I came home tonight from work to find Peter-Keet dead in the cage. He had been napping everytime I looked in on the birds, but I thought I was just catching him during his daily nap times. He still would eat and everything, and even jumped at the chance to be the first to the vegetable dish when it was offered. In fact, before I left today, I saw he stuffing himself on vegetables, seeds, and pellets. Plus, he was just out last week flying around with all the other birds.
I got Peter a few years ago from a person that wanted him to have a good home after his first mate died. He attached to my bird, Old-Keet, and they were a loving couple for three years until her death this past Christmas. He then hooked up with Mom-Keet after her mate died in Feb. He was always a very friendly bird, even though he wasn't really tamed. He also loved his vegetables, and was always the first to the dish. He was always the one to put everything he had into being a good mate to his partners. While I don't know his exact age, I would guess that he was about eight years old.
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of friends anymore, and the birds have sort of taken the place of friends. So, each death hurts. I should have seen the signs that things weren't right. Aside from the naps, I noticed that one of my other males started hanging around Mom-Keet more, plus, I lost a finch last week, and it seems that I always lose a finch and a budgie pretty close to one another.