Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Remembering Thomas on his adoption day

Thomas came into our home on this day, 6 years ago.  He was an amazing blue & photos of him do not do him justice.  He was well loved by all.  Sadly, he did not stay with us long, but his impact was enormous.  Though Dalai, Perry & Lennie never met him, they live with his legacy by bathing in the Thomas Bath.

Here is a video of Thomas in the aforementioned bath.  He was joined by Phineas, who he personally coached in the art of bathing.  If you are wondering why there is hardly any water in the bath…. I can assure you it was full when they had started!

 

Always in our thoughts.

rememberingthomas

 

 

 

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Remembering Past Pets: Dino

Every year on this day I remember one of my earlier budgies, Dino.

He died of old age in 1985, so a long time ago.  Things were very different then.  Generally, my memories from when I was young are not too clear yet I remember very distinctly the day we got him:

A market stall sold budgies.  They said they would be getting some budgies with unusual colours so my mum took me there each week & each week the lady said they had not come in yet.  However, on this particular day, she said, “You’ll be a fool if you don’t take this one” as she reached into a crowded cage & pulled out a squirming traditional, ‘ordinary’, green budgie.  I agreed to taking him partly because I did not want to be a fool & also because I was conscious that she was holding the budgie in the middle of the busy market & I wanted her to put him somewhere safe quickly!

When we got him home & into his new cage, he sat still on the bottom.  We discussed what to call him.  I remember my mum wanted to call him Sparky because he was such a sparkling green colour.  Eventually someone (I think it was my brother) said, “What about Dino?“, at which point Dino jumped on a perch & started chirping!  We took this as a sign & welcomed our very own Dino Marino.

He was around during my school years right up until I went to college.  It was a sad day losing him but he lived a long life & I have to say that lady on the market stall was right – he was special & we would have been fools not to take him.

Unfortunately I have very few photos of him & the ones I have are dreadful quality.  They do trigger more memories though, like how he would biff the plastic budgie until it was upside down.  He used to sleep across his ladder resting his head on the attached mirror.  We used to let him out for a fly & his favoured spot was on a perch that we had attached to a mirror.

Dino Marino

 

Every so often I come across the white plastic bag of some of his favourite toys that I kept.  I also have a small, glass jar with some of his feathers.  Some things are just hard to let go.

Dino’s tail feather

 

 

Head-shaking

Perry was exhibiting some strange behaviour last week.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 12th March, he started doing some random head shaking movements.  He appeared quite distressed.  It looked like he wanted to vomit but nothing came out (see videos below).  After each head-shaking episode, he sat very still & seemed to breathe heavily.  I was alarmed enough to ring the vet, however, she was not available that day.

Perry

I arranged to visit a local vet early evening instead.  However, an hour or so later, Perry seemed to be fine, so (stupidly?) I cancelled the vet visit.  Naturally, not long after I did that, he was exhibiting the same odd behaviour again but the local vet was now fully booked.

As it looked like he may be having breathing problems I thought it would be a good idea to nebulise him with F10 (as I have been doing with Dalai).  It seems though, that Perry is more highly strung than Dalai & was so stressed covered up in the travel cage that he vomited.  I vowed never to subject him to such a horrific experience again!

So, I continued to monitor him the rest of the evening, & overnight.  The next morning I was able to get an appointment with the usual vet, who visited early afternoon.  That morning, I saw Perry do the head-shaking thing again, though only once.  Did this mean he was getting better?

The vet gave him an examination & also viewed the videos I had taken of Perry’s behaviour.  She could not see any obvious reason for what was going on.  His temperature was fine, as was his heart rate.  Unfortunately, during the examination, she found a small lump on his lower belly, that he has been starting to pluck.  It is not visible unless the feathers are parted.  This is clearly something we need to keep an eye on.

It was possible that Perry had a seed husk or something that had gone down the wrong way & it was irritating him.  It was also possible that Perry had an ear infection, & it would not hurt to have some antibiotics, so the vet prescribed 5 days of Enrobactin in water.

