Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

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*** 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.





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.

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No end to the worry (1 of 3)

It was 2 weeks ago today that Raspy laid her very first & most unexpected egg.  Sadly, we had no idea this was the beginning of the end.

Five days later, I found her straining to lay her second egg.  After a vet visit & a worrying weekend it seemed the egg was absorbed.  By the Monday (21st) she was definitely back to herself again, as can be seen by these blurry webcam videos: Part 1 (EDIT: video no longer available) & Part 2. You will see she was happy in the Ferplast with her boyfriend Bezukhov, jumping about, having a little hanky-panky & going in & out the nest box like a jack-in-the-box.

Raspy in hospital cage & Bezukhov visiting

However, when I got home that evening, I found her straining to lay another egg again.  Things did not look good.  I could see a red bulge, coming & going as she was straining. I rang the vet but Mr Exotic Vet was on holiday.  I was told to contact a vet at another branch who deals with budgies.  I rang them & was told she would ring back.  Whilst waiting, I rang Mr Avian Vet but his assistant told me he was on holiday.  I described Raspy’s predicament to her & she gave me as much information as she could.

I checked on Raspy all through the night.  She just sat in the same place on the perch (she would normally sleep on the swing).  Bezukhov was in the Ferplast with her & slept on the swing.  As it got light, she got restless again.  She now had a permanent big red bulge, with some blood.  I managed to speak to Ms Budgie Vet & she said “Bring her in immediately“.

Raspy back from vet & Bezukhov visiting

It took moments to get Raspy into the travel cage.  She really was not able to resist or kick up a fuss at all (a very bad sign).  Ms Budgie Vet said she had a prolapse & needed to be operated on as soon as possible.  Quite literally, as soon as I signed the consent form, Raspy was whisked away from me.  I was told to go home for a few hours & they would ring me when the operation was over, around 12:30-1pm.

Of course, I could not go home, even though it was just a 20 minute drive away.  I stayed in the car in the car park & then went for a walk around the back streets.  I got back to the car again & waited for the phone call which came at 12:30.  

Raspy was okay!  The operation went well, the egg was removed & the prolapse tucked in again & more importantly, Raspy had come to & was already back on her perch again.  Gosh…. such RELIEF!

They asked me to pick her up at 5pm when Ms Budgie Vet would be able to speak to me.  At that point, I did go home, & found Bezukhov shouting for his girl.  Where was she?  I told him she would be back that evening, but he did not listen to me & carried on shouting.

Raspy settled into the Ferplast with Bezukhov

It was so good to see Raspy sat on her perch.  She looked worn out, which was not surprising given the serious operation she had just gone through.  I was given all the medication (antibiotics & painkillers) & told that the next 48 hours would be critical – worst case scenario would be that she would try to lay another egg whilst she still had the stitch in & her insides had not fully healed.

As soon as I got her home I popped her in the Ferplast for some rest & recuperation.  Bezukhov was in & out, giving her comforting kisses.  I covered her over & put the radiator up so she was warm & desperately hoped she would feel better the next day…

Egg that was removed – it was unbroken

Inside of egg

Worrying weekend

Worrying weekend” is an understatement.

On Friday morning I uncovered the Puddings & Toyboys & found Raspy attempting to push an egg out.  (Egg No.1 arrived on Monday). She would push then rest, push then rest, almost like she was having contractions.  I was not too concerned at that point although I did recall Atilla popping out a couple of her eggs with relative ease back in January.  I put Raspy into the Ferplast so she could lay the egg without distractions from the toyboys.

After about half an hour Raspy was still pushing & I could see an egg shape. Things did not seem right to me.  I now put her in the travel cage.  I rang the vets for advice & was told he would ring back when he was free.  After about half an hour she stopped pushing but there was still no sign of the egg.  I rang the vets & Mr Exotic Vet answered.  He suggested I give her another one & a half hours & to ring again.  That would bring us to midday.

At midday, the situation was the same.  Raspy had stopped pushing but I was convinced the egg was still there.  How long is it supposed to take to pass an egg??  For the third time I rang the vets, & was told to bring her in as soon as possible.

As she was already in the travel cage, I quickly bundled her up & took her out to the car for the short trip to the vets.

On arrival, we were seen virtually immediately.  As Mr Vet put his hand in the cage, Raspy made her feelings very clear, very loudly.  She did her usual wriggling act but Mr Vet coped well & examined her.

He said she looked in good conditions & was not showing any signs of distress. The egg was quite high up. She was not egg-bound. He was going to give her a hormone injection but did not think she needed it. Her vent area was inflamed. It is possible the egg will be absorbed by her body. He reckoned that she would either lay the egg, or it would be absorbed, within a day.  I was to contact him if she becomes distressed – excessive tail bobbing, droopy wings, not perching etc. 

