Django’s Rough Weekend

Mark recently adopted little Django, a once nameless budgie. Django has been doing great. He loves to squawk and spend most of his time making beats by tapping on his mirror with his beak. I was very impressed with how well he did on the ride home from his previous location, his cooperation with hand training, and his ability to navigate while flying. It was truly remarkable to see considering the fact that he was not used to human interaction and had rarely, if at all, been let out of his cage in the past.

This past Friday was rainy and overcast outside. Django was fairly quiet and wasn’t upbeat like he had been the past few days. It seemed that he may have been relaxing and subdued due to the weather. However, as the day passed, his body language became gradually worse. By the time I came home from work to visit, he had looked the worst that he had. I noticed that when he did attempt to eat, he was throwing up seed (this looks like a violent head shake when little seed particles fly across the room). His eyes were also swollen . Mark and I took him into an emergency vet clinic in town (thankfully just opened last year) and waited to see a vet. After looking at his crop, the vet confirmed that he had an avian yeast infection, most likely brought on by stress. She described it as if he had athletes foot in his throat, as the infection causes the crop to feel like it’s burning due a change in PH level. She prescribed two oral medications to give to him twice a day. He is getting better minute by minute and he can hold his food down. His medication is almost done, which he really does not enjoy to say the least. We are looking forward to sharing more stories from a healthy and upbeat bird!

Django

Image: A Fulmer, June 2013

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On Pets – Meet Sufi and Tél

Meet Sufjan and Tél, my two parakeets. These guys are also known as budgerigars, or budgies for short. They are small parrots found in the wild in the Australian outback. Naturally green and yellow, breeding mutations have caused the dominant yellow gene to disappear, leaving blue, white, grey, and sometimes violet undertones in their feathers.

Budgies are found at almost any pet-store and are often considered a “cheap bird” for kids and beginning bird owners. Unfortunately, with that stigma, they are also seen as disposable compared to larger and more expensive parrots. There are many up for adoption because their previous owners did not want to commit to their needs. Please consider adoption if you are planning to accept a bird into your family. They are always joyful and energetic when treated right, and will surely brighten your day for a long time.

Budgies have very pleasant voices, and have the potential to mimic sounds. They do, like most parrots, squawk. They become background noise to those who find the songs and chirping appealing. Those who do not like a lot of noise should not get a bird. They respond to the energy in the room, making commotion when it gets loud, and napping when the room is quiet. If you are tense, they are tense. A happy bird is a talkative one.

Tél

Tél!

Sufi!

Little Sufi!

I will be making more posts about them in the future. Hopefully our adventures, notes, and guidelines may come in handy for someone!