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Seed Change

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.

L: New seed, R: Original seed

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:

 

 

Eating together

There’s something pleasant, satisfying & comforting in seeing a flock eating together.  I purposely arranged their seed pots to facilitate this across the two cages.

 

 

The little red seed pot

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.

Little red seed pots

Little red seed pots

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?

Bezukhov

Bezukhov

 

Non-specific seed

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:

 

 

Three day eating log

After the vet visit, our overriding concern was for Bezukhov to 1) not lose more weight, & 2) put weight on.

Bezukhov not looking well

Bezukhov not looking well

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.

  • 14:30

Tried to vomit but nothing came out.

  • 15:30
  • 17:00
  • 17:40
  • 17:52
  • 18:17
  • 19:00

 

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.

  • 08:26
  • 09:30
  • 10:40
  • 12:00
  • 13:27

Threw up a bit of apple on window perch.

  • 14:50

Another two vomiting episodes although nothing was thrown up.  He attempted to carry on eating through the 2nd one.

  • 15:30
  • 16:40
  • 17:07
  • 17:15
  • 17:50
  • 18:20
  • 18:40
  • 19:40

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

  • Overnight poops looking better

    Overnight poops 22nd/23rd looking better

    09:50

  • 10:50
  • 11:08

Every-other-morning medication at 12:00, though started the chase around 11:30.

  • 12:40
  • 13:40 (very small amount)
  • 15:00 (pellets)
  • 15:15
  • 15:50
  • 16:50
  • 17:15
  • 18:00
  • 19:00

 

Two beaks & seven seed pots

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!

Bezukhov & Phineas eating in separate cages

Bezukhov & Phineas eating in separate cages

 

Blue seed?

Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot.  Many times a day, every day.

Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:

Blue regurgitated seed

Blue regurgitated seed

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“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.

Phineas chewing the blue munch ball

Phineas chewing the blue munch ball

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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. 🙂

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The Bubble

Phineas blew an impressive bubble the other day.  It came out whilst he was regurgitating onto my finger.  It was so big & strong it stayed on my finger long enough for me to take a photo:

The Bubble

The Bubble

 

Well done, Phinny!

The Bubbler

The Bubbler

 

 

2½ hours in the life of…

hours in the life of Phineas.

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As told through the medium of

photo…..

regurgitated seed…. &

regurgitated celery:

(Click on photos to enlarge)

 

 

 

Bubble, bubble toil and trouble

All the bubbles that Phineas has been blowing recently has put the following words from Shakespeare’s Macbeth in my mind:

Double, double toil and trouble

In my head the witches chant now goes something like this:

Bubble, bubble toil and trouble;
Head bop, and beak that bubbles.
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Leaf of spinach and finger of vet,
Shredded broccoli and red millet,
De-hulled oats and stalk of celery,
Egg boiled hard and seed of canary,
In the crop, churn and toss,
A bob of head and foamy froth,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

(Apologies to Mr Shakespeare!)

And here, a special treat for you all, is a video of Phineas blowing a bubble or two.  (The first bubble appears at around 42 seconds in).

For reference, here are the original, inspiring words of Shakespeare:

ALL
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.