Puddings & Toyboys

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Poorly Perry

Perry not feeling well

Last Sunday (6th October), Perry seemed a bit quiet & not his usual self.  The next morning he was no better, in fact he was worse.  He was very quiet with not a peep out of him, not even when Dalai called to him (before I unlocked their cages).  He sat in the same spot for some time, sleeping although not fluffed up.  He did not go down to his seed pots either.

I let Lennie out so he & Dalai could play & Perry could continue to rest.  Millet was gratefully received by Perry & he was able to eat quite a bit without having to fight Lennie for it.  When he jumped to another perch he seemed to stumble a bit so I wondered if perhaps his lump was starting to impact on his leg.  With these concerns, I rang the vet & booked an appointment for the following morning (Tuesday 8th October).

By about midday, Perry decided he wanted a change of scenery & wanted to come out.  For the rest of the day he sat in with Dalai & Lennie, still very quiet.  When the others were otherwise engaged, I would slip Perry some millet.

Although Perry had improved by the next morning (eating by himself & more vocal), I kept the vet appointment.  The vet examined him & noticed bruising on his upper left leg, opposite to the lump.  We assume this is why he was off-colour & also why he had improved.  His lump is still growing & is currently growing outwards & downwards.  The vet thinks it will affect his leg at some point & start causing mobility problems.  Whilst he is coping fine now, I will gradually start to adapt his cage & hopefully they will accept the changes without any fuss!

Perry

 

Social media, feasting and a prize!

I joined Instagram recently (@onesweetiepea) & took part in the Instagram challenge #12daysoffolksy.

Folksy is the home of British Craft, where you will find thousands of beautifully designed creations – all made by clever hands crafting away across the UK.  They set up an Instagram challenge to help promote Folksy, promote its sellers (& others!) & to have a bit of fun!

I am a new Folksy seller & you can imagine that some of my items are inspired by birds or bird-related (link to my shop is at the bottom of this page).  Naturally, I used some of the chosen themes to ‘promote’ my birds!  Day 10 was ‘Feast’, so I posted a picture of Dalai, Perry & Lennie feasting on red millet:

Dalai, Lennie & Blurry Perry

 

I was delighted to find that they won a prize for the best animal-themed post for Day 10!  They had more red millet to celebrate!

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have recognised the above photo from a previous post in 2017.  (Click here to see that post).  The slight sadness in this is that the red millet was in celebration of Bezukhov’s 7th birthday & you can see him in the photos in the original post.  So, I feel he deserves a mention too, given that had he not had a 7th birthday, they would not have had that millet & therefore the photos would not have been taken & the prize not won!  So we give big thanks to our dearest, departed friend, Bezukhov.

You can also see in the photo that Dalai had his troublesome feather!

 

Lennie’s call for millet

Lennie can be a bit skittish & wary of me.  He does like millet though.  He really likes it.

This is handy for taming purposes, but my initial motivation for giving Lennie personal attention with millet, was to distract him from interrupting Dalai & Perry from their kissy-kissy sessions.

Lennie

I started off just holding a bobble of millet up to him, but now he will fly (more of a jump with the aid of wings) to my hand.  He has developed a ‘Millet Cry’ (see video below).  It feels like a form of communication.  He watches where I am & shouts, “I want millet…. NOW!”  Sometimes I hear the battle cry when in the kitchen & when I come out I see him on the triangle platform perch, facing the kitchen door – so he knows where I am even when I am not in the room.

Some would perhaps not want to encourage such bossy behaviour but I like to reward him for wanting to interact with me, even though I know it is the millet he really wants to interact with!

I put a millet bobble (or even loose millet seeds) in my hand & hold it out to him.  He will munch his way through those seeds & then inch down my arm as he knows I have another millet bobble in my other hand, behind my back, waiting to give to him after he has finished the first lot of millet.

This routine may happen 2 or 3 times in a row.  Whilst we are engaging in our millet game, Dalai & Perry take the opportunity to have a little flirt together.  It is not long before Lennie gets jealous & abandons the millet in order to disrupt Dalai & Perry.  Abandoning the millet is not an easy decision for him as he gives a few strangled chirps, whilst trying to get as many seeds into his beak as possible, then dashes into the Silver Villa to make sure he is not missing anything!

 

Moult and Millet

Further to my previous post on their spring moult, Dalai has really been stringing his out.  Granted he did have a break in the middle, but maybe if he had not, he would have got over it all much quicker!

He seems less grumpy now though not quite back to his usual socialising levels.  His flying has improved with him feeling confident enough to make wider & wider laps of the room.  That said, only a few days ago he dropped yet another flight feather; he had just had a fly then went back into the Villa & had a mad moment where we all looked at him wondering what was going on, but it turned out the feather was loose & he was just jiggling about to release it.

 

To celebrate leaving the bulk of the spring moult behind, I cracked open the millet.  I usually only sneak a millet bobble to individuals at odd moments, so they were a bit surprised to see a few two-inch sprays dotted about.  They soon got over the shock & all tucked in.

