Puddings & Toyboys

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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Three day eating log

After the vet visit, our overriding concern was for Bezukhov to 1) not lose more weight, & 2) put weight on.

Bezukhov not looking well

Bezukhov not looking well

On our return, Bezukhov ate a reasonable amount in the Manor that evening.  The next morning he barely touched his food & worryingly, neither did Phineas.  I held up food to them but they just did not want it.  I suspected that Phinny was now picking up on Bezukhov’s stress, hence his loss of appetite too.  Though they had started eating seed in the new cage (as well as the Manor) the previous day, I made the executive decision to remove the new cage & reinstate the Ferplast (originally replaced due to the medication problems).  I hoped the chopping & changing would not set them back further.  I began the eating log primarily for Bezukhov but obviously keeping an eye on Phineas to note unusual behaviour.

Wednesday, 21st October 2015

Barely ate in the morning.  Moved new cage out & Ferplast back around 13:30.

  • 14:30

Tried to vomit but nothing came out.

  • 15:30
  • 17:00
  • 17:40
  • 17:52
  • 18:17
  • 19:00

 

Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Throughout the day I checked to see if he would eat vegetables.  He had a tiny bit of carrot, some apple & broccoli.  He did not want cucumber.

  • 08:26
  • 09:30
  • 10:40
  • 12:00
  • 13:27

Threw up a bit of apple on window perch.

  • 14:50

Another two vomiting episodes although nothing was thrown up.  He attempted to carry on eating through the 2nd one.

  • 15:30
  • 16:40
  • 17:07
  • 17:15
  • 17:50
  • 18:20
  • 18:40
  • 19:40

Poop note: I only noticed 3 solid-ish poops from Bezukhov during the day but overnight poops 22nd/23rd were much better.

 

Friday, 23rd October 2015

  • Overnight poops looking better

    Overnight poops 22nd/23rd looking better

    09:50

  • 10:50
  • 11:08

Every-other-morning medication at 12:00, though started the chase around 11:30.

  • 12:40
  • 13:40 (very small amount)
  • 15:00 (pellets)
  • 15:15
  • 15:50
  • 16:50
  • 17:15
  • 18:00
  • 19:00

 

Medication & the Ferplast

Manor with cover that I stand underneath

Manor with cover that I stand underneath

With the manor, I had a routine established regarding giving Bezukhov his every-other-morning medication.  Though the cage is big, the large front door allows me access to all areas.  To stop Bezukhov escaping out that big door, I wrap a sheet around myself & the cage.  Once he is safely contained in my hands, I duck under the sheet, into the light, to administer medication (or more to the point try to administer medication).

Bezukhov would then be returned to the manor where he could take his time to recover.

Since Bezukhov has been sleeping overnight in the Ferplast, things have been tricky.  The Ferplast has some good points but sadly the cage is not designed for catching Bezukhov.  It has two small doors on the front, that only one hand/arm can fit.  If I position my left arm in the left door & my right arm in the right door, I still do not have access to all areas of the cage.  For example, if Bezukhov is at the far left, I am unable to bend my left arm around, which means I have to use my right arm but as it is in the right door, it does not fully reach the left side of the cage.  [Are you keeping up?!]   The alternative is to put the most suitable arm in the appropriate door (left or right) during the chase, but this carries the risk of leaving the unused door open for Bezukhov to cunningly escape through.

Even when I am lucky enough to grab Bezukhov, I then need the other hand to contain him, otherwise he wriggles free in no time.  In summary, a stressful job got even more stressful.

I don't want any medicine!!

I don’t want any medicine!!

 

So, can I somehow get Bezukhov to sleep overnight in the Manor, particularly the night before medication-morning?  Well, if he was to go in there at a convenient time in the evening & I lock him in, he gets stressed being on his own.  He rarely goes near the Manor in the evening though as he now eats his bedtime seed in the Ferplast.  Phineas generally does not consider sleeping overnight in the Manor & why would he?  He has a perfectly comfortable set up in the Ferplast.  And do not forget that apart from when Thomas was around, he has been sleeping on his own so is used to it.

