I've been remembering recently about all the budgies I've had over the past 30 years or so & thought I'd post little stories about each of them, starting with..
was the very first budgie I had back in the early 80s & I'm sad that I have no photos of him, nobody in the house had a camera way back then & I'll refer to Buzby as him but I can't even remember whether he was infact a he or a she or what colour he was but I know my favourite colour for budgies has always been blue & white so I'm pretty sure that's the colour he
I have two clear memories of Buzby, one regarding a little smurf toy I had as a kid & buzby used to go nuts for it, I remember you could put him at one end of the table, the smurf toy at the other and he'd run across the table really fast and literally rugby tackle it. The other memory I have of him is that he used to go into a trance like state, I can't remember what would trigger it but he'd have a really strange look in his eyes, and if you looked at him from the side on his body would be in the shape of a V, you could stroke him from his head, down and back up his tail, I can clearly remember that about him, can't
remember how long he'd be like that but he would suddenly snap out of it & be back to normal.
was the next budgie we had, I remember my mum picked her because of the antics she was getting up to at the pet store, can't remember what year we got her but I can remember when she went to Rainbow Bridge, feb 1994.
we got in 1996, one thing I remember about her is that I didn't have to work to gain her trust at all, one day I was sat in the chair and she flew onto my arm, bear in mind she wasn't hand reared and this happened just a few days after we got her, think it was the first time she'd been let out the cage, she's the only budgie I've ever had that's been that tame towards people that quickly. One cute thing I remember about her, I had heart surgery back in '97 & I remember after coming home, for those first few days I was often sleeping during the day & every time I did I'd wake up to find Snowy asleep on me.
Snowy was with me for far too short a time, only 2 years, she went to rainbow bridge on August 15 1998, I just wish we'd known about how important avian vets were back then as if we'd taken her to one they may have been able to do more, we had to leave her at the vets that afternoon & when the phone rang later that night I knew straight away it wasn't going to be the news I was praying for.
we brought home in 1998, 8 wonderful years she was here for but unfortunately she was the first ever budgie I had diagnosed with megabacteria. Back then I'd never heard of the disease before and didn't have internet access at the time so couldn't check up on it to see how devastating it is, I have a lot of guilt even know about how she was during the last few months of her life, I knew things were not good but I was finding it very hard to say goodbye & to make the decision about putting her to sleep. In the end her weight was only 26 grams, for the last few days she hadn't chirped at all, not a sound, on april 22 2006 I knew it was time to help send her on her way to rainbow bridge, I remember she chirped once as we were leaving the house & she chirped again while we were sat in the room at the vets waiting for the vet to come take pepsi to put her to sleep, I think that was Pepsi telling me I was doing the right thing.
Is a budgie I managed to catch while cycling home from a mates one day, around 2000 I think it was, I saw something out the corner of my eye fly past me which I knew from the colours wasn't a native bird to this country, the budgie landed nearby and I managed to catch him, was only with us for a few weeks as we managed to find his original owner and when she came to collect the budgie we'd called max, she had a surprise for us, you'll find out what that was in a minute..
was a gift we were given when the owner of Max came to collect him, turns out max was part of a breeding pair the lady had lost from her aviary and as a thank you for catching him she gave us one of his babies & what a nightmare this little one turned out to be
I have never, ever had a budgie that was obsessed with food as she was, I can't remember exactly when this food obsession started but she did end up with a fatty lump, couldn't fly, we did try cutting down her food intake but with a bird that obsessed with food it really did feel cruel as she was constantly at the food bowl in her cage & if there was no food in there she'd start biting the food container where it attached to the cage & would do it as to make a banging sound, it literally was a constant bang, bang, bang!!! God that was irritating too I can tell you! For a while the dieting worked and she did lose some weight & was able to fly. Cassie suffered a stroke & she passed away & flew to rainbow bridge in august 2007, she was 7 years old. Here's a few images of her before the food obsession started.
was only with us for a few months, megabacteria reared it's ugly head again, by this point we'd found an avian vet and back then vets here in the uk were still using Amphotericin B to treat AGY, sky was recovering well & on the advice of the vets we'd ordered some megabac-s so we could continue her treatment at home. We went to see Sky on the Friday, she looked great but there was a slight mis-understanding, the vet thought we already had the megabac but it hadn't arrived on time due to a strike by the postal service at the time so we couldn't take her home on that day so they said they'd keep her in until the medication we'd ordered arrived. Fate stepped in over the weekend though, had a call from the vets on the sunday to say that Sky had passed away, can't remember know exactly what the vet said at the time but it was something to do with the Amphotericin B, it's very toxic and I think he said there may have been a rupture in the crop lining or something like that and the medication got where it wasn't supposed to, if only the postal strike didn't get in the way and the megabac arrived when it was supposed to, sky might of still been here today. Sky went to rainbow bridge in October 2007.
was a little character, literally, probably one of the smallest budgies I've ever owned but she made up for that with a huge personality, she had many happy years with us, she flew to rainbow bridge in march 2008.
was with me for just over 5 years, he was right up there with Snowy in terms of how friendly he was, probably even more so, frostie wasn't interested in toys, all he ever wanted was to be with people & he'd literally follow everyone all over the house, he was also the first budgie I had that could talk very clearly, he'd pick up just about everything you said to him.
How I lost him is very difficult to come to terms with, a family member left the back door open one day after walking in the house, of course frostie heard the door go and he was off like a shot, I wasn't concerned at the time because everyone in the house knew to keep the inner door closed until the back door was shut but someone left it open.
I have huge guilt over this, even to this day, we all knew what he was like, all it would have taken was a door curtain on the inner door and he'd have never been able to reach the back door, we have one on there now as well as other doors where we could fit them but it's all too late now to be of any use to Frostie, some may think it silly but I do wonder if he hated me for what happened to him. Losing a budgie that way is a million times more devastating than having a budgie that passes away, at least when that happens you know they're safe in rainbow bridge, the not knowing what happened to him & realising that I will probably never know, saying it's devastating isn't even a strong enough term to use. I don't even know whether frostie is in rainbow bridge or if he is still alive, he may be, I can only prey that someone did find him.
August 12 2013 frostie flew away, 7.45 in the evening it was, I'll never forget that horrible day.
we got a while after losing Frostie, I called her luckie hoping that she'd bring frosite & I some luck & we'd get him back, I also hoped it would bring her luck in life too but in her case it seemed to do the opposite. I won't say much more about her as I posted on here back in November after she passed away after 13 months of battling constant bouts of illness but here's a few more images of her.
God bless all of you, your in my thoughts every day & I'll carry you all in my heart forever.