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  1. An update now that I've taken Pippin to the vet for his checkup (and a subsequent blood test). I asked for additional blood tests since they had identified issues before, and they came back not crash hot. He has a protein level of 18 (apparently normal is 30-50?) and an infection that he has been fighting off. She believes it is a kidney issue. I was given antibiotics for him to take twice a day, and I've started to supplement some pellets as treats along with his seed and veges. ANYWAY. I took him back on Tuesday for another blood test, and apparently the antibiotics have made his inf
  2. Hi Rachel. Pippin has had urates/water in his poop for quite a few months now - when I took him to the vet, they suggested that it may just be the way that his body is built (that, when he poops, he does not have the function to separate water from poop). He has been on antibiotics before without result. They were going to do a water deprivation test to see if he was diabetic, but at the time I could not afford it, so I am going back for further feedback on Feb 10.
  3. Hi Jenny and Bird Junky, He seems to have dried off but I can't see any evidence that he had a bath yesterday. Today he has been fine. Still happy temperament, still chasing after his toy ball and chirping and talking. In terms of diet, we struggle with that one a bit. He is on a seed diet, but I give him pellets on occasion as treats, and he eats apple, broccoli and parsley. We haven't been able to encourage him to eat many other things. I try to keep to greens though, because I know the apple would be contributing to his more watery output. His annual checkup is coming in the n
  4. Heya all! So Pippin Tiberius is nearly 2, and he has been to the vet many times as he passes a lot of urine in his droppings (they believe that it may not be being "caught" when he poos, etc.) He has been on medications before with little result, and they indicated if he ever got worse and was lethargic/not chirpy to bring him back in for a water deprivation test. He has not had any change in mood or energy at all. He plays with his toys a lot (is fascinated with his mirror!) and is always talking. However, when I got home this evening, I noticed that his abdomen and his vent are a
  5. A recent shot of Pippin Tiberius. He has certainly grown up a bit, and has developed his own .... AMUSING .... personality! Pippin trying out his "EXCUSE me?!" look. On the front lines .... he has a thing about sitting on my bed and playing with his toys .... ... he kinda does this on the table too! But he also gives good hugs.
  6. Heya all! Well, I've had little Pippin for about a month now, and he is doing wonderfully with nibbling different foods and playing with some toys outside of the cage .... ... but as soon as I put anything INTO the cage, he gets scared out of his wits! I have tried everything - a little bell, some wood toys, rope toys, even a small mirror (even though I HATED doing that!!). The reaction is always the same - he bolts to the opposite side of the cage and will not move, trying very hard to ignore whatever is there. The obvious exception to this was the mirror, which he sat in front of and ch
  7. So my darling Pippin went for his first vet consult today, and I am so glad that he did! I've always taken my birds to the birds & exotics vet at Mt Gravatt and they have always been on the ball with my little men. So they did a test of his crop and his poop .... and it seems as if Pippin has megabacteria! The vet explained that it is a fungal infection that affects many budgies, and is usually passed along pretty easily. Question 1: Have any of you guys had megabacteria treated with sodium benzoate before? I believe that it is a new treatment. It's certainly going to be a bit eas
  8. You can see a tiny yellow tinge near his beak (or maybe I am being hopeful? ) Such a beautiful photo. Popcorn is going to be a delight, I'm sure!
  9. Haha - Hezz, I actually just call him Pippin. and it was just because I was as indecisive as you! I was thinking of calling him Tiberius after James Kirk in Star Trek, but I knew the poor fella would probably have troubles learning it. And Puck wasn't acceptable because my family was concerned it could be associated with "a bad word". Names are the hardest and I had trouble until I really knew the bird. But I love names which have a bit of a rhythmic feel to them and with strong consonants - Piccolo was my first budgie's name, Scouty was his best friend. I liked Pippin because it had that
  10. Took me long enough, because I am usually quite extravagant with names. But I'd like to introduce my little man: Pippin Tiberius Puck. Don't fret - I just call him Pippin. But I'd like to think that he is going to have some great adventures, so every adventurer needs an epic name, right? After five days, he is getting used to my shoulder quite well! Not bad for an aviary bird. But he is still a bit timid, and understandably so because my house can be a bit noisy. I am still trying to get him onto the vegetables (tips for introducing greens and even some new toys would be so very w
  11. Pippin has a taste for millet now. Method of bribery isolated. Let the training begin. ;)

  12. Thank you all - I thought I was right!! There were quite a few girls left at the place where I got him from, and the breeder wasn't 100% sure because for a boy he's got a little bit of nip to him apparently. I've never owned a yellowface before - thought it was appropriate - yellow for Scout, blue/cobalt for Piccolo (although not sure whether he'll go cobalt or blue, or even violet like Piccolo, in the long run!)