So, for the time being we are muddling along…

 

 

Two beaks & seven seed pots

Yes, 7 seed pots for 2 beaks.

There were 3 seed pots in the West Wing of the Manor but Phineas still managed to dominate them all, meaning it was difficult for Bezukhov to eat at the same time.  I decided to rearrange the seed pots so that there are now 2 seed pots on either side of the Manor.  So far, the 2 seed pots in the East Wing have been ignored by both Bezukhov & Phineas.

Bezukhov has preferred eating in the Ferplast where the 2 seed pots are separated by the door.  I assume this gives some protection & time to eat a few seeds before Phinny comes along.  Since Bezukhov now routinely eats his bedtime seed in the Ferplast & also has been sleeping overnight in there, meaning he will be eating breakfast in there too, I decided to add another seed pot.  The third seed pot is now in the corner on the far right, with the right hand door between it & the middle seed pot.  Phineas usually only goes to that area to drink water, so it has now become Bezukhov’s favourite seed pot out of all 7!

Bezukhov & Phineas eating in separate cages

Bezukhov & Phineas eating in separate cages

 

More than a moult?

Bezukhov has not been right.  He has been moulting so has been under the weather, however today, after some very dodgy looking poops, I decided his problem may be more than his moult.  I quickly arranged an afternoon visit to Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).

It is always difficult to know when a vet visit is necessary.  Is he just moulting?  Will the stress of taking him to the vet make him worse?  Will he be okay tomorrow?  Is he hiding something very serious?  Is he actually worse than he looks?  I usually base my visits on my gut feeling & if I am worried to the extent that I cannot do anything else then that is the time to take him!

 

So, Bezukhov & Ms EHV met again.  She could see how rough he looked, with his feathers all over the place, not to mention the feathers around his beak that are saturated with sticky medicine.  All clinical signs appeared fine, but the most noticeable thing was that he has lost weight.  This I was expecting, as he lost his appetite but it appeared to return today, although I wondered/worried if the need to eat a lot was a symptom of something else.  Ms EHV weighed him – he was only 38g.  That is a 10g+ drop from last time & potentially a drop that has happened since we lost Cagney just over 4 weeks ago.

I explained how difficult life has been for him since that time, his loss of appetite, his loss of routine, having to build a new relationship of some sort with Phineas, the continuing medication saga & a new home (yes, I am behind with my posts – I did say a new home!)

Ms EHV believes his problems are stress related.  The first thing we must do is make sure he does not lose any more weight.  As he appeared to be eating more today & the difficulty of eating alongside Phineas seems to be settling, we are hopeful he will begin to put on weight.  Once he does, his poops should start to improve.  I am to monitor him over the next few days & if he does not put more weight on, then he is to have blood tests to see if something else is going on internally.

 

We did have a first in the consulting room – whilst Ms EHV was examining Bezukhov he managed to get free of her hand.  He was flying round & round the room, up by the ceiling.  He finally came down & landed on top of the cage but neither myself or Ms EHV caught him so off he went again, round & round the ceiling until he eventually descended & landed on the back of the chair behind me.  I managed to scoop him up.  He was okay but it really was not one of his best ideas…

 

 

 

A Bathing Bezukhov

After the recent trauma, it was nice to see Bezukhov have a proper BATH! Yes, you heard me…. a BATH! A real bath, not a misting, a bath. I am pretty certain it was his first bath!

It was nice to see the Thomas bath being used properly – I like to think Thomas saw this & is proud that his name is connected with such a spirited activity.

Even nicer that I managed to film it. :)

It was also nice that Phineas was so into the dill that he let Bezukhov have a bath without disturbing him.

 

 

 

 

 

Guarding the Hand

As mentioned previously, since Cagney’s passing, Phineas has barely missed a beat regarding his daily regurgitating & hand-jive activities.

My right hand is the preferred location for jiggy-jiggy, as are the fingers & thumb.  Phineas is under the impression that because he is attached to my right hand/fingers & thumb, that everyone else is interested too.  This means he has to protect my hand from possible invaders.

