Puddings & Toyboys

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Unusual goings-on

As we know, Phineas loves Cagney.  Although Cagney likes to flirt with Phinny occasionally, he is otherwise ‘not into him’.

Until today?

This morning, Phineas unusually, did not have an in-cage jiggy-jiggy but seemed satisfied with regurgitation.  I made a mental note of this…. he would surely need a ‘service’ at some point during the day.  When it came to out-of-cage time, Phinny was indeed quite hyper.  It did not take long for him to initiate a boogie-woogie session on my hand.

Give us a kiss, Cagney!

Give us a kiss, Cagney!

Pass me the bucket...!

Pass me the bucket…!

Cagney was interested in his progress but that is not unusual.  Whilst Phinny is busy jiggling about on my hand, Cagney jumps on my thumb to shout encouragement & often at this point Bezukhov will come to investigate too.

However, today events took a surprising turn.

Cagney showed extra interest!  As he was getting excited, Bezukhov came & sat on my other hand but Cagney chased him away, then quickly returned to a fluffed up, frenzied Phinny & jumped on his back!!!

Phineas was not prepared for this new development (though he may have dreamt of it many times!) & lost his balance & fell off my hand & landed, fortunately, on my soft slippers.  Cagney meanwhile, also fell as Phinny disappeared from underneath him, but remembered he had wings & flew to the manor.

Both Phineas & Cagney reconvened on top of the manor & proceeded to regurgitate.  It was not clear who was feeding who but Cagney definitely did a few head bobs so may well have contributed.

When all was finished, Cagney retired into the manor & sat with his mate Bezukhov.  I kept a close eye on Bezukhov afterwards as I did not like the thought of him being left out, or rather feeling left out.

After all the activity, Phineas was hot; his wings were away from his body to cool him down.   All seemed to return to ‘normal’, though I am not sure what ‘normal’ means here anymore!

 

Phinny’s morning constitutional

It has become a bit of a ritual.  On uncovering Phineas in the morning, he is usually eager to regurgitate to my finger but this is quickly followed by the need to jiggy-jiggy.  He gets very, very, very restless & keeps looking at the cage door as that is where my hand will enter.  As soon as I put my hand in, he is on & ready for his ‘constitutional’… his budgie boogie-woogie… his ‘service’…. his hand jive.

We usually get this ‘job’ out of the way first thing.  Often, I leave the cover half on as then he is not distracted by Cagney & Bezukhov, cheering him on.  If that happens, he has to stop his jiggying & look across to the Manor to make sure he is not missing anything.  All those stops & starts can make me miss a whole episode of Frasier!  And of course he is not missing anything because he is having a one-budgie-band party in his own cage, albeit with the assistance of my hand!

After his ‘service’, we then have an extended regurgitation session.  When this is over, he needs food & water & then mostly can get down to the business of relaxing.  He just cannot relax if he is bursting to jiggy!  Perhaps he has OCD as well as RBS

Oh, I nearly forgot…. Good Morning, Phineas!

 

 

Dodgy poops & more worry

Yesterday (Saturday), Phineas presented me with a few things to worry about:

  • Firstly, on uncovering him in the morning, I scanned for his overnight poops but could not find any.  I found that very puzzling.  There is always a poop pile the next morning.  Odd.
  • Secondly, when I offered Phinny an in-cage jiggy-jiggy, his bottom area felt different.  Swollen.  Softer.
  • Thirdly, when Phinny pooped during the day, they were abnormal.  As you can see from the photos, they were a very murky yellowy colour.  A few times he just pooped water.
  • Fourthly, when Phineas preened his bottom area, it looked a bit red.  It is generally a little bald, due to his “bot rubs” but more pinky.
  • Fifthly, he slept a lot.  He rarely sleeps during the day.  When Cagney & Bezukhov are sleeping then he may, at a push, have a quick nap, but he certainly never sleeps if they are not sleeping.

So worry I did.  Naturally, being the weekend, the vet’s was closed, although an emergency number is supplied.  I found myself searching on the internet for other exotic vets (an avian vet is now like gold dust ’round these parts).  I came across a veterinary hospital that has recently opened a new in-patients ward for exotics, & has its own vet with a special interest in exotics – reptiles & birds.  What is more…. it is open on Sundays!

