Puddings & Toyboys

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Snoozing in the sunshine

Sometimes, even when it is cold, the room can be filled with sunshine.  On one particular day, Dalai was having a snooze in the sunshine, on Phinny’s hot pink ttmss swing.  Here are some photos in a slideshow:

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I have included a photo of Bezukhov who was also sitting in the sunshine.  He looks like he is sleeping because his eyes are closed but he was actually having a grumble at the time.  The photo looks a bit weird because he was behind the swing with the mirror that just happened to be reflecting the cage bars, giving a strange illusionary effect.

 

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Acceptance of the Silver Villa

Ferplast reinstated

Ferplast reinstated

Going back to last October, you will know that I removed the new cage, the Silver Villa, & reinstated the Ferplast as Bezukhov was unwell & it was thought familiarity would help his recovery.  The Silver Villa stayed in the room, but was shunted to the corner (the playgym, once again, in my bedroom).

This arrangement worked in that Bezukhov gradually got better.  The existing problem though, was giving him his medication.  As he was back to sleeping overnight in the Ferplast with Phineas, it meant that was the location for the morning medication chase.  Over the weeks, catching him got so difficult that I was led to a new idea; I opened the small side door of the Ferplast & moved the cage up to the big open door of the Manor, draping a sheet around the open areas around the edge. The plan was to chase him through the little side door, into the Manor & it worked!

Phineas on door of Silver Villa

Phineas on door of Silver Villa

Although flushed with the success of my idea, I knew that it was a one-off.  Knowing Bezukhov, once he worked out that ‘escape’ through the side door would just mean he still got caught in the Manor, he simply would not go through the door.  By this time, (mid-November) Bezukhov was back to normal, health-wise, so I decided, for my own sanity, to (once again) replace the Ferplast with the Silver Villa, there & then.

So, as from November the 18th, both Bezukhov & Phineas returned to sleeping overnight in the Manor!  This meant I had to open them up as early as possible in the morning because by then, Bezukhov needed some respite from Phineas.

They continued to ignore the Silver Villa & at most, sat on the top to eat from the pellet pots there.  Into December, Phineas started sitting on the top of the open door – it was a shorter flight to the window perch from there.  On the 16th of December, Phineas was sitting on my hand, contemplating a jiggy (it had been awhile) so I gradually moved him into the Silver Villa. He sat in there & preened for a bit although I think that was largely because he did not know how to get out, even though it has a large front door. I had to go in the other room & when I came back he had returned to the Manor.

Here is Phineas on his 16th December visit to the Silver Villa:

 

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Working out the sleeping arrangements

Now it is just Bezukhov & Phineas, sleeping arrangements needed to be renegotiated.  This has been a delicate & complicated operation & a settlement appears to be in sight.  The table below summarises the comings & goings.  The added notes give some explanation, though I doubt any real insight into the workings of a budgie mind.

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny's overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

Table 1: Two week log of Bezukhov & Phinny’s overnight sleeping pattern between the Manor & the Ferplast

 


Note 1
Bezukhov seriously considered staying overnight in Phinny’s cage. In the end, it did not happen but I sensed Bezukhov would prefer to sleep next to someone (even Phineas) rather than alone in the Manor.


Note 2
Bezukhov experimented by sitting in Phinny’s cage after he had eaten.  Unfortunately, at one point Bezukhov did not get out of Phinny’s way fast enough & was pushed to the floor of the Ferplast. Being a sensible toyboy he decided quite quickly that sleeping overnight with Phinny was NOT an option… so he returned to the Manor.


Note 3
Bezukhov again considered sleeping overnight with Phineas. However, I thought it best he stayed overnight when the next morning was not medication morning, so I encouraged him back into the manor but he was restless.  I imagined the following evening the probability of him staying overnight in the Ferplast was high, but I was foolish thinking I could predict their movements!


Note 4

Blood moon

Blood moon

For some reason, they both stayed out late which was unusual for Phineas as he tends to go to bed relatively early. Anyway, they both landed up in the manor, so I quietly locked them in. Phineas seemed a bit surprised but he was tired so settled quickly. Unlike the previous night when Bezukhov was restless on his own in the manor, he seemed ok with Phinny in there with him.  Just to be sure, I set my alarm for extra early the following morning… In fact, I set my alarm for 3am to see the blood moon (very nice!) but then set it again for early morning…

Normally I hear them chirping before I enter the room but it was silent, until I entered, when Phineas was clearly in need of some attention (regurgitation and/or jiggy-jiggy). Bezukhov was looking shell-shocked & had an expression that seemed to say, “What have I done, Mama?” I immediately got Phineas out (he willingly jumped on my hand) & transported him to his own cage. If budgies could sigh, then Bezukhov gave a massive one! He was then able to chirp (he was dumb struck before) & preen & eat.


Note 5

Bezukhov & Phineas

Bezukhov & Phineas

I really felt for Bezukhov this evening; he spent about 30 minutes getting comfortable in Phinny’s cage but then sat on the perch outside looking lost, like he did not know where his home was… However, he decided to persevere with the Ferplast. Phinny was already in bed on his ttmss swing so it was a good time to go in the cage – when Phinny is too tired to be troublesome. Bezukhov was looking a bit worried though & unsure where to settle. The doors were still open in case of a change of mind.

As I covered them over, Bezukhov made his way to the swing next to Phinny’s. He sat there normally for a moment, but then climbed to the top & was balancing precariously there (reminded me of dear Cagney as the two of them would often sit on top of swings, especially on a swing their pudding was sitting on).  Bezukhov then started to stretch across as if to sit on the other side of Phinny’s swing which made my heart go in my mouth, especially as Phinny noticed & leaned across with his beak open…. Bezukhov, being a sensitive & observant soul, thought better of that idea & settled on his swing in the normal fashion.


Note 6
Another night in the Ferplast. Bezukhov experimented with roosting positions.  He sat on the corner perch behind the ttmss swing, looking longingly at the free side of the swing (Phineas was already snoozing on the other side).  Bezukhov took some time to psyche himself up to sit there, but he finally did!  The two of them were on the ttmss swing!  Bezukhov did not look entirely relaxed but at least the mirror in the middle afforded some protection from Phinny, & potentially it was the safest place to be in the cage.  Phineas looked slightly put out because he could not slump like he usually does due to Bezukhov’s weight levelling out the swing.


Note 7
Once again, they both settled in the Ferplast for the night. Though it is now Bezukhov’s preferred location for sleeping, he is still not entirely relaxed; he keeps having to look over his shoulder.  He was preening at one point & did not get out of Phinny’s way quick enough so Phinny pushed him off the perch.  I opened the cage doors again in case Bezukhov thought the Manor would be a better option, but he stayed in the Ferplast.


Note 8
As usual, they both settled for bed in the Ferplast.  Unusually, Phineas sat on the other side of his ttmss swing, the side he never sits on, so he could stretch across & shake the other swing that Bezukhov was trying to sleep on…


Note 9

Swapped

Swapped

I decided to swap the positions of the Ferplast & the Manor. Bezukhov appears to have moved into the Ferplast, at least for the overnight stays, & this makes it difficult catching him for his medication in the morning.

Because of the change in position, the Ferplast was ignored & they both spent most of their time in & on the Manor.  Phineas was totally confused as all his routine regurgitating spots were in the Ferplast!  During early evening, whilst they were both in the Manor I locked them in. Bezukhov was restless as he clearly did not want to share the Manor with Phineas. I put my hand in, hoping Phinny would jump on & perhaps I could transport him into the Ferplast but he just came to the nearest perch, stretched across to bite me, then returned to the loft area!

So, Phineas was annoyed with me as I upset his jiggy & regurgitating routine & Bezukhov was annoyed with me for locking Phineas in the Manor with him!  They did eventually settle down for the night but not without Phineas first hitting Bezukhov on the head.


Note 10
After the biting from Phinny the previous night, in the morning it appeared we were friends again, which had to happen in order for him to do the hand-jive.

They both decided to return to the Ferplast for overnight sleeping, despite the cage being in the wrong location.


 

 

 

Sleep talking

Budgies can sometimes make snoozing look like hard work.  Here is Thomas having a sleep-talk:

Who is the roundest of them all?

Sometimes these boys look exceedingly fluffy & alarmingly puffed up. 🙂

I know who I think is the roundest.  Here he is putting his case forward:

Fluffy floor

It is moulting time again.  For the toyboys at least.

I came home yesterday to a floor full of fluff…

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Both Cagney & Bezukhov have lost a tail feather…

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They are snoozing more (much to Phinny’s distaste)….

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A step back

Atilla has not been well.

Atilla feeling a little sorry for herself

Last Wednesday, her poop did not look right.  I gave her antibiotics in water & she slurped it.  However, since then she has not wanted to eat or drink & has become very lethargic.  Her poops have not improved & have been sticking to her lump.  I took her to Mr Exotic Vet on Friday.

