I haven't posted here in a while, and the reason is that we lost our beloved little Tweeter in October. We were in Florida on a week's vacation, and had a friend who was stopping by daily to feed him and change his cage. She called us sobbing hysterically and told us that she found him on the bottom of the cage breathing very heavy with his wings outstetched. She pulled him out and held him and then called the vet. He told her to bring him in right away, but he died right after she put him back in the cage. He told her to put him in a freezer bag and place him in the freezer until we got back from Florida.
When we returned, we had the vet autopsy him, as he was only a year old.
The vet determined that he died of a congenital liver disorder, and there was nothing we or our friend could have done. We felt terrible that our friend had to go through that, and of course we miss our baby terribly. He was quite the talker and cuddler, a very unique little guy.
After losing our last two budgies at such young ages, the vet suggested we consider a larger parrot with more longevity. We mulled that over for some time, and are now the proud parents of a little light blue parrotlet named Tiki. We got him as a hand fed baby, and he has now been with us three months. He loves head and back scratches, and he loves to cuddle on our shoulders and in our cupped hands. He is just now starting to talk, and says "Tiki Baby," and the other day shocked us by repeating, "you are just so doggone cute!"
We will never forget our little Tweeter, but we are oh so grateful that we have another little feathered joy to love.
I am now posting every so often on the Parrotlet Forum as "Byrdman."
I wish everyone here much success, happiness, and long lived budgies