....entered my home 15th July 2004, crossed the Rainbow Bridge 20th Dec 2013.
I only found him just over 3 hours ago. I think it was a combination of things that lead to this. Rosie, (his cage-mate of 9yrs & 3mths), crossed over only 11 wks ago. I's hard to explain really, but he changed after that. Not greatly so, but his behaviour seemed different somehow. He was obviously missing Rosie. Anyway, eventually I got him another cage-mate from a reliable source....a young female that I've named Maisie. I think she's about 18mths - 2yrs old....a lot younger than Blueky. He seemed to accept her, but was always more "distant" from her than he ever was with Rosie.
Two days ago, I noticed Blueky was having problems with 1 of his feet. He wasn't gripping the perch with it and kept it lifted up in his feathers....so it was hard for me to see what was wrong. As he wasn't hand-tame, I didn't want to stress him by trying to handle him. Last night when I was about to cover the cage up, Blueky was trying to climb up the bars of the cage to his favourite perch. I noticed something on the side of his bad foot. I couldn't tell what it was, as the only light in my room was from my tv. I thought it was either a lump of some kind, or a wound....but seeing as he was right as rain at the start of the week, I discounted it being a lump. I decided to wait until morning to see if there was any improvement. I could hear him fidgeting during the night, so he must've found perching uncomfortable. The next morning, there wasn't any improvement. He was spending most of the time asleep on the cage floor. He must've found it more comfortable than perching. He was never off his food or drink though, which I thought was good.. It was while he was at the seed dish that I noticed 1 of the toes on his bad foot looked swollen. It was then that I started to get a nasty feeling that if he was wounded, then it was likely that Maisie had done it. I had noticed a couple of times that they'd be perching side by side in the evening when I got home, and then for no apparent reason Maisie would have a go at him. However, I didn't think any damage had been done, but then I'm out a lot of the time, so I don't know what was going on behind my back. Also in the evenings, Maisie would perch on Blueky's right. It seemed a bit of a coincidence that it was his right foot that was the problem.
I made a vet's appointment for Blueky for Friday (20th). He was remarkably well behaved in the hands of the vet. I was really surprised, because as I've said, he wasn't hand-tame. Anyway, the vet confirmed that he'd been injured by another bird, ie Maisie. The vet gave Blueky some oral solution and gave me some antibiotics to put in the drinking water. He remarked that apart from his foot, Blueky looked in fine health. I was asked to take him back in 1 - 2 wks time for a check-up, and advised to separate him from Maisie, (something I was already thinking about). I took Blueky home and then went out to try and get hold of another cage. I came home with 1 a few hours later. I'd earlier left Blueky on top of his cage. The door is always open and bad foot or not, he would've easily been able to get back inside if and when he wanted to. Anyway, I found him on the floor a couple of feet from the table that the cage is on. He'd been gone a couple of hours or so, I reckon.
I'm not blaming Maisie entirely for this. I think it was a combination of his bad foot, the events at the vet's and him missing Rosie. With hindsight, Blueky did take a downward turn after Rosie died. I think he just wanted to go as well.
I can't believe it! I had the same 2 budgies for 9yrs & 3mths, and now I've lost both in less than 3 months.
Thank you, Blueky for being my little man for so long. Fly free, Rosie's waiting for you!!!