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

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Old 03-11-2010, 03:41 PM
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Since I took Georgie too the vet last where they said he was all ok after I was worried about his behaviour. He was fine and always wanted to come out of the cage and fly, even up till last night and was eating lots, but otherwise sat around fluffed up and didn't really want to do anything...then this morning, he ate a little but was so unresponsive, even nudging him to wake him up was a task, he just didn't care, it was horrible.

So I took him again and he had really gone down hill sinice his last check....he said that he had mega bacterial that was causing him to be so ill and there was no cure because he had hidden his illness well, but it caught up on him quickly and it only showed in the end...his droppings only started to go watery today, the day he was worse then anything. From the last check he had got really thin but it didn't show unless he was felt and he made me feel his tummy too to show me and he reckoned he probably would of died within a week if I had kept him at home and not brought him.

Treatment would have been no good because it had gone too far and was incurable..he reckoned his liver was failing too from the look of his droppings. I could tell from today and what he said, that he was suffering, so it was best to have it put to sleep....and I feel so bad that I chose that, but it was for the best....but now I'm totally heartbroken...I loved him so much.

I still feel so bad that I didn't take him a lot earlier, but I didn't know as it didn't show. I asked if it was anything I did that caused these problems and he said no..it was a parasite in him before you even got him and which got worse over time..it builds up over time, but just doesn't show.

It's devastating typing all of this and thinking of him and looking around at his empty cage and not seeing him there!!!!! I even have to get rid of anything that belonged to Georige as it could be infected.

I got Georgie from the same place my sister's got her bird from and it died just after a year old and now I have just got Sky from there. I don't think I could risk it anymore and go all through this again, it's heartbreaking, it really is...and has horrible as it sounds...I am now thinking/wanting to take Sky back to that place I got him just incase he could have the same problems....I know it sounds heartless, but I just don't want to risk it...he is so beautiful too...but I am very unsure now after all this....I really don't know what to do.

I am going to get more budgies, but this time, from a breeder where I can see them with other birds in a better invironment and will get two together.

I will always love you Georige and miss you so much xxxxxx

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Old 03-11-2010, 03:45 PM
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How terribly sad. I'm so sorry, Jackie. Please accept my sincerest condolences. R.I.P. Georgie.
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sorry to hear about him i hope he is resting peacfully now
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I'm so sorry RIP Georgie Fly free little guy
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I'm so sorry for your loss I know how hard it is to loose them.
R.I.P. Georgie.

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i'm soo sorry to read this - its so heartbreaking to lose a little baby like that and i know how you blame yourself but you shouldn't.

right now sky needs you even more and i suggest you take her to the vet for a through check up (an avian one is best) - this will put you mind at rest and hopefully ease the worrying.

in time you can look for a good breeder in your area for a friend for little sky as i promise that pain will ease - you'll never forget your special birdies but you can give them the best life possible and take some comfort in that your a super birdie mum

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Sorry about your loss Jackie.

Megabacteria or Avian Gastric Yeast as it is more correctly called often can be treated. There are a number of treatments. Fungilin Suspension as drops to the mouth or Fungilin Tablets dissolved in drinking water. Megabac-S is another alternative. Treatment is for a minimum 2 weeks and relapses are common. A friend of mine is fighting it at the moment in his aviaries and he has been for over 12 months, but bear in mind he has really only just sought veterinary help. They are on Fungilin in the water with some success but is still losing the odd bird although those numbers have dropped.

One of our companies here in Australia have been doing research into it (they have specialist avian vets for treatments for birds.) and are the ones that make Megabac-S. They also have a theory that if the gut is made inhospitible for the organism it will die. They have been testing Apple Cider Vinegar to change the Ph of the gut to more acid with some success. Another friend who had it in his aviaries and had spent nearly $1000 on treating his birds with very little success (this is about the time that the disease was recognized). This disease also can affect Poultry and a chicken breeder near him told him that they use a product called Condy's Crystals or Potassium Permanganate to give it it's proper name. These are red crystals and are usually very cheap to buy and a very small amount goes an exceptionally long way. You put it in the drinking water just a crystal at a time until the colour of the water goes a deep pink. Many of the older breeders use this product regularly throughout the year on their birds to help keep the gut clean and refreshed. Both the Apple Cider Vinegar and the Condy's Crystals won't hurt the bird at all and if it helps then that is a real bonus. These are both things you could try with Sky.

Also you don't have to throw out the cage and everything in it. The cage can be sterilized using a good quality disinfectant and then putting it in the sun for a few hours at least. Sunlight is a wonderful disinfectant in it's own right. Make sure you wash and scrub the cage with hot soapy water first to get rid of any dirt and faecal matter before you use the disinfectant. Remember disinfection is 99% elbow grease and 1% chemical. You may wish to throw out the toys and perches and replace them with new ones but even the wooden perches can be sterilized the same as the cage.
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
Really I hope in the future all goes well for you too.
R.I.P Georgie.
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So sorry for your loss Just hope your other little one is fine. I know you don't want to go through the same thing again, but we'd never get pets if we only thought about what it's like when they die. With Sky, you can give him the best life possible, even if he does suffer the same as Georgie. You can ensure that his life, no matter how long, is the best it could be and that he's loved and looked after properly. If you give him back, there's no telling who he could go to, perhaps someone who wouldn't seek a vet should he fall ill.
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