Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: December 2012

A study of rain

The recent weather has given the boys a chance to study rain.  Bezukhov took the lead & did most of the research but Cagney joined him in the latter stages.  I expect a thesis very soon…

Best get started on this study...

Best get started on this study…

Can be a bit scary.

Can be a bit scary.

Too many raindrops to count.

Too many raindrops to count.

Raindrops vary in size & can be as big as Cagney's head.

Raindrops vary in size & can be as big as Cagney’s head.

Can be soothing & relaxing to watch.

Can be soothing & relaxing to watch.

You looking for trouble?

Well I wasn’t looking for trouble but somehow trouble, in the form of Phineas Fog, has found me!

Phinny has another name – Trouble.  With a capital T.

There has been little to no progress on Phineas joining the toyboys in the Manor.  He still has no off switch.  He is still obsessed with Cagney.  If the toyboys are out & Phineas is locked in, the boys choose to sit right by Phineas’s cage.  They must like him to want to be near him?

When Phineas is out, the Manor roof is his domain.  From there, he can easily monitor the toyboys (Cagney mostly, of course) who tend to retire to the loft area when Phinny is out & about.  That said, there is often a lot of flying about by all three of them.  Phineas usually chases Cagney & lands wherever Cagney lands, though he still has some difficulty landing on the window perches.  Phineas keeps wanting to “chat” to Cagney & literally runs around him so Cagney is almost hemmed in & unable to escape.  Phineas also chases Bezukhov.  Initially I thought he was chasing him away from the Manor, where Cagney was but then he seems to also chase Bezukhov back to the Manor.

In short, I am still unable to work out how Phinny’s mind works!

Phineas still likes to jiggy-jiggy.  When he is in his cage he likes me to put my hand in so he can regurgitate to my thumb & often, after a bit of a tail-wagging dance, leaves a “deposit”.  He gives me a certain look when I approach the cage that suggests he would give my hand a welcome.  Outside the cage he largely ignores me, but then he has Cagney to fixate on.

He still does not entertain the idea of going back to his own cage by himself so I still have to catch him.  As an aside, clever Bezukhov has found that when Phinny is out, it is handy eating the seed in his cage.  Eating seed in the Manor can be difficult (if it is open) as Phineas wants to run about & cause mayhem.  Many times I have held seed up to Cagney in the loft area so he can get some food inside him.

So, in short (again), Phineas is Trouble!

Phineas however, is also incredibly handsome, despite looking a bit of a mess as he throws himself about & his feathers (particularly tail) are ruffled.  He has a very cute sulky look when he does not get his own way.  He puffs his cheeks out & if he had a bottom lip I am sure he would stick it out!

You looking for trouble? You come to the right place…

Remembering Atilla: Progress with pillow

As previously posted, I have made a pillow to house Raspy’s remains.  Naturally, Atilla’s will have the same treatment.

Atilla’s pillow is not finished but I have made some progress.  I decided to pad the pillow with something she loved, tea-towels.  She had done a good job shredding a couple that I had draped over the back of her beloved Poang chair.  It was these two I used to pad her pillow & protect her remains.

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As with Raspy, I used yellow velvet to make the inner sleeve.  This was embroidered in a thread that matched the delicate colour of her cheek patches.  This cushion/pillow now sits by the digital photo frame, alongside her sister.

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I am currently working on the outer sleeve.  I have embroidered her name.

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All the other parts are ready but need to be assembled.  Watch this space.

Love you, my beautiful ‘Tilla.

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Juicy corn

The toyboys often have baby corn.  Recently, I treated them to a nice, big, juicy corn on the cob!  They did enjoy it!

Beak update

A little while ago I posted that Cagney’s beak was getting a bit too long.  Putting the iodine block on the landing platform seemed to prompt him to file it down more frequently & it is now looking a more manageable length.

Good boy Cagney

Good boy Cagney

I have treated the toyboys to millet as Phineas has been having it to help him settle in.  Here is a video of Cagney tucking in.  His beak is looking in fine form.

What’s this green stuff?

Much of my effort recently has been spent smoothing the path for the toyboys & Phineas to get together.  My other mission has been to introduce vegetables to Phineas.  As far as I know, in the past, other than seed he has only eaten apple.  I thought that when they are all together he will be inspired to eat whatever the toyboys are eating.

So far, Phinny has been too excitable to think of eating anything new.  I had put some baby corn on the landing platform & Cagney desperately wanted to eat it but Phineas just kept running back & forth across it, trying to get Cagney’s attention.  The same with broccoli.

At the weekend, I tried a different tactic.  This time, I put some broccoli on a skewer & hung it in the (safe) loft area for the toyboys to eat.  Above this, on the roof, I pegged a small broccoli floret for Phinny.  Initially, he just ran around it, on his prowling mission, monitoring the toyboys beneath him.  However, he did notice the toyboys munching their green stuff & decided to peck at the broccoli in front of him.  He pecked a few times & ran around a few times.  Eventually, he pecked & ingested a bit!  It did not kill him so he ate some more!  What an achievment this was!  I got it on film to share here!

Well done my little grey man!

Introduction: Stage 7

Phineas monitoring the toyboys from the landing platform

Phineas monitoring the toyboys from the landing platform

Previously I posted on stage 6.

Stage 7: Establishing a routine.

We seem to have a routine of some sorts.  A strange one at that.

In the morning, I pull the cover back on Phinny’s cage first, so he can see the toyboys in the Manor.  There is usually a lot of chat between them all.  I then let the toyboys out to have a fly & mooch about.  Often, Cagney’s first port of call is to go over & say hello to Phineas.  Sometimes Bezukhov goes over too, but Phineas usually does a lot of wing flapping when he does.  Just when I deduce that the wing-flapping means he is not keen on Bezukhov, Phinny then wing-flaps at Cagney….. & then at me…. & then just for the hell of it….

The toyboys have their quality time together.  I think they appreciate this as once I let Phineas out he tends to curtail their activities.

Of course, Phineas needs his out of cage time too & he gets this later in the morning.  He knows where his door is now & is out as soon as I open it, & proceeds immediately to the Manor.

There may be some flying about by all of them, usually Phineas chasing Cagney & Bezukhov flying alongside.  The toyboys then retire into the Manor loft area.  Phineas then goes on prowling duty.  He paces back & forth over the Manor roof, watching the boys & getting excited when they say something or move a feather.  Strangely, he does not go into the Manor.

Phineas inside the Manor. :-O

Phineas inside the Manor. :-O

Well, he has recently gone into the Manor but his visits are generally very brief.  A quick in & out.

The toyboys appear relatively safe in the Manor, even with the landing platform down & the main front door open.  They also seem safe when sitting on the swinging perch (with mirror) that I sometimes hang from the landing platform.  In this situation, instead of sitting above them on the Manor roof, Phinny will sit on the landing platform above them.

Phinny still needs help to go back in his own cage (i.e., I am grabbing him).  If left to him I think he would be a permanent fixture on the Manor roof.

If truth be told, I was hoping they would all live harmoniously in the Manor together.  This may still happen but for the time being I am letting them work out their own schedules & procedures.