A couple weeks ago I lost the very first bird I ever brought home. I've had his company for 3 years, and he was the Chief of my flock, the sage of the group. He was already an older adult when I got him, so I was able to prepare myself for his passing.
When I first brought him home, opened the box, he flapped around in the box and I let out a little scream! I was terrified and hid in the bathroom. I never dealt with something so wild, independent, and free. He was just as scared as me, but we got through it!
I bought Juni plants to sit on around the house and he was hardly ever in a cage. It was wonderful. He has the best personality. He is so sharp, and wise- you tell when you look at him. The look he would give me was so knowing. So understanding. It's the only bird I've seen that type of intelligent look in so far.
When I moved the 2nd time, I had 15 parakeets to move..... most of them untamed (and unclipped). Yikes. It was chaos, despite everything I did! However, Juniper just hopped on my finger and let me put him in the travel cage, no fight or flight at all.
Every night when I put my baby birds to bed, I sing them a little song, turn off the light, and say, "Goodnight, sleep well, I love you" , hence the title.
He has always been my budgie buddy and always will