Puddings & Toyboys

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Blue newbies – new surroundings & new friends?

When Perry & Lennie arrived, they spent a few weeks in quarantine (click here to read that post).  On the 9th December 2016, they were wheeled into the lounge, to the opposite side of the room from their new friends (hopefully), Bezukhov & Dalai.

After some initial surprised chirping, Bezukhov & Dalai quickly reverted to ‘indifference’.

Perry was so shocked, he started panting & was rooted to the spot.  Lennie took the changes in his stride.  As you can see from the video below, Lennie attempted to calm Perry by chewing his toes:

 

After a short time, Perry began to loosen up & they both started to settle into their new surroundings:

 

From the photos below, you can see Perry & Lennie’s new position & also how Bezukhov & Dalai carried on as normal!

 

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Remembering Phineas at Christmas

This time last year, I posted about our first Christmas without Cagney.  This year, we face Christmas without Phineas.

Phineas

Phineas

 

In the photo above, the perch he is sitting on is still in the same place in the Villa, in the front doorway.  In fact all is how he left it, so I can easily picture him in all perching spots.  This particular spot reminds me of a specific occasion last summer.

I was out all day & came home after their bedtime.  Bezukhov, Phineas & Dalai were in bedtime positions in the Villa, but because my sitter was still there they were not locked up & their front door was still open.  When Phineas saw me, he sleepily got off his swing & made his way to that perch.  I approached & held my hand out to him.  He regurgitated to my finger.  It was only a quiet, brief session as he was tired, but it made me feel so loved, missed & needed.  That little action by my beautiful little grey man seemed to say, “Where have you been today?  I have missed you.  Here’s some regurgitated seed I have been saving for you.  Glad you are back home.  I’m going back to bed now I have seen you.

So, this Christmas (& every day in fact) I am thinking of Phineas.  I am also thinking of Cagney & hoping they are having fun together over by rainbow bridge with Atilla, Raspy & Thomas.

 

phinny-logo2

 

 

Tumbleweeds in the Villa

When we lost Phineas, Bezukhov made it clear he considered the Silver Villa Phinny’s domain.  Though Bezukhov & Phineas originally moved into the Villa at the same time, its location was/is the same as the Ferplast, which was definitely Phinny’s home.  If you recall, when Phineas arrived, Cagney & Bezukhov did not want him to sleep overnight with them so Phineas had a cage all to himself, at least at bedtime.  So it seems that by location, Bezukhov regarded the Villa as Phinny’s.

Bezukhov found it difficult to go in the Villa without Phinny’s presence.  He quickly decided that bedtime would switch back to the Manor.  Dalai followed him there.

During the day, he avoided the inside of the Villa.  On top & around the outside of it was fine, but he was not comfortable going inside.  It took a couple of weeks for him to venture inside to drink the water or chew the iodine block but he generally just took what he needed & then got out – he did not linger.  Gradually, as Dalai spent time in the Villa, Bezukhov’s visits got longer & over the following weeks Bezukhov began to sit in the Villa & even eat in there.  He now appears quite relaxed in there, but bedtime is still in the Manor.

 

Note: Check out the difference in feet colour between Bezukhov & Dalai.

 

 

Dalai does not want to go to bed

Since Dalai has joined the flock, bedtime has become unpredictable.  Sometimes Dalai will voluntarily join Bezukhov & Phineas in the Silver Villa where they are ready for bed.  Other than those odd occasions, it seems that Dalai does not want to go to bed.  At least he does not want to go to bed in a cage.

Dalai tends to settle on the plant pot stand that is positioned in front of the Villa.  If it gets late & he is still snoozing there, I will give him a prod & he goes into the Villa with the others.  However, quite often, Bezukhov & Phineas will join him on the plant pot stand.  They may have gone into the Villa for bed but when they see Dalai settled outside, they probably think that if he is not coming in to them, they will go out to him.  On these occasions, eventually, either Bezukhov or Phineas will retire to the Villa for a proper sleep & Dalai follows them without much, if any, prodding.

Bedtime on the plant pot stand for three sleepy birdies:

 

 

 

Breaking the bedtime routine

As previously posted, Dalai left his quarantine cage on May 11th.  That evening, when it came to bedtime, there was a bit of chaos.  Dalai did not want to go into his own home so settled on a perch on the outside of the Silver Villa, where Bezukhov & Phineas were already inside sleeping.

Both cages covered over

Both cages covered over

Dalai chatting with Bezukhov

Dalai chatting with Bezukhov

He showed no signs of going into any cage – bear in mind he had a choice of his own quarantine cage, the Silver Villa & the Manor.  As a last resort, I had to catch him in order to get him to a place of safety for bed.  He is not finger tame so the simple act of putting my finger in front of him freaked him out, so we ended up having a mad chase around the room.  I eventually caught him (boy, can he screech like he is being murdered!) & popped him back into his own cage.

The following evening (12th May), Bezukhov & Phineas retired to bed as usual, in the Silver Villa.  Dalai fell asleep on a perch on the Manor.  As it got late, I gave him a little nudge & to get away from me he flew into the Villa.  So, that was their first night all sleeping together.

Naturally, I set the alarm extra early to check on them the next morning.  All was well but I let them out early anyway.  Interestingly, Dalai went straight to his own cage & had a long chat with his red mirror.

Dalai chatting with Phineas on the platform perch

Dalai chatting with Phineas on the platform perch

Morning after the night before

Morning after the night before

The following evenings Dalai decided to sleep in his own cage.  It is worth noting that his cage is alongside the Villa & at night I put the cover across both cages so they can see each other.  There is a perch in the Villa that lines up nicely with where Dalai sleeps in his cage & either Bezukhov or Phineas will sleep there if Dalai is not in with them.

Since then, Dalai has gradually increased his overnight stays with Bezukhov & Phineas, & we are now at a point where he sleeps with them every night.  In fact, he rarely even goes into his own cage any more so I am considering removing it.  I still try to get them out early the next morning as I find that Bezukhov gives me the hint by quietly waiting on the platform perch (where the small door opens) to be let out.  Dalai is less subtle & when he wants to come out he has a tantrum & sometimes pushes past Bezukhov on the platform perch in order to be out first!

 

 

 

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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Working out the sleeping arrangements

Now it is just Bezukhov & Phineas, sleeping arrangements needed to be renegotiated.  This has been a delicate & complicated operation & a settlement appears to be in sight.  The table below summarises the comings & goings.  The added notes give some explanation, though I doubt any real insight into the workings of a budgie mind.

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny's overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny’s overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

 


Note 1
Bezukhov seriously considered staying overnight in Phinny’s cage. In the end, it did not happen but I sensed Bezukhov would prefer to sleep next to someone (even Phineas) rather than alone in the Manor.


Note 2
Bezukhov experimented by sitting in Phinny’s cage after he had eaten.  Unfortunately, at one point Bezukhov did not get out of Phinny’s way fast enough & was pushed to the floor of the Ferplast. Being a sensible toyboy he decided quite quickly that sleeping overnight with Phinny was NOT an option… so he returned to the Manor.


Note 3
Bezukhov again considered sleeping overnight with Phineas. However, I thought it best he stayed overnight when the next morning was not medication morning, so I encouraged him back into the manor but he was restless.  I imagined the following evening the probability of him staying overnight in the Ferplast was high, but I was foolish thinking I could predict their movements!


Note 4

Blood moon

Blood moon

For some reason, they both stayed out late which was unusual for Phineas as he tends to go to bed relatively early. Anyway, they both landed up in the manor, so I quietly locked them in. Phineas seemed a bit surprised but he was tired so settled quickly. Unlike the previous night when Bezukhov was restless on his own in the manor, he seemed ok with Phinny in there with him.  Just to be sure, I set my alarm for extra early the following morning… In fact, I set my alarm for 3am to see the blood moon (very nice!) but then set it again for early morning…

Normally I hear them chirping before I enter the room but it was silent, until I entered, when Phineas was clearly in need of some attention (regurgitation and/or jiggy-jiggy). Bezukhov was looking shell-shocked & had an expression that seemed to say, “What have I done, Mama?” I immediately got Phineas out (he willingly jumped on my hand) & transported him to his own cage. If budgies could sigh, then Bezukhov gave a massive one! He was then able to chirp (he was dumb struck before) & preen & eat.