He examined her & said that the skin on the top part of the hernia is red & inflamed & will be causing her discomfort.  It will be caused by the weight of the hernia dragging the skin down.  The top part is the area she can reach which means she may be aggravating it by preening & rubbing her foot against it.

He prescribed antibiotics in water during the day & Critical Care formula in water during the night.  I am to report back on her progress tomorrow, Monday.

The boys visiting Atilla in the travel cage

Since the vet visit she has eaten a little broccoli & occasionally has a few seeds.  Unfortunately, even though I hold the water up to her, she has not been drinking it.  I have been dunking the broccoli in it & hoping she consumes some through that.  Cagney still feeds her though I doubt that much food gets through as most of it seems to land up dribbling down his chin!

At the beginning of the week, things in the Manor were rearranged again, this time to put seed/water pots up another level to save Atilla having to climb down for food.  I know it is normally suggested that perches are lowered but as Atilla appears to think the Manor floor is made of hot coals I have moved everything up to her.

Atilla spends most of the day sleeping though she is still very aware of all going on around her.  Mr EV thought Atilla looked very alert, despite her problems.  She was studying him intensely, especially when he was typing up her notes & even chirped loudly at him a few times.

I continue to keep my eye on her, keep offering her food & water & making sure she is as comfortable as possible.

Sleeping beauties

Since Atilla has been poorly with her lump, its complications & the moult, & Cagney has been upset with his gammy leg, there has been more sleeping during the daytime.  Bezukhov likes a decent nap now & then so usually joins them.

Here are photos of them… they are snoozing & they are beautiful…

Survival on Easter Sunday

Atilla has not been well.

She was fine on Easter Sunday morning & even had a chew of my blue, velcro rollers (my Easter treat to her).  However, around 1pm I noticed that she was not accepting Cagney’s regurgitated seed.  I observed her for a little while & found she was struggling to balance & was not right.

As the afternoon progressed, she got steadily worse.  She got very weak & several times perched on my finger but as she gradually slumped forward I put my other hand out until she was laying across my hands.  If she opened her wing she had no energy to close it.  I really thought this was the end.

Every so often she would shake her head & realise she was slumping & then sit up straight, only to gradually slump again.

Cagney was trying to feed her.  Sometimes I could see he was trying to prise her beak open to get some seed in.  She had no interest in eating or drinking.  That evening, I held her for about 2 hours in my hands, in the Manor, whilst she slept.  Coming up to bedtime she started getting restless & wanted to get to the seed pot (the bedtime routine).  I laid my hand out so she could climb over there but instead she threw herself on the pot, took a few moments to steady herself then forced herself to eat about 10 seeds.  She then settled on the perch to sleep.

I positioned my poang chair so I could see directly into the Manor & got ready for the night ahead.  I had a little doze & when I awoke, could not see Atilla… She had managed to climb into the loft area, make her way past the toyboys (on front swings) & was sat on the loft perch.  As she was at the back, I set the alarm to go off every hour, when I would turn the lamp on & check she was still okay.  I was actually amazed that she survived that day & that night.  What a strong-willed girl she is.

Tucked up in bed

Bezukhov on front swing with Cagney on top. Atilla on swing behind.

Recently, the time for budgie bedtime has been dictated by when Atilla has finished chewing the back of the Poang chair.  Bezukhov is usually the first to want to go to bed & will sometimes get in a few naps before Atilla’s return.  Occasionally, he will go to her at the chair & try & persuade her to retire to bed but Atilla goes by her own timetable.

However, when she does retire to bed, the routine to tuck them in can commence.  Firstly, I usually offer seed to Atilla (makes a change from regurgitated seed).  Cagney joins her & they both squeeze their heads into the same seed pot.  When they are done, Bezukhov then wants to eat from that same seed pot, so I stand there holding it for him, even though there are another three seed pots in the cage.  Sometimes I let him eat from the pot before Atilla (depending what mood Atilla is in).  I like to make him feel special though I have to do this in a way that does not challenge Atilla’s leadership.

Atilla on front swing with Cagney on top, Bezukhov on back perch

After seed has been consumed, bedtime positions can be worked out.  This can change nightly but there is some pattern.  Cagney either sleeps at the top of a swing or on the back loft perch with Bezukhov.  Bezukhov is quite flexible & will sleep either on the back perch, a swing or the top of a swing.  Atilla will sleep on a swing or sometimes stays on her main perch (below loft area)

It does not happen often but some mornings, when I wake them up, they are all in different positions to when I left them the night before. 🙂