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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

 

 

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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

 

Social media, feasting and a prize!

I joined Instagram recently (@onesweetiepea) & took part in the Instagram challenge #12daysoffolksy.

Folksy is the home of British Craft, where you will find thousands of beautifully designed creations – all made by clever hands crafting away across the UK.  They set up an Instagram challenge to help promote Folksy, promote its sellers (& others!) & to have a bit of fun!

I am a new Folksy seller & you can imagine that some of my items are inspired by birds or bird-related (link to my shop is at the bottom of this page).  Naturally, I used some of the chosen themes to ‘promote’ my birds!  Day 10 was ‘Feast’, so I posted a picture of Dalai, Perry & Lennie feasting on red millet:

Dalai, Lennie & Blurry Perry

 

I was delighted to find that they won a prize for the best animal-themed post for Day 10!  They had more red millet to celebrate!

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have recognised the above photo from a previous post in 2017.  (Click here to see that post).  The slight sadness in this is that the red millet was in celebration of Bezukhov’s 7th birthday & you can see him in the photos in the original post.  So, I feel he deserves a mention too, given that had he not had a 7th birthday, they would not have had that millet & therefore the photos would not have been taken & the prize not won!  So we give big thanks to our dearest, departed friend, Bezukhov.

You can also see in the photo that Dalai had his troublesome feather!

 

Update on Dalai

Dalai

Following on from my last post on Dalai’s health, he finished the 10 day course of antibiotics (3rd-12th November).  During that time I monitored his droppings & they gradually improved.  He continued to be unsociable, preferring to be in his cage on his own.  He had moments when he wanted to come out but was only out briefly & mostly wanted to just stretch his wings.

He carried on with his moult, losing a tail feather & further wing feathers.  He had lots of pin feathers on his head.  I felt that he wanted a bath but did not want to bother coming out to have one, so a few times I held up a sprig of wet basil & he had an awkward bathe in the wet leaves, as he was trying to do it whilst balancing on his swing!

He had a set-back on the morning of November 16th when his poops were just white splats with no dark bits.  However, by the afternoon they recovered.

The vet provided AviPro Plus, a probiotic to support their gut.  I put this in Dalai’s & Perry & Lennie’s water from the 20th-30th November.  Dalai’s droppings improved & as a bonus, Lennie’s did too (they have always been a bit… not right!)

Dalai ready for F10 nebulising

On the 23rd November, after a further consultation with the vet, she confirmed that videos I sent showed Dalai was definitely tail bobbing (there was slight evidence of this earlier).  We decided to give them all medicine for chlamydia (I refused any invasive tests & also did not bother with the fecal test as a negative result does not necessarily mean they do not have chlamydia).  Whilst awaiting the medicine (it needed to be ordered), the vet suggested I nebulise Dalai a couple of times a day with F10 SC disinfectant to help with any respiratory problems.

The first ‘steaming’ session was on Friday 23rd November at 2pm.  Dalai was difficult to catch in the Silver Villa & when I did grab him he screeched & screamed!  He never did that when the vet grabbed him!  He was not best pleased when he found himself in the travel cage, under a cover, with a bowl of hot water.  (To be clear, the water was outside the cage).  I did this again on the following occasions:

  • 24th November – 10:30
  • 25th November – 10:30, 17:00
  • 26th November – 10:30, 17:30
  • 27th November – 10:00, 17:30
  • 28th November – 10:30
  • 29th November – 10:15

Each time Dalai screeched & screamed when I grabbed him.  After the last two ‘steamings’, he seemed a bit brighter & livelier.  After his steaming on the 28th, he stayed out for a bit & even gave Perry’s head a little preen.

The medicine for chlamydiosis (Ornicure) arrived yesterday, & treatment has commenced.

In the meantime, here is a slideshow for the poop aficionados amongst us.

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And some prettier photos:

 

Friday vet visits

The last two Fridays, the vet has visited.

Dalai has not been himself, so on Friday 26th October, I called the vet in.

