I had a blue and white budgie named Jelly Bean and before I left for class this morning I left in his cage a bowl with some strawberries in it, when I came home he was dead in the bowl covered in strawberry. Honestly, it looked as if he ate himself to death but I have no idea what really happened. Do any of you have any ideas or suggestions as to why he might have died? Inever want this to happen ever again he was fit and healthy and just started to really bond with me before the tragedy struck
Hi there and welcome to the forums, although I'm sorry it had to be in such sad circumstances
It's hard to say what caused your budgie's sudden death. Did you wash the strawberries thoroughly before giving them to him? Pesticides are very toxic to budgies, although I don't think it could cause him to just pass away like that.
Most likely, since it was so sudden and he showed no symptoms, he suffered from a stroke, heart attack, hernia, etc., all which could contribute to his sudden death.
Without a necropsy, there really is no way to know for sure what was wrong with him
I'm so sorry for your loss of Jelly Bean. May he rest in peace for eternity.
You have my best wishes and prayers during this difficult time.
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I am so very sorry to hear this about Jelly Bean . Please accept my condolences. I know it's such an upsetting shock when we find them.
We're the strawberries washed? We're the green tops on? Just thinking if it was pesticides that the greens would hold a lot of it. I agree with Star that although it's poison, I doubt even pesticides would cause sudden death at once. More like long term organ damage, unless it was a lot. Looking back, did Jelly Bean show any signs of being "off" before this? Do you have at least a rough idea if this was an older bird? But passing suddenly makes me think of acute poisoning of some sort. Again, I'm so sorry.
the strawberries were not washed and yes had green tops.....The bird was very young only a few months old....the death was sudden and when I found him his body was streatched out as if he choked so no sign of illness
Looks like it was the strawberries . Budgies are just so super tiny that it doesn't take much in the way of toxins. It's so hard I know.
Remember everyone to always wash your produce before serving to your budgies AND before consuming fruit and vegetables yourself to remove toxins and bacteria from surfaces. I know people who will just eat an apple straight from the supermarket shelf after bringing it home with pesticide and people's finger dirt and germs all over it .
Oh dear. I am very sorry that little Jelly Bean passed so suddenly.
I would agree with other members that it is difficult to know exactly without a necropsy, but the events and evidence certainly do point to the strawberries as the culprit. Organic only and even then green tops removed and a thorough washing is necessary.
Try not to blame yourself...sometimes these things just happen AND it is very possible that your little guy gorged himself too much and aspirated. Unfortunately, and although my budgie Nutmeg was very ill, she also gorged herself on lettuce to the point that she died very suddenly from aspiration and when that happens there is really nothing you can do within those few short seconds.
We love our pets so much that sometimes we want to give them the world full of treats and lovings, and along the way, accidents can happen and mistakes are made but in the end, you didn't love them any less. Just remember that you gave Jelly Bean the best little life that a budgie can have. Eventually, you will get back on that saddle again after you've mourned his memory and you are ready to learn again and give your love to a pet.
It will be hard knowing that he is gone, but you will be okay and Jelly Bean is hanging out with many others at the rainbow bridge.
I am so sorry to hear about JellyBean. He had a good life with you, and I'm sure loved you very much. Accidents unfortunately do happen. You have clearly learned from this horrible thing that happened, and you won't make the same mistake again. I can see how much you loved JellyBean. You of course have my sincerest condolences, and deepest sympathies for your loss.
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When a bird dies that has been especially close to someone here, that bird goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
At the Rainbow Bridge there are meadows and hills and beautiful trees of all kinds where all our special friends can fly and climb, hang and flap, hop and run, jump and play, squawk and squeal and sing together.
There is plenty of good food, including grapes and peanuts, ice cream and cheese, spaghetti and especially lots of pizza. There is crystal clear water in brooks and springs are filled with water as well as every kind of delicious fresh fruit juice.
One warm spring even runs full of the coffee they can now drink their fill of without hearing a single no-no. There is lots of glorious sunshine, and sweet warm rain when they want it and our friends are warm and comfortable and totally at peace.
All the birds who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigor and to their natural incredible beauty. Their feathers shine, their wing feathers are whole, and their eyes gleam once again with vitality.
Those who were hurt or maimed or ignored or broken-hearted are made whole and strong and free of fear again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by.
The birds are happy and content..... except for one small thing - they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind when the bird returned home. Still they all fly and play happily and safely and noisily together - even the grouchiest greys and orneriest senegals, the tiniest finches and the grandest macaws.
But the day comes for each bird when he suddenly stops and looks far into the distance. His body freezes and his bright eyes are intent as he watches and listens in silence. Suddenly he begins to fly from the group, soaring over the green grass, his wings flapping harder and harder!
You have been spotted - and he shrieks to you and then calls your name and his own and cries again and again and as he rushes toward you.
When you and your bird finally meet, you cling to each other in joyous reunion, knowing you will never be parted again.
Your face and your fingers - and even your toes - are covered with beak nibbles and soft ecstatic kisses. Your hair is preened by that special beak, and his head bends under your fingers to invite your touch. Your hands again find their way under beloved wings, to caress the downy softness beneath.
You look once more into the trusting eyes of your companion-so long gone from your physical life on earth, but never for an instant absent from your heart.
Your tears of joy are gently brushed away by those beloved wings... and feeling immersed once more in total contentment and love, you and your beloved companion cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
Thank you for my wonderful signature Deb!!!
RIP Pepper, Peatri, Holly, Mini, and Quarty
I'm very sorry to hear of the event which led to your budgie's untimely passing...
Also in case you don't know due to the high sugar content, only a small piece of fruit should be offered on occasion. Depending on the size of the fruit, even one whole strawberry can be too much for one small budgie to handle if he/she happens to try and eat everything.
Rest in peace, little Jelly Bean.
Despite the tragic event which made you join the community, welcome to the forums.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.