of tales for this blog. 🙂

 

Uneven wings

Last month, Dalai moulted out quite a few wing feathers.  The only problem was that they were from his left wing only.  His flying was compromised; he was landing in unplanned places.  However, he soon worked out where the problem lay & adjusted his flight.  He seemed to fly with more of a wobble, but had more control over where he was going.

Here he is on the 20th December:

Dalai

Dalai

 

Fortunately, just a few weeks later, his wing feathers have grown back & normal flying has been resumed.

Dalai

Dalai

 

 

2016 Review – A year of changes

Compared to other years, 2016 saw many changes in the flock.

The year began with just Bezukhov & Phineas, having lost Cagney a few months before.  Bezukhov & Phineas were unlikely friends, given their history; Phineas originally disliked Bezukhov because he was jealous he was Cagney’s buddy.  Probably due to Bezukhov’s patience & tolerance, he & Phineas gradually developed a good friendship.

In March, they were joined by Dalai.  We now had three very different personalities in the flock: Bezukhov the easy-going one, Phineas the ‘full-on’ one & Dalai the independent one.  They all found their own place in the flock & things were ticking over nicely.  Then we lost Phineas.

Bezukhov & Dalai struck up a friendship that I think had its grounds in both thinking Phineas was a little bit annoying.  With Phineas gone, they both gradually settled into a comfortable routine which I then upset by introducing two new & young blue birds to the flock.  At the time of writing, flock dynamics are still being sorted out.

So, we start 2017 in a very different place to when we started 2016.   We look forward to all the new (hopefully happy) happenings & challenges ahead of us, but will still occasionally stop & remember the memorable moments & marvellous characters that have brought us to this point.

Happy New Year.

 

 

2016 Review – Countries

During 2016, I have been amazed at the number of countries that have viewed this blog.  I feel compelled to list them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The following countries generated the most views:

United Kingdom
United States
Canada
Australia
Brazil
France
Germany
Bulgaria
New Zealand
Sweden
Greece
India
United Arab Emirates
Spain
Poland
Italy
Norway
Netherlands

Followed closely by:

Ireland
South Africa
Japan
Russia
Turkey
Romania
Belgium
Denmark
Ukraine
Singapore
Pakistan
South Korea
Philippines
Indonesia
Trinidad & Tobago
Portugal

Not forgetting:

Austria, Mexico, Israel, Malaysia, Estonia, Palestinian Territories, Bosnia & Herzegovina,  Switzerland, Ghana, Nepal, Bahrain, Finland, Macedonia, Egypt, Argentina, Hong Kong SAR China,  Dominican Republic, Kenya, Croatia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia,  Uzbekistan, Iraq, Gibraltar, Uganda, Algeria, Albania, Iceland, Chile, Costa Rica, Jersey, Cape Verde,  Lithuania, Serbia, Côte d’Ivoire, Barbados, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mauritius, Angola, Colombia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Moldova

 

I am sure that not all these countries came to this blog wanting to read about budgies, but I hope they were not too disappointed to see beautiful feathery faces looking back at them.

 

 

2016 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2016.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

Search terms related to randy budgies

20130117_131433_sh21randy bird syndrome
randy budgie syndrome
randy budgies
remedy for randy.budgie syndrome
randy budgie
parakeet rbs
randy male budgie syndrome

Search terms related to noisy budgies

squeaking budgerigar
why doesnt my budgie chatter to me
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how to quiet your budgie
parakeet sounds like a squeaky toy
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how to make budgies quiet
budgie clucking
why do some budgies squeak
why does my budgie grunt
budgie how to keep them quiet

Search terms related to moulting budgies

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Another popular search was related to cages

montana san remo
ferplast piano 6 bird cage review
liberta oregon
liberta oregon flight birdcage
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Unlike previous years, search terms in 2016 were remarkably sensible.  That, or possibly Wordpress have filtered out the stranger ones!

I hope this blog has continued to be informative for those searching for budgie related issues.

 

 

2016 Review – TOP POSTS

The year 2017 is here.  It is now time to reflect on the last 12 months.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2016:

    1. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

    2. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

    3. How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet? (May 2012)

    4. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

    5. Poor spider plant (June

 

The first & second positions have stayed the same as for 2015.  The post ‘How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet‘ has moved up two places in the last year.  Surprisingly, ‘Phinny & the hand jive‘, that was in third place last year, has dropped a long way.   Positions four & five are new entries.  This list still indicates there are lots of noisy, randy budgies out there, with perhaps more houseplants at risk!

Happy New Year to you all. 🙂

 

Remembering Phineas at Christmas

This time last year, I posted about our first Christmas without Cagney.  This year, we face Christmas without Phineas.

Phineas

Phineas

 

In the photo above, the perch he is sitting on is still in the same place in the Villa, in the front doorway.  In fact all is how he left it, so I can easily picture him in all perching spots.  This particular spot reminds me of a specific occasion last summer.

I was out all day & came home after their bedtime.  Bezukhov, Phineas & Dalai were in bedtime positions in the Villa, but because my sitter was still there they were not locked up & their front door was still open.  When Phineas saw me, he sleepily got off his swing & made his way to that perch.  I approached & held my hand out to him.  He regurgitated to my finger.  It was only a quiet, brief session as he was tired, but it made me feel so loved, missed & needed.  That little action by my beautiful little grey man seemed to say, “Where have you been today?  I have missed you.  Here’s some regurgitated seed I have been saving for you.  Glad you are back home.  I’m going back to bed now I have seen you.

So, this Christmas (& every day in fact) I am thinking of Phineas.  I am also thinking of Cagney & hoping they are having fun together over by rainbow bridge with Atilla, Raspy & Thomas.

 

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An exciting sighting

Last week, wild parrots came to our ‘back yard’!

Wild ring-necked parakeets have become increasingly common in the South East of England.  I first saw them in the summer, in a park about 5 miles away.  Being a tropical bird, they look somewhat out of place in England, particularly in urban areas.

Despite their increasing numbers, it was still a surprise to see bright, flashes of green whizz by the window.  Four ring-necked parakeets flew by, circled & landed on the tree directly opposite my window.  They were there long enough for me to take some photos & marvel in the first sighting of them so close to home.

They were later joined by a big, black bird that I initially thought was a crow but on checking the photos, decided it was likely a big blackbird.

 

How did Bezukhov, Dalai & the newbies react?  They noticed the flashes of green go past the window but otherwise just carried on with whatever they were doing, not grasping the rarity of the event!

 

 

Blue Birds

Please welcome the new additions to our little flock!

Blue birds

Blue birds

 

These two beautiful blue birds came into our home on the 14th of November, at approximately 8 weeks old.  Last week, after just under 4 weeks quarantine, they were wheeled in to the same room as Bezukhov & Dalai.  I am giving them time to acclimatise to their new surroundings before letting them out.  Bezukhov & Dalai are also adjusting to having new blood in their midst!

I am enjoying getting to know their personalities & have yet to decide on names.  My hope is that all 4 will be happy together. 🙂

 

Snoozing in the sunshine

Sometimes, even when it is cold, the room can be filled with sunshine.  On one particular day, Dalai was having a snooze in the sunshine, on Phinny’s hot pink ttmss swing.  Here are some photos in a slideshow:

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I have included a photo of Bezukhov who was also sitting in the sunshine.  He looks like he is sleeping because his eyes are closed but he was actually having a grumble at the time.  The photo looks a bit weird because he was behind the swing with the mirror that just happened to be reflecting the cage bars, giving a strange illusionary effect.