I am heartbroken. Had to have our blue elderly lady Cheeky put to sleep today.
She had gout (whitey yellow lumps on feet) which had got worse and on Sunday she lost her ability to perch.
She was also thirsty and doing runny poops. Although eating and still bossing us about to put out the lights at bedtime, when I took her to the specialist avian vet he said she looked poorly and had lost condition. The vet reckoned that her kidneys may have been damaged before we adopted her last October.
I could have put her through blood tests and such but the poor hen looked so tired. I was so worried that without being able to perch and losing mobility she wouldn't be able to feed or drink, may fall and injure herself or simply be in pain.
She was sleeping on a platform but it wasn't the same as her sleeping branch and although she could still climb up ladders she was struggling.
So I made the decision to end her suffering. Feel horribly guilty that I couldn't bear to be with her while the vet injected anesthetic into her liver and that I didn't kiss her goodbye. I think if I had I would have done, I may have not let her be euthanized. It is the first time I have had to make this decision with a pet as they have all died at home.
We only had her six months but I really miss her. Birdie bedtime was a lovely ritual and she is no longer here to tweet at us to put out the light!
But she had a great time with us - going from a pecky hen to a sweet bird who loved being cuddled and scratched. She had plenty of out of cage time and 2 play gyms and loads of attention. She was at least 7 years old we think.
Farewell, my Cheeky bird xx I will always love you xx