My young flock just lost one of it's youngest members, Lemonhead. I'm now frightened for the other 4 in the flock as they're just a little quieter & a little less active. I do not know what ended Lemonhead's life. He was healthy and found a great friend that he could regurgitate and preen with. I suspect that he flew very hard into something (though I don't believe he could have gotten up enough speed in the cage to do this) because when I found him, the tip of his top beak was pushed into his lower jaw. Rigamortis? I plan on taking the flock to the avian vet in the morning as they're just a little off. They're puffed up, sneezing and as I mentioned above, just a little lackluster. I moved them into the warmest room of the house (near a heat vent and away from the window, covered 3 sides of their cage and cranked up the heat in the house a few degrees. Could they be stressed over the death? I believe he died in the morning, several hours before I got home from work as he had rigamortis every where except his neck. Could it be further stress because I've changed their surroundings? I've cleaned the cage and replaced food, put extra seed, millet, greens and water in there to keep them eating and warm. (They are eating well) I don't know if the "in the meantime" remedies are any good. I'd love some reassurance and/or advice!
I am so sorry for your loss.
The best way to find the cause of death is to take Lemonhead to the vet for a necropsy. It is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but it might help the others.
Yes, budgies can fly into the cage of the cage and die. It happened to several members here during earthquakes.
The other birds are stressed from losing one of their own. But still, the sneezing and puffed up appearances is a concern. Taking them to the avian vet is the best thing to make sure they are ok.
I hope they'll quickly be back to normal....
I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with what Ronsig said. I don't know what else you could do.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Budgie, Baby Boy, Star, Pepper, Ariel, Oscar, Charlie, Little One, Chiclet.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Ariel, Little One and Chiclet are children of Budgie and Oscar.
Budgie and Star left us in 2009. Pepper and Oscar left us this year, 2010. 2018 and all are gone. Ariel and Cutie Pie died this Feb and March. Both over 11 years old.
A good day is a day all your birds are happy and healthy.
Please accept my condolences. It must have been awful finding Lemonhead.
And yes, the other birds might truly be missing their cage mate. They can go through an intense mourning period.
You seem to be doing all you can for the moment. You're right to take them to the vet just to be sure that it's nothing serious. I wish you and your flock all the best.
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I am sorry for your loss.
Taking the rest of your flock for a vet check-up is the best course of action.
They are confused right now and are mourning the loss of Lemonhead as well.
Please accept my condolences.
Thank you so very, very much everyone for your knowledge, insight and condolences! I take them to heart. Thankfully, the flock seems to be doing better. They truly hated the warmer room and thought if I crank the house temperature up more and put them back into their normal spot near the window, it might help. It did. They're hopping instead of climbing. Singing instead of being listless and eating more! Yay!! Two of the bugs who looked a little haggerred (sp?) started molting and have a few blood/pin feathers. So, maybe that was some of the reason they looked off. With such remarkable difference, I'll see how they are. The vet couldn't see them unless it was an emergency and since there has been improvement, I may wait. I know they hide illness well, but perhaps this was mourning and molting and Lemonhead wasn't ill at all; his death could have been injury related. Unfortunately, I will not know as my daughter and I had a full budgie funeral, made a casket and he's been buried. I wouldn't have the heart to dig him up for a necropsy with an upset nine year old in the house.
Again, I truly appreciate the comments and wisdom provided by this forum. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
On another topic...(well, I'll repost and see what you think...it'll be under 'flu')
I am so sorry for your loss When they are young and healthy it comes as quite a shock. I am glad that your little friends are perking up. I recently lost 3 birds in one day and the flock was quite sullen for about a week. It was a confusing time for all of us. I hope the rest of your flock continues to prosper
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