Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Remembering Thomas on his adoption day

Thomas came into our home on this day, 8 years ago.  He was very handsome & photos never really did him justice.

He was possibly my best vegetable eater so he was also a very good boy!  I would like to revisit one of my favourite videos of him eating broccoli:

 

Always in our thoughts.

♥♥♥

rememberingthomas

Remembering Dalai on his adoption day

On this day, 5 years ago, Dalai came into our home.  He was a marvellous member of the flock, very clear with setting his boundaries yet getting along with all the diverse characters.

He also loved a bath:

 

Always in our thoughts & still missed.

♥♥♥

 

Bizarre drama

Nine days ago, on the 26th February, the lower, scabby part of Perry’s lump fell away.

He had been fiddling with it all day.  It was far more noticeable than before & looked pretty bad.  I started ringing for vet availability as I had a feeling something was going to happen, perhaps more bleeding.  I had the cornflour at the ready.

In the evening, part of the scab began to prise away.  At this point, Perry was relentless & totally focused with ‘sorting it out’.  I watched with horror as I saw this black thing dangling between his legs, catching on the perch & getting in the way of his movements.  The expression on Lennie’s face most probably mirrored my own as he stared incredulously at what was unfolding before him.

Perry carried on & within about 15 minutes, the whole thing fell off!

Fortunately, it was completely dry, with no blood or gunk.  It was a clean break & clearly the natural time for it to separate with Perry’s body.

It measured 1.2 cm wide x 2.3 cm long x 1.0 cm deep.

Perry was fine afterwards.

After a chat with the vet on the phone, when she said it was very bizarre, we agreed there was nothing to do at this point, but once again, to wait & see.  The lump itself is obviously still there, & it is possible another blister may form, so we are still on the roller-coaster.

For the interested among you, here are some gory photos:

 

Perry must feel so much better for not carrying that lump of dried blood & dead tissue around.

Perry

Remembering Dalai: One year on

On this day last year, our friend Dalai made his way to rainbow bridge.

It is hard to believe a whole year has gone by without him.  There was a survival instinct about him that suggested to me that he would reach old age.  Sadly, this was not the case.  Each loss is hard & each loss is different.  Losing Dalai, who seemed so robust in health & character, hit me hard.

 

Always in our thoughts & still missed.

♥♥♥

Tales from Quarantine – Thirty-Five Second Tour (8 of 8)

Moriarty puts his tour guide hat on & shows us around his quarantine cage:

 

Tour Itinerary

0:01: Begin on diagonal perch

0:05 Dried grass

0:08 Ladder

0:13 Platform perch

0:18 Perch where mirror is

0:24 Food bowl

0:25 Swing

0:27 Diagonal perch & platform perch (again)

0:28 Diagonal perch (again)

0:30 Middle of cage (flying area)

0:32 Conclude on perch where mirror is

 

Don’t give up the day job, Moriarty!

Moriarty

 

Tales from Quarantine – Malfunction (7 of 8)

I have always thought that arranging the furniture in a cage is a skill.  There are lots of questions to ask, like will the position of this perch/toy mean it is covered in poop?  Will the toy be in an accessible yet challenging place?  Is there enough space for wings to be stretched or even for a fly?

I thought I had considered all things when rearranging Moriarty’s cage yet somehow he found a glitch in the design.  If he dismounts his swing in a certain way, one of the bottom bells gets caught in the Olympic rings!  Despite this being a fault, it almost turns into a new toy.  The swing’s bell is now in a great position to be biffed, & the swing can still be used, even at the funny angle!

 

Bell caught in rings

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Olympic Rings (6 of 8)

As I rearranged Moriarty’s cage, he had new toys to play with.  It was good to see his curiosity in action & to see him exploring new things.  The Olympic rings have been a successful addition.

 

Moriarty

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Dried Grass (5 of 8)

During quarantine, I introduced Moriarty to dried grass.  It was one of the few things that kept him quiet for a few minutes!

 

Me? Quiet?

 

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Shiny Things (4 of 8)

Moriarty is a fan of shiny things.  This was apparent quite early on.  He was often playing with the bell at the bottom of his chewy toy & the bells on the bottom of his swing.

His mirror gets a lot of attention which is probably expected for a bird that was on his own.

I suspected he would appreciate the disco ball, which he does!

I love my disco ball!

 

I love these shiny bells!

 

I love this bell!

 

Cor, what a handsome chappy!

 

Moriarty

 

 

Tales from Quarantine – Vegetables & Salt (3 of 8)

During quarantine, I introduced Moriarty to vegetables, with varying success.  Actually, truth be told, not a lot of success!  He was not scared of what I was offering, but did not really eat anything with any gusto.  Post-quarantine he has expressed more than a passing interest in apple.  I am hoping that more time spent with Perry & Lennie will encourage more vegetable eating.

Trying the baby corn

 

First bite of broccoli:

 

The salt lick has been popular with all birds I have introduced it to & Moriarty was no exception:

Moriarty & the salt lick