Puddings & Toyboys

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A late night

It is possible that the presence of Phineas has upset the toyboys’ bedtime routine.  The other night they did not go to bed until half past midnight!  And that was only because I prompted them.

We’re not ready for bed yet…

For some strange reason, during the evening, they kept dozing somewhere other than the Manor.  This made it impossible to close them up at normal bedtime.  Normally if I approach them outside the cage nearing bedtime they would take the hint & start stretching wings & then retire to bed, perhaps having some more seed before the cover goes over.

This particular time they both settled on the swings on the playgym.  By “settled”, I mean head-under-wing-fast-asleep settled.  My little hints & prompts were making no difference to them.  Finally, at 00:30, I decided enough was enough & they would have to go to bed as I was tired & I wanted to go to bed myself!

But still no movement.

This called for drastic measures.  Bezukhov was on the nearest swing.  I very carefully unhooked the swing from the playgym & transported him, still on the swing, across the room, over the spare cage (with a sleeping Phineas) & into the Manor where he stepped up & I placed him on the bedtime perch.

Cagney was on the swing that was behind Bezukhov’s swing.  He was sleepy but had noticed his mate had gone back to the Manor.  With a little persuasion I got him to step up & I transported him across the room, over the spare cage & into the Manor, where he joined Bezukhov.  I covered them up & wished them sweet dreams & then retired to bed myself….

ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz….

The hot corner & the chilly window perch

Atilla is still very unwell. 😦

We have a routine now.  Each morning, after freshening up the paper at the bottom of the Manor, & replenishing seed pots & water, I then clear Atilla’s poop from her lump.  I usually wait for her to move a bit before doing this.  If she is ever sleeping restfully then I leave her be.  In fact, surprisingly, for the most part, Cagney leaves her be too.

The electric blanket is still over the Manor.  I am constantly assessing whether it should be on & if it is on, what temperature it should be.  On one corner I have thrown over one of my fleece tops.  I call this the “hot corner“.  Atilla will often sleep there, on the wide perch, leaning on the side of the cage.  She has lost weight so heat is important for her.

Occasionally, usually inspired by the toyboys, she decides to have a little outing from the manor for a change.  She is weak so the Hand Navigation System (HNS) works well.  A few days ago I was taking some photos of the toyboys messing about on top of the spare/folding cage.  Atilla wanted to join in & came out onto the landing platform.  With a little help she was able to mooch about herself on the spare cage & spend some time nibbling the iodine block in the little cardboard box.

Today, the boys were having a silly half hour, whizzing around the room, doing laps, doing strange loops & twists & generally letting off some steam.  They then spent some time at the window.  I could see Atilla peeking out from the Manor, looking at them tap, tap, tapping with their little feet around on the window sill.  I called out to her & she seemed to respond so I went up & offered her my finger which she readily took.  It was time for another little outing.  This time she wanted to go over to the window.  She did not even go there when she was well.

She sat on my finger, acclimatising to the new view, & then settled on the window perch for a little while.  But she kept looking down…. she wanted to go where she had seen the boys tap, tap, tapping!  So, the HNS came into play again & I lowered her down.  She did a little of her own tap, tap, tapping.  Then she wanted to go on the fish tank (another play-haunt of the boys) & managed a brief chew of a lollipop stick.

After all that activity Atilla wanted a rest, & was happy to sit on the window perch again, preferably close to Cagney.  She looked a little cold away from the electric blanket so I can only assume she wanted some warmth.  At one point, when she was dozing, I had my hand underneath her & my other hand over her (a fraction above, not touching) to keep her warm.

The whole window outing probably lasted about an hour.  Back at the Manor, she had a little seed & then rested.

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