Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: February 2016

Acceptance of the Silver Villa

Ferplast reinstated

Ferplast reinstated

Going back to last October, you will know that I removed the new cage, the Silver Villa, & reinstated the Ferplast as Bezukhov was unwell & it was thought familiarity would help his recovery.  The Silver Villa stayed in the room, but was shunted to the corner (the playgym, once again, in my bedroom).

This arrangement worked in that Bezukhov gradually got better.  The existing problem though, was giving him his medication.  As he was back to sleeping overnight in the Ferplast with Phineas, it meant that was the location for the morning medication chase.  Over the weeks, catching him got so difficult that I was led to a new idea; I opened the small side door of the Ferplast & moved the cage up to the big open door of the Manor, draping a sheet around the open areas around the edge. The plan was to chase him through the little side door, into the Manor & it worked!

Phineas on door of Silver Villa

Phineas on door of Silver Villa

Although flushed with the success of my idea, I knew that it was a one-off.  Knowing Bezukhov, once he worked out that ‘escape’ through the side door would just mean he still got caught in the Manor, he simply would not go through the door.  By this time, (mid-November) Bezukhov was back to normal, health-wise, so I decided, for my own sanity, to (once again) replace the Ferplast with the Silver Villa, there & then.

So, as from November the 18th, both Bezukhov & Phineas returned to sleeping overnight in the Manor!  This meant I had to open them up as early as possible in the morning because by then, Bezukhov needed some respite from Phineas.

They continued to ignore the Silver Villa & at most, sat on the top to eat from the pellet pots there.  Into December, Phineas started sitting on the top of the open door – it was a shorter flight to the window perch from there.  On the 16th of December, Phineas was sitting on my hand, contemplating a jiggy (it had been awhile) so I gradually moved him into the Silver Villa. He sat in there & preened for a bit although I think that was largely because he did not know how to get out, even though it has a large front door. I had to go in the other room & when I came back he had returned to the Manor.

Here is Phineas on his 16th December visit to the Silver Villa:

 

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Reduced medication update

In December, when I last spoke to Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV), it was agreed to reduce Bezukhov’s medication, to be reviewed the end of January.

Bezukhov

Bezukhov

This new regime began on the 12th December.  He was now to have medication every third day, rather than second day.  The amount of Destolit to stay the same but I reduced the amount of Lactulose.  Unfortunately, after two reduced dosages, in the evening of the 17th December Bezukhov had an ‘episode‘.  He was on my finger at the time & had just finished eating seed.  Phineas went to peck at him & Bezukhov pulled his head back to avoid him but this prompted a reflex type spasm for a brief moment.

He was due medication the next morning so I reverted back to the normal dose whilst I contacted Ms EHV.  She suspected the ‘episode’ was a one-off rather than related to the reduced medication so suggested I carry on with the new regime.  So, three days later I went back to the new regime.  On the 1st January, I stopped giving him Lactulose completely, so now it was just Destolit (for his gallbladder) every third day.

Yesterday, I spoke to Ms EHV to review how things were.  He has not had any more ‘episodes’ since the 17th December & apart from having another moult, seems in otherwise good health.  She suggested we stop the Destolit too, in other words, no medication.  Scary!

However, because he is currently going through a moult, we agreed to stop the medication when he is back to his normal self.  When this happens I will be monitoring him more closely than ever!

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Lick

Increasingly, I have noticed Himalayan Salt Licks being advertised for pets.  Originally, I did not take much notice as it seemed at odds with also being told that too much salt is bad for us.  Gradually, the message filtered through that the salt licks offer numerous health advantages & of course for humans, pure Himalayan pink salt is thought to be beneficial.

Whilst doing an online supermarket shop, I noticed they sold salt licks for pets.  I popped one in my basket.  When it came, I was still a bit dubious about putting it out for Bezukhov & Phineas, so I put it aside for the time being.  Not long afterwards, Phineas started licking the Manor bars.  It was very odd & a little worrying – had I cleaned the bars properly?!  They have the iodine mineral block which both regularly nibble & also cuttlefish that they tend to play with rather than chew.  Was Phineas looking for some other minerals?  Whilst I was pondering that, I remembered I had the salt lick.  Perhaps I should try it?

Initially, I put it on the floor of the manor, in a corner where Phinny would sometimes go to lick the bars.  He did a double-take when he first saw this lump of pink, crystallised rock.  To his credit, he plucked up courage to peck at it & let it know who was boss & in doing this, got a taste.  It did not take long for him to discover that he liked it!  In fact, he was so enthusiastic about it, I was worried he might overdose!  So, when he was not looking, I took it out & put it on the shelf under the cage.  He saw it there & still wanted it.  He tried to get down there but was not agile enough.  I changed tack & decided to put it on the window ledge.  This way it would be available but slightly out of the way.

 

It did not take long for Phineas to follow it to the window ledge where he snorted licked more.  After awhile, Bezukhov also investigated, but had to do some nifty side-stepping to get around Phineas.

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Precision pooping

One morning I was very impressed with Bezukhov’s overnight pooping:

He has almost turned it into an art form!