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9 February 2022Posted by on
Expanding on my previous post regarding emergency evacuation procedures (click here), I have given some thought to emergency food supplies.
I worked out roughly how much seed is consumed by (currently) 3 birds & bought about 9-12 months worth. These are stored & used on a rota system to ensure no seed goes past a certain date.
Seed is stored in a cool, dark & dry place.
This system has been in place since last summer & is working well. I tend to mix two seed mixes, so have two containers on the go. The same containers are used for long-term storage also, so I can easily move them around.
1 December 2018Posted by on
Following on from my last post on Dalai’s health, he finished the 10 day course of antibiotics (3rd-12th November). During that time I monitored his droppings & they gradually improved. He continued to be unsociable, preferring to be in his cage on his own. He had moments when he wanted to come out but was only out briefly & mostly wanted to just stretch his wings.
He carried on with his moult, losing a tail feather & further wing feathers. He had lots of pin feathers on his head. I felt that he wanted a bath but did not want to bother coming out to have one, so a few times I held up a sprig of wet basil & he had an awkward bathe in the wet leaves, as he was trying to do it whilst balancing on his swing!
He had a set-back on the morning of November 16th when his poops were just white splats with no dark bits. However, by the afternoon they recovered.
The vet provided AviPro Plus, a probiotic to support their gut. I put this in Dalai’s & Perry & Lennie’s water from the 20th-30th November. Dalai’s droppings improved & as a bonus, Lennie’s did too (they have always been a bit… not right!)
On the 23rd November, after a further consultation with the vet, she confirmed that videos I sent showed Dalai was definitely tail bobbing (there was slight evidence of this earlier). We decided to give them all medicine for chlamydia (I refused any invasive tests & also did not bother with the fecal test as a negative result does not necessarily mean they do not have chlamydia). Whilst awaiting the medicine (it needed to be ordered), the vet suggested I nebulise Dalai a couple of times a day with F10 SC disinfectant to help with any respiratory problems.
The first ‘steaming’ session was on Friday 23rd November at 2pm. Dalai was difficult to catch in the Silver Villa & when I did grab him he screeched & screamed! He never did that when the vet grabbed him! He was not best pleased when he found himself in the travel cage, under a cover, with a bowl of hot water. (To be clear, the water was outside the cage). I did this again on the following occasions:
- 24th November – 10:30
- 25th November – 10:30, 17:00
- 26th November – 10:30, 17:30
- 27th November – 10:00, 17:30
- 28th November – 10:30
- 29th November – 10:15
Each time Dalai screeched & screamed when I grabbed him. After the last two ‘steamings’, he seemed a bit brighter & livelier. After his steaming on the 28th, he stayed out for a bit & even gave Perry’s head a little preen.
The medicine for chlamydiosis (Ornicure) arrived yesterday, & treatment has commenced.
In the meantime, here is a slideshow for the poop aficionados amongst us.
And some prettier photos:
4 July 2017Posted by on
I don’t normally write about budgies other than my own, but on this occasion I am making an exception.
Marshall, a budgie of a friend on our budgie forum has gone missing. He managed to be spooked by a loud noise and flew off out of the kitchen window.
It’s an accident that could happen to all of us. Something all of us bird owners dread.
Please, if you can, share this for me (print the poster, share on Facebook or other social media etc) in the hope that Marshall can be found and be reunited with his best friend Ian and owner Rose.
Even if you do not live in the UK, maybe you have friends that do and they have friends that live in Wiltshire.
I would be eternally grateful.
21 June 2011Posted by on
There are four important birthdays coming up soon…. Cagney (23rd June), Bezukhov (27th June), Atilla (5th August) & Raspy (7th August). To celebrate the occasions I will be getting the puddings & toyboys to fill in this questionnaire:
1. What has been the highlight of the last year?
2. What has been your biggest challenge in the last year?
3. Have you changed in the last year? If yes, in what way/s?
4. If you could relive the last year what would you do differently?
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs time?
7. Who is your hero/heroine?
8. What is your favourite food?
9. Do you have a favourite quote or motto?
It will be interesting to see what their responses are. Tune in on their birthdays to see what they say!