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

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Old 11-02-2017, 11:21 PM
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My budgie Cedric passed away unexpectedly tonight. When I got him he had already had his first molt so I'm not sure how old he was. I had him for 3 years. This evening I saw him and Henry sitting on the bottom of the cage fluffed up so I investigated.. It was getting dark but Theyd usually roost at the top. I put some food in my hand and they were both happy to nibble away but I knew Cedric wasn't ok. He passed away and 30 minutes later snuggled in my hand with Henry close by. I'm so upset.. partly because I know I could have given him I much better life. I barely changed out the toys (mostly because they have a good sized cage and I can't afford enough toys to interchange)... I don't know. I just hope he was happy Rest in peace my sweet boy <3

Anyway now I'm worrying about Henry.
I got Cedric because Henry (who's 5) needed a friend. They adored eachother. they preened each other and sang SO loudly.. they were such good friends that neither of them were really dependent on my company. I dont want to get another budgie but I know thats what would make henry happiest. Is it a horrible idea to look for a new home for him after he adjusts to losing his friend? I know that is stressful for budgies but it is something that has been at the back of my mind as I don't have as much time as I used to and I dont want him to be bored or lonely. Is it wrong to consider that as an option?

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Old 11-03-2017, 04:26 AM
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Rose,

putting your budgies happiness first is the very kindest thing you can do for them.
If time and money are a little short, then rehoming sweet Henry may be the kindest thing you can do for him, especially if you can find him a happy home where he will have some friendly budgies to bond with or an owner that has more time.

It's best to try and find a home for him yourself so that you can make sure he's going to go into a good home. And even if you are prepared to give him away for free, list him with a price to make sure only people who seriously want him will take the time to contact you.

Good luck with whatever deision you make.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:34 AM
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Hi Rose

Sorry for the loss of Cedric.

No, it isnít wrong to want to rehome Henry.
To come to the realisation that you canít give Henry the time and care he needs is a good thing. To purchase another friend for him after realising this would IMO be wrong. However, you stated that both birds were sitting at the bottom of the cage fluffed up - is Henry ill too?
What you ought to do, is keep a very close eye on Henry, his eating, his poops etc. and if you feel he might also be ill, you need to take him to the vet.
If/when you feel that Henry is in good health, then set about searching for a new home for him.

Best of luck
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I'm very sorry for your loss of little Cedric.

Emma and Julia have given you excellent advice.
Once you are certain Henry is in good health and has passed through his mourning period for Cedric, rehoming him is a perfectly fine decision.

Best wishes.
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I am so sorry for your loss of Cedric... you've been given great advice above on your thoughts about Henry
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Hi Rose

Sorry for the loss of Cedric.

No, it isnít wrong to want to rehome Henry.
To come to the realisation that you canít give Henry the time and care he needs is a good thing. To purchase another friend for him after realising this would IMO be wrong. However, you stated that both birds were sitting at the bottom of the cage fluffed up - is Henry ill too?
What you ought to do, is keep a very close eye on Henry, his eating, his poops etc. and if you feel he might also be ill, you need to take him to the vet.
If/when you feel that Henry is in good health, then set about searching for a new home for him.

Best of luck
Thank you. Yes I'm keeping a close eye on him as I am worried he's ill too. He's acting ok this morning, apart from being a little confused :'(
I may have made it sound like he doesn't have toys and things but he does.. And a large cage. I just see the lengths that you guys go to and I don't match that. Is there anything I should be doing other than spending lots of time with him that would help with his grief?
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So update on Henry. Today He's been pretty quiet. This morning he started chirping but then tilted his head and looking at the floor of the cage where Cedric was last night. It was heartbreaking. He's been hanging out on my shoulder and has been letting me "preen" him which he typically wouldn't. I may be paranoid but I think he looks a little skinny. If I made him egg mash every other day would that help him gain some healthy weight? Also his beak is looking dark.. like a dark greenish color. I don't want to take him to the vet because I think the stress would be too much for him right now.. Should I be worried? or just try to give him more vegetables and healthy foods?

Also I've been thinking about the whole re-homing thing and I don't know if I can bring myself to do it, unless I know it's the right thing to do. I can't get another budgie but I can put more effort into spending time with him. What do you think would be kinder? Finding him a great home with other budgies or keeping him and just making sure I spend a few hours with him each day? Please be honest. Also keep in mind when I got Cedric, Henry chose his company over mine every time. Which shoes how much a budgie friend meant to him.
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You don't need to decide right away--you can see how he does as a solo bird with your company. You know what his behavior was like before, so you should be able to judge later on if he seems happy or not.
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