Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Happy 5th Birthday, Bezukhov!

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Happy Birthday, Bezukhov!

Happy Birthday, Bezukhov! We love you very much!

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Happy 5th Birthday, Cagney!

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Happy Birthday, Cagney!

Happy Birthday, Cagney! We love you very much!

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Agent Phineas

Phineas still loves Cagney.  He still shadows him but not as much as he used to.  Occasionally, he switches allegiance, & shadows Bezukhov as can be witnessed in this video.  (You will need the sound on to fully appreciate it!)

Do you think Bezukhov knew he was being tailed?

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When is a knot not a knot?

Recently I asked myself a searching question:

When is a knot not a knot?

Fortunately, the toyboys helped me come to an answer:

When it is untied.

Those clever boys like chewing on pieces of string.  There is a piece of string holding up their willow perch.  I noticed Cagney & Bezukhov had untied it.   Fortunately I noticed it before the silly boys jumped on the unstable perch.

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Now I am always checking that the knot is still knotted.

 

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Repeat blood test

Bezukhov had another routine visit to the vet, two weeks ago, on the 1st June.  This was to have repeat blood tests.

His previous visit was on the 16th April.  Since then, we had “Black Wednesday” (22nd April) when he had 4 seizures in one day.  I had the camera handy at one point & managed to film him having a seizure.  It pained me deeply to do that but I thought it may be useful to have a visual record for Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  That particular one was quite long, at about 24 seconds.

Ms EHV confirmed the seizure looked more like a vacancy episode than a grand mal seizure, although the origin of both is similar and the former is still a type of seizure.

We had another discussion over his medication with the result that we would carry on as per normal & wait to see if the next blood tests reveal anything else.  The only change we implemented is to give Bezukhov some millet immediately after a seizure.  Ms EHV said that seizures, however brief, use up a lot of energy so it may help him to eat a food with a high energy value as soon after as possible.

Bezukhov back in the travel cage

Bezukhov back in the travel cage

Bezukhov after vet visit with trimmed left cheek feathers

Bezukhov after vet visit with trimmed left cheek feathers

Reunited

Reunited

Bezukhov was a very good boy on his visit to the vet.  She examined him before anaesthetizing him in order to get the blood sample.  Other than the seizures, he appeared well.  In fact, his feathers have improved.  His belly feathers had previously developed noticeable dark tinges which Ms EHV said was due to his liver not functioning properly.  As a result of his ongoing medication & supplements & also a recent moult, his new feathers have grown in without the discolouration (see comparison photos at the bottom of this post: Dec 2014 & April 2015).

He has put on more weight & came in at approx. 56 g.  Like before, Ms EHV was not concerned as she felt a little extra weight with his condition is an advantage.

Bezukhov was a good boy & provided her with a blood sample.  She returned him to me in a still groggy state & very fluffed up.  Whilst he was ‘under’, at my request, she attempted to do something about his sticky, medicine-soaked cheek feathers.  There was not enough time to wash the syrupy Lactulose out, so she simply trimmed those feathers.  Only his left side is affected – I am not sure why, it must be the way I give him the medicine, or perhaps he has a dominant wriggling side!

When we returned home, there was the usual chirpy greetings, but I let Bezukhov rest a little while in the travel cage before letting him out.  As soon as he started getting restless, I let him out & he flew to the manor & was reunited with his best buddy Cagney.

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Toyboys eating pellets

Harrison’s pellets are always available on top of the ferplast.  Cagney, Bezukhov & Phineas all eat the pellets though seed is still their primary food.  There are two glass ramekin dishes.  Athough Bezukhov is a seed addict he is usually the one most likely to eat the pellets.  Naturally, if one is eating something, the others must follow.

Cagney has an interesting approach.  He likes to eat seed from the dish that Bezukhov is eating out of, but generally does not jump on the dish itself but manages to squeeze his head over & in.  Bezukhov does not mind when Cagney does this.  When he has had his fill, Bezukhov moves on & at that point, Cagney usually takes over the dish properly.

Here is a video of Cagney eating from Bezukhov’s dish.  He then goes to eat from the other dish which naturally then appears more appealing to Bezukhov…

 

This is mine, all mine!

Last week I posted how much Phineas loves dill (click here).  He has never been great at sharing food but this video shows that he is in no doubt that his dill cannot be shared…. even with his beloved Cagney!

 

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Picking out the carrot

Every now & then I give the toyboys & Phineas some carrot.  I usually peel off very thin slices & offer it by hand.  Bezukhov normally has a very dainty nibble.  Cagney has a little more, but Phineas chomps his way through it rapidly.

Sometimes I grate the carrot & mix it in as part of their vegetable medley.  On these occasions, I have noticed the carrot disappears first.

Before

Before

 

After

After

 

Phineas is definitely the culprit (isn’t he always?!)