Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

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Blue newbies – first day of adventures

At long last, Perry & Lennie were out of their quarantine cage (see previous post)!  I say ‘at long last’ but of course from when their little door was opened, it only took them a few days to venture out, unlike Dalai & Thomas who took weeks to pluck up the courage to go through the open door.

Perry & Lennie had no trouble with flying.  It is always gratifying to see a budgie, who has been confined, able to stretch their wings & have a good fly & zoom around the room.  The blue newbies typically found the highest points to land, such as the curtain rail & the string lights across the window.  They also landed on the manor – the first encounter between all four of them without bars between them.  It was a bit tense to say the least.

 

Dalai was clearly uncomfortable & lunged at Perry when he got too close.  Bezukhov ran away from Perry.  To settle my nerves, I locked Bezukhov & Dalai in the manor as soon as I could.  This way, Perry & Lennie could concentrate on getting to know their wider surroundings without causing upset.

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Freedom, friends & food

As previously reported, Dalai finally left the confines of his cage on the 11th May, after several weeks of quarantine & sitting tight.  The deciding factor to getting him out was wild, seeded grass In other words, an irresistible foodie treat!

Dalai eating grass

Dalai eating grass

 

His moment of freedom was captured on film:

 

After a bit of goading from Phineas, & then Bezukhov coming to investigate, Dalai found his wings & was off!

He flew several high laps of the room & did not appear to know how to fly lower but gradually his circles got lower until he executed a perfect landing on the Silver Villa!  He then flew off again & found the Manor.  He also, very cleverly, found his own cage & the doorway & popped back home!

 

Phineas & the spider plant

Recently, I have noticed some strange behaviour from Phineas.

Phineas & the spider plant

Phineas & the spider plant

I have become accustomed to his fly-bys.  Without looking up from my laptop, I can tell his flight path by the heavy flapping of his wings & the displaced air.  However, some of his flyovers seemed to fall short.  When I turned to investigate what was happening, it appeared that Phineas was attempting to land on the spider plant to my left.

To date, he has not managed a landing which is just as well as I am pretty sure he would knock the plant over!  It has reminded me of the past when Cagney developed a fascination with my spider plants.  Bezukhov soon joined him & I recall that Raspy also wanted in on the act.  After I changed my furniture, although the plants were returned in similar positions, the interest had gone.

I wonder why Phineas has suddenly noticed this particular plant now?  Sometimes it is very difficult to get inside a budgie mind!

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Two steps forward, one step back

Following on from my previous post on Thomas & his health problems, we located the medication, L-Carnitine.  It is a liquid version for humans, of 500mg strength.  Mr EV had already been researching the product & confirmed that the lemon flavour of this particular product will actually be beneficial rather than detrimental.  He suggested a dosage of 2 drops per 50ml of water (similar to the Milk Thistle).  Thomas is to have the L-Carnitine on one day & the next day Milk Thistle, & so on.

This new regime began on Tuesday 17th December.

About one week later, Thomas was definitely livelier.  He was flying more, was more alert & more vocal.  His poops seemed a little drier, not quite so sloppy.  He was also responding to Cagney & began flirting again.  This, once again, caused a little friction with the others, but as yet, no major fights have happened, just near misses.

Over the Christmas holiday, Thomas was mostly better but had the odd down day where he seemed a bit lethargic.

However, in the last week, Thomas seems to have taken a step back.  He has still been coming out but he has not been flying as much & not flirting with Cagney.  His poops have also got wetter again.  Yesterday, I had a telephone consultation with Mr EV.  He suggested a short course of antibiotics in case Thomas has picked up another infection.  This began today, alongside the Milk Thistle/L-Carnitine regime.

We continue to keep a very close eye on Thomas.

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He’s behind you!

It is coming up to pantomime season….

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Disappearing act & a lesson learnt

The other day, Bezukhov did a disappearing act on me.

All four were out & flying about.   I was standing facing the manor.  They all took off & were doing laps & returning to the manor…  only this time, just 3 returned.  I assumed Bezukhov had stopped off at the ferplast, or the playgym or the window perch.  However, something concerned me & I turned to check.  I scanned those familiar locations but he was not there.

Maybe he is inside the ferplast? I stooped & peered in.  No.  Maybe he actually very quietly returned to the manor behind my back?  No.  Eating seed inside the manor?  No.  Playgym again?  No.  Gone inside Phinny & Thomas’s cage?  No.  Behind the playgym?  No.  I hadn’t heard a thump or anything but was he on the floor?  No.   By this time I was seriously worried.  BEZUKHOV!  BEZUKHOV!  BEZUKHOV!

I scanned the room frantically & then finally, I saw the curtain twitching.  Somehow he had managed to get behind the curtain.  How, I do not know.  I moved the curtain & put my hand out to him & he stepped on.  My lovely Bezukhov was fine.

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I’m fine, Mama!

This incident reminded me of something similar that happened to the puddings…

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Flying pictures

With all the manic flying that goes on, thanks to a troublesome little grey man (!), I decided to try & get some flying pictures.  Of all that I took, only two were half decent:

Phineas & Cagney landing on playgym

Phineas & Cagney landing on playgym

Phineas

Phineas

Atilla’s outing

Atilla had a fly today.  First time in ages.

She was sat on the top, bedtime perch this morning & had a little seed that I offered her.  Then she started looking like she wanted to go somewhere….. she jumped onto the landing platform & without hesitation launched herself off across the room.  She did not get far, but I was there to pick her up.  She seemed to want to go to the playgym so I placed her there.  She settled for a good few minutes.  Cagney was not far behind & regurgitated some seed for her which she readily took.

After a little rest, she looked like she wanted to return home.  She got on my hand but I was evidently too slow taking her over to the Manor as she decided to fly back herself but landed by the side.  I helped her into the Manor where she had a good, long rest after her exertions.

Atilla on the playgym with Cagney

Up and over

Atilla is still coping with her lump.  It has got bigger again but is still a bit floppy rather than solid like it had been pre-Easter Sunday.  She occasionally gets a poop caught on it, but it never stays there long – either I manage to discreetly flick it off whilst it is fresh, or Atilla attacks it during a botty preen.

She gets about, as always, trailing the lump behind her.  She does not seem to mind & just hauls it around.  When she steps up on my finger from a perch or swing, I have to remember the up & over motion otherwise the lump will get caught.

Here she is on the swing – she got there herself.  She was not very relaxed as she saw me with the camera…

She is still making her own way down under the Manor to check out the mirror there…

The other day I caught her exploring the rest of the area under the Manor – she did a circuit of the tray, returning to the mirror & made her way up to the Manor as per usual.

Atilla doing a circuit of the tray under the Manor

Atilla is very independent & I admire her greatly.

Long time no see!

Atilla was well enough to visit the Poang chair today!  I’m sure the chair gave a sigh of relief to feel her chewing it.

The last couple of days Atilla has been quite lively, in her non-sleeping moments.  She tentatively made her way over to the chair, via a pathway of my palms (bit like a sideways one-potato-two-potato with palms, not clenched fist).  Once there, she rested & got her bearings. 

Since then, she has managed to fly there herself, thundering across from the manor.  It was a pleasure to hear the heavy beating of her wings & feel the turbulence in the air where it was displaced as she bombed her way over.  There was no time for exchanging any pleasantries or long-time-no-see’s, as she immediately commenced her chewing.  “Welcome back Atilla!” the chair seemed to say. 🙂

Video proof: