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

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Old 10-24-2017, 09:07 PM
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I haven't been on here in quite a while. We had two budgies, Gypsy and Bar-Bar and things had been going very well until yesterday.

Yesterday I had the birds in their cage out on the balcony like I do every morning that weather permits. That isn't often in Houston, TX and they LOVE being outside. I check on them pretty often (several times an hour) just to make sure the sun isn't bothering them, etc. Yesterday morning I had a terrible headache and they were so loud (being happy little birds) that I shut the sliding glass door all the way. I never shut the door all the way. I like hearing them chirping while I'm working around the house, but yesterday my head was killing me.

Anyway. I left them out there while I did dishes and cleaned the front bathroom, then I went to the master bathroom. I had a movie playing during this time. Obviously I checked on them several times during this period. I came out to check on them again and I saw a big brown wing. I freaked out and I ran over to see if the cage was damaged and everything was fine. I saw Gypsy right away...and then I saw Bar-Bar. A hawk got him THROUGH the cage. I have no idea how other than Bar-Bar was so close to the side the hawk was able to
grab him.

I feel horrible. Gypsy wasn't himself the rest of the day, of course and he was picking at his feathers all afternoon/night and into the morning today. Yucel and I talked about it and decided to get another bird right away for him. I don't know if we did the right thing. I hope we did.

My daughter was heartbroken. Bar-Bar was her birthday present when she turned 4 years old and she loved coming home from school everyday to give him a "kiss-kiss." She loved reading to them both and was delighted when Bar-Bar would jump on her finger and talk with her.

My daughter and her sweet little Bar-Bar.



Beautiful Bar-Bar. He had a very unique coloring, obviously green, but much more so on the deeper teal side with shades of dark blue in his wings and tale. He was just gorgeous. My husband named him after the Turkish pirate Hayreddin Barbarossa, but we SHOULD have named him Spaz. He was a sweet little boy, but he really was such a spaz. I always had to put the cage on the floor when I would dust the living room because he was absolutely terrified of the feather duster. He also had a habit of flying just close enough to his his wings on my face or arm. That was his favorite thing to do. He would usually fly at me, then stop and quirk his head until I started talking to him. <3 RIP sweet boy.





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Old 10-25-2017, 12:58 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss. It's always best to have budgies under full supervision when they are outdoors in their cage. Unfortunately we can't undo the past, but we can learn from our mistakes in future. Adding another bird straight into the mix may not be the best way to go though. Just like you, Gypsy needs time to grieve for his friend. This is a very difficult time for you, and if you need someone to vent to, feel free to send me a message.

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Sarah,

I'm very sorry for your loss.

(Your picture is not showing - please refer to the information I posted in your other thread)

Budgies should never be left outdoors in a cage that is not under constant supervision.

Hawks and other predators are a very real threat to our budgies at all times.

I've even had a huge red-tailed hawk try to come in through the patio doors after my birds.

The heavy glass sliding patio doors were shut while 7 of my budgies were flying freely inside the living room.
The hawk hit the door not once, but twice and was gearing up for a third try when I went outdoors to scare it away.
Had it been only the screen door rather than the glass door the situation would have resulted in a catastrophe and chaos that I can't begin to contemplate.
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:29 AM
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Budgies should never be left outdoors in a cage that is not under constant supervision.

Hawks and other predators are a very real threat to our budgies at all times.

I've even had a huge red-tailed hawk try to come in through the patio doors after my birds.

The heavy glass sliding patio doors were shut while 7 of my budgies were flying freely inside the living room.
The hawk hit the door not once, but twice and was gearing up for a third try when I went outdoors to scare it away.
Had it been only the screen door rather than the glass door the situation would have resulted in a catastrophe and chaos that I can't begin to contemplate.[/B]
That is insane!!! I never would have dreamed that they weren't safe in their cage. We don't have an access area to that part of the balcony from the stairway and we never have trouble with cats in our area so I've not worried once about them. The only thing I worried about was the sun and heat because they don't like the direct light (even if it is cooler outside).

I will never put them outside again. I feel like even if I was next to the door I have no idea if this hawk dive-bombed Bar-Bar while he was sitting next to the side of the bars or if he scared him enough that he went crazy and flew into the side of the cage close enough to get caught.
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I wondered that as well. But I've heard about birds pulling their feathers out from stress and that it can be a very difficult process to stop and with him picking at himself crazy I was getting worried. A friend of mine also said that when one of her birds passed away the second one died a few days later and the vet said that it could have been from traumatic loss because physically the bird was fine.

I wasn't sure what to do so I went and got another yesterday. I am sure we will love her, but...you are right, maybe I should have waited.
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I've heard about birds pulling their feathers out from stress and that it can be a very difficult process to stop and with him picking at himself crazy I was getting worried. A friend of mine also said that when one of her birds passed away the second one died a few days later and the vet said that it could have been from traumatic loss because physically the bird was fine.

I wasn't sure what to do so I went and got another yesterday. I am sure we will love her, but...you are right, maybe I should have waited.
Be sure you quarantine the new budgie as explained in your other thread regarding her arrival.

In the meantime, spend as much time with Gypsy as you can.
He'll need some additional TLC during his mourning period.
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Sarah, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss of Bar-Bar. My condolences to you and your daughter. It does seem amazing that even through 1/2" bar space things like this can happen, but I've heard countless stories.

No one can tell you if it's best to wait or when the time is right to get another. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong.

If you haven't done so yet, please quarantine your new budgie immediately. If she was already in with Gypsy, disinfect the cage as best you can.

Right now:
https://www.talkbudgies.com/new-budgi...necessary.html
https://www.talkbudgies.com/new-budgi...rd-scared.html

After quarantine:
https://www.talkbudgies.com/new-budgi...o-budgies.html

All the best to you
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I am so, so sorry for your loss...
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Sorry to hear that you’ve had such a horrid experience Sarah.
Condolences to you all
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That's such an awful thing and sorry for your loss.
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