Some of you may know, recently one of my two budgies passed away. Now I am left with one budgie, Angel, whom I've had for several years. She must be around 7 or 8 years old. I got her when I was young and never tamed her or anything. She spent all her time with the other budgie I had and they were really close. Well now he is gone and she is lonely. These are my options for her:
- rehome her to someone who owns some budgies as well so she is not lonely anymore. The only problem is well I will feel sad to let her go, and also I don't want to stress her out so much with a new environment and all since she has been used to living with us where she is now. I also feel like I'm somehow betraying her, in a sense, if I give her away. I don't know how to explain it. :/
- tame her and interact with her myself. The problem with this is that I'm not sure if I will have the time. I am starting university this year and doing extra units of study on top of the normal amount of study. Even if I find time, I don't know if I can be consistent. And the times I will be away from her she might get lonely. I don't want to just put a mirror in there, I don't think it solves the problem and is not like real interaction with another real budgie.
I don't want to get a new budgie either, main reason being I don't really want to deal with death and sickness anymore. The budgie in my avatar died about a year ago when he was about 10 yrs old, and still today I feel guilt for his death. Now I have the guilt for my other budgie who just passed. I know I shouldn't feel guilty and I wasn't at fault but I can't help it, it's not something I want to go through again with Angel.
I'm not going to tell you what you "should" do. But I will share my experience.
A few months ago, a member of this forum had a similar situation. Her beloved tame male budgie had died, and she felt she couldn't give enough attention to the surviving hen, who was untame. (Plus she was grieving the death of the male.) She re-homed the hen to me. After a two month adjustment period, the hen is now a happy member of my flock of 13.
With any pet you have to be prepared to accept that eventually and it is sometimes sooner rather than later they will pass away.
In saying this it definitely doesn't lessen the ache and loneliness we feel when this happens ,I have experienced it just last week in fact my lovely boy Haze the one in the top left of my signature passed away .
regarding your situation at present I agree with you to rehome her would be hard as she has lived her life with you for so long ,
you are so lucky and obviously must take great care of her as she is a healthy age for a budgie.
As she was used to having a friend if it were me I would consider obtaining another budgie, you are going to be extra busy with study so if she was left on her own when you are at uni, studying e.t.c. this would be hard for her.
Please don't feel I am pushing you, if you choose to rehome her I can understand your feelings. Take care and best wishes with your studies.