Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Daily Archives: 21 May 2013

Toenails (part 1)

Toenails have been the focus of attention recently.

Short toenails

Short toenails

Firstly, Cagney’s toenails have been getting a little out of hand.  In short, they have got long & curly.  He gets them caught in all manner of things, even his favourite chewy toy.   Given that I have difficulty catching him, not just because he is small & fast but because he is quite fragile looking & I am worried I will hurt him, I decided to call in reinforcements… the vet.

Sleepy Cagney

Sleepy Cagney

Mr Exotic Vet visited today.  After a bit of a chase around the Manor, he managed to catch Cagney & deftly trimmed his toenails, conveniently trimming off the part of the nails that were embedded in the cloth he used to catch him.  When he finished, he returned him to the Manor but was surprised when Cagney did not get off his hand.  Even more surprised when Cagney sat there & started preening!  Well, Mr EV had other appointments to go to so could not stand there whilst Cagney preened (as I would have!) so pointed him in the direction of several perches, which Cagney promptly ignored, until he was virtually shoved onto the rope perch in the loft area, next to Bezukhov.

He had also given Cagney a prod & a poke & declared him well.   Though Mr EV did not examine Bezukhov, just by sight he thought he looked well too.

Me? Tatty?!

Me? Tatty?!

I then turned Mr EV’s attention to Phineas to check one of his toenails.  Two days ago, there was an incident (post to come) resulting in some spilt blood.  Fortunately, despite dried blood still on the toenail, there was no lasting damage.

Am I not a beautiful blue?!

Am I not a beautiful blue?!

Though Phineas has been in fine form, I have noticed his tail feathers & some wing feathers constantly look tatty.  His forehead also looks very bare (post to come), I hoped just through severe, localised moulting.  Mr EV decided to grab Phinny to investigate further.  He said the wing/tail feathers were of poor quality but could not see any evidence of mites which was a relief.  Personally, I feel that Phinny’s feather quality has improved since he arrived, through better nutrition, but clearly there is still a way to go.

Mr EV & his assistant also had a look at Thomas & came to the unanimous conclusion that he was a gorgeous shade of blue. 🙂

After the visit & things had calmed down, I let the toyboys out.  They flew over to sit on Thomas’s cage but promptly fell asleep after all the excitement.

They all livened up later on, particularly when Phineas also came out to play, but that is another story…

Sleepy Bezukhov

Sleepy Bezukhov