It was only five days ago when I went to the pet shop to find just two budgies there; Wattle and Sherbet. And they were obviously best friends and siblings, so I just couldn't leave one. I took both.
Wattle wasn't bonded to me yet. I had only so far semi-tamed him. Still, it's devastating. I instantly loved Wattle, filled with personality.
I don't know how it happened... Less than fifty minutes ago, I got home from school. Of course, I went to check all my pets first thing. When I got to the cage with Pickles, Sherbet and Wattle in it, I found poor Sherbet, frightened and upset, running around Wattle's body in a corner.
Less than two hours before, Mum had seen Wattle lively, tweeting and playing with the other two. When I found him, there was some red stuff on the feathers around his cere and his nostrils, which looked like possible blood. Some of the feathers on his head were turned the wrong way, and when I gently tried to smooth them back, it didn't work.
I'm so devastated. I hadn't even had Wattle for a week, and he's gone. And poor Sherbet's in a worse state than me; the two were best friends and siblings, unseperatable.
Does anyone have any idea what happened? Should I isolate these two, leave them in the cage, or put them with others? I'm afraid I don't currently have a spare cage. I'm a bit uncertain, and I'm in shock and upset, so I can barely think properly. Does anyone know what happened?
Eloise, I'm soo sorry to hear about Wattles. My heart dropped when I read about what happened. Could there have been a possible fight between your budgies? Was Wattles already acquainted to the other budgies before introduced? You said that you've only had him for five days... could it be that one of your budgies was overly aggressive?
That's my main thought as to what could have happened. I'm so sorry about your loss, and I hope that you and your budgies can all pull together and stay strong during this hard time.
I very thoroughly doubt that there could have possibly been a fight. Wattle was already introduced to the other budgie, Pickles, I had been keeping him with (along with Sherbet), and they were very friendly towards one another. Also, Pickle has always been a very friendly ird with others.
Do you think it's okay to keep the two in the same cage, or better to put them in with the others? I've just been worrying that it could be a disease or something and they could get ill if they stay, but there's also a possibility they could infect the other birds with it if it is a disease and I move them... I don't have a spare cage at the moment, regrettably.
I think that if it was a disease, it wouldn't make a difference if you separated them now. You should keep them together for the time being. It would also be helpful if you took them both to the vet to make sure they are healthy and disease free.
Are the two different cages of birds in different rooms? That would help ensure that if the death was due to a disease, the birds in the other cage wouldn't have contracted it.
Yes, the other cages (not cage) are in different rooms. However, particularly when I haven't got them in the avairy, like now, I often let all the birds out for a fly. I also move the birds in the cages around often, to be in different cages with different birds. What I meant was, should I keep these two isolated from the other six for a week or two, to make sure it isn't a disease or something?
I would say yes. Or a month if you don't plan to take the two to the vet. That way you can see if the two isolated budgies show any symptoms after a month. I would really recommend if you have the available funds, to take the two to the vet though. That would show you if they have any diseases or if there isn't anything to worry about. It's better to be safe and get them checked out if you can.
I am inclined to think sickness of some kind - disease, parasite, or something. Pet store budgies are notorious for carrying various diseases. Many are inbred and have health complications. Many have health disorders due to poor diet of only seeds.
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please follow the advise of others above.