Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

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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

 

Friday vet visits

The last two Fridays, the vet has visited.

Dalai has not been himself, so on Friday 26th October, I called the vet in.

After the obligatory chase around the Silver Villa, the vet examined Dalai.  He was very keen to bite her & also attempted to bite her stethoscope.  Nevertheless, she managed to ascertain that his heart rate was fine & his temperature was also fine.  He weighed a healthy 45g.

Dalai

A few days previously, I had noticed some strange dark marks on his toenails, which I pointed out to her.  She noticed a red mark on the bottom of his beak, the part underneath that the top hooked part covers.  She seemed to think the two things might be related.  She asked if he had been in a fight but I said Perry or Lennie would not dare to upset him.  The marks on his toenails looked like bruising to her.  At best, the bruising would disappear within a couple of weeks & all will be well.  (Afterwards, I recalled that about a week previously, he had gone into the wall & landed on the floor, possibly due to a feather working its way loose).

Since that visit, he started moulting his little feathers & has been extra grumpy & also sleepy.

On the Wednesday morning (31st), I noticed some deposits of vomit.  Dalai was particularly under the weather & sleepy this day.  I kept him locked in by himself for most of the day & at intervals offered him millet, seed & baby corn, of which he appeared to enjoy the corn most.  His poops were rather sludgy & not to his normal standard.

There was little change over the next two days.  There was one moment on the Thursday evening when he was heaving & vomited but only one or two seeds came out.  The next day, Friday 2nd November, I called the vet out again.  She came in the afternoon, but that morning, I found that Dalai really fancied broccoli, so I held it up to him several times & he ate quite a lot.  He also came out a couple of times & unusually, went into Perry & Lennie’s cage, where he ate some of their seed.  He was back in his own home by the time the vet arrived.

Dalai was active enough to fly out the cage whilst the vet was trying to catch him.  Unfortunately (for him) he landed back on the side of the cage near me, so I managed to catch him.  His temperature was higher than the previous Friday but still in the normal range.  He had lost some weight, probably about 2 grams.  His poops were awful & he appeared to have a slight tail bob.  The vet prescribed antibiotics (Enrobactin) in the water for the next 10 days.  She also wondered if he has chlamydia.  The trauma from when he got his bruising may have triggered it.  Poop needs to be collected over the next 7-10 days for a test, if I choose to go ahead with it.

In the meantime, I continue to monitor Dalai.

 

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.

 

VeGducating Thomas: Baby Corn

Continuing in the VeGducating Thomas series, I am happy to report that Thomas is also partial to baby corn.

I hung some up but unfortunately Phineas found it first & was in a shredding mood.  However, Thomas did find a little left & nibbled on that before Phineas had to remove that too.

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VeGducating Thomas: Vegetable Medley

Continuing in the VeGducating Thomas series, I am happy to report that Thomas loves a vegetable medley!  These photos show Thomas & Phineas tucking into a medley of broccoli/sugar snap peas, baby corn & grated carrot:

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Here are Thomas & Phineas in action:

Juicy corn

The toyboys often have baby corn.  Recently, I treated them to a nice, big, juicy corn on the cob!  They did enjoy it!

Edible toys

Atilla is often in the mood to play with her vegetables rather than eat them.  Her playing usually means tearing it apart & chucking beak size pieces all over the floor/room.

Here she is demolishing a piece of baby corn:

A continuation….. when she gets something in her head, she will not be distracted from it… hence this poor piece of corn being  ripped apart in one session: 

Corn, broccoli, corn

Despite having had an abundance of wild grasses to munch on, the toyboys can still find room for some fresh vegetables.  On offer this time was baby corn & broccoli.  When there is a choice, Bezukhov tends to go for the corn first.  Cagney goes for the broccoli, although this would be usurped by peas if they were there.  Cagney is the biggest eater.  He is often the first to start eating & the last to stop eating.

Here they are dancing around the vegetable kabob….


Atilla enjoys her vegetables too but is currently in a shredding mood, i.e., eat a fraction then shred & throw the rest.

No one puts baby corn in the corner

No one puts baby corn in the corner except Atilla, who shreds it & throws it all over the Manor… all over the floor… & into at least one corner of the room….

Before

After

I left another two pieces on top of the Ferplast.  Moments later I looked & there was only one left & no sign of the other…  Until I peered underneath the radiator….

Jammed behind the radiator