I have 2 parakeets until yesterday ( 04/29/2014) - one passed away and now the other is all alone in the big cage. Both of my birds were very young when I got them and put them in the same cage together so they are the same ages & I have had them for almost 7 1/2 years. The one that died did so of old age. The one that is left is clearly mourning, he searches the cage for her and calls out for her. Neither bird was used to being handled but did fine because they always had each other. I try to comfort the surviving bird by playing Parakeets Chirping (via YouTube.com) and this seems to help a lot as my lonely bird will go from crying out for his mate to chirping and singing in a pretty way. He is also eating and drinking. I know he is scared and alone, he sometimes picks at his feathers and I saw his one little wing shake today (his mate only passed away yesterday). He is also nibbling on his Cotton (pacifiers/ yarn) to soothe himself. I would like to get him a new bird friend to bond with and would like to do so as soon as possible because as I said, he is not accustomed to being handled. Do I really need to quarantine the new bird for one whole month?? Can't I just put the new bird in its own cage next to the cage that my bird is in so they can get to know each other? It breaks my heart that he is so sad and afraid and that I can't physically comfort him. Please advise ASAP, I don't want him to die of a stress / broken heart. Thank you.
*** UPDATE 27 MAY 2014 : My Sweet Pella that had died was cremated and will always be home. Pella's surviving mate, Nikita is doing just great! Actually Pella (died 29 April 2014) and Nikita are close to 8 years of age - I forgot to count/add in how old they were when I first got them. I added 3 more family members with Nikita for a total of 4 parakeets. * I first got just one parakeet so it would bond with Nikita and he did. Then later I got 2 more parakeets and gradually introduced them, then finally they went into the very large cage with Nikita and her new mate. Nikita is happy, healthy and extremely sweet, she welcomed all 3 of the birds with open wings. <3 The 3 new birds are very young, (6-7 months) and so here are all 4 of my feathered babies names: Nikita, Andrzej (Andy), Ania (Anna) & Gilbert. I can't tell you how grateful I am that Nikita is doing so well is very happy. Thank you for all of your kind help and support.
Last edited by nikita; 05-27-2014 at 11:32 PM.
Do you have a mirror in the cage? If not, adding a mirror would help him feel less lonely. I wouldn't recommend getting a new bird and not doing a quarantine unless you get it from a really trusted source....
Oh btw...welcome to talk budgies....sorry for your bird passing....
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Yes, getting a new mate is a good idea. But quarrantine is the best thing you can do, in order to find out if there's an illness or not.
During the quarrantine time, you can bond with both budgies. When you see him being sad,go near him and talk to him. Touch the cage when you talk to him. Soon the quarrantine time will be over and then the two budgies will get to know each other. Good luck- I hope his mood will be better soon.
Thank you for your kindness and for your help. I did place 2 mirrors in the cage, away from his food and water - because he is/was always afraid of new things & takes time to get used to new things. I will quarantine a new bird but for how long must it be kept separated? Thank you.
Sorry about your poor fid passing. It can be tough when they've been part of the clan for so long. Just give your remaining fid as much attention as you can, leaving a radio on low when you're not home (not at night). If you're getting him a little friend (great), do practice quarantine for the full month. Believe me, it is so worth it to know that the newbie isn't bringing anything nasty/underlying into your home. I've heard of vets being ok with keeping the budgies in the same room (at a distance), but I'd recommend separate rooms at least for the first two weeks. Best of luck with everything, and please don't be shy about posting photos of your birds.
You can also take the new budgie to an avian vet and have a thorough check up done, once you get the all clear from them then you can place the new budgie in the cage , of course there would always be small risk of something not showing up in the check up maybe? But that would be for you to decide whether you are willing to take the risk . Good luck with choosing a new bird and I hope it all works out for you .
I'm so sorry for your loss.. Until you get a new mate, try to give your remaining budgie some extra attention, just sitting by close to his cage and talking to him in a soothing manner. I hope you and your budgie will start to feel better soon.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
]Thank You for Your Kindness and Helpfulness. I Appreciate ALL of your Help and Suggestions. My beautiful Pella is being cremated and I will have her back in her Forever home, here with us, in about 10 days. I'm heart broiken that she passed but am grateful for the 7 1/2 years that Nikita (her male mate, same age who is alive and well) and I have had to love her. My heart also breaks for Nikita and tomorrow I am buying a new bird friend and will quarantine for awhile. I plan to call the new bird Anja - when they are able to be together I am sure they will love one another. <3 Once it is safe, I will put the cages near each other to let them get accustomed to one another (after quarantine) so that when I do put her in the cage they will be happy to be together and more comf ortable with it. Thank you for the warm welcome. If its ok, I'll post updates.
Last edited by nikita; 05-03-2014 at 03:25 AM.