Puddings & Toyboys

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A Bathing Bezukhov

After the recent trauma, it was nice to see Bezukhov have a proper BATH! Yes, you heard me…. a BATH! A real bath, not a misting, a bath. I am pretty certain it was his first bath!

It was nice to see the Thomas bath being used properly – I like to think Thomas saw this & is proud that his name is connected with such a spirited activity.

Even nicer that I managed to film it. :)

It was also nice that Phineas was so into the dill that he let Bezukhov have a bath without disturbing him.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Big Corn

When I give the boys corn, it is usually baby corn.  It has been some time but I decided to treat them to ‘proper’ corn.  A big chunk of sweet corn with juicy nuggets for them to get their beaks into.

My memory fails me as to whether Phineas has actually had the big corn before.  If he has, it was a long time ago & there is no record of it!  The last blog post on the proper corn was Juicy Corn, that shows Cagney & Bezukhov tucking in.

After the initial shock of seeing a big, bright yellowy ‘thing’ on the landing platform, Phineas took a brief swipe at it as he passed.  He must have got the taste of it as it did not take long for him to tuck in.  Then it seemed he could not pass by without indulging in some.

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A welcome misting

The Thomas bath is often in use but not as a bath.  I usually put something leafy in with water to entice either Cagney, Bezukhov or Phineas to have a bath.  They may go over to it & nibble at whatever goodies are there, but never have a bath.  Recently though, Bezukhov had a paddle.

That day the bath had dill.  It was a rare moment that Phineas was not guarding his dill (all the dill, wherever it is placed) & Bezukhov took the opportunity to put both feet in the water.  He had a little shake, as if to imitate having a bath but in reality only his feet got wet.  Anyway, I took the hint – it was time for a celery misting.

This misting, a few days ago, was enjoyed by all.  I let Cagney & Bezukhov have their go before I let Phineas out.  Both toyboys were eager; Bezukhov started dancing in the wet celery leaves before I even started spraying water over them.  Cagney, who can sometimes go ages without a bath/misting, was also keen.  I felt that he wanted to wash his recent vet & hospital visits out of his feathers.

Once the toyboys had finished, I let Phineas out for his turn.  He was a bit confused as he was torn between having a wash under the spraying water or eating the celery.  He managed to do both (video below).

 

 

 

Picking out the carrot

Every now & then I give the toyboys & Phineas some carrot.  I usually peel off very thin slices & offer it by hand.  Bezukhov normally has a very dainty nibble.  Cagney has a little more, but Phineas chomps his way through it rapidly.

Sometimes I grate the carrot & mix it in as part of their vegetable medley.  On these occasions, I have noticed the carrot disappears first.

Before

Before

 

After

After

 

Phineas is definitely the culprit (isn’t he always?!)

 

Pea preference

Peas are still popular here.  I usually get sugar snap peas & mix them with other vegetables.  The peas are always picked out first, usually by Cagney.

Cagney & the peas:

Bezukhov eating a pea:

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Phineas also likes peas but I do not have a photo of him with a pea in his beak, so here is one of him eating celery:

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Weightgate

As reported in my last post, it appeared that Bezukhov’s weight had dropped in the days following his x-ray & blood test.

Bezukhov

Bezukhov

My scales showed that Bezukhov had apparently lost 6g in a few days.  I rang the vet but she had already left for her holiday.  Another vet rang back.  I explained the situation that Bezukhov had lost weight & was too weak to eat to gain more.  I had been offering Bezukhov as many different vegetables as possible to try & entice him to eat.  Cucumber was the vegetable of choice.  That seemed to be all he wanted to eat & though that was better than nothing, it would not be enough to build him up.  The vet prescribed some Emeraid Omnivore which is a critical care formula for feeding to birds.  If that did not help, then once again, hospitalisation may be an option.

