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Old 02-06-2015, 12:52 AM
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Hello,

I just recently lost a budgie due to a freak-accident. A stray cat snuck into my apartment (I'm assuming through the front door) and hid under my bed. Later after I left the cat killed one of my budgies, but the other one managed to escape.

I was wondering what the next best step would be for my traumatized budgie. His personality reversed completely and I don't know what to do. He cries for his mate, will hardly eat, and I have to leave him alone for at least 6 hours every day. And when I come home I give him extra attention.

He is close to two years old. How long should I wait before introducing him to a new companion? Do birds grieve like we do? I'm looking for any response and some feedback, please help. Thank you!

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Old 02-06-2015, 04:03 AM
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I'm very sorry to hear about your budgie's passing...
Before going out, you can leave the radio on for your budgie, the background noise will give him some comfort and also make him more at ease. Covering the cage on three sides with a blanket, leaving only the front part of the cage showing will also help your budgie to feel more safe after the whole stray cat ordeal.

Yes, budgies do grieve their losses. When my Tito passed away, the whole budgie flock went silent for one whole day and it took a while for them to go back to normal, even though he only had one cagemate, all the budgies in the birdroom knew of his passing and paid their respects with utter and complete silence.
You do well in giving him the much needed extra attention and since he doesn't seem to be coping well with his mate's loss and you are away for long periods of time, the very best thing to do is to get him a new friend.
If possible do quarantine the new budgie in a different cage and room from your other budgie, this is done as a precautionary measure to prevent any possible illness to be passed to your current budgie.

I wish you the best of luck with everything and hope your budgie will soon return to his happy self again.

And despite the very sad circumstances, welcome to the forums!
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:26 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss as Aluz has said yes they do grieve. As you are away for long periods I agree it would be wise to get him a new friend as soon as possible. Take care of your little one, I hope he feels better soon.
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I am so sorry this happened.. The budgies grieve and their personalities differ.I've seen very upset and sad budgies and then I saw Lina,my hen.Her cagemate,Lino had passed away and since that day she is seeking our attention.Since then,she sees us as her flock members and she calls us to go near her. Give extra TLC to your budgie when you're there and play some music when you're not there.Keep him occupied.
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Sorry such a sad ordeal bring's you to the forum, but welcome to talk budgies. You live in the same area as an outstanding English budgie breeder that is also a member here. Maybe you could get your bird a new friend from her. Check out cutelittlebirdies website....
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Hi Meagan,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am attaching a link and hope you will go through the remedies on this link: Bach Flower Remedies

I think that there are actually 2 things to address with your little one. One: he witnessed this traumatic event so that is the first shock. Two: he lost his companion.

Bach's Rescue Remedies help to restore his confidence and can help him adjust to having lost his companion. You can use up to about 4 different remedies in one mixture. Get a clean dropper bottle (available at health stores that sell the Bach Rescue Remedies and Flower Essences), add distilled water and then 2 to 4 drops of each solution that you choose for him. Read the descriptions carefully and choose the ones that you feel are most appropriate.

I have used these for years. When I was in dachshund rescue we used them all the time with great success and they have done wonders on my green cheeked conure (he actually licks the dropper every morning when I add his drops to his water dish, I call it his magic water).

Let me know if you have any questions choosing a remedy should you decide to try this.

Thinking of you and your little one and a belated welcome to the group as well.
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Hi, Meagan

Welcome to the forum -- I wish your introduction was under better circumstances and I'm very sorry for the loss of your little budgie.

As others have indicated, budgies do grieve and your little fellow is going through a VERY hard time right now. I agree that it would be best to get him a new friend as soon as possible.

I second Randy's suggestion that you check out Cute Little Birdies Aviary - Welcome To Our Aviary! I have three budgies from Lindsey -- she is a wonderful breeder.

Wishing you and your little one the best -- we'll be looking forward to seeing you around the forums.
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