Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

2017 Review – Strong & Stable

This time last year, I posted about all the changes during 2016.  By contrast, 2017 has been pretty “strong & stable” (those in the UK may have heard that phrase once or twice from our PM!)

It has been a stable year in that we have not lost anyone in our flock.  We lost Phineas in 2016, Cagney in 2015 & Thomas in 2014, so we would have to go back to 2013 for a loss-free year.  Though our flock stood firm, our loyal follower rosebudgie sadly suffered a double tragedy with the loss of the legendary Ian & Marshall – the Sharing Sausages, who are & will continue to be, deeply missed from this blog.

It has been a strong year because we have faced some challenges, in particular Bezukhov’s Extreme Moult Experienceflock introductions & a new home, but have come through them relatively unscathed, ready to face whatever 2018 will throw at us.


Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.



2017 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2017.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

•  Search terms related to randy budgies:

Lennie, Dalai, Perry & Bezukhov

randy budgie syndrome
randy male budgie syndrome
randy bird syndrome
parakeet ejaculate on my hand
male budgies randy help
how to stop randy budgie syndrome
randy syndrome — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome treatment
clear lumps in sperm — Bird related??

•  Search terms related to noisy budgies:

budgie sounds and what they mean
keep budgies quiet
budgie noise meanings
budgie noise short grunt
busgie noises
female budgie making strange noises to male
budgie sounds

•  Search terms related to feathers:

budgie sticky feathers above beak
budgie tail feather bent
budgie bent tail feather
budgie pin head
parrot pin feathers
flight with uneven wings
budgerigar tatty tail feathers
budgie losing feathers on head


Search terms in 2017 (like 2016) were remarkably sensible, so it is very likely that WordPress have filtered out the stranger ones!  There were very few health related search terms – it would be nice to think that indicated that fewer budgies were sick in 2017…

I hope this blog has continued to be informative for those searching for budgie related issues.


2017 Review – TOP POSTS

The year 2018 is here.  It is now time to reflect on the last 12 months.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2017:

  1. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

  2. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

  3. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

  4. How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet? (May 2012)

  5. Poor spider plant (June


In first & second positions are two posts that consistently score a high number views over the years.   There are only 13 views between them; it is almost like they are linked, i.e., lots of randy budgies must be making all sorts of noises!  Noisy budgies are clearly an important theme, given position four.

We cannot have a birdie blog without some reference to feathers or moults, hence position three.

Surprisingly, there still seems to be a lot of interest in budgies eating house plants (position five).  I will take this opportunity to remind those looking after birds to check that any plants kept in the same room are safe plants.  There are lots of websites listing safe plants & those that are not safe, so please check if you are unsure.

Phineas & Cagney

Above, you will see I have chosen Phinny to represent position two, & Cagney, position three.


Happy New Year to you all. 🙂


Memories of the Manor

Atilla & Raspy on the Manor door

Last May, I posted about letting the manor go.  Although it was just an inanimate object, it was bound up in a multitude of memories, which I would like to indulge in here.

Atilla & Raspy were the first occupants of the Manor & moved into it in June 2009 from the Ferplast Rekord 6.  The Manor was bigger, with the dome/loft area being the significant bonus space, which also opened up.  The other main differences were the large central door & the useful & handy landing platform.

The video below shows them during their first moments inside the Manor:


Here they are on the landing platform, chewing on a large vine ball.  If you watch to the end, you will see a typical bit of Raspy in action:


The next phase of the Manor was when the Toyboys moved in.  Their first face-to-face meeting, i.e., not through bars, happened in the grounds of the Manor, more specifically, on the landing platform.  The following video captures this momentous occasion.  You can see that Cagney already had enormous self-belief that he was charming & therefore anyone would be happy to be in his company.  Bezukhov was off-camera, keeping a thoughtful & respectful distance.  Raspy & Atilla both asserted themselves by attempting to bite/grab Cagney’s tail.


Despite Atilla & Raspy’s ‘gentle’ reminder that they were in charge, they very quickly & graciously allowed those beautiful Toyboys to enter the Manor & explore.


It was not long before they could all rest harmoniously in the loft area together:

Clockwise: Raspy, Atilla, Cagney & Bezukhov resting in loft area of Manor


Nothing ever stays the same though, & after Raspy & Atilla departed to Rainbow Bridge, Cagney & Bezukhov were the sole occupants.  They retained sole occupancy even with the addition of friends Phineas & Thomas.  It was not until the loss of Cagney that Bezukhov felt compelled to move out.  When he moved into the Ferplast with Phineas, it was the beginning of the end for the Manor.


