Puddings & Toyboys

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The Denisov Bell

Some time ago, I invested in a stainless steel bell*.  It is a tubular bell with a nice tinkly ring to it.  Over the years, it has been largely ignored, despite being put in various positions & having beads & chewy paper tied to it.  It took Lennie to rock up, for the bell to be noticed.  Because of the attention he has given it, the bell is now known as The Denisov Bell, after the curious & brave Lennie Denisov.

Lennie first came across the bell when it was in the Silver Villa.  I imagine he was attracted to how shiny it was.  Gradually, he would inch nearer to it until he could touch it & then he wanted to see what was inside it.  Unfortunately, Dalai was often near & although he did not play with the bell himself, clearly did not want anyone else to!  (See video below).

Seeing how much Lennie wanted to play with the bell, I swapped it with a chewy toy from his cage.  He was delighted to find it in the New Villa & he could play with it to his heart’s content!  (See videos below).  Fast forward several months & the novelty has worn off!  I am thinking of temporarily returning the bell to the Silver Villa to see if that will reawaken his interest.

Lennie discovers the bell in the Silver Villa:

 

Lennie playing with the bell in his own home:

 

Lennie & his bell

 

*  Non-stainless steel bells can rust, causing serious health risks to your bird.  This is why I got rid of bells on toys & replaced with safer alternative items (click here for related post)  & also invested in the stainless steel bell.

 

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Remembering Phineas: A cursory interest in kale

I found this draft post that I wrote some time ago in 2015, in the Cagney/Bezukhov/Phineas era.  I thought it would be nice to publish it under ‘Remembering Phineas‘….


Off & on, I have offered the Toyboys & Phineas kale.  Nice, curly, green kale.

Cagney & Bezukhov initially showed interest as it is green & leafy.  They would even go as far as to nibble it so the smell clearly did not put them off (unlike mint).  However, a little nibble is all they would partake of before apathy set in & it was completely ignored.

Phineas has also shown an interest in the curly green vegetable.  He also has a nibble but his nibble is larger & more sustained than the Toyboys, almost to the point that I have wondered if he actually likes it.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

 

 

Bezukhov’s misting

I have been remiss in giving mistings.  Fortunately both Dalai & Lennie are happy to have baths.  Perry will have a bath when there is a blue moon & equally Bezukhov will have a bath if he really, really needs one.  Neither Perry or Lennie have partook in earlier mistings which may have further reduced my motivation to give them.  However, a few days ago, I gathered together some celery leaves & the spray bottle & a misting was given.

As soon as Bezukhov saw the yellow spray bottle he knew what was coming & started to fluff himself up.  He definitely prefers mistings to baths & went straight to the celery leaves to roll about under the water that I was spraying.  He also went to the Thomas bath & had a dunk there as the spray from the water bottle was also going across that.  All in all, he had a good wash!  Dalai very briefly joined in.  Perry & Lennie looked on in bemusement from afar.

Here are photos of Bezukhov after his misting:

Here he is having a thorough preen:

I must resolve to do more mistings, even if only Bezukhov is interested!

 

Remembering Thomas: Four years on

Four years ago today, our beautiful Thomas made his way to rainbow bridge.

Handsome Thomas

 

Still in our thoughts & still missed.

rememberingthomas

 

Dalai’s dodgy day

Dalai

The morning of the 5th January, Dalai presented me with some very dodgy overnight poops.  There was also evidence that he had vomited during the night, with seed stuck to the bars & the ttmss swing had gunk smeared all over its mirror.  He looked okay but did have some gunk stuck to the feathers on his chest.

Whilst I cleaned the Silver Villa up, I observed his behaviour.  Though he looked relatively fine, he seemed subdued.  He attempted to eat some breakfast but heaved a little though no seed came up.  He certainly had not eaten any yellow food the day before or anything that would suggest the change in poop colour.  I rang Ms Independent Vet (IV) for advice.  As she was not able to visit until later that day, we decided to see how he was for the next few hours before deciding on a visit.

To make sure Dalai did not lose any weight I encouraged him to eat by offering red millet which he ate each time.  His poops gradually improved.  The white bits became white again but the dark bits were dark green.  When we reviewed the situation later on, it was thought the problem (whatever it was) was passing & we would leave it another day before intervening, if necessary.

Dalai’s clean bottom

The following day, Saturday, he improved further & was well enough to flirt again with Perry & to chase Lennie away (he had already managed a flirt with Bezukhov the previous day).  His poops continued to improve such that on the 3rd day I could not distinguish between his & Bezukhov’s overnight poops.  By the Sunday, he was back to his normal self & causing his normal amount of trouble.

Without an examination or any tests, we can only speculate as to what the problem was; it is possible he chewed on something that disagreed with him or he could have caught a short-term virus.  More worryingly, there was also discussion that he could have had an internal bleed or there could be a blockage of some sort.

However, right now, all is well & all is normal.  I like normal.

Obligatory poop photos & a messy mirror:

 

2017 Review – Countries

During 2017, I have been amazed at the number of countries that have continued to view this blog.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from

the United Kingdom & the United States of America,

followed by

Canada, Australia, Sweden & Germany.

 

We then have:

Netherlands
New Zealand
India
Turkey
France
Denmark
Spain
Poland
South Africa
Norway
Singapore
Egypt
Pakistan
Slovakia
Romania

 

Not forgetting:

United Arab Emirates, Finland, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, European Union (listed as a country?!), Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Malaysia, Serbia, Indonesia, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR China, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Belgium, Mauritius, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Macedonia, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Uruguay, Algeria, Kuwait, Yemen, Georgia, Portugal, Tunisia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iraq, Malta, Vietnam, Jamaica, Tanzania, Albania

 

I am sure that not all these countries came to this blog wanting to read about budgies, but I hope they were not too disappointed to see beautiful feathery faces looking back at them.

Perry, Bezukhov, Lennie & Dalai

 

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:

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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:

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.