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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge

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Old 11-10-2015, 03:00 PM
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My budgie Fluffy passed away today He was suffering with a sinus infection and even though we were giving him medicine and he was eating etc. He left us today

I do need some advice on whether to get a new budgie or not. I've owned my 2 budgies for nearly 4 years now and they've been together since I got them. My female seems quiet at the moment and I'm not home enough to give her the attention she needs as I am at work which is why I got 2 budgies in the first place.

1. Do I get a new budgie?
2. How long until I get a new one?
3. Should it be another male, or doesn't it matter?
4. Should it be an adult around the same age, or doesn't it matter?

Thank you for any advice!
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:11 PM
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You state that your Fluffy died from a sinus infection yet in your other post you said it was chlamydophilosis, if it was the latter then in my opinion your first priority should not be replacing him but taking your hen to an avian vet immediately for the necessary tests to make sure she is fit and we'll.
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I'm very sorry to hear of your budgie boy's passing... You have my deepest sympathies.

Rest in peace, handsome Fluffy.

You mentioned on your other thread that his mate has been bullying him, and this was most likely due to the fact that he was sick.

If I were you, before even considering getting a new budgie, I would take your female at the avian vet's for a full check up. If your Fluffy's disease was contagious and since your female was in contact with him, there is the chance that she may also be sick.

The fact that she turned against her mate during his time of need makes me believe she will not be as receptive to the prospect of getting a new friend.

If you do turn out by getting her a friend, you should be aware for potential problems and to separate them in case they don't get along.
Also the new bird needs to be quarantined on a different cage and room away from your female. This is done as a safety measure to prevent any possible illness to be spread between them.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:39 PM
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Yeah it was chlamydophilosis Pete, but obviously the disease caused his sinuses to block up. He was active and eating, I really thought the medicine was helping :/

I will take my female to the avian and she what she says. My female is very fit and healthy, she's a very strong flyer and very clever!

If the vet gives me all ok with her, shall i consider getting a new budgie then? I'm out the house from 7am till 6pm so that's 11 hours of the day she will be by herself.
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I'm so sorry to hear Fluffy has passed Rest in peace.

Just like the others posted, you should get your female checked out to make sure she isn't sick as well.

Just like Aluz said, you could get another budgie but how your female reacted to him being sick, she might have no interest in a new friend.

If you do plan to get another one, it might be a good idea to separate them and possible separate out of cage times.
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Old 11-10-2015, 04:22 PM
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I believe she was picking on him because he was weak which is what I have read online. She was only picking on him the last week. Ive owned them both for 4 years, and they used to feed and clean each other. They got on well. They even slept on the same swing together, it was very cute!
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Hi Jackie, I totally understand your sorrow at losing your Fluffy, being out of the house for 11 hours a day is bad enough but coming home to find a beloved pet deceased must be very traumatic, I also feel sorry for the hen because presumably she was in the cage with him until you got home, I suggest you make a appointment with an avian vet to have the hen checked, because of the nature of Fluffy's disease this will mean blood tests etc which will not come cheap, with all due respect I would follow Amelia's excellent advice in your other thread with regard to hygiene, any feather dander or droppings present in the cage or indeed the room, soft furnishings etc, could present health problems to both you and any other animals, in my opinion it is inadvisable to get another budgie until your hen has been given the all clear and all chances of contamination have been removed.
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Jackie,

I'm very sorry for your loss of Fluffy.

I agree with aluz and Pete with regard to ensuring there is no possibility of illness with your female before ever considering getting another.

If you do decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to quarantine it for a minimum of 45 days.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed.
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.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
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Yeah it wasn't what I was expecting to come home to :/ No my female was in another cage and has been for the past week. Once I saw Fluffy wasn't looking great, I separated them. I've kept my female called Cosmo (Originally thought she was a boy!) in the spare cage she was in as it hasn't had Fluffy in and my other half has cleaned all the toys and food bowls with the cleaning spray that is safe to use for budgie equipment and made it more homely for her. So shes in a clean environment. I plan to hoover and clean any surfaces in the room Fluffys been in tomorrow.
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I'm so sorry to hear that Fluffy has passed away

Fly high, little boy.

I agree with the other's advice. I hope Cosmos is doing okay! Please keep us posted.
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