After the obligatory chase around the Silver Villa, the vet examined Dalai.  He was very keen to bite her & also attempted to bite her stethoscope.  Nevertheless, she managed to ascertain that his heart rate was fine & his temperature was also fine.  He weighed a healthy 45g.

Dalai

A few days previously, I had noticed some strange dark marks on his toenails, which I pointed out to her.  She noticed a red mark on the bottom of his beak, the part underneath that the top hooked part covers.  She seemed to think the two things might be related.  She asked if he had been in a fight but I said Perry or Lennie would not dare to upset him.  The marks on his toenails looked like bruising to her.  At best, the bruising would disappear within a couple of weeks & all will be well.  (Afterwards, I recalled that about a week previously, he had gone into the wall & landed on the floor, possibly due to a feather working its way loose).

Since that visit, he started moulting his little feathers & has been extra grumpy & also sleepy.

On the Wednesday morning (31st), I noticed some deposits of vomit.  Dalai was particularly under the weather & sleepy this day.  I kept him locked in by himself for most of the day & at intervals offered him millet, seed & baby corn, of which he appeared to enjoy the corn most.  His poops were rather sludgy & not to his normal standard.

There was little change over the next two days.  There was one moment on the Thursday evening when he was heaving & vomited but only one or two seeds came out.  The next day, Friday 2nd November, I called the vet out again.  She came in the afternoon, but that morning, I found that Dalai really fancied broccoli, so I held it up to him several times & he ate quite a lot.  He also came out a couple of times & unusually, went into Perry & Lennie’s cage, where he ate some of their seed.  He was back in his own home by the time the vet arrived.

Dalai was active enough to fly out the cage whilst the vet was trying to catch him.  Unfortunately (for him) he landed back on the side of the cage near me, so I managed to catch him.  His temperature was higher than the previous Friday but still in the normal range.  He had lost some weight, probably about 2 grams.  His poops were awful & he appeared to have a slight tail bob.  The vet prescribed antibiotics (Enrobactin) in the water for the next 10 days.  She also wondered if he has chlamydia.  The trauma from when he got his bruising may have triggered it.  Poop needs to be collected over the next 7-10 days for a test, if I choose to go ahead with it.

In the meantime, I continue to monitor Dalai.

 

Power Couples: Lennilai

Dalai & Lennie

This is an interesting coupling.  On the face of it, Dalai does not like Lennie much.  Lennie, however, loves Dalai.  Lennie follows Dalai around, hoping for crumbs of affection.  If he persists, then he will eventually get Dalai to engage in a flirty session.  At the height of flirting, Lennie will regurgitate to Dalai & Dalai (greedily!) takes it.  Almost immediately after Dalai has taken Lennie’s regurgitated seed, he will signal the flirting is over & Lennie is relegated back to the sidelines.

Dalai & Lennie appear to have a “fairweather” relationship, dictated by Dalai.  Yet, despite Dalai not particularly liking Lennie (unless it suits him at that moment), I think the two of them have a lot in common.  When they do the flirty-flirty-flirt dance, they appear very much in tune with each other, mirroring each other’s actions beautifully.

In some respects, Lennie does not endear himself to Dalai because he gets jealous quickly & if Dalai is flirting with Perry, Lennie will try to disrupt them.

 

Power Couples: Perrylai

Dalai & Perry

Dalai & Perry appear pretty equal in their relationship, unlike the other pairings.  Dalai loves Perry.  Apart from the obvious flirting sessions, this can be seen by the way he allows Perry to sit & eat with him from the same seed pot.  The only time I have seen Dalai behave ungentlemanly towards Perry is when it is approaching bedtime & he wants the perch & cage to himself, otherwise, Dalai allows Perry to get away with a lot.

They have a special kind of ‘smooch’ they do, that looks like they lock & intertwine the bottom, hooked part of their beaks (captured on video below).

 

Perry has a lot of time for Dalai.  During a flirting session, Perry will regurgitate seed to Dalai.  That said, if Lennie is flirting with Dalai, that is okay with Perry – he is not the jealous sort.

Dalai also likes to preen Perry’s head, which can be seen in the video below.  If you watch to the end you can see Lennie’s jealousy rearing its head & also see a glimpse of our beloved Bezukhov.