Over time, he has become slightly less territorial over my fingers; he can regurgitate with someone sitting in the background without having to keep stopping to warn off that other presence.  My hand, with the associated activity of the hand jive is a different matter though.  When he is ‘in the mood’, he has to make sure no one comes within a certain radius of my hand.  The more ‘in the mood’ he gets, the more protective & territorial he gets.  Because of this tendency to aggression I usually engineer a hand jiggy-jiggy session in the cage.  This has two benefits.  The first is that he is more likely to finish ‘the job’ without having to keep stopping to warn off others.  The second is that whoever shows an interest is less likely to be thumped.

Sometimes, when Phineas is extra-hyper, & slamming against the side of the cage to warn off would-be competition, I cover the cage over so he can concentrate on the deed.

Phineas

Phineas

 

Unfortunately, we now have an added complication in that Bezukhov has moved in with Phineas, albeit just being overnight stays.  I dare not allow relations with my hand whilst Bezukhov is in the same, confined vicinity.  This means that when Phineas wants to boogie-woogie, this either has to be done outside the cage, with Bezukhov locked in, or in the cage, with Bezukhov locked out!  Usually Phineas wants rumpy-pumpy first thing in the morning after a long, jiggy-free night.  Like I say… it is an added complication…

 

Working out the sleeping arrangements

Now it is just Bezukhov & Phineas, sleeping arrangements needed to be renegotiated.  This has been a delicate & complicated operation & a settlement appears to be in sight.  The table below summarises the comings & goings.  The added notes give some explanation, though I doubt any real insight into the workings of a budgie mind.

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny's overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny’s overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

 


Note 1
Bezukhov seriously considered staying overnight in Phinny’s cage. In the end, it did not happen but I sensed Bezukhov would prefer to sleep next to someone (even Phineas) rather than alone in the Manor.


Note 2
Bezukhov experimented by sitting in Phinny’s cage after he had eaten.  Unfortunately, at one point Bezukhov did not get out of Phinny’s way fast enough & was pushed to the floor of the Ferplast. Being a sensible toyboy he decided quite quickly that sleeping overnight with Phinny was NOT an option… so he returned to the Manor.


Note 3
Bezukhov again considered sleeping overnight with Phineas. However, I thought it best he stayed overnight when the next morning was not medication morning, so I encouraged him back into the manor but he was restless.  I imagined the following evening the probability of him staying overnight in the Ferplast was high, but I was foolish thinking I could predict their movements!


Note 4

Blood moon

Blood moon

For some reason, they both stayed out late which was unusual for Phineas as he tends to go to bed relatively early. Anyway, they both landed up in the manor, so I quietly locked them in. Phineas seemed a bit surprised but he was tired so settled quickly. Unlike the previous night when Bezukhov was restless on his own in the manor, he seemed ok with Phinny in there with him.  Just to be sure, I set my alarm for extra early the following morning… In fact, I set my alarm for 3am to see the blood moon (very nice!) but then set it again for early morning…

Normally I hear them chirping before I enter the room but it was silent, until I entered, when Phineas was clearly in need of some attention (regurgitation and/or jiggy-jiggy). Bezukhov was looking shell-shocked & had an expression that seemed to say, “What have I done, Mama?” I immediately got Phineas out (he willingly jumped on my hand) & transported him to his own cage. If budgies could sigh, then Bezukhov gave a massive one! He was then able to chirp (he was dumb struck before) & preen & eat.


Note 5

Bezukhov & Phineas

Bezukhov & Phineas

I really felt for Bezukhov this evening; he spent about 30 minutes getting comfortable in Phinny’s cage but then sat on the perch outside looking lost, like he did not know where his home was… However, he decided to persevere with the Ferplast. Phinny was already in bed on his ttmss swing so it was a good time to go in the cage – when Phinny is too tired to be troublesome. Bezukhov was looking a bit worried though & unsure where to settle. The doors were still open in case of a change of mind.