So, we have now finished the antibiotics and Perry seems fine.  Since the morning of the 13th, I have not seen any more of the head-shaking.  Hopefully it was just a one-off happening & we are now back to our version of normal.

 

 

 

Happy 3rd Adoption-day, Dalai!!!

Dalai came into our home on the 14th March 2016.  He was, we believe, around 5 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in October.  As we do not know the exact date that he came into this world, we celebrate the date he came into our lives.

I always have to double-check the year he arrived as I feel like he has been here much longer!

Here he is having a bath:

Happy adoption-day, Dalai darling.

We love you lots!

♥♥♥

Dalai

 

 

Slo mo videos

Last April, I was having a play with the video on my phone & found the slow motion feature.  Naturally, this had to be tried out on Bezukhov (he was still with us then), Dalai, Perry & Lennie.

The following are the better of the results!

 

Remembering Bezukhov: Pillow complete

As with those who went to Rainbow Bridge before him, I have made Bezukhov a pillow for his resting place.

Because Bezukhov had similar colours to his girlfriend, Raspy, I used the same materials I used for her – the blue velvet & the cotton with blue feathers.  The cover for his inner pillow is made with the plain blue velvet & has his full name & dates embroidered in black.

 

For the outer cover, I used the material with feathers in shades of blue.  I rearranged the pillows, so he now rests alongside Raspy.  Behind is Phineas & Thomas & behind them, overseeing them all, is Cagney beside his girlfriend, the leader herself, Atilla.

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The Overnighter

Since Bezukhov’s flight to Rainbow Bridge last July, Dalai has continued to stay in the Silver Villa, favouring bedtime on his own, rather than having to share with Perry & Lennie.  Possibly a part of this is because he likes to retire to bed earlier than the others.  Bezukhov was always mindful of Dalai’s preferences, whereas Perry & Lennie are a bit more ‘animated’ at a time when Dalai is less appreciative!

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

Perry, Dalai & Lennie

So far, there has been one exceptional bedtime, that strangely occurred at the end of Day 45 of their recent medication.  I am still unsure whether that was a coincidence!

The evening of the 14th January, Dalai was already locked up but at around 20:30 he indicated he wanted to come out.  Sometimes he would like a last fly before bed.  But on this occasion, instead of going back into the Silver Villa, he went into Perry & Lennie’s cage!  The few weeks prior, he had been spending time in their cage during the daytime (usually in the morning) but this was the first time he went in at bedtime.

Needless to say, I left their doors open for awhile, in case Dalai changed his mind.   He did actually poke his head out the door a couple of times & looked at the open doors of the Silver Villa & seemed to contemplate returning, but twice turned around to go back into Perry & Lennie’s, so it was definitely a conscious decision.

Certainly he upset the apple-cart as he investigated which position he wanted to rest in, including upside down on the ceiling!  Meanwhile, Lennie was still trying to kiss him every two minutes, despite Dalai jabbing him away. Perry was just trying to find a peaceful spot & actually came out on the landing platform twice, seeking calm.

Dalai finally, very astutely, came to rest on the purple swing (he has the same in his cage, though he does not sleep on it), which is not used by either Perry or Lennie at bedtime.  This brought some calm.  I felt confident enough to lock them in & put their cover over.

I stayed up extra late but did not hear a peep out of them, but all the same I still thought it best to get up a bit earlier in the morning!  The next morning, all was well!

Despite Dalai’s overnight stay being relatively calm (after the initial surprise) he has not repeated it.  It is anyone’s guess as why he has not!  For now, he seems happy sleeping on his own in the Silver Villa.

Dalai’s overnight stay 14th/15th Jan ’19

 

 

Update on Dalai: 45 days

The last time I posted on Dalai’s health (click here), I stated that we had commenced the 45 day treatment for Chlamydiosis.  This ran from the 1st December 2018 to 14th January 2019.  Treatment was the medicine Ornicure, in water for all three: Dalai, Perry & Lennie.

