Puddings & Toyboys

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Remembering Raspy: Lost video

Some time ago, I used the webcam a lot to watch my feathery friends whilst I was in the office.  I would just check in for a few seconds, at intervals, to make sure all looked normal.  This was invaluable on the occasion Raspy became ill.

Raspy’s illness & subsequent sad, untimely passing, is well documented on this blog (click here) so I will not repeat the details on this post.  I will just say that on Monday 21st November, 2011, I kept an eye on the webcam as Raspy had been having problems with passing eggs.  During the day she was fine; she was in the Ferplast with her beloved Bezukhov, & was lively & happy.  When I arrived home & found her struggling, I could pin point that the problem had begun within the last hour.

It was a relief to know she had not been in pain all day.

Later on, I saved a video of part of what was streamed that day, on the host website.  At the time, I believe the videos were too large to download to my hard drive.  In time, the host website shutdown.  They had sent an email warning of the shutdown & how to retrieve videos, but (annoyingly) I did not read it until it was too late.  The website closed down & my video was lost.  I felt sad as it was the last video of a happy Raspy.

Then we come to one day after the 8th anniversary of Raspy’s passing (24th November 2019), when I was browsing the internet & amazingly, came across the video!  It was on another website.  The video was almost 2 hours long, but I managed to quickly download it to my hard drive & then upload to YouTube (how technology changes!)

I present it to you here.  Quality is bad & it is very long (!) but I wanted to dedicate a post to something I thought I had lost.  Even though Raspy died just two days after this video, I feel happy watching it & seeing the good spirits that both she & Bezukhov were in.

 

Still in our thoughts.

Love you always my dear Raspy and my dear Bezukhov.

 

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.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

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