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Extreme Moult Experience

So, right on schedule, we had the annual Extreme Moult Experience.

This is the 3rd year running this has happened.  It began when Bezukhov suffered this affliction in October 2015 (click here to read that story).  Last year, Bezukhov upped the stakes by introducing compulsory crop-feeding to keep him going (click here to read that story).  This year, Bezukhov pulled out all the stops & managed to scare us all.

Not counting the final follow-up visit, we had clocked up 16 vet visits/crop feeds in 14 days.   In total, there were 17 vet visits in 17 days which clearly averages as 1 visit a day.  Astounding statistics.

On the 19th September, Bezukhov dropped many large feathers, including his remaining tail feather.  His smaller, fluffier feathers were also beginning to fall off him.  When offered millet, he declined.  His poops were also going a dark green colour.  It was time to call in the vet.  When the vet examined him on the 20th, she said his head was inflamed where pin feathers (not yet noticeable) were about to come through.  Instead of sensibly gradually moulting out his feathers, he decided to drop them all at the same time & grow new ones.  His body was clearly not able to cope with this, hence his lack of appetite (& subsequent dramatic weight loss) & extreme lethargy.

 

Knowing the pattern from previous years, although his weight was initially healthy at 50g, the vet began with a crop feed in an attempt to ‘get ahead of the game’.  You can see from the table below, that things did not go as well as we had hoped.

 

The main complication this time was that Bezukhov was repeatedly vomiting.  He had a crop wash on the 26th September to rule out reasons other than an extreme moult.  This came back clear, but we were still left with the vomiting problem.  It was thought it might have been a side affect to the antibiotics, in which case we would have to wait a few days until after the last dose to see if this was the case.  His weight continued to fall, despite having crop feeds.

Thursday the 28th September was the worse day of all.  He looked terrible & I feared he would not last the night…. but last the night he did & his further loss of 2g, to a critically low (for Bezukhov) 38g, explained his worsening state.  It was at this point we increased the crop feeding to twice a day.  On the Friday, he thankfully vomited less & from the Saturday all but stopped.  This was indeed a good sign & we hoped it would be the turning point, which indeed, it was.

You can see from the table above, that Bezukhov’s last weight was 41g that he had kept stable for a few days.  He still needs to put on weight but is now in much better spirits & eating by himself so we are hopeful that he will be his slightly tubby self soon.

 

 

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Wild Grass 2017 (Part 3 of 3)

As previously reported (click here), we have had an abundance of wild grass deliveries this spring & summer.  This is thanks to kind follower rosebudgie & her sharing sausages.

Sadly, at the beginning of July, Marshall left the embrace of his family: brother Ian & his devoted carer, rosebudgie.  With enormous strength of character, Ian carried on sending wild grass.  Seeing only the name ‘Ian’, for the sender, was a poignant moment.

 

Since then, however, a fellow budgie has been drafted in to help him, & follower rosebudgie, with their sadness.  Eric has given them comfort & cheer & has been gracious enough to help Ian send more wild grass:

 

It is astonishing that through all their recent trauma, follower rosebudgie & Ian have continued to think about others & to share their bountiful wild grass.  We thank them unreservedly.

You can see here how much Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie enjoy the grass:

 

This post is dedicated to Marshall.

 

 

Wild Grass 2017 (Part 2 of 3)

Continuing on from my previous post (click here), you can see many more of the deliveries of wild grass from kind follower rosebudgie and the sharing sausages:

 

 

Here are more photos of Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie enjoying the wild grass:

 

Many thanks to follower rosebudgie & the sharing sausages.

 

Note: Since these parcels were delivered, dearly beloved Sausage Marshall took off on an adventure of his own.  This post is dedicated to him.

 

 

Wild Grass 2017 (Part 1 of 3)

The parcels of wild grass from kind follower rosebudgie & the sharing sausages started arriving in April.  There have been many, many deliveries since – so many, that I am reporting the details in a series of separate posts.

