19 November 2019
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As you know, from my earlier post (click here: Three near-flightless birds), we are having a pretty bad moult season. Since that post, Lennie has lost more flight feathers resulting in one wing being, well…. not much use as a wing.
It has not stopped him from feeding Dalai:
One-Wing Lennie chatting with Dalai
Lennie feeding Dalai
To add to that, Dalai decided to grow his beak…
Dalai’s long beak
…that the vet trimmed down yesterday. She also investigated a strange thing beside his beak that I had noticed a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was a stuck seed, then I wondered if it was a strange feather. The vet confirmed it was fleshy & attached to him, similar to a skin tag. She whipped it off pretty smartly. Hopefully, whatever it was, it will not grow back.
Dalai being held by the vet
Dalai’s trimmed beak & strange growth prior to removal
22 October 2014
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How to avoid taking your medicine
They say that ‘prevention iz better dan kure’. For this post, I translate that saying into, ‘freedom iz better dan kapture’. The single most important thing you kan do to avoid taking your medicine iz to ‘Stay Free And Avoid Kapture‘. Once I am free of the Manor and able to go where I please in the rest of the world ¹, then it’z all bets off…. No medication today!
A tip to avoid kapture in the Manor iz to go to the far reaches where the human’s short featherless wings can’t reach. This tip also works out in the rest of the world ¹, where a safe place iz on top of the Manor which iz too high for the human’s short featherless wings and short legs.
Bezukhov 1 Human 0
If you have fallen at this first hurdle and have been kaptured, there are still other ways to avoid taking your medicine. My main method kan be summarised thus: ‘Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle… wriggle like the wriggliest wriggly worm would wriggle‘. In essence, to keep moving means your beak iz never in the same place for longer dan a millisecond, thus avoiding the medicine-loaded firing implement ². A kunning plan, doncha fink?
Bezukhov 1 Human 1
Sometimes, the human in question, will attempt to use a kloth of some sort to kontain you. This kan be a challenge. I find this next method quite effective, ‘Rotation‘. It’z a subset of wriggling really, but deserves its own mention. Wriggling in a rotating way means that when the human adjusts the kloth to find your head, it’z often facing away from the human, thereby making administering of medication impossible (unless the human is a kontortionist which my one izn’t). The human will then have to temporarily put the medicine launching device ² down in order to use both hands to adjust the kloth to get you in the korrect position but this iz another opportunity to wriggle.
Bezukhov 2 Human 1
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5 December 2012
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A little while ago I posted that Cagney’s beak was getting a bit too long. Putting the iodine block on the landing platform seemed to prompt him to file it down more frequently & it is now looking a more manageable length.
Good boy Cagney
I have treated the toyboys to millet as Phineas has been having it to help him settle in. Here is a video of Cagney tucking in. His beak is looking in fine form.
24 October 2012
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Cagney appears to be keeping his toenails under control & they are a reasonable length at the moment. However, the other day I got a shock when I saw the length of his beak! I have never seen it so long! It has always been quite long & pointy, particularly compared to Bezukhov’s, but now it has got far too long.
They always have an iodine block in the Manor. There has always been an iodine block in the spare cage. In fact, the toyboys have usually gone into the spare cage specifically to chew its iodine block (pre Little Grey Man taking the spare cage over, of course).
To encourage Cagney to sort his beak out I have started putting an iodine block on the landing platform in the hope he will have a nibble on his way in & out.
Beak curling round to his chinny chin chin!
22 October 2012
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Since we have been pudding-less, there has been lots of space…. too much space…. The toyboys have been rattling around in the manor (though still avoiding sitting in Atilla’s usual spots). It seems right to expand the flock.
Enter my little grey man… 🙂
My little grey man
Our new little friend arrived last Sunday 14th October, after a long trip on the M25 (Londoners will know what that means!) His owner wanted him rehomed as he was not fitting in with her other 4 budgies. She in turn had rehomed him from a friend & had only had him herself for about two months. He is assumed to be around 10 months old & was originally bought from a pet shop.
He looked in good form although I did notice a little discharge from his right nare & he would randomly keep opening his beak in a strange manner. When I got him home that evening, I decided to keep him in the travel cage (in the bedroom, separate from the toyboys) so it would be easier to take him to the vet the next day, which I did.
Mr EV prescribed antibiotics in water for 5 days. He said the discharge was most probably trickling down his throat & that was why he was opening his beak. He agreed that otherwise he looked in good health. When I got him back from the vet’s that Monday evening, I quickly transferred him to the spare/folding cage which would be his quarantine home for the next few weeks. He looked a bit shell-shocked but did not take long to find his seed, millet & water.
Since then, the discharge problem has improved but not yet gone. Mr EV suggested another week on the antibiotics.
My little grey man is a very handsome boy. In fact, he is registered at the vet’s under the temporary name of “Lovely Boy“. He has been fairly quiet so far in quarantine but is very alert & dare I say it…. suspicious. Twice, I have managed to get him to eat millet from my hand without him having a panic flap so that is progress. He likes looking out of the window. He likes it when I sit there with him.
I hope he integrates well with my toyboys. I hope the toyboys welcome him. I hope they will live together harmoniously.
4 September 2012
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Cagney has had a green beak for a couple of days. Somehow, he managed to get a piece of spinach stuck to it.
The spinach worked its way off today though, so he is back to his handsome, well-groomed self.
Let’s add broccoli to this spinach covered beak…
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 covered floor
A beak full of corn
14 August 2011
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Sometimes, when things are a bit chaotic, Raspy likes to sit on my finger for awhile & chill out. She will just sit & watch the others being silly… or have a little doze… or preen.
Unusually, yesterday when she was chilling out on my finger, she motioned towards my face, so I held her up closer. She nuzzled into me, touching my nose & cheek in such a gentle manner.
However, it did not take long for me to realise she was not being affectionate…. she just wanted to wipe her beak!