 

 

Power Couples

Note: I started writing this post some time ago, when Bezukhov was still with us.  I have decided to continue, with some reworking of the text.

It has been some time since I have commented on friendships & relationships within the flock.

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai

On the positive side, all is well & all are friends.  On the ever-so slightly negative side, Perry & Lennie still live separately from Dalai (& Bezukhov when he was with us), though they have outside-cage time together.  When Bezukhov was around, their time together was largely monitored, but since his passing, there is less ‘argy-bargy’ (for want of a better word!)  It would have been nice if they all lived in harmony in the same cage, but I was content for them to have daytime together.

As far as individual friendships, it is & was, as complicated & confusing as ever, though this may well be par for the course where budgies are concerned!

Bezukhov & Dalai were good friends even though they were very different in character.  Bezukhov was easy-going & did not like conflict or court conflict.  Dalai believes he is the leader but whereas a true leader would always act for the benefit of the flock, Dalai, it has to be said, is mainly out for himself!

Perry & Lennie have been living together since their quarantine days.  They too are very different from each other but get on well as cage-mates.  Perry is pretty calm regarding friendships & relationships, whereas Lennie is a bit highly-strung & also can get jealous of others!

When all four of them mixed, we got different temporary couplings:

 *  Strength of coupling

In a series of posts I will attempt to describe each of the couplings in more detail.  In the meantime, enjoy this video of the four of them:

 

 

How we are coping post-Bezukhov

It is 8 weeks since we lost Bezukhov.  I think of him all the time & miss him.

Dalai, Perry & Lennie are coping well without him.  There are some videos at the end of this post.

Dalai, Perry & Lennie

Dalai appears to be ‘top bird’.  He always thought it before, but I think Bezukhov’s presence put a question mark over it.  Lennie still runs around after Dalai.  Perry is easy-going & just goes with the flow & if the flow means that Dalai calls most of the shots, then so be it.

At the time of Bezukhov’s death, both he & Dalai shared the Silver Villa & Perry & Lennie’s home was the New Villa.  Since Bezukhov’s passing, Perry & Lennie spend all day in the Silver Villa with Dalai but come bedtime, things revert to how they were.

I have been prepared for them all sharing overnight but this has not happened yet.  It seems that Dalai still wants his own space at bedtime.  He does tend to retire to bed quite early & has his last feed early too.  Bezukhov liked to get in several feeds before the cover went over but was mindful of not disturbing Dalai.

Perry, Lennie, Dalai & Tweety Pie

As the evening draws in, Dalai usually gives a sign that it is time for his visitors to return to their own home.  He will vacate the Silver Villa & most of the time both Perry & Lennie follow him out, which gives me the opportunity to close up the Silver Villa & then allow Dalai back in alone.  I was concerned that maybe I was unconsciously causing this situation so experimented by not closing up the Silver Villa.  What resulted was that Dalai got increasingly tetchy as his bedtime rapidly approached.  He would beak anyone who sat on the same perch as him & generally made himself unpleasant to be around!  One evening, I heard a shriek as Perry flew out & landed on the plant pot stand.  When I went over to investigate, I noticed Dalai had a blue feather in his beak!  His solo bedtime was overdue!

So things are sorting themselves out.  Reflecting on how things have been, I wonder if myself & Bezukhov were the most strongly bonded, given that the others have been coping much better than I have.

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Tail length

Tail lengths

Someone once observed that Dalai had a long tail.  This has prompted me to measure them & here are the results:

  • Dalai:           13.1 cm / 5.1″
  • Perry:           12.3 cm / 4.8″
  • Bezukhov:     12.1 cm / 4.7″
  • Lennie:         11.8 cm / 4.6″

 

Note that I had to unbend Bezukhov’s tail to get the true length!

Dalai’s tail certainly looks long as it is thin too.  I am surprised that Lennie’s tail is the shortest of the four.

Dalai & Lennie are the best flyers, so clearly Lennie’s ‘short’ tail does not hamper him in his flying ability.

Perry, Lennie, Dalai & Bezukhov