Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: January 2018

Remembering Thomas: Four years on

Four years ago today, our beautiful Thomas made his way to rainbow bridge.

Handsome Thomas

 

Still in our thoughts & still missed.

rememberingthomas

 

Preparation for emergency evacuation of your birds

Being a paranoid parront, I would like to post advice on how to quickly & safely evacuate your birds/pets in an emergency.

There is already plenty of good advice already written on the internet, so I will post some links. From what I have read, the key is PREPARATION because if there was a real emergency you would likely be stressed yourself & less likely to think straight, so anything that helps you (& your birds) through the ordeal can only be of benefit.

The following link is well written & has some good ideas. Their main ‘trick’ is use of a pillowcase to catch up birds & also keep them safe: www.birdtricks.com/blog/how-to-evacuate-parrots-when-you-only-have-seconds/

This link also has some good points: www.beautyofbirds.com/evacuation.html

Personally, my plan would be to get my flock into the small travel/hospital cage (I also have an even smaller carrier if I have time to consider separating them). I have prepared a canvas bag that has in it: food (seed & millet); seed pots & water bottles; reminder note & headlamp.  The reminder note is so I can grab any medication that may be in the fridge.  Every time I receive a new order of seed or millet, I refresh what is in the emergency bag & date it.  At the same time I check the headlamp still works in case the batteries need changing.  A point to note is that I have chosen a canvas bag with long handles so if need be I can hang it around my neck if I need my hands!  The emergency bag is kept on the shelf underneath the Silver Villa.

 

The travel/hospital cage is kept underneath the playgym so that is also in close proximity.  I actually decided to keep it close in case Bezukhov has a major seizure, however even if this were not the case, it would still be handy to keep there for other emergency reasons.

For some reason I cannot remember (!) I have two pillowcases draped over the back of my futon that is directly in front of the new Villa, so they are handy if needed.  Alternatively, they could be folded up & kept with the spare/emergency cage.

My mother lives nearby so if need be, I can walk to hers & deposit the flock there for safety.

If anyone else has any other advice/tips/tricks/ideas then feel free to share here!

Perry, Lennie (hidden at back), Dalai & Bezukhov

 

Dalai’s dodgy day

Dalai

The morning of the 5th January, Dalai presented me with some very dodgy overnight poops.  There was also evidence that he had vomited during the night, with seed stuck to the bars & the ttmss swing had gunk smeared all over its mirror.  He looked okay but did have some gunk stuck to the feathers on his chest.

Whilst I cleaned the Silver Villa up, I observed his behaviour.  Though he looked relatively fine, he seemed subdued.  He attempted to eat some breakfast but heaved a little though no seed came up.  He certainly had not eaten any yellow food the day before or anything that would suggest the change in poop colour.  I rang Ms Independent Vet (IV) for advice.  As she was not able to visit until later that day, we decided to see how he was for the next few hours before deciding on a visit.

To make sure Dalai did not lose any weight I encouraged him to eat by offering red millet which he ate each time.  His poops gradually improved.  The white bits became white again but the dark bits were dark green.  When we reviewed the situation later on, it was thought the problem (whatever it was) was passing & we would leave it another day before intervening, if necessary.

Dalai’s clean bottom

The following day, Saturday, he improved further & was well enough to flirt again with Perry & to chase Lennie away (he had already managed a flirt with Bezukhov the previous day).  His poops continued to improve such that on the 3rd day I could not distinguish between his & Bezukhov’s overnight poops.  By the Sunday, he was back to his normal self & causing his normal amount of trouble.

Without an examination or any tests, we can only speculate as to what the problem was; it is possible he chewed on something that disagreed with him or he could have caught a short-term virus.  More worryingly, there was also discussion that he could have had an internal bleed or there could be a blockage of some sort.

However, right now, all is well & all is normal.  I like normal.

Obligatory poop photos & a messy mirror:

 

2017 Review – Countries

During 2017, I have been amazed at the number of countries that have continued to view this blog.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from

the United Kingdom & the United States of America,

followed by

Canada, Australia, Sweden & Germany.

 

We then have:

Netherlands
New Zealand
India
Turkey
France
Denmark
Spain
Poland
South Africa
Norway
Singapore
Egypt
Pakistan
Slovakia
Romania

 

Not forgetting:

United Arab Emirates, Finland, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, European Union (listed as a country?!), Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Malaysia, Serbia, Indonesia, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR China, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Belgium, Mauritius, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Macedonia, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Uruguay, Algeria, Kuwait, Yemen, Georgia, Portugal, Tunisia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iraq, Malta, Vietnam, Jamaica, Tanzania, Albania

 

I am sure that not all these countries came to this blog wanting to read about budgies, but I hope they were not too disappointed to see beautiful feathery faces looking back at them.

Perry, Bezukhov, Lennie & Dalai

 

2017 Review – Strong & Stable

This time last year, I posted about all the changes during 2016.  By contrast, 2017 has been pretty “strong & stable” (those in the UK may have heard that phrase once or twice from our PM!)

It has been a stable year in that we have not lost anyone in our flock.  We lost Phineas in 2016, Cagney in 2015 & Thomas in 2014, so we would have to go back to 2013 for a loss-free year.  Though our flock stood firm, our loyal follower rosebudgie sadly suffered a double tragedy with the loss of the legendary Ian & Marshall – the Sharing Sausages, who are & will continue to be, deeply missed from this blog.

It has been a strong year because we have faced some challenges, in particular Bezukhov’s Extreme Moult Experienceflock introductions & a new home, but have come through them relatively unscathed, ready to face whatever 2018 will throw at us.

 

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

 

2017 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2017.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

•  Search terms related to randy budgies:

Lennie, Dalai, Perry & Bezukhov

randy budgie syndrome
randy male budgie syndrome
randy bird syndrome
parakeet ejaculate on my hand
male budgies randy help
how to stop randy budgie syndrome
randy syndrome — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome treatment
clear lumps in sperm — Bird related??

•  Search terms related to noisy budgies:

budgie sounds and what they mean
keep budgies quiet
budgie noise meanings
budgie noise short grunt
busgie noises
female budgie making strange noises to male
budgie sounds

•  Search terms related to feathers:

budgie sticky feathers above beak
budgie tail feather bent
budgie bent tail feather
budgie pin head
parrot pin feathers
flight with uneven wings
budgerigar tatty tail feathers
budgie losing feathers on head

 

Search terms in 2017 (like 2016) were remarkably sensible, so it is very likely that WordPress have filtered out the stranger ones!  There were very few health related search terms – it would be nice to think that indicated that fewer budgies were sick in 2017…

I hope this blog has continued to be informative for those searching for budgie related issues.

 

2017 Review – TOP POSTS

The year 2018 is here.  It is now time to reflect on the last 12 months.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2017:

  1. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

  2. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

  3. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

  4. How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet? (May 2012)

  5. Poor spider plant (June

 

In first & second positions are two posts that consistently score a high number views over the years.   There are only 13 views between them; it is almost like they are linked, i.e., lots of randy budgies must be making all sorts of noises!  Noisy budgies are clearly an important theme, given position four.

We cannot have a birdie blog without some reference to feathers or moults, hence position three.

Surprisingly, there still seems to be a lot of interest in budgies eating house plants (position five).  I will take this opportunity to remind those looking after birds to check that any plants kept in the same room are safe plants.  There are lots of websites listing safe plants & those that are not safe, so please check if you are unsure.

Phineas & Cagney

Above, you will see I have chosen Phinny to represent position two, & Cagney, position three.

 

Happy New Year to you all. 🙂