Puddings & Toyboys

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Tales from Quarantine – Vegetables & Salt (3 of 8)

During quarantine, I introduced Moriarty to vegetables, with varying success.  Actually, truth be told, not a lot of success!  He was not scared of what I was offering, but did not really eat anything with any gusto.  Post-quarantine he has expressed more than a passing interest in apple.  I am hoping that more time spent with Perry & Lennie will encourage more vegetable eating.

Trying the baby corn

 

First bite of broccoli:

 

The salt lick has been popular with all birds I have introduced it to & Moriarty was no exception:

Moriarty & the salt lick

 

Peeling a pea

Does anyone else peel peas for their birds?

Dalai & Perry like sugar snap peas (Lennie not so much) but tend to ignore them if they are not peeled.  They also eat more when I present a peeled portion of pea on my finger.

 

I have been reflecting on those who were here before.  Cagney loved a pea.  He would expertly hull the pea & eat the treasure inside.  Phineas also loved a pea but would eat the casing too.  He would chomp down & it was all gone in a second.  Some earlier posts on peas are here:

Pea preference

Peas, peas and more peas

 

Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

Here is a video of Raspy eating vegetables from about 8 years ago:

 

Always in our thoughts.

xxx

 

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Bezukhov’s last week

We happily celebrated Bezukhov’s 8th birthday.   We did not know that just hours later things would take a bad turn.

The following morning, on the 28th June, as I uncovered them, I noticed Bezukhov was not himself.  He was quiet & was not eating.  There seemed to be an absence of overnight poops too.  I was concerned enough to call Ms Independent Vet (IV).

After a thorough examination, she suspected he was constipated & could feel a mass that suggested that, along with dried poops just inside his vent.  She administered fluids (orally & by injection under the skin).  Additionally, she gave him an anti-inflammatory injection & a vitamin B boost.  At best, this was simply constipation that would clear within 48 hours.  At worst, something else, something sinister, was causing the constipation.

During the day, I offered lots of different foods: fennel, apple, spinach, basil, celery & millet.  Fennel is his go-to food when not well so it was not a good sign that he refused it.

The following day, he managed a few seeds & a tiny piece of celery leaf & basil.  He seemed quite weak & was constantly fiddling with his bottom area.  At bedtime he ate about 15-20 seeds & also had a slurp of water.

On the 30th, he had slightly more seeds & carried on drinking his water.  He had pooped overnight.  The poops were green & sludgy, so really not good, however it suggested that any blockage was clearing.  He continued to gradually improve, so much so, that the next day (1st July) he started chirping a little & had a brief flirt with Dalai.  He felt well enough to fly over to the playgym & also the window perch.  His poops were still a mess but at least he was pooping.  He was still, in the main, lethargic.  I was still offering all the vegetables listed above, along with broccoli & cucumber.

 

However, the next day (2nd July), he seemed to take a few steps back.  Ms IV visited & thought he seemed a lot better & brighter than when she last saw him (4 days previous).  Though I agreed that he was better than on the 28th, I explained that he was better the previous day so had got worse again.  She said his insides felt clearer & less blocked.  His poops were still of concern & she wondered if perhaps the constipation had caused bacteria to grow.  I was to collect his poops over the next few days in case it was helpful to send them for testing.  She gave him another anti-inflammatory injection & something for nausea.  She also prescribed antibiotics in water for a few days (given that he seemed to be drinking again, which he was not before).

It was all very confusing & worrying…  Read more of this post

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.

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The Big Corn

When I give the boys corn, it is usually baby corn.  It has been some time but I decided to treat them to ‘proper’ corn.  A big chunk of sweet corn with juicy nuggets for them to get their beaks into.

My memory fails me as to whether Phineas has actually had the big corn before.  If he has, it was a long time ago & there is no record of it!  The last blog post on the proper corn was Juicy Corn, that shows Cagney & Bezukhov tucking in.

After the initial shock of seeing a big, bright yellowy ‘thing’ on the landing platform, Phineas took a brief swipe at it as he passed.  He must have got the taste of it as it did not take long for him to tuck in.  Then it seemed he could not pass by without indulging in some.

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Picking out the carrot

Every now & then I give the toyboys & Phineas some carrot.  I usually peel off very thin slices & offer it by hand.  Bezukhov normally has a very dainty nibble.  Cagney has a little more, but Phineas chomps his way through it rapidly.

Sometimes I grate the carrot & mix it in as part of their vegetable medley.  On these occasions, I have noticed the carrot disappears first.

Before

Before

 

After

After

 

Phineas is definitely the culprit (isn’t he always?!)

 

Pea preference

Peas are still popular here.  I usually get sugar snap peas & mix them with other vegetables.  The peas are always picked out first, usually by Cagney.

Cagney & the peas:

Bezukhov eating a pea:

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Phineas also likes peas but I do not have a photo of him with a pea in his beak, so here is one of him eating celery:

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Open-minded about mint

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lI had some fresh mint.  I wondered if anyone would eat it.

Mint has a rather chequered history here.  Atilla & Raspy thought mint was the devil & they took to the hills as soon as they got a whiff of it.  The toyboys were not impressed with it either, but were not so dramatic about it.

Perhaps they would think differently about it now?

I got a small, inoffensive leaf & decided to offer it to each boy in turn.  As previously posted in 2011 (click here), Cagney was not impressed.  He is still not impressed & though he approached the mint leaf, the smell was enough to tell him a nibble was out of the question.  Bezukhov, as in 2011, could get past the smell & have a nibble but clearly the taste was not to his liking, then & now, & he quickly turned his back on it.

everystockphoto_mint_242060_lHowever, Phineas was excited to see some green stuff coming his way & reached out to bite it.  In fact, the dear boy liked it enough to chomp through a substantial part of the leaf.   Mint is popular!  Mint has a friend!  Mint is good!

What about Thomas?  What did he think?  Well he had a couple of bites but looked a little unsure.  I suspect that for the time being, he may be keeping an open mind about mint.

Chowing down on celery

Despite not being well, Thomas is still enjoying his vegetables.  The VeGducating Thomas series shows that celery is a vegetable that has already been approved.  One day I had some celery with the leaves for a misting.  Thomas was not too concerned about the misting but was very keen on chowing down on the celery.