Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Category Archives: Dalai

The Denisov Bell

Some time ago, I invested in a stainless steel bell*.  It is a tubular bell with a nice tinkly ring to it.  Over the years, it has been largely ignored, despite being put in various positions & having beads & chewy paper tied to it.  It took Lennie to rock up, for the bell to be noticed.  Because of the attention he has given it, the bell is now known as The Denisov Bell, after the curious & brave Lennie Denisov.

Lennie first came across the bell when it was in the Silver Villa.  I imagine he was attracted to how shiny it was.  Gradually, he would inch nearer to it until he could touch it & then he wanted to see what was inside it.  Unfortunately, Dalai was often near & although he did not play with the bell himself, clearly did not want anyone else to!  (See video below).

Seeing how much Lennie wanted to play with the bell, I swapped it with a chewy toy from his cage.  He was delighted to find it in the New Villa & he could play with it to his heart’s content!  (See videos below).  Fast forward several months & the novelty has worn off!  I am thinking of temporarily returning the bell to the Silver Villa to see if that will reawaken his interest.

Lennie discovers the bell in the Silver Villa:

 

Lennie playing with the bell in his own home:

 

Lennie & his bell

 

*  Non-stainless steel bells can rust, causing serious health risks to your bird.  This is why I got rid of bells on toys & replaced with safer alternative items (click here for related post)  & also invested in the stainless steel bell.

 

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Dalai’s dodgy day

Dalai

The morning of the 5th January, Dalai presented me with some very dodgy overnight poops.  There was also evidence that he had vomited during the night, with seed stuck to the bars & the ttmss swing had gunk smeared all over its mirror.  He looked okay but did have some gunk stuck to the feathers on his chest.

Whilst I cleaned the Silver Villa up, I observed his behaviour.  Though he looked relatively fine, he seemed subdued.  He attempted to eat some breakfast but heaved a little though no seed came up.  He certainly had not eaten any yellow food the day before or anything that would suggest the change in poop colour.  I rang Ms Independent Vet (IV) for advice.  As she was not able to visit until later that day, we decided to see how he was for the next few hours before deciding on a visit.

To make sure Dalai did not lose any weight I encouraged him to eat by offering red millet which he ate each time.  His poops gradually improved.  The white bits became white again but the dark bits were dark green.  When we reviewed the situation later on, it was thought the problem (whatever it was) was passing & we would leave it another day before intervening, if necessary.

Dalai’s clean bottom

The following day, Saturday, he improved further & was well enough to flirt again with Perry & to chase Lennie away (he had already managed a flirt with Bezukhov the previous day).  His poops continued to improve such that on the 3rd day I could not distinguish between his & Bezukhov’s overnight poops.  By the Sunday, he was back to his normal self & causing his normal amount of trouble.

Without an examination or any tests, we can only speculate as to what the problem was; it is possible he chewed on something that disagreed with him or he could have caught a short-term virus.  More worryingly, there was also discussion that he could have had an internal bleed or there could be a blockage of some sort.

However, right now, all is well & all is normal.  I like normal.

Obligatory poop photos & a messy mirror:

 

Memories of the Manor

Atilla & Raspy on the Manor door

Last May, I posted about letting the manor go.  Although it was just an inanimate object, it was bound up in a multitude of memories, which I would like to indulge in here.

Atilla & Raspy were the first occupants of the Manor & moved into it in June 2009 from the Ferplast Rekord 6.  The Manor was bigger, with the dome/loft area being the significant bonus space, which also opened up.  The other main differences were the large central door & the useful & handy landing platform.

The video below shows them during their first moments inside the Manor:

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Here they are on the landing platform, chewing on a large vine ball.  If you watch to the end, you will see a typical bit of Raspy in action:

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The next phase of the Manor was when the Toyboys moved in.  Their first face-to-face meeting, i.e., not through bars, happened in the grounds of the Manor, more specifically, on the landing platform.  The following video captures this momentous occasion.  You can see that Cagney already had enormous self-belief that he was charming & therefore anyone would be happy to be in his company.  Bezukhov was off-camera, keeping a thoughtful & respectful distance.  Raspy & Atilla both asserted themselves by attempting to bite/grab Cagney’s tail.

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Despite Atilla & Raspy’s ‘gentle’ reminder that they were in charge, they very quickly & graciously allowed those beautiful Toyboys to enter the Manor & explore.

