Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: October 2020

Remembering Phineas on his adoption day

The incomparable Phineas came into our home on this day, 8 years ago.

Here is a video of him telling everyone something important.  If you are wondering, it is oral antibiotics on his cheek feathers (clearly I was not administering efficiently!)

Missing you, my little man.

Always in our thoughts.

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Fluff face

Perry had a big piece of fluff in the middle of his face.  It was there for ages, so I got some photos…

 

Head rub

Lennie found that rubbing his head on the frame of the open door helped give him some relief from some pin feathers….

 

 

Update on Perry’s health

In my last post on this subject (click here) I reported about Perry’s ‘turns’.  We have had further developments.

On the 4th July, Perry had, what I would describe as a ‘Twitchfest’.  He twitched, though not violently, off & on all day, but settled by bedtime.  I was on edge the whole time, anticipating that he would get worse.

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Perry’s next, more significant, episode was on Saturday, the 22nd August.  At around 11am, he began twitching, & a couple of those were major enough to propel him off the perch.  At one point, he was hanging from the perch by one foot.  He seemed okay after about 15 minutes.  However, about two & a half hours later, the twitches began again, but this time they were throwing him off the perch, on average every 30 seconds (sometimes the frequency between was longer, sometimes shorter).  Lennie was sensible & went into Dalai’s cage, so I locked him in there for the duration.

For about an hour the twitches continued, at varying levels of intensity.  Each time his movement was from his left to the right, so I could predict where he would go/land.  Sometimes he would have a few minutes where he was just twitching & able to stay on the perch.  He pooped throughout, but a watery substance.  Through it all, he did not make a sound.  He was completely aware & scared as he clearly did not know what was happening to him.  The times he landed on the bottom of the cage he immediately made his way back up.  By 3pm they were subsiding & he was able to preen & behave a bit more normally, by which time, Lennie joined him again.

Things had settled down by the Monday, but nevertheless, I spoke to the vet, & she suggested adding calcium to their water as they were both still moulting.

New cage set up L to R: hospitalisation cage, ‘home’, Dalai’s cage

The next episode was Saturday the 12th September (I am starting to dread Saturdays!). He seemed extra quiet that morning & when I offered him a spinach leaf, he had to turn his head at a strange angle to eat it.  This alerted me & I decided to dust off the quarantine cage & prepare it for possible hospitalisation purposes.  Later that day, he spasmed, fell to the cage floor & was rolling around.  I carefully picked him up & put him in the spare cage.  He came out of the spasm & I placed him on a perch, where he was very still.  His balance was very off & he fell off the perch a few times but at least did not have far to fall in the newly set up cage, & the bottom has extra padding.  Occasionally, he would turn his head from side to side & his eyes were flickering.

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Autumn Banner 2020

I am pleased to report that Perry, Lennie & our dearly departed Dalai, feature on the autumn-themed banner of a 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:

 

You can see it has a Shakespearean, three witches theme, with, appropriately, three budgies looking like they are cooking up some trouble.

The banner can be seen in situ here: http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.com/ over autumn.  Do take a look & have a browse around the friendly & informative forum. 🙂