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cricket52 05-22-2008 08:14 PM

Pudgie's gone
My daughter called me tonight to tell me that Pudgie wasn't doing well. I told her to check to see if there was an avian vet in her city and get there ASAP.

She lucked in. The avian vet moved here from California and worked exclusively with birds. She has moved into cats and dogs since coming to Canada and is finding it odd.

Two hours after she phoned to say Pudgie was ill she called to say Pudgie was gone. The vet felt it would be best to put Pudgie down and explained that it could have been anything. Since Beaker is fine it probably wasn't the food or the feedings. My youngest grandson came down with Scarlet Fever on Sunday and he has beeen kissing the birds on top of the head. I had the flu and was holding them too.

It might have been as simple as pooping and lying in it.

Since it is the same breeder I wonder how many she loses. Both birds seemed to have neurological problems (falling over and crashing into things) and showed no signs of illness until it was too late. I know budgies hide sickness, but something just didn't seem right when Emily died. It was too fast.

One thing the vet did tell her is to make sure she washes out the water cups with soap daily. I haven't been doing that. Apparently it takes very little buildup in a water dish to make birds ill. We don't have a water filtration plant where we live up north so I will start now. Another thing she mentioned was making sure they get to bed early. My guys go to bed at 7 p.m. sharp and are covered for at least 12 hours. My daughter knew enough to do all that, they were covered all the time except for feeding and handling.

Even though my daughter is doing everything right sometimes it's just not enough. I'm just thankful there is an avian vet in her city. Now that Beaker is alone she is going to put a heat lamp on him because Pudgie isn't there to snuggle with him. He was query cheeping when she called. :(

I kept my word - I have a bill to pay and am going email her the money now. At least we did all we could. It just wasn't meant to be.
RIP little fellow.

atvchick95 05-22-2008 08:22 PM

aww i'm sorry to hear that

when i 1st got my lovebird she was 2 weeks old and i hand fed her, to help with the snuggling/heat other then the heated thermostat in the bottom part of the brooder that heated up the water, and the lamp on the top I put in one of my daughters stuffed animals (its actually a med. sized carebear) and she snuggled up to it all the time, slept on it,

she's now 5 1/2 months old and when i removed stuff to take her cage out side the other day to clean it I didn't put the carebear back in because she has a buddy now and it was taking up more of the cage space then i thought it was, But she loves that bear :) I've got it sitting on the floor under her cage and i've caught her a couple times sneeking down to it and cuddling it until she see's i saw her ;)

cricket52 05-22-2008 08:58 PM

That's a neat story. I remember watching my lovebird hen Bacall rear her babies. Bogie, her mate, was rather bored with the whole process. Bogie did take an active role in filling the nesting box.

I used to play piano and had some expensive music books on the piano. Both birds would shred the music when I wasn't in the room. They totalled my curtains (not that it mattered, I was planning on getting new ones anyway).

Beaker loves to snuggle in my daughters long hair and gets quit miffed when he is moved. I am really hoping he makes it. The avian vet was full of good advice and suggestions (like perches) and my daughter left sad but validated.

Pippin's mom 05-22-2008 09:08 PM

I'm so sorry Pudgey didn't make it.:( Glad Beaker is still doing well! Which one was your granddaughter keeping?

pal0m1n0 05-23-2008 01:23 AM

I am also sorry to hear about Pudgie. Is it possible the birds have tumours? If it is in the right area it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause the falling and crashing. It could also be an ear infection. The vet who last saw Squeeky reminded me that because of poor breeding budgies have become tumour factories. I think I would try a different source for budgies if you get anymore.

cricket52 05-23-2008 07:09 AM

Thanks pal0 and PippinsMom:

Pudgie was my granddaughters bird. I'll email her today, she tends to bury her feelings and perhaps writing to her will be more effective.

Interesting about the breeding info - I've had my suspicions for a while now. The ones that do well from this breeder are beautiful but some just don't live very long.

When Beaker starts perching, eating on his own and has his feathers my daughter is going to buy him/her a companion in her city. She knows about quarantine and the vet told her if Beaker is female not to get another female and put them in the same cage. I had told her the same thing - I learned the hard way.

Thanks for the support. I had a good cry last night. Sometimes I think that budgies become transference objects and losing one lets out more emotions than most other things do for me. I never cry but I am devastated when one dies.

CARRIE1981 05-23-2008 07:34 AM

im so sorry to hear about pudgey:( R.I.P)

Swaz 05-23-2008 11:52 AM

Pudgey R.I.P......

BUUZBEE 05-23-2008 11:56 AM

I'm so sorry to you both :( rip little one

absolutangel 05-23-2008 12:08 PM

RIP Pudgey, I hope Beaker doesn't miss his buddy too much for too long.

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