Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Shake hands with your Uncle Mike

Phineas demonstrating how to “Shake hands with your Uncle Mike“….

… with a¬†tiny bit of biting thrown in for good measure. ūüôā

VeGducating Thomas: Baby Corn

Continuing in the VeGducating Thomas series, I am happy to report that Thomas is also partial to baby corn.

I hung some up but unfortunately Phineas found it first & was in a shredding mood.  However, Thomas did find a little left & nibbled on that before Phineas had to remove that too.

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Do you want to know a secret?

You'll never guess.....

You’ll never guess what I just heard…..

The Toyboys Return

Cagney & Bezukhov have been in my bedroom for about a month (see Separation post).¬† In some ways it can be viewed as being on the “naughty step”, & though this makes sense with Cagney, I hesitate to tar Bezukhov with the same brush.¬† Why one month?¬† When I separated them I did not have a set time in mind – I thought I would go with the flow.¬† As the toyboys have been quite settled in my bedroom, it was easy to keep them there.

Nevertheless, they had to return to the lounge (& Phineas & Thomas) one day & the time had come.

I wheeled the Manor in to much shouting, chirping, cheeping & jumping up & down.  From all of them.  It was good to see the excitement of them all being together again. 

However, my plan was to keep them locked up for at least a day so they could talk to each other & hopefully the novelty would wear off so that when it is time to unleash the hounds budgies, there will be no fighting.  (I can dream).

Of them all, predictably, Bezukhov appeared the most level-headed.  Though he contributed an equal share of exuberance, he recovered quickly & took to going about his normal daily business of preening & eating.  He even returned to his soapbox (the platform perch) & spent ages putting the world to rights, most probably making up for the time spent in the wilderness bedroom.  (The perch had not gone away, but clearly its soapbox status depends on which room it is in).

Cagney, as usual, was inciting chaos through the bars.  Though I had hoped a month on the naughty step (bedroom) would teach him that causing trouble is not acceptable, I was secretly pleased to see the mischievous glint in his eye was still there.

Phineas was over the moon to see Cagney was back.  He did not know what to do with himself so just basically ran around & jumped & (just the once) belly bumped Thomas off the perch.

Thomas also looked happy to see the toyboys & copied Phineas in how to express his pleasure.  I even saw him run up & down the cage floor which he has never done, though it is a staple behaviour of Phinny.

So, not only had the toyboys returned, but the noise had too.  I had forgotten how much noisier four are compared to two.  Once again, when on the phone, the person on the other end would ask if I was in a pet shop?!

For the time being all is well.  What will happen when they are unlocked & unleashed, I really do not know!

VeGducating Thomas: Apple

Continuing in the VeGducating Thomas series, I am happy to report that Thomas is also partial to a little apple.  In fact he likes apple so much that when he sees me approach with a slice between my fingers, he actually approaches me.  He is still not tame & generally does not like my hands but when I have food he tends to make an exception & will happily munch direct from my fingers.

fresh_apple-133886-everystockphotoSadly, I have no pictures as evidence, usually because I am holding the apple.  I tend not to peg the slices up as they go brown so quickly.

All my boys love apple so I make sure they all have some.  Phineas, particularly, will really gorge on it.

Phineas & the spray bottle

Although I have been reporting on lots of bathing activities, during the hottest part of our mini UK heatwave, The Thomas Bath has not been touched.  I suspected that bathing would be too much of an effort.  To encourage them & hopefully help to cool them down a little, I thought we would combine a bath with a misting.

I decided to spray water across the corner of the ferplast, over the bath.¬† Phineas is familiar with mistings so knew what was coming when I emerged with the yellow spray bottle.¬† I started spraying over the bath & he quickly cottoned onto what was happening & went straight for the bath.¬† What was funny though, was that he kept coming out the bath to peck at my fingers on the spray bottle as if to say, “Don’t stop, but hang on until I get back in the bath“, as then he would run back across the top of the cage to the bath.¬† He did this many times.¬† His behaviour really made me chuckle!

Eventually, I put down the spray bottle & filmed this comical & demanding little grey man:

As an aside, during mistings, my puddings used to approach the spray bottle РAtilla more so than Raspy.  In fact, Atilla used to want to peer down the nozzle!  I had to keep my eye on her as I do not think she would have forgiven me had I sprayed a jet of water into her eyes.  The toyboys have always steered clear, although when out of my hands, the spray bottle did hold some fascination.

Just so you know I have not been neglecting the toyboys in quarantine my bedroom, they have been getting mistings too.  Because of the heat, once again, I think they felt it was all too much bother.  However, on one occasion they did both get a little wet & here is a half decent photo I got of Cagney:

Cagney during a misting

Cagney during a misting

A bath made for two?

With guidance from Thomas, Phineas has discovered bathing.  We have since discovered that The Thomas Bath can hold 2 bathing budgies at the same time.  You will need to watch to the end of this video to see evidence of this:

By the way, if you are wondering why there is not more water in the bath, that is because…. there was.¬† Initially.¬† However, Thomas did a belly flop into it & half of the water slopped out onto the floor. ūüėÄ

VeGducating Thomas: Vegetable Medley

Continuing in the VeGducating Thomas series, I am happy to report that Thomas loves a vegetable medley!  These photos show Thomas & Phineas tucking into a medley of broccoli/sugar snap peas, baby corn & grated carrot:

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Here are Thomas & Phineas in action:

Thomas the Teacher

After Phineas had experimented by dunking his tootsies in The Thomas Bath, Thomas gave some more coaching.  He encouraged Phinny by demonstrating how not to fear the water & to embrace it:

With such a good teacher, Phineas soon started getting the hang of this bathing business:

And now having more of a dunk:

As you can see, Thomas was guiding Phineas throughout the whole session.  I am hoping he told Phineas that bath water is not for pooping in, but I suspect in all the excitement that that crucial piece of information may have been omitted.

Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Happy birthday beautiful girl. 


Always in my thoughts.