Today i got home and found my 5 month old beautiful albino sunny dead on the cage floor! I am absolutely gutted! She was so gorgeous and so playful! She wasn't poorly or anything, but i found her next to her bath with her wing in it! Her friend, my little man charlie, is just looking for her and whistling for her! Im so gutted for him! I will need to get him another friend so he's not lonely on his own, but in the meantime shall i pop in something soft - like a flannel - so he still has something to cuddle up to?
Hopefully a picture of them together is attached!
I cant believe how upset i am!
Fly high and free sweet girl; rest peacefully now darling Sunny.
If you decide to get a friend for Charlie, please remember you should quarantine the new bird(s) for 4-6 weeks.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
I don't think there is any need to put a flannel in Charlie's cage - he may get his toenails stuck in it and injure himself.
Just spend additional time with him and give him as much attention as you can during his adjustment to being without his little friend.
Thank you for your reply! I work very long hours, and out the house 12 hours a day sometimes, so thats why i got 2 from the breeder! Luckily i do have a separate cage! Charlie looks so sad! I feel so sorry for him!
I'm so sorry for your loss... It's always devastating to lose such a young little friend and so suddenly too. You have my deepest sympathies.
Be sure to spend some extra time with Charlie, and leave the radio on so that he doesn't feel so lonely when you are out. Hopefully soon you will get Charlie a new friend.
Rest in peace, little Sunny. You will be missed.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I have e-mailed the breeder earlier! She will most likley reply in the next few days! I may be able to get one over the weekend if she has any ready! I have always kept them the radio on in the day so he's used to that! I know you shouldnt get a mirror but do u think it may be a good idea for the short term while i sort out a new friend! I just cant bear to think he'll be lonley when im out!
Thank you all for your lovely replies!
Thank you! My housemate has just told me that this afternoon she was on tge floor of the cage in the corner with her head down! Its making me think she may have been ill! If she was then she hid it very well as this morning she was her usual self, all happy and playfull and not puffed up or anyway! I wish i knew what happend!