I got my 3rd budgie about a week ago. When I brought her home I thought everything was fine. She ate well...even my mash. She played and tweeted. I even moved her cage into the living room for her temporary quarantine.
Yesterday when woke up I came into the living room to watch the weather. I took her cage cover off at about 9am as normal. I said goodmorning and went back to sit on the couch for a few. I look over and she swings upside down on her perch. I had a bird bath under that particular perch so I assumed she was getting a drink and just being playful. I even snapped a picture of her hanging upside down because I thought it was cute. Well then she just kind of drops off of the perch into the cage floor. I run over and she is just laying there in the bottom helpless. I pick her up into my palm and she just lies back and closes her eyes.
At this point my heart is just racing. I call the vet and tell them what has happened. The vet is in surgery for the next hour so all they can do is oxygen and steroids for a stimulant. A technician went over all the ingredients in my mash to make sure none were toxic. I explained all of her behaviors. Based on what I told him he believes there was an underlying issue. When I first brought her home she wouldn't fly up to her perches. She was almost immobile. I thought her wings were too short. I even posted on here about her wings. The vet said there was something wrong from the beginning. He said that birds hide their illnesses until it's too late. I asked why she wouldn't fight to live. He said that once a bird gets so sick they tend to give up.
That's what my budgie had done. She laid there in my hands wrapped in a wash cloth and gave up. About 5 minutes after I spoke with vet tech she passed. I was stroking her trying to get her to stay stimulated and not to give up. She opened one little eye, stretched both legs back, gave a final little noise and just died right there in my hands.
I had only had her a week but I'm so devestated. My 4 year old was standing there saying "Mommy what's wrong...is she sick?" When she did pass I had to stand there and not cry so my son wouldn't know our new bird had died. It was horrible!
To top it off I'm faced with the decision of another budgie. She had a health guarantee for 7 days and it's only been 6. I can get another budgie but it would have to be today if I chose to do that. I don't think I'm ready for another one. Also what if all of their budgies are sick?
Oh I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your little baby It's so heart breaking when we have to say goodbye I wish there was something I could do to bring her back and to take your pain away, no matter how short a time they have been with us, they already have our hearts, it's an instant love that will be with you forever, please try to remember the good times you had with her in the time she was home with you
R.I.P Little one fly high
Barrie .. I don't know what this OP calls mash but here we call what we cook and mince for our birds mash.. Mine might have rice and minced veggies mixed with egg food. .. all good stuff. Not like a commercial chicken mash.
I'm so sorry! This happened to me as well. For my birthday, my boyfriend thought it would be sweet to bring home a beautiful budgie. So, he went to get one the day before, and brought her home. She was a spunky little budgie and she seemed to be doing so well. Then, on my birthday, the next day, we came home from mini golfing to see her lying on her back on the bottom of the cage. She was still alive, but she couldn't move. She finally passed while my boyfriend was holding her. We weren't sure what to do. She had already meant quite a bit to us, and we weren't sure if we should get another budgie or not.
We decided against it, until we walked past the budgies on the way out of the store, and saw Odin. I originally never wanted a "typical" budgie because everyone already had one, they were common. But, then I saw him and knew that he belonged home with us.
I don't think you should get one until you feel ready. Maybe find a breeder near you? Then you could visit with the budgies there, and get to know them. Or, if you want, go back to the store, and let them know that this budgie was sick. They should have it tested for illnesses so they can treat the others.
Good luck, and I know it's really hard. I hope you find a way to tell your son that won't break his heart. Children are resistant though.
Ashley, it shows what a good person you are by the way you rushed your bird to the Vet. You have my deepest sympathies, believe me I know how difficult it is for you right now. It might be good to wait a bit before getting another budgie. We'll be thinking of you. - Mark
I agree that you should take your time to get another bird. Most stores that give a health guarantee seem to offer another bird or store credit. Perhaps you can inform them about what happened, bring your documentation, and ask for store credit.
Good luck, I am very sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. It certainly sounds like the store sold you a sick budgie.
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.