Puddings & Toyboys

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A cold shower

After all of the frenzied wing-flapping that I posted about earlier, I decided a cold shower was in order.  I was very much tempted to throw a bucket of cold water over them all, but settled for a gentle spray with tepid water.

At the time, Cagney & Bezukhov were visiting Thomas in the ferplast.  As far as I know, Thomas has never had a bath or misting so I was not sure how he would react.  Phineas was prowling around on top of the cage.

I prepared the ferplast by removing one of the bottom trays & also removing a couple of toys with mirrors (they rust so easily).  I sprayed over one side of the cage so any objectors could just move to the far side & stay dry.  The objector on this occasion was Cagney.  However, both Bezukhov & Thomas were happy to get wet.  I noticed Thomas rubbing himself across the bars to soak up the water droplets.  Hmm… this boy appears to like water & getting wet.  A good sign.

Meanwhile, Phineas was running around on top of the cage, getting wet in the process.

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After their cold shower, I cleaned up the cage, returned the toys & watched Phineas, Bezukhov & Thomas dry off & get fluffy again.

Who’s chasing me??

Recent goings-on have reminded me of an episode of Frasier.  Bear with me whilst I explain…

For those who are interested, it is The Ski Lodge, Season 5, Episode 14.

Summary: Roz wins a weekend at a ski lodge, and trades it to Frasier. So Frasier decides to take the whole family to the ski lodge including Daphne and her friend Annie, a swimsuit model. Once there, they meet Guy, a gay ski instructor, who has an eye for Niles. After dinner, and much butter rum, a bedroom farce ensues, where Frasier chases after Annie, who chases after Niles, who pursues Daphne, who has fallen for Guy, who obviously thinks Niles is gay.

The ultimate reveal is that no-one was after the right person, and no-one at all was after Frasier.

