Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Pea preference

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:

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Bezukhov eating a pea:

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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:

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Remembering Thomas: Pillow complete

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

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

Chewy toy positioning

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:

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The chewy toy is also an ideal place to hide behind:

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

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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?

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A smattering of snow

I am a little late reporting this, but just over two weeks ago we had a smattering of snow.

Bezukhov was the only one who went over to the window perch to check out the light covering of snow on the grass out the back.  I managed to take a couple of photos of him & the snow before it melted:

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Good morning!

It is not often I get up early enough that the Toyboys & Phineas are still ‘in bed’.  I peer into their cages, under the cover & see they are still in their bedtime positions.  If it is very early they will stay in those positions until it is the proper time to ‘get up’.  Naturally, I tiptoe around the room until they wake.

Most mornings they are already awake.  When Phineas sees me he runs up & down his ladder waiting for my finger to regurgitate to.  Cagney & Bezukhov peer at me under their cover, patiently waiting for me to fold it back so their seed pots are no longer in darkness.

Here is Phineas, up & down the ladder:

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Here is Phineas waiting for my finger:

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Here is an impatient Phineas & the patient Toyboys:

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Phinny's cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

Phinny’s cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

The Toyboys & Phineas have already greeted each other as I always peg up part of Phinny’s cover at the side so they can see each other come morning.

I had noticed before, when I did not do this, that Phinny, on seeing the Toyboys (actually, probably Cagney) would let out this really loud TWEEET!  That was his morning greeting. With the opening in the cover, I do not witness this particular TWEEET so often but think it is better for them to greet each other as soon as they wish, rather than wait for me to uncover them.

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Well fed fingers

Phineas is still regurgitating to my finger.  He is still blowing bubbles.  This phase is ongoing.  We do not have an end date yet.

The regurgitation session can occur many, many times a day.  Duration of each session appears to be getting longer.  If I wait until he comes to a natural end rather than force him to end as I have things to do [rolls eyes!], this may mean waiting up to 25 minutes.  (I usually  have the TV remote control to hand).

Sometimes he attempts to clean my finger & licks it all over.  Recently, after the licking, he preens my finger.  As you can see from the photos below, more often than not, my finger (& sometimes hand) needs a good wash afterwards.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

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A most interesting incident happened a few days ago where Phineas was on top of the manor, regurgitating to my index finger.  I was holding my hand up to him, resting it on the cage with my index finger out but other fingers folded back.  He regurgitated as normal but then tapped on the knuckle of my middle finger.  I unfolded that & he proceeded to regurgitate to that finger.  Hmm… interesting.

Then he tapped on my ring finger.  I unfolded that & he regurgitated to that finger.  It was like he was feeding all my fingers.  He seemed satisfied after doing 3 fingers & then off he went & left me with this:

Three well fed fingers

Three well fed fingers

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Do-si-do

You may remember that just before Christmas Cagney hurt his leg.  To help him recover I temporarily put him & Bezukhov into the folding cage as there would not be so far to fall if he lost his footing.

Naturally, those Toyboys had other ideas.  They did NOT want to be in that cage & wanted their Manor back.   Tout suite!

How did they indicate that?  Panic.  They are good at showing different levels of panic when things are not as they should be.  Here they are involuntarily doing the Do-si-do on the platform perch:

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Yes, the Manor was returned to them the very next day!

And yes, this is a good example of a bird hiding its injury as you barely notice a limp with Cagney’s need to get the steps right!

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Episode summary to date

Ever since Bezukhov started having his ‘episodes’ I have logged them.  However, the exact number of ‘episodes’ that Bezukhov has had is difficult to quantify.  They are so brief & he is perfectly fine just before & just after, that it is easy to miss one, not to mention times I am out of the room anyway.

I have defined a seizure as him being ‘spaced out‘.  He usually makes a loud screech as it occurs & sometimes growls during it.  His head is usually tilted at a strange angle.

There also appear to be 2 types of seizure: one where it is completely out of the blue & another that I call a ‘reflex seizure‘ where he reacts to something, i.e., Cagney pecking at him.

Bezukhov has also had something I can only describe as a spasm which is similar to the seizure but without the ‘spaced out‘ symptom.

Since I first reported on these ‘episodes’ the frequency is as follows:

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You can see it is difficult to come to a conclusion.  What was it about June & December that meant no episodes?  We can only hope that the figures for 2015 will look better than for 2014.

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Bezukhov’s second x-ray

A few days ago, on Thursday 29th January, Bezukhov had an x-ray & supplied another blood sample.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) had previously suggested he have these tests again so they can be compared with the previous results.  His last x-ray was taken on the 24th September 2014.  From this it was seen he had “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.  He had various medication for this over the following 6-7 weeks.

Bezukhov’s last blood sample was given on the 10th November 2014.  The results were a ‘mixed bag’.  Medication was ceased but we have continued with Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle in his water.

As per usual, I bundled Bezukhov into the travel cage.  Surprisingly, he was not so panicky as he usually is.  Although, when Cagney & Phineas started eating their seed, Bezukhov did get flustered even though he had his own seed right in front of him.  He does not like to miss out on food, particularly if others are eating, but clearly the travel cage is a hunger strike zone.

(click on photos to enlarge)

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Remembering Thomas: One year on

So, it has been one whole year without Thomas. 

We cope.  We carry on.  But we never forget. 

He was a beautiful blue boy who will remain forever in our hearts.

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Love you very much, young Thomas.

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