Oh, 4711, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of little Trouble. Please allow me to offer my condolences. I think as long as you feed them enough, once a day at 3pm should be fine. We feed our flock as needed, but their main feeding time is right before bed, they eat before sleep, and lots of food for hungry budgies in the morning.
What is the main reason that you are unable to care for the older couple? Your energy should pick back up once you get into the swing of things there. Develop a new routine and get everyone on board, and everything should work out. No matter what you decide to do, I hope you fine slice in the fact that you are an awesome budgie parent, and you really are doing an amazing job. I know how it is having zero energy to do the necessities. I feel for you, I promise you you're not alone. Things will improve, you and your flock will be fine. Things are hard, but that just means if can only get easier.
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RIP Pepper, Peatri, Holly, Mini, and Quarty
I think you are just feeling tired and frustrated. The lack of time for fun can do that to you.
Getting up at 4 am?? What kind of job do you do?
I know that my new (well, not so new any more) job is sucking the energy out of me, but I live for those hours or days off when I can hang out with my furry and feathery babies.
You just need to go easy on yourself.
Mine only get fed once a day most of the time. I don't think the old pair need your companionship so much because they have each other. I can relate to what your saying but no one will probably care more for them than you even with your limitations...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
Ditto, ditto all of the above. My job ***** the life out of me, and can be so disheartening. When I come home, I tell my fids all about it. It's probably just as well they don't understand, especially when I'm venting and I use naughty words! But having them to focus on, and feed, and take care of, is I'm sure therapeutic for me, and probably for you too, more than you realise, especially if, like me, you live alone, Yours like mine, seem to be a bonded pair, which means they don't need us as much which means you should allow yourself to feel less guilty re 'neglect'. My fids will often tweet along with my moans. I'm sure they're offering me some 'tweets' of wisdom, and consolation! p I'm sure yours are the same.:-)
As marginal as the care is I give my poor friends, I don't think I can find anybody outdoing me any time soon.
Maybe I need to tell the birds the stories from work, as I am the cleaning lady at a hospital 30min away, and my husband does not like to hear any poop, vomit or blood stories - unless he tells them! :lauging:
Maybe I simply need to redo the house, so they can have a space where they can safely fly, and help me out with my creative endeavors. (as in, putting a door in my spare bedroom. The original one fell victim to a cleaning action, and got taken to the dump)
I put some mixed vegetable in their cage earlier. I will refill their bowl with seeds for the night.
I think when you get some much needed rest your outlook regarding caring for your feathered friends will not seem quite so dire.
As others have said, they have one another and I'm sure you are giving them good care. Feeding at 3 PM will be just fine and they'll adjust to the new routine. Talking to them about your day will be theraputic for you and they'll be happy to have your attention!
You have one of the hardest jobs out there. I know because I did commercial cleaning for 4 years!!
There were some things that I really liked about that job though. I got physically very fit and didn't really have to deal with people. I was doing it when everyone was gone for the day and I loved the quiet time.
Now, I work with people and I miss the cleaning.