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Old 06-18-2015, 09:49 AM
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Today is the worst of my life, because my budgie Lilo just passed away out of the blue. This morning (6/18) he was being his usual self. Eating, playing, perching on my shoulder and nested on my hair. After 2 hours I left him because I had family outing. When I came back home, I found him on the cage floor unresponsive. I picked him up, he had no strength to stand or move. He had at least 3 seizures before passed away an hour later.
It devastated me to no end. I just had him for 6 days, and he was very young, just a month old. I had done everything to keep him safe. The kitchen is far far away, we don't use anything with aerosol. He ate normally, I changed his food and water daily.
He did nap a lot, but when I googled it they said that it was normal for very young budgie to sleep a lot. Since he was literally a baby, I thought there was no problem. He even yawned like a normal tired bird before going to sleep.
My only conclusion now, either he had hidden illness, or he crashed to the cage wall. He was in process of learning to fly.
Sorry that I can't provide picture. His cage is pretty large, about 80 x 60 cm (again sorry because I don't know inch). The only things inside are a single perch and two bowls for food and water. My country isn't bird mania, so there's no place selling perches or something like that. I planned on making some DIY perches when I got the material. He used to climb the cage grating or flew around in it.
I suspected that he climbed too high and fell down injuring himself. Or when he flew he crashed to the wall. Is it possible for a bird to die this way?
I know I probably won't get any satisfying answer, but the bareness of the cage really bugs me. I want to protect my birds in the future, and if possible getting some cage/safety tips that isn't in the google.
I appreciate any kind of response. Thanks.


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Old 06-18-2015, 11:07 AM
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Jennifer,

I'm so sorry for your loss of Baby Lilo.

While the baby could have crashed and/or fallen -- we'll never know for sure. He may also have had a congentive defect of some sort.

An 80cmx60cm cage = 31"x23.6" Do you know the height as well?

When you are ready to get another budgie, you could always consider ordering some items for your cage on-line. If that is not an option, then using safe non-toxic wood to make a swing and some natural perches is great. You could make toys from natural woods to put in the cage as well.

Fly high and free sweet Lilo; rest peacefully now sweet boy.
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Today is the worst of my life, because my budgie Lilo just passed away out of the blue. This morning (6/18) he was being his usual self. Eating, playing, perching on my shoulder and nested on my hair. After 2 hours I left him because I had family outing. When I came back home, I found him on the cage floor unresponsive. I picked him up, he had no strength to stand or move. He had at least 3 seizures before passed away an hour later.
It devastated me to no end. I just had him for 6 days, and he was very young, just a month old. I had done everything to keep him safe. The kitchen is far far away, we don't use anything with aerosol. He ate normally, I changed his food and water daily.
He did nap a lot, but when I googled it they said that it was normal for very young budgie to sleep a lot. Since he was literally a baby, I thought there was no problem. He even yawned like a normal tired bird before going to sleep.
My only conclusion now, either he had hidden illness, or he crashed to the cage wall. He was in process of learning to fly.
Sorry that I can't provide picture. His cage is pretty large, about 80 x 60 cm (again sorry because I don't know inch). The only things inside are a single perch and two bowls for food and water. My country isn't bird mania, so there's no place selling perches or something like that. I planned on making some DIY perches when I got the material. He used to climb the cage grating or flew around in it.
I suspected that he climbed too high and fell down injuring himself. Or when he flew he crashed to the wall. Is it possible for a bird to die this way?
I know I probably won't get any satisfying answer, but the bareness of the cage really bugs me. I want to protect my birds in the future, and if possible getting some cage/safety tips that isn't in the google.
I appreciate any kind of response. Thanks.
Where did you get your baby from?... and how old was he?.. sounds like he may have been too young to be away from his parents, if he was just learning to fly.

Just read that he was a month old. That's to young to be away from his parents. They don't learn to eat on their own till they are about 5 or 6 weeks old. Never get a younger budgie than 6 - 8 weeks. Sorry this happened to you, but whoever sold you the bird did you wrong.
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im so sorry for your loss for being 1 month old i think they still need very hands on and careful care til they are 6 weeks or older...usually pet stores like petsmart sell their budgies at 3-4 months, they dont sell them if they are younger than 3 months.

very tragic, sorry to hear your budgie is gone

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Sorry to hear about your tragic loss. I cannot start to imagine how awful it must have been -and still is.
I hope you get some satisfactory answers and that Lilo's demises turns into be a useful experience.

I also hope that the person would gave or sold you a month old budgie learns from it so it may never happen again.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:26 PM
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Jennifer --

When I first read your post I missed the part where you indicated Lilo was only a month old.

JW is absolutely correct -- a breeder should never separate a baby from the clutch at that young age.
A baby budgie should always be fully weaned and fledged before it is sold and it's best if it is allowed at least a week or two of eating on its own to ensure it does not regress.

When you are ready to get another budgie, make sure you get a baby that is a minimum of 8 weeks old. By then the baby should be fully weaned and able to eat on his own.

I'm SO sorry this happened to you with your little Lilo.
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Hi Jennifer, I'm so sorry this has happened. RIP baby Lilo
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Jennifer Lilo was very young indeed . Even though the time together with your sweet baby was so short you can still recall those smiles that he brought to you. Time will help heal the pain and he is with you forever in your heart and memories.
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I'm so sorry your little baby left you so soon.
Lilo was a precious little guy and even though there was nothing you could have done, I know his short life was good and he was well cared for. The salesperson/breeder should have known better.

Little Lilo, darling little baby, fly high and free over the rainbow bridge. You will always be remembered.

I hope that as you get through your devastating grief, you conisder bringing another little one into your heart.
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Thank you for all your kind responses.

The breeder assured me that Lilo was capable of eating solid food, and he did eat bird seeds. I watched him cracking open seeds and eating it. Lilo was the last of 3 of the clutch, all of his older siblings are doing well right now so I'm not sure why. Yeah, he was away from his family too sudden but for the last 6 days he was extremely attached to me and I did my best to provide as much as attention to him. His favourite thing was perching on my shoulder and slept in my shoulder length hair.

About the cage, sorry that I didn't provide enough info, it was 80 cm high and 60 x 60 cm wide. As I said it was pretty empty with only one perch in it. The perch was at the bottom of the cage. When I had to leave him in the cage I noticed he entertained himself by climbing the cage grating. He always tried his best to reach the top but never succeeded because he wasn't strong enough. I didn't worry too much, because I thought it was his form of entertainment, and the DIY perches were to come soon.

I already drew a lot of DIY perches and it saddened me because he left before I could finish them. I still have Luna though, the budgie in my profile picture. She is a budgie I bought from pet store and just a little bit hand tamed. Rest assured, I never once abandon her even when Lilo was still around.

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