Although the Manor was still in use as a play, eating & general chill-out area, its importance was severely diminished.  With Bezukhov living in the Silver Villa with his friend Dalai, & their new friends Perry & Lennie requiring an equivalent home post-quarantine, the Manor was sadly retired.  Though it is gone, it is not forgotten, along with all the memories & precious hearts it housed, entertained & generously sheltered.

Thank you, Manor.




Sometimes Dalai can be difficult to spot….



Let it snow…

Let it snow…. a little bit!

Last Sunday, on the 10th December, there was more than a flurry of snow; the snow actually settled, albeit only briefly.  Once again, Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie were intrigued by the sight.  Well actually, Lennie was too busy continuing his quest to be irritating, to be distracted by a little snow.  Here they are, according to the soundtrack, reminiscing about their summer…


The coldness continued & the following day brought a mixture of snow & sleet.  Here they are on the window perches surveying the phenomenon:


In the video above & photos below, you can see that Lennie did appear to pay attention to the snow but the reality was that he just followed Dalai over to the window perch!



Sunday Politics





In the UK, Sunday morning media is typically reserved for discussion of the political events of the previous week.

Despite politics being a thorny area, I will attempt to raise the subject, with the proviso that no one view/side is favoured, but that this is just a discussion in the the wider context.  So, on we go….

Generally, I am not into politics, but in the last 18 months, UK politics has turned into a soap opera with lots of conflict, twists & turns, (back) stabbings & frequent cliffhangers.  It is probably not surprising that I can compare the dramas & antics in my flock to the goings-on in the UK parliament.

Recently, Dalai‘s behaviour has reminded me of the politician Jeremy Corbyn (currently leader of the opposition); he struts around like he is the leader of the country… but he is not.  Dalai may think he is the leader but quite frankly, he does not have the overall well-being of the flock as his motivating factor.  I am sure there are many parallels with Jeremy Corbyn (or most politicians!) here.

Which politicians are the others like?

Lennie is like Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) – lovable (questionable regarding the politician) & entertaining but prone to making gaffes.  Would you really choose Lennie to be a diplomat between two clashing sides?  No, thought not!

Bezukhov is like Jacob Rees-Mogg (back bencher) – polite, loyal & respectable & whatever your views on his politics, surely no one can be against such admirable qualities?  Ergo, Bezukhov is a jolly good chap who does not seek drama or hysterics to get his point across but relies on sense & good manners.

I have a problem finding a politician for Perry because he is liked by all!

Even good-natured Bezukhov has his detractors: Phineas did not like him because he thought he prevented him from getting closer to his beloved Cagney & Lennie can be rude to Bezukhov for seemingly no reason.  Politicians by their nature will have supporters AND detractors.  So I have failed to find a politician to match Perry’s character.  Still, 3 out of 4 is not bad.  In an election, that would be a majority & therefore enough to win, form a cabinet & run the country so that is good enough for me!


Snow Flurry

Two days ago, on the 30th November, we had a flurry of snow!

I was busy working at the computer when I was aware that Bezukhov, Dalai, Perry & Lennie all started shouting at the same time.  When I looked to see what was up, I could see they were shouting at what they could see out the window – snow!  I attempted to capture the excitement on video:


The snow flurry did not last long & none of it settled.  It has continued to be cold but we have not had any more snow… yet!

Bezukhov, Lennie, Dalai & Perry



Remembering Phineas: Pillow complete

Over a year ago, I posted that I had prepared the inner pillow for Phinny’s remains (click here).  I am pleased to say that I have finally completed the outer sleeve.  It has been on my mind all this time.

Because Phineas was very fluffy, I decided to use soft grey fleece for the main fabric.  For a change, I invested in some variegated thread that changes colour as you machine, with the idea that this will represent a rainbow.  Some blue hearts completed the look, along with my customary wonky embroidery.

He sits on the shelf, alongside Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Cagney, but I like to think they are all together someplace wonderful, that is filled with millet, fun & love.



Upside-down heart

Perry has a patch of white feathers on the back of his head.  Most of the time they resemble a blob but occasionally they fleetingly form themselves into a heart shape.

Recently, I managed to get some photos when the heart was showing clearly.  Unfortunately, it only really showed up well in the photos when upside-down!