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kellis 03-14-2015 07:47 PM

Some sad news...

Megatron has just passed away. I don't know why or how, he was perfectly fine this morning. Jumping from perch to perch and eating/drinking. They were all playing today in the living room.

I went out for dinner with my son tonight and when we came home he ran out of his room crying that Megatron looks dead. I went to check and sure enough, he was on the bottom of the cage.

I can't stop crying. Should I quarantine Jedi in case it is a community disease?

What do I do?

Jonah 03-14-2015 07:52 PM

Very sorry for your loss. Because you don't know the cause it would be prudent to quarantine Jedi. If he acted healthy and his droppings were normal, etc. I would be inclined to thing something internal happened, brain or heart. Again, very sorry...

Wiki 03-14-2015 08:20 PM

So sorry for the loss of Megatron.. it's never easy. Companion animals teach us the value of life in the smallest things, and in turn to be kinder to all those around us. It's such a hard lesson for children to learn, and just as hard for adults to whom children look for guidance on how to behave when faced with grief and loss.

When thinking about separating birds (which will cause them stress too) consider how long have your flock been together, and whether they came from the same breeder. The question is whether they have spent a month in the same environment already, which would make it likely that they all have whatever the others have.

Given that there are no symptoms (changes to poop or behaviour) it sounds unlikely to be a disease. I can't think of *anything* that would kill within 8 hours in an asymptomatic bird outside of physical defects leading to an event like stroke/seizure/heart attack, ingestion/inhalation of toxic substances, or a night fright leading to a head or spinal injury as a result of hitting cage bars.

kellis 03-14-2015 08:30 PM

Is it my fault for separating him and Bumblebee? They were together since bought (5/6 months).

Could the stress kill him? None of the other three seem out of place. Jedi is "calling" for Megatron. Storm Trooper and Bumblebee are happily eating some millet.

Megatron was my buddy, he would always follow me into the shower and perch on the top of the shower curtain while I showered. He would sit in the window sill while I did dishes. He was the first one on my lap getting in the way of my knitting while my son is at school. He wouldn't leave me alone, and I didn't mind.

My son doesn't really seem out of place other than asking if Megatron is in heaven now. But he knows I am upset. I keep tearing up. It's crazy how a little buddy can impact you.

StarlingWings 03-14-2015 08:35 PM

I am so sorry for you and your son's loss of Megatron. You both must be devastated, and I would probably just keep an eye on Jedi and quarantine him for a few days just to be sure. At this point, however, I agree with Wiki. He must have died very suddenly, and although he was separated from Bumblebee, I don't think this caused it since they still saw each other. It must have been something internal, which you had no control over. Sometimes these things happen, and Megatron knew he was loved until the end. I hope Jedi and the others take this okay, although it may take him a little while. Megatron was a beautiful little budgie boy and he is happy flying high over the rainbow bridge!
Budgies impact us in so many ways, sometimes I wonder how I ever lived without Mallorn's chirps and I know that when one day, she has to go, I will also be devastated, and humbled that she gave so much to me through all the years.
Rest in peace, little Megatron, and may his memory live forever :budge:
Also, I know that you might want to replace him in a little while so Jedi doesn't feel so lonely, but I would wait for a few weeks for the flock to get used to the new situation.
I hope only the best for you and your son in this difficult time :hug:

Wiki 03-14-2015 08:41 PM

No! It's not your fault at all. Taking a bird from a flock to being a bird on its own is stressful in the same way finding yourself alone on a desert island is stressful - but this stress would only highlight a disease. Your bird was asymptomatic, so I still don't think it sounds like a disease. Take care of Jedi - if Jedi was bonded to Megatron, he/she will need extra TLC while the pecking order reestablishes itself.

It's not at all crazy how they impact you. I think to devalue them is the crazy thing. It's a reminder of how precious life is, even in the smallest places there are unique and wonderful experiences that await you if you take the time to connect, give respect and pay enough attention.

I think Megatron is simply perching forever inside your heart now instead of on your shoulder.

FaeryBee 03-14-2015 08:41 PM

Awww, Kelli,

I'm so sorry to hear this. :hug:

Generally when a budgie dies so unexpectedly it is because of a stroke or heart-attack but the only way to know for sure is to have a necropsy done.

Since Megatron was happily playing earlier today, the chance that he was overly stressed due to being separated from from Bumblebee is very unlikely.

I agree with Wiki that the birds have been together long enough that I see no reason to quarantine Jedi.

You have my deepest sympathy -- I know how hard it is to lose one of our beloved budgies. :hug:

Fly high and free darling Megatron; rest peacefully now wee boy.

jellyblue 03-15-2015 03:56 AM

Rest in Peace, sweet handsome Megatron. Keep his cute face and happy song close to your heart, and he will be with you forever. They leave us much too soon. Hugs to you, your son and Jedi. I am so sorry for your loss.

wildice 03-15-2015 04:29 AM

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful budgie.:(

aluz 03-15-2015 06:08 AM

I'm very sorry to hear of the unexpected loss of your Megatron. :( You have my deepest sympathies. It's never easy to say goodbye to a much beloved pet, especially when they leave us so suddenly. Time will heal the pain you are feeling and soon the memories of the good times you had with your budgie boy will give you comfort. Megatron will always live on in your heart.

Rest in peace, Megatron. You were much loved and will be missed.

kellis 03-15-2015 10:45 AM

Thanks everyone. Last night was sleepless. I had to bring Jedi in my room and keep his cage half covered. He screeched every time I would leave the room. So after I put the girls to bed I rolled him into my room and watched some tv and let him roam around.

The wind was really bad this morning and it scared him too. I think this has been more traumatic for Jedi than me. I am going to keep an eye on them today. Make sure they are adjusting okay.

As for getting another buddy, I don't think I will be getting a new one for awhile. :(

Pretty boy 03-15-2015 09:36 PM

Megatron found his way into your heart even though he was supposedly your son's. These tiny sweet birds are with us for ever , he is now flying high with the flock of winged angels. His name will bring a smile and fond memories once more I promise . It is painful and sad at present and you can't help but wonder why? But after the pain which is a part of the healing process, the love returns . When we first bring these little fluffballs home who could think or fathom the effect they have upon us, Life is precious no matter who, what ,or for how long they are with us . Fly high and free Megatron, hugs and thoughts to you.

Frostie 03-16-2015 12:55 PM

So sorry for the loss of Megatron, it's always harder when it's a sudden unexpected passing like that, rip.

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