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25/11/2017 / featheredfiends

Happy Birthday to Blithe, 4 years old today.

On 25th May 2014, Blithe came to us, aged 6 months old.

So he is 4 years old today. I did sing happy birthday to him this morning, but he just ran along my hand and bit me. A testament to my singing.

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21/11/2017 / featheredfiends

Fly high my little smart boy Pete

Unfortunately Pete passed away yesterday evening after a short respiratory illness.

Pete came to us in April 2017 with his mate Polly. He was very protective of her and did not like any other boys going near her.

He flew to me for millet, which he sometimes shared with Custard, providing I supervised.

Occasionally he would land on my glass of water, usually this meant that he wanted me to check his water and lo and behold when I looked there would be a seed husk in it. After I changed the water, he would go down and take a big gulp. He liked his water a particular way.

I’m sorry that you were not with us for long Pete, just 7 months, but you made a big impression.

We’ll never know what your real age was as your previous owner found you outside, or rather you found her.

We’ll miss you. I hope you were happy here.

14/11/2017 / featheredfiends

What’s Up? – Budgerigar

A fantastic post about Budgies from my friend H.J. Ruiz from Georgia!

H.J. Ruiz - Avian101

This post is pertinent to a well known bird endemic to Australia but has become a favorite pet bird around the world. My friend Marianne that lives in London is an expert for these beautiful birds, she asked me to post some relevant information about Budgies. I gathered some important facts that will help this bird to get closer to the viewers. ~ H.J.

The Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as the common parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. Budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring…

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08/11/2017 / featheredfiends

Hector and his tiny friend Custard

Earlier on I took a few photos of Hector and Custard. I t turns out that one of the photos makes Hector look really huge and his friend Custard really tiny, which is quite amusing.

05/11/2017 / featheredfiends

Billybob, worries and millet

One day last week we were very worried about Billybob as he only seemed to be able to perch properly on one foot.
He was bunching the other foot up into a fist and kneeling on the knuckle.

Before Billybob came to us he was in a cage (with JoJo) that had java branches that were too big for his feet to be able to grip properly.

At first I was worried that he might have a tumour that was pressing on a nerve and making his foot unusable.
We examined him and found that his toe-nails were a little bit long, causing some of them to hook onto eachother when he bunched his foot. Some of the toenails, even the short ones are slightly too curved. I did my best with my tiny pair of nail-clippers, carefully taking a milimetere or two off of each one. It’s very tough to cut some of my budgies toenails as I can’t see the quick properly.

Then I used some aloe vera gel to massage his legs and feet. Never did I think that budgie physio-therapist would be added to my repertoire.

Of course, Billybob hated the whole experience and even managed to reach out and bite me at one point.

He seems to be able to perch okay now thankfully, but I’ll keep up the leg/foot massage for him and also keep an eye on his nails.

Even though Billybob is over 10 years old (been with us about 4 years), he still surprises me sometimes. The other day I put some millet out for everyone on the playgroud. I have to tie it on with some paper string or Lucy will chuck it all on to the floor. Billybob doesn’t usually land on the playground and it’s a bit of a
free-for-all with millet on it and he gets pushed off.

I said to Billybob, don’t worry, I’ll put some in your cage for you and you can share with Hector. A few minutes later I glanced over to the playground and saw Billybob standing by the side of it, eating the fallen millet, apparently he couldn’t wait!

04/11/2017 / featheredfiends

Keep your pets safe this Bonfire Night

It’s Bonfire night on 5th November, but for the past 2 nights people have been letting off fireworks outside. It scares my birds a lot. I have closed and locked all windows to try and minimize the sounds of the bangs but it doesn’t block out all of the noise.

Be sure to keep your pets safe!

Sky, Custard and Hector all came over to sit with me for safely.

31/10/2017 / featheredfiends

Budgie-ing around!

Will this one do for my Vogue photo shoot? (Custard)

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George, Custard, Blithe, Lucy, Polly and Billybob just hanging around.

Budgies on swings

 

Polly and Lucy relaxing

Polly and Lucy sitting together

 

I’m watching you (Blithe)

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Lucy and Polly hennying around.

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Lucy destroying an early Christmas gift from the Natural Bird Product Company

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Pete, I can see some lovely boxes that we could use as a nest here (Polly)

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I am watching you at all times and I know you have millet (Blithe)

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31/10/2017 / featheredfiends

Pete sitting on my hand eating millet

A couple of days ago, I was feeding Custard some millet on the arm of the sofa. I held out my arm and called Pete over, thinking that I may as well try and he’d shown interest in sitting next to Custard and sharing millet with him.

I was amazed to find that Pete flew straight to me and landed on my hand, so of course he was rewarded with some millet.

There is nothing like the feeling of a budgie sitting on your hand, wrapping their little toes around your finger, totally trusting you.

Just to add that he didn’t eat this whole piece, 6 budgies (Pete, Custard, George, Sky, Hector and Blithe) shared it, taking it in turns to come over and have some at different points during the day.

20/10/2017 / featheredfiends

A thinking Billybob..

Last night when cleaning the budgie cages, I decided to see if I could get a good close up of Billybob.

When every I look at his little eyes I wonder what he’s thinking, which is probably “get that camera out of my face!”

He’s moulting but he always looks handsome.

19/10/2017 / featheredfiends

Lucy’s vet visit 17th October 2017

One morning a few days ago, I noticed that Lucy’s droppings were a bit off in colour and consistency. I wondered if it was due to moulting or George feeding her a lot.

Then in the evening I saw that her cere had a discharge above it that could have possibly been blood. It was very upsetting as it looked horrific. I hate to think of any of my birds (or any animal) suffering.

The next morning the discolouration was worse and she looked very sorry for herself. At first I wondered if she had sinusitis as she seemed to be sneezing blood.

I booked a vet appointment, hoping it was something that could be sorted out as I was extremely worried about her. I had to wait a day to see the vet that I trusted the most. I don’t have access to a proper avian vet (we need more of those!) but this guy has a lot of bird knowledge, handles the birds well, listens to me and examines the birds gently.

On the morning of the appointment her droppings were back to normal thankfully.

The vet weighed her, listened to her breathing and checked her wings. He took a close look at her cere with his magnifying hat thing that he has, checked inside her beak for injuries, also used a cotton bud to lightly press on the cere to make sure it was not infected.

He said that she may have flown into something but the damage was external and she doesn’t need antibiotics. Apparently she’s in very good health. He said if there are any changes with her cere over the next week that look like infection to email him photos and he’ll leave me some antibiotics at reception.

When the vet put her back in the box she squawked her head off at him!

So, the damage was just the £31.50 consult charge. Lucy had been on 4 buses and 2 underground trains. She’s a very well-traveled budgie.

As soon as she got home her and George were calling to each-other, I think he was very worried that he wasn’t going to see her again.

She went straight to him when I let her out.

She seems fine now, back to normal behaviour of pushing boys off their perches, flying around squawking and destroying things.

I have added photos of Lucy’s discoloured droppings and a picture of what she looked like before we took her to the vet. Also a photo of her with some of her friends the next day, looking better.

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