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8 June 2022Posted by on
Lennie had quite a heavy moult this May.
Fortunately, I noticed quickly that he was not bothering to go down to his seed pots so held seed up to him. He was still eating but was just too lethargic to go & get the seed himself. Once he knew I would give him seed, he would indicate he wanted some by bending down & looking out the main door. We did this for about two weeks.
When I was out I left millet in the cage & the wild grass helped enormously. He was looking very tatty during this time & towards the end lots of pin feathers came through on his head.
When he started going to get his own seed it was a good indication that things were returning to normal. I think the early seed intervention helped him power through the moult.
9 February 2022Posted by on
Expanding on my previous post regarding emergency evacuation procedures (click here), I have given some thought to emergency food supplies.
I worked out roughly how much seed is consumed by (currently) 3 birds & bought about 9-12 months worth. These are stored & used on a rota system to ensure no seed goes past a certain date.
Seed is stored in a cool, dark & dry place.
This system has been in place since last summer & is working well. I tend to mix two seed mixes, so have two containers on the go. The same containers are used for long-term storage also, so I can easily move them around.
17 November 2019Posted by on
The supplier I normally buy Dalai, Perry & Lennie’s seed from, put up their prices. Significantly! This led me to source another brand with a view to mixing them & thereby reducing the cost but still retaining quality. This approach also ensures that we are never dependent on one brand.
To make sure they approved of the new seed I had selected, I put some in a separate seed pot. In Dalai’s cage it was in the small treat pot, & in Perry & Lennie’s cage it was in the seed pot at the back. The new seed looks pretty much like the old seed, but with less red millet (see side photo). I then just had to monitor their preference.
Dalai seemed non-committal in that he ate from both the seed pots, with no obvious preference.
Perry appeared to prefer the new brand, eating quite a lot of it, even with the old/current brand available next to him.
Though Lennie ate the new brand, he seemed to steer more towards the original brand.
Conclusion? Budgies are individuals with their own likes & dislikes! Dalai, Perry & Lennie are generally okay with the new brand.
A couple of days later I forgot I had separated the different seed brands & mixed them, so the experiment had to end! So currently, they are eating a mixture of the brands although still a majority of the original one.
Evidence they are eating the new seed:
18 September 2019Posted by on
1 August 2016Posted by on
Last year, when Bezukhov lost weight, I encouraged him to eat by following him around & offering food at every opportunity. One of the things I used was the little red seed pot.
The little pot is the bottom of a fountain seed feeder. I like the little pot because it is… well… it is little (!) & shallow. It is handy for putting small amounts of food in, like chopped vegetables. I have used them a lot in the past but not so much now as the bars of the Manor are too widely spaced and the Silver Villa has vertical bars.
During the drive to help Bezukhov put weight back on, I would also offer food to Phineas (hence two little red seed pots) in the hope that Bezukhov’s flock mentality would kick in & he would eat too. All this worked in the sense that Bezukhov regained his lost weight but it had the unfortunate consequence of Phineas becoming overweight! At this point I scaled down use of the little red seed pots. I would only offer it to Bezukhov (usually when Phineas was otherwise engaged).
Over time, the little red seed pot has become Bezukhov’s pot. His weight is no longer an issue but I still offer it to him when it looks like he wants to eat in peace. It is ‘our thing’. When Bezukhov wants to eat from it, he usually goes to the top of the Villa door & looks down at my (empty) hands. At which point I get the seed pot & hold it up to him for some one-on-one bonding time.
The only recent change has been Dalai’s presence. Though Dalai is not tame, he is curious. He has noticed this little red seed pot ritual & approached recently when he saw Bezukhov eating from it. I have encouraged Dalai’s curiosity as any way to get him closer to my hand & to see that I am not a threat, is welcome. Twice now, Dalai has been brave enough to eat from the little pot (with me holding it!) Bezukhov still gets his opportunity to eat from it & I do not see that ritual changing any time soon.
Who knew that a little red seed pot could be so pivotal, significant & useful?
8 May 2016Posted by on
When Dalai came to us, he brought his own seed in case he did not like ours.
His seed looks different to ours; the over all colouring looks more yellow, though we can see lots of similar seeds. Over time, I have gradually added more of our seed to his non-specific seed mix, so that by the time we have run out of non-specific seed, he will be happy to eat our seed.
Although it is normal for seed mixes to have some shell in them, I was surprised to see these tiny, perfectly proportioned shells in the non-specific seed mix:
24 October 2015Posted by on
After the vet visit, our overriding concern was for Bezukhov to 1) not lose more weight, & 2) put weight on.
On our return, Bezukhov ate a reasonable amount in the Manor that evening. The next morning he barely touched his food & worryingly, neither did Phineas. I held up food to them but they just did not want it. I suspected that Phinny was now picking up on Bezukhov’s stress, hence his loss of appetite too. Though they had started eating seed in the new cage (as well as the Manor) the previous day, I made the executive decision to remove the new cage & reinstate the Ferplast (originally replaced due to the medication problems). I hoped the chopping & changing would not set them back further. I began the eating log primarily for Bezukhov but obviously keeping an eye on Phineas to note unusual behaviour.
Wednesday, 21st October 2015
Barely ate in the morning. Moved new cage out & Ferplast back around 13:30.
Tried to vomit but nothing came out.
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Throughout the day I checked to see if he would eat vegetables. He had a tiny bit of carrot, some apple & broccoli. He did not want cucumber.
Threw up a bit of apple on window perch.
Another two vomiting episodes although nothing was thrown up. He attempted to carry on eating through the 2nd one.
Poop note: I only noticed 3 solid-ish poops from Bezukhov during the day but overnight poops 22nd/23rd were much better.
Friday, 23rd October 2015
Every-other-morning medication at 12:00, though started the chase around 11:30.
- 13:40 (very small amount)
- 15:00 (pellets)
21 October 2015Posted by on
Yes, 7 seed pots for 2 beaks.
There were 3 seed pots in the West Wing of the Manor but Phineas still managed to dominate them all, meaning it was difficult for Bezukhov to eat at the same time. I decided to rearrange the seed pots so that there are now 2 seed pots on either side of the Manor. So far, the 2 seed pots in the East Wing have been ignored by both Bezukhov & Phineas.
Bezukhov has preferred eating in the Ferplast where the 2 seed pots are separated by the door. I assume this gives some protection & time to eat a few seeds before Phinny comes along. Since Bezukhov now routinely eats his bedtime seed in the Ferplast & also has been sleeping overnight in there, meaning he will be eating breakfast in there too, I decided to add another seed pot. The third seed pot is now in the corner on the far right, with the right hand door between it & the middle seed pot. Phineas usually only goes to that area to drink water, so it has now become Bezukhov’s favourite seed pot out of all 7!
9 August 2015Posted by on
Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot. Many times a day, every day.
Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:
“What’s going on here?”, I wondered!
A little investigation revealed he had been chewing on the blue munch ball of the chewy toy arrangement on top of the Manor.
With inedible things, I often tell them to chew & spit but clearly Phinny had not been listening to me & had been ingesting instead of spitting it out. He moved onto the red munch ball after that so you can imagine how colourful his regurgitated seed looked then. 🙂