Sad news - woke up this morning to find my lovely new budgie crumpled up at the bottom of the cage. He was still alive but obviously couldn't move from the neck down and his neck was in an odd position - although he could still move it around
I got him out to check/hold/keep warm but he died about 5 mins later. I wondered if anyone on here had experienced anything similar?
Not sure what happened - I can only assume the storm startled him last night or he missed a perch in the darkness of being covered up. Either way, I'm back down to just Razzle - who's adorable - but now won't know his new playmate until/unless I try again
There is no way to know for certain what caused your budgie's death. Any opinions offered would be pure speculation as no one can know for sure without a necropsy being performed.
The death could easily have been because of a stroke, injury due to a night fright or a genetic problem.
I would not recommend you rush out to get another budgie at this point in time.
I think you'd be better off spending more time with Razzle. Get to know him well and learn his temperament. Work on taming and bonding with him. Many budgies are quite happy being a solo bird as long as they get plenty of attention from their owner. Working with Razzle doing clicker training might be something both of you would enjoy.
If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.