Note 5

Bezukhov & Phineas

Bezukhov & Phineas

I really felt for Bezukhov this evening; he spent about 30 minutes getting comfortable in Phinny’s cage but then sat on the perch outside looking lost, like he did not know where his home was… However, he decided to persevere with the Ferplast. Phinny was already in bed on his ttmss swing so it was a good time to go in the cage – when Phinny is too tired to be troublesome. Bezukhov was looking a bit worried though & unsure where to settle. The doors were still open in case of a change of mind.

As I covered them over, Bezukhov made his way to the swing next to Phinny’s. He sat there normally for a moment, but then climbed to the top & was balancing precariously there (reminded me of dear Cagney as the two of them would often sit on top of swings, especially on a swing their pudding was sitting on).  Bezukhov then started to stretch across as if to sit on the other side of Phinny’s swing which made my heart go in my mouth, especially as Phinny noticed & leaned across with his beak open…. Bezukhov, being a sensitive & observant soul, thought better of that idea & settled on his swing in the normal fashion.


Note 6
Another night in the Ferplast. Bezukhov experimented with roosting positions.  He sat on the corner perch behind the ttmss swing, looking longingly at the free side of the swing (Phineas was already snoozing on the other side).  Bezukhov took some time to psyche himself up to sit there, but he finally did!  The two of them were on the ttmss swing!  Bezukhov did not look entirely relaxed but at least the mirror in the middle afforded some protection from Phinny, & potentially it was the safest place to be in the cage.  Phineas looked slightly put out because he could not slump like he usually does due to Bezukhov’s weight levelling out the swing.


Note 7
Once again, they both settled in the Ferplast for the night. Though it is now Bezukhov’s preferred location for sleeping, he is still not entirely relaxed; he keeps having to look over his shoulder.  He was preening at one point & did not get out of Phinny’s way quick enough so Phinny pushed him off the perch.  I opened the cage doors again in case Bezukhov thought the Manor would be a better option, but he stayed in the Ferplast.


Note 8
As usual, they both settled for bed in the Ferplast.  Unusually, Phineas sat on the other side of his ttmss swing, the side he never sits on, so he could stretch across & shake the other swing that Bezukhov was trying to sleep on…


Note 9

Swapped

Swapped

I decided to swap the positions of the Ferplast & the Manor. Bezukhov appears to have moved into the Ferplast, at least for the overnight stays, & this makes it difficult catching him for his medication in the morning.

Because of the change in position, the Ferplast was ignored & they both spent most of their time in & on the Manor.  Phineas was totally confused as all his routine regurgitating spots were in the Ferplast!  During early evening, whilst they were both in the Manor I locked them in. Bezukhov was restless as he clearly did not want to share the Manor with Phineas. I put my hand in, hoping Phinny would jump on & perhaps I could transport him into the Ferplast but he just came to the nearest perch, stretched across to bite me, then returned to the loft area!

So, Phineas was annoyed with me as I upset his jiggy & regurgitating routine & Bezukhov was annoyed with me for locking Phineas in the Manor with him!  They did eventually settle down for the night but not without Phineas first hitting Bezukhov on the head.


Note 10
After the biting from Phinny the previous night, in the morning it appeared we were friends again, which had to happen in order for him to do the hand-jive.

They both decided to return to the Ferplast for overnight sleeping, despite the cage being in the wrong location.


 

 

 

Hot pink perch

A few months back, I posted that Phinny’s bedtime swing had been damaged beyond repair.  Initially, so Phineas had somewhere to sleep, I gave him the Toyboys’ ttmss swing as they only used theirs sporadically.