I spent a worrying night as Phinny did not sleep on his swing (another departure from the norm) but fortunately awoke this morning to find he had pooped & they were back to a more normal looking colour.  He was also in good form & keen for an in-cage jiggy-jiggy.  His bottom area still felt swollen.

To be on the safe side, I booked an appointment at the veterinary hospital. Read more of this post

RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome

It is a real thing.  Randy Budgie (or Bird) Syndrome is a recognised condition.  There are lots of references to it on the internet should you want to do some research.  I found this web page most interesting: http://www.budgiehealth.com/randy-budgie-syndrome.html.

RBS is primarily thought of as a behavioural problem.  I have occasionally wondered if Phineas ‘suffers’ from RBS.  Certainly when he is on form he is capable of jiggy-jiggying several times a day.  He used to use the bars of the cage, in the corner, but it appears his preferred location is my hand.  My right hand.

Did you know a budgie could be right or left handed/clawed?  Well Phinny is right-clawed.  If I offer my left hand, he gets all confused & just cannot get himself into position.  My right hand is a different matter entirely.

The link to the budgie health web page posted above, mentions a few behaviours to look out for.  Phineas does seem to fit the profile of some of them:

20130117_131433_sh21The regurgitating budgie.  Phineas will regurgitate to my finger or thumb many times a day – more if possible.  If really desperate he may consider, very briefly, regurgitating to a toy.  It is worth noting that he does gobble back all his regurgitated seed so my finger is left quite clean afterwards, apart from a thin layer of gunk.

Male budgie masterbation.  The article appears to suggest this happens to single budgies.  Obviously this is not the case with Phineas.  I do think he would far prefer Cagney to my hand but, as the saying goes, ‘budgies beggars can’t be choosers’.

Aggressive and possessive behaviour.  Phineas does exhibit this.  He is possessive over both Cagney (unrequited love is so hard) & my finger.  Being possessive over Cagney is pretty logical, particularly as Cagney is Mr Popular.  Being possessive over my finger is less logical as none of the other boys have any interest in my finger.  He can be aggressive too… or is he just being overly loyal?

The one behaviour he does not exhibit is The Mirror Addict.  He will chat to a mirror but does not have an attachment to any mirror.

The article states, quite rightly, that:

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X-rated finale

I give you the finale to Phinny’s jiggy-jiggy hand jive!

Yes, that’s bad boy Cagney making a brief appearance.

He follows it up with a regurgitating session to my finger:

*** 500th post!!! ***

Would you believe it?!  This is the 500th post on this blog!  I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on these last few years of blogging.

Atilla

Atilla

Raspy

Raspy

Bezukhov & Cagney

Bezukhov & Cagney

Thomas & Phineas

Thomas & Phineas

The blog was started not long after the Toyboys entered our lives.  Atilla & Raspy were already well-established, respected puddings.  Their lives were to change dramatically when Cagney & Bezukhov arrived.  Surprisingly (given recent events) their introduction went well.  The girls were not territorial over the Manor & the toyboys seamlessly entered their domain.  Initially, both girls were quite taken with Cagney (naturally, as he was later to be named Mr Popular) but it did not take long for Raspy to switch her allegiance to the more subtle but more engaging Bezukhov.  They became a devoted couple, chasing each other & flirting.  It was lovely to see.

This left Cagney with Atilla to woo.  He took this task on with aplumb.  Atilla was a hard nut to crack.  He eventually did wear her down though & she became as devoted to him as he was to her.  Interestingly, Atilla & Cagney were the first to embark in carnal activities.  Though Raspy was keen to explore such areas, Bezukhov was rather shy & took a little coaxing.  Of course once they had succumbed, there was no turning back, & ‘synchronised boogie-woogie-ing‘ became commonplace.

Not long after I started the blog, Atilla provided me with rich content, when she unexpectedly began to lay eggs.  She laid 9 in succession.  With the benefit of hindsight, I would have provided her with a nest box & dummy eggs, to try & halt the process earlier.  It is pretty certain that her later hernia was triggered by the excessive egg-laying.

It was some time later, that Read more of this post

Left or right-handed?

Did you know budgies can be left or right handed/clawed?  Well, I did not know that until I found that Phineas is right-clawed.  He can only do a ‘hand jive‘ on my right hand.  If I present my left hand he gets confused.  He may attempt a jiggy-jiggy but he struggles to get into a comfortable position.

