A blog about my beautiful budgies.
20 April 2015Posted by on
A few months back, I posted that Phinny’s bedtime swing had been damaged beyond repair. Initially, so Phineas had somewhere to sleep, I gave him the Toyboys’ ttmss swing as they only used theirs sporadically.
When the new replacement swing arrived, that was slightly different to the old one, I gave it a ‘test drive’ in the Manor. Both Cagney & Bezukhov completely ignored it. The next test was in Phinny’s cage. One day, when he was out & about I replaced the Toyboys’ old swing (I hope you are keeping up with the swing versions!) with the new replacement swing. However, that did not have as good a reception as I had hoped. I found Phineas stopped dead in his tracks on the perch next to it (where he then jumps onto it), looking puzzled, confused & bewildered. I put the old swing back.
It was then time to return to the internet for a proper replacement. Previously, I had found it online but the cost for postage & packaging was expensive, hence buying the slightly different (& now I know, completely inadequate) one. I thought I would bite the bullet & pay the P&P costs, but it was out of stock! Cue another frenzied internet search!
So, I found another swing that looked pretty similar, in the US. P&P was obviously high for the UK, but was not as high as the out of stock one. I decided to get it! Surprisingly, the swing arrived within a few days & with much hope, I opened the parcel….
Fantastic! It is virtually the same swing!
Oh goodness me! What a bright, garish, girly PINK!
Well, I knew they would not have a problem with the design & structure…. but the colour? Even *I* had a problem with the colour!
I checked to see if the old perches could be interchanged with the new one, thereby reducing the amount of pink on the eye, but they were too fat to fit into the gaps. The new perches would fit the old swing though, so to break Phineas into the new swing (& colour!) gently, I gave him one hot pink perch. Would he sit on it?
Naturally, the change was made whilst he was out & about. The first one to notice it was Cagney. He bounced onto the open door platform, about to go in to eat Phinny’s seed, but looked up at the hot pink, stopped suddenly, then turned tail & flew back to the safety of the Manor! This did not bode well.
Phineas it seems, is made of sterner stuff though. He took the new hot pink in his stride, so much so that the very next day the whole of his bedtime swing turned hot pink. You will see from the photos that he is happy with it. It also has an extra feature of a little loop on the bottom so I was able to hang some beads in case he wanted to count them to help him sleep.
18 April 2015Posted by on
My last post was about Cagney’s visit to the vet on Bank Holiday Monday (6th April). Over the following week, Cagney gradually recovered & has returned to his normal self, although he is moulting so a little quieter than usual.
Unfortunately, just 10 days after his vet visit, the path was trod again, but this time for Bezukhov. He had a spate of seizures. To be exact, 6, in 5 days. Not good. So, we went to see Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) on the morning of the 16th April.
She had previously said to repeat blood tests at the end of May, in particular to check on his liver & gall bladder function. However, because of the recent ‘episodes’, that were worryingly close together, she gave him an injection of multivitamins & also Laurabolin (steroids). The thinking is that his moult had triggered the episodes & giving him a vitamin boost should help him through it.
Ms EHV specifically wanted to make sure his vitamin B complexes were topped up – they are the most likely to be low during a moult, and vitamin B is heavily involved with nerve function.
Whilst Ms EHV was handling Bezukhov for the injection, she checked him over. Though he was looking rough, with pin feathers on his head (he also lost a tail feather recently) & sticky medicine beginning to build up around his beak, she found that all appeared well. He weighed either 51 or 53 g (I cannot remember what she said now!) & but do recall her saying he was slightly overweight but that was to his advantage during moulting time.
On our return home, Bezukhov was chirping to the others as soon as he heard them. He wanted to get out the travel cage pretty quickly too. Apart from a few obligatory orange poops, he seemed to recover from the trip quickly & we all settled back into our usual routines.
I am hoping this road will not be trod again until the end of May for Bezukhov’s follow up blood tests.
12 April 2015Posted by on
It was Easter last week. A Bank Holiday weekend. Cagney was ill.
He appeared okay during the Sunday morning. They are all moulting now so a bit of grumpiness & sleepiness was to be expected. However, during the day I began to have more & more concerns about Cagney’s behaviour.
- He fell off the perch; it was like he had a wing feather that was about to fall out, but it did not. (He did not actually fall down, but in falling, did remember he had wings & flew to another perch).
- Later on, he almost fell off the perch – he seemed to have trouble turning around.
- The pink bits on his pink & grey feet looked white.
- He lost his appetite though had a few seeds when I placed them in front of him. At bedtime, when I put their cover on, he went down for bedtime seed but did not eat a fraction of what he normally would.
- When he was eating the bedtime seed his wings were noticeably twitching. Click here to watch a video of the wing twitching.
- He was very jittery when attempting to sleep, probably due to the wing twitching.
At 11pm that night, I rang the vets on the off chance they would have a vet on call with an interest in birds. They did not. However, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was working the next day, Bank Holiday Monday! What a stroke of luck! (I will not mention the Bank Holiday rates!)
29 March 2015Posted by on
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.
(I intend immortalising all of them on paper. Thomas is next on the list).
26 March 2015Posted by on
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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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:
Bezukhov eating a pea:
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:
1 March 2015Posted by on
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
24 February 2015Posted by on
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:
The chewy toy is also an ideal place to hide behind:
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?