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Monthly Archives: April 2020
30 April 2020Posted by on
Perry usually has a bath once in a blue moon. I posted not so long ago that, along with Lennie, he tried out the ‘indoor bath‘, so I was surprised that he had another bath so soon after. I could only assume there was another blue moon.
Here they are, once again having a dunk in their ‘en-suite’ bath:
27 April 2020Posted by on
Thomas came into our home on this day, 7 years ago. He was a beautiful, intelligent boy & quickly developed friendships with three very different characters: Cagney, Bezukhov & Phinny.
Here is a video of him taken during quarantine when he was clearly having a very important conversation with himself.
Always in our thoughts.
4 April 2020Posted by on
Four weeks ago, on the 7th of March, I woke to find a disturbing crime scene.
But fortunately two birds looking fine & strangely innocent.
The more I looked, the more blood I found. It was all over the cage bottom, dripped & smeared. It had spattered & sprayed on the floor outside the cage, up to 26 inches away (night-time cover only goes part the way down the front). There was no sign of blood on their back cover & only a couple of drops on the inside of the top cover. One drop managed to land sideways in Dalai’s cage on his platform perch. Some drops were on the rope perches (lower to mid-level) but otherwise nothing on the perches. Some drops of blood were on a seed trough.
Absence of significant blood on the perches ruled out a toe injury, plus there was no sign of bloody toes or feet.
Perry’s wing feathers were bloody but it is possible he had a (night) fright & may have fallen in the blood & smeared it, otherwise, there were no other visible signs of blood on Perry. When cleaning, I found one wing feather that had splatters of blood but had that dropped before or after the bloodbath? There were no visible signs of blood on Lennie.
My instinct is that it was a burst blood feather, but there was no sign of the offending feather itself.
Perry & Lennie were fine that morning, if a little quiet. Millet helped.
We were lucky – this could have easily had a bad outcome. Please all, be prepared for such an event. Check that your first aid kit is well equipped for an injury resulting in blood loss. There are lots of resources on the internet advising what to do in such a situation. If you have a trusted vet, then have a chat with them & see what their advice is.