I've a huge bird shaped hole in my heart. Georgie my little baby bird finally passed away today. She took her last breath in my hand as I gently talked her to sleep. It feels so cruel that she was taken so soon. I had her for just under a year and from very early on she was showing signs of something being not quite right.
This is a huge lesson for me and for everyone considering buying a bird from a pet store or petmart. I really don't think they are brought into the world in the best conditions, they are fed a seed only diet from weaning and it's no wonder that they struggle to eat fresh healthy food as it's so alien to them. I promised myself today that I'll never buy a bird again from someone other than a good breeder, someone who clearly loves and knows their birds and starts them off well.
Georgie was at the heart of the family and already I miss her whistle of welcome that she gave me when I entered the room. Looking back now I can see that she was ill for a while before we noticed. The subtle changes like her stopping playing with toys were the first sign that things were going wrong, but I missed the signs. By the time she started to look outwardly ill was when she developed a lump that I mistook for "egg butt" this turned out to be a tumour when we took her to the vet. Despite all our efforts Georgie got weak very quickly and it was only a matter of weeks between diagnosis and her finally giving up on life. The vet told me that they are masters of disguise and that they hide illness so well that by the time we notice it is already too late.
Tonight we said our goodbyes To Georgie, my daughter wrote a mini book of kind words to send her on her way. And now I feel so empty, but I feel for her that it was a merciful release. I hated seeing her deteriorate day by day, at least she is no longer suffering.
Goodbye my Baby Buuurrrd ....we will never forget your pretty face!
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
I am so, so sorry that little Georgie has passed on
She was a precious little one and I know she was much loved.
Unfortunately, you're right and birds from petstores can have so much we don't know about. I got my little girl at one, too, before I knew better and although I always give her all the love and care she needs, every day I pray she will live many more days with me.
I'm sorry she was gone so soon--but you took wonderful care of her and loved her, and I know she knew that.
Now she is forever healed from hurts or discomfort, flying with the Angel flock.
Rest in peace, Georgie, rest with the stars.
I know you must be hurting a lot right now--remember, she's not truly gone, her spirit will always be with you. Hugs to you in your grief
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I'd like to think that I gave her a chance at a decent life...but I feel bad that she suffered at the end.
We tried so hard to get her to eat fresh veg and fruit but she only ever wanted seed. She had a poor start in life and I always questioned why they couldn't even throw a few leafy greens into the cages at the pet store, they cost next to nothing.
We got such bad advice when we bought her, they couldn't even tell us what sex she was...the girl at the pet store was completely ignorant when it came to even the most basic advice;
With about 20 birds stuffed into a small cage I felt like I was saving poor Georgie from the fate of living in such dreadful conditions. I guess I was just adding to the problem, as every bird bought from these terrible places is another bred and raised in the same terrible way.
It's hard to know if she had underlying health issues or if they came as a result of her basic diet. But really it all stems back to the same thing, start them off as you mean to go on. Wean them well and they will eat well...it's that simple. We tried to convert her to a pellet diet but that was impossible, she would not even try the stuff. I tried all types of food trickery but her beak would hone in on the millet and seed and nothing else would even get a nibble.
I'm sorry she didn't even make her first Birthday.
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Your sweet baby girl was only with you for a short time, but in that amount of time she made a huge impression and has left you many wonderful memories to cherish and recall. It is not your place to feel guilty or sad in her passing. She is now with our Angel flock and soaring high and free from pain.
She is in your heart and will still make you smile when a memory touches you once more. Fly high sweet Georgie.
Birto, I'd like to extend my deepest condolences. It is so hard to lose a defenseless little budgie that doesn't understand what is happening. All we can do is convey to our birds that we are there for them no matter what, and, give them the best life they could possibly have for as long as possible. I'm far from recovered from my "Budgie's" leaving a short while ago. Watching the little one suffer near the end it the toughest. I'm not sure if the end is so difficult to accept because we are relieved our friend is no longer uncomfortable, or we know how much we will miss them or both. I've found that looking at pictures when healthy and happy helps, but time is the only real healer. I can truly say I know exactly how you feel.
I'm so sorry for your loss of darling little Georgie
Georgie was fortunate to have had you to love and care for her during her short stay with us here on earth. Now she is soaring high and free, healthy, happy and pain-free with all the angel budgies.
Georgie would not want your to be sad or to feel guilty. Where she is now she knows only love and peace. Any suffering she may have had on earth because of her health has already been forgotten and will never be remembered. Only the good times, the love and caring live on in Georgie's world now.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid you see.
I flew to Him when I heard His call
I had to go and leave you all..
I could not stay another day
To chirp, to fly, to preen, to play.
All things undone must stay that way
I found my peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A song, a snuggle and many a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savoured much
My happy home, my Mommy’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't spend yours now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.
Modified from poem written by: Janice M. Fair-Salters
You have my deepest sympathies over your Georgie's passing.
You have given Georgie a loving, caring home where she had everything to lead a happy life and surely she is very appreciative of all you have done for her.
Your sweet girl is no longer suffering and is made whole again, Georgie is now flying free in rainbow bridge with all our beloved little ones who have departed, and one day you will meet her again.
Cherish the memories of the good times you had with Georgie, your sweet girl will continue to live on in your heart.
Rest in peace, little Georgie. You were much loved and will be missed.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.