Frasier: Oh, wait, wait, wait!  Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and 
         looks at him]  Let me see if I've got this straight.  All the 
         lust coursing through this lodge tonight, all the hormones 
         virtually ricocheting off the walls, and no one... was chasing 
         me?

~~~

Translate this to what has been going on here & we have something very, very similar:

Cagney chases Thomas who has an eye for Bezukhov.  Bezukhov fancies Thomas.  Thomas is keeping his options open & flirts with both Cagney & Bezukhov.  Phineas has the hots for Cagney.  Cagney & Bezukhov are mates & flirt with each other.

Phinny: Oh, wait, wait, wait!  Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and 
         looks at him]  Let me see if I've got this straight.  All the 
         lust coursing through the Ferplast today, all the hormones 
         virtually ricocheting off the cage bars, toys and perches, and  
         no one... is chasing me?

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The Jealousy Wing-Flap

Phineas is still obsessed with Cagney.

Unfortunately for Phineas, Cagney quite likes Thomas.

Phineas really does NOT like it when Cagney flirts with Thomas.

He expresses this dislike by wing flapping in a rather intimidating way.

The Jealousy Wing-Flap is not exclusive to Phineas though.  Cagney has also had a wing-flap when Bezukhov has flirted with Thomas.  The last time I saw Cagney wing-flap was on the very rare occasion that Bezukhov had a tiny flirt with Atilla.

With all the flapping chaos, I felt a cold shower would help restore order.  But that will be another post… 🙂   The top of the Ferplast has certainly seen an increase in jealousy wing-flapping since handsome young Thomas arrived on the scene.

Advantage Toyboys

Toyboys taking nap whilst visiting Thomas

Toyboys taking nap whilst visiting Thomas

Young Thomas is staying in the Ferplast.

Both Cagney & Bezukhov originally stayed in that cage during their quarantine weeks.  When they moved in with the Puddings, the Ferplast then became a chill-out cage (mostly for Raspy to get away from Cagney when he was being a little overbearing!) & extra play area.  There are many pluses to the design of the Ferplast cage but one negative is the size of the doors.  All four doors are small.  I have found that sometimes budgies do not like going in & out of small doors & sometimes need some persuading.

However, the toyboys are old hands at tackling the tiny doors.  When I opened one of the doors for Thomas to come out, it did not take too long for Cagney & Bezukhov to find their way in.  Young Thomas has coped very well with his new visitors.

Cagney visits Thomas:

Bezukhov visits Thomas:

So, what do you think?  Friends?  More than friends??  I suspect Thomas is a little enamoured with Bezukhov…

A pet shop

I no longer have a lounge; I have a pet shop.

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My lounge is now dominated by three cages:

  • The Manor with the toyboys (left)
  • The folding cage with Phineas (centre)
  • The ferplast with Thomas (right)

The playgym is temporarily in my bedroom.  It used to be where Thomas’s cage now is.

So, both Phineas & Thomas, after quarantine & staggered introduction, were wheeled in to be with the toyboys.

What a loud welcome Cagney & Bezukhov gave them, though I think most of that was for the return of Cagney’s shadow, the inimitable Phineas!

So, the plan was to keep Thomas in his cage for a little while to let him acclimatise to his new surroundings, the new room occupants & our routine.  I would let the others out so they could make their introductions to our new boy.

Phineas was the first to say hello & was followed quickly by Cagney.  Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Bezukhov was conspicuous by his absence.  He held back in meeting Thomas.  He let Phineas & Cagney inspect the new boy whilst he stayed in the Manor, minding his own business.

The following day however, Bezukhov did go over to Thomas but unlike the others who were very upfront, he did not really show great interest in Thomas himself but in his seed bell that he could eat through the cage bars.  This turned out to be cunning plan.  Thomas chose to eat the seed bell with him.  I suspect this quiet & more low-key approach was a more rewarding bonding moment that all the fuss & furore that Cagney & Phineas were creating…

Big-head Bezukhov

Well, darling little Bezukhov does not really have a big head, although from this photo you would think he would tip forward from the size of it…

Whadya mean, "Big Head"?!

Right now he has a very pinny head….

I'm still cute, aren't I?!

….still sporting the mysterious black blob.

Cage portfolio

Here is an update on the current Cage Portfolio:

  • Travel Cage – Tiny enclosure for transportation with no room to swing a cat.  Only used twice.
  • Hospital Cage – Cozy dwelling, purpose built for hospitalisation.  Can be converted into a mobile home.
  • The Ferplast – Modern style home.  Horizontal bar styling.  Light & airy with flat top ideal for roof play area.  In need of refurbishment.
  • The Manor – Non-mini Manor, reminiscent of San Remo architecture. Large reception area that houses food and water.  Basement ideal for eating poop. Trendy loft area converted into large open plan roosting area.
  • The Folding Cage – New build.  Dark decor.  Modern & portable design.  Stylish doors that slide upwards.

The Folding cage is the latest acquisition.  It is to replace the Ferplast that is showing signs of wear & tear, particularly on the bars.  The Ferplast was the Puddings’ first home.  They then upgraded to the Manor.  The Toyboys spent their quarantine days in the Ferplast.  Once both puddings & toyboys were settled into the Manor, I planned to dismantle the Ferplast but keep it as a spare.  The reality is that it has been in constant use as a play area, chill out area, temporary naughty-step prison, separation/cool down space.

The Nest Box

We all know that my two puddings have always been keen on finding a nesting site.  If my sleeves had not been too tight, I am sure they would have been happy to lay an egg or two in there.

After Raspy popped out her first egg she seemed obsessed with possible nesting sites. I considered getting her a nest box.  When we saw Mr Vet over her 2nd (later to be absorbed) egg, I asked him if he thought a nest box would be a good idea.  He encouraged me.  That day, I went out & bought a nest box.

The next evening, I attached it to the Ferplast, where Raspy & Bezukhov were staying.  Raspy did not seem to take much notice of it initially.  In fact, Beady-Eyed Atilla discovered it first!  I then had a problem.  Atilla wanted the nest box!  I had covered it up so it was not too obvious but Atilla saw through my little trick.  She even saw through the other two covers I threw over it!

By the next day, Raspy had also discovered the nest box, but this time from the inside of the cage.  (I kept the cage door shut so Atilla did not enter the nest box through the proper entrance – I doubt she would have budged had she got in).  Raspy got used to the nest box pretty quickly & claimed it as her own.  She would even (from inside the cage) give her sister the evil eye when she was clambering all over the outside of the box.

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Sometimes Raspy would sit inside the box for a little while.  Bezukhov never entered the box (that was clearly Raspy’s territory) but he would sit on the little perch outside the hole & either preen himself or give Raspy a kiss through the hole.

Unfortunately, after a couple of days of making herself at home in the nest box, Raspy became ill.  After her operation, Ms Budgie Vet suggested I put 5 dummy eggs in the nest box in the hope Raspy would think she had laid them & would not need to produce any more eggs.

Sadly, Raspy never recovered enough to enter the nest box again.

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Here is an adventurous & busy Atilla: 
Where is Atilla? 

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

Bangs & boogie-woogie

The last couple of evenings have been hectic.  I feel I know what it must be like to run a creche. 

The good news is that puddings & toyboys have not been bothered by any loud bangs from fireworks.

The bad news is that the toyboys are naughty boys!  Cagney is obviously the most naughty, but Bezukhov has not been far behind.  Cagney has been relentlessly pursuing Raspy for a kiss & has even jumped on her back (how disrespectful!)  Raspy is NOT succumbing to his “charms”. 

Last night Raspy was in & out the Ferplast & I was up & down opening & closing the Ferplast cage door, either to lock her in or let her out when she wanted to stretch her wings.  Surprisingly, for most of her time in the Ferplast, Bezukhov kept her company. Bezukhov was pestering Raspy more than usual, but that’s allowed as he is her boyfriend but she still “squiggled” at him to get out of her face… off her tail… & off her back….

Cagney appeared a little lonely not having his mate to run around with, but it was his own fault for not leaving Raspy alone!  He still gave attention to Atilla but even there he was naughty, force-feeding her regurgitated seed that landed up all down her face, neck & back.  He’s been such a handful!

Several times, yesterday evening, Bezukhov & Raspy boogie-woogied in the comfort & relative privacy of the locked Ferplast.  That incensed Cagney as he desperately wanted to join in.  At one point, when Cagney was chasing Raspy around the Manor, I managed to grab him & lock him in the Ferplast on his own.  There was a collective sigh of relief in the Manor.  I did not have the heart to lock him up for long though, as he was pacing/flying & squarking like mad.  As soon as I let him loose again, he made a beeline for Raspy.

The end result was bedtime in separate cages: Atilla & Cagney in the Manor & Raspy & Bezukhov tucked up in the Ferplast.