Parcel from the US of A

Parcel from the US of A

Phineas breaking in the hot pink perch

Phineas breaking in the hot pink perch

A manly Phineas on his hot pink swing

A manly Phineas on his hot pink swing

Phineas loves his swing

Phineas loves his swing

When the new replacement swing arrived, that was slightly different to the old one, I gave it a ‘test drive’ in the Manor.  Both Cagney & Bezukhov completely ignored it.  The next test was in Phinny’s cage.  One day, when he was out & about I replaced the Toyboys’ old swing (I hope you are keeping up with the swing versions!) with the new replacement swing.  However, that did not have as good a reception as I had hoped.  I found Phineas stopped dead in his tracks on the perch next to it (where he then jumps onto it), looking puzzled, confused & bewildered.  I put the old swing back.

It was then time to return to the internet for a proper replacement.  Previously, I had found it online but the cost for postage & packaging was expensive, hence buying the slightly different (& now I know, completely inadequate) one.  I thought I would bite the bullet & pay the P&P costs, but it was out of stock!  Cue another frenzied internet search!

So, I found another swing that looked pretty similar, in the US.  P&P was obviously high for the UK, but was not as high as the out of stock one.  I decided to get it!  Surprisingly, the swing arrived within a few days & with much hope, I opened the parcel….

Fantastic!  It is virtually the same swing!

Oh goodness me!  What a bright, garish, girly PINK!

Well, I knew they would not have a problem with the design & structure…. but the colour?  Even *I* had a problem with the colour!

I checked to see if the old perches could be interchanged with the new one, thereby reducing the amount of pink on the eye, but they were too fat to fit into the gaps.  The new perches would fit the old swing though, so to break Phineas into the new swing (& colour!) gently, I gave him one hot pink perch.  Would he sit on it?

Naturally, the change was made whilst he was out & about.  The first one to notice it was Cagney.  He bounced onto the open door platform, about to go in to eat Phinny’s seed, but looked up at the hot pink, stopped suddenly, then turned tail & flew back to the safety of the Manor!  This did not bode well.

Phineas it seems, is made of sterner stuff though.  He took the new hot pink in his stride, so much so that the very next day the whole of his bedtime swing turned hot pink.  You will see from the photos that he is happy with it.  It also has an extra feature of a little loop on the bottom so I was able to hang some beads in case he wanted to count them to help him sleep.

 

Chewy toy positioning

The chewy toy is still the favoured toy to sleep behind.

When Cagney hurt his leg before Christmas I removed the round swing from the Manor loft area to encourage him to rest his foot more.  In its place I put a short but wide perch.  I left the older, more threadbare chewy toy in its original place but moved the newer one across to the new perch.

When it came to bedtime & Cagney & Bezukhov made their way to the loft area to sleep, they each positioned themselves directly behind a chewy toy, as can be evidenced in these photos:

The chewy toy is also an ideal place to hide behind:

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

Bezukhov hiding behind chewy toy

Strangely, they do not appear to be chewing either of the chewy toys much.  Perhaps they understand that once chewed the toys will be gone forever?  (They do not know that I have spare one!)  Or perhaps they realise that the more they chew the less effective the toy is as a hiding place?

 

Good morning!

It is not often I get up early enough that the Toyboys & Phineas are still ‘in bed’.  I peer into their cages, under the cover & see they are still in their bedtime positions.  If it is very early they will stay in those positions until it is the proper time to ‘get up’.  Naturally, I tiptoe around the room until they wake.

Most mornings they are already awake.  When Phineas sees me he runs up & down his ladder waiting for my finger to regurgitate to.  Cagney & Bezukhov peer at me under their cover, patiently waiting for me to fold it back so their seed pots are no longer in darkness.

Here is Phineas, up & down the ladder:

Here is Phineas waiting for my finger:

Here is an impatient Phineas & the patient Toyboys:

Phinny's cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

Phinny’s cage with cover pegged up so he can see the Toyboys (on left under beige cover).

The Toyboys & Phineas have already greeted each other as I always peg up part of Phinny’s cover at the side so they can see each other come morning.

I had noticed before, when I did not do this, that Phinny, on seeing the Toyboys (actually, probably Cagney) would let out this really loud TWEEET!  That was his morning greeting. With the opening in the cover, I do not witness this particular TWEEET so often but think it is better for them to greet each other as soon as they wish, rather than wait for me to uncover them.