Before you read this, I want you to know that this was very hard to admit and write.
A few days ago I found Ushi in his quarentine cage... dead. At first I didn't believe it, and it was extreemly difficult to accept, but after I did that, I realised that it would serve me better to analyse the situation so I could learn from it, after having a cry.
To my best knowledge, I think that Ushi starved. Please don't hate me for starving him, I was doing all that I thought was right. And I think that my error was that I was trying to convert him onto a healthy diet too fast, without measuring his food to see how much he was eating each day and checking to make sure that he was consistant. You see, Ushi, like most pet shop birds, was raised on an all seed diet, and so I was working hard to switch him onto veggies. This in itself is not bad, but I was wrong not to measure his food daily. If I had done this, then I would have had a way of making sure that he was actually eating what I gave him, and enough of it.
Please learn from my mistake. Weigh your budgies food daily. Even if you are not in the process of changing their diet, and even if your budgie is not new. If your budgie is sick, monitoring how much they are eating may be the way that your come to realise they are sick. Another good thing to do is to weigh your BUDGIE regularly and make sure that their weight stays consistant, but that my not be possible if your budgie is new and untammed like Ushi was.
You were doing what you thought was best for your little friend. You are a person of great courage, to write this post, because you have let others know what could happen in this situation.
Even though Ushi died, your post may save many birds in the future.
My heart goes out to you.
Thank you for the warning. I would never have thought of that and I'm in the process of switching my fellows so I will keep a close eye now because of your post! Thank you for being brave and honest and sharing that.
I know it's cold comfort but Ushi did not die from neglect. He died because you were trying to do the right thing by him and give him the best possible diet. I don't see it as a mistake on your part but an unfortunate incident where you were trying to do the best you knew how to at the time.
I know you miss Ushi. I'm so sorry this happened. THanks again for sharing.
That is a tough way to learn something...Don't be hard on yourself Jordy, you were trying to do what was right. Like others have already said, thanks for sharing, you may spare somebody else the sadness.
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Rest in Peace, dear sweet Ushi. Keep his cute face and happy song close to your heart, and he will b with you forever. Ushi was lucky that you loved him so much and wanted him to have a good life. They leave us much too soon.
Oh Jordy, I'm so sorry. It's getting to
be a proper group here, those of us who
have suddenly lost our birds. Ushi was
loved, and that is something most little
birds never get to know. I know you are
questioning some of your decisions, but
we all make the best decisions we can at
the moment, and you loved your bird and
wanted only the best for him. That is the
truth, and I hope you will hang on to the
good parts. Ushi has gone to join our
beautiful flock at The Bridge, with Sexy
Lexy and my own Good Queen Bess as
company just in the past 24 hours. I
know it hurts, and you have my sympathy.
I hope you will consider getting another
budgie when you feel the time is right for
you. Good homes are too rare to let stand
idle for long. There are so many budgies
that need love.
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Last edited by thepennywhistle; 10-03-2013 at 02:43 PM.
Oh Jordy, how honest you are. Please don't be too hard on yourself many people here have made some life affecting decisions and it has brought sadness to them. But through the sadness comes knowledge and growth. Your sweet bird was with you for a short but happy time HE was loved and he loved you time will help heal the hurt I hope tomorrow brings a brighter day for you take care and remember the good times.
Jordy, there is always the chance it wasn't that. Sometimes young birds just die suddenly for no obvious reason. Look at poor Bess, it was apparently just her time so maybe that is the same for Ushi. Be kind to yourself, ok. We don't judge you because you did what you thought was best and did not neglect him or ignore him. I am so sorry it ended this way.
So very sorry to hear this - your honesty is admirable, and it is a cautionary tale for anyone trying to make the conversion. I know that you take your bird keeping seriously, and will learn from this experience. I think we have all had experiences where we would do something differently in hindsight - what makes us all better as bird keepers is that we learn and improve.