I told him I had planned to get a nest box as the previous few days she had been going mad trying to find somewhere to nest.  Mr Vet encouraged me to do this.

So, consultation over & we made our way out.  Raspy did indeed seem relatively okay & was preening in the car on the way home.

In the travel cage prior to vet visit

In all that time she had not eaten anything but Bezukhov was feeding her so I knew she was not hungry.  I dipped spinach leaves in the water with calcivet & she drank from those several times.  She had not pooped.

In the evening, she started pushing again for about half an hour but then gave up.

That night both Raspy & Bezukhov slept in the Ferplast.  I checked on Raspy at intervals through the night.  She sat in the same place & seemed ok, no excessive tail bobbing or anything.  On the Saturday morning she was bright eyed, jumping around & even wanted to come out the cage & have a fly but in-between those times, she was dozing all fluffed up, like she really needed the rest.

She had managed to poop a few times that morning, so at least something was getting through. Her vent area was not right & was still red & inflamed looking.

Poor girl. I spent the whole day watching her & taking the cue from her as to what she wanted to do, come out for a fly or whatever. I made sure that only Bezukhov was out when she was out as Cagney can stress her sometimes.

Saturday evening, I decided to attach the nest box to the Ferplast.  Raspy ignored it – I do not think she was in the mood to explore.  However, beady-eyed Atilla spied it but that is another post!

Sunday was much the same as Saturday but Raspy was more of her old self.  She was still having extended resting times but also managed to fly around a bit.  I let all Puddings & Toyboys out together & Cagney (surprisingly) behaved himself!

In the evening Raspy even managed to eat some seed.

I can only assume the troublesome egg has been absorbed.  However, is there another egg to come???

Looking brighter

The Unexpected Egg

Today I found an egg on the Manor floor!  What a surprise!

I did a double-take & thought, how did that clove of garlic get in there?  On closer inspection, it was revealed to be a little egg.  It was under the swing Raspy had been sitting on.  There is a very, very small possibility it was Atilla’s egg & had rolled over from where Atilla perches, but my educated guess is that Raspy is the culprit.

Even though the shell of the egg was thin, it was unbroken.  I had to see what was inside though, so broke it open to find a tiny bit of yolk.

Fortunately they have just had a few days with Calcivet in the water.  I planned to switch back to milk thistle today, but will continue with the Calcivet for a little longer.

Raspy is fine.  She has been quite lively the last few days, flying back & forth to the window perch.  Like her sister, she has also been searching high & low for a suitable nest.  I must check my sleeves for eggs…..

Egg No.9 – small but perfectly formed

Egg No.9 arrived today, 6 days after the last one.  It appears smaller than the others & this may be why it did not break.  It was possibly small enough to drop through the grid on the bottom of the cage, resulting in a few hairline fractures but still whole with no escaped yolk.

And still they come – Egg No.8

Yes, egg No.8 appeared today.  Surely this will be her last one??

BTW, the red & blue in the picture are the pattern on the kitchen towel…. she’s not producing multi-coloured yolks… yet!

Egg No.7 on time

Atilla laid Egg No.7 from the ttmss swing today.  I saw her pop it out.  She made it look easy but once again, was panting a bit afterwards so it must take it out of her each time.  The other 3 didn’t bat an eyelid.

Here is Madam Egg Layer herself….

Delayed Egg No.6

Egg No.6 was due yesterday but popped out today, a day late.  Will this be her last egg??

It has been suggested I change the cage furniture around to put her off producing more eggs. Apparently less light will also help.  I decided to change her swing for another unfamiliar one in the hope she will use the back swing.  I can then cover the back half of the cage earlier in the evening, leaving the front uncovered so the other 3 are not in the dark.  I managed to swap her swing & keep my fingers. Smile with tongue

At first she was put out & would sit on the new swing but not settle.  She retired to her ttmss (teeter-totter-mirror-see-saw) swing & it was from there she dropped her egg.  Since then, she has been sitting on her back swing & the new swing.



Egg No.5 popped out!

How honoured am I?  I saw Atilla pop out egg number 5!

She was on her swing (where she now lives) & I noticed her feet seemed to be quite wide apart & she was sat low.  I kept watching as I thought it may be time.  She strained 2 or 3 times & then the egg popped out!

Naturally she had waited for me to change their cage paper. The advantage is that I got a nice poop-less photo of the unbroken yolk.

Afterwards, she seemed hot & was panting a bit.  Cagney comforted her by feeding her some regurgitated seed & she recovered quite quickly. 🙂

Egg No. 4!

Bang on time, Atilla dropped another egg today.  How long will she be doing this?!


Here are pictures of the happy couple from yesterday.  In the first picture they are… ahem… “close” & in the second picture Cagney is feeding Atilla.  I have seen Atilla gently poking at Cagney’s belly, prompting him to feed her seed.  Not so long ago I would never have put the words “gently” & “Atilla” in the same sentence. 😀