  13. Hello all! I haven't been here for a while since my gorgeous boys, Piccolo and Scout, flew away in July last year. Well, it's been close to a year now, and after a few life events I decided it was time for another bird! So my new little one came home today (Still thinking of a name and when I do I will share! ). He has been pretty okay out of the cage on my finger but he'll have some space to himself for the rest of the day. But my brother is convinced it is a girl, and I am reasonably sure that it is a boy, but just a very young one. Would someone be able to help us settle this disp
  14. Hello all! Well, I got a new camera, and with new camera comes new photos! I took this one today of my very special little man Scout, and just could not resist sharing: Just got them both onto a pellet diet, and seeds are now a "treat" that they eat out of my hand. The have been relocated into the guinea pig's room so they have been playing with some of the guinea pig hay lately too.
  15. Heya all! Well, Piccolo and Scout are doing very well, and we also have three very adorable guinea pigs in our family too! Because we feed the guineas a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, I just wanted to check the success rate of feeding some of these fruits/vegies to budgies: Rockmelon Honeydew melon Broccolini Capsicum We give the guineas watermelon as well, but it might be a bit TOO watery for my little cherubs! :bliss: Also, I was curious how people feed fruits and veges to their birds. At the moment, I use pegs and peg it to the side of the cage so that the boys
  16. Piccolo and Scouty officially have a cage to share! They are both very happy boys. "Budgie Town" "okay - enough with the photos already!" Piccolo and Scout - always on the move Scout is getting a lot more confident in flying from perch to perch, rather than climbing. I am so proud of him - he is getting along well with Piccolo and is a lot more confident than he was a couple of weeks ago. Piccolo is happily playing the part of dutiful big brother. When Scout is hopping from one perch to another, Piccolo is always standing there, chirping happily as if to say, "You can do it, buddy
  17. Thanks! Good to see you too. I will upload photos of the darling boys as soon as I have the chance!
  18. Thanks Elly! I'll start from the beginning and gradually re-introduce. :hap:
  19. Thanks for the advice, Elly! I did read some of this in the FAQ's and that was what prompted my current process in introducing the boys. The reason that I have been trying for "mutual ground" is because I still wanted them to feel safe in their current cages, given that Piccolo is a big lad compared to Scouty! However, I have gradually been introducing them to cage life together: Piccolo going into Scout's cage and vice versa on a supervised basis, and increasing the amount of time. I find that initially there is some pecking, but they settle down after about 15-20 minutes. They pret
  20. Heya all! Long time no speak! An update on my special little guy, Scout. Still not 100% firm on his feet, but he is certainly an adorable little man! The vet says that he will most likely never be totally stable - we have been giving him calcium drops over the last 4-5 weeks and there has not been a noticeable improvement. The quarantine period is over, and he and Piccolo have been introduced. :happy-dancing: At the moment, until I get their new cage put together, I have their cages in the same room. They also hang out with my partner's two guinea pigs, Wombat and Chris. They all
  21. In the end I just took the boy - you can read more about my baby Scout in this post. :hap:
  22. Just an update on the special little guy - I took him to the vet last night (Brisbane Birds and Exotics)and now he is on a dosage of Calci-vet. We are not sure if it will do any good, as it seems as if both legs are a little weak. We also have put rope perches in his quarantine cage and he seems to be enjoying them a lot better. I've emailed the breeder as well. She did say she would love to hear updates, so I was more than happy to let her know. We finally decided on a name. Due to his quirky little nature (curious, energetic), he has officially been named Scout.
  23. I am going to try and get him to a vet tomorrow. As it is today, I've taken him out of the cage and notice that he is really uneasy on his feet - he will sit on the perch fine but move around a lot unless he is on a flat surface. He also tends to "burrow" into me, and is lying on his belly a lot .... ... My partner says we can wait to take to the vet until mid-week, but I really want to take him tomorrow morning. And yes - I'll be sending a note to the breeder as well. I'm really angry that she did not pick this up earlier (she mentioned that he did "lie down from time to time", but t
  24. Yeah, he is a bit uneasy on his left leg. I was presuming it is because he is still so young ... is this something I should be worried about? I'm scheduled to take him to the vet in a fortnight (halfway through quarantine), but could take him earlier....
  25. I thought so too - but I am totally paranoid that I will start interchanging names .... Piccolo ... Poco .... *laughs*