Once my budgie-sitter had arrived, I dashed off to the veterinary hospital to pick up the formula.  It is a powder to be mixed with warm water.  If I say so myself, it looks like & smells like a rather appetising porridge.  Apparently some birds will eat it directly out of a bowl…. but not Bezukhov.  Naturally.  So, out came the syringe…  Unfortunately I am still not very good with administering medication by syringe/dropper.  A big lump of porridge landed on his beak.  Another on his head.  Despite being ill & weak, he could still wriggle.

Critical care formula

Critical care formula

That night both he & Cagney retired to the manor quite late.

The next day, Sunday 28th, the main aim was for Bezukhov to eat.  He ate some seed in the morning.  He was still obsessed with cucumber.  When he ate some cucumber I offered some seed & he usually had a few at that point.  He also ate a little fennel.  He preferred to be out of the manor but slept most of the day.  I weighed him again but the scales were a bit flaky, returning a value between 37-40g.  Had he lost more weight or stabilised?

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Hot weather misting

The boys like a misting on a hot day.  Usually I give Cagney & Bezukhov a misting first, whilst Phineas is still locked up, so they can proceed without interruption.  When they are finished, I let Phineas out & he has his turn.

I managed to film them recently, having a misting with some celery leaves.

Cagney & Bezukhov:

Phineas:

 

 

 

Handful of corn

Phineas has a very annoying habit of shredding the baby corn on the skewer.  He probably ingests about 5% of it, but the rest is scattered far & wide.

I hate waste.  Unfortunately, with budgies, food waste is quite common.  In an attempt to salvage some corn, when he is in the middle of shredding, I place my hand directly underneath to try & catch as many pieces as possible & then put them in a seed dish.  He does bite & fling, not just bite & drop, so a lot of corn still goes flying all over the place, but at least this way, some of the baby corn can be saved & eaten in a civilised manner.

 

Floor full of water

In amongst the miserable wet & windy weather we have had, there have been sunny moments.  When the sun is shining for a few hours, the room gets nice & warm.  It is a good opportunity to get the spray bottle out & give the boys a misting.

The last couple of times they have had a misting with celery leaves.  As Thomas has not been well, he declined one of the invitations to frolic in the leaves & stayed in the cage, but the other three all took advantage of the offer.

Yesterday, there was another opportunity for them all to have a misting. Cagney was first down to the landing platform & investigate the celery.  This inspired Thomas & he dived into the leaves & got thoroughly wet.  There was no room for the others so they had to temporarily take a back seat.

Once Thomas had finished, Cagney took over & did the best he could with Phineas barring his way at every turn.

Bezukhov was desperate for a frolic in the leaves & had intermittent goes, before being put off by the others.

Phineas was the last to have a frolic.  He had got a little wet accompanying Cagney but that was not a proper wash so when Cagney was busy preening, he spent some quality time with the celery & the spray bottle.

After all of that spraying, I was almost knee deep in water myself!

Open-minded about mint

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lI had some fresh mint.  I wondered if anyone would eat it.

Mint has a rather chequered history here.  Atilla & Raspy thought mint was the devil & they took to the hills as soon as they got a whiff of it.  The toyboys were not impressed with it either, but were not so dramatic about it.

Perhaps they would think differently about it now?

I got a small, inoffensive leaf & decided to offer it to each boy in turn.  As previously posted in 2011 (click here), Cagney was not impressed.  He is still not impressed & though he approached the mint leaf, the smell was enough to tell him a nibble was out of the question.  Bezukhov, as in 2011, could get past the smell & have a nibble but clearly the taste was not to his liking, then & now, & he quickly turned his back on it.

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lHowever, Phineas was excited to see some green stuff coming his way & reached out to bite it.  In fact, the dear boy liked it enough to chomp through a substantial part of the leaf.   Mint is popular!  Mint has a friend!  Mint is good!

What about Thomas?  What did he think?  Well he had a couple of bites but looked a little unsure.  I suspect that for the time being, he may be keeping an open mind about mint.