 

Here are the boys tucking in to their special treat:

 

As you can see, the wild grass deliveries have been greatly appreciated by Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie.

 

 

Birthday millet

This post is a bit late, but I wanted to share photos of the millet party on Bezukhov’s birthday in June.  I think they all enjoyed it:

 

 

Hot birds

We are having a last minute bit of summer weather here in the UK.  It is warm rather than hot.  I always know when it is properly hot because I get the fan out & the blinds are kept down.  If it is unusually hot, I put an ice pack in front of the fan!  These photos were taken in June:

 

Below are some photos of the hot boys – they usually sit with their wings out, a bit like they need to get air to their wing-pits.

 

 

It seems I did not get a photo of Dalai looking hot.  So as not to leave him out, I have included a photo of him looking handsome:

Dalai

 

 

It’s complicated

So, where are we now with flock friendships & relationships?  It has been over 6 months since Perry & Lennie joined Bezukhov & Dalai.  I would like to say that things have settled down & they are all living nicely together…. but although all is well, the two camps (blue & green) still sleep separately, & time out together is still supervised.

The reasons for the lack of integration are many & varied, hence the simplified description of “It’s complicated“!

However, I will attempt to list the ‘fault lines’:

  • Ages

An obvious cause of friction is that Perry & Lennie are young & Bezukhov & Dalai are older.  Yes, Dalai is not much older than Perry & Lennie, but they still have that childlike, exuberant way about them that Dalai has grown out of.  Lennie is also like the Duracell Bunny – he can just keep going.  Perry likes to chill out & will take a nap occasionally during the day, but Lennie is currently happy to keep going.

  • Immaturity

Lennie is clearly more immature than Perry even though they are the same age.  Because of his babyish behaviour, he can come across a bit mad & crazy.  To Bezukhov’s distaste, Lennie’s behaviour can also be unpredictable.

  • Social Skills

Continuing on from the above two points, Lennie also appears to have social skills that are a bit wanting.  He will directly fly into another’s face.  Lennie also performs the ‘bottom wipe’, which is a new maneuvre (to me) whereby he flies so close over one of them that he all but wipes his bottom on their head!  He also will fly to land on the perch where another is sat, not alongside, but the very same spot.  He does not understand about personal space!  Another of his ‘lovable’ quirks is that he will grab a piece of food out of the other one’s beak!

  • Friendliness

So as not to make it sound like Lennie is the problem (!), Perry also does not help things because he is happy to be friends & flirt with all, which in itself is a lovely thing, but it can, & does, cause jealousies!

  • Unfriendliness

Dalai is also not exempt from being part of the problem.  He is still ‘jabby’ with his beak & does not suffer fools gladly.

 

Good-hearted Bezukhov is the best behaved.  He does not court trouble.  He does not welcome chaos or anarchy.  He appreciates others’ boundaries.  And yet, out of the four, Bezukhov comes off worse (hence my supervising whilst they are all out together).  I am not sure why that is the case, but can only repeat….. it’s complicated!

 

The tunnel and the landing platform

I posted before that I had repurposed pieces of the Manor.  The loft area was transformed into a Tunnel & the landing platform is still a platform.

Both changes/additions were received well & accepted quickly by all.  Dalai was the only one who had initial reservations about the Tunnel but that only lasted a couple of days.

 

As before, I can use the repurposed Manor platform for placing dishes of food & also wet leaves for a misting.  I did not plan for the supporting perch underneath to be used as a perch, but Perry & Lennie discovered it quickly & like it!

 

(Click on pictures to enlarge) 

 

Happy 7th Birthday, Bezukhov!

Happy 7th Birthday to my beautiful boy, Bezukhov!

Bezukhov

We love you lots!

xxx

 

 

Heatwave

We are having a mini-heatwave in the UK.  I know it is a heatwave because I have dug the fan out of the cupboard. 🙂

Four hot birdies