 

 

Lennie’s Pleasurable Places

This post has been a long time coming & because of that, is quite long & video heavy.  Warning over!

From early on, Lennie began to wiggle & jiggle when & where he could.  He has come across as experimental but it is possible he has just not been fussed & made the most of whatever was available at the required time.  In the following videos you can get a flavour of his open-mindedness.

1st December 2016 – Raffia toy.

 

14th December 2016 – Perch, holding onto millet.

 

22nd December 2016 – White seed feeder.

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Birthday millet

This post is a bit late, but I wanted to share photos of the millet party on Bezukhov’s birthday in June.  I think they all enjoyed it:

 

 

Wild grass x 5 + millet x 1

Follower rosebudgie & her sharing sausages have been busy parcelling up goodies.

The postman has been busy delivering goodies.

Bezukhov, Phineas & Dalai have been busy eating the goodies that have been sent:

 

Thank you, rosebudgie & the Sharing Sausages!!!

 

Medicine & millet

Previously, I reported on Cagney’s return from the hospital (click here).

  • Follow-up vet visit

On Tuesday 25th, we saw our regular vet, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  She confirmed that the barium x-ray did not show any obstruction.  An examination of his poops at the hospital did not show any parasites or anything to be worried about.  She examined Cagney again & said his temperature was still high, though lower than before.  His weight was the same.  Otherwise, she thought he looked generally brighter than when she last saw him on the Saturday.

  • Medicine

It was decided that Cagney have metacam orally (0.03ml), twice a day – mainly to bring his temperature down.  This is to be administered every 12 hours.  As he had a dose during the consultation, that meant approximately 9am & 9pm for the next 4 days.  She also wanted to include an antibiotic (baytril – 0.03ml) in the 9pm medication battle slot for a week.   Medicine to be reassessed during follow-up visit a week later.

  • How to administer medicine!

Cagney feels very different to hold than Bezukhov – more fragile – so I expressed concern about getting the medicine inside him, not to mention attempting to catch him at 9pm when he has worked out that going back to ‘bed’ means he will be caught again.  She said I could bring him to the surgery twice a day where a vet or nurse could give the medicine.  I seriously considered this for a moment!  In the end, we decided that I would give him the medicine in front of her & she would tell me what I was doing wrong!

We used the cloth method, which I have discounted with Bezukhov as he manages to burrow down into it!  With Cagney, the cloth seemed to be the way to go.  She suggested holding his head between my thumb & index finger.  Cagney still managed to turn so I was pointing the syringe at the back of his head (the film The Exorcist comes to mind…), but after much maneouvring I managed to squirt the medicine in his beak.

To make things slightly easier, Ms EHV trimmed Cagney’s toenails to limit the chances of them getting caught in the cloth.

  • Progress

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Birthday millet

Millet is supposed to be fattening so I do not feed it to the boys very often.  It is reserved for special occasions.  The toyboys celebrated their birthdays recently: Cagney’s on the 23rd June & Bezukhov’s on the 27th June.  I got out the millet!

Here are some photos of them having a joint millet party:

I put out 4 separate pieces of millet so there would be one each & a spare.  However, Phineas had to eat the same one that Cagney was eating:

 

 

Budgie-fied Ink Blot Test

Some time ago I mentioned that Atilla’s poop would be good for use in a Rorschach Test.   We now have a budgie-fied version of that test.  From your budgie’s reaction to each blot, you should be able to examine its personality characteristics and emotional functioning.

If you are conducting the test, you should be aware that factors other than your budgie’s comment on the content, are also important.  For example, how long does it take your budgie to respond?  Does your budgie focus on a specific area of the blot?  In fact… does your budgie focus at all?

I think you will agree that this test could throw up many insights about your budgie.  Here are the eight images.  Note: Be sure to go through the blots in the presented sequence as otherwise the results will be inconclusive.

Good: Millet Bad: Wind blowing millet away

Good: Millet
Bad: Wind blowing millet away

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Good: Millet Bad: Millet twirling in on itself

Good: Millet
Bad: Millet spontaneously combusting

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Good: Millet Bad: GM Millet

Good: Millet
Bad: Genetically modified millet

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Good: Millet Bad: Millet that has been trodden on

Good: Millet
Bad: Millet that has been trodden on

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Good: Millet Bad: Half chewed millet

Good: Millet
Bad: Half chewed millet

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Good: Millet Bad: Locked up millet

Good: Millet
Bad: Locked up millet

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Good: Millet Bad: Millet failing to sing

Good: Millet
Bad: Millet failing to sing

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Good: Millet Bad: Millet disappearing into black hole

Good: Millet
Bad: Millet disappearing into black hole

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Strangely, when I went through this test with both Cagney & Bezukhov, I found that they both had an unnatural &, frankly, an obsessive interest in millet.  There was a slight difference between them in that Cagney also showed up as being a bit “bad”, whereas Bezukhov showed more “sensitive” tendencies.