I was sitting here, up late as normal listening to the tv on low, and energy saving mode (which darkens the screen so you can see the pictures but its very dull... like a screen saver on your monitor) read through the forums when suddenly out of nowhere the birds randomly went off on one, mindlessly flapping around in their cage, knocking all the toys everywhere, ack'ing at almost 2am.
I have no idea what set them off, i didn't make any sudden movements or even noises and at first thought i thought wheres the dog, but the dog was in the bedroom with the hubby and the bedroom door was shut.
Anyway i turned the lights on and uncovered the cage to find Rhea Freki and Talos clinging to the side of the cage at the top, breathing very heavily very wide eye'd and just visibly in fear, the water dish had gone everywhere as had one of the double sided food dishes, the cage was an absolute mess.
The newspaper and tissues etc dried up the majority of the water and it was too late really to get even the mini hand held hoover out so i figured well, it will be fine for a couple of hours at least, at 5/6am i could use the dirt devil/dust buster to sort out the seeds, even tho there was a second double food bowl in the cage still fairly full (i clean the cage every day anyway).
I made sure that they had fresh water in the bowl (i have a water silo i got couple days ago, trying to get them to drink from that so i can remove the water bowl), and i sat up for a while longer cos i wanted to make sure they were calm enough for me to put the cover back down. So at 2am i put the covers back over the cage and then made a thread about the night fights asking if they are common and how often do they happen... i don't recall my flock ever having one of that magnitude ever.
About 15 minutes later i heard a little thud on the bottom of the cage, i just assumed they were eating the seeds on the bottom of the cage... Freki called to the girls as always, Talos and Rhea always give a soft chirp back, Rhea chirped back but Talos didn't.. he called again,, Rhea chirped back and Talos didn't, so i immediately lifted the cage and saw one of the birds on the bottom of the cage and i pulled a muscle turning the light on to see better.
Talos was on the bottom of the cage, laying rather low down, which was odd beak open and what i could only describe as panting and her wings lifted away from her body, so i removed her from the cage and held her in my hand until i could get my hubby out of bed cos i didn't know what else to do and while i was waiting for what felt like an eternity for him to get up, i then laid her across my chest, talking softly to her trying to calm her while gently stroking her back..
And it was too late she just closed her eyes i felt her stop breathing and she just went floppy.. my hubby told me to give her to him so i did, i'm shaking like a leaf in a tornado at this point, tears streaming down my face, he took her into the bathroom where the light is brightest while i stayed with Rhea and Freki, they were calm and serene at this point while i was in that much of a flap myself i could have taken off..
I went to the bathroom where my hubby had taken Talos to see him trying to revive her and he tried for 10-15 minutes.. i'm standing in the door way, heart beating probably the fastest ever since my dad died.. he'd look at me and keep trying and then he said to me "i'm so sorry" and he just wrapped him arms around me where i just cried and cried.
I took her from his hands and just stroked her a bit more, telling her how much i love her.
Well, needless to say i was a real mess.. i sat up next to Rhea and Freki for a good few hours just crying, hubby sat up with me. I don't even know what time we went to bed but i know it was getting light outside.
Hubby got up at 09:30-10am to take the covers off the cage so i didn't have to, and he didn't wake me until about 12pm.. i couldn't sleep much, he had to get me up because i have certain times of day when i have to take my meds.. they are time sensitive etc, and brought me a cup of tea.
He said my flock had been calling me for a while, and he tried to quieten them down but they wouldn't have any of it, so i called back to them from the bedroom, drank my tea then walked slowly into the living room, said good morning to my flock.
Just without my little Talos
Last edited by Feline Ferocity; 04-27-2013 at 08:29 AM.
This is what I can't understand how do these little babies who have the best care ever have such short sweet lives?
My heart aches with sadness for you as I know how much your flock means to you rest peacefully , fly high to the rainbow bridge little one .
Oh dearest Kat. Im so shocked with the news i have just read you must be so heartbroken right now. I am so sorry about Talos. When you are ready to talk we are all hear for you .
Rest in Peace Talos.
The Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old, are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt, or maimed are made whole and strong again. Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together...but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.
Suddenly...he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster, and faster.
You have been spotted.
When you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Oh, you poor thing. I don't understand why you are having such terrible luck with your beloved birds! I can only imagine how you are feeling right now. I wish I could be there to give you a long hug. Consider a long distance one given. I don't know what else to say. I want to cry for you.
Oh god, I'm so sorry for your loss and that you are going through this again...
I know how devastating it is to lose a beloved little fellow so out of the blue.
You have my deepest sympathies, Kat.
Rest in peace, sweet Talos.