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It was not long before they could all rest harmoniously in the loft area together:

Clockwise: Raspy, Atilla, Cagney & Bezukhov resting in loft area of Manor

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Nothing ever stays the same though, & after Raspy & Atilla departed to Rainbow Bridge, Cagney & Bezukhov were the sole occupants.  They retained sole occupancy even with the addition of friends Phineas & Thomas.  It was not until the loss of Cagney that Bezukhov felt compelled to move out.  When he moved into the Ferplast with Phineas, it was the beginning of the end for the Manor.

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Although the Manor was still in use as a play, eating & general chill-out area, its importance was severely diminished.  With Bezukhov living in the Silver Villa with his friend Dalai, & their new friends Perry & Lennie requiring an equivalent home post-quarantine, the Manor was sadly retired.  Though it is gone, it is not forgotten, along with all the memories & precious hearts it housed, entertained & generously sheltered.

Thank you, Manor.

 

 

Camouflaged

Sometimes Dalai can be difficult to spot….

 

 

Let it snow…

Let it snow…. a little bit!

Last Sunday, on the 10th December, there was more than a flurry of snow; the snow actually settled, albeit only briefly.  Once again, Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie were intrigued by the sight.  Well actually, Lennie was too busy continuing his quest to be irritating, to be distracted by a little snow.  Here they are, according to the soundtrack, reminiscing about their summer…

 

The coldness continued & the following day brought a mixture of snow & sleet.  Here they are on the window perches surveying the phenomenon:

 

In the video above & photos below, you can see that Lennie did appear to pay attention to the snow but the reality was that he just followed Dalai over to the window perch!

 

 

Sunday Politics

Dalai

Lennie

Bezukhov

Perry

In the UK, Sunday morning media is typically reserved for discussion of the political events of the previous week.

Despite politics being a thorny area, I will attempt to raise the subject, with the proviso that no one view/side is favoured, but that this is just a discussion in the the wider context.  So, on we go….

Generally, I am not into politics, but in the last 18 months, UK politics has turned into a soap opera with lots of conflict, twists & turns, (back) stabbings & frequent cliffhangers.  It is probably not surprising that I can compare the dramas & antics in my flock to the goings-on in the UK parliament.

Recently, Dalai‘s behaviour has reminded me of the politician Jeremy Corbyn (currently leader of the opposition); he struts around like he is the leader of the country… but he is not.  Dalai may think he is the leader but quite frankly, he does not have the overall well-being of the flock as his motivating factor.  I am sure there are many parallels with Jeremy Corbyn (or most politicians!) here.

Which politicians are the others like?

Lennie is like Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) – lovable (questionable regarding the politician) & entertaining but prone to making gaffes.  Would you really choose Lennie to be a diplomat between two clashing sides?  No, thought not!

Bezukhov is like Jacob Rees-Mogg (back bencher) – polite, loyal & respectable & whatever your views on his politics, surely no one can be against such admirable qualities?  Ergo, Bezukhov is a jolly good chap who does not seek drama or hysterics to get his point across but relies on sense & good manners.

I have a problem finding a politician for Perry because he is liked by all!

Even good-natured Bezukhov has his detractors: Phineas did not like him because he thought he prevented him from getting closer to his beloved Cagney & Lennie can be rude to Bezukhov for seemingly no reason.  Politicians by their nature will have supporters AND detractors.  So I have failed to find a politician to match Perry’s character.  Still, 3 out of 4 is not bad.  In an election, that would be a majority & therefore enough to win, form a cabinet & run the country so that is good enough for me!

 

Snow Flurry

Two days ago, on the 30th November, we had a flurry of snow!

I was busy working at the computer when I was aware that Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie all started shouting at the same time.  When I looked to see what was up, I could see they were shouting at what they could see out the window – snow!  I attempted to capture the excitement on video:

 

The snow flurry did not last long & none of it settled.  It has continued to be cold but we have not had any more snow… yet!

Bezukhov, Lennie, Dalai & Perry

 

 

Four Backs

It is not often I get a picture of all 4 of them together but I captured them with their backs to me, & strangely evenly spaced!

L-R: Bezukhov, Lennie, Perry, Dalai

 

Note Perry’s dual-coloured tail.  And who was the first to break the formation?  Yes… it was Lennie!

 

 

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.