The medicine was made up 1 litre at a time & kept for 7 days in the fridge.  Apart from ensuring the light-sensitive medicine & solution was measured & stored correctly, administration was really no problem at all.  They all drank the water without any qualms.

The difficulty was all the cleaning that had to be done.  The infectious element is shed in cycles so it is important to have an effective cleaning routine.  Given that they have an awful lot of ‘furniture’, I decided to clean most of it once & then store it away & return it at the end of the treatment.  This has meant we have been living a minimalist lifestyle!

In week one, the playgym took 3 days to dismantle & clean & at the time of writing, has not yet been returned.  As I bagged up newly disinfected items, I marvelled at how many pegs they have & how many beads!

Temporarily, I replaced some wooden perches & the rope perches with easy-to-clean plastic perches.  I replaced their chewy toys with plastic toys.  As paper is easy to replace, I used a lot of crinkle paper & curly paper on the toys to generate interest.

They all continued to moult – each losing a tail feather during December.  Intermittently, Dalai would tail bob, so on those occasions I would nebulise him in the travel cage with F10.

 

A few days after treatment was completed, I arranged another visit from the vet (17th January).  I still had some concerns about intermittent tail bobbing.  The vet checked Dalai over.  His weight was either 45 or 46g.  The vet said that last time she was starting to feel his keel bone so it was good he was back to a healthy weight.  His temperature was also normal, compared to last time when it was slightly raised.  His toenails were fine (no problematic bruising) but were a little long, so they were clipped.  She detected a slight clicking which suggested there was still a lingering respiratory issue.  If linked to the Chlamydia, she said it may take a little longer after the end of treatment for it to clear up.  Because the vet thought Dalai was in otherwise good health & in good spirits, she suggested I continue to nebulise him with F10, as & when the tail bobbing is apparent, but to continue a few days after he improves.

Dalai’s poops 17/1

Dalai’s poops have improved over time.  The initial worrying green colour that prompted the vet to suggest treatment for Chlamydia, has gone.  Of course we still do not know if they had or have Chlamydia, but either way, they all now appear well & happy.

Just so Perry & Lennie were not feeling left out with all the attention the vet was giving Dalai, they both had their toenails trimmed.  Perry, in particular, had a very long toenail that I was concerned about.  Lennie was a very difficult patient & it took the vet & the nurse ages to trim his toenails!

Over the next few weeks I will continue to bring back more of their toys & also the playgym.  I am sure it will not be long before we are completely cluttered again!

Dalai

 

Remembering Thomas: Five years on

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

Handsome Thomas

 

Still in our thoughts & still missed.

rememberingthomas

2018 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2018.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

Search terms related to moulting:

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai

budgie losing feathers on head
budgie pin feathers on head
parakett pin feathers
budgie blood feathers on head
my budgie has a lot of blood feathers on his head

Search terms related to randy budgies:

randy budgie syndrome
what to do with a randy budgie
what does sperm with a lumps in it means — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome
budgie rbs biting
sperm in hand — Bird related??
how do i treat randy budgie syndrome
how to help with randy budgie syndrome
lumps in seman — Bird related??

 

Many of the other random searches are related to health problems, with questions about droppings, medication & lumps.  It feels sad that people have birds with issues, yet encouraging that they are seeking information & answers.

Interestingly, there was a search for Trill Toppers, which landed on an old post: How to thank a budgie or budgies.  I may be wrong, but a quick internet search indicates that Trill Toppers are still unavailable in the UK.  This means many generations of budgies are growing up with no knowledge of Trill Toppers.  Is this a good thing or bad?

As I have claimed before, it appears that WordPress filters out the stranger search terms, however, one in particular did get through.  I will leave you with this & let you muse how it managed to land on this blog & more importantly, did my blog provide an answer?

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