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

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:39 PM
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oh no rest in peace cutey
a necropsy is a good idea- did you not notice she wasn't eating before now?

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oh no rest in peace cutey
a necropsy is a good idea- did you not notice she wasn't eating before now?
i would but i already buried her
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Weaning refers to a baby not yet eating on their own. It varies by bird; some can independently eat on their own by 4 weeks, and others take longer and need really close watching.


I was just talking about this tonight; I lost my first budgie very suddenly after having him only a week. My mom actually was extremely fortunate to find an avian vet (this was back in 1985; we actually still take our pets to this vet) who did perform a necropsy and found he had an intestinal infection. My understanding at the time is that he was probably not eating well on his own and that contributed to him being sick. My second budgie we adopted from a different pet store, and she was sick as well. We took her in and the vet told us she was not eating well on her own, and recommended baby bird formula. She hated it, but being a kid then I would carry her around and offer her things like bits of banana, pancakes, and muffins (she ended up loving such foods). She made it and was the longest lived budgie I ever had (8 years, 4 months and 11 days). I lost her to a tumor.

If you suspect a baby is not eating you need to provide either formula to supplement them, or lots of soft foods. If nothing else, millet spray, since most babies will eat that. You can always taper it off after several weeks. I think I remember that you do feed pellets; is it possible these babies don't recognise pellets because they were fed seed?


Pet stores won't always be willing to admit any wrongdoing. The store we got my first baby from refused to refund or replace (not that they could have ever done that), or even acknowledge that he had been sick. My mom even contacted a consumer advocate from one of the local news networks at that time, and still no luck. Educate yourself on the risks involved and be prepared for a baby who isn't weaned, and make sure you can handle supplemental feeding if necessary. I do agree that losing two babies so close together could mean something going on in the environment. Fumes, infection, spoiled food, are just a few things that come to mind for me.
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Weaning refers to a baby not yet eating on their own. It varies by bird; some can independently eat on their own by 4 weeks, and others take longer and need really close watching.


I was just talking about this tonight; I lost my first budgie very suddenly after having him only a week. My mom actually was extremely fortunate to find an avian vet (this was back in 1985; we actually still take our pets to this vet) who did perform a necropsy and found he had an intestinal infection. My understanding at the time is that he was probably not eating well on his own and that contributed to him being sick. My second budgie we adopted from a different pet store, and she was sick as well. We took her in and the vet told us she was not eating well on her own, and recommended baby bird formula. She hated it, but being a kid then I would carry her around and offer her things like bits of banana, pancakes, and muffins (she ended up loving such foods). She made it and was the longest lived budgie I ever had (8 years, 4 months and 11 days). I lost her to a tumor.

If you suspect a baby is not eating you need to provide either formula to supplement them, or lots of soft foods. If nothing else, millet spray, since most babies will eat that. You can always taper it off after several weeks. I think I remember that you do feed pellets; is it possible these babies don't recognise pellets because they were fed seed?


Pet stores won't always be willing to admit any wrongdoing. The store we got my first baby from refused to refund or replace (not that they could have ever done that), or even acknowledge that he had been sick. My mom even contacted a consumer advocate from one of the local news networks at that time, and still no luck. Educate yourself on the risks involved and be prepared for a baby who isn't weaned, and make sure you can handle supplemental feeding if necessary. I do agree that losing two babies so close together could mean something going on in the environment. Fumes, infection, spoiled food, are just a few things that come to mind for me.
on the new ones i didnt even try to convert them there prolly dieing because i live in a basement
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on the new ones i didnt even try to convert them there prolly dieing because i live in a basement
Does that concern you? Perhaps you should consider moving the budgies out of the basement if possible... If I'm not mistaken, don't you breed as well? A basement in which other resident budgies are dying is no place to raise chicks
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Does that concern you? Perhaps you should consider moving the budgies out of the basement if possible... If I'm not mistaken, don't you breed as well? A basement in which other resident budgies are dying is no place to raise chicks
i cant move them upstairs in the spring im gonna move them to back shed
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I am very sorry about Belle...may she rest in peace. My prayers are with you.
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I live in a basement, that in itself shouldn't be an issue. Is there a possibility of fumes? Is it heated? Wouldn't moving them out to a shed in your climate be too cold? You'd have to move them back to the basement in the fall?

You have lost a couple of your own babies unexpectedly, haven't you? Have any of your birds been seen by a vet to find out what is going on? I thought you were going to sell your females and stop breeding, because of numerous problems you were having?

I am sorry about your lost little ones. You may need to find an avian vet, and find out what is going on, especially before you get any new babies or raise any more clutches.
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I live in a basement, that in itself shouldn't be an issue. Is there a possibility of fumes? Is it heated? Wouldn't moving them out to a shed in your climate be too cold? You'd have to move them back to the basement in the fall?

You have lost a couple of your own babies unexpectedly, haven't you? Have any of your birds been seen by a vet to find out what is going on? I thought you were going to sell your females and stop breeding, because of numerous problems you were having?

I am sorry about your lost little ones. You may need to find an avian vet, and find out what is going on, especially before you get any new babies or raise any more clutches.
I'm gonna put them in the shed in the spring bring them in the fall and I'm not sure if I'm gonna breed I can't even sell baby I aready have I live In a dead town the vets are hours away
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I'd have the basement tested for any mold. That could be effecting the birds big time and it could effect you. This is the first thing that comes to mind for me.

Another thing, I don't agree with you selling the hens to stop breeding. Just don't give them boxes and you should be fine.

As far as the babies go, Might have been ideal to have homes lined up before you bred. I knew a few people who wanted babies even before i bred and i have people who would gladly go on a waiting list besides with all the troubles i've had this season i'm done for the year. Needs a break unless the conures give me anything.

You say Pets Plus has sickly birds and you knew this so why bother buying more birds from their? Why not advoid that store all together.

I personally think it would be in your best intrest to get at lease one of your birds to a avian vet to be tested. Lease this would ease your mind some. I've been down that road with my guys. $500 later i knew my flock was free of any illness
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