As I covered them over, Bezukhov made his way to the swing next to Phinny’s. He sat there normally for a moment, but then climbed to the top & was balancing precariously there (reminded me of dear Cagney as the two of them would often sit on top of swings, especially on a swing their pudding was sitting on).  Bezukhov then started to stretch across as if to sit on the other side of Phinny’s swing which made my heart go in my mouth, especially as Phinny noticed & leaned across with his beak open…. Bezukhov, being a sensitive & observant soul, thought better of that idea & settled on his swing in the normal fashion.


Note 6
Another night in the Ferplast. Bezukhov experimented with roosting positions.  He sat on the corner perch behind the ttmss swing, looking longingly at the free side of the swing (Phineas was already snoozing on the other side).  Bezukhov took some time to psyche himself up to sit there, but he finally did!  The two of them were on the ttmss swing!  Bezukhov did not look entirely relaxed but at least the mirror in the middle afforded some protection from Phinny, & potentially it was the safest place to be in the cage.  Phineas looked slightly put out because he could not slump like he usually does due to Bezukhov’s weight levelling out the swing.


Note 7
Once again, they both settled in the Ferplast for the night. Though it is now Bezukhov’s preferred location for sleeping, he is still not entirely relaxed; he keeps having to look over his shoulder.  He was preening at one point & did not get out of Phinny’s way quick enough so Phinny pushed him off the perch.  I opened the cage doors again in case Bezukhov thought the Manor would be a better option, but he stayed in the Ferplast.


Note 8
As usual, they both settled for bed in the Ferplast.  Unusually, Phineas sat on the other side of his ttmss swing, the side he never sits on, so he could stretch across & shake the other swing that Bezukhov was trying to sleep on…


Note 9

Swapped

Swapped

I decided to swap the positions of the Ferplast & the Manor. Bezukhov appears to have moved into the Ferplast, at least for the overnight stays, & this makes it difficult catching him for his medication in the morning.

Because of the change in position, the Ferplast was ignored & they both spent most of their time in & on the Manor.  Phineas was totally confused as all his routine regurgitating spots were in the Ferplast!  During early evening, whilst they were both in the Manor I locked them in. Bezukhov was restless as he clearly did not want to share the Manor with Phineas. I put my hand in, hoping Phinny would jump on & perhaps I could transport him into the Ferplast but he just came to the nearest perch, stretched across to bite me, then returned to the loft area!

So, Phineas was annoyed with me as I upset his jiggy & regurgitating routine & Bezukhov was annoyed with me for locking Phineas in the Manor with him!  They did eventually settle down for the night but not without Phineas first hitting Bezukhov on the head.


Note 10
After the biting from Phinny the previous night, in the morning it appeared we were friends again, which had to happen in order for him to do the hand-jive.

They both decided to return to the Ferplast for overnight sleeping, despite the cage being in the wrong location.


 

 

 

Happy 3rd Adoption-day, Phineas!!!

Phineas came into our home on the 14th October 2012.  He was, we believe, around 10 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in January.  As we do not know the exact date that he came into this world, we celebrate the date he came into our lives.

Phineas

Happy adoption-day, wonderful Phineas.

We love you lots!

 

The sad return of Cagney

As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla & Thomas), Cagney was sent for cremation & returned on the 29th September.  His remains now sit with the others, in particular next to Atilla.

A few days after his passing, I received a very nice sympathy card from Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  The card did not just have a few words in, she wrote all over the inside. It was very thoughtful of her, and appreciated.  The card sits beside Cagney, along with another remembrance card from the vets with wildflower seeds that can be planted.

 

Autumn banner

I am very proud to report that follower rosebudgie’s sharing sausages feature on the autumn-themed banner of the budgerigars forum!

There is a competition each season to select a new banner, with the winner voted for by the members.  The following is the winner:

Autumn banner 2015

Autumn banner 2015

 

It can be seen in situ here: http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.com/ until the 20th December 2015.  Do take a look & have a browse around the friendly & informative forum. 🙂