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...
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He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
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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.
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.
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
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
and Princess Mallorn!
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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.
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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.
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.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.