Having said that, today, Phinny did have a left-handed hand jive!  My right hand was occupied with both Cagney & Bezukhov.  They were sitting quite comfortably & I did not want to disturb them.  I offered Phineas my left hand & he was so desperate for a jiggy-jiggy (his first of the day) that he persevered.

I was very proud of his ability to adapt, faced with difficult circumstances.  Well done my ol’ man!

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Cagney is confusing things!

So, we have some general confusion here.

  • Cagney & Bezukhov are basically like an old married couple.  They are together, flirt & have “bonding sessions”, but do not go as far as hanky-panky or regurgitating to each other.
  • Bezukhov can get a bit put out if Cagney flirts with Thomas.
  • Phineas & Thomas tolerate each other as long as the other is not flirting with Cagney.
  • Thomas loves Cagney & Cagney is prepared to experiment with Thomas.
  • Phineas loves Cagney but Cagney is not interested in him…..

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………………………. or is he???

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Recently, Cagney, Bezukhov & Phineas were out & about.  Thomas was still locked in.  Phineas was having his usual jiggy session on my hand.  Sometimes Cagney investigates as I think he does not like to miss out on anything.  However, this time, Cagney responded.  Phinny was bumping & grinding on my hand & Cagney, sat on my thumb, was doing kissy-kissy with Phinny!  Ooo-er!

When Phineas had finished his “job”, Cagney carried on with the flirting & the two of them had a little run around together.  In fact, I saw Cagney put his foot on Phinny’s back!

Now, I was delighted to see that Phineas was getting something back from Cagney.  I mean, he has been chasing him since around last November, with no result.  My joy did not last though, as I remembered how fickle Cagney can be.  As expected, when Thomas came out to play, Cagney made a beeline for him & they flirted heavily.

What about Phineas?  How confusing for the poor boy.

For old times sake

Since Phineas has been getting some attention from Thomas, he no longer looks to me for attention.  I have missed the regular regurgitating sessions & also the hand jives.  I feel a little embarrassed to say I have felt somewhat insecure when he ignores me, though I tell myself it is good he has a feathery companion.

However, the other day, he graced me with a brief “bot rub” & a “gurgy”.  To say I was happy would be an understatement!  Underneath that independent, too-grown-up-for-mama exterior, he still loves me!

Phinny showing affection

Phinny showing affection

A delicate matter

As Phineas has got over his moult, his “urges” have returned.  I am in a privileged position in that Phinny likes to jiggy-jiggy with my hand.  Privileged because he chooses me but also privileged as it means I can monitor his “deposits”.

For the curious amongst you, here is what a budgie "deposit" looks like.

For the curious amongst you, here is what a budgie “deposit” looks like.

These have been fine for some time but in recent weeks I have noticed a varying amount of blood in them.  Sometimes it is a tiny amount, barely visible & other times it looks almost all red.  It has been a bit concerning even though Phineas has been fine in every other way.

So, a vet trip was on the cards.  This happened two days ago when I took him to the exotic vet.

Mr EV examined him & confirmed there were no suspicious lumps or bumps in that area.  He said there was a very, very slight inflammation, most probably due to “over-activity”.  He asked lots of questions about his general well-being & I got the impression that the blood in semen requires other symptoms to be regarded as a potential problem.  There are apparently options such as sterilisation (:0) & hormone injections (:0) but Mr EV felt these were not applicable in this instance.

I felt some relief after the visit, particularly as there were no lumps.  Budgies are so susceptible to tumours & growths that confirmation there was nothing wrong in that area was welcome.

Reunited

Reunited

Phineas was a good boy throughout the ordeal.  I could not help but compare his stay in the travel cage with that of the puddings.  The girls were always very put out & found it totally unacceptable.  After the initial surprise, Phineas seemed far more adaptable & accommodating of “his lot”.  He even preened in the car on the way to the vet.  Of course his return was very noisy, with him & the toyboys shouting out.  I popped the travel cage on the coffee table whilst I let the toyboys out & they immediately flew over to him, no doubt to hear what adventure he had been on.

Strangely, Phineas could not for the life of him find the open door of the travel cage!  Rather than grab him again, I unclipped the cage & moved it on its side so he could exit from the bottom.  Silly boy!

He has since had a good talking to & I have told him to “tie a knot in it”.  However, I fear he was not listening to me….

Mr Jiggy-Jiggy himself

Mr Jiggy-Jiggy himself