I have two budgies, and one of them died 5 minutes ago. I can't stop crying even though I only had him for a few months. App is a rescue and came from a difficult place, and is very afraid of humans. I didn't want to pressure him, so I always kept my distance, but let him know i was around, so he could get used to me on his own terms. Whenever I got close he would flutter around, back away, and start breathing hard. I thought it was because he was nervous but maybe it was actual breathing problems? Last night he was acting weird, fluffed up with his eyes closed and on the bottom of the cage. I though it was stress because my friend had just left so i covered him and let him have some quiet to calm down. The next morning he was still like that, and his breathing was raspy and weird. I knew he was sick but I don't have money to take him to the vet so i put him in a dim warm room and gave him food and water and did everything i could find on the internet. He kept falling off his perch so i put him in a blanket on the floor of his cage. I had to leave to work but i just came back and looked worse. He tried to climb the cage but he just fell off and he couldn't keep his eyes open. I had to catch him from falling and he was limp in my hand. His breathing got worse and he started struggling but he couldn't stand up and he just collapsed and died.
There's nothing anyone can do now and i still feel like he's just going to wake up but he's gone. i just need to know what happened. my friend said he might have just had a congentitally messed up lung or something but i want to know because it might be contagious so im staying away from my other budgie. i cant calm down enough to do anything right now and i just need to know please. I'm so sorry i know im just dragging on but if anyone knows what happened please help me. im such an idiot i should have done something :"-( if this post gets deleted or something i understand im just so out of it right now
I'm very sorry for the loss of your budgie.
Despite the sad circumstances of your joining us, I do want to welcome you to Talk Budgies.
Unfortunately, there is no way anyone on the forum can tell you why your budgie died. The only way to know for sure would be to have an Avian Vet perform a necropsy.
Budgies hide symptoms of illness and by the time you realize they are sick they are often quite ill. This is why it is important to get the proper medical attention for your budgie at the first sign of any illness.
For the future, I would recommend you start an emergency fund so you will have the financial means to get treatment for your remaining budgie should the time come when he requires it.
Take a shower, change your clothes and attend to your other budgie.
He is going to be mourning the loss of his friend and will need you to be calm and relaxed when you deal with him. Give your remaining budgie as much TLC as possible right now to help him through the transition.
If you see any signs of illness, you need to take him to an Avian Vet for an exam. You can set up a payment plan or borrow the funds from a family member or friend if necessary.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Thank you FaeryBee. My parents agreed to help me pay for a vet visit but everything happened so fast that they didn't really have a chance to help. If I could do it all over again I would just use some of my school savings, but for now i just need to take care of my other budgie (Mio). Thank you for your descriptive answer, I've had a bit of time to calm down. I think it's unlikely that App had a contagious disease now, but I might get a necropsy of some sort or ask a vet to check him out just to make sure. At this point, i don't think I could handle losing Mio so i will be a lot more careful in watching his behavior.
I'm so sorry that your precious boy has passed away. It's never easy to lose our little ones, no matter how long they have been with us. Keep his memory close and he will never be too far away
Meanwhile, I agree with all the advice above. I hope that you and Mio are able to get through this difficult time and feel better soon.
As you browse through the forums, be sure to read through the links posted by FaeryBee as it will help you to stay posted on the very best of budgie care. If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask as we'd love to help.
I hope to see you around and that everything goes well for you and your little budgie. I'm so sorry that you're going through this heartbreak with losing your Apollo.
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Hi, welcome to the forum . I'm sorry that you joined during such a painful time. My deepest condolences to you. There is some good advice given in the posts above. Time will heal the pain. Mio needs you to be as strong as you can manage to be right now.